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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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Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
Raimondo wins US Senate confirmation; will soon resign as governor  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Gov. Gina Raimondo on Tuesday secured U.S. Senate confirmation as the nation's next commerce secretary, becoming the first Rhode Island politician elevated to the president's cabinet in more than 70 years.
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Senate confirms Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as commerce secretary
Discussion: Fox News, NPR and Politico
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Senate panel advances Biden's Commerce secretary pick in 21-3 vote
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
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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 …
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.
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Texas to end all coronavirus restrictions  —  Texas will end its coronavirus restrictions next week with an upcoming executive order, Gov. Greg Abbot (R) announced Tuesday during a press conference in Lubbock.  —  Why it matters: After Abbott signs the new order, which rescinds previous orders …
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Brittany De Lea / Fox News:
Texas Gov. Abbott announces plan to fully reopen businesses, end state mask mandate  —  The order will go into effect next Wednesday  —  Texas Gov. Abbott promises ‘no more lockdowns’ in his state  —  Texas's Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday said he planned to open the state next week …
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Watch live: Gov. Greg Abbott to make a “statewide announcement” at 1:30 p.m. Central
Tim Fitzsimons / NBC News:
Gov. Greg Abbott to lift Texas mask mandate and open state ‘100 percent’
Discussion: ABC7, Raw Story and WBBH-TV
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
Cuomo Is Facing a Political Extinction Event  —  Governor Andrew Cuomo sounded defeated, senior officials who had spoken with him said.  It seemed to be getting to him that the usual strategic plays were suddenly no longer working.  “Like an old man who just didn't have the fight in him anymore,” said one.
Discussion: New Republic
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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.
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 Hill, The Daily Beast and 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.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Liberals on fire over failure on $15 minimum wage  —  Liberal senators and outside pressure groups are steaming over the Senate's seeming failure to move a COVID-19 relief package with a provision hiking the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.  —  An adverse decision from the Senate …
Discussion: HotAir, BizPac Review and Twitchy
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Eric Lutz / Vanity Fair:
Republicans Are Taking a Sledgehammer to Voting Rights  —  Trump's voter fraud lies are fueling efforts across the country to dramatically restrict access to the ballot.  The GOP's opposition to voting rights, says Democratic attorney Marc Elias, has become “the central tenet of their party.”
Discussion: NPR, The Week, Reuters and Washington Post
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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: CNN, IJR, The Hill, GOV.UK, Insider and Forbes
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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.
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.
Discussion: National Review
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: HotAir and Raw Story
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 and The Week
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
US Officials Say Haitian Immigrants May Face Danger In Their Own Country.  They're Deporting Them Anyway.  —  Department of Homeland Security officials acknowledged internally that deported Haitian immigrants “may face harm” upon returning to Haiti due to violent crime and the political instability …
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
MAGA-Obsessed State Rep. Accused of Being the Boss From Hell  —  Wendy Rogers fat-shamed an aide, threw away his belongings, berated him, and forced him to work while sick with COVID, an ethics report concluded.  —  A Trump-obsessed state representative from Arizona is under fire …
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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GOP group details recipe for Republicans to retake House majority
Discussion: Politico
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
New book: Cuomo angered Biden team with convention address
Anna Gustafson / Michigan Advance:
How the anti-COVID vaccine movement mobilized in Michigan before anyone ever got their first shot
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia's center of political gravity shifting toward Atlanta
Discussion: Political Wire
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Vernon Jordan: an American legend, and a good friend
Discussion: New York Times and The Root
Michael Lee / Washington Examiner:
SCOTUS sides with churches in California fight over in-person service ban
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
DeSantis approval ticks upward in new poll
Discussion: Breitbart
Russell Contreras / Axios:
Sen. Martin Heinrich to introduce plan for Puerto Rico statehood
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
The New York Times Company:
A New Role for Lisa Lerer
Arielle Mitropoulos / ABC News:
Thousands of students reported ‘missing’ from school systems nationwide amid COVID-19 pandemic
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
U.S. announces sanctions on Russia over poisoning and jailing of opposition leader Navalny
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Navarro penned 15-page memo falsely accusing Coates of being Anonymous
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