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Good morning, it’s Monday, March 1, 2021. On this date in 1872, Ulysses S. Grant signed legislation preserving the splendors of Yellowstone. In the process, President Grant helped create the template for a vast national park system that Western writer Wallace Stegner once described as “the best idea” America ever produced.

Although I dearly love Yellowstone and America’s other “crown jewels,” including Yosemite (the first national park I visited as a boy, and a place set aside, during the Civil War, by Abraham Lincoln), I’d describe freedom as America’s best idea. Come to think of it, Lincoln and Grant had much to do with preserving, and extending, that concept as well.

And with that, I’d direct you to our front page, which aggregates, as it does each day, an array of columns and stories spanning the political spectrum. This morning’s lineup includes Shane Goldmacher and Elaina Plott on Donald Trump’s CPAC performance on Sunday (New York Times); Brian Greenspun on the pace of COVID vaccinations (Las Vegas Sun); and Liz Peek on the “canceling” of Dr. Seuss (Fox News). We also offer a complement of original material from RCP’s reporters and contributors, including the following:

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Don’t Blame the Parliamentarian. Bill Scher warns his fellow Democrats that pushing for a minimum wage provision in the COVID relief bill could lead to rejection of the entire package.

Confessions of a Trump Republican. Frank Miele writes that Donald Trump, though flawed, consistently put into words the values and beliefs that conservatives embraced long before he appeared on the scene.

RCP Takeaway. On the latest podcast episode, education expert Andy Rotherham joins the panel to talk about CPAC, the COVID relief bill, and the long-term effects of the pandemic on public education.

It’s Time to Perfect the Union: U.S. Territories Deserve Better. Angel Cruz and Drew Stokesbary urge state legislatures to push for Puerto Rican statehood and for allowing other territories to determine their own status.

Crisis, Resilience, and American Conservatism. Peter Berkowitz weighs in on Oren Cass’s call for conservatism to rebalance its priorities.

Dems, Don’t Lift SALT Cap to Help the Rich. At RealClearPolicy, Richard V. Reeves and Christopher Pulliam explain why it would be unwise to alter the state and local tax deduction that was part of the Trump tax reforms in 2017.

Five Facts on Presidential Orders. No Labels has this primer, also at RCPolicy.

Bullying Cable Companies Won’t Fix “Fake News.” At RealClearMarkets, Kristian Stout warns that congressional efforts to silence Fox News and other conservative outlets betray an ignorance of both constitutional law and contract law.

The Golden Age of Treating Rare Disease Patients Is Now. At RealClearHealth, Dr. Emil Kakkis spotlights a silver lining of the COVID pandemic.

The Hidden Costs of Wind Turbines. At RealClearEnergy, Gordon Tomb argues that maintenance issues limit the life of turbines, particularly offshore ones, hamstringing their economic viability without government subsidies.

The Yalta Conference Mirage. At RealClearHistory, Francis P. Sempa revisits the meeting of the “Big Three” Allied leaders and how their agreement 76 years ago was portrayed.

Hertog Foundation Passes the Blessings of Liberty to Future Generations. At RealClearWire, Mike Sabo highlights the many educational programs the civic institution offers to students and young professionals. 

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Carl M. Cannon 
Washington Bureau chief, RealClearPolitics
@CarlCannon (Twitter)

Carl M. Cannon is the Washington bureau chief for RealClearPolitics. Reach him on Twitter @CarlCannon.

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