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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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Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Cuomo Must Admit to His ‘Predatory Behavior,’ Accuser Says
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Washington Post:
Media advocacy group accuses Saudi crown prince, aides of crimes against humanity in Khashoggi death
Discussion: The Guardian
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Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
Covid-19 Live Updates: Variant Found in Brazil Can Cause Reinfection, Study Shows  —  Some who had immunity from previous bouts of the coronavirus contracted it again as the P.1 variant spread in the Amazonian city of Manaus.  And one Arizona county has opened vaccines to all residents.
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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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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David H. Gans / Slate:
SCOTUS Will Consider Another Way to Gut the Voting Rights Act  —  In the 2020 election, it was voters of color who propelled Joe Biden to the White House and voters of color who flipped control of the U.S. Senate.  Now, state legislatures run by Republicans are engaged in a concerted effort …
Alexandra Garrett / Newsweek:
Ted Cruz's Approval Rating Sees Double-Digit Decline Following Cancun Fiasco: Poll  —  Texas Senator Ted Cruz's approval rating saw a significant decline following his Cancun trip fiasco in February, according to a Monday Morning Consult poll released Monday.
Discussion: Morning Consult
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
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
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
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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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 …
Discussion: HotAir and It Bears Mentioning
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
House ethics office says there's ‘substantial reason to believe’ Rep. Steven Palazzo misused campaign, congressional funds  —  A House ethics panel said there is “substantial reason to believe” that Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) misused his campaign and congressional funds, in a report that was made public Monday.
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:   Ethics watchdog: ‘Substantial’ evidence GOP lawmaker improperly spent funds, misused position to help brother
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Trump talked out of early Ohio endorsement  —  Donald Trump had to be talked out of making an early endorsement in Ohio's 2022 U.S. Senate race, a sign of his eagerness to reengage politically, people familiar with the conversations tell Axios.  —  What we're hearing …
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Parscale launches super PAC
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP  —  We all know about the big lie.  —  Now we face the big hypocrisy.  —  Let's begin with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) incredible announcement last week that if former President Trump is the GOP nominee for president in 2024, he will endorse him.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Fox News once banned its hosts from speaking at partisan events.  Then it went all in on CPAC.  —  The network's streaming service laid out $250,000 to sponsor CPAC and some of its personalities gave speeches in an unusual arrangement.  —  Fox News host Pete Hegseth gave a rousing speech …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The GOP is now just the party of white grievance  —  One of the poisonous legacies of Donald Trump's presidency has been to expand the boundaries of expressible prejudice.  Through the explicit practice of White-identity politics, Trump has obviated the need for code words and dog whistles.
Discussion: HuffPost
Joe Heim / Washington Post:
Massive investment in social studies and civics education proposed to address eroding trust in democratic institutions  —  It has been a bad 12 months for the practice of civics in America.  —  The U.S. Capitol attacked by thugs.  An alleged plot to kidnap a state governor.
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 …
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Fauci: U.S. must stick with two-shot strategy for Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna vaccines  —  Delaying a second dose to inoculate more Americans creates risks, infectious-disease expert says  —  The government's top infectious-disease expert on Monday reiterated that the United States will stick …
Discussion: The Hill, Insider, IJR, GOV.UK and Forbes
ARLnow.com:
EXCLUSIVE: While the Capitol Was Stormed, A Group of Men Gathered Near the Marine Corps War Memorial  —  On Jan. 6, a group of ten or so men — at least one of whom was wearing a tactical earpiece — watched the storming of the U.S. Capitol from across the Potomac in Arlington.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Trumpism Grips a Post-Policy G.O.P. as Traditional Conservatism Fades  —  Despite falling from power in Washington, the Republican Party has done little soul-searching or reflection on a new agenda, instead focusing on attacking Democrats and the news media.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive: Teneo buys stake in consulting firm linked to Bidenworld  —  Teneo, the global CEO advisory firm, will announce today that it has bought a “significant minority stake” in WestExec Advisors, and that former Sen. Chris Dodd today will become a senior adviser at Teneo.
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
Ex-Michigan health director got payout in confidentiality deal  —  Lansing — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration agreed to pay former state health department director Robert Gordon $155,506 in a separation deal that also required the two sides to maintain confidentiality …
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
Douglas Belkin / Wall Street Journal:
Bloomberg to Give Harvard $150 Million for Program for Mayors  —  The donation is intended to help city leaders innovate and share best practices  —  Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is giving $150 million to Harvard University for a program designed to help mayors around the world …
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 …
Anne Helen Petersen / Culture Study:
Imagine Your Flexible Office Work Future  —  This is the weekend edition of Culture Study — the newsletter from Anne Helen Petersen, which you can read about here.  If you like it and want more like it in your inbox, consider subscribing.  —  Last night, I took seven different Google Docs …
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%
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
Helen Wieffering / Associated Press:
COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally  —  Two Nigerian nurses were attacked by the family of a deceased COVID-19 patient.  One nurse had her hair ripped out and suffered a fracture.  The second was beaten into a coma.  —  Following the assaults, nurses at Federal Medical Centre …
 
 
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Melissa Weiss / Jewish Insider:
Biden admin ‘enthusiastically embraces’ full IHRA definition of antisemitism
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
U.S. alleges Proud Boys planned to break into Capitol on Jan. 6 from many different points
Rachel Cohrs / STAT:
The Trump administration quietly spent billions in hospital funds on Operation Warp Speed
Mackenzie Mays / Politico:
LA teachers union slams California schools plan as ‘propagating structural racism’
Discussion: ABC7 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
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
20-Year-Old MAGA Pol's War on Antifa Backfires Horribly
Discussion: Raw Story and The Western Journal
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
MAGA Fans Rage at Trumpy Channel for Censoring Conspiracies
Discussion: Raw Story
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CNN:
New satellite images reveal North Korea took recent steps to conceal nuclear weapons site
John A. Tatom / The Hill:
Biden's trumped-up rescue plan is a solution looking for a problem
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Hawley defends opposition to every Biden Cabinet nominee: ‘I take them one at a time’
Hannah Denham / Washington Post:
Millions couldn't afford diapers before the pandemic. Now, diaper banks can't keep up.
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Demonizes Big Tech. She and Her Husband Just Sold Up to $210,000 in Tech Stocks.
Discussion: Raw Story