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9:45 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.
Politico:
To tweet or not to tweet?  That is the question.  —  Welcome to POLITICO's 2021 Transition Playbook, your guide to the first 100 days of the Biden administration  —  NEERA TANDEN may be a goner — maybe not! — but she's already forever changed the Senate confirmation process.
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 …
Houston Keene / Fox News:
New York College Democrats demand Cuomo resign over ‘unacceptable behavior’
Discussion: Politico
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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USA Today:
Mask restrictions lifted by governors in Texas, Mississippi; New Orleans calls J&J vaccine ‘morally compromised’: Live COVID-19 updates  —  John Bacon Elinor Aspegren Jorge L. OrtizUSA TODAY  —  Defying warnings from federal health officials about the need to stay vigilant against the coronavirus …
Discussion: HuffPost, CNN and KYMA-TV
Dallas Morning News:
Gov. Greg Abbott says it is now time to open Texas 100%, end statewide mask mandate
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Newsom blasts Abbott for removing Texas mask mandate: ‘Absolutely reckless’
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
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Mark Pratt / Associated Press:
6 Dr. Seuss books won't be published for racist images
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.
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
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
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.
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: CBS Miami, Sun-Sentinel 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: BizPac Review, HotAir and Twitchy
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Greg Allen / NPR:   The Florida Democratic Party Has A Problem: It's Broke And Disorganized
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.
Baltimore Sun:
Hogan doubles down on Baltimore COVID vaccine comments as data reveals most city doses going to non-city residents  —  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan doubled down Tuesday on his comment last week that Baltimore received more COVID-19 vaccines than it was “entitled to,” though data released this week …
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 …
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Vernon Jordan, Civil Rights Leader and D.C. Power Broker, Dies at 85  —  Mr. Jordan, who was selected to head the National Urban League while still in his 30s, counseled presidents and business leaders.  —  Vernon E. Jordan Jr., the civil rights leader and Washington power broker whose private counsel …
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Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Vernon Jordan: an American legend, and a good friend
Discussion: The Root
Dylan Tokar / Wall Street Journal:
Bringing New Money-Laundering Law Into Force Falls to Tiny Treasury Unit  —  Among other things, FinCEN will have to create a registry of owners of anonymous shell companies, a task that will require a revamp of its creaky technology  —  Over the next year, a small, relatively obscure bureau …
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.
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.
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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 …
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
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
 
 
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David Brand / Queens News:
Rockaway's lone medical center would become 15-bed ‘micro hospital’ under state proposal
Sonia Moghe / CNN:
NYC Bar Association joins push to have Giuliani investigated to be disbarred
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New York Times:
In Their Own Words: Why Health Experts Say Elementary Schools Should Open
Discussion: Eschaton
Kate Smith / CBS News:
The COVID baby boom is looking more like a baby bust
Discussion: HotAir
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Discussion: Reuters and Al Jazeera
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia's center of political gravity shifting toward Atlanta
Discussion: Political Wire
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Biden's next big move could deliver a crippling blow to Trumpism
Discussion: Raw Story and HotAir
Rachel Cohrs / STAT:
The Trump administration quietly spent billions in hospital funds on Operation Warp Speed
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Week