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Vanity Fair:
“I'm Getting the Word Out”: Inside the Feverish Mind of Donald Trump Two Months After Leaving the White House  —  In an hours-long interview with Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker from his Mar-a-Lago throne, the former president repeated his election lies, bashed Mitch McConnell ("he's a stupid person"), and teased a triumphant comeback.
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David Siders / Politico:
Pence flatlines as 2024 field takes shape  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Mike Pence was met by a respectful, even warm, crowd in his first trip back to Iowa since the election.  Republicans at a picnic in the northwestern corner of the state stood and clapped for him on Friday.
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
First US Capitol rioter convicted of a felony gets 8 months in prison after DOJ says stiffer sentence could stop future attacks  —  (CNN)A man who pleaded guilty to breaching the Senate chamber during the US Capitol insurrection was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison in a closely watched case …
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Michael Tarm / Associated Press:
Man faces 1st sentencing for felony in riot at US Capitol
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge hands down first felony sentence tied to Capitol riot
CNBC:
Sell-off intensifies as the Dow tumbles more than 900 points amid pandemic fears  —  What experts are saying as stocks drop amid Delta variant concerns  —  U.S. stocks fell aggressively Monday on concern a rebound in Covid cases would slow global economic growth.
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Washington Post:   Delta variant fears send Dow tumbling more than 700 points in worst one-day decline of 2021
Wall Street Journal:   Dow Falls 800 Points, Oil Drops as Delta Variant Sends Investors Into Bonds
Sam Baker / Axios:
“A pandemic of the unvaccinated”  —  Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths are back on the rise in the U.S. as the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads across the country.  —  The big picture: This is happening almost exclusively to people who aren't vaccinated …
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Marty Makary / Wall Street Journal:   The Flimsy Evidence Behind the CDC's Push to Vaccinate Children
YouTube:
Ryan Grim: Fox News Workers Have Their Own Corporate Vaccine Passport  —  Ryan Grim discusses the discrepancy between Fox News anchors' coverage of the COVID vaccines and their personal opinions on them.About Rising: Rising is a we...
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Fox has quietly implemented its own version of a vaccine passport while its top personalities attack them  —  New York (CNN Business)Tucker Carlson has called the idea of vaccine passports the medical equivalent of “Jim Crow” laws.  And other Fox News personalities have spent months …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A vile new Trump-GOP claim about vaccines suggests trouble ahead  —  It was only a matter of time until Donald Trump converted the debate over covid-19 vaccines into an occasion for his supporters to show their loyalty to him — and even worse, to the “big lie” that his 2020 loss was illegitimate.
Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
A federal judge upholds Indiana University's vaccination requirement for students.  —  In what appeared to be the first ruling upholding a coronavirus vaccine mandate by a university, a federal judge affirmed on Monday that Indiana University could require that its students be vaccinated against the virus.
Laurence H. Tribe / The Boston Globe:
Merrick Garland's insurrection ruling and democracy's destiny  —  The attorney general should not let Mo Brooks off the hook for his role in the insurrection.  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland confronts a choice that is more than just career-defining.  He must answer a question arising …
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David Montgomery / Washington Post:   Merrick Garland will not deliver your catharsis
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Republicans work to tie Democrats to inflation  —  Massive spending by Democrats and President Joe Biden has caused skyrocketing prices for gas and other consumer goods, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told fellow Republicans in a letter that pledged to “hold Democrats to account for their reckless handling of the economy.”
Discussion: Politico
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Sarah Kolinovsky / ABC News:
Biden pushes back on inflation fears ahead of infrastructure plan vote
Discussion: National Review
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Trump's Business Hauled In $2.4 Billion During The Four Years He Served As President  —  Forbes estimates the pandemic helped wipe about $200 million off Trump's top line last year.  —  In April 2017, Press Secretary Sean Spicer took the podium in the White House briefing room and announced …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Steve Doocy Implores Fox & Friends Viewers to Get the Covid Vaccine: ‘Get the Shot.  It Will Save Your Life’  —  Steve Doocy dismissed absurd anti-vax conspiracy theories that have gone viral among the vaccine-hesitant set and implored viewers of Fox & Friends to get the Covid-19 vaccine because it “will save your life.”
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Agency watchdog: Trump cabinet chief provided false testimony … The Trump administration made every effort to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census, though the gambit ultimately failed.  Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts explained in 2019 that the White House came up short …
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Teaganne Finn / NBC News:
DOJ won't prosecute ex-Trump Commerce chief Ross for misleading Congress on census question
Discussion: CNN, CNBC and Political Wire
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Trump Is Telling His Dinner Pals He's Planning to Run for President in 2024  —  In conversations with at least 3 people, a top GOP source says, Trump has said he wants another run at the White House  —  WASHINGTON — Brace yourself: Donald Trump plans to run for president again.
NBC News:
Eight weeks out, California recall lacks the buzz of 2003 contest  —  WASHINGTON — With 57 days to go until the election and with the official list of replacement candidates now complete, it's safe to say that the 2021 California gubernatorial recall bears no resemblance whatsoever to its 2003 predecessor.
