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11:00 PM ET, March 14, 2021


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Washington Post:
New York's vaccine czar called county officials to gauge their loyalty to Cuomo amid sexual harassment investigation  —  New York's “vaccine czar” — a longtime adviser to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo — phoned county officials in the past two weeks in attempts to gauge their loyalty …
New York Times:
As Cuomo Reels, Pleas for Political Support Come From His Vaccine Czar  —  Larry Schwartz, whom Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo put in charge of the state's vaccination efforts, called some county executives about support for the governor.  —  At the height of the pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called upon …
Discussion: WIVB-TV
New York Times:
Can Andrew Cuomo Continue to Lead?
Discussion: Scripting News
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Navy probe finds contractor charged in Capitol insurrection was well-known Nazi sympathizer  —  (CNN)An Army reservist charged with storming the US Capitol was a well-known White supremacist and Nazi sympathizer at the Navy base where he worked as a contractor, and was even rebuked for sporting a distinctive …
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Massive Facebook study on users' doubt in vaccines finds a small group appears to play a big role in pushing the skepticism  —  Internal study finds a QAnon connection and that content that doesn't break the rules may be causing ‘substantial’ harm  —  Facebook is conducting a vast behind …
Trump was supposed to be a political Godzilla in exile.  Instead, he's adrift.  —  He backed away from creating a third party and has soured on the costly prospect of launching his own TV empire or social media startup.  —  His vow to target disloyal Republicans with personally-recruited primary challengers …
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
Backlog of migrant children in Border Patrol custody soars to 4,200, with 3,000 held past legal limit  —  As of Sunday morning, U.S. Border Patrol was holding more than 4,200 unaccompanied migrant children in short-term holding facilities, including jail-like stations unfit to house minors …
Julio Rosas / Townhall:
Spurred By Biden's Rhetoric and Policies, Illegal Immigrants Are Crossing into the US While They Still Can
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
House Democrats draw the line: No bipartisan cooperation with Republicans who questioned the election  —  WASHINGTON - Freshman Rep. Jake Auchincloss, a Democrat, has begun turning to an unusual source when trying to decide whether he wants to work with a Republican he thinks makes a good point during committee hearings: Google.
Discussion: RedState, Los Angeles Times and CNN
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
New Suitor May Enter Fray for Tribune Publishing  —  A Maryland hotel magnate who had a deal to buy The Baltimore Sun is now weighing a bid for all of Tribune's newspapers that could thwart a hedge fund's plan.  —  A deal that would reshape the American newspaper industry has run …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Piers Morgan Can't Wait to Bring the Worst of America Home  —  British TV executives see opportunity — and money to be made — in bringing American cable-style clashes to their screens.  —  When Piers Morgan stormed off the set of “Good Morning Britain” last week as a Black colleague chided him for …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Biden's conspicuous silence on the Cuomo scandal  —  Based on everything we know about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's psyche, it's impossible to imagine him resigning unless he knows he has no way out.  The only Democratic figure who could plausibly persuade Cuomo to resign is President Biden.
Jason Morris / CNN:
Officials located December recording of Trump call in a trash folder on Georgia investigator's device  —  (CNN)Officials in the Georgia Secretary of State's Office located a recently released recording of former President Donald Trump's call to a state investigator in a trash folder on her device …
Jeremy Fassler / Kansas Reflector:
Kobach teamed up with Wichita businessman to sell COVID-killing device.  An investigation found no validity to their claims.  —  NEW YORK CITY — In early October, Kris Kobach, Kansas' former Secretary of State, and Daniel Drake, a Wichita-based venture capitalist-turned-CEO, made a sales pitch to Kansas legislators.
Discussion: Raw Story
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Pentagon may reverse gender-neutral physical fitness test for US army soldiers  —  A new test has been scoring men and women on the same basis - but more than half of women are failing  —  The US Army is considering a reversal of its new gender-neutral physical test to instead include different evaluation categories for men and women.
