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1:05 PM 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: Gothamist, Insider, Bloomberg and Forbes
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 …
John Bowden / The Hill:
Cassidy: Trump won't be GOP nominee in 2024  —  Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) predicted Sunday that former President Trump would not be the party's nominee for president in 2024, pointing to the number of seats lost by Republicans in the House and Senate over the four years Trump was in office.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Rick Scott: GOP is ‘voters’ party,' not Trump's  —  Sen. Rick Scott on Sunday declined to call the GOP the party of former President Donald Trump and acknowledged President Joe Biden was “absolutely” the legitimate winner of the 2020 White House race.  —  In an interview on “Fox News Sunday …
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 …
Elaina Plott / New York Times:   At CPAC, a Golden Image, a Magic Wand and Reverence for Trump
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
4 Minutes With Jill Biden Grieving with the First Family.  —  She died just as I arrived at the wrong hospital.  It was Wednesday afternoon, February 24, and the First Lady, Jill Biden, was making her first official trip outside Washington to tour the labs of the Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Virginia lawmakers vote to legalize marijuana in 2024  —  Lawmakers in Virginia on Saturday approved compromise legislation that would legalize marijuana in 2024, putting the state a step closer to becoming the first in the South to end prohibition on the drug, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
Discussion: Politico
Ned Oliver / Virginia Mercury:
Virginia lawmakers pass bill legalizing marijuana, but not until 2024
Discussion: Associated Press
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
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
The Surprising Key to Combatting Vaccine Refusal  —  Why wouldn't someone want a COVID-19 vaccine?  —  Staring at the raw numbers, it doesn't seem like a hard choice.  Thousands of people are dying of COVID-19 every day.  Meanwhile, out of the 75,000 people who received a shot …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
With new mass detentions, every prominent Hong Kong activist is either in jail or exile  —  HONG KONG — Some sat down for one last long meal with their partners.  Another went to a tattoo artist to ink a Buddhist mantra on his forearm.  One purchased new pink-rimmed glasses to replace her contact lenses …
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Pjotr Sauer / The Moscow Times:
‘They Will Break You’: Inside Navalny's Notorious New Prison Home  —  In conversations with The Moscow Times, former inmates of the jail where Navalny will serve his time spoke of psychological isolation and harsh conditions.  —  Russian officials said Sunday that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny …
Discussion: TASS
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 …
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
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Fauci urges Americans to take the vaccine available to them when eligible … WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that this weekend's emergency approval of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine now gives the nation three “highly efficacious vaccines” on the market …
Caroline Glick:
The Khashoggi Passion Play  —  The Biden administration's decision to publish the intelligence 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.  —  It was predictable for two reasons.
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Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
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Washington Post:
As USPS delays persist, bills, paychecks and medications are getting stuck in the mail
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
Michael Standaert / South China Morning Post:
The Chinese suppliers fuelling America's fentanyl epidemic
Ashe Schow / The Daily Wire:
CDC Quietly Changed Basis Of Essential Public Health Services From ‘Research’ To ‘Equity’
Discussion: RedState
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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
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
Discussion: Raw Story and Vox