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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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Washington Post:
In Orban's Hungary, spyware was used to monitor journalists and others who might challenge the government
Discussion: The Guardian
Nina Lakhani / The Guardian:
Revealed: murdered journalist's number selected by Mexican NSO client
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Saudis behind NSO spyware attack on Jamal Khashoggi's family, leak suggests
Discussion: Washington Post and Haaretz
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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Emma Newburger / CNBC:
Kamala Harris heads to Walter Reed for routine checkup, White House says
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg
Jon Street / Fox News:
Two more Texas Democrats test positive for COVID after fleeing election vote
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Number of Texas state Democrats to test positive for COVID-19 rises to 5
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.
Eric Geller / Politico:
Chinese government recruiting criminal hackers to attack Western targets, U.S. and allies say  —  The Biden administration and U.S. allies on Monday blamed the Chinese government for a sprawling web of cyberattacks, including a blizzard of hacks into Microsoft email servers in March and intrusions …
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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 …
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: 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 …
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
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.
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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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
The war over misinformation heats up as Covid case counts rise
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
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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Washington Post:
Biden's surgeon general backs localized mask mandates as delta variant drives rise in covid cases
Discussion: HuffPost and RedState
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.”
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
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 …
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.
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:
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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Robert Reich / MSN:
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