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Lindsey Boylan:
My story of working with Governor Cuomo  —  “Let's play strip poker.”  —  I should have been shocked by the Governor's crude comment, but I wasn't.  —  We were flying home from an October 2017 event in Western New York on his taxpayer-funded jet.  He was seated facing me, so close our knees almost touched.
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Alex Pareene / New Republic:
The Andrew Cuomo Show Has Lost the Plot  —  Halfway through a recent New York Times story about Governor Andrew Cuomo's long (but perhaps not widely known) history of governance-by-bullying, an ally tried to defend his signature political style.  He didn't say that Cuomo's behavior was ethical, or reasonable, or even responsible.
Karen Hinton / New York Daily News:
How to counter penis politics: What it's like to work for Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio
Discussion: Mediaite
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:   Ex-Aide Details Sexual Harassment Claims Against Gov. Cuomo
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: The most and least popular leaders in Washington
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
Andrea Salcedo / Washington Post:
South Dakota AG pushed by critics to resign over new evidence in fatal car incident: ‘He knew what he hit and he lied’  —  Days after South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg fatally struck a man while driving in September, detectives told the Republican official they had found a pair …
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Argus Leader:
‘His face was in your windshield, Jason.’ Ravnsborg videos provide more details about fatal crash
Discussion: Mercury News
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Steve Bannon investigation gains steam as Manhattan prosecutors subpoena financial records  —  CNN legal analyst explains why the Steve Bannon pardon is problematic  —  New York (CNN)The Manhattan district attorney's office has subpoenaed financial records related to Steve Bannon's crowd …
Discussion: The Guardian and Daily Kos
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Alex Marquardt / CNN:
‘Top Secret’ Saudi documents show Khashoggi assassins used company seized by Saudi crown prince  —  Washington (CNN)The two private jets used by a Saudi Arabian assassination squad that killed and allegedly dismembered journalist Jamal Khashoggi were owned by a company that less than a year prior …
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
A possible Tanden replacement privately touts her own Senate support  —  A leading fallback option to head Joe Biden's Office of Management and Budget has privately touted her own possible support in the Senate even as she encourages the confirmation of her embattled friend, Neera Tanden, to the post.
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Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Scoop: Senate committee postpones hearing for imperiled Tanden
Naomi Lim / Washington Examiner:
White House stands by Tanden but signals a fatal ‘stage’ in process is possible
Washington Post:
Live updates: USPS head Louis DeJoy tells House panel his strategic plan may include slowing first-class mail  —  The Postal Service is battling financial and service crises caused by years of mail declines worsened by the coronavirus pandemic  —  Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told …
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MSNBC:   ‘The Absolute Worst’: Trump appointee Louis DeJoy continuing to dismantle Postal Service
New York Times:
New analyses show Johnson & Johnson's one-dose vaccine works well.  —  Johnson and Johnson's vaccine has a lower efficacy rate than the vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, which are both around 95 percent. … But in South Africa, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is so far the clear winner.
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Washington Post:
FDA review confirms safety and efficacy of single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, especially against severe cases
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
LGBT Identification Rises to 5.6% in Latest U.S. Estimate  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gallup's latest update on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender identification finds 5.6% of U.S. adults identifying as LGBT.  The current estimate is up from 4.5% in Gallup's previous update based on 2017 data.
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Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:   1 in 6 Gen Z adults are LGBT. And this number could continue to grow.
Christian Vanderbrouk / The Bulwark:
MAGA's Moment of Weakness  —  Trump and his allies have been defeated, humiliated, and betrayed.  It's time to sweep the leg.  —  “We're going to win so much, you're going to be so sick and tired of winning, you're going to come to me and go 'Please, please, we can't win anymore.' You'll say 'Please …
Mitt Romney / Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Stimulus Bill Is a $1.9 Trillion Clunker  —  Senate Republicans are eager to get aid where it's needed, reopen schools and encourage work.  —  Democrats are anxious for any excuse to blow up the Senate filibuster, the last procedural hurdle to one-party government.
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Politico:
McConnell throws cold water on Dems' proposed 1/6 Commission  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bid to create a broad bipartisan review of the Jan. 6 insurrection is in peril after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed the proposal on Wednesday as “partisan by design.”
Ben Chapman / Wall Street Journal:
Bruce Springsteen's Drunken-Driving Charges Dropped by Prosecutors  —  Musician's blood-alcohol level was under the legal limit, federal prosecutors say; Springsteen pleaded guilty to consuming alcohol in a closed area  —  Federal prosecutors in New Jersey said Wednesday …
Wall Street Journal:
Texas Electric Bills Were $28 Billion Higher Under Deregulation  —  Competition in the electricity-supply business promised reliable power at a more affordable cost  —  Texas's deregulated electricity market, which was supposed to provide reliable power at a lower price, left millions in the dark last week.
Josh Boswell / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden was living with his brother Beau's widow Hallie while sending raunchy texts and FaceTiming in the shower with her married SISTER as they declared their love and she called him her ‘prince’  — Hunter Biden began dating his late brother Beau's widow, Hallie Biden, shortly after Beau died of brain cancer in 2015
Sarah Rainsford / BBC:
Amnesty strips Alexei Navalny of ‘prisoner of conscience’ status  —  Amnesty International has stripped the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny of his “prisoner of conscience” status after it says it was “bombarded” with complaints highlighting xenophobic comments that he has made in the past and not renounced.
