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8:25 AM ET, July 11, 2021


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Washington Post:
In Haiti, rivals claw for power as crisis escalates after assassination  —  PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The race to fill Haiti's political vacuum after the brazen assassination of President Jovenel Moïse shifted into high-stakes power plays on Saturday, with rivals battling …
New York Times:   Who Paid for That Mansion? A Senator or the Haitian People?
Jacqueline Charles / Miami Herald:
Two politicians have been claiming they are in charge in Haiti. Now there are three
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Beast
4 arrested at Maven Hotel, police feared a ‘Las Vegas style shooting’ during All-Star Game in Denver  —  Sources tell Denver7 16 long guns, body armor and 1,000+ rounds of ammo found inside hotel room  —  DENVER - Police feared a “Las Vegas style shooting” during the All-Star Game in Denver …
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: Lucianne
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.  —  The committee approved Tshibaka's endorsement …
Wall Street Journal:
Young Americans Aren't Getting Vaccinated, Jeopardizing Covid-19 Fight  —  Slow uptake of Covid-19 shots among 18-to-29-year-olds is complicating mass vaccination campaign; U.S. ramps up outreach to young adults  —  Millions of Americans have rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated against Covid-19 …
Shannon Prince / The Hill:
Moves to silence critical race theory have only amplified its virtues  —  Recently, a number of states have passed laws banning critical race theory — or what legislators with willful ignorance or outright malice misspeak of as critical race theory — as well as teaching about past and present racism in its systemic form.
Tommy Hicks / Washington Examiner:
Over 100 days of failure at the border  —  Last week marked 100 days since President Joe Biden appointed Vice President Kamala Harris as his border crisis manager.  —  In the three-plus months since Biden called her the “most qualified person” for the job, Harris hasn't offered solutions …
Anna Gronewold / Politico:
New York's attorney general keeps Albany — and Cuomo — waiting  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — Few governors in recent New York history have dominated the news cycle — and the levers of government — like Andrew Cuomo, the state's three-term governor.  But in the summer of 2021 …
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 …
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 …
Rogerlsimon /
A Defeat in the Courts for Biden's Racist ‘Equity’ Policies  —  If you were an Armenian Christian who fled your home to Glendale, California in 1915 to escape a genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Turks that killed roughly one million of your countrymen and women, how would you feel …
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
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
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.
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: Los Angeles Times and Mother Jones
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 …
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
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National Review:
Republicans Are Right to Push Back against CRT in the Classrooms
Kierra Frazier / Axios:
Biden administration cancels $55.6M in student loan debt
Miriam Berger / Washington Post:
Iran cheers U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan — but fears what could follow
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The Rise of Anti-history  —  The Trumpist wing of the GOP uses history as a bludgeon …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Jack Herrera / Politico:
Why Are Republican Governors Sending National Guard to the Border?
Discussion: The Daily Beast and HotAir
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
Adam Gopnik / New Yorker:
Biden's Invisible Ideology
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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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
Alexandra E. Petri / New York Times:
Covid News: Mississippi Urges Masks for Indoor Gatherings as Delta Spreads
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Balloon Juice
Brent Staples / New York Times:
How the White Press Wrote Off Black America