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6:25 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 …
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
Fully vaccinated people can have small gatherings indoors with other vaccinated people but need to wear masks in public, the C.D.C. says.  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday issued long-awaited guidance to Americans fully vaccinated against Covid-19 …
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Administration Grants New Deportation Protection for Venezuelans in the U.S. Illegally
Discussion: Insider NJ and Mother Jones
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
Kaylee McGhee White / Washington Examiner:   Andrew Cuomo is exposing Democrats' hypocrisy
Summer Concepcion / Talking Points Memo:
Biden Takes His Support For Labor One Step Further With WH Endorsement Of PRO Act  —  A week after President Biden offered his support for a unionization effort by Amazon warehouse staffers in Alabama, the White House issued a statement endorsing the Protecting the Right to Organize Act.
Houston Keene / Fox News:   PRO Act gains socialist support: The Democratic bill that would crush right-to-work laws
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
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.
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Washington Post:
Biden administration backs nation's biggest wind farm off Martha's Vineyard
Kristen Clarke Works with Anti-Semite to Defend Cop-Killer
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
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Rick Perlstein / New Republic:
The John Birch Society Never Left
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
 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
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