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Fox PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
NYT writer Tim Wu appears to delete old tweets as name floated for Biden administration post
Timothy Wu, a Columbia University professor and New York Times contributing writer reportedly set to join the Biden administration's National Economic Council, appeared this week to have deleted thousands of old tweets as another nominee faced scrutiny over their social media activity.

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Biden's CIA nominee says US colleges should cut ties with China-backed Confucius Institutes (Fox Politics)

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Manhattan's district attorney acquires eight years of Trump's tax returns...




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Manhattan prosecutor gets Trump tax records after long fight (Politico)

Washington Post PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
Capitol Police chief says extremists have discussed attack on Congress during Biden's first joint address
Acting Capitol Police chief Yogananda D. Pittman cites threats to explain the continued presence of the National Guard and tall fencing at the Capitol.

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Acting Capitol Police chief denies race played a role in security failures ahead of riot (CNN Politics)

Washington Post PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
Minimum wage increase imperiled in covid relief bill by Senate official's ruling
The guidance from the parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, was communicated privately to key Senate offices and confirmed by aides in both parties. It could be a major setback for liberals hoping to use Biden's $1.9 trillion relief bill as the vehicle for their long-sought goal of raising the federal minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 an hour.

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Senate parliamentarian rules against including minimum wage in Covid relief bill (CNN Politics)
Dems Say: We're Dead If We Don't Deliver on Minimum Wage (The Daily Beast)

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The Daily BeastFeb 25, 2021
From Greene to Rand Paul, Republicans' Transphobia Has Left Me Utterly Sick
Sarah Silbiger/ReutersTrans people are under attack, just as we should be celebrating the historic passage of the re-introduced Equality Act, 224 votes to 206. Soon the bill, which would federally outlaw LGBTQ discrimination, will go to the Senate where we already know it faces an uphill battle.

The transphobia from Republicans during the House debate may not have been shocking, but it was relentless, upsetting and exhausting—casting trans people as cheats in sport, cheats of nature, and yet also too insignificant a number to care and legislate about. If that's so, why don't Republicans just leave our bodies and selves alone?

In 2019, the American Medical Association declared that anti-transgender violence was an "epidemic." Now, in 2021, a new plague has infected Republicans and conservatives across America: rampant, vicious and virulent transphobia.

Read more at The Daily Beast.



Politics - U.S. SenateFeb 25, 2021
White House Continues Its Fight For Tanden Confirmation
Neera Tanden had been seen as a strong pick to serve as budget director, but her past tweets became a sticking point with Republicans.

New York Times PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
Top Senate Official Disqualifies Minimum Wage From Stimulus Plan
The parliamentarian ruled that the provision, which would gradually increase the wage to $15 an hour, violated the strict budgetary rules that limit what can be included in the package.

CNN PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
McConnell says he'll 'absolutely' support Trump in 2024 if he's the GOP nominee
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he would "absolutely" support former President Donald Trump if he became the GOP presidential nominee in 2024, a notable commitment following his recent blistering critiques of the former President.

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Politics - U.S. SenateFeb 25, 2021
Confirmation in Doubt for Neera Tanden, Biden's Budget Director Pick
The struggle to gain support for the longtime Democratic aide whose combative Twitter posts have drawn criticism reflects miscalculations by the White House and its chief of staff, Ron Klain.

PoliticoFeb 25, 2021
Minimum wage hike strategy vexes Senate Democrats
As both parties anticipate the Senate parliamentarian's decision, there is no official Plan B.

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Kevin McCarthy slams COVID relief bill: Almost like Democrats 'want schools to stay closed' (Fox Politics)
"Not Ready to Give Up": Democrats Push Senate to Keep Popular $15 Minimum Wage in Stimulus Bill (Democracy Now)

The Daily BeastFeb 25, 2021
Mitch McConnell Says He'll Support Trump in 2024 After Blaming Him for Capitol Riot
via YouTubeLess than two weeks after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared that there was "no question—none—that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking" the insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol—while simultaneously voting to acquit on impeachment—he told Fox News on Thursday evening that he would "absolutely" support Trump if he is the Republican nominee in 2024.

Ahead of Trump's big speech at CPAC on Sunday, Fox anchor Bret Baier asked McConnell to weigh in on the widespread assumption that the former president will be the frontrunner should he decide to run again.

At first, McConnell hedged a bit, saying, "There's a lot to happen between now and ‘24" and adding, "I've got four members, I think, that are planning on running for president, plus some governors and others." With no incumbent Republican running, McConnell said, "It should be a wide open race and fun for you all to cover."

Read more at The Daily Beast.



CNN PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
Patty Murray rebukes Rand Paul for 'harmful misrepresentations' at historic confirmation hearing for Rachel Levine
A Senate confirmation hearing will take place on Thursday for President Joe Biden's pick to serve as assistant health secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, who would make history as the first out transgender federal official to be confirmed by the Senate.

Washington Post PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
Biden defends vaccine rollout as he marks 50 million vaccinations
The president, declaring "this is not a victory lap," touted the progress of the vaccination campaign but cautioned that "we have a long way to go."

