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2:30 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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Jake Lahut / Insider:
Impeachment is ‘almost unprecedented’ in New York, but calls for Andrew Cuomo to resign are growing among Democrats
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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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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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.
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.
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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
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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The Daily Beast:
Fox News Insiders Rage Against Hiring ‘Mini Goebbels’ Kayleigh McEnany  —  The network announced Tuesday that McEnany, a career liar, is now a paid contributor.  Newsroom staffers, who've faced “purges” in recent months, are none too pleased.  —  Fox News officially announced on Tuesday …
Discussion: Raw Story
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Murkowski weighs Tanden's fate with Alaska on her mind  —  Neera Tanden's been in Senate purgatory for a week now as she and the Biden administration fight to convince Sen. Lisa Murkowski to back her bid to be White House budget chief.  And Murkowski isn't making any sudden moves.
Discussion: CNN and Wall Street Journal
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Biden campaign promises head for the Senate graveyard
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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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.
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Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
FBI director: Capitol siege was ‘domestic terrorism’
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
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, IJR, GOV.UK and Forbes
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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.
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 …
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Biden's Future Has Two Parts  —  There are going to be two different Biden administrations.  —  1 hr ago  —  1. AC: After COVID  —  More than any president since Truman, Joe Biden's administration is going to have a clear delineation between two distinct periods: COVID and After COVID.
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: The Week and Washington Examiner
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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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Biden's next big move could deliver a crippling blow to Trumpism  —  In a revealing moment at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida — a Republican who is a leading inheritor of the mantle of Trumpism — unintentionally displayed one of that inchoate ideology's most serious weaknesses.
Discussion: Raw Story, HotAir and New York Times
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 …
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
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
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 …
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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Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
Lawmakers Aim To End ‘Boyfriend Loophole,’ Keep Guns From Abusers
Discussion: The Hill
Russell Contreras / Axios:
Sen. Martin Heinrich to introduce plan for Puerto Rico statehood
Discussion: The Hill
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Inside the GOP's plan to retake the House
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Fox News once banned its hosts from speaking at partisan events. Then it went all in on CPAC.
Sergiu Klainerman / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
There Is No Such Thing as “White” Math
Christian Boone / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Fulton DA's investigation into Trump heads to grand jury
Discussion: Mediaite and Political Wire