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Fanne Foxe, ‘Argentine Firecracker’ at center of D.C. sex scandal, dies at 84  —  At about 2 a.m. Oct. 7, 1974, U.S. Park Police pulled over a silver-blue Lincoln Continental that had been swerving and speeding without headlights on near the Jefferson Memorial in Washington.
Discussion: New York Times
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
McDonald's Secretive Intel Team Spies on ‘Fight for $15’ Workers, Internal Documents Show  —  McDonald's collects ‘strategic intelligence’ on workers advocating for a $15 minimum wage, including ‘how and where will FF$15 attack the brand.’  —  For years, McDonald's has internally labeled activists …
ProPublica:
Sheryl Sandberg and Top Facebook Execs Silenced an Enemy of Turkey to Prevent a Hit to the Company's Business  —  Amid a 2018 Turkish military campaign, Facebook ultimately sided with Turkey's demand to block the page of a mostly Kurdish militia.  “I am fine with this,” Sandberg wrote.
Rachel Lerman / Washington Post:
Major Trump backer Rebekah Mercer orchestrates Parler's second act  —  Mercer, whose family also invested in right-wing news site Breitbart, controls two of the three board seats at the company  —  When social media website Parler's founding CEO John Matze was pushed out last month …
Holley Ford / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth:
Sen. Ted Cruz Piñatas Created at Dallas Party Store  —  First. it was former President Donald Trump, then U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.  —  Now, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has his own piñata courtesy of a Dallas party store.  —  Last week, Cruz sparked widespread outrage for flying …
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Key Biden aide said pandemic was ‘best thing that ever happened to him’, book says  — Anita Dunn said privately what aides ‘would never say in public’  — Cautious campaigning won Covid battle with Trump  —  A senior adviser to Democrat Joe Biden in his campaign for president believed …
Washington Post:
Life amid the ruins of QAnon: ‘I wanted my family back’  —  An epidemic of conspiracy theories, fanned by social media and self-serving politicians, is tearing families apart. … She bought ammunition, camping gear, a water purifier and boxes of canned food.
Nomaan Merchant / Associated Press:
Judge bans enforcement of Biden's 100-day deportation pause  —  A federal judge has indefinitely banned President Joe Biden's administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations  —  Rep. Linda Sanchez on new immigration reform bill presented by Democrats
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Tiger's crash trumps the news cycle, but is his career over?  —  Tiger Woods suffered what could be career-ending leg injuries following a horrific car crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. — a stunning incident that dominated the news cycle Tuesday, on a level not seen since …
Discussion: CBS News, Breitbart and NPR
Des Moines Register:
It violates free press rights to bring to trial a Des Moines Register reporter arrested while covering a protest  —  Editorial: The pending charges against a Register reporter who was arrested while covering a social justice protest last spring are a clear infringement on the freedom of the press.
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Netanyahu asked Biden to keep Trump's sanctions on International Criminal Court  —  Netanyahu asked Biden in their first phone call last week to keep sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on the International Criminal Court (ICC) in place, Israeli officials tell me.
Matthew Yglesias / Washington Post:
Not all ‘anti-racist’ ideas are good ones.  The left isn't being honest about this.  —  On some topics, progressives prefer pointing out right-wing hypocrisy to debating substance.  —  Matthew Yglesias writes the Slow Boring newsletter, hosts “The Weeds” podcast and is the author of …
Discussion: Eduwonk
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Putting the GOP “Civil War” in Perspective  —  The degree to which folks continue to view American politics through the Trump prism is both understandable and frustrating.  On the one hand, despite losing the election, the former president has remained an omnipresent figure in our daily lives.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
DCCC chairman investigating ‘why the polling sucked’ in 2020  —  Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Democratic campaign arm, said Wednesday he's doing a deep dive into the party's election failures in 2020, including a look at “why the polling sucked.”
Discussion: Politico
Walter Olson / The Dispatch:
House Democrats Go Fox Hunting  —  There is no ‘fake news’ exception to the First Amendment.  —  4 hr ago  —  When elected officials browbeat the executives of regulated telecom, video, and app companies trying to get them to drop the main news channel of the political opposition …
Hilary Sargent / The Informant:
Christopher Cantwell gets 41 months  —  The gun-worshiping New Hampshire neo-Nazi podcaster was sentenced for trying to extort a rival.  —  1 hr ago  —  Christopher Cantwell, the New Hampshire neo-Nazi podcaster found guilty of extortion and threats directed at another neo-Nazi …
 
 
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Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says he'll make a decision about re-election this fall
Emma Nolan / Newsweek:
Tucker Carlson Says No White Supremacy at Riot—An Officer Says He Was Called Racial Slurs
Politico:
Top Florida Democrat makes 2022 play as DeSantis' stock rises
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel
Alex Brandon / RealClearInvestigations:
With Ashli Babbitt Killing Shrouded in Mystery, Capitol Officer Who Shot Her Is in Hiding for His Own Safety
Discussion: Instapundit
Nick Paton Walsh / CNN:
CNN exclusive: A solar panel in space is collecting energy that could one day be beamed to anywhere on Earth
Discussion: The Week
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NBC News:
Democrats' biggest gains from 2008-2020 came in these Georgia counties
John Gizzi / Newsmax:
Will Ex-Sen. Perdue's Exit Mean Sen. Herschel Walker, R-Ga.?
Sarah McCammon / NPR:
Evangelical Leaders Condemn ‘Radicalized Christian Nationalism’
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Conservatives use new tack to target voting machines
Discussion: Raw Story
David Siders / Politico:
Texas disaster puts Beto O'Rourke back in business
Discussion: El Paso Times and HuffPost