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Destruction of Property in Burning of Banner Taken from Church  —  Defendant Also Pleads Guilty in a Separate Firearms Case  —  WASHINGTON - Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, 37, of Miami, Fla., pleaded guilty today to charges in two cases, including one involving the burning …
Miles Parks / NPR:
Outrage As A Business Model: How Ben Shapiro Is Using Facebook To Build An Empire  —  In 2021, Ben Shapiro rules Facebook.  —  The conservative podcast host and author's personal Facebook page has more followers than The Washington Post, and he drives an engagement machine unparalleled …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
CNN announces CNN+, ‘most important launch for network since Ted Turner’  —  New York (CNN Business)CNN is hiring hundreds of people and developing dozens of programs for a subscription streaming service that will launch early next year.  —  The new venture, called CNN+, was formally announced on Monday morning.
American Greatness:
The American Descent into Madness  —  America went from the freest country in the world in December 2019 to a repressive and frightening place by July 2021.  How did that happen?  —  Nations have often gone mad in a matter of months.  The French abandoned their supposedly idealistic revolutionary project …
David R. Eichenthal / New Republic:
A Surprising Potential Swing Vote: Pro-Democracy Republicans  —  Political pundits seem united in their belief that Democrats will struggle to hold the House of Representatives in 2022.  —  The historical precedent that the party out of power in the White House always gains in the midterms …
The White House:
President Biden Announces Three Key Nominations  —  WASHINGTON - Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following three individuals to serve in key roles:  — Tamara Cofman Wittes, Nominee for Assistant Administrator for Middle East, United States Agency for International Development
Alexander Ward / Politico:
Khalilzad: Taliban in ‘stronger position than it was before’ after military gains  —  With Quint Forgey and help from Daniel Lippman, Andrew Desiderio, and Nahal Toosi  —  Welcome to the first edition of National Security Daily, POLITICO's newsletter on the global events roiling Washington and keeping the administration up at night.
David Harsanyi / National Review:
If Socialism Isn't ‘Useful,’ Why Does Biden Rely On Socialists To Drive His Agenda?  —  When recent Cuban protests broke out, White House officials did everything they could to avoid mentioning either “socialism” or “communism.”  After some blowback on the matter, Joe Biden finally came out an said …
Discussion: Fox News
Robert Snell / Detroit News:
FBI agent in Whitmer kidnap case arrested following domestic incident  —  The arrest of an FBI agent credited with helping thwart a plot to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer complicates one of the most closely watched cases of violent extremism that is becoming increasingly focused on allegations of wrongdoing by investigators.
Washington Post:
Despite the hype, iPhone security no match for NSO spyware … The text delivered last month to the iPhone 11 of Claude Mangin, the French wife of a political activist jailed in Morocco, made no sound.  It produced no image.  It offered no warning of any kind as an iMessage from somebody …
Insider:
Former Trump aide says campaign paid actors to appear at his 2016 presidential announcement  — Corey Lewandowski previously denied Trump paid actors to appear at his 2015 campaign announcement.  — Yet the first Trump 2016 campaign manager recently told Insider the opposite.
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Senate Democrats propose requiring women to register for military draft  —  Senate Democrats are proposing a sweeping rewrite of the military draft laws aimed at requiring women to register for the Selective Service System, according to a draft authored by Senate Armed Services Chair Jack Reed and obtained by POLITICO.
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
How the New Child Tax Credit Is Already Changing Lives “There's very few good news stories, and this is one.”  —  Months into lockdown, Maggie Wiggin noticed that her 7-year-old son had become depressed.  “Lockdown was a nightmare, I think, for a lot of special-needs kids.
Politico:
'It's ceding a lot of terrain to us': Biden goes populist with little pushback  —  When President Joe Biden unveiled a series of sweeping executive orders to combat monopoly power, the response from Republicans was notable — because there was barely one at all.
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Biden to Tap Former Hill Aide for Top Treasury Post Overseeing Financial Rules
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Are There Any Good Apples at the FBI?  —  With the latest revelation of massive FBI incompetence …
John L. Dorman / Insider:
Giuliani was intentionally given the wrong time for a debate prep session after clashing with other Trump advisors: book
Discussion: Raw Story
Gordon Lubold / Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon to House Afghan Interpreters at Virginia Military Base
Ryan McCrimmon / Politico:
China is buying up American farms. Washington wants to crack down.
Discussion: National Review and Al Jazeera
Brennan Center for Justice:
Indiana NAACP and League of Women Voters of Indiana v. Lawson
Philip Caldwell / Washington Free Beacon:
Poll: Majority of Americans Not Confident Kamala Harris Is Ready for Presidency
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Branding the U.S. left: AOC makes a push into political merchandise
Discussion: HotAir and The Daily Caller
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Schumer channels his inner McConnell
Kate Ackley / Roll Call:
Rep. Michelle Steel reported $7,900 donation from woman who'd died months earlier
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Haiti's acting prime minister Claude Joseph says he will step down amid leadership dispute
The White House:
The United States, Joined by Allies and Partners, Attributes Malicious Cyber Activity and Irresponsible State Behavior to the People's Republic of China