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6:05 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 …
Stephanie Ebbs / ABC News:
Fully vaccinated individuals can socialize without masks, distancing in some cases, CDC says
Erika Edwards / NBC News:
CDC releases guidance on safe activities after Covid-19 vaccination
Allison Aubrey / NPR:
CDC Says It's Safe For Vaccinated People To Do These Activities
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 …
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Gov. Kim Reynolds signs law shortening Iowa's early and Election Day voting
Discussion: Washington Post
National Review:   H.R. 1 Is a Partisan Assault on American Democracy
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: GOP voting bills take power from locals & Brad Raffensperger, give to lawmakers
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC brushes back Trump on ‘cease-and-desist’ demand  —  The Republican National Committee is denying a cease-and-desist demand from Donald Trump's attorneys, who asked the party organization to stop using the former president's name and likeness in fundraising appeals.
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
RNC moves portion of its spring donor retreat to Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club  —  The Republican National Committee is moving part of its spring donor retreat next month to Mar-a-Lago from a nearby hotel for a dinner speech that will be headlined by former president Donald Trump …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Hannah Morse / Palm Beach Post:
After 2020 fraud claims, Donald Trump requests mail ballot
Anna Pasternak / Telegraph:
What Meghan can learn from Mrs Simpson's ‘tell-all’ TV interview  —  Ahead of the Sussexes' Oprah grilling, Anna Pasternak looks back at another TV appearance by overseas royals that left the nation agog  —  From the moment that Meghan Markle became engaged to Prince Harry, similarities have been drawn with Wallis Simpson.
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 as her husband lies in hospital - and destroy the Monarchy  —  Sickening.  —  Shameful.  —  Self-pitying.  —  Salacious.  —  Scandalous.
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 …
Nicholas Rowan / Washington Examiner:
John Roberts issues lone dissent in Supreme Court campus free speech case  —  Chief Justice John Roberts was the lone dissent in a Supreme Court campus free speech case, arguing that a former college student had no standing to protest the school restricting his religious freedoms.
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Supreme Court rejects final Trump bid to nullify 2020 election results
Ben Wikler / Crooked Media:   Democracy's Last Line of Defense
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Biden administration giving temporary protected status to thousands of Venezuelans in U.S.  —  The White House on Monday announced a temporary protected status decree that could allow tens of thousands of Venezuelans who fled their homeland to remain in the United States with legal standing.
Discussion: Politico, CBS News, NPR and The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Administration Grants New Deportation Protection for Venezuelans in the U.S. Illegally
Discussion: Insider NJ and Mother Jones
Deirdre Shesgreen / USA Today:
‘Not safe for Venezuelans to return’: Biden administration will offer legal status to those who fled Maduro regime
Discussion: Bloomberg and National Review
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, VICE, Law & Crime and CNBC
ABC News:
Authorities arrest Oath Keeper seen with Trump adviser Roger Stone on morning of insurrection
Discussion: and New York Post
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
Nikolas Lanum / Fox News:
This 'doesn't end well' for Cuomo: New York councilman believes there are ‘more than enough’ votes to impeach  —  Nearly 50 New York lawmakers have called on Cuomo to resign or be impeached  —  Joe Borelli: There is ‘more than enough’ votes to impeach Andrew Cuomo
Discussion: Politico
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
New York Republicans announce Cuomo impeachment resolution: ‘We believe the time has come’
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.
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
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AG Schmitt / Default:
Missouri Attorney General Leads 12 State Coalition in Filing Suit Against the Biden Administration over Massive Expansion of Federal Regulations
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Townhall
Governor Gordon Announces Removal of Statewide Mask Requirement, Lifts All Restrictions on Bars, Restaurants and Theaters
Discussion: The Hill
Rick Perlstein / New Republic:
The John Birch Society Never Left
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Summer Concepcion / Talking Points Memo:
Biden Takes His Support For Labor One Step Further With WH Endorsement Of PRO Act
Discussion: Fox News
 Earlier Items: 
John McWhorter / It Bears Mentioning:
And then they came for ON BEYOND ZEBRA!
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
The Officers Danced at a Black Lives Matter Rally. Then They Stormed the Capitol.
Discussion: Raw Story
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Tech spent years fighting foreign terrorists. Then came the Capitol riot.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Sen. Roy Blunt won't run for reelection in latest blow to GOP
Alexander Reid Ross / The Daily Beast:
These ‘Dirtbag Left’ Stars Are Flirting With the Far Right
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