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3:15 AM ET, July 18, 2021

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Alaina Demopoulos / The Daily Beast:
Gaetz and Greene Hold Bizarre Outdoors ‘Protest’ After Multiple Venues Bailed  —  Three venues in California bailed on the pair, leaving them with only the sidewalk outside the Riverside City Hall for their planned rally.  —  Republican Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene hoped …
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Brooke Staggs / Orange County Register:
As protests mount, Reps. Gaetz, Greene move America First rally back to Orange County  —  Rally is now slated to take place Saturday night in Anaheim.  It's the third location for the controversial GOP Congress members.  —  Update: The Anaheim event was canceled on Saturday morning.
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Another California Venue Cancels Plans To Host Marjorie Taylor Greene And Matt Gaetz After Local Outcry
Discussion: Daily Kos, Mediaite and Insider
Austin American-Statesman:
3 Texas Democrats test positive for COVID-19 in Washington, D.C.  —  Nicole Cobler Madlin MekelburgAustin American-Statesman  —  WASHINGTON — Three Texas House Democrats have tested positive for COVID-19 from Washington, D.C., according to Texas House Democratic Caucus leadership.
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Jasper Scherer / Houston Chronicle:
3 Texas House Democrats test positive for COVID-19 in D.C.  —  Three Democratic state lawmakers who left the state for Washington, D.C., this week have tested positive for COVID-19, the Texas House Democratic Caucus announced Saturday.  —  All three members are fully vaccinated …
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
In Undervaccinated Arkansas, Covid Upends Life All Over Again  —  While much of the nation tiptoes toward normalcy, the coronavirus is again swamping hospitals in places like Mountain Home, in a rural county where fewer than one-third of residents are vaccinated.
Guy Rosen / About Facebook:
Moving Past the Finger Pointing  —  At a time when COVID-19 cases are rising in America, the Biden administration has chosen to blame a handful of American social media companies.  While social media plays an important role in society, it is clear that we need a whole of society approach to end this pandemic.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Fox News's embarrassing blunder in the White House briefing room
Andrew Demillo / Associated Press:
GOP governor's vaccination tour reveals depths of distrust  —  TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Free lottery tickets for those who get vaccinated had few takers.  Free hunting and fishing licenses didn't change many minds either.  And this being red-state Arkansas, mandatory vaccinations are off the table.
New York Times:
As Frozen Land Burns, Siberia Fears: 'If We Don't Have the Forest, We Don't Have Life'  —  Northeastern Siberia is a place where people take Arctic temperatures in stride.  But 100-degree days are another matter entirely.  —  MAGARAS, Russia — The call for help lit up villagers' phones …
Zachary B. Wolf / CNN:
Say goodbye to your carefree Covid summer  —  A version of this story appeared in CNN's What Matters newsletter.  To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here.  —  (CNN)Summer is only halfway done, but the carefree Covid season is over.  —  Case numbers and hospitalizations are up.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Forbes and The Guardian
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USA Today:
Arkansas leads nation in COVID-19 case rate as vaccinations lag; study touts benefits of second shot: Live updates
Discussion: CNN and Forbes
Isaac Schorr / National Review:
National Review Says the Vaccines Are Good: A Collection  —  I interned at The Weekly Standard and harbor none of the same visceral anger toward Bill Kristol that his most vigorous critics do — even if I can't profess to fully understand or remotely agree with the increasingly sharp left turn he's taken.
Discussion: Twitchy, Mediaite and Raw Story
Jason Burke / The Guardian:
South Africa's leaders fear fresh wave of violence by Zuma loyalists  —  Attacks by supporters of jailed former president ‘are bid for pardon or to unseat government’  —  South African authorities fear a new wave of attacks aimed at undermining the economy, investment and the rule of law …
Discussion: HotAir
Washington Post:
U.S. diplomats in Afghanistan face daunting, dangerous mission with little military backup  —  The conclusion of the Pentagon's two-decade effort in Afghanistan lays bare the challenges facing U.S. diplomats and aid workers who remain behind, as a modest civilian force attempts …
Ali Swenson / Associated Press:
FACT FOCUS: A false narrative of 74K extra votes in Arizona  —  Cyber Ninjas, the cybersecurity consulting firm hired by Arizona Senate Republicans to oversee a partisan review of the 2020 election, on Thursday pushed a false narrative that Maricopa County received thousands of mail-in ballots …
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Tampa Bay Times:
Florida leads nation in coronavirus infections in 2020-like surge  —  Nearly one-in-five of the nation's new COVID-19 infections comes from Florida, according to the White House.  —  Updated Earlier today  —  The coronavirus is surging in Florida in ways not seen since the pandemic summer of 2020.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Slip Sliding Away From History  —  WASHINGTON — It is a hoary tradition: Outfox history, if you can.  —  You might call this maneuver: I really wasn't the horrible person I was.  I want to be remembered as the person I want you to think I was.  —  Distancing from failure or embarrassment is part of every politico's skill set.
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Leonard Greene / New York Daily News:
New York City politicians reveling in new Black power surge  —  It's not quite Chocolate City, but recent election wins by African-American politicians has the Big Apple on the verge of being the hub of Black Power.  —  Not only is the nation's largest city poised to elect …
 
 
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Jon Levine / New York Post:
NYC's top schools seek next generation of woke educators
BBC:
‘Havana syndrome’-like mystery illness affects Vienna US diplomats
Discussion: New Yorker
Financial Times:
Europe wields the stick to boost vaccination as Delta variant spreads
The Economist:
Joe Biden is determined that China should not displace America
Discussion: Washington Post
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
Meet the Censored: Matt Orfalea
New York Times:
Israeli Companies Aided Saudi Spying Despite Khashoggi Killing
Discussion: The Register
Politico:
Strange but true: Bernie takes a ‘very pragmatic’ turn
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Collapse Raises New Fears About Florida's Shaky Insurance Market
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
The Latest ‘Stolen Election’ Stunt's Lesson: Move On from Trump — or Lose
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and HotAir
Bloomberg Law:
Texas Senate Votes to Remove Required Lessons on Civil Rights
Discussion: The Root
Joanna Weiss / Politico:
Reality TV Has Remade Our Politics. But Just for One Party.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
John Wright / Raw Story:
Texas man who called vaccines ‘poison’ dies from COVID-19 after spending 17 days on a ventilator
James Pindell Globe / The Boston Globe:
At the kickoff event of the 2024 presidential race, Trump voters in Iowa say they are ready to move on
Discussion: Associated Press, Raw Story and HotAir