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11:45 PM ET, March 2, 2021

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CNN:
First on CNN: Rep. Ronny Jackson made sexual comments, drank alcohol and took Ambien while working as White House physician, Pentagon watchdog finds  —  (CNN)The Department of Defense inspector general has issued a scathing review of Rep. Ronny Jackson during his time serving as the top White House physician …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Political Wire
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
Politico:
To tweet or not to tweet?  That is the question.  —  Welcome to POLITICO's 2021 Transition Playbook …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Forty Days of Biden: Not so Centrist, Not so Competent
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Budget nominee Tanden withdraws nomination amid opposition
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
Discussion: Instapundit
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
Cuomo Is Facing a Political Extinction Event
Discussion: WCDC-TV, New Republic and The Root
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, Fox News, CNN and NPR
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Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Newsom blasts Abbott for removing Texas mask mandate: ‘Absolutely reckless’
Discussion: Politico and Liberty Unyielding
Dallas Morning News:
Gov. Greg Abbott says it is now time to open Texas 100%, end statewide mask mandate
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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.
Norman Ornstein / Washington Post:
Democrats can't kill the filibuster.  But they can gut it.  —  Three reforms Manchin and Sinema might consider  —  Norman Ornstein, an emeritus scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is a co-author of “One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate and the Not-Yet Deported.”
Discussion: Newsbusters, IJR and Occupy Democrats
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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
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
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
On Jan. 6 came the white supremacists.  Now comes the whitewash.  —  On Jan. 6 came the white supremacists.  —  Now comes the whitewash.  —  FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday to answer questions about the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol …
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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
CNN:
John Roberts has another chance to diminish the Voting Rights Act  —  (CNN)Chief Justice John Roberts has singlehandedly slowed a conservative revolution at the Supreme Court in recent years, but he has for even longer — 40 years — opposed racial remedies and narrowly construed the landmark Voting Rights Act.
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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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: USA Today
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Vernon Jordan made being a Black man in America look effortless  —  Senior critic-at-large  —  Vernon Jordan came from humble beginnings and grew up in a segregated America, yet he moved through the world in the manner of someone who owned it.  He was a Black man who knew what it meant …
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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.
Sonia Moghe / CNN:
NYC Bar Association joins push to have Giuliani investigated to be disbarred  —  Hear Giuliani's response to disclaimer running before his radio show  —  New York (CNN)The New York City Bar Association added its name to the list of groups urging the state court committee that recommends whether …
Meg O'Connor / The Appeal:
Tishaura Jones and Cara Spencer Win St. Louis Mayoral Primary  —  The two candidates will move on to the April 6 general election after securing the most votes under the city's new approval voting system.  —  City Treasurer Tishaura Jones and Alderperson Cara Spencer have secured the most votes …
Washington Post:
When U.S. blamed Saudi crown prince for role in Khashoggi killing, fake Twitter accounts went to war  —  Platform closed thousands of accounts amid online influence campaign to dispute report on assassination  —  Saudi-based Twitter accounts using fake profile pictures …
Sam Stein / Politico:
The GOP is the party of half-Trump  —  Presented by The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL)  —  With help from Daniel Payne, Renuka Rayasam and Myah Ward  —  BREAKING — President Joe Biden is withdrawing Neera Tanden's nomination to be his budget director …
Discussion: New York Times, Fox News, CNN and Newsweek
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.
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 …
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House fight for Trump's financial records poised to stretch into the summer  —  Congressional investigators fighting to access former President Donald Trump's financial records are planning for a lengthy battle that stretches deep into 2021, according to a proposed legal schedule unveiled by House counsel Doug Letter on Tuesday.
Discussion: Insider and The Hill
Wilson Wong / NBC News:
Only one George Floyd family member at a time allowed in Chauvin trial, judge rules  —  Only one member of George Floyd's family at a time will be allowed to attend the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of Floyd, a judge ruled on Tuesday.
 
 
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NBC News:
After Border Patrol release, asylum-seekers test positive for Covid in Brownsville, Texas
Discussion: Breitbart
Brian Wong / South China Morning Post:
‘Sheer torment’ for accused as Hong Kong security law bail hearings drag on
David Brand / Queens News:
Rockaway's lone medical center would become 15-bed ‘micro hospital’ under state proposal
Los Angeles Times:
At least 13 killed in crash of SUV carrying more than 2 dozen near U.S.-Mexico border
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Trump endorses Tim Scott for reelection
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
TYT.com:
Save Us, Kamala!
 Earlier Items: 
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
New book: Cuomo angered Biden team with convention address
Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
Raimondo wins US Senate confirmation, resigns as governor
Discussion: Associated Press, Roll Call and UPI
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
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Biden's Future Has Two Parts
Discussion: National Review
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Biden's next big move could deliver a crippling blow to Trumpism
Discussion: Raw Story and HotAir
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Scoop: Biden briefing calls for 20,000 child migrant beds