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Today's Top Political and Coronavirus News Compilation - Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Proposals to restrict voting gain traction in Republican states
After a record turnout election that delivered Democrats the presidency and the Senate, Republican lawmakers in Georgia introduced legislation this week that critics say threatens to diminish the number of voters participating in the state's next elections. ...

GOP finds risky form of unity in opposing COVID relief bill: The Note
Republican leaders want a show of unity. Will Trump allow it?
Senate GOP works to avoid having '22 war with Trump
Trump's tax returns and related records turned over to Manhattan district attorney
Latest weekly jobless claims fall to 730,000 vs. 845,000 expected
GOP rallies solidly against Democrats’ virus relief package
CPAC kicks off as Trump, Republicans eyeing 2024 campaigns seize chance to woo conservatives
NY lawmakers want 'independent' probe against Cuomo
The Latest: Capitol police boss cites ‘multi-tiered failure’
It's All About Trump: CPAC Seems Poised To Ignore Republican Identity Crisis
U.S. concludes Saudi crown prince approved Khashoggi killing, new intel report to say
GOP bill would codify Trump rule on financing for fossil fuels, guns
Chief: Capitol Police were ready for trouble, but not a riot
Police speak out against ‘white supremacy’ accusations
LIVE UPDATES House holds hearing on Capitol riot security failures
The GOP’s choice in 2024: Trump Ultra, Trump Lite or Trump Zero
'The need is real': GOP mayors embrace Biden's COVID-19 relief plan even as Republican lawmakers pan it
Los Angeles Sheriff's deputies say gangs targeting "young Latinos" operate within department
Andrew Cuomo accused of sexual harassment; leading liberal women refuse comment
Trump set to dominate CPAC, while would-be 2024 rivals labor for attention
Biden's USTR nominee Tai to explain post-Trump trade vision
Steve Bannon investigation gains steam
Haley isolated after Trump fallout
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene hangs sign mocking congressional neighbor's transgender pride flag in Twitter spat...

Today's Top Political and Coronavirus News Compilation - Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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GOP rallies solidly against Democrats’ virus relief package
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans rallied solidly Wednesday against Democrats’ proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill as lawmakers awaited a decision by the Senate’s parliamentarian that could bolster or potentially kill a pivotal provision hiking the federal minimum wage.

Updated 10:31 PM CST

Awkward moment as House Republican leaders clash over Trump speaking at CPAC
U.S. senators weigh paring back Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid plan
Democrats weaponize identity politics to shield vulnerable Biden nominees
Congressional leaders argue over potential commission to study Capitol riot
Republicans push back on Pelosi proposal for riot commission
Funding behind 'Stop the Steal' movement shrouded in mystery
Donald Trump Jr. deposed by DC attorney general as part of inaugural funds lawsuit
Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House
Democrats attack fake news, and Republicans cry foul
Democratic leader says AG may look at Trump in Capitol riot probe
'Top Secret' Saudi documents show Khashoggi assassins used company seized by Saudi crown prince
Biden lifts Trump-era ban blocking legal immigration to US
Lawyers find parents of 105 separated migrant children in past month
Cuomo, facing sexual harassment allegations, once called for Brett Kavanaugh to take lie detector test
Austin eyes rolling back Trump-era policy on special operations
Miscalculating Sinema and Manchin could end up costing Biden
Klain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House'
Acting Capitol police chief: No 'specific credible threat' before riot; officers unsure of lethal force authority
Biden's big task: Keeping 50 Democrats in line
Biden revokes Trump orders on ‘anarchist’ cities and more
House set to vote on Equality Act after heated debate
Close ally of Marjorie Taylor Greene among those in Capitol mob
Federal judge allows...

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Chief: No discipline for officer who shot protestor in face

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Officials say a Florida police officer who shot a woman in the face with a rubber bullet during a demonstration against police violence won’t face disciplinary action
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Past Biden, Psaki tweets criticizing Trump slammed after new Syria airstrikes

  • News source: Brie Stimson
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Past Twitter messages from President Biden and one of his top aides -- both criticizing former President Trump -- weren't appearing to age well Thursday after Biden ordered airstrikes against an Iranian-backed militia stronghold in Syria.

In 2017, Jen Psaki, now White House press secretary, questioned what the Trump administration’s "legal authority for strikes" was in Syria following a Trump-ordered military action.

"Assad is a brutal dictator," she tweeted, "But Syria is a sovereign country."

When Psaki’s nearly four-year-old tweet resurfaced...
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LIVE UPDATES: Joe Biden revokes Trump order that called for review of funding for 'anarchist' cities

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President Biden this week revoked several executive orders issued by Donald Trump, including one that called for a review of funding given to so-called "anarchist" cities.

Biden issued an executive order on Wednesday night to undo the review, which was issued in response to violent and destructive riots that took place in multiple cities.

Cities that were designated by the Department of Justice as anarchist included New York City, Portland and Seattle. The affected municipalities filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its attempts to...
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LIVE UPDATES: CPAC 2021 speakers on Friday will include Trump Jr., Ted Cruz

  • News source: FOX News
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The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is slated to run through Sunday and a number of high-profile conservatives will take the stage to share conservative ideas with the crowd.

Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, James Lankford, R-Okla, Ted Cruz R-Texas, and Rick Scott R-Fla. are among the many speakers on Friday. Others include Florida Gov. Ron Desantis, former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Donald Trump Jr.

Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak on Sunday, his first public remarks since Inauguration Day.

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Pompeo reacts to Syria airstrikes: 'I hope it wasn't just bombs in the desert'

  • News source: Samuel Chamberlain
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A United States airstrike in eastern Syria late Thursday should have targeted "something that threatened the United States of America," former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told "The Ingraham Angle".

"You've got to protect your force, you've got to establish deterrence," Pompeo told host Laura Ingraham. "We did this a couple of times, it was effective.

"I don't know what they struck or what targets they went after," Pompeo added. "I hope it just wasn't bombs in the desert. I hope it really went after something that threatened the United States of...
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Proud Boys leader has no sympathy for lawmakers targeted by Capitol riot

  • News source: CNN.com - RSS Channel - Politics
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Miami (CNN)The leader of the far-right Proud Boys group does not care that lawmakers were terrorized by rioters inside the US Capitol on January 6 as they tried to do their jobs. 

 "I'm not gonna cry about people who don't give a crap about their constituents. I'm not going to sympathize with them," Enrique Tarrio says. 

 More than a dozen people affiliated with the often violent, far-right  "Western Chauvinist" group have been charged for their roles in the insurrection, so CNN sat down with Tarrio to hear if he had any explanation or...
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Boehner tells Cruz to ‘go f—- yourself’ while recording audio book: report

  • News source: Edmund DeMarche
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John Boehner, the former Republican House speaker, reportedly blurted out, "Oh, and [Sen.] Ted Cruz, go f—k yourself," while recording the audio for his upcoming book titled, "On the House: A Washington Memoir."

Axios, citing two sources familiar with the recording, reported that Boehner went off-script during an aside. The report pointed to a tweet from Boehner warning, "Poured myself a glass of something nice to read my audiobook. You can blame the wine for the expletives."

There is no secret that the two—at least publically—do not have a good...
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Donald Trump Jr.: Donald Trump is ‘still the future of the Republican Party’

  • News source: Joshua Nelson
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Former President Donald Trump is the future of the Republican Party, his eldest son Donald Trump Jr. argued on Thursday.

"If you're reading the room and you're intelligent, you realize that Donald Trump is still the future of the Republican Party," Trump Jr. told "Hannity" ahead of his father's weekend speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Trump Jr. insisted to host Sean Hannity that Republicans who support the 45th president are "following an America First agenda" to "fight for the hard-working men and women" in the United...
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North Korea: Russian diplomats leave by hand-pushed trolley

  • News source: BBC News - World
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The diplomats had no choice as Pyongyang has banned trains from leaving as part of Covid measures.
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Biden revokes Trump order that cut funding for ‘anarchist’ cities after riots

  • News source: Brittany De Lea
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President Biden this week revoked several executive orders issued by Donald Trump, including one that called for a review of funding given to so-called "anarchist" cities.

Biden issued an executive order on Wednesday night to undo the review, which was issued in response to violent and destructive riots that took place in multiple cities.

Cities that were designated by the Department of Justice as anarchist included New York City, Portland and Seattle. The affected municipalities filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its attempts to...
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Cheney faces new calls to step down after CPAC comments

  • News source: Politics - CBSNews.com
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Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming is coming under fire again after breaking ranks with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Cheney said Wednesday that it's "up to CPAC" to allow former President Trump to speak, and she added "I've been clear in my views about President Trump and the extent to which following January 6, I don't believe he should be playing a role in the party."

CBS News asked both Cheney and McCarthy if Mr. Trump should speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference this weekend.

McCarthy replied: "Yes, he should."...
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2/25: Red and Blue

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The fight to increase the minimum wage in the U.S.; CPAC set to kick off in Orlando, Florida
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John James: School closures perpetuate 'most racially divided educational system' since Jim Crow era

  • News source: Joshua Nelson
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School closures due to the coronavirus pandemic are going to "set an entire generation back," former Michigan U.S. Senate candidate John James warned on "Fox News Primetime" Thursday.

"I believe that right now this is not a matter of Democrat or Republican," James told host Katie Pavlich. "It's a matter of policies that work and policies that don't. It’s a matter of what is best for our children and what is not."

The Republican insisted that "what is best for our children, according to the CDC and according to science, is in-person education."...
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Here are the three House Republicans who voted for the Equality Act

  • News source: Sam Dorman
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Three House Republicans broke with their colleagues on Thursday and supported the Equality Act, which conservatives have described as an assault on religious liberty.

Reps. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., John Katko, R-N.Y., and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., all joined the more than 200 Democrats opposing the legislation. In total, the bill passed with a 224-206 vote.

The controversial legislation is expected to have a tough time making its way through the Senate, although the White House has pledged to sign it if able.

HOUSE PASSES EQUALITY ACT

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U.S. carries out airstrikes in Syria on Iranian-backed targets

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The U.S. conducted its first military action under President Biden, targeting infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in Syria in response to recent rocket attacks in Iraq. Ed O'Keefe reports.
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