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Should trump speak at cpac? — @GOPLeader : yes he should — @Liz_Cheney : it’s up to cpac but he should have no role in our party or our country. McCarthy then said: “on that high note,” we’ll end the press conference.

Is he going to sue the virus?

10:00:01 a.m. - The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

What’s particularly sickening is that some journalists are cheering this stuff on, while nearly all the others remain silent. Do they think that there won’t be a day when the censors come for them?

An aide on @JoeBiden 's campaign said, “COVID is the best thing that ever happened to him." That private thinking reflects what many political analysts said at the time, that the rampant pandemic undermined Trump’s solid economic achievements.

NEWS —> as Tanden’s fate teeters, @SenShelby  throws his support behind Shalanda Young as the replacement OMB nominee

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@wsj : Texas electric bills were $28B higher under deregulation #yeahthatsaysbillion  #txlege 

Here are the five big takeaways on the Capitol security hearings

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FTC is seeking research, recommendations for discussion topics, and requests for panelists in advance of the workshop. Please email any relevant information to darkpatterns[at]ftc[dot]gov by March 15, 2021.

ICYMI from @obrienc2  in @townhallcom : Sen. Cruz Notes Becerra's 'Only' Experience with Health Care


Scoops of the Day

Senate Republicans argue that we don’t need to deliver more COVID relief—that we did enough already. That couldn't be further from the truth. The worst thing we could do would be to slow down now before the race is won. We will deliver urgent, bold COVID relief.

This evening, I joined my colleagues on the steps of the Capitol for a moment of silence to mourn the 500,000+ American lives we lost to COVID-19. May they rest in peace.

One year ago today, Ahmaud Arbery was murdered while jogging. We can’t forget his name, his story, or the stories of countless others who have lost their lives to the hands of systemic racism. We must continue the fight against white supremacy. #BlackLivesMatter 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to support the nomination of Merrick Garland to serve as attorney general, spokesperson confirms to @ABC  News.

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National Consumer Protection Week 2021 begins Sunday, February 28. FTC, partners to share advice on scams, identity theft, and other consumer protection issues. More: #NCPW2021 

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Asked if White House would respond to any possible criticism from former Pres. Trump at CPAC, Psaki says, "There's been more than enough time spent on former Pres. Trump and so if there's not a reason to do it, we're probably not going to be adding more commentary on it."

If a Republican tried to nominate a trial lawyer like Xavier Becerra to lead HHS in the midst of a global pandemic, they would be laughed out of the room.

An eyewitness account that I read excerpts from in today’s hearing provides a different perspective on what, why and how things got out of control at the Capitol on Jan. 6 @JMichaelWaller  @FDRLST 

Cheney rejects Trump's "America First" foreign policy as dangerous isolationism

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Scoops of the Week

During the Obama-Biden administration we saw the Department of Justice politicized and weaponized. I hope we won’t see that repeated if Merrick Garland is confirmed.

This is WRONG. No power company should get a windfall because of a natural disaster, and Texans shouldn’t get hammered by ridiculous rate increases for last week’s energy debacle. State and local regulators should act swiftly to prevent this injustice.

I couldn’t be more concerned about the radical Biden agenda.

John Lewis is no longer with us, but today, on what would have been his 81st birthday, I hope we all take a moment to remember him. To remember his humanity, his grace & his love for others. We must carry on his fight for justice & continue his enduring legacy of #goodtrouble .

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First Dogs Beat. @POTUS  Biden with Champ and Major in the Oval Office. (📸 WH)

Ocasio-Cortez fundraising for Texas relief reaches $4.7 million

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While the very rich get richer, working class families today are facing economic devastation. Yes. We need to increase direct payment to $2000 for workers and their kids; raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour; expand the child tax credit and extend unemployment benefits.

There was a new sign over my office door when I got to work today.

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Here’s what's in the COVID relief package:   Direct checks to families Unemployment assistance Money to reopen schools Vaccine funding Food aid $15 minimum wage Child care funding Rental assistance Eviction moratorium   All popular. All necessary. All urgent. Let’s get it done.

They’re not “kids in cages” anymore. They’re kids in “migrant facilities.” What changed?