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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
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
Nina Lakhani / The Guardian:   Revealed: murdered journalist's number selected by Mexican NSO client
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Viktor Orbán using NSO spyware in assault on media, data suggests
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
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
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Saudis behind NSO spyware attack on Jamal Khashoggi's family, leak suggests
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
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: Vanity Fair, CNBC, NBC News and Mother Jones
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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
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 …
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: Raw Story and Mediaite
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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
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
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
‘Hawkpocalypse’: Baby birds of prey have leaped from their nests to escape West's extreme heat  —  One wildlife rehabilitation center in rural Oregon says it got “three months' worth of birds” in three days.  —  Another, in northern California, declared a “hawkpocalypse” in June.
Jan Ransom / New York Times:
‘Nobody Believed Me’: How Rape Cases Get Dropped  —  While the Me Too movement led to greater awareness about the prevalence of rape, prosecutors in New York City still struggle to prove sexual assault accusations.  —  Cammy Duong woke up in a Manhattan hotel room in July 2017 and, dazed …
 
 
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Two Iranian Warships Spotted Near English Channel
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Robert Reich / MSN:
Republicans, so called party of family values, do not support needy families
John Cooper / Washington Examiner:
Wokeness is sabotaging the military academies
CNN:
Klobuchar: Some voting rights could pass in reconciliation package
 Earlier Items: 
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
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Hits Highest Number of Daily New Coronavirus Cases in the World Again: Nearly 80,000
Financial Times:
Delta variant takes hold in developing world as infections soar
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
In Undervaccinated Arkansas, Covid Upends Life All Over Again
Discussion: Mother Jones and Twitchy