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Alexa Corse / Wall Street Journal:
Dominion Sues MyPillow, CEO Mike Lindell Over Election Claims  —  The voting-machine maker's lawsuit alleges defamation, seeks more than $1.3 billion in damages  —  WASHINGTON—One of the largest makers of voting machines in the U.S. on Monday sued a prominent supporter of former President Donald Trump …
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Dion Rabouin / Axios:
Dominion files $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell  —  Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sued MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for more than $1.3 billion in damages, alleging that the Trump ally exploited the baseless conspiracy theory that Dominion's voting machines rigged …
Discussion: Forbes
Washington Post:
‘Where is Greg Abbott?’  Anger grows at Texas governor in deadly storm's wake  —  It was clear by Tuesday afternoon that Texas was in a full-blown crisis — and Gov. Greg Abbott (R) had largely been out of sight.  —  More than 4 million households did not have power amid dangerously low temperatures …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Collins comes out against Tanden  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BREAKING: Sen. SUSAN COLLINS (R-Maine) will vote against NEERA TANDEN.  —  Her statement:  —  “The Director of OMB is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the federal budget and plays …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Live updates: Dominion files defamation lawsuit against MyPillow chief executive for false election claims  —  Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit seeking $1.3 billion in damages from MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell and his company after he repeatedly echoed President …
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Trump to claim total control of GOP  —  In his first post-presidential appearance, Donald Trump plans to send the message next weekend that he is Republicans' “presumptive 2024 nominee” with a vise grip on the party's base, top Trump allies tell Axios.
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Washington Post:
‘The former guy’: Biden and his aides work to ignore Trump — but it won't be easy
Glen Johnson / Axios:
Scoop: Cruz's Cancún trip included college roommate  —  In explaining his disastrous Cancún trip, Sen. Ted Cruz failed to mention his college roommate also was along for the visit.  — Axios has learned Cruz (R-Texas) invited David Panton, his longtime friend and former roommate …
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
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Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Texas GOP congressman knocks Cruz for Cancun trip and says when a crisis hits, 'I'm not going to go on some vacation'
Discussion: Insider and Slate
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What were the Capitol rioters thinking?  —  It's one of the most basic questions of the Capitol riot investigation: What was the rioters' plan?  What did they think was going to happen when they stormed the Capitol on January 6, as Congress certified the results of the Electoral College?
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Samuel Osborne / The Independent:
Glasses-wearers up to three times less likely to catch coronavirus, study suggests  —  ‘Long term use of spectacles may prevent repeated touching and rubbing of the eyes,’ researchers say  —  People who wear glasses could be up to three times less likely to be infected by coronavirus, a study from India has suggested.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Loeffler launches group to boost GOP turnout, promote ‘big tent’ policies  —  The Republican is weighing a 2022 comeback bid  —  Former U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler is wading back into Georgia politics weeks after her runoff defeat with the start of a new voter registration group aimed …
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Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Kelly Loeffler starts voter organization to rival Stacey Abrams' political machine after GOP losses in Georgia
Discussion: Townhall and Wall Street Journal
CNN:
Arkansas' GOP governor reacts to his nephew, a state lawmaker, leaving the Republican Party - CNN Video  —  Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson spoke with CNN's Dana Bash about the future of the Republican Party after his nephew, state Sen. Jim Hendren, announced he was leaving the party.
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David Siders / Politico:
Anti-Trumpers are done with the GOP. Where do they go now?
