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New York Times:
Cuomo Aides Rewrote Nursing Home Report to Hide Higher Death Toll  —  The intervention was the earliest action yet known in an effort by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that concealed how many nursing home residents died in the pandemic.  —  Top aides to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo were alarmed …
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Wall Street Journal:
Cuomo Advisers Altered Report on Covid-19 Nursing-Home Deaths  —  Changes resulted in a significant undercount of the death toll attributed to long-term-care facility residents  —  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top advisers successfully pushed state health officials to strip a public report …
Evan Perez / CNN:
Federal investigators are examining communications between US lawmakers and Capitol rioters  —  (CNN)Federal investigators are examining records of communications between members of Congress and the pro-Trump mob that attacked the US Capitol, as the investigation moves closer …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot  —  The FBI on Thursday arrested Federico Klein, a former State Department aide, on charges related to the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, marking the first known instance of an appointee of President Donald Trump facing criminal prosecution …
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Just Rewrite the Senate Rules Already  —  As part of their ongoing effort to delay passage of the Democratic Covid-19 relief bill, Republicans are forcing Senate clerks to read the entire text aloud on the Senate floor.  The bill is around 600 to 700 pages long.
Discussion: Palmer Report and Axios
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CNN:
Ron Johnson at the center of the storm: ‘People are out to destroy me’  —  Bash: This is why key GOP senator is fighting Biden's stimulus  —  (CNN)Sen. Ron Johnson seems to be relishing his place at the center of the controversies dominating Washington.  —  For two months …
Axios:
Harris breaks tie as Senate proceeds with lengthy debate on COVID relief bill
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Magazine
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Senate Chamber Empties As Reading Of 628-Page Relief Bill Gets Underway
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
While the Senate reads the coronavirus relief bill, nearly 1,400 Americans may die from the virus
Politico:
Biden World gives a shoulder shrug to the raging culture wars  —  There's a war on The Muppets.  And “The Cat and the Hat!”  —  But Biden is busy.  He has no time for all that.  —  Over the past few weeks, Republicans have simmered over the “cancellation” of seemingly innocent family favorites …
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:   “Cat in the Hat” puts cash in the bank for GOP
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump's Georgia Rewrite  —  The former President is unhappy with us for recognizing reality.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Former Presidents and Vice Presidents have told us how psychologically difficult the early months of lost political power can be.
Discussion: TheBlaze, The Hill and Mediaite
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Giovanni Russonello / New York Times:
QAnon Proves Its Resilience  —  Worries about an enduring, violent conspiracy theory rise anew.  —  Tumbleweeds blew through the House chambers today, after Speaker Nancy Pelosi moved a major vote to Wednesday night, so that lawmakers could skip town a day early.
Discussion: FOX 2, Raw Story and WINK NEWS
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Washington Post:
At the Capitol, a March 4 threat from militant Trump supporters proves a mirage
Jeffrey A.Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Dr. Seuss Books Deemed Offensive Will Be Delisted From eBay  —  E-commerce giant says it ‘is currently sweeping our marketplace to remove these items’  —  Online marketplace eBay Inc. said it is working to prevent the resale of six Dr. Seuss books that were pulled earlier this week …
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Haley Victory Smith / Washington Examiner:
eBay removing all listings of six canceled Dr. Seuss books
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
What Does National Security Even Mean Anymore, After January 6th and the Pandemic?  —  Talking threats, foreign and domestic, with Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  —  Donald Trump's image was flickering on the oversized TV screen in the private cabin of the Air Force jet …
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Alex Ward / Vox:
An “emotional” moment at an NSC meeting shows why withdrawing from Afghanistan is so hard
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Chris Spargo / RADAR:
Bill Clinton ‘Bagman’ Doug Band Provides Evidence To Feds Investigating Ties To Epstein ‘Madam’ Ghislaine Maxwell  —  Bill Clinton's former body-man-turned-aide Doug Band has turned whistleblower in the federal sex trafficking investigation involving Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News' scrappy White House correspondent grills Biden, who plays along  —  Whenever President Biden leaves a stage or lectern after an appearance in front of the media, the last voice viewers hear usually belongs to Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy.
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Alan Feuer / New York Times:
The man who put his feet up on a desk in Pelosi's office during the Capitol riot throws a tantrum in court.  —  Richard Barnett, the Arkansas man charged with breaking into Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office and stealing her mail during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, threw a tantrum during …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Appeal Rings Hollow at CPAC  —  Only 68% of a crowd of Trump's fervent supporters want him to run in 2024.  —  Donald Trump's Conservative Political Action Conference speech in Orlando, Fla., Sunday started with a bang—"Do you miss me yet?"—causing the audience to explode in cheers.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and TheBlaze
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Fox News will be ‘loyal opposition’ against Biden, Fox CEO says  —  Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch said Thursday it is the job of Fox News to serve as the opposition to the Biden administration, stating clearly the political biases of a network that until 2017 billed itself as “fair and balanced.”
