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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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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David Jackson / USA Today:
Donald Trump expands his Republican enemies list to Karl Rove, Wall Street Journal op-eds
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
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: McCarthy struggles to manage Trump
Discussion: Raw Story, New York Times and Daily Kos
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Agree to Lower Weekly Jobless Benefits in Covid-19 Aid Bill  —  Senators are working on $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief legislation that includes stimulus checks, jobless aid and other measures  —  WASHINGTON—Senate Democrats have agreed to lower the weekly unemployment benefits …
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Hunter Woodall / Star Tribune:
Sen. Tina Smith supports ending filibuster
Discussion: HuffPost, The Hill, Breitbart and Alpha News
Politico:
GOP grapples with extremist episodes among its own  —  The House GOP's No. 3 leader recently urged Republicans to make clear they're not the party of white supremacy.  Two days later, one of their members spoke at a conference organized by a known white nationalist.
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
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Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Paul Gosar Spoke At A White Nationalist Conference. The GOP Doesn't Care.
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Paul Gosar: MTG In Lifts
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
CNN:
House impeachment manager Eric Swalwell sues Trump and close allies over Capitol riot in second major insurrection lawsuit  —  Rep. Thompson explains use of the KKK act in lawsuit against Trump  —  Washington (CNN)Former House impeachment manager Eric Swalwell has sued former President Donald Trump …
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Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Rep. Eric Swalwell sues Trump over Jan. 6 riot, alleging he poses risk of ‘inciting future political violence’
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 …
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 …
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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Jason Silverstein / CBS News:   Kentucky bill would make it a crime to insult a police officer
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 …
U.S. Department of Justice:
John David McAfee And Executive Adviser Of His Cryptocurrency Team Indicted In Manhattan Federal Court For Fraud And Money Laundering Conspiracy Crimes  —  Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director …
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Wall Street Journal:
India Threatens Jail for Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter Employees  —  Country flexes new powers over big platforms while companies are counting on world's second-largest population for growth  —  India's government has threatened to jail employees of Facebook Inc., its WhatsApp unit …
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 …
American Greatness:
A Family on Trial for January 6  —  The Justice Department, which acts more like a consigliere for the Democratic Party than an impartial enforcer of the rule of law, wants to ruin the Cua family and send a message to others.  —  Bruno Joseph Cua lives on a three-acre farm in central Georgia with his parents and two younger siblings.
SBG San Antonio / KDBC:
Gov. Abbott to announce bill prohibiting social media companies from censoring viewpoints  —  SAN ANTONIO (WOAI/KABB) — Governor Greg Abbott will hold a press conference Friday, regarding a bill to prohibit social media companies from ‘censoring Texans’.  According to a press release …
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Mike Lindell Is Readying Another Documentary and Lawsuit That He Claims Will Finally Convince SCOTUS the Election Was Stolen  —  In February, right-wing conspiracy theorist and MyPillow founder Mike Lindell announced that he would be releasing “the most important documentary” in history …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Beto O'Rourke is criss-crossing Texas, igniting Democratic hopes he'll run for governor  —  (CNN)Beto O'Rourke is on the road again, criss-crossing Texas and broadcasting his stops in small towns live.  —  His efforts have been focused on the crises that have gripped the state …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and KYMA-TV
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
A Vexing Question for Democrats: What Drives Latino Men to Republicans?  —  Several voters said values like individual responsibility and providing for one's family, and a desire for lower taxes and financial stability, led them to reject a party embraced by their parents.
Karen Attiah / Washington Post:
Living in Texas right now feels like an exercise in survival  —  DALLAS — As spring makes inroads down here in North Texas, the impending reopening of the state feels ominously like a death trap.  —  At a Mexican restaurant in Lubbock this week, Gov. Greg Abbott (R)proclaimed that he would issue …
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
If you can keep your head when Democrats are losing theirs  —  It's fun to quote Rudyard Kipling.  He was a fine poet, though not a great one, and also a wonderful storyteller.  His works include gems such as The Jungle Book, beloved by children and their parents for generations …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Taking on a New Role, Susan Rice is Asserting Herself  —  After serving as United Nations ambassador and national security adviser in the Obama administration, she has unexpectedly ended up helping oversee domestic policy in the Biden White House.  —  WASHINGTON — When President Biden …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and The Hill
 
 
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Brad Bannon / The Hill:
Trump was unhinged and unchanged at CPAC
Ted Hesson / Reuters:
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American Enterprise Institute - AEI:
The conservative case against child allowances
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Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Republicans Are Using Race-Baiting Attacks to Block Biden's Civil Rights Picks
ABC News:
‘A great clash’: Mail-in voting emerges as main target in renewed voting-rights battle
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Washington Examiner:
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Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
Biden faces criticism over push to vaccinate teachers
Discussion: Associated Press and HotAir