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11:10 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 …
New York Daily News:   Health care groups, lobbyists padded Cuomo campaign coffers amid COVID crisis, immunity push
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.
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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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: The Western Journal and Forbes
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
What terrible things did Neera Tanden tweet? The truth.
Discussion: GovExec.com
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: Insider and Raw Story
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
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: HuffPost
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Biden Revokes Trump's Pause on Green Cards
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
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.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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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
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 …
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 …
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Bradford Betz / Fox News:
California candidate for governor accuses Newsom of creating ‘education equality gap’ during COVID
Discussion: ABC News
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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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 Salt Lake Tribune
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.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The Washington Post wins four George Polk Awards for coverage of VMI, George Floyd, politics, pandemic
William A. Galston / Wall Street Journal:
‘America Is Back,’ but Europe Has Moved
John William Schiffbauer / New York Daily News:
How Republicans can beat Cuomo in 2022
Discussion: HotAir
Politico:
‘Union guy’ Joe Biden keeps his distance from Amazon union fight
Discussion: Jacobin
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
School Closures Have Failed America's Children
David Horowitz / Front Page Magazine:
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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
 Earlier Items: 
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE:
General Officer Assignments
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
Police Want Larry Krasner Gone, So They're Backing His Opponent
Kylie Atwood / CNN:
CIA launches task force to probe invisible attacks on US diplomats and spies as one victim finds some relief
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
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Fanne Foxe, ‘Argentine Firecracker’ at center of D.C. sex scandal, dies at 84