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8:55 AM ET, July 12, 2021

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Frances Robles / New York Times:
Cubans Denounce ‘Misery’ in Biggest Protests in Decades  —  The rallies, widely viewed as astonishing for a country that limits dissent, were set off by economic crises worsened by the pandemic.  —  MIAMI — Shouting “Freedom” and other anti-government slogans, hundreds of Cubans took …
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Miami Herald:
‘Freedom!’  Thousands of Cubans take to the streets to demand the end of dictatorship  —  Thousands of people took to the streets at several locations in Cuba including the capital Havana on Sunday to call for the end of the decades-old dictatorship and to demand food and vaccines as shortages …
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Despite Outbreaks Among Unvaccinated, Fox News Hosts Smear Shots  —  Months after Rupert Murdoch got a Covid-19 dose, one of his network's stars, Tucker Carlson, called a Biden vaccination proposal “the greatest scandal in my lifetime.”  —  Back in December, before the queen of England …
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CNN:
Tucker Carlson is ‘furious’ at Fox News executives for not supporting his NSA spying claims, sources say  —  (CNN Business)Tucker Carlson is furious with Fox News executives for not vigorously defending him amid his evidence-free claims that the National Security Agency spied on him in a conspiracy …
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
A weekend of demagoguery shows why Trump can't be ignored  —  (CNN)Nothing can destroy former President Donald Trump in the eyes of those who love him, one reason why his hold on American politics remains formidable.  —  The ex-President showed this weekend that defeat after a single term …
Discussion: ABC News, HuffPost and Bloomberg
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump easily wins CPAC 2024 GOP presidential nomination straw poll  —  The former president improved on his straw poll performance from CPAC Orlando in February  —  Former President Trump to speak at CPAC  —  DALLAS - Former Presidentv Donald Trump easily won the 2024 GOP presidential nomination poll …
Melissa Ryan / CtrlAltRightDelete:   Six months out of the White House and Trump's power, reach, and stature continues to shrink.
Washington Post:
Police say suspect in killing of Haiti's Moïse planned to assume presidency  —  PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Authorities said Sunday they have arrested a Haitian man suspected of playing a leading role in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, allegedly recruiting some of the assailants …
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Catherine Porter / New York Times:
Haiti's police claim American recruited mercenaries.  —  A Haitian-born doctor based in Florida has been arrested as a key suspect in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti, and the national police chief suggested at a news conference that he believed the suspect was plotting to become president.
Ken Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Biden and Eric Adams to Discuss Curbing Gun Violence  —  The president will meet with the Democratic nominee for New York City mayor, Attorney General Merrick Garland and local leaders  —  President Biden will meet with Eric Adams, the Democratic nominee for New York City mayor …
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Hunter Walker / The Uprising:   Eric Adams Is Set To Meet With Joe Biden At The White House
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
New polling shows Democrats alarmed about crime, too
Discussion: HotAir and Power Line
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
An American Kingdom  —  A new and rapidly growing Christian movement is openly political, wants a nation under God's authority, and is central to Donald Trump's GOP  —  FORT WORTH — The pastor was already pacing when he gave the first signal.  Then he gave another, and another …
Discussion: Raw Story
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Scuffle breaks out at Rep. Katie Porter's town hall  —  A melee broke out at Rep. Katie Porter's district town hall meeting Sunday, with her supporters scuffling with supporters of former President Trump who were loudly interrupting the congresswoman as she spoke.
Discussion: CBS Los Angeles
David Cohen / Politico:
Trump on Jan. 6 insurrection: ‘These were great people’  —  Former President Donald Trump on Sunday widely praised those who attended the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the insurrection at the Capitol, repeatedly using the word “love” to describe the tone of the event.
