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Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
Delta Is Driving a Wedge Through Missouri  —  The summer wasn't meant to be like this.  By April, Greene County, in southwestern Missouri, seemed to be past the worst of the pandemic.  Intensive-care units that once overflowed had emptied.  Vaccinations were rising.
Discussion: HotAir and Raw Story
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Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
U.S. judge blocks new applicants to program that protects undocumented ‘Dreamers’ who arrived as children  —  A federal judge in Texas has largely halted an Obama administration initiative that grants work permits and protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States …
Mica Rosenberg / Reuters:
U.S. judge blocks new applications to DACA program for ‘dreamer’ immigrants  —  A U.S. federal judge in Texas on Friday blocked new applications to a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the United States as children from deportation but said the hundreds of thousands …
Discussion: Fox 8 Cleveland WJW
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
McConnell calls for withdrawal of Biden public lands nominee  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is joining a chorus of Republicans calling on the White House to withdraw President Biden's pick to lead the Bureau of Land Management over a decades-old tree spiking incident.
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Politico:
How Biden avoided the F bombs
Washington Post:
Biden selects Jane Hartley as ambassador to U.K.
Discussion: Associated Press, The Hill and KRDO
Maeve Sheehey / Politico:
Former Sen. Tom Udall is Biden's pick as ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa
Lexi Lonas / The Hill:
Trump says Milley should be court-martialed ‘if he said what was reported’  —  Former President Trump said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley should be court-martialed if it's true that, as reported, Milley thought Trump would orchestrate a coup.
Discussion: Slate and HuffPost
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Lloyd Green / The Guardian:
I Alone Can Fix It review: Donald Trump as wannabe Führer - in another riveting read
Discussion: Raw Story and Informed Comment
Associated Press:
AP: Few Arizona voter fraud cases undercut Trump's claims  —  PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona county election officials have identified fewer than 200 cases of potential voter fraud out of more than 3 million ballots cast in last year's presidential election, undercutting former President Donald Trump's claims …
Discussion: Insider, Joe.My.God., The Hill and Daily Kos
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Sen. Joe Manchin, key Democratic holdout on federal voting protections, coming to Texas for fundraiser hosted by several GOP donors  —  The fundraiser comes just a day after Manchin met with Texas House Democrats on Capitol Hill who are desperate for his support of the congressional efforts …
CNN:
Senior Biden officials finding that Covid lab leak theory as credible as natural origins explanation  —  Inside the fight to uncover Covid-19's origins  —  Washington (CNN)Senior Biden administration officials overseeing an intelligence review into the origins of the coronavirus now believe …
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Commerce Unit Went ‘Rogue,’ Senate Report Says, Targeting Chinese Americans  —  An obscure federal office operated for more than a decade as an “unaccountable police force” inside the Commerce Department, using extreme and unauthorized tactics.  —  WASHINGTON — Officials …
Michael Brendan Dougherty / National Review:
Convincing the Skeptics  —  Vaccine resisters can't be persuaded if they feel disrespected.  —  here's no doubt that vaccination rates have hit a wall of skepticism: 48.5 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, and 56.1 percent have had at least one dose of the vaccine.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and HotAir
Reuters:
Reuters journalist killed covering clash between Afghan forces, Taliban  —  Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui was killed on Friday while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near a border crossing with Pakistan, an Afghan commander said.
Politico:
Judge won't let contractor see Capitol Riot grand jury evidence  —  A federal judge has thrown a monkey wrench into the prosecution of more than 500 Capitol riot defendants by denying the Justice Department's request to share grand jury materials with a contractor hired to organize …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:   As mountain of video evidence grows, Capitol riot trials are pushed to 2022 and beyond
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Psaki excoriates criticism of Biden administration work on vaccine misinformation  —  The White House press secretary ripped Fox News' Peter Doocy for saying the federal government was ‘spying’ on social media users  —  White House press secretary Jen Psaki forcefully defended …
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Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
White House: Florida accounts for 20 percent of all new COVID-19 infections
Adam Entous / New Yorker:
Vienna Is the New Havana Syndrome Hotspot  —  Roughly two dozen possible new cases have been reported by U.S. spies and diplomats in the Austrian capital, more than in any other city except Havana itself.  —  Since Joe Biden took office, about two dozen U.S. intelligence officers, diplomats …
Michael C. Bender / Washington Post:
To Trump's hard-core supporters, his rallies weren't politics.  They were life.  —  What 2020 looked like from the front row on the campaign trail  —  Donald Trump soaked in the adoration as he commanded a rally stage inside a massive central Florida arena.  I stewed in my seat and stopped taking notes.
