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9:10 AM ET, March 6, 2021


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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.
Discussion: Insider, Political Wire and Raw Story
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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
8 Democrats defect on $15 minimum wage hike
Sarah Gamard / delawareonline:
Why Carper, Coons just voted against Democrats' attempt to hike the minimum wage to $15
Discussion:, HuffPost and Insider
Washington Post:
Senate Democrats announce deal on unemployment insurance, allowing Biden bill to move forward  —  Deal reached after nine-hour standoff stalled action on Biden's $1.9 trillion relief bill  —  Senate Democratic leaders reached an agreement over unemployment benefits with moderate Democratic …
The Hill:
Senators pull all-nighter inching toward COVID-19 relief vote  —  Senators worked throughout the night Friday into Saturday as the chamber considered various amendments to the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, with a final vote expected later in the day.
Discussion: IJR
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:   Cuomo Accuser Claims NY Governor Skipped Out of Sexual Harassment Training, Had Female Aide Complete It for Him
Riley Vetterkind /
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 …
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 and RedState
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:   Judge Accuses Jacob ‘QAnon Shaman’ Chansley's Lawyer of Possible ‘Subterfuge’ After TV Debut on ‘60 Minutes’ Backfires
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.
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Vaccine hesitancy drops, but with partisan divide  —  69% of the public intends to get a COVID vaccine or already has, up significantly from 60% in November, according to a report out Friday from the Pew Research Center.  —  Yes, but: The issue has become even more partisan …
Rhea Boyd / New York Times:
Black People Need Better Vaccine Access, Not Better Vaccine Attitudes
Discussion: ABC News
James Arkin / Politico:
Former astronaut mulling Senate run in North Carolina  —  Joan Higginbotham, right, waves as other crew members look on while she is introduced during a Space Day celebration event at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum May 5, 2005 in Chantilly, Va. |  Joan Higginbotham, a former NASA astronaut …
Allysia Finley / Wall Street Journal:
Vindication for Ron DeSantis  —  The media vilified him for rejecting harsh lockdowns.  But Florida's Covid-19 numbers are better than California's or New York's, and its economy thrives.  —  In the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo imposed strict lockdown policies …
Discussion: Breitbart, Politico and Fox News
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
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 …
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
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 …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Democrats Want a Stronger Edge in the Senate.  Ohio Could Be Crucial.  —  The retirement of a moderate Republican senator and conservative infighting have raised Democratic ambitions in the state, a longtime political bellwether that is increasingly tilting red.
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Oh, No, the Labor Market Is Recovering  —  Democrats play down good jobs news to pass their spending blowout.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Now we know why the Democrats who run all of Washington are so eager to rush through their $1.9 trillion spending bill without negotiating with Republicans.
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.
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Kevin McCarthy's Dr. Seuss Stunt Leaves People Very, Very Puzzled  —  “So what's the point?  Forgive me if I am confused.”  —  It was storytime with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Friday when he released a five-minute video of himself reading a Dr. Seuss book.
Discussion: Raw Story, BizPac Review and The Hill
PR Newswire:
Los Angeles City Council Moves to Ensure Safer Buildings  —  Build with Strength supports unanimous 5-0 vote in Public Safety Committee to move “Building a Safer Los Angeles” motion forward  —  Today, Councilmember Monica Rodriguez led the Public Safety Committee in passing out of Committee …
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
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.
Emma Balter / Houston Chronicle:
‘It was horrific’: Houston restaurants brace for threats after sticking with masks  —  The past three days have been difficult for Monica Richards, a co-owner of Picos restaurant in Upper Kirby.  After Gov. Greg Abbott announced he is reopening Texas on March 10, the restaurant told its customers …
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
Hollie McKay / Newlines Magazine:
The ISIS War Crime Iraqi Turkmen Won't Talk About  —  Jihadists made rape a weapon of their genocidal campaign, but for one ethnic minority in Iraq, it's too painful to discuss  —  Hollie McKay is a journalist and author  —  One crisp afternoon more than three years ago …
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
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Discussion: HuffPost, The Hill and Deadline
Mariama Sojourner Eversley / American Prospect:
Trump Holdovers Still Dot U.S. Attorneys Offices
Anna Kate Munsey / The New Hampshire:
N.H. House bill aims to eliminate same-day voter registration
Discussion: Democracy Docket
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Kanye's Zombie Campaign Attracts Teen Donors—and Feds' Scrutiny
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Prominent retired generals aided Honoré review of Capitol security
Discussion: Defense One
Associated Press:
Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 still wait for advice
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Mardi Link / Traverse City Record-Eagle:
Charter jets, dinners with Trump: New details surface in Antrim County election lawsuit
Discussion: Bulwark+ and Raw Story
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
How Rhode Island Fell to the Coronavirus
Discussion: WPRI-TV and The Boston Globe
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
CDC lets child migrant shelters fill to 100% despite COVID concern
Revealed: The Star-Spangled Trumper Filmed Attacking Cops At The Capitol
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post