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Jemima McEvoy / Forbes:
Trump Claims To Have New Information About Ashli Babbitt's Death As He All But Confirms 2024 Presidential Run
Discussion: New Republic and Insider
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans now stand for lawlessness and disorder  —  Republicans, once upon a time, fancied themselves as defenders of “law and order.”  The essence of the hackneyed phrase was that the law should be dependable, apply impartially and act as a restraint on those in power.
Abigail Shrier / The Truth Fairy:
Want to Save America?  Don't Act Like a Conservative  —  Chest-Thumpers and ‘Aw, Shucks’ Conservatives Personify the Right's Love Affair with Losing  —  Chris Rufo is doing something so spectacularly unconservative, he may need to update his political affiliation: he's winning.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Voters Chose Boring Over Bombast.  They Got Biden's Penchant for Pontificating.  —  Even the president labeled a speech boring recently, an admission that highlights a tendency toward delivering minutiae-filled discourse over scaling oratorical heights.  —  CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — Even President Biden thought he had been ponderous.
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Republicans push to ban “discrimination” against unvaccinated people  —  State Republican lawmakers around the country are pushing bills — at least one of which has become law — that would give unvaccinated people the same protections as those surrounding race, gender and religion.
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan to step down Monday, marking a symbolic end to 20 years of war  —  Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller served as the top commander for the last three years  —  KABUL — The top U.S. general in Afghanistan will step down on Monday, marking a symbolic end to 20 years …
Discussion: Politico, Reuters and Political Wire
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Don't let Randi Weingarten whitewash her role in school closures  —  If your child didn't attend school regularly last year, Randi Weingarten is likely the reason why.  —  No wonder why the American Federation of Teachers boss has launched a soft-focus rehabilitation campaign in the media.
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Trump slams Democrats over calls to pack the Supreme Court, alleges intimidation  —  Trump made the comments in his keynote address at CPAC Dallas  —  CPAC attendees call for action against critical race theory  —  DALLAS - Former President Donald Trump Sunday alleged that Democrats …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Reason
Perry Bacon / Washington Post:
The Biden administration needs to take democracy issues much more seriously  —  President Biden and his team have a logical strategy for how they are attempting to counter the racist, anti-democratic drift in the Republican Party.  But it's wrong for this political moment.
Washington Post:
Texas Republicans advance voting restrictions in special session  —  AUSTIN — New voting restrictions in Texas moved a step closer to becoming law this weekend after two committees advanced the legislation in a special session, setting up a floor vote in the coming days on a GOP proposal …
 
 
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Becky Sullivan / NPR:
The Battle For The U.S. Senate Will Be On Display During Baseball's All-Star Game
Wall Street Journal:
Higher Inflation Is Here to Stay for Years, Economists Forecast
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge News:
“Ignore No Soliciting Signs, Use Your Script”: Vaccine Door-Knocking Documents Revealed
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ and Lucianne
Jane Greenway Carr / CNN:
The GOP chooses chaos over everything else
Hannah Dreier / Washington Post:
‘The real damage’ … HALE COUNTY, Ala. — Not enough people were signing up for help …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Reuters:
Pope reappears after surgery, backs free universal health care
MSNBC:
WH Press Secy. on Biden's voting rights agenda
Stephen L. Miller / spectatorworld.com:
Ron DeSantis, the Great Right Hope
Discussion: HotAir
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New York Times:
Prominent Lawyer Makes Moves to Represent Britney Spears
Discussion: Insider
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
How to Manufacture a Moral Panic Christopher Rufo helped incite an uproar over racism education with dramatic, dodgy reporting.
Maya Wiley / Washington Post:
I lost the NYC mayoral race, but women and minorities win with ranked-choice voting
John L. Dorman / Insider:
The Trump team was anxious about a ‘delay’ with the Wisconsin election results, but they had the time zones wrong: book
Discussion: Raw Story
Lauren Lumpkin / Washington Post:
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ta-Nehisi Coates appointments signal new era for Howard University
David French / The Dispatch:
Lost Friendships Break Hearts and Nations
Discussion: National Review