Discussion: Instapundit
Kadia Goba / Axios:
Vaccine brawl riles House  —  Uncertainty about why only 75% of the House is confirmed as vaccinated against the coronavirus is fueling a debate about when the chamber can return to its normal rules of operation.  —  Between the lines: The other 25% of members have either refused to get the vaccine …
Jared Kushner / Wall Street Journal:
Opportunity Beckons in the Mideast  —  The Biden administration called Iran's bluff early.  It should continue to play the strong hand it was dealt.  —  The geopolitical earthquake that began with the Abraham Accords hasn't ended.  More than 130,000 Israelis have visited Dubai since President Trump hosted …
Discussion: Breitbart and Just The News
Zeeshan Aleem / Vox:
Stimulus payments are already arriving.  Americans say they really need them.  —  Days after Biden signed his relief bill into law, Americans are receiving much-needed payments.  —  SHARE All sharing options  —  Stimulus checks have begun to arrive in Americans' bank accounts …
Discussion: New York Times, NBC News and Gothamist
Nicholas Lemann / New Yorker:
The Stimulus Bill Is the Most Economically Liberal Legislation in Decades
Discussion: Politico
Victoria Guida / Politico:
How Trump's team amassed a $1 trillion war chest for Biden to deploy  —  Republicans are bashing the new $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package for further ballooning the federal debt, but it's the Trump administration that greased the path for a smooth federal spending spree.
Discussion: Raw Story
Biden eyes Gene Sperling to serve as Covid rescue plan czar  —  President Joe Biden is eyeing Gene Sperling for a role to oversee the implementation of the administration's coronavirus relief plan, according to two sources with knowledge of the plans.  —  The White House could announce …
New York Times:
Police Shrugged Off the Proud Boys, Until They Attacked the Capitol  —  Two Proud Boys accused of leading a mob to Congress followed a bloody path to get there.  Law enforcement did little to stop them.  —  A protester was burning an American flag outside the 2016 Republican convention in Cleveland when Joseph Biggs rushed to attack.
Discussion: Raw Story, Insider and Althouse
Financial Times:
Stripe valuation soars to $95bn after latest fundraising  —  Payments provider becomes Silicon Valley's most valuable private company  —  Stripe has become the most valuable private company Silicon Valley has produced, after investors struck a deal valuing the online payments processor at $95bn.
Jack Phillips /
Sen. Cruz: US Military ‘Launching Political Attacks’ Against Tucker Carlson, Requests Meeting  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said he requested a meeting with the head of the U.S. Marine Corps after one of its units tweeted statements insulting Tucker Carlson, along with unusually bellicose comments about the Fox News host.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Online harassment of female journalists is real, and it's increasingly hard to endure  —  Julia Carrie Wong remembers a time, years ago, when she felt that being a part of digital culture was fun.  —  “I used to really enjoy online spaces, having a personality and a voice,” …
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
As Gov. Cuomo Faces Calls to Resign, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul Treads Lightly  —  New York's lieutenant governor has focused on representing the administration at public events around the state  —  As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo fights for his political life, the woman in line to succeed …
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Alon Pinkas / Haaretz:
Analysis | Netanyahu's Dream Government Is a Nightmare for Everyone Else
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Biden And Harris Are Going To Coast To Coast To Become Republicans' Worst Nightmare
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
What Happens When a Slogan Becomes the Curriculum
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Gov. Abbott Suggests Election Reform Bill Could Allow Use of ‘Cocaine to Buy Votes’
The Texas Tribune:
The percent of Texans vaccinated against COVID-19 now exceeds the percent who have tested positive for the virus
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Capitol rioter boasted he could access powerful weapons to ‘take back’ country, prosecutors say
Washington Post:
What used cars tell us about the risk of too much inflation hitting the economy
Glenn Greenwald:
Congressional Testimony: The Leading Activists for Online Censorship Are Corporate Journalists
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia's No. 2 Republican boycotts debate over election restrictions
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Maria Arias / Axios:
Fauci: CDC “analyzing” data that could change distancing guidelines to 3 feet
Discussion: Fox News and TheBlaze
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Biden stiffs the Sunday shows
Hannah Miao / CNBC:
Georgia voting rights activists pressure big corporations to oppose GOP-backed ballot restrictions
CBS News:
Americans see better days ahead in pandemic and economy — CBS News poll
Discussion: The Week and The Hill
New York Times:
U.S. Has 1,000 More Troops in Afghanistan Than It Disclosed
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Distinguished pol of the week: No progress was possible without Biden
Michael J. Totten / Quillette:
Leaving Portland  —  Portland, Oregon, has been the most politically violent city …