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Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Sinema Slammed For Exaggerated Thumbs-Down On $15 Minimum Wage  —  Hand gestures are commonplace in the Senate, but Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is getting flack for the way she voted against a $15 minimum wage.  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) faced criticism Friday afternoon for the way in which she chose …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
8 Democrats defect on $15 minimum wage hike  —  The Senate on Friday is set to squash a bid to tack a $15 minimum wage to President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill, with eight Democratic caucus members joining all 50 Republicans in rejecting the change.
Riley Vetterkind / madison.com:
Ron Johnson: No decision on 2022 run but leaving office is ‘probably my preference now’  —  U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, who has taken center stage this week in the U.S. Senate debate over a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill, said he hasn't yet decided whether he'll run for his seat in 2022 …
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
State Department aide appointed by Trump stormed the Capitol, beat police with a riot shield, FBI says  —  On Thursday, the FBI arrested a political appointee of former president Donald Trump on charges that he stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to a criminal complaint …
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Pete Williams / NBC News:
Federico Klein, former Trump appointee charged in Capitol riot, wants jail cell without cockroaches  —  WASHINGTON — A former Trump political appointee charged with battling police during the Capitol riot told a federal judge his jail cell is crawling with insects.
Politico:
Capitol riot shaman's TV interview irks judge  —  The lawyer for the horned shaman who became one of the most iconic figures involved in the storming of the Capitol in January is in hot water with a federal judge after facilitating an interview that the judge said violated federal rules.
Discussion: Raw Story, RedState, CBS News and The Week
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Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Judge Accuses Jacob ‘QAnon Shaman’ Chansley's Lawyer of Possible ‘Subterfuge’ After TV Debut on ‘60 Minutes’ Backfires  —  The day after his first post-arrest television interview, Jacob “QAnon Shaman” Chansley found his words turned against him by federal prosecutors at a bail hearing on Friday afternoon …
Washington Post:
Senate Democrats announce deal on unemployment insurance, allowing Biden bill to move forward  —  Deal reached after nine-hour stand-off stalled action on Biden's $1.9 trillion relief bill  —  Senate Democratic leaders reached an agreement over unemployment benefits with moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin …
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Christopher Hahn / Occupy Democrats:
Dear Moderate Senate Dems: Please help America, it's our last shot
Politico:
Senate reaches unemployment benefits deal, ending logjam on Covid aid bill
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
GOP groups quiet as billionaire donor stands accused of running biggest tax fraud scheme ever  — The billionaire accused of running the biggest tax fraud scheme in U.S. history was a prolific donor to Republican groups and causes.  — The leaders of those organizations have kept quiet on the accusations against him.
Bloomberg:
Two Top Female Aides Leave Andrew Cuomo Administration  —  Two more aides to Andrew Cuomo have left their jobs as the New York governor faces dual scandals over sexual-harassment claims and accusations his administration covered up nursing-home Covid deaths.
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Reed Richardson / Mediaite:   Cuomo Accuser Claims NY Governor Skipped Out of Sexual Harassment Training, Had Female Aide Complete It for Him
Gabe Friedman / The Times of Israel:
Charles Barkley fears hora at daughter's Jewish wedding  —  Basketball star tells Jimmy Kimmel he's been trying to lose weight 'because apparently they've got to pick me up in a chair.  Listen, I need all Jewish people on deck'  —  JTA — NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is looking forward …
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Americans largely back Biden's virus response  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is enjoying an early presidential honeymoon, with 60% of Americans approving of his job performance thus far and even more backing his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll …
Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
Rudy Giuliani, After Blowing Past Deadline to Respond to Dominion's Billion-Dollar Lawsuit, Personally Asks for Extension  —  Despite publicly welcoming a court fight over his false claims about voting machines being used to steal the 2020 election from Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani doesn't seem …
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CNN:
House impeachment manager Eric Swalwell sues Trump and close allies over Capitol riot in second major insurrection lawsuit
Annalise Frank / Crain's Detroit Business:
Detroit Mayor Duggan doubles down on not wanting J&J vaccine for ‘foreseeable future’  — City rejects 6,200 Johnson & Johnson vaccines; that amount not replaced with Moderna, Pfizer  — Duggan said city's vaccination program is humming along and he wants Detroiters to get the best vaccine
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Ganesh Setty / CNN:
Detroit mayor declines Johnson & Johnson allotment, saying the other vaccines are better
Glenn Greenwald:
As the Insurrection Narrative Crumbles, Democrats Cling to it More Desperately Than Ever  —  If the threat of “armed insurrectionists” and “domestic terrorists” is as great as some claim, why do they have to keep lying and peddling crude media fictions about it?  —  3 hr ago
New York Times:
F.B.I. Finds Contact Between Proud Boys Member and Trump Associate Before Riot  —  A leader of the far-right group separately said he had been in touch with Roger Stone, but an official said it was not the same contact investigators found through electronic communications records.