Washington Post PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
Andrew Cuomo, once touted as the ‘gold standard,' finds his brand tarnished by multiple crises
He faces allegations of sexual harassment, backroom bullying and improperly withholding state data on coronavirus deaths in nursing homes.

Fox PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
Biden ignores question on stimulus check promise
President Biden on Thursday ignored a question about the timing of stimulus checks, after promising the American people earlier this year that they would receive $2,000 checks immediately if Democrats won the Senate.

Washington Post PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
The Equality Act and the ramped-up culture war over LGBTQ rights
The next phase of the fight for LGBT rights on Capitol Hill will center on transgender Americans.

New York Times PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
CPAC Starts Tomorrow and Trump Is Still Center of the Republican Universe


Fox PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
House passes Equality Act expanding LGBTQ rights amid GOP concerns, including effect on girls' sports
The House voted Thursday to pass the Equality Act, a Democrat-backed bill meant to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Fox PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
Cuomo jabs Trump vaccine effort amid NY governor's own snowballing controversies
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday took shots at former President Donald Trump's handling of the COVID-19 vaccine effort, as pressure on the governor mounts over sexual harassment claims and how he handled nursing home patient care in his state.

Politics - U.S. HouseFeb 25, 2021
House Approves Sweeping L.G.B.T.Q. Equality Legislation
The House narrowly passed the Equality Act on Thursday, a bill that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

CNN PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
Biden marks 50 million vaccine doses but cautions there's a 'long way to go'
President Joe Biden on Thursday commemorated 50 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered since he took office, using it as a measuring stick against his promise to put 100 million shots in people's arms in his first 100 days. But he also warned there's "a long way to go" before life will return to normal.

CNN PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
Big Lie? Big Whoop: Many Republicans on Capitol Hill see little reason to bat down Trump's election lies
The deadly January 6 insurrection in the Capitol may have caused many voters to recoil at former President Donald Trump's election lies.

Fox PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
Flashback: Cuomo in 2018 said 'we believe' Christine Blasey Ford, sexual assault survivors
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who faces a claim of sexual harassment, supported Christine Blasey Ford's allegations against Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.

Yahoo PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
'The need is real': GOP mayors embrace Biden's COVID-19 relief plan even as Republican lawmakers pan it


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60% of Republican voters support Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan, poll finds (Yahoo Politics)

The Daily BeastFeb 25, 2021
Rand Paul Launches Into Transphobic Rant Against Trans Nominee
REUTERSDr. Rachel Levine, the first transgender person to be nominated for a Senate-confirmed position in the federal government, had been seated in her confirmation hearing to become the nation's assistant secretary of health for a little less than an hour when she was grilled about "genital mutilation" of minor children by a Republican committee member.

"American culture is down normalizing the idea that minors can be given hormones," Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said on Thursday, likening standards of care for transgender minors to castration and female circumcision and blaming increasing rates of trans-identified youth on "the social pressure to conform and do what others do."

"Do you believe minors are capable of making such a life changing decision of changing one's sex?" Paul asked Levine,

Read more at The Daily Beast.



Democracy NowFeb 25, 2021
100 Countries Push to Loosen WTO Rules on Vaccine Patents. Why Is the U.S. Still Blocking the Way?
As the pandemic's death toll nears 2.5 million, stringent rules around intellectual property rights could be preventing much of the world from obtaining COVID-19 vaccines. Over 45 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of a vaccine, according to the United Nations, while 130 other countries have not received any vaccines at all, leading to what some describe as "vaccine apartheid." At the World Trade Organization, South Africa and India are leading a push by over 100 nations to waive intellectual property rules that give pharmaceutical companies monopolistic control over vaccines they develop, even when the vaccines are developed largely with public funds, in order to speed up distribution of the life-saving medicines — but the U.S. has been a key impediment to loosening those restrictions. "The proposal really seeks to ensure that everyone has access," says Mustaqeem De Gama, a member of the South African WTO delegation. "We should enable more producers to produce, to scale, and to ensure that all of us are safe in the shortest possible time." We also speak with Congressmember Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, who supports the WTO waiver. "We know that these intellectual property rights really do put profit over people all over the world," she says.

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PoliticoFeb 25, 2021
Historic LGBTQ rights bill passes — after exposing GOP divisions
Some Republicans worry that this week's controversial antics from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) have stomped on their attempts to sensitively communicate why they are opposed.

Fox PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
Blackburn warns Biden admin China is 'our adversary,' threatens supply chain
EXCLUSIVE: Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn is warning the Biden administration that China is "our adversary," saying Beijing threatens our supply chain and urging the White House to "step up their game."

Fox PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
Republicans warn of 'grave risk' if Biden ends Trump-era order barring migrants amid COVID
EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans are warning the Biden administration of a "grave risk" if a Trump-era public health order that allows for migrants to be swiftly returned to their home countries is ended -- something activists have urged President Biden to do.

