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8:35 PM ET, July 12, 2021

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Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Texas Democrats to flee state in effort to block GOP-backed voting restrictions  —  With Republican-backed voting bills moving rapidly through a special session of the state Legislature, Texas Democrats are planning to make a break for it — again.  —  At least 58 Democratic members …
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The Texas Tribune:
Texas House Democrats preparing to flee the state in move that could block voting restrictions bill, bring Legislature to a halt  —  A majority of Democrats in the Texas House plan to leave the state and fly to Washington, D.C., on Monday afternoon in a bid to again deny Republicans …
New York Times:
Texas Democrats Flee State to Highlight G.O.P. Voting Restrictions
Corinne Ramey / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Organization CFO Removed as Officer of Subsidiaries, Records Show  —  The former president's company is discussing changes in its financial leadership after an indictment accused longtime Trump finance chief Allen Weisselberg of a 15-year tax-fraud, which he denies
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Washington Post:
Trump Organization removes indicted top finance officer Allen Weisselberg from leadership roles at dozens of subsidiaries  —  The Trump Organization has removed indicted Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg from his leadership roles at more than 40 subsidiary companies, according to corporate filings in the U.S. and Scotland.
Ankush Khardori / New York Magazine:   The Problem With Prosecutor Punditry Experts keep promising the walls are closing in on Trump. Haven't we learned anything?
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Maria Bartiromo's top 10 fails  —  Former President Trump failed to secure a second term in office via lawsuits contesting the Nov. 3 election, a Capitol riot by his supporters or all this whacked-out chatter about “reinstatement.”  Yet that doesn't mean that he can't still act out one of the rituals of his years in office.
Discussion: MSNBC, Daily Kos and Crooks and Liars
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Tom Winter / NBC News:
Trump wrong on officer who shot Jan. 6 rioter Ashli Babbitt, law enforcement official says
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
Donald Trump Calls Jan. 6 Capitol Insurrectionists ‘Great People’
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
6 Months After Riot, Capitol Police Face Multiple Crises
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Alison Durkee / Forbes:
‘Kraken’ Sanctions Hearing: Lin Wood Blames Sidney Powell In Attempt To Evade Punishment As Judge Expresses Skepticism  —  A federal judge signaled Monday that far-right attorneys Sidney Powell, Lin Wood and other pro-Trump lawyers could be sanctioned for bringing a Michigan election fraud lawsuit …
Associated Press:
Trump lawyers might be penalized over Michigan election case
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
Tucker Carlson's Manufactured America
Discussion: Daily Kos
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
The Republican Party's top lawyer called election fraud arguments by Trump's lawyers a ‘joke’ that could mislead millions  —  The Republican Party's top lawyer warned in November against continuing to push false claims that the presidential election was stolen, calling efforts …
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Catherine Porter / New York Times:
Haiti's police claim American recruited mercenaries.
Media Matters for America:
Newsmax host suggests vaccines are “against nature,” and some diseases are “supposed to wipe out a certain amount of people”  —  Rob Schmitt: “That's just kind of the way evolution goes.  Vaccines kind of stand in the way of that”
Oliver Willis / The American Independent:
GOP House candidate who led disruption at Porter town hall holds extremist views  —  Republican Nick Taurus's social media feeds are full of anti-LGBTQ, white supremacist, and racist comments.  —  Nick Taurus, a Republican running for the seat in California's 45th Congressional District currently held …
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Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Scuffle breaks out at Rep. Katie Porter's town hall
Nick R. Martin / Talking Points Memo:
Advisor To Major Pro-Trump Group Runs Racist Newsletter  —  This article was co-published with The Informant, which covers hate and extremism in the U.S. It was an email so racist it might make a ku klux klansman blush.  An advisor for the influential conservative youth organization Turning …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Brett Kelman / The Tennessean:
Tennessee fires top vaccine official as COVID-19 shows signs of new spread  —  The Tennessee state government on Monday fired its top vaccination official, becoming the latest of about two dozen states to lose years of institutional knowledge about vaccines in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: Raw Story
The White House:
Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on Protests in Cuba  —  We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba's authoritarian regime.
James Joyner / Outside the Beltway:
Doug Mataconis, RIP  —  Jazz Shaw drew my attention to a post on Doug's Facebook feed from last evening: … Alas, I have no further details and have not yet found any other confirmation of the news but have no reason to doubt that it's true.  —  Despite his long association with this blog …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Associated Press:
Cuba's internet cutoff: A go-to tactic to suppress dissent  —  Cubans facing the country's worst economic crisis in decades took to the streets over the weekend.  In turn, authorities blocked social media sites in an apparent effort to stop the flow of information into, out of and within the beleaguered nation.
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Stephen Richer / USA Today:
Arizona election official: Unchecked Cyber Ninjas use alarming ‘audit’ rules to count votes  —  We follow sensible rules that inspire confidence in fairness and accuracy.  We should be skeptical of results from the Cyber Ninjas, who are unchecked.  —  In the months since Arizona Senate …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
The Real Point of the Arizona Audit
Discussion: Bulwark+, Raw Story and Detroit News
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
The Kids Are Alright Why now is the time to rethink COVID safety protocols for children —and everyone else.  —  The kids are safe.  They always have been.  —  It may sound strange, given a year of panic over school closures and reopenings, a year of masking toddlers and closing playgrounds …
Discussion: ParentData and HotAir
Politico:
‘Potentially a death sentence’: White House goes off on vaccine fear mongers  —  The Biden administration is casting conservative opponents of its Covid-19 vaccine campaign as dangerous and extreme, adopting a more aggressive political posture in an attempt to maneuver through the public health conundrum.
BuzzFeed News:
Anthony Fauci And Deborah Birx Warned Top Officials About The “Dangers” Of Scott Atlas Last Summer, Emails Show  —  It only took a few days for Scott Atlas to alarm top US health officials after he became a White House COVID-19 adviser in mid-August of last year.
Discussion: Raw Story
Bob Herman / Axios:
Most unvaccinated people have low incomes  —  More than half of unvaccinated Americans live in households that make less than $50,000 annually, according to the latest Census Bureau data.  —  Why it matters: Making it easier for the working poor to get the COVID-19 vaccine …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Media, critical race theory and one serious disconnect  —  Critical race theory (CRT) and education in the United States as a whole is shaping up to be a huge campaign issue for 2022 and 2024.  And that's terrible news for Democrats.  Recent polling backs up this perspective.
Discussion: New York Post
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Joshua Nelson / Fox News:
Nikki Haley calls for every governor in America to ban funding for critical race theory in schools
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Townhall
Tyler Kingkade / NBC News:
Critical race theory battles are driving frustrated, exhausted educators out of their jobs  —  When Rydell Harrison started a new job as a school superintendent in southwestern Connecticut last August, he was excited to join a community that seemed committed to diversity and equity.
Discussion: Raw Story
Madeline Holcombe / CNN:
‘Surprising amount of death’ will soon occur in these US regions from increased Covid-19 cases, expert says  —  (CNN)As the Delta variant rapidly spreads, US hot spots have seen climbing case numbers — and an expert warns a “surprising amount of death” from Covid-19 could soon follow.
 
 
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Jason DeParle / New York Times:
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Politico:
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Jorge Caballero / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
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Terry Jones / Issues & Insights:
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Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Responsible Statecraft and PressTV
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
When School Is Voluntary  —  Many parents want to continue remote learning.  It may not be so good for their children.
Discussion: HotAir
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Point of the Anti-CRT Fight Should Be to Take Over the Schools