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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
Wall Street Journal:
Gov. Cuomo's Administration Hires Criminal Defense Lawyer
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 …
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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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
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
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
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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NBC News:
FBI Director Christopher Wray will face questions on Capitol riot, domestic terrorism
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 …
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 …
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
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Tom Cotton: ‘Pretty Confident’ GOP Has Votes ‘to Stop’ Biden Amnesty Plan in Senate  —  ORLANDO, Florida — Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) told Breitbart News that he is confident Senate Republicans have the votes to stop President Joe Biden from passing an amnesty for the millions of illegal aliens in America in the U.S. Senate.
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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 …
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
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.
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.
Discussion: The Week, CBS News and The Independent
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
CNN:
New satellite images reveal North Korea took recent steps to conceal nuclear weapons site  —  Washington (CNN)New satellite imagery obtained by CNN reveals North Korea has recently taken steps to conceal a facility US intelligence agencies believe is being used to store nuclear weapons …
Twitter:
Updates to our work on COVID-19 vaccine misinformation  —  As the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines expands, people continue to turn to Twitter to discuss what's happening and find the latest authoritative public health information.  —  In December, we shared updates on our work to protect the public conversation surrounding COVID-19.
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Hawley defends opposition to every Biden Cabinet nominee: ‘I take them one at a time’  —  (CNN)Republican Sen. Josh Hawley on Monday defended his role as the only US senator to oppose every one of President Joe Biden's Cabinet nominees, insisting that he evaluates each pick individually.
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%
Hannah Denham / Washington Post:
Millions couldn't afford diapers before the pandemic.  Now, diaper banks can't keep up.  —  Without federal aid, diaper banks struggle to keep up with skyrocketing need and fewer donations  —  Chelesa Presley is deeply familiar with the struggles of young families, first from her years …
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 …
 
 
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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
John A. Tatom / The Hill:
Biden's trumped-up rescue plan is a solution looking for a problem
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
Chibuike Oguh / Reuters:
Blackstone CEO Schwarzman took home $610.5 million in 2020
 Earlier Items: 
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Giuliani again suspended from YouTube over false election claims
Discussion: Bloomberg, POLITICUSUSA and Breitbart
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
Wall Street Journal:
Oil Trade Group Considers Endorsing Carbon Pricing
Timothy Noah / New Republic:
Biden's Support for Unionizing Amazon Is a BFD
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump received COVID vaccine at White House in January