Intelligencer • Eric Levitz • March 3 • nymag.com
David Shor on Why Trump Was Good for the GOP — and How Dems Can Win in 2022
The data scientist shares his latest theories on why Democrats lost Hispanic support in 2020 and what the party must do to avoid disaster in 2022.
The New York Times • Eric Lipton, Michael Forsythe • March 3 • nytimes.com
Inspector General’s Report Cites Elaine Chao for Using Office to Help Family
The Justice Department under the Trump administration declined to open a criminal investigation into the actions by Ms. Chao when she was transportation secretary.
Miami Herald • David Goodhue, Mary Ellen Klas • March 3 • miamiherald.com
Wealthy Keys enclave received COVID vaccines in January before much of the state
As Florida’s eldest residents struggled to sign up to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, nearly all those aged 65 years and older in a wealthy gated enclave in the Florida Keys had been vaccinated by mid-January, according to an emailed newsletter obtained by the Miami Herald.
The Washington Post • Seung Min Kim, Paul Kane • March 3 • washingtonpost.com
Murkowski emerges as focus of Biden effort to find GOP support for his agenda
The independent-minded Republican senator says she is focused on securing help for Alaska, which has been hit hard by the pandemic: ‘My state needs relief.’
CNN • Daniel Dale, Holmes Lybrand and Tara Subramaniam, CNN • March 3 • cnn.com
Fact check: Pence echoes Trump's Big Lie in dishonest op-ed on election rules
Pence made at least four false or misleading claims, three about Democrats' HR 1 election reform bill.
The Washington Post • Meagan Flynn, Michael Scherer • March 2 • washingtonpost.com
Donors gave a House candidate more than $8 million. A single firm took nearly half of it.
Baltimore Republican Kim Klacik’s viral ads were touted by President Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr.
POLITICO • Burgess Everett, Caitlin Emma • March 2 • politico.com
Biden strikes stimulus deal with Senate Democrats
But a delayed response from budget scorekeepers punted the first test vote on Covid legislation to Thursday.
CNN • Manu Raju, Barbara Starr, Zachary Cohen and Oren Liebermann, CNN • March 2 • cnn.com
First on CNN: Rep. Ronny Jackson made sexual comments, drank alcohol and took Ambien while working as White House physician, Pentagon watchdog finds
The Department of Defense inspector general has issued a scathing review of Rep. Ronny Jackson during his time serving as the top White House physician, concluding that he made "sexual and denigrating" comments about a female subordinate, violated the policy for drinking alcohol while on a presidential trip and took prescription-strength sleeping medication that prompted concerns from his colleagues about his ability to provide proper care.
BuzzFeed News • Craig Silverman • March 3 • buzzfeednews.com
Facebook Helped Fund David Brooks’s Second Job. Nobody Told The Readers Of The New York Times.
The New York Times columnist has been using his perch to promote the Weave Project — without disclosing his potential conflicts of interest to his readers.
The Washington Post • Erica Werner, Jeff Stein • March 3 • washingtonpost.com
Biden limits eligibility for stimulus payments under pressure from moderate Senate Democrats
The plan would phase out the $1,400 payments faster for higher-income individuals after moderate Senate Democrats pushed for more “targeted” spending. The change comes as the Senate prepares to move forward with an initial procedural vote on President Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief bill.
The Daily Beast • Molly Jong-Fast • March 3 • thedailybeast.com
My Cuomo ‘Crush’ Turned Out to Be Stockholm Syndrome
Hindsight is 20/20, but let’s remember how scary and opaque the world was a year ago and what a relief it was to have someone who wasn’t Trump projecting competence.
Mother Jones • Ari Berman • March 3 • motherjones.com
The House passes a major voting rights bill—and creates a helluva battle in the Senate
A key front in this political war: the filibuster.
The New York Times • Richard Fausset, Nick Corasaniti, Mark Leibovich • March 3 • nytimes.com
Why the Georgia G.O.P.’s Voting Rollbacks Would Hit Black People Hard
Two bills moving through the Republican-controlled Legislature would place new restrictions on voting access, in ways Democrats say would have an outsize impact on Black voters.
The Atlantic • Ronald Brownstein • March 3 • theatlantic.com
Democrats’ Only Chance to Stop the GOP Assault on Voting Rights
If the party doesn’t pass new protections, it could lose the House, Senate, and White House within the next four years.
The Bulwark • Mona Charen • March 3 • thebulwark.com
How Mike Lee Ditched Constitutional Conservatism for the Cult of Trump - The Bulwark
I didn’t watch much of this year’s CPAC. My digestion is sound, but there’s no point in taking unnecessary risks. Still, I did note the presence of Sen. Mike Lee, a legislator who styles himself a “constitutional conservative.” Lee is the son of a distinguished former Solicitor General of the United States, a graduate of […]
The Washington Post • David Fahrenthold, Jonathan O'Connell, Shayna Jacobs, Tom Hamburger • March 3 • washingtonpost.com
In Trump probe, Manhattan district attorney puts pressure on his longtime chief financial officer
Investigators have asked about Allen Weisselberg’s loyalty and his sons’ business dealings, according to people familiar with the case.
Reuters • Brad Heath • March 3 • reuters.com
U.S. suspends federal agent who joined crowd outside Capitol during rampage, lawyer says
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has suspended an agent who was outside the Capitol when a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the building, his lawyer said, in the first known case of authorities examining the conduct of a fellow federal agent during the deadly...
Intelligencer • Jonathan Chait • March 3 • nymag.com
Zero COVID Risk Is the Wrong Standard
The fallacy of complete safety.
Popular Information • Judd Legum and Tesnim Zekeria • March 3 • popular.info
The Georgia legislators pushing voter suppression bills are backed by millions in corporate cash
A billboard in Atlanta, sponsored by Coca-Cola, honoring the life of Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), a civil rights icon who fought to expand voting rights. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images) Following surprise losses in November and January, Republican legislators in Georgia are aggressively pushing legislation to restrict voting before the next election. The purpose of these bills is both to validate Trump's false claims of electoral fraud and to make it more difficult for Democratic-leaning constituencies, particularly communities of color, to cast their ballots in the next election. An …
POLITICO • Kyle Cheney, Andrew Desiderio • March 2 • politico.com
Capitol riot probe zeroes in on Pentagon delay in sending troops
“We already had Guardsmen on buses ready to move to the Capitol,” Walker wrote in his prepared remarks.