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7:33 AM ET, March 3, 2021

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CNN:
First on CNN: Rep. Ronny Jackson made sexual comments, drank alcohol and took Ambien while working as White House physician, Pentagon watchdog finds  —  (CNN)The Department of Defense inspector general has issued a scathing review of Rep. Ronny Jackson during his time serving as the top White House physician …
Washington Post:
Greg Abbott is endangering the health of Texas and beyond  —  Opinion by Editorial Board  —  THE GOVERNOR of Texas, Greg Abbott, is gambling with the health of his state and beyond.  He announced plans on Tuesday to completely open establishments next week and lift a face mask mandate for public areas …
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Dallas Morning News:
Gov. Greg Abbott says it is now time to open Texas 100%, end statewide mask mandate
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The three factions set to face off over Tanden's replacement  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  There are two big questions to answer with the withdrawal of NEERA TANDEN'S nomination to be OMB director: Who killed it?  Who will replace her?  —  The more intriguing question this morning is who did the deed.
Discussion: The Hill, Associated Press and KYMA-TV
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Washington Post:
White House withdraws Tanden nomination; Biden says U.S. will have enough vaccine doses for every adult by end of May
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Murkowski never told White House she would oppose Tanden
Politico:
To tweet or not to tweet?  That is the question.  —  Welcome to POLITICO's 2021 Transition Playbook …
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Andrew Cuomo Is Living to Regret the Deal He Pushed on Letitia James … In 2003, Letitia “Tish” James shook the New York Democratic political establishment, becoming the first City Council candidate to win office solely as a nominee of the Working Families Party.
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Erin Durkin / Politico:
De Blasio's payback: New York mayor unloads on wounded Cuomo
John Nolte / Breitbart:
Media's MeTooing of Andrew Cuomo Is Really About Protecting Four Democrat Governors
Discussion: Instapundit
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
On Jan. 6 came the white supremacists.  Now comes the whitewash.  —  On Jan. 6 came the white supremacists.  —  Now comes the whitewash.  —  FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday to answer questions about the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol …
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Tess Owen / VICE:
No, Antifa Was Not Behind the Capitol Riot, FBI Tells GOP
Discussion: CNN and Mother Jones
Washington Post:
FBI director says domestic terrorism ‘metastasizing’ throughout U.S. as cases soar
Jacob Kornbluh / The Forward:
Design firm takes responsibility for CPAC stage controversy  —  The company that was hired to set up the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida last weekend has taken full responsibility for the design of the stage that resembled a Nazi insignia.
CNN:
John Roberts has another chance to diminish the Voting Rights Act  —  (CNN)Chief Justice John Roberts has singlehandedly slowed a conservative revolution at the Supreme Court in recent years, but he has for even longer — 40 years — opposed racial remedies and narrowly construed the landmark Voting Rights Act.
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Norman Ornstein / Washington Post:
Democrats can't kill the filibuster.  But they can gut it.  —  Three reforms Manchin and Sinema might consider  —  Norman Ornstein, an emeritus scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is a co-author of “One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate and the Not-Yet Deported.”
Miguel Cardona / USA Today:
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona: Here is my five-point plan to get students back in school full time  —  With the right support, students are remarkably resilient.  They have risen to the COVID challenge in ways that inspire me as an educator and a father.
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Washington Post:
Donors gave a House candidate more than $8 million.  A single firm took nearly half of it.  —  U.S. House candidate Kim Klacik walked onto Mike Huckabee's cable talk show last August as the latest conservative celebrity, riding high on a viral campaign ad that had attracted 10 million views …
Discussion: Raw Story
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Vernon Jordan made being a Black man in America look effortless  —  Senior critic-at-large  —  Vernon Jordan came from humble beginnings and grew up in a segregated America, yet he moved through the world in the manner of someone who owned it.  He was a Black man who knew what it meant …
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Feds Arrest White Supremacist Livestreamer in Dawn Raid, Rattling Supporters  —  Paul N. Miller, who's amassed more than 40,000 followers on Telegram, was arrested in Florida early Tuesday.  Some of his followers fear they could be next.  —  The FBI arrested a notorious white supremacist livestreamer …
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel, CBS Miami and Raw Story
Associated Press:
Myanmar authorities charge Associated Press journalist  —  YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Authorities in Myanmar have charged Associated Press journalist Thein Zaw and five other members of the media with violating a public order law that could see them imprisoned for up to three years, a lawyer said Tuesday.
