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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Neo-Nazi leader and girlfriend accused of targeting Md. power stations  —  A neo-Nazi leader recently released from prison has been arrested again and accused of plotting an attack on the Maryland power grid with a woman he met while incarcerated.  —  Brandon Russell, 27, and Sarah Clendaniel …
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ABC News:
Suspects arrested in plot to attack power stations, destroy Baltimore: Prosecutors  —  Prosecutors said the suspects were motivated by racist extremist ideology.  —  A Florida man and a Maryland woman have been arrested on federal charges of plotting to attack multiple  —  energy substation
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Record numbers of people are worse off, a recipe for political discontent: POLL  —  4 in 10 Americans say they are worse off financially since Biden took office.  —  Four in 10 Americans say they've gotten worse off financially since Joe Biden became president, the most in ABC News/Washington Post polls dating back 37 years.
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Associated Press:
Biden 2024?  Most Democrats say no thank you: AP-NORC poll  —  A majority of Democrats now think one term is plenty for President Joe Biden, despite his insistence that he plans to seek reelection in 2024.  That's according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research …
Washington Post:
Americans not feeling impact of Biden agenda, Post-ABC poll finds  —  More than 6 in 10 say the president has not accomplished much, despite the passage of numerous bills  —  Two years into a presidency that the White House casts as the most effective in modern history …
Stephen Neukam / The Hill:
Julián Castro: Latest Trump-Biden poll ‘should be worrisome’ for Democrats
Financial Times:
China's military keeps rivals on edge with balloon strategy  —  Data gathered by swelling ‘lighter than air’ programme could have defence applications  —  The Chinese balloon that transfixed America in recent days was no surprise to Cheng Ming-dean.  “This balloon has been appearing for a long time! …
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Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:   Dark Brandon Takes His Shot
Politico:
Biden, the balloon, and the age of anti-China one-upmanship
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Chinese spy balloons over US during Trump admin ‘discovered after’ he left office: senior Biden official
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Ticket to ride: NYC mayor gives free bus tickets to Canada for asylum-seekers  —  The hustle and bustle of New York City are just too much for some illegal aliens, so they are taking advantage of free tickets to Canada.  Free to them, of course, but no one is saying exactly where the money is coming from for the tickets.
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New York Times:
Kamala Harris Is Trying to Define Her Vice Presidency.  Even Her Allies Are Tired of Waiting.  —  Ms. Harris is struggling to carve out a lane for herself in what may be one of the most consequential periods in the vice presidency.  —  WASHINGTON — Kamala Harris was frustrated.
Politico:
Trump's '24 game plan: Be the dove among the hawks  —  Donald Trump is settling on a simple foreign policy pitch in his second bid for the White House: Want World War 3?  Vote for the other guy.  —  Over the past week, Trump has assailed President Joe Biden's handling of Afghanistan.
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David M. Drucker / The Dispatch:
Ranks of Republicans Refusing a ‘Clean’ Debt Ceiling Hike Grows … Republican pragmatists in the House of Representatives have a message for President Joe Biden: We don't support a clean debt ceiling increase, either.  —  Rep. Dusty Johnson says that the group of pragmatic conservatives …
Discussion: Hackwhackers and The Daily Caller
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP critic dials up pressure on McConnell: ‘Tired of caving’
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Washington Post:
Live updates: Earthquake kills more than 2,000 in Turkey, Syria; second massive quake follows  —  The first earthquake occurred in Kahramanmaras province, north of Gaziantep, near the Syrian border.  A second was recorded in southeastern Turkey, near Ekinozu.
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Associated Press:
Powerful quake rocks Turkey and Syria, kills more than 2,300
Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
Convicted Jan. 6 Capitol rioter caught secretly filming woman undressing at tanning salon owned by his father: Police  —  An Iowa father who recently pleaded guilty to interfering with police during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has found himself once again embroiled in scandal …
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Unfortunately, the Biggest Election Case of the Supreme Court Term Could Be Moot  —  Will a power grab by the new Republican majority on North Carolina's Supreme Court—ostensibly to reverse a power grab by the earlier Democratic majority on North Carolina's Supreme Court …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Road to a Supreme Court Clerkship Starts at Three Ivy League Colleges  —  The chances of obtaining a coveted clerkship, a new study found, increase sharply with undergraduate degrees from Harvard, Yale or Princeton.  —  WASHINGTON — When Ted Cruz attended Harvard Law School …
David Remnick / New Yorker:
The Defiance of Salman Rushdie  —  After a near-fatal stabbing—and decades of threats—the novelist speaks about writing as a death-defying act.  —  When Salman Rushdie turned seventy-five, last summer, he had every reason to believe that he had outlasted the threat of assassination.
Ryan Bort / Rolling Stone:
Ted Cruz, Marjorie Taylor Greene Raise Hell Over Sam Smith's Grammys Performance  —  Right-wingers are using Pfizer's sponsorship to fuel conspiracies that Satan is controlling the federal government and coming for your kids  —  THE GRAMMYS WAS its usual lavish spectacle featuring scores of styled-out celebrities on Sunday night.
Paul Blest / VICE:
Cops Seemingly Put a Fake MLK Quote on a Cruiser to Celebrate Black History Month  —  The director of The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University said “we have no record of the maxim.”  —  PB  —  The police department in Columbus …
Discussion: Raw Story
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Eric Trump tourmate claims Jewish people are frauds and “Hitler was actually fighting the same people that we're trying to take down today”  —  Scott McKay also claims Jewish people are responsible for 9/11, presidential assassinations, and child sacrifices  —  Eric Trump has been touring …
Brad Dress / The Hill:
Melania Trump watched 2019 ISIS raid from Situation Room, suggested ‘hero dog’ story in media  —  Melania Trump in October 2019 sat in and watched the U.S. raid that led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a compound in Syria, according to a new memoir set for release this week.
National Review:
DeSantis Is Right to Reform Higher Education  —  Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida has taken the first steps in what seems set to be a decades-long political fight over the nature of America's public universities.  Among the host of major reforms that DeSantis proposed last week are a ban on …
Discussion: The Guardian
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Michael Lind, Case Study in the Perils of Discourse-Poisoning … Since 2016, many American intellectuals have thought more expansively than before about the possibilities in the party system.  Donald Trump's populist campaign against his party Establishment thrilled some, and terrified others …
Doha Madani / NBC News:
School food vendor apologizes — again — for ‘inexcusable’ Black History Month menu  —  A vendor that provides food service to schools apologized for the “unintentional insensitivity” of its Black History Month menu, echoing similar apologies it has made for more than a decade amid backlash over racially insensitive menus.
Jill Lawrence / Los Angeles Times:
One smart way to win over working-class voters and help the economy  —  Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro has held his job for less than a month, so it's probably too early for him to think about running for president.  But it's not too soon for other governors considering a White House run …
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
 
 
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