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2:59 AM ET, February 26, 2023


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Washington Post:
‘Dilbert’ dropped by The Post, other papers, after cartoonist's racist rant  —  Newspapers across the United States have pulled Scott Adams's long-running “Dilbert” comic strip after the cartoonist called Black Americans a “hate group” and said White people should “get the hell away from” them.
Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles Times ceases publication of ‘Dilbert’  —  The Times has decided to cease publication of “Dilbert.”  Cartoonist Scott Adams made racist comments in a YouTube livestream Feb. 22, offensive remarks that The Times rejects.  Further, in the last nine months The Times has on four occasions printed …
Discussion: Associated Press and The Wrap
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Longtime Trump backers flock to DeSantis event  —  The group of Ron DeSantis' top donors and supporters gathering in Palm Beach, Fla., this weekend includes some longtime backers of former President Donald Trump.  —  The Florida governor's three-day retreat at the Four Seasons hotel …
Washington Post:
From Palm Beach to Staten Island, DeSantis makes 2024 moves on Trump's turf  —  The Florida governor's show of force this weekend was part of his increasingly open encroachments into the former president's longtime support base and ideological terrain  —  PALM BEACH, Fla. …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Bloomberg
Steve Contorno / CNN:
DeSantis has a new book coming out next week. Here's what his first one said
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
A Christian Health Nonprofit Saddled Thousands With Debt as It Built a Family Empire Including a Pot Farm, a Bank and an Airline  —  Despite a history of fraud, one family has thrived in the regulatory no man's land of health care sharing ministries, where insurance commissioners can't investigate …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Putin pitches the American right with an ungodly invocation of God  —  Here's a scoop for you: Vladimir Putin is sounding like someone who wants to enter the 2024 Republican presidential primaries.  —  How else do you explain that in the middle of his bellicose speech Tuesday promising success …
Discussion: Ukraine War Truth
Clare Malone / New Yorker:
Watching Tucker Carlson for Work  —  According to Kat Abughazaleh, a researcher at Media Matters for America, “You don't know Fox News until you are watching it for a job.”  —  On a recent episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” a prime-time show on Fox News, Tucker Carlson introduced his first guest …
Washington Post:
Arizona governor seeks ethics review of former attorney general  —  The complaint to the State Bar of Arizona follows new details about how Mark Brnovich withheld records debunking claims of election fraud  —  By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Isaac Stanley-Becker
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Pence Is the Reagan Republican No One Wants Anymore  —  The former vice president was right to break ranks with Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis in recent days but it makes him out of touch with today's GOP. … If you want to get a sense of how prolonged exposure to MAGA has shifted …
A.G. Gancarski / Florida Politics:
Lincoln Project claims Ron DeSantis' presidential hopes are ‘just hype’
Discussion: ABC News
Carey Gillam / The Guardian:
Revealed: the US is averaging one chemical accident every two days  —  Guardian analysis of data in light of Ohio train derailment shows accidental releases are happening consistently  —  Mike DeWine, the Ohio governor, recently lamented the toll taken on the residents of East Palestine …
Discussion: Raw Story and Vox
Andrew Roth / The Guardian:
'That's my neighbour': Mariupol residents' shock at Putin's parade line-up  —  Survivors' disgust as children thank ‘rescuers’ in a lavish Moscow celebration  —  At the climax of the pageantry in Moscow to mark the first anniversary of the start of Vladimir Putin's full-scale war in Ukraine …
Dow said it was recycling our shoes.  We found them at an Indonesian flea market  —  U.S. petrochemicals giant Dow Inc and the Singapore government said they were transforming old sneakers into playgrounds and running tracks.  Reuters put that promise to the test by planting hidden trackers inside 11 pairs of donated shoes.
Discussion: Breitbart
Bruce Y. Lee / Forbes:
Lee County, Florida, Republican Party Passes Resolution To Ban Covid-19 Vaccines  —  If the Lee County Republican Party has their way, the state of Florida will be banning the use of Covid-19 vaccines.  Yes, you heard that correctly.  Based on a majority vote, the Party has passed a so-called …
Dana Kennedy / New York Post:
‘Sound like Mickey Mouse’: East Palestine residents' shock illnesses after derailment  —  EAST PALESTINE, OHIO - Wade Lovett's been having trouble breathing since the Feb. 3 Norfolk South train derailment and toxic explosion here.  In fact, his voice sounds as if he's been inhaling helium.
Hannah Dreier / New York Times:
Alone and Exploited, Migrant Children Work Brutal Jobs Across the U.S.  —  Arriving in record numbers, they're ending up in dangerous jobs that violate child labor laws — including in factories that make some of the country's best-known products.  —  Hannah traveled to Alabama, Florida …
Jared Yates Sexton / Dispatches From A …:
The Attack on Public Education and What We Must Do  —  We are deep, deep into the war on public education and it's past time we look at history and begin to fight … On Thursday scores of college students in Florida walked out in protest of Governor Ron DeSantis's increasingly aggressive attacks on public education.
Discussion: Twitchy
Associated Press:
Feds seek to limit telehealth prescriptions for some drugs  —  1 of 3  —  The Biden administration moved Friday to require patients see a doctor in person before getting attention deficit disorder medication or addictive painkillers, toughening access to the drugs against the backdrop of a deepening opioid crisis.
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