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7:30 PM ET, July 18, 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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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
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Viktor Orbán using NSO spyware in assault on media, data suggests  —  Hungary's far-right government suspected of hacking phones of investigative journalists and targeting owners  —  Viktor Orbán's government has deployed a new weapon in its war on the media in Hungary …
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
The Guardian:
Revealed: leak uncovers global abuse of cyber-surveillance weapon  —  Spyware sold to authoritarian regimes used to target activists, politicians and journalists, data suggests  —  Human rights activists, journalists and lawyers across the world have been targeted by authoritarian governments …
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
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 …
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Saudis behind NSO spyware attack on Jamal Khashoggi's family, leak suggests
Discussion: Washington Post
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Harris visits Walter Reed for ‘routine’ doctor appointment days after meeting with infected Texas Democrats  —  Three of the Democratic lawmakers tested positive for COVID-19  —  Three Texas Democrats who fled Texas test positive for COVID  —  Vice President Kamala Harris …
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Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Texas Democrats to spotlight national voting rights with week of events
Discussion: Politico, MSNBC and Washington Post
Carly Roman / Washington Examiner:
Texas Democrats plan weeklong virtual voting rights conference in DC
Discussion: ABC News
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
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: NBC News, Vanity Fair and CNBC
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CNN:
Fact check: Arizona audit chief baselessly raises suspicion about 74,000 ballots  —  Arizona's Senate held a Thursday briefing on the ongoing Republican-initiated “audit” of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, where Joe Biden outperformed Donald Trump by enough of a margin to win the state.
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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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
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
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Democrats, Republicans struggle to finish infrastructure proposal as key Senate deadline looms  —  Meetings between White House aides, top lawmakers continued into the weekend after senators dropped an idea to pay for infrastructure through better enforcement of tax laws
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CNN:
GOP negotiator: Senators ditch tougher IRS enforcement as way to pay for bipartisan infrastructure plan
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Why Inflation Panics Are Poison for Progressive Politics  —  When I was a freshman college debater at Emory University in the fall of 1970, the national debate topic was not Vietnam, but the desirability of wage and price control.  Little did we know that just months ahead a Republican president …
CBS News:
Biden nets positive marks for handling pandemic, but vaccine resistance, Delta concern remains - CBS News poll  —  Six months into President Biden's administration, Americans are less apprehensive about the year than they were at the start of it.  —  They think the battle against the pandemic …
Christopher Flavelle / New York Times:
Scorched, Parched and Now Uninsurable: Climate Change Hits Wine Country  —  If any nook of American agriculture has the means and incentive to outwit the climate crisis, it is Napa Valley.  But so far, vineyards here show the limits of adapting to a warming planet.
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Hits Highest Number of Daily New Coronavirus Cases in the World Again: Nearly 80,000  —  FEELS FAMILIAR  —  The United States recorded 79,310 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.  The number is the highest in the world, exceeding recorded totals from Indonesia …
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
Trump Describes Himself as ‘Wonderful Person’ While Complaining About Open Championship Site  —  Former President Donald Trump referred to himself as a “wonderful person” on Saturday, as he denounced The Open Championship for refusing to return to his golf course in Scotland.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jorge Felipe Gonzalez / The Atlantic:
Black Lives Matter Misses the Point About Cuba  —  Last Sunday, Cubans in a small town 16 miles from Havana filled the streets to demonstrate against the government.  The unrest quickly spread on social media, igniting protests across the island, marking the first such nationwide wave of protest in the communist country in decades.
Discussion: Alpha News and Washington Post
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Peter Vicenzi / Washington Examiner:   Cuban protests expose the American Left's moral hypocrisy
 
 
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Robert Reich / MSN:
Republicans, so called party of family values, do not support needy families
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John Cooper / Washington Examiner:
Wokeness is sabotaging the military academies
CNN:
Klobuchar: Some voting rights could pass in reconciliation package
Daria Litvinova / Associated Press:
Rights group in Russia shuts down amid government crackdown
New York Times:
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Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Democratic schism on display in Ohio special
Financial Times:
Delta variant takes hold in developing world as infections soar
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Can the Southwest Survive With Less Water?
Isaac Schorr / National Review:
College Republicans Poised for Splinter after ‘Stolen’ Election
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Police search for killer of 6-year-old girl remembered for her energy and smile
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
‘Shadow State’: Embracing corporate governance to escape constitutional limits
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
In Undervaccinated Arkansas, Covid Upends Life All Over Again
Discussion: Mother Jones and Twitchy
 

 
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