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12:25 PM ET, July 12, 2021

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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 …
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.
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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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.
Politico:
Biden: ‘We stand with the Cuban people’ amid historic protests
Discussion: Bloomberg, ABC News and CBS News
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The latest CPAC lunacy shows why Democrats must get tougher  —  Back in the dark ages of the last century, the right-wing culture war was often described with a reference to the three Gs: “God, guns and gays.”  —  These days, the right-wing culture war is perhaps better described with three Vs …
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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 …
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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: Raw Story
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: Wall Street Journal
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 …
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Fox News airs disclaimer during Trump CPAC speech about 2020 election  —  Fox News on Sunday aired a disclaimer adding context to comments made by former President Trump referencing electoral fraud during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Discussion: HotAir, The Root and Breaking News USA
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Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Edwin Edwards, roguish Louisiana governor, dies at 93  —  In Louisiana, a state notorious for colorful politicians, Edwin Edwards blazed for half a century, a near-perpetual neon rainbow.  —  The former Louisiana governor and U.S. congressman, 93, who died July 12 of respiratory problems …
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Tyler Bridges / The Advocate:
Edwin Edwards, Louisiana populist who served 4 terms as governor and 8 years in prison, dies at 93
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
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.
Associated Press:
Trump lawyers might be penalized over Michigan election case … A federal judge is considering whether to order financial penalties or other sanctions against some of former President Donald Trump's lawyers who signed onto a lawsuit last year challenging Michigan's election results.
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / New York Times:
Top U.S. General Steps Down in Afghanistan  —  Gen. Austin S. Miller is leaving as the United States prepares to end its two-decade war in Afghanistan and Taliban fighters sweep across much of the country.  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — The top American general in Afghanistan stepped down on Monday …
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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 …
Emily Badger / New York Times:
Covid Didn't Kill Cities.  Why Was That Prophecy So Alluring?  —  A distrust of urban life has persisted in America, finding expression in different ways over time.  —  From the moment U.S. coronavirus cases emerged in the Seattle area and then devastated New York City last spring …
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 …
Ross Barkan / New York Magazine:
‘If somebody can master the rhetoric of the left, they can be very effective.’ The making and unmaking of the online left's mayoral candidate.  —  One of the stranger features of the Dianne Morales mayoral campaign was its Brooklyn headquarters.  Situated in Bedford-Stuyvesant …
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Biden backs Trump rejection of China's South China Sea claim  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Sunday upheld a Trump-era rejection of nearly all of China's significant maritime claims in the South China Sea.  The administration also warned China that any attack on the Philippines …
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The persecution of Hervis Rogers  —  It was 7 PM on March 3, 2020, and the line to vote in the Texas primary stretched on for hours.  Hervis Rogers had to report to one of his two jobs at 6 AM the next morning.  But Rogers was determined to cast his ballot in Harris County.
Discussion: TheGrio, HuffPost, Off the Kuff and Slate
Ryan Teague Beckwith / Bloomberg:
GOP's Youngkin Tries to Paint Democratic Opponent as Friend of Trump  —  Former Carlyle Group co-CEO Glenn Youngkin may have earned Donald Trump's endorsement in the Virginia governor's race, but now he's the one trying to tie the former president to his opponent.
Discussion: The Hill and YouTube
Alex Kaplan / Media Matters for America:
Amazon is selling products promoting a far-right meme associated with a white nationalist group  —  Some of these products are being marketed to children  —  Amazon is selling multiple products associated with a far-right meme that is now synonymous with a known white nationalist group.
 
 
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Michael Wines / New York Times:
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Saleha Mohsin / Bloomberg:
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Amy Dockser Marcus / Wall Street Journal:
Bat Scientists Warn That the World May Never Know Covid-19 Origins
Discussion: HotAir and National Review
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
In D.C. visit, Egypt spy boss claims U.S. agreed — in writing — to jail American activist
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
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Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
The next Big Lie — the insurrection never happened
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Washington Examiner:
Yes, critical race theory is being taught in public schools
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Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
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Becky Sullivan / NPR:
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Wall Street Journal:
Higher Inflation Is Here to Stay for Years, Economists Forecast
Discussion: Breitbart
Hannah Dreier / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway