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6:25 PM ET, July 19, 2021

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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: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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.
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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 …
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
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.
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
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
Politico:
GOP: Bipartisan infrastructure deal has ‘no chance’ on Wednesday  —  Senate Republican leaders warned Monday that they will filibuster a Wednesday test vote on a bipartisan infrastructure deal if Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer follows through with forcing one.
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Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Republicans work to tie Democrats to inflation
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Trump's Business Hauled In $2.4 Billion During 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
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
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.
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 …
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
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
Andy Blatchford / Politico:
Trudeau to ease border rules Aug. 9 for fully vaccinated Americans.  Now it's Biden's move.  —  OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will loosen border restrictions Aug. 9 for fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents looking to visit Canada for nonessential travel.
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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 …
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.
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Judge Guts Trump-Era Case Against Rocker Raided For Photo Shoot Promoting His Band  —  Justin Coffman spent a month behind bars and had his home raided because of his band's promotional photo shoot.  —  A senior federal judge has gutted a criminal case championed by a Trump-appointed top federal prosecutor …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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 …
Lynsey Hanley / Jacobin:
We Will Never Forget Dawn Foster  —  Jacobin writer Dawn Foster passed away last week at the age of 33.  Dawn is irreplaceable, but we can seek to emulate her extraordinary combination of compassion and political commitment.  —  Our new issue, “The Working Class,” is out in print and online soon.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Confidence in Big Business, Big Tech Wanes Among Republicans  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republicans have lost significant confidence in big business and Big Tech over the past year, to the point that their generally positive view of each in 2020 has turned negative, on balance, in 2021.  Specifically:
Discussion: The Hill
Jake Dima / Washington Examiner:
Texas Democrats' Washington trip to block voting bills will cost $1.5 million, lawmaker says  —  Texas Democrats' trip to Washington, D.C., attempting to block GOP-backed voting bills from passing in the state Legislature will cost $1.5 million, a state lawmaker said.
John L. Dorman / Insider:
Giuliani was intentionally given the wrong time for a debate-prep session after clashing with other Trump advisors, book says  — Giuliani was given the wrong time for a debate-prep session, an upcoming book says.  — He wanted Trump to use a more personal strategy in attacking Hunter Biden in a debate, it says.
Discussion: Raw Story
Brennan Center for Justice:
Indiana NAACP and League of Women Voters of Indiana v. Lawson … The Brennan Center filed a lawsuit against the State of Indiana on behalf of the Indiana NAACP and the League of Women Voters of Indiana, challenging Indiana's voter purge statute.  Federal courts preliminarily enjoined a 2017 version of Indiana law.
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.
 
 
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David Harsanyi / National Review:
If Socialism Isn't ‘Useful,’ Why Does Biden Rely on Socialists to Drive His Agenda?
Discussion: Fox News
Wall Street Journal:
Biden to Tap Former Hill Aide for Top Treasury Post Overseeing Financial Rules
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
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Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Are There Any Good Apples at the FBI?  —  With the latest revelation of massive FBI incompetence …
Ryan McCrimmon / Politico:
China is buying up American farms. Washington wants to crack down.
Discussion: National Review and Al Jazeera
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Ben Carson / Fox News:
Dr. Ben Carson: Fighting critical race theory - this is how we stop this blatantly racist ideology
Discussion: The Root and BizPac Review
Philip Caldwell / Washington Free Beacon:
Poll: Majority of Americans Not Confident Kamala Harris Is Ready for Presidency
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Branding the U.S. left: AOC makes a push into political merchandise
Discussion: HotAir and The Daily Caller
Kate Ackley / Roll Call:
Rep. Michelle Steel reported $7,900 donation from woman who'd died months earlier