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8:40 PM ET, March 8, 2021


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New York Times:
Inside the Lincoln Project's Secrets, Side Deals and Scandals  —  A civil war broke out in the group as it antagonized Donald Trump, with leaders splintering over financial arrangements and revelations of online harassment by a top official.  —  A few days before the presidential election …
POLITICO Playbook PM: How Blunt's retirement will reverberate in 2022  —  Sen. ROY BLUNT'S (R-Mo.) announcement this morning that he won't seek a third term next year marks yet another blow to the governing wing of the GOP.  —  Blunt joins four other Republican incumbents heading for the exits …
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
Associated Press:
Iowa governor signs Republican bill restricting voting access into law  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday signed into law a Republican-backed bill that makes it harder to vote early, potentially eroding a key aspect of Democratic campaigns.
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Gov. Kim Reynolds signs law shortening Iowa's early and Election Day voting  —  Four months after Iowans voted in record numbers, Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed legislation cutting the state's early voting period and closing the polls an hour earlier on Election Day.
Discussion: The Hill, Vox and Chicago Sun-Times
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia Senate votes to eliminate no-excuse absentee voting  —  Bill limiting absentee voting passes Senate by one vote  —  The Georgia Senate passed a bill Monday to roll back no-excuse absentee voting and require more voter ID, which would create new obstacles for voters …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: GOP voting bills take power from locals & Brad Raffensperger, give to lawmakers
Brendan O'Neill / spiked:
The unbearable victim complex of Meghan Markle  —  The Oprah interview was an emotionally manipulative performance designed to consolidate Harry and Meghan's power.  —  Well that was explosive.  Even more than had been expected.  In their two-hour sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, Harry and Meghan drove a long knife into the monarchy.
Piers Morgan / Daily Mail:
Meghan and Harry's nauseating two-hour Oprah whine-athon was a disgraceful diatribe of cynical race-baiting propaganda designed to damage the Queen …
Anna Pasternak / Telegraph:   What Meghan can learn from Mrs Simpson's ‘tell-all’ TV interview
Rob Crilly / Washington Examiner:
White House praises ‘courage’ of Meghan and Harry after interview
Discussion: Politico
Tejal Rao / New York Times:
The Best Bagels Are in California (Sorry, New York)  —  West Coast bakers are driving a great bagel boom, producing some of the most delicious versions around and finding ways to expand during the pandemic.  —  BERKELEY, Calif. — The bagels at Boichik Bagels have the look of Labrador puppies curled …
Tax Policy Center:
T21-0039 - Major Individual Income Tax Provisions in H.R.1319, The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 as Passed by the Senate, by Expanded Cash Income Percentile, 2021  —  Table shows the effect on the distribution of federal taxes, by expanded cash income percentile, relative to current law …
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Supreme Court rejects final Trump bid to nullify 2020 election results  —  The Supreme Court on Monday denied a bid by former President Trump to nullify his electoral loss in Wisconsin, rejecting the former president's final pending appeal over the results of the 2020 election.
Ben Wikler / Crooked Media:   Democracy's Last Line of Defense
NBC New York:
Roger Stone Associate With Oath Keepers Ties Arrested on Capitol Riot Charges  —  Law enforcement officials also identified another man Monday who is now facing charges in the Capitol riot case — 32-year-old Isaac Sturgeon  —  What to Know  — A New York man with ties to Roger Stone …
ABC News:
Authorities arrest Oath Keeper seen with Trump adviser Roger Stone on morning of insurrection
Discussion: and New York Post
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Teen Vogue Staff Rail Against New Editor-in-Chief's Past Tweets Mocking Asians  —  The digital outlet's editorial staffers on Monday said they sent a letter to Condé Nast bosses expressing multiple concerns with their newly hired editor.  —  Staffers at Teen Vogue on Monday publicly blasted …
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 …
Kara Scannell / CNN:
NYC prosecutors' probe into Trump finances expands to include millions loaned for Chicago skyscraper  —  Five elected investigators are turning their attention to Trump  —  (CNN)The Manhattan district attorney's office subpoenaed documents from an investment company that loaned …
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Meet the GOP voters who could decide whether the U.S. reaches herd immunity  —  Almost one-third of Republicans tell pollsters they 'definitely won't' get vaccinated.  —  Margaret, an 80-year-old retiree who lives outside Tulsa, has spent the past year living in fear of the coronavirus.
