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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 …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Manchin signals he'll be team player on spending deal
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
‘How Did We End Up Back Here Again?’  —  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: Raw Story
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“You're Gonna Have a Fucking War”: Mark Milley's Fight to Stop Trump from Striking Iran  —  Inside the extraordinary final-days conflict between the former President and his chairman of the Joint Chiefs.  —  The last time that General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff …
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Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff should be fired  —  Mark Milley has repeatedly tried to subvert civilian control of the US military - why is he still in control?  —  Tucker: Why is Mark Milley still in command of US military?  —  Just before last November's presidential election …
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.
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
NBC News:
Two men charged in plot to attack Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento  —  WASHINGTON — Two men have been indicted by a federal grand jury on multiple charges in connection with an alleged plot to attack the Democratic Party headquarters building in Sacramento after last year's presidential election.
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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.
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Hunter Biden's prosecutor rejected moves that would have revealed probe earlier  —  Last summer, federal officials in Delaware investigating Hunter Biden faced a dilemma.  The probe had reached a point where prosecutors could have sought search warrants and issued a flurry of grand jury subpoenas.
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: alicublog and Fox News
Associated Press:
Trump showerhead rule to increase water flow getting dumped  —  So much for Donald Trump's quest for “perfect” hair.  —  President Joe Biden's administration is reversing a Trump-era rule approved after the former president complained he wasn't getting wet enough because of limits on water flow from showerheads.
Luke Money / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County will require masks indoors amid alarming rise in coronavirus cases  —  Just a month ago, Los Angeles County and the rest of California celebrated a long-awaited reopening, marking the tremendous progress made in the battle against COVID-19 by lifting virtually all restrictions on businesses and other public spaces.
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN Snares Kasie Hunt From NBC in Big Bet on Streaming (EXCLUSIVE) … CNN has snatched Kasie Hunt, the Capitol Hill correspondent long viewed as a rising star at NBC News, as part of an aggressive bid to push the WarnerMedia cable-news outlet into the new frontier of streaming video.
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Biden selects Jane Hartley as ambassador to U.K.  —  President Biden will nominate Jane Hartley, a former ambassador to France, to serve as ambassador to the United Kingdom, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.  —  The ambassador to the Court of St. James's is considered …
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
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.
ABC News:
As COVID-19 surges again, what experts say about the millions of unvaccinated  —  U.S. coronavirus cases have doubled in recent weeks.  —  As Americans start packing bars and live venues once again in the age of mass COVID-19 vaccination — with many abandoning masks and social distancing measures …
National Review:
Democrats' New Amnesty Gambit  —  If a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill isn't bad enough, how about a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill that tortures the Senate rules to include a highly contentious, consequential policy change that wouldn't have a prayer of passing otherwise?
Discussion: Townhall
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Justice in legal knot in Mo Brooks, Trump case  —  The Justice Department is facing a decision over whether to help insulate Rep. Mo Brooks from a civil lawsuit claiming the Alabama Republican was among those responsible for inciting a mob to storm the Capitol on January 6.
Tom Randall / Bloomberg:
Covid Still Killing Americans Faster Than Guns, Cars and Flu Combined  —  The U.S. remains a dangerous place for the unvaccinated  —  Even with half the U.S. vaccinated, Covid-19 continues to kill people faster than guns, car crashes and influenza combined, according to a review of mortality data.
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 …
Foreign Policy:
Oligarchs' Favorite U.S. Visa Might Not Last  —  Calls are growing louder to fix the “golden visa” program that has flooded the United States with dubious foreign money.  —  Thanks in large part to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, “golden visas” and “golden passports”—visas and passports granted …
Mary Eberstadt / Newsweek:
Might Trauma Affect Gender Identity?  —  , SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW, FAITH AND REASON INSTITUTE  —  Another month, another social milestone.  On June 27, Kataluna Enriquez became the first transgender woman in history to be crowned Miss Nevada USA, thereby qualifying to compete in November's national Miss USA contest.
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Our Woke Book Burners  —  Books are not violence … Apparently, we have to remind people about this again: … We've devoted a great deal of time lately to discussing illiberalism and authoritarianism, and justifiably so.  But we have to recognize that liberalism and free expression face …
New York Times:
Plans for free pre-K and community college could provide a ‘ladder into the middle class.’  —  WASHINGTON — What was once considered a progressive dream for the nation's education system could be headed toward reality as Democrats push forward to broker a deal on a new spending plan containing …
Melissa Davey / The Guardian:
Huge study supporting ivermectin as Covid treatment withdrawn over ethical concerns  —  The preprint endorsing ivermectin as a coronavirus therapy has been widely cited, but independent researchers find glaring discrepancies in the data  —  The efficacy of a drug being promoted …
Rebecca Downs / Townhall:
Too Little Too Late?  Biden Finally Admits the Truth About the ‘C’ Word  —  During a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, President Joe Biden was asked about Cuba, where people are protesting the oppressive Communist regime.
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 …
 
 
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The White House:
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, July 15, 2021
Discussion: CNBC, The Western Journal and Breitbart
Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
White House: Florida accounts for 20 percent of all new COVID-19 infections
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Republicans Now Have Two Ways to Threaten Elections
Discussion: Election Law Blog
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Facebook has a vaccine misinfo problem...
Hanna Krueger Globe / The Boston Globe:
It's been 58 days since Ben & Jerry's posted on social media. Here's how its silence may be tied to the Middle East
Issues & Insights:
The Dreaded Misery Index Is On The Rise Under Biden
Discussion: Instapundit
 Earlier Items: 
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
U.S. retail sales unexpectedly rebound in boost to economic growth
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Gaetz enlists Trumpworld for scandal-ridden re-election fight
Discussion: Raw Story
Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
Four Pinocchios for Ron Johnson's campaign of vaccine misinformation
Discussion: Forbes, Joe.My.God. and IJR
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Gaslighting for critical race theory
Kate Marino / Axios:
The pandemic-fueled decline of cash
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From Mediagazer:

Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Robert MacNeil, who anchored evening newscasts for over two decades on PBS and delivered evenhanded, non-flashy news with Jim Lehrer, dies at 93

Katherine Maher / NPR:
Memo: NPR's Katherine Maher says questioning whether NPR is living up to its mission is fair, but questioning staff integrity based on identity is disrespectful

Jack Brewster / Wall Street Journal:
A case study of the creation of an AI-powered local “news” website, directed to produce partisan stories on a US Senate race; a Fiverr developer made it for $80

 
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