The New York Times • Shane Goldmacher, Nicholas Fandos • February 18 •
Ted Cruz’s Cancún Trip: Family Texts Detail His Political Blunder
The Texas senator faced fierce blowback for fleeing his state as a disaster unfolded. Text messages sent by his wife revealed a hastily planned trip away from their “FREEZING” family home.
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.
Washingtonian • Jessica Sidman • February 19 •
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 •
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 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.
The New York Times • Reid J. Epstein • February 15 •
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.
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 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 New York Times • Julie Bosman • February 21 •
A Ripple Effect of Loss: U.S. Covid Deaths Approach 500,000
Twice as many Americans have died as early worst-case projections.
POLITICO • Natasha Korecki, Christopher Cadelago • February 18 •
Biden privately tells governors: Minimum wage hike likely isn’t happening
The remarks are the clearest sign yet that the president is content to fight this battle at a later date.
The New York Times • Declan Walsh • February 19 •
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 Washington Post • Spencer Hsu, Devlin Barrett • February 19 •
U.S. investigating possible ties between Roger Stone, Alex Jones and Capitol rioters
The FBI is looking into potential links to top Trump right-wing allies amid a wider probe of “radicalization” of members of the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.
POLITICO • February 18 •
POLITICO Playbook PM: Trump snubs Haley
And Sen. Ted Cruz faces backlash for a trip to Cancun while Texas faces a crisis.
BuzzFeed News • Ryan Mac • February 21 •
“Mark Changed The Rules”: How Facebook Went Easy On Alex Jones And Other Right-Wing Figures
Facebook’s rules to combat misinformation and hate speech are subject to the whims and political considerations of its CEO and his policy team leader.
The New York Times • William K. Rashbaum, Ben Protess, Jonah E. Bromwich • February 18 •
Manhattan D.A. Recruits Top Prosecutor for Trump Inquiry
The Manhattan district attorney has enlisted a former federal prosecutor who is an expert on white-collar crime to join the team investigating the Trump family business.
The New York Times • Reid J. Epstein • February 19 •
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.
CNN • Andrew Kaczynski and Em Steck, CNN • February 18 •
Ted Cruz has repeatedly slammed politicians for vacationing during crisis
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is facing backlash for traveling to Mexico as a winter disaster ravages his home state, has repeatedly criticized politicians who vacationed or took part in leisure activities during times of crisis, a CNN KFile review finds.
The Wall Street Journal • Lukas I. Alpert • February 19 •
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 New York Times • Marc Tracy • February 16 •
Vox Finds Its Next Top Editor at The Atlantic
Swati Sharma, 34, prepares to take over the 90-person newsroom of a digital outlet known for its clearsighted articles on knotty issues in the news.
Baltimore Sun • Christopher Dinsmore • February 16 •
Baltimore Sun Media poised to be acquired by nonprofit from Tribune Publishing
Returning The Baltimore Sun to Maryland hands, the state’s largest newspaper and its affiliates are poised to be acquired by a nonprofit formed by businessman and philanthropist Stewart Bainum Jr. that would operate the media organization for the benefit of the community.