Politico:
The real post-Trump GOP divide: House vs. Senate  —  House and Senate Republicans are taking divergent stances toward President Joe Biden, even as they unite in opposition to his coronavirus bill.  —  Former President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Former Parler CEO Matze Stripped Of All Company Shares Upon Firing, Sources Say  —  The power struggle that led to conservative social media site Parler abruptly firing its founder and CEO John Matze last month became so acrimonious that when Matze was sacked, he was also involuntarily stripped …
The Wrap:
David Muir Clash With George Stephanopoulos Led to ABC News Chief Ouster (Exclusive)  —  Tension between ABC News morning anchor George Stephanopoulos and evening star David Muir over the anchor title led to the sudden exit of ABC News chief James Goldston in January, TheWrap has learned.
Discussion: CNN, more at Mediagazer »
NBC News:
D.C. police, FBI on alert ahead of QAnon's ‘true Inauguration Day’  —  Law enforcement agencies around Washington, D.C., are adding extra security out of concern about a coming date — March 4, which is Thursday — that has swirled online among QAnon supporters.
Discussion: USA Today
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House fight for Trump's financial records poised to stretch into the summer  —  Congressional investigators fighting to access former President Donald Trump's financial records are planning for a lengthy battle that stretches deep into 2021, according to a proposed legal schedule unveiled by House counsel Doug Letter on Tuesday.
Discussion: KYMA-TV, The Hill and Insider
Sonia Moghe / CNN:
NYC Bar Association joins push to have Giuliani investigated to be disbarred  —  Hear Giuliani's response to disclaimer running before his radio show  —  New York (CNN)The New York City Bar Association added its name to the list of groups urging the state court committee that recommends whether …
John Keefe / New York Times:
Should Your School Be Fully Open?  Here's What the C.D.C. Says  —  Only 4 percent of the nation's schoolchildren live in counties where coronavirus transmission is low enough for full-time in-person learning without additional restrictions, according to the guidelines established by the Centers …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Sam Stein / Politico:
The GOP is the party of half-Trump  —  Presented by The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL)  —  With help from Daniel Payne, Renuka Rayasam and Myah Ward  —  BREAKING — President Joe Biden is withdrawing Neera Tanden's nomination to be his budget director …
Washington Post:
When U.S. blamed Saudi crown prince for role in Khashoggi killing, fake Twitter accounts went to war  —  Platform closed thousands of accounts amid online influence campaign to dispute report on assassination  —  Saudi-based Twitter accounts using fake profile pictures …
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Robert Frank / CNBC:
Jeff Bezos would pay over $5 billion a year under Warren's wealth tax  — Jeff Bezos would owe $5.7 billion in taxes for 2020 under the Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act proposed by a group of Senate and House Democrats and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday.
 
 
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The Nation:
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NBC News:
After Border Patrol release, asylum-seekers test positive for Covid in Brownsville, Texas
Discussion: Breitbart
Meg O'Connor / The Appeal:
Tishaura Jones and Cara Spencer Win St. Louis Mayoral Primary
Brian Wong / South China Morning Post:
‘Sheer torment’ for accused as Hong Kong security law bail hearings drag on
Dylan Tokar / Wall Street Journal:
Bringing New Money-Laundering Law Into Force Falls to Tiny Treasury Unit
 Earlier Items: 
David Brand / Queens News:
Rockaway's lone medical center would become 15-bed ‘micro hospital’ under state proposal
Baltimore Sun:
Hogan doubles down on Baltimore COVID vaccine comments as data reveals most city doses going to non-city residents
Los Angeles Times:
At least 13 killed in crash of SUV carrying more than 2 dozen near U.S.-Mexico border
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Trump endorses Tim Scott for reelection
Kate Smith / CBS News:
The COVID baby boom is looking more like a baby bust
Discussion: HotAir
Ken Klippenstein / The Intercept:
Trump Administration Referred a Record Number of Leaks for Criminal Investigation