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12:45 PM 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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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
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and HotAir
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.
Grace Segers / CBS News:
House Democrats charge ahead with progressive bills likely to stall Senate  —  Washington — House Democrats are pursuing an ambitious agenda to approve several progressive bills supported by President Biden in the coming weeks, but these measures face an uncertain future in the evenly divided Senate …
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Politico:
Senate Dems wrestle with unemployment benefits in Biden's Covid aid plan
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Wall Street Journal:
The Grievances of Trump Past
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, GOV.UK, Forbes, Insider and IJR
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Washington Post:
Live updates: Global coronavirus numbers edging back up after weeks of decline, says WHO  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.  For more free coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, sign up for our Coronavirus Updates newsletter where all stories are free to read.
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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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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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
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.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP  —  We all know about the big lie.  —  Now we face the big hypocrisy.  —  Let's begin with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) incredible announcement last week that if former President Trump is the GOP nominee for president in 2024, he will endorse him.
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Kevin Walling / The Hill:
Voters will punish GOP in midterms for lack of COVID support
Discussion: New York Magazine and CBS News
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
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.”
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 …
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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Nancy Levine / Rantt Media:
Hyatt Faces Backlash Over CPAC Stage Resembling Nazi Symbol
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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: Insider and Morning Consult
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.
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
20-Year-Old MAGA Politician'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
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.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Inside the GOP's plan to retake the House  —  House Republicans will reclaim their majority in 2022 by offering candidates who are women, minorities or veterans, a memo obtained by Axios says.  —  Why it matters: The document, drafted by a super PAC blessed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy …
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
 
 
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Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
If Trump wants credit, go on a vaccine rally tour
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Why Biden is keeping Bernie close
Helen Wieffering / Associated Press:
COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
U.S. alleges Proud Boys planned to break into Capitol on Jan. 6 from many different points
Discussion: Raw Story
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
MAGA Fans Rage at Trumpy Channel for Censoring Conspiracies
Discussion: Raw Story
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Fox News once banned its hosts from speaking at partisan events. Then it went all in on CPAC.
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ABC News:
FBI director testifies for first time since Capitol assault
ARLnow.com:
EXCLUSIVE: While the Capitol Was Stormed, A Group of Men Gathered Near the Marine Corps War Memorial
Discussion: Daily Kos
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Hawley defends opposition to every Biden Cabinet nominee: ‘I take them one at a time’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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