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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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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
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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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: New York Times, IJR, NPR and KYMA-TV
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
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Majority says cancel culture poses ‘threat to freedom’
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: HotAir and It Bears Mentioning
Kevin Rector / Los Angeles Times:
New lawsuit alleges L.A., Santa Monica, Beverly Hills used curfews to crush legitimate protest  —  More than 40 people arrested in Los Angeles County for curfew violations during last summer's mass protests have alleged in a new lawsuit that the curfews were an unconstitutional and coordinated tactic …
Discussion: Breitbart and CBS Los Angeles
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Mackenzie Mays / Politico:
LA teachers union slams California schools plan as ‘propagating structural racism’
Discussion: ABC7, Breitbart and CalMatters
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
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
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
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
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.
Discussion: HuffPost
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%
Wall Street Journal:
The Grievances of Trump Past  —  If he was so great politically for the GOP, why is the party now out of power?  —  By The Editorial Board  —  That great sigh of relief you heard on Sunday was the sound of Democrats and the media welcoming Donald Trump's return to public attention …
Helen Wieffering / Associated Press:
COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally  —  Two Nigerian nurses were attacked by the family of a deceased COVID-19 patient.  One nurse had her hair ripped out and suffered a fracture.  The second was beaten into a coma.  —  Following the assaults, nurses at Federal Medical Centre …
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
 
 
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CNN:
Women allege sexual misconduct against North Carolina GOP lawmaker as his biography is under new scrutiny
Josh Breiner / Haaretz:
Israel's High Court Orders State to Recognize non-Orthodox Conversions Under Law of Return
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Why Biden is keeping Bernie close
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
Douglas Belkin / Wall Street Journal:
Bloomberg to Give Harvard $150 Million for Program for Mayors
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Trump talked out of early Ohio endorsement
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
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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: Fox News and Breitbart
Joe Heim / Washington Post:
Massive investment in social studies and civics education proposed to address eroding trust in democratic institutions
Cate Cadell / Reuters:
China Tries To Discredit Female Uighur Witnesses By Releasing Private Sexual Health Data
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Voting restrictions bill passes Georgia House over strong opposition