Discussion: The Guardian
Nick Troiano / The Hill:   Why America doesn't have the third party it wants
New York Times:
The Lost Hours: How Confusion and Inaction at the Capitol Delayed a Troop Deployment  —  As violence grew out of control on Jan. 6, the head of the Capitol Police made an urgent request for the National Guard.  It took nearly two hours to be approved.  —  WASHINGTON — At 1:09 p.m. on Jan. 6 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Biden upends Trump's calculation of who gets federal vaccination help … WASHINGTON — When the Biden White House started looking for sites for four small vaccination centers across New York state, federal agency officials ranked the best spots based on a county-by-county “social vulnerability index” …
Discussion: TIME and Fox News
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Nine Lessons I Learned About Political Reporting While Covering Trump  —  In the fall of 2015, I was having drinks in Washington with a colleague at the time, now-MSNBC host Joy Reid.  (I was working at NBC News.)  Donald Trump was leading in the polls of the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
Financial Times:
HSBC intensifies pivot to Asia with job moves and US exit  —  Three top executives expected to swap London for Hong Kong as bank jettisons American retail business  —  HSBC is accelerating its “pivot to Asia”, moving top executives from London to Hong Kong, scrapping its US retail banking operation …
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Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:   If it will put this man in jail, China will stop at nothing
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
AOC raises $5 million for Texas relief fund  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) announced Sunday night that her fundraising efforts for a Texas relief fund “just hit $5 million.”  —  The big picture: Ocasio-Cortez launched the fundraiser last Thursday, as Texas was gripped …
Discussion: The Week and NPR
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CNN:
AOC raises nearly $5 million in Texas relief efforts
Discussion: The Hill and KTAB
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Lucky Luke, the Comic Book Cowboy, Discovers Race, Belatedly  —  For the first time in the Franco-Belgian comic book classic, Black characters have full-fledged roles and are drawn without the racist depictions that marred the genre.  —  PARIS — A few years ago, Julien Berjeaut …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How Investigative Journalism Flourished in Hostile Russia  —  A new wave of news outlets has used conventional, and unconventional, methods to pierce the veil of Putin's power.  —  The Russian language has introduced a few words that in recent years have been widely used and misused in English: disinformation, kompromat, Novichok.
The Guardian:
‘Utter outrage’: White House says US in talks with Iran over detained Americans  —  President Biden's national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, calls the matter a ‘complete and utter outrage’  —  Joe Biden's national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said on Sunday the US had begun to communicate …
Discussion: HotAir, IJR, New York Post and CBS News
Gabriela López / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. school board president: Renamings are on hold, reopening is our priority  —  As a credentialed teacher serving as a volunteer school board member, I make every effort to respond to every email.  Every single day I am talking to parents on the phone, answering their questions about distance learning …
David Bernstein / Reason:
Antisemitism Continues its March Toward Acceptability on the American Far Left  —  Cornel West, a celebrity academic, asked Harvard, where he had once been tenured before decamping to Princeton, to offer him a tenured position.  Harvard declined, and instead offered the 67-year-old West a ten-year contract.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Clay Risen / New York Times:
Shlomo Hillel, Who Helped 120,000 Jews Flee Iraq, Dies at 97  —  Working undercover, he used bribes, fake visas and a network of smugglers to bring refugees to Israel in the late 1940s and early '50s.  —  Shlomo Hillel, a Baghdad-born Israeli operative who in the late 1940s and early '50s used bribes …
Tim Graham / Newsbusters:
Cuomo-Avoiding Networks Single Out Republican Ron DeSantis on ‘Vaccine Outrage’  —  For weeks now, liberal media outlets have been hammering Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for prioritizing the elderly for vaccine doses, despite the obvious math that more than 80 percent of COVID deaths are people 65 and over.
Discussion: RedState
ABC News:
Capitol Police officer recounts Jan. 6 attack: Exclusive  —  “They beat police officers with Blue Lives Matter flags,” Dunn said.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images  —  The first time Harry Dunn stepped inside the U.S. Capitol …
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Tough Sanctions, Then a Mysterious Last-Minute Turnabout  —  The Treasury Department slapped sanctions on the Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler in 2017 for corruption in Africa.  In Donald Trump's final days in office, they were rolled back with no explanation.
 
 
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Dalia Mortada / NPR:
Disinformation Fuels A White Evangelical Movement. It Led 1 Virginia Pastor To Quit
Discussion: Raw Story
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Joint statement by the Vice-President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Head of the AEOI and the Director General of the IAEA
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Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
Yale Law Students Said a Top Journal Was Racist. Admissions Data Suggest Otherwise.
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Lesley Stahl / CBS News:
QAnon's corrosive impact on the U.S.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Biden's big summertime verdict
Sarah Chaney Cambon / Wall Street Journal:
Blue-Collar Jobs Boom as Covid-19 Boosts Housing, E-Commerce Demand
Dirk VanderHart / opb:
Oregon GOP ousts chair, taps state Sen. Dallas Heard as new leader