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6:40 PM ET, March 2, 2021

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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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Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
Raimondo wins US Senate confirmation; will soon resign as governor
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
U.S. announces sanctions on Russia over poisoning and jailing of opposition leader Navalny
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Texas to end all coronavirus restrictions  —  Texas will end its coronavirus restrictions next week with an upcoming executive order, Gov. Greg Abbot (R) announced Tuesday during a press conference in Lubbock.  —  Why it matters: After Abbott signs the new order, which rescinds previous orders …
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Dallas Morning News:
Gov. Greg Abbott says it is now time to open Texas 100%, end statewide mask mandate
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Watch live: Gov. Greg Abbott to make a “statewide announcement” at 1:30 p.m. Central
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Insiders Rage Against Hiring ‘Mini Goebbels’ Kayleigh McEnany  —  The network announced Tuesday that McEnany, a career liar, is now a paid contributor.  Newsroom staffers, who've faced “purges” in recent months, are none too pleased.  —  Fox News officially announced on Tuesday …
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Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany joins Fox News
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
‘Obviously’  —  Chris Cuomo says that he can't possibly cover the accusations that have been leveled against Andrew Cuomo, “because he is my brother”: … Question for Cuomo (and for Brian Stelter, who is selectively interested in media ethics): Why did this logic not obtain during the pandemic?
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David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
Cuomo Is Facing a Political Extinction Event
Discussion: WCDC-TV, The Root and New Republic
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.
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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:
Robby Soave / Reason:
Dr. Seuss Is Canceled  —  The cancel culture bells have tolled for Dr. Seuss, the beloved author of children's books like Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Oh, the Places You'll Go.  —  President Biden declined to mention Dr. Seuss, the pen name of Theodor Seuss Geisel …
Michael Edison Hayden / Southern Poverty Law Center:
Alex Jones on Leaked Video: ‘I Wish I Never Met Trump’  —  Before multimillionaire conspiracy theorist Alex Jones riled up Donald Trump's fans with lies about a stolen election, he privately expressed revulsion over the 45th president, a video leaked to Hatewatch reveals.  —  “It's the truth and I'm just going to say it.
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and The Daily Beast
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Murkowski weighs Tanden's fate with Alaska on her mind  —  Neera Tanden's been in Senate purgatory for a week now as she and the Biden administration fight to convince Sen. Lisa Murkowski to back her bid to be White House budget chief.  And Murkowski isn't making any sudden moves.
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Karl Evers-Hillstrom / OpenSecrets.org:
Consultants repping Saudi, UAE interests partner with Blinken's old firm  —  A well-connected firm that represents Saudi and Emirati interests is partnering with a consulting firm launched by top Biden administration aides as the U.S. tackles foreign policy dilemmas in the Middle East.
Discussion: Bloomberg, HotAir, Insider and Axios
John Keefe / New York Times:
Should Your School Be Fully Open?  Here's What the C.D.C. Says  —  Only 4 percent of the nation's schoolchildren live in counties where coronavirus transmission is low enough for full-time in-person learning without additional restrictions, according to the guidelines established by the Centers …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Liberals on fire over failure on $15 minimum wage  —  Liberal senators and outside pressure groups are steaming over the Senate's seeming failure to move a COVID-19 relief package with a provision hiking the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.  —  An adverse decision from the Senate …
Discussion: HotAir, BizPac Review and Twitchy
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Greg Allen / NPR:   The Florida Democratic Party Has A Problem: It's Broke And Disorganized
Washington Post:
Donors gave a House candidate more than $8 million.  A single firm took nearly half of it.  —  U.S. House candidate Kim Klacik walked onto Mike Huckabee's cable talk show last August as the latest conservative celebrity, riding high on a viral campaign ad that had attracted 10 million views …
Discussion: Raw Story
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Scoop: Biden briefing calls for 20,000 child migrant beds  —  A briefing scheduled for President Biden this afternoon outlines the need for 20,000 beds to shelter an expected crush of child migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: The rapid influx …
Tom Burt / Microsoft On the Issues:
New nation-state cyberattacks  —  Tom Burt - Corporate Vice President, Customer Security & Trust  —  Today, we're sharing information about a state-sponsored threat actor identified by the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) that we are calling Hafnium.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Biden's next big move could deliver a crippling blow to Trumpism  —  In a revealing moment at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida — a Republican who is a leading inheritor of the mantle of Trumpism — unintentionally displayed one of that inchoate ideology's most serious weaknesses.
Discussion: Raw Story and HotAir
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Biden's Future Has Two Parts  —  There are going to be two different Biden administrations.  —  1 hr ago  —  1. AC: After COVID  —  More than any president since Truman, Joe Biden's administration is going to have a clear delineation between two distinct periods: COVID and After COVID.
Discussion: National Review
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Republicans Don't Fear An Electoral Backlash For Opposing Really Popular Parts Of Biden's Agenda  —  Republicans in the U.S. House last week unanimously opposed President Biden's economic stimulus bill, even though polls show that the legislation is popular with the public.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Feds Arrest White Supremacist Livestreamer in Dawn Raid, Rattling Supporters  —  Paul N. Miller, who's amassed more than 40,000 followers on Telegram, was arrested in Florida early Tuesday.  Some of his followers fear they could be next.  —  The FBI arrested a notorious white supremacist livestreamer …
Akbar Shahid Ahmed / HuffPost:
Activists Say Joe Biden Could Still Deliver Justice For Jamal Khashoggi  —  HuffPost obtained a letter from key advocacy groups outlining additional steps against Saudi Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman and lawmakers are rolling out similar proposals.  —  Human rights activists seeking accountability …
 
 
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Navarro penned 15-page memo falsely accusing Coates of being Anonymous
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