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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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Wall Street Journal:
Gov. Cuomo's Administration Hires Criminal Defense Lawyer  —  New York governor retains veteran white-collar defense lawyer Elkan Abramowitz amid probes into harassment and Covid-19 nursing-home deaths  —  The administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has retained a prominent white-collar defense attorney …
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Cuomo Must Admit to His ‘Predatory Behavior,’ Accuser Says  —  “These are not the actions of someone who simply feels misunderstood; they are the actions of an individual who wields his power to avoid justice,” Charlotte Bennett said.  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — A former aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo …
New York Times:
Prosecutors Investigating Trump Focus on His Finance Chief  —  Manhattan district attorney investigators who are examining possible financial fraud have asked witnesses about Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer at the Trump Organization.  —  State prosecutors in Manhattan …
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
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.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump received COVID vaccine at White House in January  —  Former President Trump and former first lady Melania Trump were both vaccinated at the White House in January, a Trump adviser tells Axios.  —  Why it matters: Trump declared at CPAC on Sunday that “everybody” should get the coronavirus vaccine …
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Fred Ryan / Washington Post:
Say it ain't so, Joe  —  Opinion by Fred Ryan  —  Fred Ryan is the publisher of The Washington Post.  —  President Biden is facing his first major test of a campaign promise and, it appears, he's about to fail it.  —  The world has waited for more than two years to see how the United States …
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
House ethics office says there's ‘substantial reason to believe’ Rep. Steven Palazzo misused campaign, congressional funds  —  A House ethics panel said there is “substantial reason to believe” that Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) misused his campaign and congressional funds, in a report that was made public Monday.
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:   Ethics watchdog: ‘Substantial’ evidence GOP lawmaker improperly spent funds, misused position to help brother
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 …
Discussion: HotAir and It Bears Mentioning
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 …
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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
Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive: Teneo buys stake in consulting firm linked to Bidenworld  —  Teneo, the global CEO advisory firm, will announce today that it has bought a “significant minority stake” in WestExec Advisors, and that former Sen. Chris Dodd today will become a senior adviser at Teneo.
ARLnow.com:
EXCLUSIVE: While the Capitol Was Stormed, A Group of Men Gathered Near the Marine Corps War Memorial  —  On Jan. 6, a group of ten or so men — at least one of whom was wearing a tactical earpiece — watched the storming of the U.S. Capitol from across the Potomac in Arlington.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Anne Helen Petersen / Culture Study:
Imagine Your Flexible Office Work Future  —  This is the weekend edition of Culture Study — the newsletter from Anne Helen Petersen, which you can read about here.  If you like it and want more like it in your inbox, consider subscribing.  —  Last night, I took seven different Google Docs …
Mr. Thomas J. Pritzker / ACU:
A Response to Hyatt Hotels: We Will Not Be Canceled  —  Dear Mr. Pritzker:  —  Contrary to Hyatt's own mission statement of inclusivity, your company just attacked its own customer by caving into the pressures of the politically motivated social media agitators who seek to destroy CPAC …
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
Ex-Michigan health director got payout in confidentiality deal  —  Lansing — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration agreed to pay former state health department director Robert Gordon $155,506 in a separation deal that also required the two sides to maintain confidentiality …
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
John A. Tatom / The Hill:
Biden's trumped-up rescue plan is a solution looking for a problem  —  The Biden administration hit the ground running with an explosive agenda focusing on three crises that require immediate attention without delay: first, the COVID-19 pandemic; second, the related purported weak economy …
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
Peter Beinart / The Beinart Notebook:
Want to Fight “Cancel Culture?”  Start with the Israel Debate  —  The theme of this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was “uncancel America.”  But when news broke that one of the speakers, a hip hop artist named Young Pharoah, had called Judaism “a complete lie,” CPAC cancelled him.
Discussion: Washington Post
Donald G. McNeil Jr / Medium:
NYTimes Peru N-Word, Part Two: What Happened January 28?  —  At 11:17 A.M. on January 28, I got an email from the Daily Beast.  It was from Lachlan Cartwright, and said: … I was busy working on a Covid-19 story and didn't even notice it.  At the time, I was getting more than 500 emails a day …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The GOP is now just the party of white grievance  —  One of the poisonous legacies of Donald Trump's presidency has been to expand the boundaries of expressible prejudice.  Through the explicit practice of White-identity politics, Trump has obviated the need for code words and dog whistles.