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
‘Nobody Is in Charge’: Capitol's Secretive Police Board Faces Overhaul After Riot  —  Top lawmakers say the Capitol Police Board, which is beholden to House and Senate leaders, needs significant changes after the security failures of Jan. 6.  —  WASHINGTON — The congressional inquiry …
Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. blocked Myanmar junta attempt to empty $1 billion New York Fed account - sources  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Myanmar's military rulers attempted to move about $1 billion held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York days after seizing power on Feb. 1, prompting U.S. officials …
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Diplomat
Zack Stanton / Politico:
The Rise of the Biden Republicans  —  The pollster who identified “Reagan Democrats” in the 1980s sees the emergence of a mirror image voting bloc.  And it spells trouble for a GOP dominated by Trump.  —  There are unwritten rules that dictate how American politics works.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Trump Appointee At VOA Parent Paid Law Firm Millions To Investigate His Own Staff  —  Last summer, an appointee of former President Donald Trump was irate because he could not simply fire top executives who had warned him that some of his plans might be illegal.
Ryan W. Miller / Yahoo News:
In ‘exceedingly rare’ case, Iowa journalist faces charges from reporting on summer protests  —  The trial of a Des Moines Register reporter who was  —  arrested covering racial justice protests last summer is slated to begin next week in what experts said is a rare criminal prosecution of a journalist on assignment in the USA.
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Those fever scanners that everyone is using to fight covid can be wildly inaccurate, researchers find  —  A flood of thermal scanners hit the market last year with promises to detect the signs of possible infection.  But many of the devices use software that can make a feverish person appear perfectly well.
Discussion: WEB OF EVIL and The Intercept
Brittny Mejia / Los Angeles Times:
Her journey from Guatemala to the U.S. ended with a crash near the border  —  Yesenia Magali Melendrez Cardona told her father she wanted to follow in his footsteps.  —  He had made the trek from Guatemala to the U.S. 15 years earlier in search of a new life.  In February, she left a job and her studies behind and headed north.
Discussion: Associated Press and Fox News
Marc Owen Jones / Middle East Eye:
Clubhouse: A new avenue of free speech, or yet another tool of repression?  —  It is not a question of ‘if’ the app will be coopted by Arab authoritarian regimes as a means of surveillance and control - it's a question of how quickly  —  Clubhouse is taking parts of the Arab world by storm.
U.S. Department of Justice:
White Supremacists Plead Guilty to Violent Crime in Aid of Racketeering  —  Two members of the Aryan Circle (AC) pleaded guilty this week to their roles in a violent assault of a man in October 2016.  —  Michael Martin, aka Aryan Prodigy, aka AP, 38, of Austin, Texas, and Bobby Dayle Boney …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Glenn Greenwald Says Tucker Carlson Is a True Socialist  —  Glenn Greenwald's long intellectual journey from center left to far left to, well, somewhere is a subject of fascination in elite circles.  Greenwald comes out of a tradition of progressive journalism that focused primarily …
Trisha Thadani / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. pays $61,000 a year for one tent in a site to shelter the homeless....  S.F. pays $61,000 a year for one tent in a site to shelter the homeless.  Why?  —  San Francisco is paying $16.1 million to shelter homeless people in 262 tents placed in empty lots around the city where they also get services …
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
He told the world about his brutal torture in Syria.  Then, mysteriously, he went back.  —  Videos by Marzena Skubatz  —  LONDON — With his gaunt frame, haunted face and copious tears, Mazen al-Hamada became a poster boy for the suffering of Syrian torture victims.
 
 
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SBG San Antonio / KDBC:
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Bloomberg:
China to Pour More Money Into Chips, AI and 5G to Catch U.S.
Jamie McIntyre / Washington Examiner:
Is war with China just a matter of time?
Discussion: Foreign Affairs and Politico
Josh Barro / Insider:
COVID advice needs to be hopeful and realistic — and needs to tell people vaccines allow less restriction
Discussion: HotAir
Politico:
Biden primary campaign staffers left waiting for administration jobs
New York Times:
Elaine Chao's Mix of Work and Family Drew Early Ethics Scrutiny
Discussion: The Week, HuffPost and Vanity Fair
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
UN Embroiled in Myanmar Crisis as Junta Dismisses Sanctions
Just Security:
Just Security Obtains Overseas Troop Counts That the Pentagon Concealed from the Public
Discussion: Military Times
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Volatility Is the New Normal  —  Many of us are wondering if this last year …
BuzzFeed News:
Some Oath Keepers Say Its Founder Has Betrayed The Group's Mission — And Them
Axios:
Scoop: Leaked HHS docs spotlight Biden's child migrant dilemma