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11:52 AM ET, March 2, 2021

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New York Times:
Cuomo Accused of Unwanted Advance at a Wedding: ‘Can I Kiss You?’  —  The young woman's account follows two separate accusations that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed two female state employees.  —  Anna Ruch had never met Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo before encountering him at a crowded New York City wedding reception in September 2019.
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Washington Post:
Biden to announce ‘historic partnership’: Merck will help make Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, officials say  —  The administration brokered the arrangement amid concerns about Johnson & Johnson's production delays  —  President Biden will announce Tuesday that pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co …
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NBC News:
Biden to announce Merck will help make Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:   Merck to Help Make Johnson & Johnson Vaccine After White House Deal
CNN:
6 Dr. Seuss books won't be published anymore because they portray people in ‘hurtful and wrong’ ways  —  (CNN)Six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published because they “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” the business that preserves the author's legacy said.  —  The titles are:
Discussion: HotAir, The Guardian and TheBlaze
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Kenneth Garger / New York Post:
Biden removes mention of Dr. Seuss from ‘Read Across America Day’  —  President Biden apparently removed mentions of Dr. Seuss from “Read Across America Day” amid scrutiny about the alleged “racial undertones” in the whimsical tales for children.  —  “Read Across America Day,” …
Mark Pratt / Associated Press:
6 Dr. Seuss books won't be published for racist images  —  BOSTON (AP) — Six Dr. Seuss books — including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo” — will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author's legacy said Tuesday.
Grace Segers / CBS News:
House Democrats charge ahead with progressive bills likely to stall Senate  —  Washington — House Democrats are pursuing an ambitious agenda to approve several progressive bills supported by President Biden in the coming weeks, but these measures face an uncertain future in the evenly divided Senate …
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Wall Street Journal:
The Grievances of Trump Past
New York Times:
Prosecutors Investigating Trump Focus on His Finance Chief  —  Manhattan district attorney investigators who are examining possible financial fraud have asked witnesses about Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer at the Trump Organization.  —  State prosecutors in Manhattan …
Steven Greenhouse / American Prospect:
‘Everyone in the Community Is Cheering Us On’  —  An interview with Josh Brewer, lead union organizer at Amazon's Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse  —  In New York City, Workers Assembly Against Racism organized a rally at Union Square in support of Bessemer, Alabama, Amazon workers, February 20, 2021.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
McConnell asks the Supreme Court to obliterate the Voting Rights Act  —  There is an avalanche of new voting restrictions being imposed by Republican legislators across the country.  When Popular Information covered this issue in February, the Brennan Center had identified 165 bills to restrict voting rights across 33 states.
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Washington Post:
Live updates: Global coronavirus numbers edging back up after weeks of decline, says WHO  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.  For more free coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, sign up for our Coronavirus Updates newsletter where all stories are free to read.
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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
U.S. announces sanctions on Russia over poisoning and jailing of opposition leader Navalny  —  The Biden administration on Tuesday announced punitive sanctions on senior Russian government figures over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and reiterated a demand that Navalny be released from detention.
Kevin Walling / The Hill:
Voters will punish GOP in midterms for lack of COVID support  —  With the budget reconciliation process working its way through Congress for the Biden administration's American Rescue Plan, it is becoming more evident that Democrats are making the calculation that they will be rewarded at the ballot box for its quick passage.
Discussion: New York Magazine and CBS News
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Juan Williams / The Hill:   Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP
Peter Beinart / The Beinart Notebook:
Want to Fight “Cancel Culture?”  Start with the Israel Debate  —  The theme of this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was “uncancel America.”  But when news broke that one of the speakers, a hip hop artist named Young Pharoah, had called Judaism “a complete lie,” CPAC cancelled him.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Melissa Weiss / Jewish Insider:   Biden admin ‘enthusiastically embraces’ full IHRA definition of antisemitism
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher / Forbes:
How A Nazi Symbol At CPAC Turned Into A Massive Hyatt Public Relations Disaster  —  In a highly unusual step for a major hotel group, Hyatt felt compelled to issue multiple news releases rejecting Nazi symbolism after a politically charged conference was held in one of its hotels.
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Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
A Capitol rioter said he posed as ‘Antifa,’ feds say, then boasted he beat police who ‘got exactly what they deserved’  —  The day before a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, William Robert Norwood III texted a group of friends and family to boast that he had traveled to D.C. with a plan to fool the police.