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
CDC lets child migrant shelters fill to 100% despite COVID concern  —  The Centers for Disease Control is allowing shelters handling child migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border to expand to full capacity, abandoning a requirement that they stay near 50% to inhibit the spread of the coronavirus, Axios has learned.
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Paige Smith / Bloomberg:
Biden Moves to Fire EEOC Top Lawyer Who Wouldn't Resign  — General Counsel Sharon Gustafson took office in 2019  — Republican attorney's term would have ended in 2023  —  President Joe Biden was to fire Sharon Gustafson, the Trump-appointed general counsel of the EEOC, at 5 p.m. Friday …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
HuffPost:
Revealed: The Star-Spangled Trumper Filmed Attacking Cops At The Capitol  —  Robert Scott Palmer assaulted police with a fire extinguisher on Jan. 6 — and he's still at large.  Meet one of the online sleuths working to change that.  —  With bright red and white stripes across his body …
Discussion: New York Post
Associated Press:
Giuliani probe awaits Garland as he nears AG confirmation  —  NEW YORK (AP) — With Merrick Garland poised to be confirmed as attorney general as early as next week, one of the first major questions he is likely to encounter is what to do about Rudy Giuliani.
Discussion: Forbes and Mother Jones
Alayna Treene / Axios:
U.S. Chamber decides against political ban for Capitol insurrection  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce revealed Friday it won't withhold political donations from lawmakers who simply voted against certifying the presidential election results and instead decide on a case-by-case basis.
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
MEMO: Political Support for Candidates in Light of Events of January 6th
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
For top budget job, Biden hesitates at naming a candidate who has bipartisan support  —  As the White House seeks to fill a critical vacancy, there's a clear public front-runner to be President Biden's budget chief: Shalanda Young, a widely respected former congressional aide who has been endorsed …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Biden has decided not to wage war on ‘Neanderthal’ GOP governors.  Here's why.  —  This week, after President Biden slammed GOP governors for “Neanderthal thinking” over their suspensions of mask mandates, a whole lot of Republicans pretended to be outraged.  And a whole lot of folks in the media pretended to believe them.
Discussion: New York Times
Russell Gold / Wall Street Journal:
Texas Opts Not to Fix $16 Billion Power Overcharge  —  Utility commission says repricing power markets too difficult, despite recommendation that overcharges during storm be reversed  —  The Public Utility Commission of Texas on Friday signaled it didn't intend to reverse $16 billion …
Lauren Fox / CNN:
Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren quietly releases massive social media report on GOP colleagues who voted to overturn the election  —  Washington (CNN)Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren has quietly posted a nearly 2,000-page report documenting social media posts by her Republican colleagues who voted …
Discussion: Breitbart, Daily Kos and Insider
David Aaro / Fox News:
Kentucky bill would make it a crime to insult police officers  —  The legislation was a response to riots throughout the country last summer, the bill's lead sponsor said  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for March 4  —  A bill advancing out of a Kentucky Senate committee on Thursday …
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Joe Sonka / Courier-Journal:
Insulting a police officer could become a crime in Kentucky
Anders Anglesey / Newsweek:
Rachel Powell, Capitol Rioter Known as ‘Bullhorn Lady,’ Indicted by Grand Jury  —  A D.C. grand jury has indicted a Pennsylvania mother-of-eight over her alleged participation in the storming of the U.S. Capitol building.  —  Rachel Powell, of Mercer County, was indicted by a grand jury in Washington …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Kanye's Zombie Campaign Attracts Teen Donors—and Feds' Scrutiny  —  GENIUS  —  “In five-plus years of doing this I've never come across something like this,” said Jordan Libowitz, communications director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics.  —  Former Birthday Party presidential …
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
One Old Way of Keeping Black People From Voting Still Works  —  A promising bill to ensure African-Americans' civil rights was snuffed out by a Senate filibuster in 1891.  —  This is the story of how a bill to save the vote and preserve a semblance of democracy for millions of Americans died …
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
The Navy tried to cast Capt. Brett Crozier as a villain.  New emails reveal how much support he really had  —  The Navy has repeatedly blamed Capt. Brett Crozier for the unprecedented novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt last year …
Discussion: Insider
Detroit Free Press:
Whitmer kidnapping plot hearing live feed: Confidential FBI informant testifies  —  Joe Guillen Omar Abdel-BaquiDetroit Free Press  —  A confidential FBI informant testified Friday in a Jackson court about being embedded for months alongside leaders of a group accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Guess who's fundraising for Liz Cheney  —  FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — PAUL RYAN is making clear where he stands in the ongoing intra-GOP battle over what to do about DONALD TRUMP.  Ryan's successor atop the House GOP, KEVIN MCCARTHY, may be walking a narrow line between the pro …
Rhea Boyd / New York Times:
Black People Need Better Vaccine Access, Not Better Vaccine Attitudes  —  The focus on “hesitancy” as the driver of lower Covid-19 vaccination rates misses the real problem, and opportunity.  —  Dr. Boyd is a pediatrician, public health advocate and scholar who writes and teaches about the impacts of racism and inequity on health.
 
 
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