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5:55 PM ET, March 6, 2021


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POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Trump sends legal notice to GOP to stop using his name  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  HAPPENING NOW ON THE SENATE FLOOR: The Senate is working its way through final GOP amendments to President JOE BIDEN's pandemic relief bill after pulling an all-nighter debating changes to the document.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump vows to campaign against ‘disloyal’ Murkowski  —  Former President Donald Trump is making official his plans to target Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, vowing to travel to Alaska to campaign against her ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.  —  In a statement to POLITICO on Saturday …
Discussion: HotAir
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Progressives Should Be Celebrating The Senate's COVID-19 Relief Bill  —  The big story isn't what Biden and Democratic leaders gave away.  It's what they got and the boost it provides future efforts.  —  The concessions to secure final votes were dispiriting and, at times, infuriating.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Biden's slow and steady approach on Cabinet choices seems to be working  —  The Biden administration has learned that slow and steady might just win the race to confirming the new Cabinet.  —  Despite the historically sluggish pace of Senate consideration, President Biden's Cabinet choices have …
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Senate narrowly passes COVID relief bill after sleepless, tumultuous night  —  Senate has been in session since 9 a.m. Friday  —  Hagerty: More pork in COVID bill ‘than all the BBQ joints in Tennessee’  —  The Senate on Saturday narrowly passed President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus …
Washington Post:
Senate passes Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill after voting overnight on amendments, sends measure back to House
Washington Post:
Seeking to flex new political muscle, centrist Senate Democrats push early changes to $1.9 trillion stimulus
Discussion: USA Today and CNN
Albany Times Union:
Resign, Mr. Cuomo  —  First Gov. Andrew Cuomo hid the truth about deaths of nursing home residents from the public.  Then his administration lied about why.  Then, pretending to come clean, it lied about why it lied.  —  Enough.  Mr. Cuomo has squandered the public's trust at a time when it's needed more than ever.
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 …
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Cuomo book sales see ‘precipitous drop’
Discussion: RedState, Bloomberg and Insider
Washington Post:
Biden stimulus showers money on Americans, sharply cutting poverty in defining move of presidency  —  The $1.9 trillion package enjoys wide support across the country, polls show, but it comes with political and economic risks.  —  President Biden's stimulus package, which passed the Senate on Saturday …
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
To Juice the Economy, Biden Bets on the Poor  —  Mr. Biden's bottom-up $1.9 trillion aid package is a sharp reversal from the tax cut bill that was President Donald J. Trump's first big legislative victory.  —  WASHINGTON — To jump-start the ailing economy, President Biden is turning …
Discussion: Sputnik News and Vox
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Divided Senate Passes Biden's Pandemic Aid Plan
Discussion: The Week
BuzzFeed News:
NYT Columnist David Brooks Resigns From Nonprofit After More Evidence Of Conflicts Emerges  —  David Brooks has resigned from his position at the Aspen Institute following reporting by BuzzFeed News about conflicts of interest between the star New York Times columnist and funders of a program he led for the think tank.
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
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
Exclusive: Nigel Farage quits politics - and this time he means it  —  The Reform Party leader is stepping back after almost three decades.  But he's still got the woke brigade in his crosshairs  —  Chopper's Politics podcast - Nigel Farage  —  Brexit is done - and so is Nigel Farage.
New York Post:
De Blasio is serious about ‘longshot’ run against Gov. Cuomo, insiders say  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio has been talking to his inner circle and union allies about running for governor, and sources say he is growing increasingly confident he can win.  —  “I fell out of my chair laughing …
Discussion: National Review
Linda So / Reuters:
Exclusive: Georgia prosecutor probing Trump taps leading racketeering attorney  —  (Reuters) - The district attorney investigating whether former U.S. President Donald Trump illegally interfered with Georgia's 2020 election has hired an outside lawyer who is a national authority on racketeering …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Hill
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
Li Cohen / CBS News:
“I still like Dr. Seuss”: Kevin McCarthy releases video of himself reading “Green Eggs and Ham”  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has seemingly weighed in on Dr. Seuss Enterprises' decision to stop publishing six Dr. Seuss books because they contain racist and insensitive imagery.
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Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
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NBC News:
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Associated Press:
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Marisa Sarnoff / Mediaite:
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Helaine Olen / Washington Post:
If you're upset about Hunter Biden, Elaine Chao should send you into fits of rage
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
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Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Oh, No, the Labor Market Is Recovering