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10:55 AM 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.
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
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  —  The United States has long been concerned about the People's Republic of China's (PRC) irresponsible and destabilizing behavior in cyberspace.
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Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Administration to Blame Hackers Tied to China for Microsoft Cyberattack Spree
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: NBC News, HotAir and CNN
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
2020 presidential polls suffered worst performance in decades, report says  —  Public opinion polls in the 2020 presidential election suffered from errors of “unusual magnitude,” the highest in 40 years for surveys estimating the national popular vote and in at least 20 years for state-level polls …
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 …
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Dana Priest / Washington Post:
Private Israeli spyware used to hack cellphones of journalists, activists worldwide
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
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CNN:   US transfers Guantánamo Bay detainee to home country of Morocco
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.”
Discussion: Raw Story
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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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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Michael Tarm / Associated Press:
Man faces 1st sentencing for felony in riot at US Capitol  —  CHICAGO (AP) — A Florida man who breached the U.S. Senate chamber carrying a Trump campaign flag is scheduled to become the first Jan. 6 rioter sentenced for a felony, in a hearing that will help set a benchmark for punishment in similar cases.
Discussion: HotAir and Insider
New York Times:
Wary and Weary, Los Angeles Largely Accepts Restored Mask Mandate  —  Los Angeles County on Sunday became the first major county to revert to requiring masks for all people indoors in public spaces.  —  SANTA MONICA, Calif. — As the sun began to burn through the morning marine layer …
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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
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
Trump's 2020 loss gave the GOP the last key to ‘win’ the midterms  —  There was a time in the not too distant past when the Republican Party was known for its sneakiness, a product of the underhanded tricks of operatives like Lee Atwater and his protégés.
The Bulwark:
Nina Turner Wants to Be the Squad's Nick Naylor  —  She thought Biden was half a bowl of shit; now she's offering Democrats a different flavor.  —  In an August 3 primary, Ohio Democrats will choose the all-but-inevitable replacement to former Rep. Marcia Fudge, a run-of-the-mill liberal Democrat …
Juan Williams / The Hill:
The GOP is criminally reckless on COVID  —  Here comes trouble.  —  What happens if President Biden, facing a new surge in COVID, asks people to start wearing masks again?  What happens if he suggests people stay home for a while to get the virus under control?  —  Here's my bet:
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Haiti's acting prime minister Claude Joseph says he will step down amid leadership dispute  —  PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — Claude Joseph, who has nominally led Haiti as acting prime minister since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, said in an exclusive interview with The Washington Post …
Discussion: American Prospect
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
Certified Loser Donald Trump Is Rebranding MAGA as a Full-On Cult  —  AMERICAN IDOL … As a twice-impeached, one-term historical freak show of a president, his only hope is to turn his movement into a cult, worshipping himself.  It's the Trump Steaks of religion.  —  Seriously, literally, this is a cult.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jacqueline Charles / Miami Herald:
‘My life is in danger.  Come save my life.’ Haitian president's desperate final pleas  —  The call came at 1:34 a.m. Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, who was on the other line, was in difficulty, and he needed reinforcement.  —  “They are shooting by the house,” he told the Haitian National Police commissioner.
Discussion: New York Post
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.
National Review:
David Chipman Is Unfit to Lead the ATF  —  The fate of David Chipman, President Joe Biden's pick to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), is now in the hands of undecided moderate Democrats such as Senator Jon Tester and Senator Joe Manchin.
 
 
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Emma Newburger / CNBC:
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Discussion: The Hill, TheBlaze and Bloomberg
The Daily Beast:
Inside the Trump Org Money Man's Interview With Investigators
Discussion: Raw Story
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Born of a Crisis, Remote Voting in Congress Has Become a Useful Perk
Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
The Biden/Facebook Fight Is Part Of The Problem
Austin American-Statesman:
2 more Texas Democrats test positive for COVID-19 in Washington, D.C., 5 total cases
Insider:
The definitive oral history of how Trump took over the GOP, as told to us by Cruz, Rubio, and 20 more insiders
Discussion: Raw Story
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