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1:30 AM ET, July 19, 2021

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Dana Priest / Washington Post:
Private Israeli spyware used to hack cellphones of journalists, activists worldwide … Dana Priest, a reporter at The Washington Post for 30 years, covers national security issues.  Recently, she has investigated Russian disinformation operations, censorship around the world …
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New York Times:
Israeli Spyware Maker Is in Spotlight Amid Reports of Wide Abuses  —  Data leaked to a consortium of news organizations suggests that several countries use Pegasus, a powerful cyberespionage tool, to spy on rights activists, dissidents and journalists.  —  TEL AVIV — A major Israeli cyber …
David Pegg / The Guardian:
FT editor among 180 journalists identified by clients of spyware firm  —  Data leak and forensics suggest NSO's surveillance tool used against journalists at some of world's top media companies  —  David Pegg and Paul Lewis in London, Michael Safi in Beirut, Nina Lakhani in Ciudad Altamirano
Washington Post:
Jamal Khashoggi's wife targeted with spyware before his death … ANKARA, Turkey — NSO Group's Pegasus spyware was used to secretly target the smartphones of the two women closest to murdered Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi, according to digital forensic analysis.
Washington Post:
In Orban's Hungary, spyware was used to monitor journalists and others who might challenge the government … BUDAPEST — In communist-era Hungary, citizens were recruited to spy on their neighbors and report any potential threats to the secret police.  In the Hungary of Prime Minister Viktor Orban …
Nina Lakhani / The Guardian:   Revealed: murdered journalist's number selected by Mexican NSO client
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Saudis behind NSO spyware attack on Jamal Khashoggi's family, leak suggests
Discussion: Washington Post
Haaretz:
Project Pegasus: A new investigation by Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International together with 17 news outlets reveals how Israel's NSO's cyber spy tech …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Carly Roman / Washington Examiner:
Texas Democrats plan weeklong virtual voting rights conference in DC
Discussion: ABC News
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Texas Democrats to spotlight national voting rights with week of events
Discussion: MSNBC, Politico and Washington Post
Rachel Monahan / Willamette Week:
New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof Is Exploring a Run for Oregon Governor  —  Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer winner, grew up on a Yamhill County farm.  —  Nicholas Kristof, the two-time Pulitzer winning columnist for the New York Times, is considering a run for Oregon governor.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
The Biden/Facebook Fight Is Part Of The Problem  —  ‘Is Facebook killing people?’ is the wrong question.  —  1 hr ago … We're all arguing about Facebook again.  —  The short backstory is that on Thursday, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy spoke publicly about vaccine misinformation …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Biden is right.  Purveyors of vaccine disinformation are killing people.  —  President Biden hit the nail on the head Friday in response to a question about platforms such as Facebook that amplify scientifically false anti-vaccines claims, and deter people from getting lifesaving shots.
Discussion: CNBC, Vanity Fair, NBC News and Mother Jones
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
The Ascension of Ron Klain  —  President Biden's chief of staff worked his whole career to reach the corner office of the West Wing.  He says he's just a “staff person,” but Republicans call him “Prime Minister Klain.”  —  WASHINGTON — Ron Klain, who after a few near misses finally achieved …
Curt Anderson / Associated Press:
In blow to DeSantis, court blocks order lifting CDC virus rules on Florida cruise ships  —  ST. PETERSBURG — A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked a judge's ruling that sided with a Florida lawsuit challenging U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pandemic regulations for cruise ship operation.
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Kelsey Koberg / Fox News:
Gov. DeSantis sounds off on Democrats ‘double standard’ on immigration
Discussion: Townhall and Washington Examiner
Michael Levenson / New York Times:
Nationals Game in Washington Is Halted After Shooting Outside Stadium  —  Fans poured out of Nationals Park in a scene of fear and confusion.  The police said three people had been injured in a shootout.  —  Three people were shot outside of Nationals Park in Washington on Saturday night during …
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AWR Hawkins / Breitbart:
D.C. Has Universal Background Checks, Gun Registration, and Shootings Outside Nationals' Park
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
52 years after the moon landing, Republicans reject science and America is unraveling  —  There is no Democratic or Republican way to land on the moon.I was 10 years old on the Sunday afternoon of July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 made its more-hairy-than-we-realized touchdown on the lunar surface …
Discussion: Washington Post
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Pollsters: ‘Impossible’ to say why 2020 polls were wrong  —  A new report couldn't answer the big question plaguing political polling: Why were surveys off by so much in 2020?  —  National surveys of the 2020 presidential contest were the least accurate in 40 years, while the state polls …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Washington Post
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
In this summer of covid freedom, disease experts warn: ‘The world needs a reality check’  —  Maria Van Kerkhove, a World Health Organization epidemiologist, was in her Geneva office last weekend preparing for a keynote address when a simple phrase came to mind.
Discussion: The Week
 
 
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Discussion: Breitbart
CNN:
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Financial Times:
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