Discussion: Insider
American Greatness:
The Capitol Cover Up  —  Release the tapes.  Release the name of Ashli Babbitt's shooter.  And release Joe Biden's political prisoners.  —  Judge G. Michael Harvey sounded floored.  —  During a detention hearing this week for Robert Morss, arrested last month for his involvement in the Capitol protest …
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:   Justice in legal knot in Mo Brooks, Trump case
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Two Fla. police officers charged in new Proud Boys indictment in Capitol riot  —  A father and son, who are current and former Florida police officers, and a North Carolina man have been charged with joining alleged Proud Boys members in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, according …
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WKMG:
Feds arrest Central Florida police officer, son accused of taking part in Capitol riot
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Explosive Interview Directly Implicates Trump in Tax Scheme  —  As investigators look into a scheme at the Trump Organization to avoid paying taxes on employee benefits, one witness has set the scene to show Trump was involved.  —  A witness in the New York investigation against the Trump Organization …
Discussion: Insider, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Ticket sales are moving slowly for the coming Trump-O'Reilly stadium tour  —  Donald Trump is having trouble selling advance tickets for his upcoming speaking tour with conservative pundit Bill O'Reilly, according to interviews with ticketing officials for the venues.
Seth Mandel / Washington Examiner:
Leaving Trump behind  —  Donald Trump's cultural and long-term political legacy will be debated for decades.  But his legacy for the Republican Party will be tested far sooner than that.  He has the power to leave the GOP and the conservative movement intact or disastrously divided.
Discussion: Politico, Fox News and alicublog
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic, Republican Confidence in Science Diverges  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sixty-four percent of U.S. adults say they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in science, compared with 70% when Gallup last measured it more than four decades ago.
United States Navy:
Naval Special Warfare Welcomes CQT Class 115; First Woman Operator  —  CORONADO, Calif. - Candidates of Crewman Qualification Training (CQT) Class 115 completed Naval Special Warfare's (NSW) assessment and selection pipeline to become Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) …
KWTX-TV:
Monkeypox infection confirmed in North Texas  —  DALLAS, Texas (KWTX) - Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) on Friday reported the first case of monkeypox in a resident of Dallas County, a case believed to be the first monkeypox virus infection in a Texas resident.
Amina Khan / Los Angeles Times:
Police officers treat Black and white men differently.  You can hear it in their tone of voice  —  Scientists who analyzed the body camera footage from more than 100 police officers have found a subtle but clear pattern: During traffic stops, officers spoke to Black men in a less respectful …
Cheri Mossburg / CNN:
California man was arrested with an arsenal of weapons and a racist manifesto, officials say  —  A California man is in custody after police found a cache of weapons, ammunition, and racist writings in his vehicle saying he wanted to wipe out the Black, Hispanic and Jewish populations, officials said Thursday.
Peter Beinart / Jewish Currents:
It's Time to Name Anti-Palestinian Bigotry  —  IN JUNE, three Republicans in the House of Representatives—Michael Waltz, Jim Banks and Claudia Tenney—introduced a resolution censuring Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Presley, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for, among other things …
U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
Agents Intercept Large Travel Trailer Smuggling Schemes  —  Greg L. Davis, Big Bend Sector Public Affairs Officer, 202-839-1817, Gregory.L.Davis@cbp.dhs.gov  —  SIERRA BLANCA, Texas - United States Border Patrol agents and Texas Department of Public Safety encountered two vehicles pulling …
Discussion: Fox News, The Daily Caller and Townhall
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
GB News in crisis as exec quits and presenter is pulled for ‘taking the knee’  —  Director of programming at TV channel resigns and Guto Harri taken off air after viewer backlash  —  GB News has been plunged into crisis as news of a senior executive's resignation emerged hours after a presenter …
 
 
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Aaron Keller / Law & Crime:
Judge Orders Lin Wood to Explain Why He Shouldn't Be Disciplined for Posting Video of His Sanctions Hearing Online
Discussion: Forbes and Right Wing Watch
New York Times:
Haunted by Past Virus Surges, California Leans on Masks and Vaccines
Discussion: Associated Press
Bob Levey / Washington Post:
Harry M. Rosenfeld, a key figure in The Post's Watergate coverage, dies at 91
Tara Copp / Defense One:
Republicans Try New Bill to Repay National Guard for Post-Riot Protection, Minus a Rapid Response Force
Discussion: CBS News, Raw Story and Roll Call
Alex Yablon / New York Times:
Could Banking Magic Save Cities From Climate Disaster?
American Prospect:
Biden Will Nominate Industry Ally for Patent Office
 Earlier Items: 
David Shepardson / Reuters:
CDC defends U.S. transit mask mandate as some call for scrapping
Discussion: Breitbart and IJR
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Blinken to diplomats: It's OK to admit U.S. flaws when promoting rights
National Review:
Democrats' New Amnesty Gambit
Discussion: Townhall
Foreign Policy:
Oligarchs' Favorite U.S. Visa Might Not Last
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN Snares Kasie Hunt From NBC in Big Bet on Streaming (EXCLUSIVE)
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Hunter Biden's prosecutor rejected moves that would have revealed probe earlier
 

 
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