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3:05 AM ET, July 11, 2021


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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 …
Celine Castronuovo / The Hill:
Alaska GOP endorses Murkowski primary challenger  —  The Alaska Republican Party endorsed GOP Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka on Saturday, breaking from longtime incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), according to an announcement from the candidate's campaign.
Discussion: Insider
Samantha Davenport / Anchorage Daily News:
Alaska Republican Party leaders endorse Tshibaka in U.S. Senate race  —  The Alaska Republican State Central Committee on Saturday endorsed Kelly Tshibaka in the 2022 race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Lisa Murkowski.  —  Tshibaka's endorsement was approved by the committee in a 58-17 vote.
Discussion: Associated Press and Breitbart
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
Robert E. Lee statue removed in Charlottesville; it had become focal point of deadly 2017 rally  —  CHARLOTTESVILLE — Nearly a century after it was first erected, and almost four years after it triggered a deadly weekend of violence, the statue of Robert E. Lee sitting on horseback …
NBC News:
Statues of Confederate generals come down in Charlottesville, Virginia
Discussion: WSLS-TV
Ben Paviour / NPR:
Charlottesville Removes Robert E. Lee Statue That Sparked A Deadly Rally
Discussion: The Root and HotAir
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
New York Times:
Who Paid for That Mansion? A Senator or the Haitian People?
Discussion: The Haitian Times
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.
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
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
The Economist:
Can Eric Adams turn around New York?  —  The man likely to be in charge brings sanity and a level head to the task  —  To be mayor of New York City is no easy task.  Bill de Blasio, the departing incumbent, was once a progressive darling.  However, his unique political talents …
New York Times:
Eric Adams Has Plans for New York, Beyond Public Safety
Discussion: HotAir
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
Christopher F. Rufo / New York Post:
Disingenuous defenses of critical race theory
Discussion: RedState
Dr. Susan Berry / Breitbart:
Over 5,000 Teachers Sign Pledge to Defy Anti-Critical Race Theory Laws
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.
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
Washington Post:
Vacancies remain in key Biden administration positions  —  The Biden administration is working to move past the pandemic without a permanent leader for the agency that authorizes drugs and vaccines.  Democrats are decrying Republican-led efforts to restrict the right to vote …
Miriam Berger / Washington Post:
Iran cheers U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan — but fears what could follow  —  As Western forces exit Afghanistan, Iran is watching with alarm.  The resolution of one long-standing aim, the withdrawal of U.S. troops, is unleashing a separate challenge: what to do about the Taliban …
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 …
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 …
Brooke Staggs / Orange County Register:
Orange County venue cancels Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene's planned America First rally  —  Laguna Hills facility wanted to ‘stay clear’ of the controversy; Greene's team says they're close to booking new location.  —  A Laguna Hills event center canceled plans to host an “America First” …
Jack Herrera / Politico:
Why Are Republican Governors Sending National Guard to the Border?  —  So, governors are doing what?  —  Over the last month, 8 Republican state governors have sent (or said they'll send) armed personnel to the Texas-Mexico border.  —  Who are these “armed personnel”?  —  It differs state to state.
Discussion: HotAir
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Kierra Frazier / Axios:
Biden administration cancels $55.6M in student loan debt
Discussion: ED News
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The Rise of Anti-history  —  The Trumpist wing of the GOP uses history as a bludgeon …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Jen Rice / NPR:
A Houston Man Is Arrested For Alleged Illegal Voting As Texas GOP Seeks Tighter Laws
United States Department of State:
Media Freedom Coalition Statement on Hong Kong's Apple Daily
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg
Mujib Mashal / New York Times:
In Sri Lanka, the Government Looks Increasingly Like a Family Firm
Alia Shoaib / Insider:
Sen. Marsha Blackburn escalates feud with Taylor Swift, says singer would be the ‘first victim’ of socialism
Discussion: Fox News, Raw Story 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
Sara Germano / Financial Times:
White House to push for rethink on cannabis use in sport
 Earlier Items: 
Alexandra E. Petri / New York Times:
Covid News: Mississippi Urges Masks for Indoor Gatherings as Delta Spreads
Brent Staples / New York Times:
How the White Press Wrote Off Black America
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Mo Brooks Tells Conservatives To ‘Fight’ And ‘Sacrifice’ Like Revolutionary War Soldiers
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
The Hunter Biden Laptop Is Real
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Washington Examiner:
The wretched Xavier Becerra wants to control your life