The New York Times • Reid J. Epstein • February 15 • nytimes.com
Adam Kinzinger’s Lonely Mission
Censured by his party and shunned by family members, Mr. Kinzinger, a six-term Illinois congressman, is pressing Republicans to leave Donald Trump behind — and risking his career doing so.
The New York Times • Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Taimoor Shah, Jim Huylebroek • February 15 • nytimes.com
The Taliban Close In on Afghan Cities, Pushing the Country to the Brink
The Taliban have positioned themselves around several major population centers, including the capital of Kandahar Province, as the Biden administration weighs whether to withdraw or to stay.
The New York Times • Ben Smith • February 14 • nytimes.com
Postcard From Peru: Why the Morality Plays Inside The Times Won’t Stop
Other news organizations have their own personnel dramas. But none attract the spotlight the way The Times does.
The Bulwark • Amanda Carpenter • February 15 • thebulwark.com
The Strategic Silence of Mike Pence - The Bulwark
On January 6, a horde of pro-Trump rioters breached the United States Capitol with one bloodthirsty mission in mind: to stop Vice President Mike Pence from carrying out his constitutional obligation to certify Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential victory. Even if it meant killing him. Makeshift gallows were erected on the West side of the complex. […]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel • Molly Beck • February 15 • jsonline.com
Ron Johnson on Jan. 6 Capitol attack: 'This didn’t seem like an armed insurrection to me'
"This didn’t seem like an armed insurrection to me," Johnson said in a radio interview Monday.
The Atlantic • David Frum • February 15 • theatlantic.com
The Founders Were Wrong About Democracy
The authors of the Constitution feared mass participation would unsettle government, but it’s the privileged minority that has proved destabilizing.
The New Republic • February 14 • newrepublic.com
The Capitol Riot Killed “Both Sides” Journalism
Trump’s acquittal notwithstanding, these violent events have forever changed the way Beltway reporters should do their jobs.
The Washington Post • Matt Viser, Anne Gearan • February 13 • washingtonpost.com
Ambassador sweepstakes underway as figures jockey for plum posts
Influential Biden supporters are actively vying for desirable ambassadorial appointments. But the administration is signaling it will take its time filling the posts, causing angst among wealthy donors.
CNN • Analysis by Ronald Brownstein • February 14 • cnn.com
Analysis: Is the GOP's extremist wing now too big to fail?
Congressional Republicans have crystallized an ominous question by rejecting consequences for Donald Trump over the January 6 riot in his impeachment trial and welcoming conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia into their conference: Has the extremist wing of the GOP coalition grown too big for the party to confront?
Bulwark+ • Charlie Sykes • February 15 • morningshots.thebulwark.com
Trump's Party, But Worse
Acquitted but not exonerated
Gallup • by Jeffrey M. Jones • February 14 • news.gallup.com
Support for Third U.S. Political Party at High Point
Sixty-two percent of U.S. adults believe a third political party is needed, the highest in Gallup's trend by one percentage point.
The Washington Post • E.J. Dionne • February 14 • washingtonpost.com
Opinion | The beginning of the end of Trumpism
Republicans have a lot of work in front of them. But comments that the ex-president must still confront the criminal justice system are a sign of how far he has fallen.
The Washington Post • Perry Stein • February 14 • washingtonpost.com
Beloved D.C. teacher and salon owner remembered for dedication to Southeast Washington
Helenmaire White died of covid-19 on Feb. 6.
POLITICO • https://www.facebook.com/rachael.bade.9 • February 15 • politico.com
POLITICO Playbook: The Biden presidency starts today
And ramifications await GOP senators who voted to convict Donald Trump.
Vogue • Molly Jong-Fast • February 13 • vogue.com
Who Was I Before This Pandemic – And Who Am I Now? | Vogue
No one will emerge from this pandemic unchanged by the experience.
Noahpinion • Noah Smith • February 15 • noahpinion.substack.com
The U.S.' vaccine rollout is world-beating
That doesn't mean it's good enough. But let's take a moment to appreciate it.
Washington Examiner • https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/author/emma-colton • February 8 • washingtonexaminer.com
Tim Scott says Trump is 'simply not guilty' of inciting an insurrection: 'The one person I don’t blame is President Trump'
Sen. Tim Scott said former President Donald Trump is "simply not guilty" of inciting an insurrection at the Capitol building on Jan. 6.
Bulwark+ • Jonathan V. Last • February 15 • thetriad.thebulwark.com
Ask Every Republican These Two Questions
Over and over again.
The Washington Post • Griff Witte • February 14 • washingtonpost.com
Biden is winning Republican support for his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan. Just not in Washington.
GOP mayors and governors say the spending is urgently needed to help struggling cities and states.
CNN • Kevin Liptak, CNN • February 15 • cnn.com
Inside the new President's routine: Oval Office fires and early bedtimes
When President Joe Biden flew aboard Air Force One for the first time this month, he did not spend much time soaking in the moment.