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Congressional Republicans risk backlash as they unite against Biden's Covid relief plan (CNN Politics)

Politics - U.S. HouseFeb 25, 2021
How to Keep Extremists Out of Power
Every political reform proposal must be judged by its ability to fuel or weaken extremist candidates.

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New York Times PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
Biden Speaks With Saudi King; Unclear if Khashoggi Killing Was Discussed
An intelligence report is expected to be released on Friday as the Biden administration engages in a "recalibration" of the United States' relationship with Saudi Arabia.

PoliticoFeb 25, 2021
Biden's minimum wage increase runs afoul of budget rules
Democrats for weeks have argued that the minimum wage hike could be included in the package through the so-called reconciliation process.

Fox PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
House Republicans want Biden administration to provide briefing on NY nursing home scandal
House Republicans are demanding the Biden administration's Department of Health and Human Services give a briefing on New York's nursing home deaths after Democrats quashed a push for a bipartisan hearing.

CNN PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
Biden calls Saudi King before expected release of Khashoggi report
President Joe Biden's reset of the US-Saudi Arabia relationship will take another step with the release of a long-awaited US intelligence report on the killing of Saudi insider turned dissident Jamal Khashoggi.

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Politics - U.S. SenateFeb 25, 2021
Jennifer Granholm is confirmed as energy secretary.
Ms. Granholm will oversee an agency that plays a leading role in researching and developing new energy technologies.

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Yahoo PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
Want Trump's Endorsement? Get Ready to Push the Big Lie


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The Words That Are In and Out With the Biden Administration


Yahoo PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
Marjorie Taylor Greene escalates LGBTQ rights debate with attack on colleague's transgender daughter


Yahoo PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
Donald Trump's tax records obtained by New York prosecutors, boosting investigation


New York Times PoliticsFeb 25, 2021
Black Officers Gives Account of Capitol Riot
"Black officers fought a different battle" on Jan. 6, said Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn. Here is what he saw and heard when rioters, including white supremacists, stormed the Capitol.

The Daily BeastFeb 24, 2021
GOP Rep. Somehow Blames Mail Slowdown on Antifa and Black Lives Matter
Twitter/@NicoleGoodkindRep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) on Wednesday ludicrously faulted the recent slowdown in post office deliveries on the antifa and Black Lives Matter movements, claiming that the destruction of property during last year's summer protests was the actual cause of current United States Postal Service issues.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee held a hearing on Wednesday to look into the continuing delays in delivering the mail, grilling Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on plans and strategies for reversing the trend. Democrats, meanwhile, have called for the ouster of DeJoy, who was appointed by then-President Donald Trump last year.

Since DeJoy was made postmaster general, the USPS has been besieged with delivery service shortcomings, something Democrats have suggested was purposeful on DeJoy's part during last year's election in an effort to appease Trump, who obsessively railed against mail-in voting throughout the campaign. The former president, in fact, even openly acknowledged last August that he was starving the USPS of cash to make processing the pandemic-related surge of mail-in ballots more difficult.

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Yahoo PoliticsFeb 24, 2021
3 Republican senators grilling Biden's Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland deny climate science


Democracy NowFeb 24, 2021
Biden Canceled Trump's "Remain in Mexico" Policy, But Asylum Seekers Still Waiting in Squalid Camps
One of the most controversial Trump-era immigration policies — the so-called Remain in Mexico program, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols — left about 25,000 asylum seekers stranded on the other side of the border while their cases progressed through U.S. courts. President Joe Biden has suspended that program, but immigrant advocates say his administration needs to move more quickly to undo the damage. Although dozens of asylum seekers have been allowed to trickle in, many thousands are still waiting in dangerous conditions for their chance to cross the border, including in the Matamoros refugee camp across the border from Brownsville, Texas. It is the largest camp of its kind and holds hundreds of men, women and children seeking asylum, most of them fleeing extreme violence and poverty in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. "We've gotten very little government support on the ground with this transition," says Chloe Rastatter, a field engineer for Solidarity Engineering, a humanitarian organization that provides support in the Matamoros camp. "They say MPP is over, but there's a camp of 1,000 people still here." We also speak with Dison, an asylum seeker from Honduras who works with Solidarity Engineering, and investigative reporter Valerie Gonzalez, who covers the Rio Grande Valley.

Yahoo PoliticsFeb 24, 2021
Biden's pick for CIA chief highlights threat from China


New York Times PoliticsFeb 24, 2021
Candidate Biden Called Saudi Arabia a ‘Pariah.' He Now Has to Deal With It.
In a coming call with King Salman, the president plans to warn him that the United States will soon make public intelligence about the Saudi crown prince's role in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

Yahoo PoliticsFeb 24, 2021
Biden administration to deliver 25 million masks to health centers in communities hit hard by pandemic


NYT Homeland Press ReleasesFeb 24, 2021
‘Climate Change' Is Back, ‘Illegal Alien' Is Out. New Administration Changes the Language of Government.
"The president has been clear to all of us — words matter, tone matters and civility matters," said Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary.
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