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9:15 PM ET, March 7, 2021


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Associated Press:
Cuomo defiant as top New York lawmakers call on him to quit  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The two top Democrats in New York's legislature withdrew their support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment and undercounting COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.
New York Times:
Top State Leader Says ‘Cuomo Must Resign.’ Governor Says ‘No Way.’  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that honoring calls for his resignation because of unproven allegations would be “anti-democratic.”  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — In a potentially crippling defection in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's efforts …
Wall Street Journal:
Calls Grow for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to Resign
Discussion: Twitchy, Breitbart, Rolling Stone and Vox
Caroline Linton / CBS News:
Cuomo says “there is no way I resign” amid harassment allegations
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Manchin wants to make filibuster ‘painful’ to use  —  Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday he is open to altering the Senate filibuster to make it more “painful” for the minority party to wield, while reiterating his opposition to ending the procedural hurdle altogether.
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, Ex-Wife of Jeff Bezos, Marries Seattle School Teacher  —  Ms. Scott, one of the world's wealthiest women, has married Dan Jewett, a science teacher at a private school  —  MacKenzie Scott, the philanthropist formerly married to Jeff Bezos …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Graham deals with Trump “dark side” to “harness the magic”  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham told “Axios on HBO” that Donald Trump has a “dark side” but he tries to “harness the magic” because he succeeded where Republican candidates like John McCain and Mitt Romney failed.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
NBC News:   The GOP is having a change of heart on economics. It could have implications for policymaking.
New York Times:
Rescue Package Includes $86 Billion Bailout for Failing Pensions  —  Democrats pushed through a big aid measure for multiemployer pensions whose problems predate the pandemic.  —  Tucked inside the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill that cleared the Senate on Saturday is an $86 billion aid package that has nothing to do with the pandemic.
The White House:
Executive Order on Promoting Access to Voting  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:  —  Section 1.  Purpose.  The right to vote is the foundation of American democracy.
Aamer Madhani / Associated Press:
Biden marking ‘Bloody Sunday’ by signing voting rights order
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
How the GOP blew its chance at a 2022 working-class coalition in just 10 hours, 43 minutes |  Will Bunch  —  It was less than two weeks ago that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a past and future presidential hopeful for the Republican Party, stood before an annual confab of conservative fanatics …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Hawley becomes GOP cash cow despite Jan. 6 blowback  —  Sen. Josh Hawley's effort to block certification of the 2020 election has been a fundraising boon — not just for him but his party, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: Corporate donors and establishment Republicans recoiled …
Discussion: Raw Story
America rebalances its post-Trump news diet  —  Nearly halfway through President Biden's first 100 days, data shows that Americans are learning to wean themselves off of news — and especially politics.  —  Why it matters: The departure of former President Trump's once-ubiquitous presence …
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
Child Tax Credit, Proposed in Stimulus, Advances an Effort Years in the Making  —  The $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package moving through Congress advances an idea that Democrats have been nurturing for decades: establishing a guaranteed income for families with children.
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Top 100 counties with the highest COVID death rates voted for Trump by 18 points  —  The 100 U.S. counties with the highest death rates from COVID-19 voted for former President Donald Trump by 18 points, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.  —  The list of the top 100 counties was compiled by as of March 6.
Charles Gaba / ACA Signups:   Weekly Update: Which COUNTIES have the highest per capita rates of #COVID19 cases and deaths?
Wall Street Journal:
Iran-Backed Houthi Rebels Say They Targeted Saudi Oil Port  —  Saudi Arabia says there were no casualties and no damage from the Sunday strike  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi rebels said they attacked a major Saudi Arabian oil port on the Persian Gulf with drones and missiles on Sunday.
Discussion: Bloomberg
New York Times:
Preparing for Retaliation Against Russia, U.S. Confronts Hacking by China  —  The proliferation of cyberattacks by rivals is presenting a challenge to the Biden administration as it seeks to deter intrusions on government and corporate systems.  —  WASHINGTON — Just as it plans …
Kim Bellware / Washington Post:
Georgia family sues grocery clerk for posting about their alleged involvement in Jan. 6 insurrection  —  From her Washington hotel on Jan. 6, Kathryn Cagle asked for prayers and assured friends and family via Facebook that she and her mother were safe.  “Yes, Mama and I are in Washington …
Bion Bartning / Wall Street Journal:
Dividing by Race Comes to Grade School  —  Students, ages 5 through 11, are urged to 'check each other's words and actions' and become committed activists.  —  My awakening to the new orthodoxy began during this past summer of discontent.  In mid-June, a few weeks after the George Floyd protests began …
Chris Jackson / Ipsos:
Washington, DC, March 7, 2021  —  A new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds that even as American concern about the coronavirus wanes, most believe public health restrictions, like mask mandates or limits on public gatherings, are being loosened too quickly.  However, opinions on re-opening schools …
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Manyin Li / National Review:
What China Really Wants: A New World Order
Wall Street Journal:
U.S., South Korean Negotiators Reach a Cost-Sharing Accord on Troops
Discussion: CNN
NBC News:
Google advised mental health care when workers complained about racism and sexism
Biden rides a Keep It Simple, Stupid strategy to early success
Bhargav Acharya / Reuters:
U.S. administers 90.35 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines: CDC
New York Times:
Biden Endorses Female Generals Whose Promotions Were Delayed Over Fears of Trump's Reaction
CBS News:
Full transcript of “Face the Nation” on March 7, 2021
 Earlier Items: 
Luke O'Brien / HuffPost:
How Republican Politics (And Twitter) Created Ali Alexander, The Man Behind ‘Stop The Steal’
Mara Gay / New York Times:
Face Time With Eight Mayoral Candidates
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Biden is rolling back the culture war. The country should thank him.
Ronen Zvulun / Reuters:
We're almost done with COVID curbs, Netanyahu says as Israel reopens restaurants
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
I get the indignation. But where are the ideas, Republicans?
Discussion: Raw Story
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Do Liberals Care if Books Disappear?
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money