The New York Times • Eric Schmitt, Helene Cooper • February 17 •
Promotions for Female Generals Were Delayed Over Fears of Trump’s Reaction
Under a Biden administration, the nominations are expected to go from the Pentagon to the White House within weeks and then to the Senate for approval.
CNN • MJ Lee and Mark Morales, CNN • February 17 •
Cuomo said 'he can destroy me': NY assemblyman alleges governor threatened him over nursing homes scandal
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been pleading with lawmakers for support and even threatening political retribution against Democrats who have criticized him in an aggressive effort to contain political fallout from revelations that his administration had concealed the full extent of nursing home-related deaths during the Covid pandemic.
The New York Times • Luis Ferré-Sadurní, Jesse McKinley • February 17 •
Cuomo Attacks a Fellow Democrat Over Nursing Home Criticism
Gov. Andrew Cuomo lashed out at Assemblyman Ron Kim, both publicly and in a private phone call, as a war intensified over the state’s handling of nursing home deaths during the pandemic.
Fox News • Brian Flood • February 17 •
Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk radio pioneer, dead at 70
Rush Limbaugh, the monumentally influential media icon who transformed talk radio and politics in his decades behind the microphone, helping shape the modern-day Republican Party, died Wednesday morning at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer, his family announced.
The Texas Tribune • Erin Douglas, The Texas Tribune • February 16 •
Texas largely relies on natural gas for power. It wasn’t ready for the extreme cold.
Texas largely relies on natural gas — especially during times of high demand — to power the state. Experts say natural gas infrastructure, from pumping it out of the ground to the plants in city centers, was unprepared for the plunging temperatures brought by the winter storm.
The Washington Post • Marc Fisher • February 17 •
Rush Limbaugh, conservative radio provocateur and cultural phenomenon, dies at 70
He reveled in his status as the most popular talk-show host in the country and called himself the ‘most dangerous’ man in radio for his vitriolic polemics and influential conservatism.
The Texas Tribune • Marissa Martinez, The Texas Tribune, Shannon Najmabadi • February 16 •
“We’re in it alone”: Power outages leave millions of Texans desperate for heat and safety
Texas residents said the storm — and ensuing partial collapse of the state's power system — sapped what mental reserves they had left after eleven months of a global health crisis that has cost thousands of jobs and claimed more than 40,000 lives in the state.
Los Angeles Times • Mark Z. Barabak • February 16 •
News Analysis: The tragedy of Dianne Feinstein
History will be a lot kinder to Sen. Dianne Feinstein than today's dismal approval polls.
The Atlantic • Derek Thompson • February 17 •
COVID-19 Cases Are Dropping Fast. Why?
Four reasons: social distancing, seasonality, seroprevalence, and shots.
POLITICO • James Arkin, Andrew Desiderio, Alex Isenstadt • February 17 •
Trump-McConnell rift threatens GOP's Senate hopes
Republicans need to pick up only one seat in next year's midterms to win back the majority, but the GOP could be mired in a protracted civil war over the former president's role in the party.
About Facebook • February 17 •
Changes to Sharing and Viewing News on Facebook in Australia - About Facebook
In response to Australia’s proposed new Media Bargaining law, we'll restrict publishers and people in Australia from sharing or viewing news on Facebook.
The Wall Street Journal • Nikki R. Haley • February 17 •
The Media Tries to Divide Republicans
Praising Trump’s record and criticizing his conduct isn’t ‘having it both ways.’ It’s simply common sense.
The New York Times • David Leonhardt • February 17 •
Three Million Shots a Day
And what else you need to know today.
Bulwark+ • Charlie Sykes • February 17 •
Crenshaw Reloaded
The Texas Congressman wants it both ways
The Dispatch • Declan Garvey • February 17 •
Is It Time for the Republican Party to Split Apart?
It's far from likely, but the Whig Party's demise in the 1850s could serve as precedent.
The New York Times • Helene Cooper, Eric Schmitt, David E. Sanger • February 16 •
Stay or Go? Biden, Long a Critic of Afghan Deployments, Faces a Deadline
The question is whether the small contingent of American troops can accomplish anything after 20 years — and whether full withdrawal would clear the way for Taliban advances.
Intelligencer • Olivia Nuzzi • February 17 •
Watching Trump Go Down
The view from an implosion in Atlantic City.
Intelligencer • Jonathan Chait • February 17 •
Rush Limbaugh Taught Republicans to Love an Angry, Racist Bully
Limbaugh and Trump were almost the same person.
The Texas Tribune • Erin Douglas, The Texas Tribune, Ross Ramsey • February 16 •
No, frozen wind turbines aren’t the main culprit for Texas’ power outages
Lost wind power was expected to be a fraction of winter generation. All sources — from natural gas, to nuclear, to coal, to solar — have struggled to generate power during the storm that has left millions of Texans in the dark.
The Washington Post • Will Englund • February 16 •
The Texas grid got crushed because its operators didn’t see the need to prepare for cold weather
The widespread power failures in Texas in the face of a winter cold snap shine a light on what some see as the derelict state of America’s electricity infrastructure, a mirror reflection of the chaos that struck California last summer.