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10:50 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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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
ABC, CBS, NBC avoid explosive sexual harassment claims against Andrew Cuomo on evening news broadcasts  —  CNN and MSNBC also declined to address the scandal on their air Wednesday  —  Former aide accuses New York Gov. Cuomo of sexual harassment  —  The three major broadcast networks joined CNN …
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 …
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.
Robert Evans / bellingcat:
Woman Accused of Stealing Nancy Pelosi's Laptop Appears in Video Making Nazi Salute  —  On January 6, 2021, Riley June Williams, a 22-year-old home care worker from Pennsylvania, was one of roughly 800 rioters who breached the US Capitol building in Washington D.C. While many engaged …
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
GOP Senator Questions Neera Tanden's Loyalty To Biden, America - Says Her ‘Allegiance’ Is To Hillary Clinton  —  Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) denounced two of President Joe Biden's Cabinet-level nominees in fiery terms Wednesday, questioning Office of Management and Budget nominee Neera Tanden's loyalty to America.
Discussion: CBS News, Fox News and Politico
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
What terrible things did Neera Tanden tweet? The truth.
Discussion: GovExec.com
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 …
Discussion: HotAir and Twitchy
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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Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Awkward moment as House Republican leaders clash over Trump speaking at CPAC
Bill Chappell / NPR:
Architect Of The Capitol Outlines $30 Million In Damages From Pro-Trump Riot  —  The cost of repairing damages from the attack on the U.S. Capitol and related security expenses have already topped $30 million and will keep rising, Architect of the Capitol J. Brett Blanton told lawmakers on Wednesday.
Discussion: Political Wire
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New York Times:
Capitol Riot Costs Will Exceed $30 Million, Official Tells Congress
Discussion: Bloomberg and Politico
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
More than $30 million needed for Capitol repairs and new security after assault, officials say
Discussion: Raw Story
The White House:
A Proclamation on Revoking Proclamation 10014  —  The suspension of entry imposed in Proclamation 10014 of April 22, 2020 (Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak) …
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The White House:
Executive Order on the Revocation of Certain Presidential Actions … By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:  —  Section 1.  Revocation of Presidential Actions.
Discussion: HuffPost
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 …
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 …
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
A New Coronavirus Variant Is Spreading in New York, Researchers Report  —  The variant contains a mutation thought to help the virus dodge the immune system, scientists said.  —  A new form of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in New York City, and it carries a worrisome mutation …
Discussion: Fox News
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.
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 …
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 …
AT&T Public Policy:
AT&T Response to Tucker Carlson Tonight Segment that Aired 2/24/21  —  We feel compelled to set the record straight on a story that ran on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Feb. 24.  The story was about the U.S. Department of Commerce's Entity List which governs trade activities sanctioned by the U.S. government.
Inez F. Stepman / Wall Street Journal:
The Equality Act Makes Women Unequal  —  H.R. 5 erases ‘sex’ as a legal category, with dire consequences.  —  All people are created equal, but Congress is considering a bill that would make some people more equal than others.  —  H.R. 5, styled the Equality Act, would redefine “sex” …
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Michael Levenson / New York Times:
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Newly Vaccinated, Return to Church in Georgia  —  The Carters have long been devoted members of Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. — both of them as deacons, and he, for decades, as a Sunday school teacher.  —  The list of announcements at the Maranatha Baptist Church …
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Republicans Are Taking Their Voter Suppression Efforts to New Extremes  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  After record turnout in 2020, Republican-controlled states appear …
Alexandra Garrett / Newsweek:
Ted Cruz's Approval Rating Among Republicans Drops More Than 20 Percent After Cancun Fiasco  —  Texas Senator Ted Cruz's approval rating took a major hit following last week's Cancun trip fiasco, according to a Yahoo/YouGov poll.  The poll, released Wednesday, found that 24 percent …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: The Hill, KYMA-TV and Florida Politics
KSAT-TV:
Political contributions link ERCOT board to Abbott and the state committee now investigating the troubled entity  —  Members of current ERCOT board have given Abbott more than $18,000 since 2009  —  Kolten Parker, Digital Executive Producer  —  AUSTIN - Since a deadly winter storm hit Texas earlier …
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.
Axios:
Exclusive: Hundreds of kids held in Border Patrol stations  —  More than 700 children who crossed from Mexico into the United States without their parents were in Border Patrol custody as of Sunday, according to an internal Customs and Border Protection document obtained by Axios.
Discussion: MSNBC, Vox and The Daily Caller
Scott Lincicome / The Dispatch:
It's Time to Start Being Optimistic  —  Vaccinations are up, cases are down, and the economy is primed to boom.  —  8 hr ago  —  Dear Capitolizers,  —  This time a year ago, the stock market had begun its epic collapse, and our new COVID-19 reality was just about to set in.
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: Earther, HuffPost, Kevin Drum and The Hill
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 …
Peter Loftus / Wall Street Journal:
Moderna Says Covid-19 Vaccine for South Africa Strain Is Ready for Human Testing  —  Biotech delivers first batch of doses of newly designed shot to NIH for study that could start within weeks  —  Moderna Inc. said it has made the initial batch of doses of a new Covid-19 vaccine designed …
Discussion: CBS Boston, The Week and Boston Herald
David Horowitz / Front Page Magazine:
The Fascist Democrats & the Fake Insurrection  —  Why Americans should be afraid.  Very afraid.  —  In less than a month in office, the Biden administration has clearly defined itself and its party as a fascist vanguard, driven by a racist agenda, and unconstrained by constitutional principle.
New York Magazine:
Why Did First Look Let Go of Laura Poitras?  A co-founder turns critic.  —  When Laura Poitras co-founded First Look Media with Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill in 2013, the venture had immediate prestige: Poitras and Greenwald shared a Pulitzer Prize for their work at the Guardian …
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
School Closures Have Failed America's Children  —  As many as three million children have gotten no education for nearly a year.  —  Flags are flying at half-staff across the United States to commemorate the half-million American lives lost to the coronavirus.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE:
General Officer Assignments  —  The chief of staff of the Army announces the following officer assignments:  —  Maj. Gen. Peter B. Andrysiak Jr., commanding general, U.S. Army Alaska; and deputy commander, U.S. Alaskan Command, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, to deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Europe-Africa, Germany.
Discussion: Task & Purpose
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.
 
 
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‘Union guy’ Joe Biden keeps his distance from Amazon union fight
Discussion: Jacobin
Nolan Hicks / New York Post:
De Blasio's new ‘Tale of Two Cities’: Manhattan has more COVID vaccine sites than other boroughs
American Prospect:
Physical Mail Could Be Eliminated at Federal Prisons
Robin Bravender / Insider:
It's Kamala Harris' administration, too.  Her former staffers are landing senior gigs throughout the government that will help the VP exert influence in Bidenworld.
Discussion: CBS News
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
California candidate for governor accuses Newsom of creating ‘education equality gap’ during COVID
Discussion: ABC News
Steven Perlberg / Insider:
Carolyn Ryan is the most powerful woman in The New York Times newsroom — and she could become its next top editor
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
Police Want Larry Krasner Gone, So They're Backing His Opponent
 Earlier Items: 
Kylie Atwood / CNN:
CIA launches task force to probe invisible attacks on US diplomats and spies as one victim finds some relief
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Bill would strip pension for president convicted of felony
Discussion: IJR
Hilary Sargent / The Informant:
Christopher Cantwell gets 41 months
Discussion: DeadState
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says he'll make a decision about re-election this fall
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ben Chapman / Wall Street Journal:
Bruce Springsteen's Drunken-Driving Charges Dropped by Prosecutors
Discussion: Gothamist