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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.
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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: Insider and IJR
Washington Post:
Senate Democrats announce deal on unemployment insurance, allowing Biden bill to move forward
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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Sarah Gamard / delawareonline:
Why Carper, Coons just voted against Democrats' attempt to hike the minimum wage to $15  —  U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons were among eight non-Republican senators on Friday to vote against an attempt to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.  —  The nay votes were against a proposal …
Discussion: Boston.com, HuffPost and Insider
Burgess Everett / Politico:
8 Democrats defect on $15 minimum wage hike
HuffPost:
Republicans Are Gaslighting The Country About The Capitol Riot  —  GOP lawmakers are desperately trying to deflect blame away from Donald Trump and themselves.  —  Sure, the attack on the Capitol was bad, but did you hear about the attack on the White House last year?
Discussion: Raw Story, CBS News and Washington Post
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans aren't fighting Democrats. They're fighting democracy.
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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Rhea Boyd / New York Times:
Black People Need Better Vaccine Access, Not Better Vaccine Attitudes
Discussion: New York Magazine and ABC News
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.
CBS News:
Cuomo accuser alleges a staffer took sexual harassment training for the governor  —  When asked Wednesday if he had completed sexual harassment training, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the “Short answer is yes.”  But Charlotte Bennett, one of the women accusing the governor of sexual harassment …
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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
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.
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
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Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Republicans demand hearing into Cuomo nursing home scandal
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Never Trumpers Are Becoming Pro-Democracy Republicans  —  One of the most predictable developments of the post-Trump era was that the small band of anti-Trump conservative intellectuals and Republican officials would quickly melt away.  They had been repulsed by Donald Trump's combination …
Discussion: 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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Marisa Sarnoff / Mediaite:
Newsmax Loses More Than Half Its Audience Since Post-Election Ratings Surge  —  Following its post-election ratings surge, right-wing network Newsmax has seen its ratings drop, losing more than half of its total day audience, according to data from Nielsen.  —  In December, Newsmax …
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 …
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 and RedState
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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
Helaine Olen / Washington Post:
If you're upset about Hunter Biden, Elaine Chao should send you into fits of rage  —  It was only a few months ago that word got out that the Justice Department was investigating Hunter Biden's finances, including his ties to Chinese business interests.  Republicans leapt all over it.
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
CNN:
Democrats, keep your promise on the $15 minimum wage  —  Opinion by William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove  —  What a $15 minimum wage really looks like  —  The Rev. William Barber is president of Repairers of the Breach.  Minister Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is the author of “Revolution of Values.”
 
 
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Stef W. Kight / Axios:
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