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10:25 AM ET, March 8, 2021

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Mike Allen / Axios:
Manchin's next power play  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), America's ultimate swing voter, told me on “Axios on HBO” that he'll insist Republicans have more of a voice on President Biden's next big package than they did on the COVID stimulus.  —  The big picture: Manchin said he'll push …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Political Wire
Melissa Block / NPR:
Biden Will Establish A Gender Policy Council Within The White House  —  President Biden will mark International Women's Day on Monday by signing two executive orders geared toward promoting gender equity, both in the United States and around the world.  —  According to an administration official speaking …
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Courtney Subramanian / USA Today:
Biden to sign two executive orders to establish Gender Policy Council, review Title IX policies
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Biden to formally establish new Gender Policy Council
Discussion: CNN and Townhall
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Jill Biden helps honor women from 15 countries for courage
Discussion: The Hill
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Graham deals with Trump “dark side” to “harness the magic”  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham told “Axios on HBO” that Donald Trump has a “dark side” but he tries to “harness the magic” because he succeeded where Republican candidates like John McCain and Mitt Romney failed.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The ‘magic’ Donald Trump brought to Republican politics is not a mystery
Discussion: The Guardian
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Pence to give speech in SC, his 1st since leaving office  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In his first public address since the end of the Trump administration, former Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to South Carolina, set to speak to a conservative Christian nonprofit in the state that plays …
New York Times:
Josh Hawley Is ‘Not Going Anywhere.’ How Did He Get Here?  —  The senator's objection to the election results surprised some supporters.  But interviews with dozens of people close to him show his growing comfort with doing what it takes to hold on to power.
American Greatness:
Hitting Woke Herd Immunity?  —  We have become an absurd society obsessed with race but without any mechanism to develop a logical category of victimization and reparation.  —  Two recent polls suggest wokism is beginning to recede on a variety of fronts, from less trust in Black Lives Matter …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Does Fox care more about Dr. Seuss or stopping Biden's agenda?  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Congress is about to pass and President JOE BIDEN is about to sign into law the greatest expansion of the welfare state since LBJ.  —  The bill extends far beyond stimulus payments …
Josh Rogin / Politico:
Diplomats Warned of a Coronavirus Danger in Wuhan—2 Years Before the Outbreak  —  On January 15, in its last days, President Donald Trump's State Department put out a statement with serious claims about the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The statement said the U.S. intelligence community …
Discussion: Fox News
Ben Smith / New York Times:
They Had a Fun Pandemic.  You Can Read About It in Print.  —  A downtown New York crowd is pushing back against the homogenization of big social media.  —  Honor Levy, 23, with a piece of fiction published on The New Yorker's website and a short story collection coming out next year …
Reuters:
Accountant faces pressure to turn on Trump in criminal probe  —  (Reuters) - When lawyers asked Donald Trump more than a decade ago to identify who estimated values on some of his signature properties, he shrugged and pointed to his longtime accountant, Allen Weisselberg.
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
An FBI official told Congress the bureau can't monitor Americans' social media.  That's not true.  —  WASHINGTON — A senator had a simple question for the FBI's counterterrorism chief at a hearing last week about the Capitol riot.  —  Didn't the FBI see all those postings by extremists …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Hawley becomes GOP cash cow despite Jan. 6 blowback  —  Sen. Josh Hawley's effort to block certification of the 2020 election has been a fundraising boon — not just for him but his party, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: Corporate donors and establishment Republicans recoiled …
Discussion: Raw Story
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The stimulus shows why the left should stop worrying and learn to love the suburban voter  —  Contrary to the left's fears, the road to redistribution runs through the suburbs.  —  SHARE All sharing options  —  Democrats passed an unapologetically progressive stimulus bill through the Senate this weekend …
BBC:
Switzerland referendum: Voters support ban on face coverings in public  —  Switzerland has narrowly voted in favour of banning face coverings in public, including the burka or niqab worn by Muslim women.  —  Official results showed the measure had passed by 51.2% to 48.8% in Sunday's referendum.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. proposes interim power-sharing government with Taliban in Afghanistan  —  Worried that Afghan peace talks are going nowhere, and facing a May 1 deadline for the possible withdrawal of all U.S. troops, the Biden administration has proposed sweeping plans for an interim power-sharing government between …
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Texas shows the way on COVID rationality  —  Last week, a US state decided to throw off the shackles of prolonged pandemic restrictions that have done very little good and much harm.  That state will reopen libraries, museums, houses of worship and most businesses at full capacity.  —  No uproar ensued.
