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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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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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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:   Merck to Help Make Johnson & Johnson Vaccine After White House Deal
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:
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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,” …
Mark Pratt / Associated Press:
6 Dr. Seuss books won't be published for racist images  —  BOSTON (AP) — Six Dr. Seuss books — including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo” — will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author's legacy said Tuesday.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Biden campaign promises head for the Senate graveyard  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  For years Speaker NANCY PELOSI has bemoaned MITCH MCCONNELL'S “legislative graveyard” — the place where bills she shepherded through the Democratic House would “go to die.”
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Murkowski weighs Tanden's fate with Alaska on her mind
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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: Boing Boing and Raw Story
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ABC News:
FBI director testifies for first time since Capitol assault
David H. Gans / Slate:
SCOTUS Will Consider Another Way to Gut the Voting Rights Act  —  In the 2020 election, it was voters of color who propelled Joe Biden to the White House and voters of color who flipped control of the U.S. Senate.  Now, state legislatures run by Republicans are engaged in a concerted effort …
Discussion: Law & Crime, Al Jazeera, IJR and KYMA-TV
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Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany joins Fox News  —  Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany will officially join Fox News, the network announced Tuesday.  —  The news, which was announced by Fox News host Harris Faulkner, comes after weeks during which the network …
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Politico:
Senate Dems wrestle with unemployment benefits in Biden's Covid aid plan  —  Senate Democrats are grappling behind the scenes about whether to trim the boosted unemployment benefits included in President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.  —  Some moderate Democrats …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Bloomberg
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Juan Williams / The Hill:   Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP
Kevin Walling / The Hill:
Voters will punish GOP in midterms for lack of COVID support
Discussion: New York Magazine and CBS News
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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Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Biden administration sanctions Russia over Navalny poisoning and arrest
Discussion: New York Times, The Hill and UPI
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: GOV.UK, The Hill, Insider, IJR and Forbes
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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 …
Steven Greenhouse / American Prospect:
‘Everyone in the Community Is Cheering Us On’  —  An interview with Josh Brewer, lead union organizer at Amazon's Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse  —  In New York City, Workers Assembly Against Racism organized a rally at Union Square in support of Bessemer, Alabama, Amazon workers, February 20, 2021.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Republicans Don't Fear An Electoral Backlash For Opposing Really Popular Parts Of Biden's Agenda  —  Republicans in the U.S. House last week unanimously opposed President Biden's economic stimulus bill, even though polls show that the legislation is popular with the public.
Discussion: CNBC, CNN and KYMA-TV
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Grace Segers / CBS News:
House Democrats charge ahead with progressive bills likely to stall Senate
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.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
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
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 …
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: The Week and POLITICUSUSA
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
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 …
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
Arielle Mitropoulos / ABC News:
Thousands of students reported ‘missing’ from school systems nationwide amid COVID-19 pandemic  —  A notable number of students are unaccounted for in schools across the country.  —  Coronavirus and kids  —  Dr. John Brownstein explains the rare inflammatory syndrome affecting kids …
Discussion: HotAir and The Daily Caller
The New York Times Company:
A New Role for Lisa Lerer  —  Lisa has been promoted to national political correspondent after an enormously successful two-and-a-half-year run as lead writer and host of the On Politics newsletter.  Read more in this note from Patrick Healy.  —  I'm delighted to announce that Lisa Lerer …
 
 
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Biden's next big move could deliver a crippling blow to Trumpism
Discussion: HotAir, Raw Story and New York Times
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
If Trump wants credit, go on a vaccine rally tour
Washington Post:
Why the GOP can't quit Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Why Biden is keeping Bernie close
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
MAGA Fans Fume at Trumpy Channel for Censoring Conspiracies
Discussion: Raw Story
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
20-Year-Old MAGA Politician's War on Antifa Backfires Horribly
Discussion: Raw Story and The Western Journal
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Inside the GOP's plan to retake the House
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Fox News once banned its hosts from speaking at partisan events. Then it went all in on CPAC.
Alexandra Garrett / Newsweek:
Ted Cruz's Approval Rating Sees Double-Digit Decline Following Cancun Fiasco: Poll
Discussion: Insider and Morning Consult
Washington Post:
Inside the Biden team's deliberations over punishing the Saudi crown prince
New York Times:
Virus Did Not Bring Financial Rout That Many States Feared
Discussion: Washington Post