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9:02 AM ET, February 28, 2021


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Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Cuomo Is Accused of Sexual Harassment by a 2nd Former Aide  —  The woman, 25, said that when they were alone in his office, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked if she “had ever been with an older man.”  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — A second former aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is accusing him of sexual harassment …
Wall Street Journal:
Andrew Cuomo Requests Outside Review After Second Former Aide's Sexual-Harassment Accusations
New York Times:
F.D.A. Clears Johnson & Johnson's Shot, the Third Vaccine for U.S.  —  The authorization of a third Covid-19 vaccine will bring millions more doses within days.  But health officials worry that some people will see the vaccine as the inferior choice.  —  WASHINGTON — The Food …
Helen Branswell / STAT:   FDA authorizes Johnson & Johnson's single-dose Covid-19 vaccine
David Weigel / Washington Post:
At conservative conference, Trump's election falsehoods flourish  —  ORLANDO — Right Side Broadcasting Network was streaming the Conservative Political Action Conference, and the content was becoming a problem.  One of the weekend's first panels had brought a lawyer for Donald Trump's 2020 campaign together …
Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Rep. Paul Gosar speaks at white nationalist event in Florida, skips in-person D.C. votes
Discussion: HuffPost, Rolling Stone and Raw Story
Tommy Beer / Forbes:   GOP's Gosar Skipped Covid-19 Aid Vote To Speak At Conference With Ties To White Nationalism
Will Steakin / ABC News:   GOP congressman headlines conference where organizers push white nationalist rhetoric
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Featured CPAC speaker said Judaism is a “complete lie” and referred to Jewish people as “thieving fake Jews”  —  Update (2/22/21): CPAC has cancelled Young Pharaoh's scheduled appearance following the publication of this article.  Young Pharaoh's information has also been removed from CPAC's website.
Discussion: New York Magazine, and HuffPost
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court to again consider federal protections for minority voters  —  With one contentious election behind it, the Supreme Court this week will consider the rules for the next, and how federal law protects minority voters as states across the nation race to revamp their regulations.
Discussion: NBC4 Washington
Michael Wines / New York Times:
In Statehouses, Stolen-Election Myth Fuels a G.O.P. Drive to Rewrite Rules  —  Republican legislators want big changes to the laws for elections and other aspects of governance.  A fight over the ground rules for voting may follow.  —  WASHINGTON — Led by loyalists who embrace former …
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
The making of Madison Cawthorn: How falsehoods helped propel the career of a new pro-Trump star of the far right  —  Cawthorn has emerged as one of the most visible figures among newly arrived House Republicans, who have promoted baseless assertions and pushed a radicalized ideology that has become a driving force in the GOP
Discussion: Raw Story, RedState and BuzzFeed News
Caroline Glick:
The Khashoggi Passion Play  —  It's only fair to share...  The Biden administration's decision to publish the intel report on Jamal Khashoggi's death in late 2018 was as predictable as it was destructive to U.S. national security and to the security and stability of the Middle East.
David Siders / Politico:
Trump's baseless election claims march GOP into ‘policy wasteland’  —  Ronald Reagan, the president who reinvigorated the Republican Party, promoted the GOP as the “party of new ideas” on his way to a landslide reelection in 1984.  —  In the post-Donald Trump era, judging by the fare inside …
Sarah Baxter Orlando / The Sunday Times:
Bad news for Donald Trump Jr: the right is fast tiring of Trumps … Donald Trump will stride into Orlando, Florida, for his first public engagement since Joe Biden's inauguration, confident that he remains the biggest political superstar on the planet.  The Conservative Political Action conference …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Will Return to Spotlight With Appearance at CPAC
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
Michael Standaert / South China Morning Post:
The Chinese suppliers fuelling America's fentanyl epidemic  —  A Post Magazine investigation traces back to China supply lines of chemicals used by cartels to produce the opioid Under Chinese law, many sellers of fentanyl-precursor chemicals are not committing criminal acts Chinese suppliers …
The tough message Biden just sent Iran  —  US carries out airstrikes on Iran-backed militia groups  —  David A. Andelman, a contributor to CNN, twice winner of the Deadline Club Award, and executive director of The Red Lines Project, is the author of “A Red Line in the Sand: Diplomacy …
Discussion: The Week
Sasse blasts party for ‘weird worship of one dude’ after Nebraska GOP rebukes him for impeachment vote  —  GOP Sen. Sasse: 'Politics isn't about the weird worship of 1 dude'  —  (CNN)The Nebraska Republican Party rebuked Sen. Ben Sasse on Saturday for his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Most House Republicans voted not to certify some election results.  Democrats are still seething.  —  Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.) has a routine when he is impressed by a first-term Republican during committee meetings.  —  “Hey, this is someone I should reach out to …
Discussion: Politics Plus and CNN
Tom LoBianco / Insider:
CPAC is missing students and its legendary party scene.  Republicans are concerned the low-energy event reflects the GOP's standing with young voters in a post-Trump world. … - Conservatives are wondering why the college students are missing from CPAC this year.
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Garland Heralds Return of the Obama Justice Department — Radical as Ever  —  Biden is not so much presiding over Obama's third term as he is the doddering passenger riding in first class while Obama's faithful pilots navigate.  —  t appears that the Justice Department under soon …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Ashe Schow / The Daily Wire:
CDC Quietly Changed Basis Of Essential Public Health Services From ‘Research’ To ‘Equity’
Discussion: RedState
Ned Oliver / Virginia Mercury:
Virginia lawmakers pass bill legalizing marijuana, but not until 2024
Discussion: NBC4 Washington
Washington Post:
Biden tells the world ‘America is back.’ The world isn't so sure.
Ben Leonard / Politico:
Kristi Noem slams Covid shutdowns, defends South Dakota's record at CPAC
 Earlier Items: 
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Trump is making noises about a 2024 run to get rich off the ‘rubes’: ex-White House official
Discussion: HuffPost
Harrison Smith / Washington Post:
Joseph Duffey, educator and antiwar activist behind influential Senate campaign, dies at 88
Martha Ross / Mercury News:
California may get Kimberly Guilfoyle back, running for public office
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Biden admin call on Putin pipeline provokes GOP anger
Discussion: New York Magazine
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
High on Their Own Supply