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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 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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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 …
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 …
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Trump State Department Aide Arrested on Capitol Riot Charges  —  The F.B.I. said on Thursday that it had arrested a former State Department aide on charges related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, including unlawful entry, violent and disorderly conduct, obstructing Congress and law enforcement …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: McCarthy struggles to manage Trump
Matt Dixon / Politico:
DeSantis and Pence tied in new poll of Trump voters
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 …
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.
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Steve Holland / Reuters:
Civil War: Trump attacks Republican strategist Rove, who fires back  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President Donald Trump intensified his war with the Republican establishment on Thursday by attacking Karl Rove, a longtime Republican strategist who criticized Trump's first speech since leaving office …
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Paul Gosar Spoke At A White Nationalist Conference.  The GOP Doesn't Care.  —  The congressman was the keynote speaker at a conference run by a virulent racist and anti-Semite.  HuffPost tried to find a Republican lawmaker to rebuke him.  —  Last week a sitting U.S. congressman delivered …
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Tim Miller / The Bulwark:   Paul Gosar: MTG In Lifts
Politico:   GOP grapples with extremist episodes among its own
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 …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Why is Joe Biden dodging the public and the press?  —  President Biden is not unlike Candidate Biden in terms of being largely hidden from the public and press.  Already, the decision by his team to limit his interactions with the media, while barely traveling outside the White House to address …
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Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden meeting Quad amid own pivot toward Asia
Discussion: The Hill, Bloomberg and The Diplomat
Marcus Weisgerber / Defense One:
That Settles That: White House Is Keeping Space Force
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
A Leading Critic of Big Tech Is Expected to Join the White House  —  Tim Wu's appointment to the National Economic Council would signal a confrontational approach by the Biden administration.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden is expected to name Tim Wu, a Columbia University law professor …
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 …
RJ Reinhart / Gallup:
U.S. Optimism About COVID-19 Situation Reaches New High  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — One year after the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the U.S., Americans have become markedly more upbeat in their views of the trajectory of the situation, and their worries about access to testing and medical supplies and services have eased.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Biden confronts mounting humanitarian crisis at the border  —  Just over a month into his presidency, President Biden is staring down a mounting crisis at the border that could be just as bad as the ones faced by Barack Obama and Donald Trump, if not worse.  —  Why it matters: Immigration is an issue that can consume a presidency.
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Zack Stanton / Politico:
The Rise of the Biden Republicans
Discussion: Daily Torch
CBS News:
You've been vaccinated — the CDC is finalizing guidance on what's safe for you to do  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is finalizing guidance aimed at clarifying what Americans who have received COVID-19 vaccines should and shouldn't do, according to two sources at the agency familiar with its drafting.
Discussion: Politico and Outside the Beltway
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 …
Discussion: Summit News
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Associated Press:
Officers maced, trampled: Docs expose depth of Jan. 6 chaos
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Biden backs new war powers vote in Congress, White House says  —  President Joe Biden intends to work with Congress to repeal the war authorizations that have underpinned U.S. military operations across the globe for the past two decades and negotiate a new one that reins in the open-ended nature …
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 …
The Princetonian:
Whig-Clio votes to rescind James Madison Award from Sen. Ted Cruz '92  —  On Thursday, March 4, the American Whig-Cliosophic Society (Whig-Clio) voted to rescind its highest honor, the James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service (JMA), from Sen. Ted Cruz '92 (R-Texas).
Wall Street Journal:
Signs of New Hiring Point to Modest Job Gains, Renewed Growth  —  Pace of hiring could pick up later this year as Covid-19 vaccines are administered and business restrictions ease  —  A winter hiring freeze appears to have thawed in February alongside other signs the broader economic recovery …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ganesh Setty / CNN:
Detroit mayor declines Johnson & Johnson allotment, saying the other vaccines are better  —  Vaccine manufacturing official: You can't sacrifice safety and quality for speed  —  (CNN)Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan declined an initial allocation of the newly authorized Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine …
Discussion: KYMA-TV
Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
‘I...really struggled through this one’: A Republican senator chose history over oil and gas  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted to confirm Rep. Deb Haaland's nomination as the first Native American interior secretary  —  Rep. Deb Haaland's bid to become the first Native American interior secretary …
Gabby Orr / Politico:
GOP seizes on women's sports as unlikely wedge issue  —  Republicans are laying claim to an unlikely mantle: the party of women's sports.  —  Eager to find a winning culture war issue, former President Donald Trump and other GOP leaders are increasingly touting themselves as champions …
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
50 years later, an historic act of civil disobedience in Delco is finally getting its due |  Will Bunch  —  On the night of March 8, 1971, or 50 years ago this Monday, a lot of things were going through Bonnie Raines' mind as she waited in a Media motel room that was a command hub for arguably …
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.
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 …
CNN:
The most important exception the Senate can make  —  Opinion by Norman Eisen, Richard W. Painter and Jeffrey Mandell  —  Rep. Sarbanes: Failure to pass HR 1 ‘would split our democracy in two’  —  Norman Eisen served as President Obama's ethics czar and ambassador to the Czech Republic …
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: Politico, Talking Points Memo, Slate and NPR
Glenn H. Reynolds / New York Post:
America's elites are waging class war on workers and small biz  —  In America, class warfare is often disguised as culture war, and culture war is often cloaked by talk of race.  But underneath it all, the class warfare is still there.  Whether accidentally or intentionally …
Grant Stern / Occupy Democrats:
Florida's governor in hot water over alleged vaccine-for-campaign cash scandal  —  In a shocking, but hardly surprising report, the Republican Governor of Florida got caught selling vaccines to some of the state's wealthiest country club residents while those who don't donate …
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.
 
 
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Matt Bai / Washington Post:
Oh, the books that you'd ban!
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
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Melissa Weiss / Jewish Insider:
Matt Duss expected to remain on Bernie Sanders' staff
W. James Antle III / Washington Examiner:
Democrats hide radical ideas behind rosy bill titles
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Tale of two invasions: Ingraham says Dems ignore real border crisis while hyping threats to Capitol
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
Kamala Harris is emerging as a magnet for progressive pressure on the White House
Discussion: CNN and NBC New York
Oliver Laughland / The Guardian:
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SBG San Antonio / KDBC:
Gov. Abbott to announce bill prohibiting social media companies from censoring viewpoints
Axios:
Harris breaks tie as Senate proceeds with lengthy debate on COVID relief bill
Discussion: New York Magazine and Bloomberg
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Glenn Greenwald Says Tucker Carlson Is a True Socialist
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Mediaite