New York Times:
Rescue Package Includes $86 Billion Bailout for Failing Pensions  —  Democrats pushed through a big aid measure for multiemployer pensions whose problems predate the pandemic.  —  Tucked inside the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill that cleared the Senate on Saturday is an $86 billion aid package that has nothing to do with the pandemic.
Alexandra Garrett / Newsweek:
68% of Americans Support Biden's Pandemic Response, Most Say Lifting Restrictions Too Fast: Poll  —  More than two-thirds of Americans approve of President Joe Biden's response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll released Sunday.
Discussion: ABC News, Joe.My.God., CNN and ABC7
Angry White Men:
In Unearthed Audio, Laura Loomer Calls Herself ‘Pro-White Nationalism’  —  In December 2017, anti-Muslim activist Laura Loomer appeared on a podcast for the white supremacist website Amerika.  In unearthed audio, Loomer can be heard making racist and demeaning comments about Muslims and Palestinians.
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Conservative group to invest $10M on effort to tighten election security laws in 8 swing states  —  States targeted include Florida, Georgia, Michigan and Texas  —  Growing calls for Democrats to use filibuster exception to pass HR 1 voting bill  —  Heritage Action for America …
Discussion: National Review
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
Child Tax Credit, Proposed in Stimulus, Advances an Effort Years in the Making  —  The $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package moving through Congress advances an idea that Democrats have been nurturing for decades: establishing a guaranteed income for families with children.
Tim Blake Nelson / The Hill:
The power to change what we are: Social media as the new ‘Fifth Estate’  —  Could Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey ever have imagined that his social media platform would become a U.S. president's preferred manner of communicating with the American electorate and beyond?
Todd Gilbert / Washington Examiner:
Democratic refusal to open schools is on the ballot in Virginia and New Jersey in 2021  —  President Biden claimed he would unite the country, turn down the temperature, and forge bipartisan consensus, but he has spent his first month in office unilaterally killing jobs through executive orders …
Joanne Kenen / Politico:
Vaccine-skeptical Trump country poses challenge to immunization push  —  The Biden administration can finally ship large quantities of coronavirus shots into the American heartland, where health officials are encountering a reservoir of vaccine skepticism among rural Americans who've adopted …
Alexander Reid Ross / The Daily Beast:
These ‘Dirtbag Left’ Stars Are Flirting With the Far Right  —  Their podcasts and shows are full of Boogaloos, “deep state” conspiracies, and even “great replacement” talking points.  Which side is this, again? … Over the past year, as the far right trafficked in wild anti-masker …
 
 
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Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Kyrsten Sinema and the Thumbs-Down That Enraged the Left
Discussion: The Hill and Jacobin
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
What Is Happening to the Republicans?  —  In becoming the party of Trump, the G.O.P. confronts …
Scientific American:
Biden: Push States and Cities to Use Stimulus Money for Gun Violence Prevention
Washington Post:
‘An essential service’: Inside Biden's struggle to meet his school reopening promises
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Georgia Republicans are pushing dozens of ‘election integrity’ bills. Black voters are the target, rights groups say.
Heather Knight / San Francisco Chronicle:
Should S.F. City Hall control the school board? Two parents have a plan to shake up the district
Eric W. Dolan / Raw Story:
GOP's Kevin McCarthy dared to hold up racist Dr. Seuss imagery after his ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ stunt flops
Washington Post:
It's past time for Biden to hold a news conference
 Earlier Items: 
Douglas MacKinnon / The Hill:
It will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it
Discussion: Florida Politics
Manyin Li / National Review:
What China Really Wants: A New World Order
Wall Street Journal:
Iran-Backed Houthi Rebels Say They Targeted Saudi Oil Port
Discussion: Bloomberg and Al Jazeera
Wall Street Journal:
U.S., South Korean Negotiators Reach a Cost-Sharing Accord on Troops
Discussion: KYMA-TV, Foreign Policy and Al Jazeera
Bion Bartning / Wall Street Journal:
Dividing by Race Comes to Grade School
Associated Press:
Cuomo defiant as top New York lawmakers call on him to quit
Politico:
Biden rides a ‘Keep It Simple, Stupid’ strategy to early success