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8:35 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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Tanden withdrawal absolves Murkowski of difficult decision  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski took her time deliberating the fate of Neera Tanden's bid to become White House budget chief.  And while she mulled it over, the White House removed Tanden's nomination from purgatory.
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Budget nominee Tanden withdraws nomination amid opposition  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's pick to head the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, has withdrawn her nomination after she faced opposition from key Democratic and Republican senators for her controversial tweets.
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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John Nolte / Breitbart:
Media's MeTooing of Andrew Cuomo Is Really About Protecting Four Democrat Governors
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
Cuomo Is Facing a Political Extinction Event
Discussion: WCDC-TV, New Republic and The Root
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
‘Obviously’  —  Chris Cuomo says that he can't possibly cover the accusations that have been leveled …
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.
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Mark Pratt / Associated Press:
6 Dr. Seuss books won't be published for racist images
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
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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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.
The Wrap:
David Muir Clash With George Stephanopoulos Led to ABC News Chief Ouster (Exclusive)  —  Tension between ABC News morning anchor George Stephanopoulos and evening star David Muir over the anchor title led to the sudden exit of ABC News chief James Goldston in January, TheWrap has learned.
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 …
NBC News:
D.C. police, FBI on alert ahead of QAnon's ‘true Inauguration Day’  —  Law enforcement agencies around Washington, D.C., are adding extra security out of concern about a coming date — March 4, which is Thursday — that has swirled online among QAnon supporters.
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
New York Times:
In Their Own Words: Why Health Experts Say Elementary Schools Should Open  —  With proper safety measures, doctors and scientists said in a survey, the benefits outweigh the risks.  —  Scientists and doctors who study infectious disease in children largely agreed, in a recent New York Times survey …
Discussion: Eschaton
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
Kate Smith / CBS News:
The COVID baby boom is looking more like a baby bust  —  When the pandemic first took hold in the U.S., many joked that widespread lockdowns would spark a “baby boom” and sky-high birth rates.  But nearly a year later, the opposite appears to be true.  —  Provisional birth rate data provided …
Discussion: HotAir
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
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 …
 
 
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
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Russell Contreras / Axios:
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