ArchiveNational 3-7-21Herb Scribner·March 8, 2021· Share Blinken offers plan to bolster Afghan peace process, report indicates (Politico) – His letter calls for a conference facilitated by the United Nations. Afghanistan conflict: US warns of new Taliban ‘spring offensive’ (Politico) – In a letter to the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Mr Blinken called for a 90-day reduction in violence and a transitional government formed from both sides. US and South Korea agree on new cost-sharing deal for troops (Associated Press) – The State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs said Sunday the deal includes a “negotiated increase” in Seoul’s share of the cost. Manchin Expresses Openness to Making Filibuster Harder to Use (New York Times) – The moderate Democrat said he would not support killing off the procedural tool that requires bipartisan support for most bills, but signaled a willingness to advance some party-line votes. French politician Olivier Dassault dies in helicopter crash (CNN) – “Captain of industry, deputy, local elected official, reserve commander in the air force: during his life, he never ceased to serve our country, to enhance its assets,” said French president Macron. What happens next with the Covid relief bill (and when you could see another stimulus check) (CNN) – People could start seeing the $1,400 stimulus payments hit their bank accounts within days of Biden signing the bill — which is expected to happen soon after the House votes on Tuesday. Opinion: Biden’s historic victory for America — no thanks to GOP (CNN) – Given the scale and scope of this measure, it is an accomplishment that will cement Biden’s historic role in overseeing the country’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. New York State Senate Leader Calls For Cuomo’s Resignation (NPR) – The top Democratic lawmaker in New York, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, called for the resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. How Trump and Obama’s continued campaigning is changing the post-presidency (Deseret News) – After leaving the White House, most recent ex-presidents hang up the stump speech, but Trump and Obama are staying involved.