Washingtonian • Jessica Sidman • February 19 • washingtonian.com
Trump Hotel Employees Reveal What It Was Really Like Catering to the Right Wing Elite
Four years' worth of stories about VIP visits and grooming protocols, palm-greasing, rotten vegetables, and that time they lost Steve Mnuchin’s coat.
The Washington Post • Ashley Parker • February 19 • washingtonpost.com
One night in Cancun: Ted Cruz’s disastrous decision to go on vacation during Texas storm crisis
Cancun-gate checked nearly every box of a scandal — and prompted a Twitter-fueled news cycle that seemed to unite a broken nation.
The New York Times • Declan Walsh • February 19 • nytimes.com
Erik Prince, Trump Ally, Violated Libya Arms Embargo, U.N. Report Says
Mr. Prince offered to supply weapons, drones and mercenaries to a Libyan militia commander seeking to overthrow the government, according to U.N. investigators.
The New York Times • Reid J. Epstein • February 19 • nytimes.com
The Virginia G.O.P. Voted on Its Future. The Losers Reject the Results.
In a sign of the Trump era’s lingering alternate realities, Republicans in the struggling state party are refusing to move forward with a new system for choosing nominees.
The Wall Street Journal • Lukas I. Alpert • February 19 • wsj.com
Los Angeles Times Owner Exploring Sale of Company
Billionaire biotech investor Patrick Soon-Shiong is exploring a sale of the Los Angeles Times less than three years after buying it for $500 million.
The Washington Post • Andrea Salcedo • February 19 • washingtonpost.com
An 11-year-old boy died in an unheated Texas mobile home. Authorities suspect hypothermia.
Cristian Pavon, 11, was found dead Tuesday inside an unheated mobile home after his family's Texas trailer lost power over the weekend.
The Bulwark • Amanda Carpenter • February 19 • thebulwark.com
On Cancun and the Insurrection - The Bulwark
The year 2021 has not been kind to Ted Cruz. We’re only two months in and he’s already attracted all sorts of attention—the wrong kind—for his role in inciting an insurrection and then for fleeing to Mexico to escape the hardships imposed by power outages in Texas. At first glance, these two actions don’t seem […]
Des Moines Register • Jason Noble • February 19 • desmoinesregister.com
It's time to kill the Iowa caucuses, if Democrats want to win at the state level again
Democratic operative: Making the state party relevant again will likely require some degree of separation from the national Democratic Party.
POLITICO • Nick Niedzwiadek, Anna Gronewold • February 19 • politico.com
‘Bullying, screaming’: In Albany, Cuomo wields phone as a weapon
Many describe receiving angry calls late in the evening and being unable to get off the phone with New York’s most powerful official.
The Atlantic • James Hamblin • February 19 • theatlantic.com
A Quite Possibly Wonderful Summer
Families will gather. Restaurants will reopen. People will travel. The pandemic may feel like it’s behind us—even if it’s not.
The Wall Street Journal • Jared S. Hopkins, Bojan Pancevski • February 19 • wsj.com
Some Covid-19 Vaccines Are Effective After One Dose, Can Be Stored in Normal Freezers, Data Show
In a win for global vaccination goals, the BioNTech-Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is shown to generate a strong response with one dose and to maintain potency in standard freezers for two weeks.
Tablet Magazine • James Kirchick • February 18 • tabletmag.com
The Real Lincoln Project Scandal
Political grifter Steve Schmidt used homophobia to distract from his own sins—and everyone just let him get away with it
POLITICO • Daniel Lippman • February 19 • politico.com
United probing Cruz flight data leak
Tens of thousands of United employees have access to customer flight data, but leaks about individual travelers' flight plans are rare in the industry.
The New York Times • Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio, Richard Fausset, Johnny Diaz • February 19 • nytimes.com
Extreme Cold Killed Texans in Their Bedrooms, Vehicles and Backyards
At least 58 people died in storm-affected areas stretching to Ohio, victims of carbon monoxide poisoning, car crashes, drownings, house fires and hypothermia.
The Washington Post • Elahe Izadi • February 19 • washingtonpost.com
Texas journalists are providing critical information about a disaster they’re living through
Among millions of Texans who survived without electricity or water this week were hundreds of local journalists, responsible for publishing crucial information about the deadly winter storm while they were at its mercy.
Vogue • Molly Jong-Fast • February 19 • vogue.com
The Strange Saga of Ted Cruz’s Marie Antoinette–Style Cancún Vacation
You would think Ted Cruz would be too smart to go on vacation while his constituents were burning furniture to stay alive, but no, he’s not.
POLITICO • https://www.facebook.com/rachael.bade.9 • February 19 • politico.com
POLITICO Playbook: Reince reemerges as Cruz crashes
And Biden throws cold water on the minimum wage hike.
POLITICO • Marc Caputo • February 19 • politico.com
Top Texas Republicans on the ropes after tone-deaf storm response
The swaggering, Texas brand of free-market governance that’s central to the state’s political identity is taking a beating.
Reason • Eugene Volokh • February 19 • reason.com
Court Rules for CNN in Rep. Devin Nunes' Libel Lawsuit
The decision (Nunes v. CNN, Inc.), from Judge Laura Taylor Swain (S.D.N.Y.), has just been released. The alleged libel: [A
Associated Press • Stephen Groves • February 19 • apnews.com
GOP's Thune says Trump allies engaging in 'cancel culture'
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Thune is criticizing Republican activists and party leaders for engaging in “cancel culture” by rushing to censure GOP senators who found former President Donald...