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 …
Maureen Downey / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Why schools should rethink Dr. Seuss  —  Parent says racist imagery in Dr. Seuss books shouldn't be centerpiece of celebration of reading  —  Charis Granger-Mbugua graduated Cobb County Schools, where her young son is now a student.  In this guest column, Granger-Mbugua …
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Demonizes Big Tech.  She and Her Husband Just Sold Up to $210,000 in Tech Stocks.  —  Facebook, shares of which Greene and her husband sold for up to $65,000 net gain on Jan. 20, have been a constant target for her as a candidate and as a member of Congress.
Discussion: Raw Story
Hannah Denham / Washington Post:
Millions couldn't afford diapers before the pandemic.  Now, diaper banks can't keep up.  —  Without federal aid, diaper banks struggle to keep up with skyrocketing need and fewer donations  —  Chelesa Presley is deeply familiar with the struggles of young families, first from her years …
Chibuike Oguh / Reuters:
Blackstone CEO Schwarzman took home $610.5 million in 2020  —  (Reuters) - Blackstone Group Inc Chief Executive Stephen Schwarzman pocketed at least $610.5 million in 2020 from dividends and compensation, more than any other private equity executive and up 20% from last year despite the impact …
Stella Bugbee / The Cut:
Thank You, Dr. Zizmor The newest fashion trend in New York is — unironically, hyper-specifically — New York itself.  —  Photo-Illustration: Artwork by Joe Darrow for New York Magazine/dolgachov  —  A few months ago, I met up with a friend who works in fashion for a socially distanced walk through Prospect Park.
Politico:
Biden's golden rule  —  Welcome to POLITICO's 2021 Transition Playbook, your guide to the first 100 days of the Biden administration.  —  JOE BIDEN wants to make KAMALA HARRIS feel included.  —  During Oval Office meetings, executive order signings and policy speeches, she's almost always nearby — often inside the camera shot.
Discussion: Reuters and NBC News
Insider:
Progressives expect Kamala Harris to run for president again.  Here's why they think that gives them policy leverage now. … - Vice President Kamala Harris is under pressure from the left to go to war over a minimum wage hike.  — Expect more campaigns to pressure Harris on everything from climate change to racial justice.
Joe Heim / Washington Post:
Massive investment in social studies and civics education proposed to address eroding trust in democratic institutions  —  It has been a bad 12 months for the practice of civics in America.  —  The U.S. Capitol attacked by thugs.  An alleged plot to kidnap a state governor.
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Biden Rocks Republicans With Support For Bill To Kill Gerrymandering  —  The White House announced President Biden's support of the For The People Act, which is a sweeping set of reforms to protect democracy and end gerrymandering as we know it.  —  Here is the White House statement of policy …
Discussion: The Hill
Timothy Noah / New Republic:
Biden's Support for Unionizing Amazon Is a BFD  —  My morning newspapers were so transfixed by Sunday night's vindictive speech by the president who lost reelection in November that they neglected to take note of Sunday night's historic remarks by the president who's running the country right now.
Wall Street Journal:
Oil Trade Group Considers Endorsing Carbon Pricing  —  Draft American Petroleum Institute statement says carbon pricing would help meet Paris accord  —  WASHINGTON—The oil industry's top lobbying group is preparing to endorse setting a price on carbon emissions in what would be the strongest signal yet …
Politico:
Prosecutors fill in details of Proud Boys assault on Capitol  —  The Proud Boys gathered at the Washington Monument at 10 a.m. on Jan. 6 dressed “incognito” to avoid detection, and then fanned out across the Capitol to prevent law enforcement from identifying them en masse …
Discussion: Insider and CNN
 
 
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Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
How to fix democracy: Move beyond the two-party system, experts say
Discussion: Reuters, HotAir and Newsbusters
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Hawley defends opposition to every Biden Cabinet nominee: ‘I take them one at a time’
Michael Stratford / Politico:
Senate confirms Cardona as Education secretary
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Giuliani again suspended from YouTube over false election claims
Discussion: Bloomberg, POLITICUSUSA and Forbes
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Parscale launches super PAC
Discussion: Raw Story and Mock Paper Scissors
New York Times:
Virus Did Not Bring Financial Rout That Many States Feared
Cate Cadell / Reuters:
China Tries To Discredit Female Uighur Witnesses By Releasing Private Sexual Health Data
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Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
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Discussion: Washington Examiner
Alison Durkee / Forbes:
Sidney Powell's Remaining ‘Kraken’ Cases Thrown Out By Supreme Court
Discussion: Democracy Docket and POLITICUSUSA
Julian Zelizer / Washington Post:
The sex scandal that reshaped Congress — and the warnings for today