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8:05 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 …
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
Washington Post:   Jamal Khashoggi's wife targeted with spyware before his death
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Saudis behind NSO spyware attack on Jamal Khashoggi's family, leak suggests
Discussion: Washington Post
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Viktor Orbán using NSO spyware in assault on media, data suggests
Austin American-Statesman:
2 more Texas Democrats test positive for COVID-19 in Washington, D.C., 5 total cases  —  Madlin Mekelburg Nicole CoblerAustin American-Statesman  —  WASHINGTON — Two more Texas Democrats tested positive for the coronavirus Sunday, bringing the total number of cases among the nearly 60 lawmakers in Washington up to five.
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Jon Street / Fox News:
Two more Texas Democrats test positive for COVID after fleeing election vote
Carly Roman / Washington Examiner:
Texas Democrats plan weeklong virtual voting rights conference in DC
Discussion: Fox News, Sputnik News and ABC News
New York Times:
Biden Administration Transfers Its First Detainee From Guantánamo Bay  —  The Biden team picked up where the Obama administration left off with the repatriation of a Moroccan man, reducing the prison population to 39.  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Monday transferred …
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U.S. Department of Defense:
Guantanamo Bay Detainee Transfer Announced  —  The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Abdul Latif Nasir from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Kingdom of Morocco.  —  In 2016, the Periodic Review Board (PRB) process determined that law of war detention …
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and UPI
Eric Geller / Politico:
Chinese government recruiting criminal hackers to attack Western targets, U.S. and allies say  —  The joint announcement reflects the Biden administration's desire to form a global coalition to fight cyberattacks.  —  The Biden administration has “high confidence” that Chinese cyber criminals hacked …
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Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Administration to Blame Hackers Tied to China for Microsoft Cyberattack Spree  —  American intelligence agencies also plan to release details of more than 50 tactics and techniques favored by hackers linked to Beijing  —  WASHINGTON—The Biden administration Monday plans …
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: The Hill and 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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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 …
Discussion: STAT
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Washington Post:
Biden's surgeon general backs localized mask mandates as delta variant drives rise in covid cases
Discussion: HuffPost and RedState
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 …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Pollsters: ‘Impossible’ to say why 2020 polls were wrong  —  A new, highly anticipated report from the leading association of pollsters confirms just how wrong the 2020 election polls were.  But nine months after that closer-than-expected contest, the people asking why are still looking for answers.
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and Bloomberg
U.S. Department of Justice:
Four Chinese Nationals Working with the Ministry of State Security Charged with Global Computer Intrusion Campaign Targeting Intellectual Property and Confidential Business Information, Including Infectious Disease Research  —  Indictment Alleges Three Defendants Were Officers …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Guardian
 
 
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Discussion: Breitbart
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
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