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Stelter / CNN:
David Muir's new role at ABC News leads to drama with George Stephanopoulos and a visit from Bob Iger  —  New York (CNN Business)Earlier this year tensions between ABC News anchors George Stephanopoulos and David Muir boiled over to the point that Stephanopoulos threatened to walk to a rival network …
Sergiu Klainerman / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
There Is No Such Thing as “White” Math  —  I naively believed that STEM would be spared from the ideological takeover.  I was wrong, says Princeton professor Sergiu Klainerman.  —  6 hr ago … In my position as a professor of mathematics at Princeton, I have witnessed the decline …
Christian Boone / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Fulton DA's investigation into Trump heads to grand jury  —  Fulton County prosecutors are expected to appear before a grand jury this week seeking subpoenas for documents and witnesses related to their investigation of former President Donald Trump and some of his top associates for possible election fraud …
Discussion: Mediaite and Political Wire
ABC News:
FBI director testifies for first time since Capitol assault  —  An expected focus is whether the FBI adequately shared intelligence beforehand.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images, FILE  —  FBI Director Christopher Wray will testify …
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Navarro penned 15-page memo falsely accusing Coates of being Anonymous  —  Former President Donald Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro penned a 15-page dossier falsely accusing his colleague Victoria Coates of being Anonymous, according to a copy of the document that was obtained by POLITICO …
Discussion: Raw Story
Rachel Cohrs / STAT:
The Trump administration quietly spent billions in hospital funds on Operation Warp Speed  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration quietly took around $10 billion from a fund meant to help hospitals and health care providers affected by Covid-19 and used the money to bankroll Operation Warp Speed contracts …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Forty Days of Biden: Not so Centrist, Not so Competent  —  On the menu today: We're past the 40-day mark of the Biden presidency, and already some things are clear.  First, as many of us warned, Biden really isn't much of a “centrist,” despite what much of the media claimed throughout 2019 and 2020.
Washington Post:
Why the GOP can't quit Trump  —  Here's what we learned when we surveyed MAGA supporters  —  The Republican Party appears to be at war with itself, split between ex-president Donald Trump's supporters and establishment Republicans.  Consider what happened to Rep. Liz Cheney after she voted …
Discussion: Raw Story and Rolling Stone
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
20-Year-Old MAGA Politician's War on Antifa Backfires Horribly  —  A Turning Point USA alum and Trump diehard-turned-state rep has a new project.  But even his fellow Republicans have doubts.  —  Chaos.  Incivility.  Lack of respect for authority.  —  Those are the things …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Western Journal
New York Times:
Virus Did Not Bring Financial Rout That Many States Feared  —  Grim forecasts held up for a few states, but many took in about as much tax revenue as before the pandemic — sometimes a lot more.  —  Change in state tax revenue  —42.5%  —10.0%  —  +10.5%  —  +2.5%  —  +2.5%  —14.8%
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Inside the GOP's plan to retake the House  —  House Republicans will reclaim their majority in 2022 by offering candidates who are women, minorities or veterans, a memo obtained by Axios says.  —  Why it matters: The document, drafted by a super PAC blessed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy …
Marie Fazio / New York Times:
Frontier Cancels Flight, Citing Maskless Passengers  —  The airline's treatment of the passengers, all Orthodox Jews, drew condemnation and accusations of anti-Semitism from Jewish groups.  —  A Frontier Airlines flight from Miami to La Guardia Airport in New York was canceled on Sunday night …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Biden campaign promises head for the Senate graveyard  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  For years Speaker NANCY PELOSI has bemoaned MITCH MCCONNELL'S “legislative graveyard” — the place where bills she shepherded through the Democratic House would “go to die.”
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
If Trump wants credit, go on a vaccine rally tour  —  Our greatest hindrance to vaccinating the requisite number of adults to achieve herd immunity from the coronavirus may very well not be supply or even distribution but rather vaccine hesitancy.  —  From Kamala Harris questioning …
Washington Post:
Inside the Biden team's deliberations over punishing the Saudi crown prince  —  Even before President Biden took office, his top advisers began examining how to make good on his campaign promise to treat Saudi Arabia as a “pariah” for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi without …
CNN:
Vernon Jordan, civil rights leader and close ally of Bill Clinton, dies  —  Washington (CNN)Vernon Jordan, a civil rights leader and close adviser to former President Bill Clinton, died Monday evening, multiple sources close to the family tell CNN.  He was 85.  —  A cause of death was not immediately released.
 
 
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Helen Wieffering / Associated Press:
COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
U.S. alleges Proud Boys planned to break into Capitol on Jan. 6 from many different points
Discussion: Raw Story
Mackenzie Mays / Politico:
LA teachers union slams California schools plan as ‘propagating structural racism’
Discussion: ABC7, CalMatters and Breitbart
Luke Kenton / Daily Mail:
AOC slams NYPD's $75,000 robotic police dog named Digidog as racist - saying it prowls the streets only in low-income communities of color
Discussion: Breitbart
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
MAGA Fans Rage at Trumpy Channel for Censoring Conspiracies
Discussion: Raw Story
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Trump talked out of early Ohio endorsement
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Fox News once banned its hosts from speaking at partisan events. Then it went all in on CPAC.
ARLnow.com:
EXCLUSIVE: While the Capitol Was Stormed, A Group of Men Gathered Near the Marine Corps War Memorial
Discussion: Daily Kos
Anne Helen Petersen / Culture Study:
Imagine Your Flexible Office Work Future
Alexandra Garrett / Newsweek:
Ted Cruz's Approval Rating Sees Double-Digit Decline Following Cancun Fiasco: Poll
Discussion: Morning Consult
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Hawley defends opposition to every Biden Cabinet nominee: ‘I take them one at a time’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The GOP is now just the party of white grievance
Discussion: HuffPost