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10:25 AM ET, March 2, 2021

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New York Times:
Cuomo Accused of Unwanted Advance at a Wedding: ‘Can I Kiss You?’  —  The young woman's account follows two separate accusations that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed two female state employees.  —  Anna Ruch had never met Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo before encountering him at a crowded New York City wedding reception in September 2019.
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Cuomo backers pause and reevaluate fundraising as he faces sexual harassment probe
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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NBC News:
Biden to announce Merck will help make Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:   Merck to Help Make Johnson & Johnson Vaccine After White House Deal
Kenneth Garger / New York Post:
Biden removes mention of Dr. Seuss from ‘Read Across America Day’  —  President Biden apparently removed mentions of Dr. Seuss from “Read Across America Day” amid scrutiny about the alleged “racial undertones” in the whimsical tales for children.  —  “Read Across America Day,” …
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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:
Discussion: Mediaite, MSN and The Spectator
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
U.S. announces sanctions on Russia over poisoning and jailing of opposition leader Navalny  —  The Biden administration on Tuesday announced punitive sanctions on senior Russian government figures over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and reiterated a demand that Navalny be released from detention.
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Jennifer Hansler / CNN:
Biden administration sanctions senior Russian officials over Navalny poisoning and imprisonment
Discussion: National Review
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher / Forbes:
How A Nazi Symbol At CPAC Turned Into A Massive Hyatt Public Relations Disaster  —  In a highly unusual step for a major hotel group, Hyatt felt compelled to issue multiple news releases rejecting Nazi symbolism after a politically charged conference was held in one of its hotels.
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
McConnell asks the Supreme Court to obliterate the Voting Rights Act  —  There is an avalanche of new voting restrictions being imposed by Republican legislators across the country.  When Popular Information covered this issue in February, the Brennan Center had identified 165 bills to restrict voting rights across 33 states.
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Kevin Walling / The Hill:
Voters will punish GOP in midterms for lack of COVID support  —  With the budget reconciliation process working its way through Congress for the Biden administration's American Rescue Plan, it is becoming more evident that Democrats are making the calculation that they will be rewarded at the ballot box for its quick passage.
Discussion: New York Magazine and CBS News
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Juan Williams / The Hill:   Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP
Melissa Weiss / Jewish Insider:
Biden admin ‘enthusiastically embraces’ full IHRA definition of antisemitism  —  Secretary of State Tony Blinken acknowledged the administration's position in a recent letter to the American Zionist Movement  —  Secretary of State Tony Blinken wrote that the Biden administration …
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Peter Beinart / The Beinart Notebook:
Want to Fight “Cancel Culture?” Start with the Israel Debate
Discussion: Washington Post
Brian Stelter / CNN:
David Muir's new role at ABC News leads to drama with George Stephanopoulos and a visit from Bob Iger  —  New York (CNN Business)Earlier this year tensions between ABC News anchors George Stephanopoulos and David Muir boiled over to the point that Stephanopoulos threatened to walk to a rival network …
American Greatness:
Trump's Triumph at CPAC  —  The dream of a return to the pre-Trump party of post-Reagan amiable Democratic lookalike losers will not come true.  —  President Trump gave a memorable address on Sunday evening to the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC).
Christian Boone / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Fulton DA's investigation into Trump heads to grand jury  —  Fulton County prosecutors are expected to appear before a grand jury this week seeking subpoenas for documents and witnesses related to their investigation of former President Donald Trump and some of his top associates for possible election fraud …
Discussion: Mediaite and Political Wire
ABC News:
FBI director testifies for first time since Capitol assault  —  An expected focus is whether the FBI adequately shared intelligence beforehand.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images, FILE  —  FBI Director Christopher Wray will testify …
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Sergiu Klainerman / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
There Is No Such Thing as “White” Math  —  I naively believed that STEM would be spared from the ideological takeover.  I was wrong, says Princeton professor Sergiu Klainerman.  —  6 hr ago … In my position as a professor of mathematics at Princeton, I have witnessed the decline …
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
A Capitol rioter said he posed as ‘Antifa,’ feds say, then boasted he beat police who ‘got exactly what they deserved’  —  The day before a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, William Robert Norwood III texted a group of friends and family to boast that he had traveled to D.C. with a plan to fool the police.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Inside the Biden team's deliberations over punishing the Saudi crown prince  —  Even before President Biden took office, his top advisers began examining how to make good on his campaign promise to treat Saudi Arabia as a “pariah” for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi without …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Trumpism Grips a Post-Policy G.O.P. as Traditional Conservatism Fades  —  Despite falling from power in Washington, the Republican Party has done little soul-searching or reflection on a new agenda, instead focusing on attacking Democrats and the news media.
