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5:45 PM ET, July 10, 2021


 Top Items: 
Rise of the anti-"woke" Democrat  —  A growing number of Democrats are ringing the alarm that their party sounds — and acts — too judgmental, too sensitive, too “woke” to large swaths of America.  —  Why it matters: These Democrats warn that by jamming politically correct terms or new norms …
Sarah Rankin / Associated Press:
Robert E. Lee statue removed in Charlottesville  —  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was hoisted away from its place of prominence in Charlottesville on Saturday and carted off to storage, years after its threatened removal became a rallying point …
Ben Paviour / NPR:
Charlottesville Removes Robert E. Lee Statue That Sparked A Deadly Rally  —  got a news tip?  —  At NPR, we welcome your news tips.  Here's a guide to getting in touch with our newsroom and how to share sensitive information.  —  INVESTIGATIONS  —  Chief Guantánamo Prosecutor …
Discussion: The Root and HotAir
NBC News:
Statues of Confederate generals come down in Charlottesville, Virginia
Discussion: WSLS-TV
New York Times:
Who Paid for That Mansion?  A Senator or the Haitian People?  —  Valued at $3.4 million, a Haitian senator's Montreal villa has become a potent emblem of the growing gap between Haiti's impoverished citizens and its wealthy political elite.  —  MONTREAL — He is one of the few lawmakers left in Haiti …
Discussion: The Haitian Times
New York Times:
Biden Administration Shows Little Appetite for Haiti's Troop Request  —  Pentagon officials noted that the request was broad and did not specify the number or types of forces needed.  —  WASHINGTON — Haiti's request for U.S. troops to help stabilize the country following the assassination …
Discussion: Vox and Politico
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Exclusive: D.C. journalists launch media company with $10 million+ funding  —  Laura McGann, former politics editor of and Politico, and Mark Bauman, previously with the Smithsonian, National Geographic and ABC News, are teaming up to launch a yet-to-be named media company.
Jordan Miller / Salt Lake Tribune:
Woman faces a year in prison for stomping a ‘Back the Blue’ sign and ‘smirking in an intimidating manner’  —  The woman was charged with a hate crime enhanced allegation.  —  A 19-year-old woman was charged with a hate crime after allegedly “stomping on a ‘Back the Blue’ sign” at a gas station in Panguitch.
Discussion: Reason
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Ascension of Bernie Sanders  —  BURLINGTON, Vt. — I want to talk to Bernie about Balenciaga.  And Britney.  And Dua Lipa, Sha'Carri Richardson and Joe Manchin's houseboat.  And whether he prefers red or white horseradish on his gefilte fish.  And the state of capitalism, and the absurd price of a Birkin bag.
Discussion: Insider and The Hill
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Top Biden ally pleads with him to scrap filibuster for election reform  —  After months of setbacks and gridlock on voting rights, one of President Joe Biden's top allies in Congress is calling for him to support amending the Senate filibuster.  —  House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) …
Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
White House Backs Teachers Unions, CRT Curricula  —  The Biden administration signaled its support for the teaching of “anti-racism” curriculum in public schools Friday, wading into an ongoing culture war over critical race theory playing out on cable news and in school board meetings across the nation.
