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9:45 AM ET, February 24, 2021

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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.
Discussion: HotAir
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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 …
Discussion: CBS News, UPI and Fox News
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
FDA staff endorses Johnson & Johnson's single-shot Covid vaccine for emergency use  — The FDA's staff endorsed Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, a critical step in bringing a third shot to the U.S. marketplace.  — The staff report is meant to brief the FDA's Vaccines …
Wall Street Journal:
FDA to Release Review of J&J's Single-Dose Vaccine
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.
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Politico:
How the White House botched the Neera Tanden nomination  —  Just about everyone in Washington, D.C., could see that Neera Tanden's nomination to head the Office of Management and Budget was beleaguered from the beginning — everyone, that is, except the White House.
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The people concerned about Neera Tanden's incivility sure didn't seem to mind the Trump era's
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Exclusive: Bernie ready to roll on roads
Discussion: Townhall
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Neera Tanden's Senate committee votes postponed
Discussion: The Hill and Townhall
Politico:
What we know — and still don't — as Congress starts its Jan. 6 investigation  —  Congress is taking its first steps toward a potentially massive investigation into the failures that contributed to the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6.  But its initial foray only underscored how little lawmakers …
Discussion: Washington Post and CBS News
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: 9/11 Commission leaders issue a warning to Pelosi  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  When Republican TOM KEAN became head of the 9/11 Commission, he got a call from TIM RUSSERT asking him to come on “Meet the Press.”  Kean said he'd only appear if his Democratic counterpart on the commission, LEE HAMILTON, were invited too.
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The Daily Beast:
NY Prosecutors Are Looking at Don Jr. in Trump Biz Probe  —  The Daily Beast has learned that investigators have been asking questions in recent days about Trump's eldest son as they expand their criminal probe into Trump's business empire. … For months, some of Donald Trump's top advisers …
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden will call Saudi king ahead of damning report  —  President Biden plans to call Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday, ahead of the public release of a potentially damning intelligence report about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a source briefed on the call told Axios.
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.
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
A Simple Rule of Thumb for Knowing When the Pandemic Is Over  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  In the middle of January, the deadliest month of the pandemic, one day after inauguration …
Discussion: HuffPost and MarketWatch
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Romney predicts Trump would win the 2024 G.O.P. nomination if he ran for president.  —  Senator Mitt Romney of Utah said on Tuesday that he believed Donald J. Trump would win the Republican nomination for president if he ran for his former office in 2024, another indication of Mr. Trump's perceived strength in the party.
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.
Discussion: Insider, Deseret News and Fox News
Washington Post:
Trump's politics hurt his businesses.  Will he sell as he looks to a potential 2024 campaign?  —  Donald Trump's new office is the Mar-a-Lago Club's old bridal suite.  There — exiled from Washington, avoiding New York, working from a repurposed dressing room in Florida — the former president faces a choice.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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.
Johnny Diaz / New York Times:
Arizona Man Is Accused of Faking Own Kidnapping to Evade Work  —  When the police arrived, they found the man with his hands bound behind his back by a belt and a bandanna “stuffed in his mouth” in Coolidge, Ariz.  —  The authorities in Arizona accused a man of going to extreme lengths …
Discussion: Insider, The Hill and TheBlaze
Steven Lemongello / Orlando Sentinel:
Buckley would weep at the CPAC circus coming to Orlando … If the political descendants of William F. Buckley Jr., Ronald Reagan and Antonin Scalia were coming to town, that would be exciting.  —  But that's not what CPAC is bringing to Orlando starting Thursday.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
One America News clashes again with White House correspondents over Trump-approved camera tent  —  One America News, the upstart right-wing cable channel that was granted special status by the Trump White House, is clashing again with its mainstream colleagues on the presidential beat.
Washington Free Beacon:
Lincoln Project Received $32 Million in Free Media from CNN, MSNBC Since Weaver Scandal Broke  —  Allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior against Lincoln Project cofounder John Weaver were first reported in the American Conservative on Jan. 11.  Since then, the embattled super PAC …
Discussion: Salon
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.
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 …
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 …
Joel Kotkin / The American Mind:
Economic Civil War  —  Inside the bitter battle over America's new geography.  —  Our national divide is usually cast in terms of ideology, race, climate, and gender.  But it might be more accurate to see our national conflict as regional and riven by economic function.
NBC News:
Democrats' biggest gains from 2008-2020 came in these Georgia counties  —  WASHINGTON — When former Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., announced this week that he will pass on a 2022 Senate comeback bid, he went out of his way to suggest that Georgia “is not a blue state.”
Discussion: New York Times and HotAir
David Siders / Politico:
Texas disaster puts Beto O'Rourke back in business  —  While Ted Cruz was getting clobbered for fleeing Texas amid its historic winter storm, the Democrat he defeated in 2018, Beto O'Rourke, was already deep into disaster relief mode — soliciting donations for storm victims …
Discussion: El Paso Times and HuffPost
Phil Mattingly / CNN:
First on CNN: Biden's Covid plan gets backing from more than 150 top business leaders  —  What Biden said he would do for the Covid-19 economy  —  (CNN)More than 150 senior executives from some of the largest American companies across several major industries have lined …
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
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Biden is leaving Amazon workers out in the cold  —  Joe Biden's political persona is pure blue-collar.  He is always talking up his supposedly hardscrabble roots in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and boasting about his record of supporting labor rights.  When he ran for president in 2007 …
Discussion: The Guardian and HuffPost
Issues & Insights:
The Government Censors Are Here  —  Congressional Democrats are demanding to know what communications giants such as Comcast and AT&T are going to do about “the spread of dangerous misinformation.”  How quickly this country is descending into an authoritarian regime where the government controls speech and the flow of information.
Discussion: PRESS RUN, TK News and The Dispatch
Patrick Wilson / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
State GOP leaders opt for drive-up convention at Liberty University to nominate candidates  —  After months of disagreement, the Virginia Republican Party's governing body agreed Tuesday night on a method to nominate statewide candidates for the November election.
Discussion: Virginia Mercury
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Inside the new $65 million push from progressives to compete with conservative media  —  It's called the Project for Good Information, and it raises big questions about the future of the information wars.  —  A prominent Democratic strategist is planning a new $65 million effort …
 
 
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Sarah McCammon / NPR:
Evangelical Leaders Condemn ‘Radicalized Christian Nationalism’
Discussion: Raw Story
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Senate passes bill shortening early voting period, creating stricter cutoff for absentee ballots
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
How Judges' Work Experience Can Impact Court Rulings — And Legal Precedent
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Republican voter suppression kicks into high gear
ProPublica:
Sheryl Sandberg and Top Facebook Execs Silenced an Enemy of Turkey to Prevent a Hit to the Company's Business
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Merrick Garland Misleads on ‘Equity’ and ‘Equality’
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The Stanford Review:
Atlas, Ferguson, and Hanson: On Free Speech at Stanford
Discussion: Power Line
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
A Bristling Standoff Rattles Gun-Friendly Vermont
Jacob Bernstein / New York Times:
Gucci Is Staying in Trump Tower
Discussion: Insider
U.S. Department of Justice:
One of the Nation's Largest Chicken Producers Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing and is Sentenced to a $107 Million Criminal Fine
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Will Wilkinson / Model Citizen:
Climbing the Bell Curve to the Cathedral