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10:30 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 …
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
Media star Andrew Cuomo has gone missing  —  There's a reason that Gov. Cuomo, Emmy-winning TV star and best-selling leader of the fight against the coronavirus, has abruptly gone dark.  —  Actually, there are a few reasons.  —  The fatal moment, politically speaking …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Forbes
Wall Street Journal:
Andrew Cuomo Requests Outside Review After Second Former Aide's Sexual-Harassment Accusations
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 …
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Trump to speak at CPAC in first major address since leaving office, as GOP searches for path forward  —  Trump highly popular at annual conservative gathering  —  Trump's CPAC speech will show he is ‘lifeblood’ of Republican Party: Mark Smith  —  ORLANDO, Fla. - Former President Donald Trump …
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
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
Greg Myre / NPR:
Avril Haines Takes Over As Intelligence Chief At ‘A Challenging Time’  —  As the top U.S. intelligence official for just over a month, Avril Haines has an overflowing inbox.  —  A massive computer hack blamed on Russia is still under investigation.  President Biden has raised the possibility …
Caroline Glick:   The Khashoggi Passion Play
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: KNSD-TV
Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
Joe Biden won the presidency by making the most of his lucky breaks  —  Review of ‘Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely won the Presidency’ by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes  —  Book critic  —  Sometimes a book is so eager to take readers behind the scenes that it neglects to spend enough time on the scenes themselves.
Julia Jacobs / New York Times:
Antoine Hodge, Opera Singer With a Powerful Work Ethic, Dies at 38  —  Mr. Hodge, a bass-baritone, was recently a chorus member in “Porgy and Bess” at the Metropolitan Opera.  He died of Covid-19. … When it came time for chorus members to audition for solos in the Metropolitan Opera's 2019 production of …
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, Vox, RedState and BuzzFeed News
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.
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 …
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 and Breitbart
Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Rep. Paul Gosar speaks at white nationalist event in Florida, skips in-person D.C. votes  —  Rep. Paul Gosar spoke Friday night at a Florida event organized by a white nationalist.  —  To make the appearance at the far-right AFPAC, an extremist alternative to the annual CPAC gathering of conservatives …
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
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
The Surprising Key to Combatting Vaccine Refusal
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Washington Post:
As USPS delays persist, bills, paychecks and medications are getting stuck in the mail
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Most House Republicans voted not to certify some election results. Democrats are still seething.
Discussion: Politics Plus and CNN
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Garland Heralds Return of the Obama Justice Department — Radical as Ever
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Biden tells the world ‘America is back.’ The world isn't so sure.
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Trump is making noises about a 2024 run to get rich off the ‘rubes’: ex-White House official
Discussion: HuffPost
Sarah Baxter Orlando / The Sunday Times:
Bad news for Donald Trump Jr: the right is fast tiring of Trumps
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
High on Their Own Supply