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2:45 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.
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
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
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  —  A Food and Drug Administration review released Wednesday of the single-shot coronavirus vaccine made by pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson found it was safe …
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.
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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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: Daily Kos
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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
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David Siders / Politico:
Texas disaster puts Beto O'Rourke back in business
Discussion: El Paso Times and HuffPost
Mary Grace Granados / Dallas Morning News:
Oak Cliff party store has a new political piñata depicting Ted Cruz on his way to Cancún
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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 …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: The most and least popular leaders in Washington
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
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
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John Gizzi / Newsmax:
Will Ex-Sen. Perdue's Exit Mean Sen. Herschel Walker, R-Ga.?  —  Not since Aug. 20, 1956, when former Sen. Millard Tydings, D-Md., suddenly withdrew from a bid for the seat he lost six years earlier, has the abandonment of a former U.S. senator from a comeback campaign had such an impact …
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NBC News:   Democrats' biggest gains from 2008-2020 came in these Georgia counties
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 …
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.
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 …
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says he'll make a decision about re-election this fall  —  Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said Wednesday he expects to make a decision about whether to seek re-election “sometime in September, October or November” of this year.  —  “That's plenty of time to …
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Scoop: Senate committee postpones hearing for imperiled Tanden  —  The Senate Homeland Security Committee is postponing a confirmation hearing scheduled Wednesday for Neera Tanden, Axios has learned, a potential death knell for President Biden's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
MSNBC:
‘The Absolute Worst’: Trump appointee Louis DeJoy continuing to dismantle Postal Service  —  Trump appointee Louis DeJoy is still dismantling the United States Postal Service, and he'll be there because President Biden can't directly oust him.  Joy calls him ‘The Absolute Worst.’
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Conservatives use new tack to target voting machines  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) joined a group of conservatives last week at a training session for activists readying to combat the continued use of the voting technology that propelled Trumpworld's 2020 election-theft conspiracy theories.
Discussion: Raw Story
Katie Bo Williams / Defense One:
CIA Nominee Vows To Probe Mysterious Microwave Attacks  —  Longtime diplomat Bill Burns sailed through his confirmation hearing on Wednesday.  —  President Joe Biden's pick for CIA director committed to investigate a series of mysterious illnesses suffered by CIA and State Department personnel …
 
 
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Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Ex-Capitol Police chief criticizes Pelosi pick for Capitol probe, says ‘complicit’ comments ‘disrespectful’
Discussion: Politico
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
House Republicans request FBI briefing on Swalwell ties to alleged Chinese spy
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Matthew Yglesias / Washington Post:
Not all ‘anti-racist’ ideas are good ones. The left isn't being honest about this.
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
 Earlier Items: 
Sean Illing / Vox:
The future of QAnon, explained by 8 experts
Discussion: Raw Story
Sarah McCammon / NPR:
Evangelical Leaders Condemn ‘Radicalized Christian Nationalism’
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
Joel Kotkin / The American Mind:
Economic Civil War
Patrick Wilson / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
State GOP leaders opt for drive-up convention at Liberty University to nominate candidates
Discussion: Virginia Mercury and Twitchy