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10:30 AM ET, March 7, 2021


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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.
Kathianne Boniello / New York Post:
Two more women accuse Gov. Andrew Cuomo of inappropriate behavior
Aamer Madhani / Associated Press:
Biden marking ‘Bloody Sunday’ by signing voting rights order  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A new executive order from President Joe Biden directs federal agencies to take a series of steps to promote voting access, a move that comes as congressional Democrats press for a sweeping voting and elections bill …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Biden to Sign Order Meant to Make Voting Easier  —  The executive order is relatively limited in scope.  It calls upon officials at federal agencies to study and potentially expand access to voter registration materials.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden is expected to sign an executive order …
Discussion: CNN, Politico, Axios, USA Today and The Hill
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
Here's How to Help Sell the American Rescue Plan  —  Passing the bill was the first step, we all can play a role in helping inform the public about this historic piece of legislation  —  Yesterday, the United States Senate passed President Biden's American Rescue Plan.
Biden marks Selma anniversary with order to expand voting access  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Sunday designed to make it easier for Americans to vote, White House officials said, as Republicans across the country seek to limit voting rights in the wake of the 2020 election.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
After Stimulus Victory in Senate, Reality Sinks in: Bipartisanship Is Dead  —  With Republicans poised to block Democrats' top priorities, the party-line vote on the $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package showed the gulf between the parties was too wide to be bridged.
Discussion: Politico and The Guardian
Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
Chuck Schumer Holds The Line
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:   Progressives Should Be Celebrating The Senate's COVID-19 Relief Bill
NBC News:
The GOP is having a change of heart on economics.  It could have implications for policymaking.  —  WASHINGTON — The Republican Party is showing signs of softening its trademark fiscal conservative brand in favor of a new populist approach, a potentially seminal shift as the party becomes …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Do Liberals Care if Books Disappear?  —  The Dr. Seuss cancellation illustrates all the problems that they used to have with censorship.  —  From the idealistic liberalism of my high school English teachers, I learned that to try to get rid of offensive literature is the great sin of easily triggered rubes.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Republican leaders can't rid the party of Trumpism — only voters can  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell riled up anti-Trump conservatives on Thursday by saying that he would “absolutely” support former President Donald Trump were he the 2024 Republican presidential nominee.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump vows to campaign against ‘disloyal’ Murkowski
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Trump promises to travel to Alaska to campaign against Murkowski
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Townhall
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 …
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
I get the indignation.  But where are the ideas, Republicans?  —  It happened again last: Blue America unleashed a storm of media attention and righteous fury when Texas and Mississippi announced they were lifting all their covid-19 restrictions, including their mask mandates …
Meryl Kornfield / Washington Post:
A Mexican restaurant in Texas kept its mask rule.  People threatened to call ICE on the staff.  —  When the coronavirus pandemic hit and restaurant owners faced difficult decisions, the Richards family that owns Picos, a Mexican restaurant in Houston, quickly adapted to continue sharing …
Discussion: KXAN-TV and HotAir
Nicholas Kerr / Washington Examiner:
Enlightened thinking in Texas  —  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Thursday that the statewide mask mandate and all restrictions on business' operating capacity would be lifted this coming week.  The following day, President Biden called these decisions “Neanderthal thinking.”
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: The Guardian and Gothamist
Charles Gaba / ACA Signups:
Weekly Update: Which COUNTIES have the highest per capita rates of #COVID19 cases and deaths?  —  I've made some more changes:  — Every county except those in Alaska lists the 2020 Biden/Trump partisan lean; Alaska still uses the 2016 Clinton/Trump results.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
The Guardian:
Top House Democrat Jim Clyburn: 'No way we'd let filibuster deny voting rights'  —  In an interview with the Guardian, the House majority whip calls for a way around the legislative roadblock  —  One of the most powerful Democrats in Washington has issued a frank warning to members of his own party …
Discussion: NBC News
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.
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
A Governor in Isolation: How Andrew Cuomo Lost His Grip on New York
Discussion: National Review and The Atlantic
Aaron Gregg / Washington Post:
Chamber of Commerce declines to rebuke members of Congress who voted to overturn 2020 election
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
In Georgia, Republicans Take Aim at Role of Black Churches in Elections
Discussion: TheGrio
Washington Post:
Harris caught between a restless base and a traditionalist Biden
Discussion: Power Line and Jacobin
Jemele Hill / The Atlantic:
Conservative Donors Have Their Own Cancel Culture
Global Hack Breaches Thousands of Microsoft Business Accounts
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Maryam Sinaiee / Iran International:
US Gives Green Light For Frozen Iranian Funds To Flow From Iraq, Official Says
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The fake anger of Neander-gate shows how desperate Republicans are to keep the base riled up
Diadie Ba / Reuters:
Boy killed in Senegal protests as opposition steps up pressure
Thomas M. Burton / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Government Scientists Skeptical of One-Shot Regimen for Pfizer, Moderna Covid Vaccines
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
Exclusive: Nigel Farage quits politics - and this time he means it
Discussion: Breitbart