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7:40 AM ET, February 25, 2021

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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
What terrible things did Neera Tanden tweet?  The truth.  —  Can you believe that Neera Tanden called Hillary Clinton the “anti-Christ” and the “real enemy”?  —  Oh, wait.  It was Ryan Zinke who said those things.  Fifty-one Republican senators (and several Democrats …
Discussion: GovExec.com
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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 and Fox News
Politico:
The Neera-gate conspiracy  —  Presented by the Bipartisan Policy Center & U.S. Chamber of Commerce  —  Welcome to POLITICO's 2021 Transition Playbook, your guide to the first 100 days of the Biden administration  —  As NEERA TANDEN's nomination for Office of Management and Budget director appeared …
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Team Biden taps Asian American groups to help save Tanden
Discussion: Forbes
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Insider
NBC News:
New public report to blame Saudi crown prince for 2018 killing of Jamal Khashoggi  —  The Biden administration will release an intelligence report Thursday that concludes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
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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
Discussion: Insider, Associated Press and HuffPost
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Biden Revokes Trump's Pause on Green Cards
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: Power Line, HotAir and Twitchy
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 …
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New York Daily News:   Health care groups, lobbyists padded Cuomo campaign coffers amid COVID crisis, immunity push
Lindsey Boylan:
My story of working with Governor Cuomo
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.
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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Bill Chappell / NPR:
Architect Of The Capitol Outlines $30 Million In Damages From Pro-Trump Riot
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: ABC News, HotAir and BizPac Review
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: Law & Crime, Bloomberg, Forbes and Raw Story
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Pompeo plots 2024 power play  —  Mike Pompeo has quickly reentered the political fray, raising money for Republicans, addressing key political gatherings and joining an advocacy group run by Donald Trump's former lawyer.  —  Why it matters: The former secretary of state is widely considered a potential 2024 presidential contender.
Discussion: Foreign Policy and National Review
Danielle Kurtzleben / NPR:
House To Vote On Equality Act: Here's What The Law Would Do  —  The House of Representatives is set to vote Wednesday on the Equality Act, a bill that would ban discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  It would also substantially expand the areas to which those discrimination protections apply.
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Viola Zhou / VICE:
China Gave US Diplomats Anal COVID Tests ‘In Error,’ American Officials Say  —  The U.S. State Department says it is committed to preserving the “dignity” of American diplomats.  —  VZ  —  The Chinese government has promised to stop using anal swabs on American diplomats to test for COVID-19 …
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
Many of Biden's nominees of color run into turbulence in the Senate  —  The Biden administration has fewer top government leaders in place than other recent presidents at this point in their terms, a pace that's been slowed by a siege at the Capitol, an impeachment trial, a plague and a series of snowstorms.
Discussion: Politico and Power Line
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.
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.
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Shawn Hubler / New York Times:
A Recall for Newsom in California?  Talk Grows as Governors Come Under Attack  —  Fellow Democrats have defended Gov. Gavin Newsom, lavishly praising his handling of the pandemic.  But conservatives say his shutdowns have been destructive.  —  SACRAMENTO — Long before Orrin Heatlie filed papers …
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Trump plots future — and revenge — from sunny Florida links  —  (CNN)In a South Florida war room, occupied most days by a party of one, a former President of the United States is plotting his return — and his revenge.  —  He typically spends mornings on his nearby golf course …
bellingcat:
The Websites Sustaining Britain's Far-Right Influencers  —  Editorial Note: As usual, all the information in this investigation comes from open sources.  However, Bellingcat has decided not to link to content or profiles of people promoting hatred or disinformation, and only named …
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
 
 
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TIME:
We Need an Operation Warp Speed for Alzheimer's and Dementia
Discussion: Twitchy
Kamran Bokhari / Newlines Magazine:
The Coming Turkish-Iranian Confrontation
New York Post:
Prosecutors drop DWI, reckless driving charges against Bruce Springsteen
Discussion: Raw Story
William A. Galston / Wall Street Journal:
‘America Is Back,’ but Europe Has Moved
Politico:
‘Union guy’ Joe Biden keeps his distance from Amazon union fight
David Horowitz / Front Page Magazine:
The Fascist Democrats & the Fake Insurrection
Peter Loftus / Wall Street Journal:
Moderna Says Covid-19 Vaccine for South Africa Strain Is Ready for Human Testing
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 Earlier Items: 
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New York Magazine:
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Kylie Atwood / CNN:
CIA launches task force to probe invisible attacks on US diplomats and spies as one victim finds some relief
American Greatness:
Why Do the Election's Defenders Require My Agreement?
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’