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12:45 AM ET, March 8, 2021


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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 …
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, Fox News and Vox
Caroline Linton / CBS News:
Cuomo says “there is no way I resign” amid harassment allegations
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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.
NBC News:   The GOP is having a change of heart on economics. It could have implications for policymaking.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
They Had a Fun Pandemic.  You Can Read About It in Print.  —  A downtown New York crowd is pushing back against the homogenization of big social media.  —  Honor Levy, 23, with a piece of fiction published on The New Yorker's website and a short story collection coming out next year …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Tim Blake Nelson / The Hill:
The power to change what we are: Social media as the new ‘Fifth Estate’  —  Could Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey ever have imagined that his social media platform would become a U.S. president's preferred manner of communicating with the American electorate and beyond?
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.
Switzerland referendum: Voters support ban on face coverings in public  —  Switzerland has narrowly voted in favour of banning face coverings in public, including the burka or niqab worn by Muslim women.  —  Official results showed the measure had passed by 51.2% to 48.8% in Sunday's referendum.
Washington Post:
It's past time for Biden to hold a news conference  —  Opinion by Editorial Board  —  WHITE HOUSE press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that President Biden would hold a news conference “before the end of the month.”  Last month would have been better, and this week would be better than next.
Eric W. Dolan / Raw Story:
GOP's Kevin McCarthy dared to hold up racist Dr. Seuss imagery after his ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ stunt flops  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is being challenged to honestly address racially insensitive imagery found in six Dr. Seuss books after he posted a video of himself reading “Green Eggs and Ham.”
Discussion: CBS News
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 …
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 …
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
Douglas MacKinnon / The Hill:
It will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it  —  In our politically polarized nation, commonsense observations about “the other side” are ignored or forcefully rejected via poisonous rhetoric.  One such observation is that much of the mainstream media …
New York Times:
Biden Endorses Female Generals Whose Promotions Were Delayed Over Fears of Trump's Reaction  —  The unusual strategy to slow the promotions until after the election — intended to protect the officers' accomplished careers — was devised by top Pentagon leaders.
Heather Knight / San Francisco Chronicle:
Should S.F. City Hall control the school board?  Two parents have a plan to shake up the district  —  A year of brutal distance learning.  Growing learning loss and a widening achievement gap.  A miserable budget outlook.  Families fleeing.  Students' mental health tanking.
Discussion: IJR
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
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Reflections on Becoming a U.S. Citizen
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: Associated Press and CNN
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Top 100 counties with the highest COVID death rates voted for Trump by 18 points
Discussion: ACA Signups
NBC News:
Google advised mental health care when workers complained about racism and sexism
Bhargav Acharya / Reuters:
U.S. administers 90.35 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines: CDC
Chris Jackson / Ipsos:
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CBS News:
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Tina Nguyen / Politico:
‘It is a trap!’: Inside the QAnon attack that never happened
Discussion: Raw Story and Mock Paper Scissors
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.
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
I get the indignation. But where are the ideas, Republicans?
Discussion: Raw Story