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11:50 PM ET, July 18, 2021

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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:
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  —  On 2 March 2017, Cecilio Pineda Birto made a broadcast about alleged corruption.  Hours later he was dead  —  Nina Lakhani in Ciudad Altamirano  —  The hitmen came for Cecilio Pineda Birto as he swung in a hammock at a carwash …
Washington Post:   Jamal Khashoggi's wife targeted with spyware before his death
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Viktor Orbán using NSO spyware in assault on media, data suggests
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 …
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Jon Street / Fox News:
Two more Texas Democrats test positive for COVID after fleeing election vote  —  Five Texas Democrats have now tested positive on their Washington visit  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for July 18  —  Two more Texas Democrats have tested positive for coronavirus during the trip to Washington …
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
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
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
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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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 …
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
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
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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