The New York Times • Katie Rogers • February 22 •
Did Washington Just Have an Actual Weekend?
President Biden is uninterested in generating headlines, which only emphasizes how the Trump-size hole in Washington has created a sense of free time in the capital — psychically, if not literally.
The Washington Post • Seung Min Kim, Annie Linskey, Jeff Stein • February 22 •
Biden faces first potential Cabinet defeat as opposition grows to budget pick
Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) indicated Monday that they plan to vote against OMB nominee Neera Tanden, citing her intemperate and now-deleted social media posts attacking GOP lawmakers.
Houston Chronicle • Taylor Goldenstein • February 21 •
AG Ken Paxton and wife Sen. Angela Paxton went to Utah during Texas freeze
News of the Paxtons’ trip marks the third instance of a Texas public official leaving...
POLITICO • Marianne LeVine, Burgess Everett • February 22 •
Neera Tanden in deeper jeopardy as 2 Republicans oppose her nomination
Without support from Sen. Joe Manchin in an evenly divided Senate, Tanden needs backing from at least one Republican.
The Intercept • Ken Klippenstein, Eric Lichtblau • February 22 •
FBI Seized Congressional Cellphone Records Related to Capitol Attack
The inclusion of congressional phone data in the FBI investigation raises thorny constitutional questions.
FiveThirtyEight • Perry Bacon Jr. • February 22 •
What The Trump Era Taught Me About Covering Politics
In the fall of 2015, I was having drinks in Washington with a colleague at the time, now-MSNBC host Joy Reid. (I was working at NBC News.) Donald Trump was lead…
The Wall Street Journal • Alexa Corse • February 22 •
Dominion Sues MyPillow, CEO Mike Lindell Over Election Claims
The voting-machine maker’s lawsuit alleges defamation and seeks more than $1.3 billion in damages.
POLITICO • Burgess Everett • February 22 •
Trump taunts don’t shake McConnell’s hold on Senate GOP
The crumbled alliance between Trump and McConnell has finally brought the GOP to the reckoning that never happened after the 2016 election.
POLITICO • Laura Barrón-López, Christopher Cadelago • February 22 •
‘A double standard going on’: Democrats accuse GOP and Manchin of bias on Biden nominations
Charges of sexism and white male privilege are flying as Neera Tanden’s nomination looks increasingly doomed.
The Atlantic • Adam Serwer • February 22 •
Texas Pays the Price of the Culture War
Instead of focusing on governance, Republican politicians in the Lone Star State spent their time inflaming grievances.
Defector Media • kelsey • February 22 •
Slate Podcast Host Mike Pesca Suspended Following Internal Discussion About Use Of Racial Slur | Defector
Mike Pesca, host of Slate’s daily podcast, The Gist, has been suspended from the company indefinitely according to an internal memo sent to staffers late last night that has been obtained by Defector.
CNN • Omar Jimenez, Amir Vera and Eric Levenson, CNN • February 22 •
Elijah McClain's mother relieved he 'is no longer labeled a suspect' after investigation into officers' actions
Sheneen McClain cried reading an independent investigative report Monday that said Colorado police officers involved her son's death did not have the legal basis to stop, frisk or restrain Elijah McClain.
The Wall Street Journal • Michelle Hackman • February 22 •
Rise in Migrant Children Tests Biden Border Strategy
The administration is seeking to avoid a new crisis as child shelters near capacity.
POLITICO • Josh Gerstein • February 22 •
Groups press Biden to commit to transparency
Their letter asks the new president to reinvigorate FOIA and rein in government secrecy.
Intelligencer • David Freedlander • February 22 •
The New York Mayoral Race Has Become a Zoom Hell
Every tiny civic group wants its own debate — and no one watches. It’s like the worst game of Hollywood Squares ever played.
Axios • Jonathan Swan • February 22 •
Russia's enemies fear Biden won't fight to stop Putin's Nord Stream 2 pipeline
The fight is the first significant test of whether Biden's tough rhetoric against Putin will be matched by action.
The Atlantic • Jonathan Rauch • February 22 •
The 5 Trump Amendments to the Constitution
The 45th president profoundly altered our system of government.
The Washington Post • Jacqueline Alemany • February 21 •
Texas Democrats issue report on 2020 elections
Republicans bested Democrats with their turnout operation in the Lone Star state.
The Washington Post • Emma Brown • February 22 •
Dominion files defamation lawsuit against MyPillow CEO over false claims voting machines were rigged against Trump
The company is seeking more than $1.3 billion from Mike Lindell, a staunch Trump supporter, and his company.
Axios • Mike Allen • February 22 •
"Show of force": Trump to claim total control of GOP with first post-presidency speech
He plans to send the message that he is Republicans' "presumptive 2024 nominee" with a vise grip on the party's base.