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6:25 PM ET, July 16, 2021

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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.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Manchin signals he'll be team player on spending deal
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Caitlyn Jenner's reality TV campaign
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, The Hill, Joe.My.God. and Daily Kos
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  —  Gen Mark Milley saw that the US was in a ‘Reichstag moment’ - four days before the Capitol riot.  With this and much more startling reporting, Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker of the Washington Post deliver the goods once again
Discussion: Raw Story and Informed Comment
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 …
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 …
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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
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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Washington Post:
Biden selects Jane Hartley as ambassador to U.K.
Discussion: Associated Press, The Hill and CNN
Maeve Sheehey / Politico:
Former Sen. Tom Udall is Biden's pick as ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa
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
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: POLITICUSUSA, Insider 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.
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.
Mike Brest / Yahoo News:
Two men charged over plan to attack Democratic Party office in Sacramento  —  A federal grand jury indicted two men on multiple charges in connection to an alleged plot to attack the  —  Democratic Party's headquarters in Sacramento.  —  Ian Rogers, 45, and Jarrod Copeland, 37 …
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Hilda Flores / KQCA-TV:
FBI: 2 arrested for conspiracy to attack Democratic Headquarters in Sacramento
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.
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American Greatness:   The Capitol Cover Up  —  Release the tapes.  Release the name of Ashli Babbitt's shooter.
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.
Alex Yablon / New York Times:
Could Banking Magic Save Cities From Climate Disaster?  —  Mr. Yablon, a journalist who writes about policy and economics, is a contributing opinion writer for Business Insider.  —  A flawed but historically robust emergency response to the Covid-19 pandemic by Congress …
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Bloomberg:   Yellen to Convene U.S. Regulators to Discuss Stablecoins
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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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Pia Singh / CNBC:
Monthly child tax credit payments are one of the best forms of government spending, economist says
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Wall Street Journal:
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American Prospect:
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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
David Shepardson / Reuters:
CDC defends U.S. transit mask mandate as some call for scrapping
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Blinken to diplomats: It's OK to admit U.S. flaws when promoting rights
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Covid Still Killing Americans Faster Than Guns, Cars and Flu Combined
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National Review:
Democrats' New Amnesty Gambit
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Peter Beinart / Jewish Currents:
It's Time to Name Anti-Palestinian Bigotry
Foreign Policy:
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Seth Mandel / Washington Examiner:
Leaving Trump behind
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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
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