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7:35 AM ET, July 17, 2021


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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 reprieves from deportation to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States …
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Federal judge declares DACA program illegal, but halts only new applications  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Texas on Friday declared illegal the federal program that has allowed nearly 800,000 young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children avoid deportation and remain in the country.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Mica Rosenberg / Reuters:
U.S. judge blocks new applications to DACA program for ‘dreamer’ immigrants
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Josh Blackman / Reason:
The Path Forward For The Texas DACA Case
Discussion: Power Line
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Federal judge in Texas blocks DACA program
‘Just a Friend’ Rapper Biz Markie Dead at 57  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  REMEMBERING BIZ MARKIE  —  Rapper Biz Markie — most famous for his iconic hit “Just a Friend” — has died after a series of complications from diabetes that he's been fighting for more than a year ... TMZ has confirmed.
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 …
New York Times:
'They're Killing People': Biden Denounces Social Media for Virus Disinformation  —  The president's blunt statement capped weeks of frustration in the White House over the spread of vaccine disinformation on Facebook and other platforms.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden unleashed …
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
'They're killing people': Biden blames Facebook, other social media for allowing Covid misinformation
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Psaki excoriates criticism of Biden administration work on vaccine misinformation
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.
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 …
Ken Ritter / Associated Press:
Officials advise wearing masks in Vegas as COVID cases rise  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — Masks are back in Las Vegas, after regional health officials on Friday cited a rising number of coronavirus cases and advised everyone — vaccinated or not — to wear facial coverings in crowds and indoor places.
Discussion: KTNV, USA Today and Townhall
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
‘Rogue’ U.S. Agency Used Racial Profiling to Investigate Commerce Dept. Employees, Report Says  —  An obscure federal office operated for more than a decade as an “unaccountable police force” inside the Commerce Department, using extreme and unauthorized tactics.
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
Renuka Rayasam / Politico:
A midterm report on the 2022 midterms  —  FOLLOWING THE MONEY — There are 480 days to go before the 2022 elections.  With control of Congress on the line, House and Senate candidates are already raising staggering sums of money.  Nightly reached out to House campaign reporter Ally Mutnick …
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
‘A propaganda tool’ for Trump: A second federal judge castigates attorneys who filed a lawsuit challenging the 2020 results  —  Just before Christmas, two Colorado lawyers filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of 160 million American voters, alleging a vast conspiracy to steal the 2020 presidential election …
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.
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
Republican governor says anti-vaccine rhetoric is ‘killing people’ and denounces ‘propaganda’  —  The Republican governor of Utah on Thursday decried “propaganda” spread against coronavirus vaccines, warning that those discouraging immunization are “killing people.”
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: Raw Story, The Hill and Insider
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 …
Rebecca Panico / New Jersey Online:
N.J. woman must remove anti-Biden F-bomb signs or face $250-a-day fines, judge rules  —  Editor's note: This story contains a photo that features profanity.  —  A municipal judge on Thursday ruled that a Roselle Park homeowner's owner's anti- President Biden flags including the F-bomb …
Discussion: Raw Story and Reason
Gary Gately / Washington Post:
Gloria Richardson, fiery civil rights activist in Maryland showdown, dies at 99  —  Gloria Richardson, a firebrand civil rights activist who drew national attention in the early 1960s in a showdown on Maryland's Eastern Shore that presaged the Black Power movement and led to a year-long imposition …
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
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:   As mountain of video evidence grows, Capitol riot trials are pushed to 2022 and beyond
How Biden avoided the F bombs  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With help from Allie Bice.  —  This coming week, Senate Democrats will force an end of sorts to bipartisan negotiations around …
Shoshana Wodinsky / Gizmodo:
Company That Aims to Solve the ‘Crisis of Toxicity Online’ Makes Money From the Daily Caller and Ben Shapiro  —  Covid conspiracists, climate change deniers, and Ben Shapiro are just a few of the figures you'll find using OpenWeb's tech.  —  Alerts  —  Like just about every other corner of the web …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Kevin McCarthy's odd Trump-worship on Fox News hints at GOP midterm strategy  —  So are Republicans really going to shape their 2022 strategy around the orthodoxy that the Donald Trump presidency was glorious and infallible in just about every conceivable way?
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and Raw Story
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 …
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: HuffPost and Slate
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Nicholas Wallace / Slate:
The Federalist Society Remains Rife With Insurrectionists. Its Leaders Don't Care.
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
William Regnery II, Reclusive Millionaire Who Financed American Fascists, Dead At 80
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Listen to MSNBC Bosses Smoothly Trying to Bust Their Staffers' Union
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: Right Wing Watch and Forbes
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Two Fla. police officers charged in new Proud Boys indictment in Capitol riot
Discussion: Raw Story
United States Navy:
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Discussion: Breitbart and CBS News
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
 Earlier Items: 
Pia Singh / CNBC:
Monthly child tax credit payments are one of the best forms of government spending, economist says
Discussion: The National Interest
Wall Street Journal:
Arrests at U.S.-Mexico Border This Year Top One Million
Discussion: CNBC and Forbes
Alex Yablon / New York Times:
Could Banking Magic Save Cities From Climate Disaster?
American Greatness:
The Capitol Cover Up  —  Release the tapes.  Release the name of Ashli Babbitt's shooter.
Amina Khan / Los Angeles Times:
Police officers treat Black and white men differently. You can hear it in their tone of voice