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3:45 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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David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
Cuomo Is Facing a Political Extinction Event
Discussion: New Republic
Houston Keene / Fox News:
New York College Democrats demand Cuomo resign over ‘unacceptable behavior’
Discussion: Politico
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: Occupy Democrats and Raw Story
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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.
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 …
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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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.
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
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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
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 and Washington Post
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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 …
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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, Insider, GOV.UK and Forbes
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Politico:
Senate Dems wrestle with unemployment benefits in Biden's Covid aid plan  —  Senate Democrats are racing to mend a crucial eleventh-hour disagreement over whether to trim the boosted unemployment benefits included in President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.
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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
Juan Williams / The Hill:   Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP
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.
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
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.
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, Raw Story and New York Times
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.
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
DeSantis approval ticks upward in new poll  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is starting off 2021 politically above water in his home state.  —  A new survey from Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy shows the first-term governor with an approval rating of 53 percent among Florida voters.
Discussion: Breitbart
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
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Vernon Jordan: an American legend, and a good friend  —  On the night of Jan. 3, 2008, I was in a Manchester, New Hampshire, hotel room to get a head start on the primary action there, as the votes from the initial Iowa caucuses were coming in, and Barack Obama was headed to a huge victory over Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: New York Times and The Root
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 …
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
 
 
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia's center of political gravity shifting toward Atlanta
Discussion: Political Wire
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: Biden team in full denial mode about border crisis
Michael Lee / Washington Examiner:
SCOTUS sides with churches in California fight over in-person service ban
Discussion: National Review
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
MAGA-Obsessed State Rep. Accused of Being the Boss From Hell
Discussion: Political Wire
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Iowans would no longer need a permit to carry or buy guns under a GOP bill in the Legislature
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and Facebook Watch
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
 Earlier Items: 
The New York Times Company:
A New Role for Lisa Lerer
Steven Greenhouse / American Prospect:
‘Everyone in the Community Is Cheering Us On’
Discussion: The Week and Washington Examiner
Washington Post:
Why the GOP can't quit Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Melissa Weiss / Jewish Insider:
Biden admin ‘enthusiastically embraces’ full IHRA definition of antisemitism
Discussion: The Beinart Notebook
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Inside the GOP's plan to retake the House
Discussion: The Dispatch
Sergiu Klainerman / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
There Is No Such Thing as “White” Math