Marie Fazio / New York Times:
Frontier Cancels Flight, Citing Maskless Passengers  —  The airline's treatment of the passengers, all Orthodox Jews, drew condemnation and accusations of anti-Semitism from Jewish groups.  —  A Frontier Airlines flight from Miami to La Guardia Airport in New York was canceled on Sunday night …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Navarro penned 15-page memo falsely accusing Coates of being Anonymous  —  Former President Donald Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro penned a 15-page dossier falsely accusing his colleague Victoria Coates of being Anonymous, according to a copy of the document that was obtained by POLITICO …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Forty Days of Biden: Not so Centrist, Not so Competent  —  On the menu today: We're past the 40-day mark of the Biden presidency, and already some things are clear.  First, as many of us warned, Biden really isn't much of a “centrist,” despite what much of the media claimed throughout 2019 and 2020.
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?
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
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Fauci: U.S. must stick with two-shot strategy for Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna vaccines  —  Delaying a second dose to inoculate more Americans creates risks, infectious-disease expert says  —  The government's top infectious-disease expert on Monday reiterated that the United States will stick …
Discussion: The Hill, Insider, GOV.UK, IJR and Forbes
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
20-Year-Old MAGA Pol's War on Antifa Backfires Horribly  —  A Turning Point USA alum and Trump diehard-turned-state rep. has a new project.  But even his fellow Republicans have doubts.  —  Chaos.  Incivility.  Lack of respect for authority.  —  Those are the things …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Western Journal
Alexandra Garrett / Newsweek:
Ted Cruz's Approval Rating Sees Double-Digit Decline Following Cancun Fiasco: Poll  —  Texas Senator Ted Cruz's approval rating saw a significant decline following his Cancun trip fiasco in February, according to a Monday Morning Consult poll released Monday.
Discussion: Morning Consult
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Fox News once banned its hosts from speaking at partisan events.  Then it went all in on CPAC.  —  The network's streaming service laid out $250,000 to sponsor CPAC and some of its personalities gave speeches in an unusual arrangement.  —  Fox News host Pete Hegseth gave a rousing speech …
NBC News:
Cuomo's position is getting less and less tenable for Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — One allegation of sexual harassment is a big problem for a politician.  —  A second allegation turns into a full-blown crisis.  —  And a third — in less than a week — becomes unsustainable for the politician …
Discussion: Associated Press and Fox News
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
U.S. alleges Proud Boys planned to break into Capitol on Jan. 6 from many different points  —  U.S. prosecutors alleged for the first time that a Washington state leader of the Proud Boys was nominated by members of the group to take charge of the U.S. Capitol breach on Jan. 6 and carried …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Why the GOP can't quit Trump  —  Here's what we learned when we surveyed MAGA supporters  —  The Republican Party appears to be at war with itself, split between ex-president Donald Trump's supporters and establishment Republicans.  Consider what happened to Rep. Liz Cheney after she voted …
Discussion: Raw Story and Rolling Stone
New York Times:
Virus Did Not Bring Financial Rout That Many States Feared  —  Grim forecasts held up for a few states, but many took in about as much tax revenue as before the pandemic — sometimes a lot more.  —  Change in state tax revenue  —42.5%  —10.0%  —  +10.5%  —  +2.5%  —  +2.5%  —14.8%
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
If Trump wants credit, go on a vaccine rally tour  —  Our greatest hindrance to vaccinating the requisite number of adults to achieve herd immunity from the coronavirus may very well not be supply or even distribution but rather vaccine hesitancy.  —  From Kamala Harris questioning …
 
 
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CNN:
Vernon Jordan, civil rights leader and close ally of Bill Clinton, dies
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Why Biden is keeping Bernie close
Helen Wieffering / Associated Press:
COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally
Mackenzie Mays / Politico:
LA teachers union slams California schools plan as ‘propagating structural racism’
Discussion: ABC7, CalMatters and Breitbart
Luke Kenton / Daily Mail:
AOC slams NYPD's $75,000 robotic police dog named Digidog as racist - saying it prowls the streets only in low-income communities of color
Discussion: Breitbart
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
MAGA Fans Rage at Trumpy Channel for Censoring Conspiracies
Discussion: Raw Story
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Trump talked out of early Ohio endorsement
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Inside the GOP's plan to retake the House
ARLnow.com:
EXCLUSIVE: While the Capitol Was Stormed, A Group of Men Gathered Near the Marine Corps War Memorial
Discussion: Daily Kos
Anne Helen Petersen / Culture Study:
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Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Hawley defends opposition to every Biden Cabinet nominee: ‘I take them one at a time’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
Ex-Michigan health director got payout in confidentiality deal
Discussion: RedState, Fox News and Breitbart
Joe Heim / Washington Post:
Massive investment in social studies and civics education proposed to address eroding trust in democratic institutions
Wall Street Journal:
The Grievances of Trump Past
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The GOP is now just the party of white grievance
Discussion: HuffPost