Discussion: National Review
Dr. Susan Berry / Breitbart:
Over 5,000 Teachers Sign Pledge to Defy Anti-Critical Race Theory Laws
Christopher F. Rufo / New York Post:
Disingenuous defenses of critical race theory
Discussion: RedState
Aya Elamroussi / CNN:
With an uptick in Covid-19 cases, there is growing alarm.  'We've seen almost an entire takeover in the Delta variant,' one state official says  —  (CNN)The US has surpassed 20,000 new Covid-19 cases for the fourth day in a row as the highly contagious Delta variant persists in its track …
Discussion: Insider and Deseret News
Alexandra E. Petri / New York Times:
Covid News: Mississippi Urges Masks for Indoor Gatherings as Delta Spreads
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
A Landlord Says Her Tenants Are Terrorizing Her.  She Can't Evict Them.  —  A landlord in Queens says her tenants curse and spit at her and owe more than $23,000 in rent.  But an eviction moratorium keeps them from being kicked out.  —  For more than a year, Vanie Mangal …
Discussion: HotAir and TheBlaze
Brent Staples / New York Times:
How the White Press Wrote Off Black America  —  Mr. Staples is a member of the editorial board.  —  Newspapers that championed white supremacy throughout the pre-civil rights South paved the way for lynching by declaring African Americans nonpersons.  They embraced the language once used …
New York Times:
Eric Adams Has Plans for New York, Beyond Public Safety  —  Mr. Adams, the Democratic mayoral nominee, has stances on policing, transportation and education that suggest a shift from Mayor Bill de Blasio.  —  In the afterglow of winning the Democratic nomination for mayor of New York City …
Alia Shoaib / Insider:
Sen. Marsha Blackburn escalates feud with Taylor Swift, says singer would be the ‘first victim’ of socialism  — Sen. Marsha Blackburn escalated her feud with Taylor Swift in an interview with Breitbart.  — The GOP senator said singers like Taylor Swift would be the “first victims” of socialism.
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Biden fires Trump SSA appointee four years ahead of contract date  —  Stop me if you've heard this one before.  A new guy gets sworn in as President of the United States and starts firing people who are appointed to supposedly non-political offices for set terms because he doesn't like the person who appointed them.
NBC News:
Biden fires Trump-appointed Social Security Administration chief
Jennie Taer / The Daily Caller:
The Biggest Names On Aspen Institute's Disinformation Commission Have A Checkered Past When It Comes To Accuracy, Freedom Of The Press  — Top figures on the Aspen Institute's “Commission on Information Disorder” have pasts of spreading misinformation or partisan ties, a Daily Caller News Foundation review has found.
Mujib Mashal / New York Times:
In Sri Lanka, the Government Looks Increasingly Like a Family Firm  —  Three brothers of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa now hold top posts in his government.  Two of his nephews have official positions, too.  —  The first attempt by a Rajapaksa to return to power in Sri Lanka was brief.
Adam Gopnik / New Yorker:
Biden's Invisible Ideology  —  The President has deployed an exasperating but effective strategy to counter Trumpism.  —  The Brooklyn-reared boxing trainer Charley Goldman, who crafted Rocky Marciano, the undefeated heavyweight champ of the nineteen-fifties, once made a wise statement …
Discussion: Fox News
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
The Big Question of the 2022 Midterms: How Will the Suburbs Swing?  —  Democrats and Republicans are already jockeying for a crucial voting bloc that soured on Donald Trump, tilted to Joe Biden and now holds the key to the second half of the president's term.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Daily Kos
Houston Public Media:
Texas AG's Office Arrests Houston Voter Hervis Rogers For Alleged Illegal Voting  —  Rogers captured national attention in March 2020 when he waited for hours to vote on Super Tuesday.  —  When Hervis Rogers went viral on social media for being the last person in line at Texas Southern University …
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United States Department of State:
Media Freedom Coalition Statement on Hong Kong's Apple Daily
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Hill
Andre J. Ellington / Newsweek:
Madison Cawthorn Says Door-to-Door Vaccines Could Lead to Taking of Guns, Bibles
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and New York Post
Sara Germano / Financial Times:
White House to push for rethink on cannabis use in sport
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
The Hunter Biden Laptop Is Real
Discussion: Washington Examiner
New legal trouble for Trump? Arizona eyes criminal probe for election scheme
 Earlier Items: 
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Biden Administration Punts on Due Process Rights for Guantánamo Detainees
Melissa Goldin / NewsGuard:
Misinformation Monitor: July 2021
Brad Bannon / The Hill:
Investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection will resurrect democracy
Washington Examiner:
The wretched Xavier Becerra wants to control your life
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
The Trump administration used an early, unreported program to separate migrant families along a remote stretch of the border
Discussion: Political Wire
Zachary Petrizzo / Salon:
Stewart Rhodes, founder of right-wing Oath Keepers militia, spotted at CPAC