The Washington Post • Amy Brittain, Josh Dawsey • March 14 •
New York’s vaccine czar called county officials to gauge their loyalty to Cuomo amid sexual harassment investigation
Larry Schwartz, head of the state’s vaccine effort, acknowledged making the calls in response to an inquiry by The Washington Post, but said he did so as a 30-year friend of Cuomo and did not discuss vaccines.
The New York Times • David D. Kirkpatrick, Alan Feuer • March 14 •
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.
The Washington Post • Margaret Sullivan • March 13 •
Perspective | Online harassment of female journalists is real, and it’s increasingly hard to endure
“Attention is clearly a weapon,” says one woman whose life was destabilized by a troll attack. “It feels like a physical threat.”
The New York Times • Patricia Mazzei • March 13 •
‘I’d Much Rather Be in Florida’
Floridians are out and about and pandemic restrictions have been lifted. There’s just one problem: The virus never went away.
CNN • Marshall Cohen • March 14 •
Navy probe finds contractor charged in Capitol insurrection was well-known Nazi sympathizer
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 "Hitler mustache," prosecutors said in new court filings.
Kansas Reflector • Jeremy Fassler • March 14 •
Kobach teamed up with Wichita businessman to sell COVID-killing device. An investigation found no validity to their claims. | Kansas Reflector
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. The duo wheeled in what looked to lawmakers like a “refrigerator” — a shiny metal box Drake called a “revolutionary” device that would “kill COVID” and bring […]
The New York Times • Marc Tracy • March 14 •
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.
The New York Times • Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Helene Cooper, Eric Schmitt • March 14 •
U.S. Has 1,000 More Troops in Afghanistan Than It Disclosed
The undercount complicates President Biden’s decision on carrying out a complete withdrawal by May 1, as his administration tries to jump-start peace talks.
The Washington Post • Ashley Parker, Matt Viser • March 13 •
Biden’s sweeping ambitions delight liberals — but pose political risks for his party
The president’s expansive agenda could put moderate Democrats at risk in the midterms and give Republicans ammunition to portray Biden as a left-leaning radical.
NBC News • Leigh Ann Caldwell, Haley Talbot, Alex Moe • March 14 •
House Democrats draw the line: No bipartisan cooperation with Republicans who questioned the election
After the Jan. 6 riot, some Democrats say they simply can't work with anyone who voted against certifying the election.
POLITICO • Laura Barrón-López, Ben White • March 14 •
Biden taps Gene Sperling to serve as Covid rescue plan czar
The post is similar to the one the president himself held while serving as VP to Obama.
POLITICO • Gabby Orr, Meridith McGraw • March 14 •
Trump was supposed to be a political Godzilla in exile. Instead, he’s adrift.
Even allies say the president is lacking an apparatus and direction as he sorts out just what he wants to do in his post-presidency.
The Berkshire Eagle • Amanda Burke, The Berkshire Eagle • March 13 •
After receiving second dose, Yo-Yo Ma transforms waiting period into performance at Pittsfield vax clinic
PITTSFIELD — After Yo-Yo Ma received his second jab of a COVID-19 vaccine at Berkshire Community College Saturday, he transformed his 15-minute observation period into a concert for the newly
The New York Times • Jesse McKinley, J. David Goodman • March 14 •
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.
The Washington Post • Elizabeth Dwoskin • March 14 •
Massive Facebook study on users’ doubt in vaccines finds a small group appears to play a big role in pushing the skepticism
Facebook is conducting a vast behind-the-scenes study of U.S. users who express doubtfulness about vaccines, a major project that attempts to probe and teach software to understand the medical attitudes of millions of Americans, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.
The Dispatch • David French • March 14 •
Cruelty Is Apostasy
Reflections on Beth Moore’s departure from the Southern Baptist Convention.
Axios • Kadia Goba • March 14 •
25% of House not vaccinated as some members refuse to get shot
Voting in waves, meant to ensure social distancing inside the House chamber, is slowing a full legislative schedule.
The Washington Post • Tyler Pager • March 14 •
Gene Sperling to oversee $1.9 trillion stimulus
The veteran Democratic budget expert will take on the role Biden had in the Obama administration, ensuring the funds are spent efficiently and correctly.
emptywheel • emptywheel • March 14 •
"I Started the Fire:" DOJ Reveals Another Missed Advance Warning about January 6 | emptywheel
In December, one of Guy Reffitt's family members alerted FBI that the Three Percenter was threatening members of Congress. Yet the FBI claims it had no warning of threats to Congress before the Norfolk Memo.
cleveland • Chris Quinn, Editor, Plain Dealer • March 13 •
When candidates make reckless statements just to get attention, should they get attention? Letter from the Editor
We’re working out our approach to Josh Mandel. As we get closer to election time, what Mandel says might be news, and I don’t believe the right approach to covering dangerous statements by candidates is the traditional “he said-she said.”