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7:55 PM ET, March 2, 2021

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Washington Post:
White House withdraws Tanden nomination; Biden says U.S. will have enough vaccine doses for every adult by end of May  —  The White House withdrew the nomination of Neera Tanden as director of the Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday evening, the first Cabinet-level defeat for the administration.
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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 …
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Why Fox News is having a day-long meltdown over Dr. Seuss  —  Biden didn't mention Dr. Seuss in his Read Across America Day statement.  All hell broke loose from there.  —  Conservative media turned 2021's National Read Across America Day into an epic culture war meltdown.
Discussion: NPR, CNN, Rolling Stone and The Guardian
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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.
Clay Jones / The Moderate Voice:
GRAB 'EM BY THE CUOMO (Cartoon and Column)  —  Goddammit, Andrew Cuomo.  Stop making me draw cartoons about you.  —  When I drew a cartoon on the scandal of Cuomo covering up the number of nursing home deaths from covid, liberals came at me.  I got a lot of “but what about Trump?” and “you're drinking the Kool-Aid.”
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David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
Cuomo Is Facing a Political Extinction Event
Discussion: WCDC-TV, The Root and New Republic
John Nolte / Breitbart:
Media's MeTooing of Andrew Cuomo Is Really About Protecting Four Democrat Governors
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
‘Obviously’  —  Chris Cuomo says that he can't possibly cover the accusations that have been leveled …
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
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.
Politico:
Texas, Mississippi to lift mask mandates, let all businesses reopen at full capacity  —  Texas and Mississippi on Tuesday issued separate executive orders to lift their states' mask mandates and give all businesses the green light to reopen at full capacity, casting off restrictions meant to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Dallas Morning News:
Gov. Greg Abbott says it is now time to open Texas 100%, end statewide mask mandate
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
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 …
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel, CBS Miami and Raw Story
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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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
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 …
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 …
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 …
TYT.com:
Save Us, Kamala!  —  One of Kamala Harris' top priorities is to pass a $15 an hour minimum wage.  There's great news for the Vice President - she has the power to include it in the Covid relief bill!  In her role as the Presiding Chair of the Senate, she has sole authority to decide whether …
Ken Klippenstein / The Intercept:
Trump Administration Referred a Record Number of Leaks for Criminal Investigation … The Trump administration referred a record number of classified leaks for criminal investigation, totaling at least 334, according to a Justice Department document obtained by The Intercept under the Freedom of Information Act.
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.
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
Jerry Iannelli / The Appeal:
The Fight for People in Prison to Vote Reaches Congress  —  An amendment to end felony disenfranchisement failed in the House of Representatives.  But the measure shows how far the fight has come in a short number of years.  —  Earlier today, a monumental vote occurred quietly in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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
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 and The Week
Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
Raimondo wins US Senate confirmation, resigns as governor  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Gov. Gina Raimondo on Tuesday secured U.S. Senate confirmation as the nation's next commerce secretary, becoming the first Rhode Island politician elevated to the president's cabinet in more than 70 years.
Discussion: Associated Press, UPI and Roll Call
New York Times:
Three Women Working for a News Outlet Gunned Down in Afghanistan  —  The women, the latest victims in a wave of targeted attacks, were killed on their way home from their jobs at Enikass Radio and TV in Jalalabad.  —  JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Three women who worked at a local news outlet …
Discussion: Reuters and Al Jazeera
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Cardona seeks to pivot from DeVos era at Education  —  Miguel Cardona was sworn in on Tuesday as the Biden administration's secretary of Education, taking over an agency at the center of the debate over reopening schools after enduring four years of controversy under former Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Washington Post:
FBI director says domestic terrorism ‘metastasizing’ throughout U.S. as cases soar  —  FBI Director Christopher A. Wray on Tuesday defended the bureau's handling of alarming intelligence leading up to the Jan. 6 mob attack on the U.S. Capitol, saying he has long warned about the rising tide …
Robert Frank / CNBC:
Jeff Bezos would pay over $5 billion a year under Warren's wealth tax  — Jeff Bezos would owe $5.7 billion in taxes for 2020 under the Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act proposed by a group of Senate and House Democrats and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday.
Kriston Capps / Bloomberg:
Trump Homelessness Czar Toured Shelters Uninvited, Despite Covid Concerns  —  Robert Marbut Jr. got to Nebraska just in time.  The White House lead on homelessness under President Donald Trump arrived in Omaha on Feb. 3 for an unannounced site visit at Open Door Mission, a homeless shelter near the airport.
 
 
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Kate Smith / CBS News:
The COVID baby boom is looking more like a baby bust
Discussion: HotAir
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Why Are Troops Leading the Vaccination Effort?
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Far-Right Groups Are Splintering in Wake of the Capitol Riot
Discussion: Fox News
Fox News:
GOP group details recipe for Republicans to retake House majority
Discussion: Politico
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
New book: Cuomo angered Biden team with convention address
Anna Gustafson / Michigan Advance:
How the anti-COVID vaccine movement mobilized in Michigan before anyone ever got their first shot
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia's center of political gravity shifting toward Atlanta
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MAGA-Obsessed State Rep. Accused of Being the Boss From Hell
Discussion: Political Wire
Russell Contreras / Axios:
Sen. Martin Heinrich to introduce plan for Puerto Rico statehood
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
The New York Times Company:
A New Role for Lisa Lerer
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Republicans Don't Fear An Electoral Backlash For Opposing Really Popular Parts Of Biden's Agenda
Washington Post:
U.S. hits Russians for Navalny poisoning, signaling tougher stand
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Navarro penned 15-page memo falsely accusing Coates of being Anonymous
Discussion: Raw Story