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7:52 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.
USA Today:
6 takeaways from the Senate's approval of Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill  —  WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden won preliminary approval Saturday of his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill after a bleary-eyed Senate voted 50-49 for the package along party lines …
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: The Hill, CNN, and HotAir
Schumer leads Dems to messy but major win on Covid aid  —  Chuck Schumer put it bluntly to Joe Manchin: If you side with Republicans, you could jeopardize everything.  —  The West Virginia senator was delaying consideration of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan …
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.
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Trump sends cease-and-desist letter to GOP organizations to stop fundraising off his name  —  Former president Donald Trump has sent a cease-and-desist letter to at least three Republican organizations demanding they stop using his name and likeness to fundraise, two Trump advisers confirmed Saturday.
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Senate passes $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill, including $1,400 stimulus checks, with no Republican support
Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
Chuck Schumer Holds The Line
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Senate narrowly passes COVID relief bill after sleepless, tumultuous night
How Democrats miscalculated Manchin and later won him back
Discussion: Vox and KYMA-TV
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
After Stimulus Victory in Senate, Reality Sinks in: Bipartisanship Is Dead
Washington Post:
Senate passes Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill after voting overnight on amendments, sends measure back to House
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Divided Senate Passes Biden's Pandemic Aid Plan
Discussion: The Week
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
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Highlights of the $1.9T COVID bill nearing final passage
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.
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.
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, Raw Story and The Hill
Jay Caspian Kang / New York Times:
We Need to Put a Name to This Violence  —  The recent attacks on Asian-Americans have unearthed the contradictions and questions beneath America's impoverished understanding of race.  To solve the problem, we must first learn how to talk about it.  —  In the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles riots …
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
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
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 …
Thomas M. Burton / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Government Scientists Skeptical of One-Shot Regimen for Pfizer, Moderna Covid Vaccines  —  Some members of Congress have urged to allow for just one dose to speed up vaccinations  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. government scientists are pushing back against calls for one-dose regimens …
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
Diadie Ba / Reuters:
Boy killed in Senegal protests as opposition steps up pressure  —  DAKAR (Reuters) - A 17-year-old boy was killed by gunfire in southern Senegal on Saturday, a government official said, and several police stations were ransacked as opponents of President Macky Sall called for more protests next week.
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.
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Associated Press:
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