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12:45 AM ET, March 7, 2021


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POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Trump sends legal notice to GOP to stop using his name  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  HAPPENING NOW ON THE SENATE FLOOR: The Senate is working its way through final GOP amendments to President JOE BIDEN's pandemic relief bill after pulling an all-nighter debating changes to the document.
How Democrats miscalculated Manchin and later won him back  —  Axelrod breaks down Manchin's surprising move  —  (CNN)It was Friday afternoon, and President Joe Biden was on the phone with Sen. Joe Manchin, the conservative West Virginia Democrat who felt blindsided by his party leaders …
Discussion: Vox and KYMA-TV
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump vows to campaign against ‘disloyal’ Murkowski  —  Former President Donald Trump is making official his plans to target Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, vowing to travel to Alaska to campaign against her ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.  —  In a statement to POLITICO on Saturday …
Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
Chuck Schumer Holds The Line  —  He kept Democrats united on a $1.9 trillion bill he called “one of the most progressive pieces of legislation — if not the most progressive — in decades.”  —  Chuck Schumer's job as Senate majority leader is harder than Mitch McConnell's ever was.
USA Today:
6 takeaways from the Senate's approval of Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill  —  WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden won preliminary approval Saturday of his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill after a bleary-eyed Senate voted 50-49 for the package along party lines …
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Progressives Should Be Celebrating The Senate's COVID-19 Relief Bill  —  The big story isn't what Biden and Democratic leaders gave away.  It's what they got and the boost it provides future efforts.  —  The concessions to secure final votes were dispiriting and, at times, infuriating.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
After Stimulus Victory in Senate, Reality Sinks in: Bipartisanship Is Dead
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Trump promises to travel to Alaska to campaign against Murkowski
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Senate passes $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill, including $1,400 stimulus checks, with no Republican support
Washington Post:
Senate passes Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill after voting overnight on amendments, sends measure back to House
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Divided Senate Passes Biden's Pandemic Aid Plan
Discussion: The Week
Wall Street Journal:
Third Former Andrew Cuomo Aide Describes Inappropriate Workplace Treatment  —  Ana Liss says the New York governor asked if she had a boyfriend, called her sweetheart and kissed her hand  —  ROCHESTER, N.Y.—A former aide of Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he asked her if she had a boyfriend …
Washington Post:
Cuomo's behavior created ‘hostile, toxic’ workplace culture for decades, former aides say  —  A former press aide of Andrew M. Cuomo says he summoned her to his dimly lit hotel room and embraced her after a work event in 2000, when Cuomo led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and she was a consultant for the agency.
Frances Mulraney / Daily Mail:
TWO more former aides to Gov Andrew Cuomo accuse him of sexual misconduct: One says she was summoned to a 'dimly lit hotel where he held her in an embrace …
Washington Post:
Biden stimulus showers money on Americans, sharply cutting poverty in defining move of presidency  —  The $1.9 trillion package enjoys wide support across the country, polls show, but it comes with political and economic risks.  —  President Biden's stimulus package, which passed the Senate on Saturday …
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Highlights of the $1.9T COVID bill nearing final passage
Jay Caspian Kang / New York Times:
We Need to Put a Name to This Violence  —  The recent attacks on Asian-Americans have unearthed the contradictions and questions beneath America's impoverished understanding of race.  To solve the problem, we must first learn how to talk about it.  —  In the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles riots …
BuzzFeed News:
NYT Columnist David Brooks Resigns From Nonprofit After More Evidence Of Conflicts Emerges  —  David Brooks has resigned from his position at the Aspen Institute following reporting by BuzzFeed News about conflicts of interest between the star New York Times columnist and funders of a program he led for the think tank.
Rory Appleton / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Whitmer picked to lead Nevada Democrats in major power shift  —  Clark County Democratic Party Chair Judith Whitmer defeated Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom on Saturday to assume control of the Nevada State Democratic Party, ushering a dramatic shakeup of the state party's power structure by its most liberal wing.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Daily News:
Trump returning to New York for first time since leaving White House  —  Former President Donald Trump is returning to New York on Sunday for the first time since leaving the White House, the Daily News has learned.  —  The #MAGA leader will jet back to the Big Apple and stay until Tuesday, sources said Saturday.
Discussion: Gothamist
Linda So / Reuters:
Exclusive: Georgia prosecutor probing Trump taps leading racketeering attorney  —  (Reuters) - The district attorney investigating whether former U.S. President Donald Trump illegally interfered with Georgia's 2020 election has hired an outside lawyer who is a national authority on racketeering …
Jemele Hill / The Atlantic:
Conservative Donors Have Their Own Cancel Culture  —  University of Texas athletes have pushed their school to disavow its past.  Wealthy alumni have other ideas.  —  Contributing writer at The Atlantic  —  The University of Texas insists that it is willing to confront its past racism …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The fake anger of Neander-gate shows how desperate Republicans are to keep the base riled up  —  Opinion by  —  Neanderthals went extinct about 30,000 years ago, but that did not stop Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) from speaking affectionately about them on Thursday in the present tense.
New York Times:
F.B.I. Finds Contact Between Proud Boys Member and Trump Associate Before Riot  —  A leader of the far-right group separately said he had been in touch with Roger Stone, but an official said it was not the same contact investigators found through electronic communications records.
Thomas M. Burton / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Government Scientists Skeptical of One-Shot Regimen for Pfizer, Moderna Covid Vaccines  —  Some members of Congress have urged to allow for just one dose to speed up vaccinations  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. government scientists are pushing back against calls for one-dose regimens …
Hackers Breach Thousands of Microsoft Customers Around the World  — Number of victims of Chinese attack continues to grow rapidly  — White House warns companies to take threat “very seriously”  —  A sophisticated attack on Microsoft Corp.'s widely used business email software …
Washington Post:
Harris caught between a restless base and a traditionalist Biden  —  As the Rev. William J. Barber II pressed his case for a $15 minimum wage recently, the civil rights leader proclaimed that one elected official faced a defining moment straight out of scripture: Vice President Harris.
Discussion: Power Line and Jacobin
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Melissa Jeltsen / HuffPost:
New York's Incarcerated Need The Vaccine. Cuomo Isn't Giving It To Them.
Deidre McPhillips / CNN:
US could reach herd immunity by summer through vaccinations alone, CNN analysis finds
Maryam Sinaiee / Iran International:
US Gives Green Light For Frozen Iranian Funds To Flow From Iraq, Official Says
Diadie Ba / Reuters:
Boy killed in Senegal protests as opposition steps up pressure
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
Exclusive: Nigel Farage quits politics - and this time he means it
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Biden's slow and steady approach on Cabinet choices seems to be working
Discussion: Al Jazeera
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
De Blasio is serious about ‘longshot’ run against Gov. Cuomo, insiders say
Discussion: National Review
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Andy Levin on Amazon: ‘This Is the Biggest Union Election in This Century’
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Cuomo book sales see ‘precipitous drop’
Discussion: Insider, RedState and Bloomberg
Associated Press:
Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric hold historic, symbolic meeting
Marisa Sarnoff / Mediaite:
Newsmax Loses More Than Half Its Audience Since Post-Election Ratings Surge
Republicans Are Gaslighting The Country About The Capitol Riot
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Never Trumpers Are Becoming Pro-Democracy Republicans
Discussion: HotAir and Raw Story