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2:30 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 …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Andrew Cuomo's survival in office looks doubtful  —  Opinion by  —  It is starting to look as if the question will soon be not if but when New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will be forced to resign.  —  The New York Times has published a blockbuster story in which a second former aide …
Dana Rubinstein / New York Times:
Cuomo Attacked Over His Plan for Review of Sex Harassment Claims  —  Democratic leaders in Albany questioned the impartiality of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's choice to lead the inquiry, while others called for his immediate resignation.  —  Hours after a second woman came forward to accuse …
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 …
Albany Times Union:
For Cuomo, hardball tactics, intimidation and now allegations of harassment  —  ‘He has his opinion and he shares it with you.  And that is not for everyone ... and it can be bruising’  —  ALBANY — The phone rang just before midnight on Jan. 11, 2012.  The caller, Howard B. Glaser …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Steve Inskeep / NPR:
Why Republicans Are Moving To Fix Elections That Weren't Broken  —  Republican-led legislatures in dozens of states are moving to change election laws in ways that could make it harder to vote.  —  Many proposals explicitly respond to the 2020 election: Lawmakers cite public concerns …
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 …
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.
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Fears about Trump out of the cage
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and HotAir
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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
Kristi Noem gets standing ovation for Dr. Fauci dig at CPAC  —  Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD) received a standing ovation from CPAC attendees for her remarks about South Dakota's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.  Dr. Jonathan Reiner criticized Noem's comments, saying that her ‘science denialism’ resulted …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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 …
Eric Lach / New Yorker:
A Deportation Nightmare in the Bronx  —  Arrested for jaywalking, a DACA recipient spent the pandemic in ICE detention because of what New York City officials admit was an “operational error.”  He could be deported as soon as next week.  —  On the corner of Alexander Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard …
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: New York Times and KNSD-TV
Rachel Siegel / Washington Post:
Once Trump's ‘enemy,’ Fed emerges as White House ally in rejecting concerns about overdoing stimulus  —  Meanwhile, prominent economists, Republican lawmakers and some market analysts raise alarm bells about the risks of overstimulating the economy and triggering unwanted inflation
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and Bloomberg
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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Brie Stimson / Fox News:
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Fadel Allassan / Axios:
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Discussion: Politico and Virginia Mercury
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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