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12:20 PM 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.
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Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
FDA staff endorses Johnson & Johnson's single-shot Covid vaccine for emergency use
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  —  Danielle Ferguson Joe Sneve Jonathan EllisSioux Falls Argus Leader … North Dakota investigators were skeptical that South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg didn't know he had struck …
Discussion: Mercury News
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.
Discussion: VICE, Fox News and The Daily Beast
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.
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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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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
David Siders / Politico:
Texas disaster puts Beto O'Rourke back in business
Discussion: El Paso Times and HuffPost
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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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The people concerned about Neera Tanden's incivility sure didn't seem to mind the Trump era's
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.  —  Jasper Swartz recently realized that nearly all of their friends are “queer in some way.”  —  They were 8 years old when same-sex marriage became legal in Maryland, about 12 when they realized they were attracted …
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
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Karen Hinton / New York Daily News:
How to counter penis politics: What it's like to work for Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio  —  I've worked for and with powerful men in and around politics my whole life.  From Mississippi, where I grew up, to Washington and New York, I've been a woman in a field where power and ambition drive both sexes …
Discussion: Mediaite
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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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
New York Times Calls for Workplace Changes in Diversity Report  —  “The Times is a difficult environment for many of our colleagues,” the report found.  People of color described “unsettling and sometimes painful day-to-day workplace experiences.”  —  Top executives at The New York Times …
Discussion: CNN, more at Mediagazer »
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
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.
CBS News:
Federal judge indefinitely blocks Biden administration's 100-day moratorium on most deportations  —  Houston — A federal judge late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden's administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations.  U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued …
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
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
‘Keep the schools shut’: Teachers rage against the machine  —  ROCKVILLE, Maryland — “Enough is enough,” declared Jeremy Levine, a featured speaker at the teachers union rally.  “You will not sacrifice our lives, disrupt our communities, and endanger our students, for what?  Test scores?
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.
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.
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.”
 
 
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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
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Key Biden aide said pandemic was ‘best thing that ever happened to him’, book says
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: U.S. and Israel to convene strategic forum on Iran
Zach Everson / Slate:
How Screwed Is the Trump Hotel D.C.?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
No Speech Coddling in Chicago
Axios:
First look: Hawley to introduce alternative to minimum wage hike
 Earlier Items: 
John Gizzi / Newsmax:
Will Ex-Sen. Perdue's Exit Mean Sen. Herschel Walker, R-Ga.?
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Conservatives use new tack to target voting machines
Discussion: 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
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
A Simple Rule of Thumb for Knowing When the Pandemic Is Over
Discussion: HuffPost
Johnny Diaz / New York Times:
Arizona Man Is Accused of Faking Own Kidnapping to Evade Work
Discussion: Insider, The Hill and TheBlaze