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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
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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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Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
FDA staff endorses Johnson & Johnson's single-shot Covid vaccine for emergency use
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.
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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Andrew Restuccia / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Budget Office Nominee Tanden to Face Committee Votes Amid Opposition
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
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.
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Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Jamal Khashoggi: Biden faces calls to ‘strike a blow’ for Saudi human rights  —  President Biden to call King Salman as his administration prepare to release intelligence report expected to implicate crown prince  —  Joe Biden is expected to call Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday …
Discussion: CNN
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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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.
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Claire Williams / Morning Consult:
With Congressional Stimulus Fight Looming, 76% of Voters Back $1.9 Trillion Plan, Including 60% of Republicans
Discussion: Insider
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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 …
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 …
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.
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: The Hill and Kevin Drum
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.
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: What senators still want to know about Jan. 6 attack from defense and FBI leaders  —  Good Wednesday morning.  This is the Power Up newsletter.  Tips, comments, recipes?  Reach out and sign up.  Thanks for waking up with us.  —  The investigations
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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 …
Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
New Omnibus Georgia Senate Proposal Would Severely Restrict Absentee Voting  —  Poll Worker in Bibb Co. looks over an absentee ballot  —  All but three Republicans in the Georgia Senate majority are cosponsoring a massive elections bill that would give Georgia one of the most restrictive absentee …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Alex Brandon / RealClearInvestigations:
With Ashli Babbitt Killing Shrouded in Mystery, Capitol Officer Who Shot Her Is in Hiding for His Own Safety  —  All told, seven people died in connection with the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6.  But only Ashli Babbitt's death was directly caused by violence that day.
Discussion: Instapundit
Zach Everson / Slate:
How Screwed Is the Trump Hotel D.C.?  —  For three years, the lobby of the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. was the hedonistic center of the MAGA-verse.  The room glittered with chandeliers and the flashes of sabers slicing open champagne bottles (prefaced by the ringing of a bell to draw eyeballs to the spectacle).
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
Emma Nolan / Newsweek:
Tucker Carlson Says No White Supremacy at Riot—An Officer Says He Was Called Racial Slurs  —  Tucker Carlson has claimed that there is no evidence of white supremacy at the Capitol Riot on January 6—on the same day that a Capitol police officer said he was called racial slurs while defending the building during the insurrection.
Politico:
Top Florida Democrat makes 2022 play as DeSantis' stock rises  —  TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis' profile is growing, and Nikki Fried has noticed.  —  As DeSantis quickly becomes the national conservative media's favorite governor and basks in recent polling that his approval rating is above 50 percent …
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel
Sean Illing / Vox:
The future of QAnon, explained by 8 experts  —  QAnon's prophecies failed to come true.  Here's why the conspiracy theory will persist anyway.  —  If you're a hardcore QAnon believer, you had high hopes for January.  —  Among other things, you expected Donald Trump to remain president.
Discussion: Raw Story
Sarah McCammon / NPR:
Evangelical Leaders Condemn ‘Radicalized Christian Nationalism’  —  A coalition of evangelical Christian leaders is condemning the role of “radicalized Christian nationalism” in feeding the political extremism that led to the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by supporters of former President Trump.
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: U.S. and Israel to convene strategic forum on Iran  —  The United States and Israel have elected to reconvene a strategic working group on Iran, with the first round of talks on intelligence surrounding the Iranian nuclear program expected in the coming days, Axios has learned.
 
 
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‘The Absolute Worst’: Trump appointee Louis DeJoy continuing to dismantle Postal Service
Matthew Yglesias / Washington Post:
Not all ‘anti-racist’ ideas are good ones. The left isn't being honest about this.
Nick Paton Walsh / CNN:
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Discussion: The Week
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
‘Keep the schools shut’: Teachers rage against the machine
Axios:
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NBC News:
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Des Moines Register:
It violates free press rights to bring to trial a Des Moines Register reporter arrested while covering a protest
Patrick Wilson / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
State GOP leaders opt for drive-up convention at Liberty University to nominate candidates
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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Romney predicts Trump would win the 2024 G.O.P. nomination if he ran for president.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
One America News clashes again with White House correspondents over Trump-approved camera tent