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7:05 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 …
CBS Miami:
‘We Are Not Afraid’: Thousands Of People Protesting On The Streets Of Cuba  —  MIAMI (CBSMiami) - Chanting “we are not afraid,” thousands of Cubans took to the streets Sunday to demand the end of the communist dictatorship.  —  The COVID crisis has only exacerbated the unrest on the island nation …
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
Discussion: Politico
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
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 …
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Melissa Ryan / CtrlAltRightDelete:
Six months out of the White House and Trump's power, reach, and stature continues to shrink.  —  Donald Trump returns to CPAC today, to give a headline speech.  It's the biggest opportunity he'll have to command mainstream media attention in quite some time, in front of a crowd that adores him.
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
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.
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.
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
Keith Naughton / The Hill:
The Democrats are stuck with Kamala Harris, like it or not  —  For vice president, Kamala Harris checked all the boxes.  But just because she made perfect political sense as President Biden's running mate did not mean her elevation would work out for the Democrats.  So far, the reviews are not good.
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 …
New York Times:
Prominent Lawyer Makes Moves to Represent Britney Spears  —  Mathew Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor, plans to attend a hearing on Wednesday and make the case that the singer should be permitted to hire him for her conservatorship battle.  —  A prominent Hollywood lawyer has had discussions …
 
 
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Jane Greenway Carr / CNN:
The GOP chooses chaos over everything else
Hannah Dreier / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Reuters:
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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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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
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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