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Rare trial of U.S. journalist arrested on the job begins in Iowa  —  Prosecutors in Iowa began their case Monday against a Des Moines Register reporter arrested during racial justice protests last summer, in a rare trial of a U.S. journalist charged with a crime while reporting.
National Review:
H.R. 1 Is a Partisan Assault on American Democracy  —  Late Wednesday night, the House passed H.R. 1, the “For the People Act.”  It passed by ten votes, with every Republican voting against it, as well as Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson, who fears that the bill will abolish majority-black districts like his in the Deep South.
REPUBLISH  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  Everything looks the same on either side of the Texas-New Mexico border in the great oil patch of the Permian Basin.
Discussion: National Review and Joanne Jacobs
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Rep. Paul Gosar Tweets White Nationalist Group's Motto  —  After speaking at a white nationalist “America First” conference recently, the Arizona congressman appears to be doubling down on his support of the group.  —  Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) posted on Twitter the motto of a white nationalist group …
Jacob Kornbluh / The Forward:
Maggie Haberman on life after Trump and the one question she regrets not asking  —  Maggie Haberman had perhaps the hardest, and definitely the most scrutinized, job in journalism for the past four years.  She owned the Trump beat for The New York Times.  Haberman came to cover the White House …
Hannah Morse / Palm Beach Post:
After 2020 fraud claims, Donald Trump requests mail ballot  —  Former President Donald Trump is set to fulfill his civic duty as a private citizen and vote in the town of Palm Beach's municipal election.  —  Despite his false claims about mail voting during the 2020 election cycle …
Marcus Weisgerber / Defense One:
Biden Nominates Two Women To Lead Combatant Commands  —  They would become just the second and third women to head up a top-level joint military command.  —  President Joe Biden nominated two women to lead joint military commands amid a push for more diversity among the Pentagon's top ranks.
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.
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
Pepe Le Pew Won't Be Appearing In Warner Bros' ‘Space Jam’ Sequel  —  EXCLUSIVE: He starred in the first Warner Bros. Space Jam movie back in 1996, however, Pepe Le Pew will not be showing up at all in the upcoming theatrical sequel Space Jam: A New Legacy on July 16.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The GOP scam is getting worse — for Republican voters.  A new study shows how.  —  When every Senate Republican voted against President Biden's $1.9 trillion rescue package over the weekend, it revived a question that analysts have asked about the modern GOP for decades …
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Iowa City Press-Citizen:
Iowa's Johnson County Democrats calls for replacing caucuses with a presidential primary  —  The largest Democratic caucus site in Iowa's Johnson County in 2020 held nearly 900 people, said local activist John Deeth — a far cry from the glorified image of Iowans debating presidential politics in a neighbor's living room.
Discussion: The Hill
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
Will Kyrsten Sinema Change Her Mind?  —  The Arizona Democrat's stand in favor of the filibuster has made her the most enigmatic member of the Senate.  —  Every other january, the 435 members of the House of Representatives convene in the Capitol and determine, as their first order of business …
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 …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Sen. Roy Blunt won't run for reelection in latest blow to GOP  —  Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri announced on Monday that he will not run for reelection in 2022, a surprise decision from the No. 4 GOP leader that comes amid a slew of retirements from top Senate Republicans.
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Richard Zoglin / Washington Post:
Comedians are struggling to parody Biden. Let's hope this doesn't last.
Discussion: Twitchy
Washington Post:
Biden administration backs nation's biggest wind farm off Martha's Vineyard
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Pro-Trump Florida state lawmaker to challenge Webster
Discussion: Raw Story
AG Schmitt / Default:
Missouri Attorney General Leads 12 State Coalition in Filing Suit Against the Biden Administration over Massive Expansion of Federal Regulations
Governor Gordon Announces Removal of Statewide Mask Requirement, Lifts All Restrictions on Bars, Restaurants and Theaters
Rick Perlstein / New Republic:
The John Birch Society Never Left
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
 Earlier Items: 
Maïa de La Baume / Politico:
Kamala Harris to MEPs: ‘Build a world that works for women’
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
New York Republicans announce Cuomo impeachment resolution: ‘We believe the time has come’
Summer Concepcion / Talking Points Memo:
Biden Takes His Support For Labor One Step Further With WH Endorsement Of PRO Act
Discussion: Fox News
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
The Officers Danced at a Black Lives Matter Rally. Then They Stormed the Capitol.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
What Is Happening to the Republicans?  —  In becoming the party of Trump, the G.O.P. confronts …
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story