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8:20 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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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 …
NBC New York:
Cuomo Denies Explosive ‘Strip Poker’ Harassment Claims by Former Senior Aide
Discussion: Washington Times
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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) …
Discussion: CBS News
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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.
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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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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 …
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.
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 and ScienceAlert
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 …
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Peter Loftus / Wall Street Journal:
Moderna Says Covid-19 Vaccine for South Africa Strain Is Ready for Human Testing
Discussion: The Week and Boston Herald
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 …
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Josh Siegel / Washington Examiner:
Manchin says he will vote for Biden interior nominee Haaland, likely paving way for confirmation
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
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: Raw Story and Political Wire
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: Florida Politics
Nolan Hicks / New York Post:
De Blasio's new ‘Tale of Two Cities’: Manhattan has more COVID vaccine sites than other boroughs  —  Bill de Blasio has been decrying a haves and have-nots, “Tale of Two Cities” New York ever since he first ran for mayor — but this is one chapter he wrote himself.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Gothamist
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 …
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.
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.
Frank Figliuzzi / MSNBC:
The Senate asked all the wrong questions about the pro-Trump attack on the Capitol  —  The Senate held its first hearings into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol on Tuesday.  And I have to be honest: I was not impressed.  —  Neither the senators nor their witnesses addressed the toughest questions …
Discussion: Reason, IJR and Becker News
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
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. … - Kamala Harris has a growing network of her former staffers in powerful Biden administration jobs.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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Steven Perlberg / Insider:
Carolyn Ryan is the most powerful woman in The New York Times newsroom — and she could become its next top editor
Abraham Mahshie / Washington Examiner:
Austin urges military to take COVID-19 vaccine as refusals persist
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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
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
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Hilary Sargent / The Informant:
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Discussion: DeadState
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says he'll make a decision about re-election this fall
Matthew Yglesias / Washington Post:
Not all ‘anti-racist’ ideas are good ones. The left isn't being honest about this.
Discussion: Eduwonk
ProPublica:
Sheryl Sandberg and Top Facebook Execs Silenced an Enemy of Turkey to Prevent a Hit to the Company's Business