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6:05 PM ET, February 24, 2021

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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.
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Ex-Aide Details Sexual Harassment Claims Against Gov. Cuomo  —  Lindsey Boylan accused the New York governor of kissing her in his office in 2018.  She left her job as a special adviser to him soon after.  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — A former aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo published a lengthy essay …
Discussion: Fox News, The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
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.”
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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 …
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Awkward moment as House Republican leaders clash over Trump speaking at CPAC  —  Liz Cheney contradicted Kevin McCarthy on whether Trump has a role with the GOP.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  J. Scott Applewhite/AP  —  Former President Donald Trump …
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 …
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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David Dayen / American Prospect:
First 100: Top House Democrat Working With Louis DeJoy on Reform Legislation, For Some Reason
Discussion: CNN, Politico, Axios and Forbes
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Inside a Battle Over Race, Class and Power at Smith College  —  A student said she was racially profiled while eating in a college dorm.  An investigation found no evidence of bias.  But the incident will not fade away.  —  NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — In midsummer of 2018, Oumou Kanoute …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian and The Daily Caller
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Reuters:
U.S. report on Khashoggi death expected to single out Saudi crown prince: sources  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration is expected to release a declassified U.S. intelligence report on Thursday finding that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the 2018 killing …
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
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.
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John Nichols / The Nation:
Deb Haaland Is Everything the Biden Administration Needs to Be  —  No Biden cabinet pick has so much potential to frame this administration's vision and to inspire support for transformational change.  —  When Joe Biden tapped Deb Haaland to serve as the nation's 54th secretary of the interior …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and HotAir
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Josh Siegel / Washington Examiner:
Manchin says he will vote for Biden interior nominee Haaland, likely paving way for confirmation
Discussion: Politico
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
More than $30 million needed for Capitol repairs and new security after assault, officials say  —  Cleaning up broken glass, doors and graffiti and securing the U.S. Capitol after the January 6 attack will cost more than $30 million, Capitol staff told lawmakers Wednesday.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Bill Chappell / NPR:
Architect Of The Capitol Outlines $30 Million In Damages From Pro-Trump Riot
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Discussion: HuffPost, Earther, Kevin Drum and The Hill
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 …
CNN:
Close ally of Marjorie Taylor Greene among those in Capitol mob  —  (CNN)A close ally of Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene took part in the January 6 mob at the Capitol and said he was among those who eventually made their way into the building.
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.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Rep. Stephanie Murphy ‘seriously considering’ bid to unseat Rubio  —  Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy is seriously considering a bid to unseat Sen. Marco Rubio's 2022 reelection, announcing Wednesday that she's launching a statewide listening tour and has hired a top Democratic operative to manage the effort.
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.
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 …
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.
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
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
Police Want Larry Krasner Gone, So They're Backing His Opponent … As Larry Krasner, Philadelphia's reformist district attorney, faces his first reelection challenge, the city's law enforcement groups have coalesced around a former homicide prosecutor whom Krasner fired when he entered office in 2018.
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“It's a Clown Car of a Race”: In New York's Mayoral Knife Fight, the 1 Percent Is Longing for Mike Bloomberg 2.0  —  The city's elite aren't satisfied with the current field—"They're incompetent," per one hedge-funder—and doubt Citigroup vet Ray McGuire can go the distance.
Discussion: The Root
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 …
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 …
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
Juliana Menasce Horowitz / Pew Research Center:
More Americans now say academic concerns should be a top factor in deciding to reopen K-12 schools  —  Amid new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to safely reopen K-12 schools for in-person instruction, Americans are increasingly concerned about the effect of virtual learning on academic progress.
Discussion: HotAir and Mercury News
Kylie Atwood / CNN:
CIA launches task force to probe invisible attacks on US diplomats and spies as one victim finds some relief  —  (CNN)More than three years after former senior US intelligence officer Marc Polymeropoulos suffered a mysterious attack in Moscow that changed his life forever, he finally has a diagnosis …
American Greatness:
Why Do the Election's Defenders Require My Agreement?  —  The purpose of voting today is to give a democratic veneer to an undemocratic regime—not to give the people a say in the direction of their government. … Sullivan is vociferously anti-Trump, so I expected us to disagree—which, naturally, we did.
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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Alexandra Garrett / Newsweek:
Ted Cruz's Approval Rating Among Republicans Drops More Than 20 Percent After Cancun Fiasco
Discussion: Raw Story
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Bill would strip pension for president convicted of felony
Discussion: IJR
Fox News:
Trump, at CPAC, expected to hammer Biden on immigration, China
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Netanyahu asked Biden to keep Trump's sanctions on International Criminal Court
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says he'll make a decision about re-election this fall
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Conservatives use new tack to target voting machines
Des Moines Register:
It violates free press rights to bring to trial a Des Moines Register reporter arrested while covering a protest
Nomaan Merchant / Associated Press:
Judge bans enforcement of Biden's 100-day deportation pause