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12:35 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: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
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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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.
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 …
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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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.”
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: NBC News
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Meredith Deliso / ABC News:
Statistics show the stark risks of not getting vaccinated against COVID-19  —  COVID-19 has become a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”  —  As top health officials warn that COVID-19 has become a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” recent figures from states and cities throughout the United States reveal …
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.
Discussion: The Hill, Fox News and Political Wire
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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: Washington Post
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Politico:   POLITICO Playbook: Schumer channels his inner McConnell
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 …
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.
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CNN:
Biden takes on inflation concerns as sweeping agenda hangs in the balance  —  Key GOP senator rejects ‘arbitrary’ infrastructure deal deadline  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden on Monday directly addressed concerns that his sweeping economic agenda will serve as an accelerant to inflation amid growing concern …
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Andrew Miller / Fox News:
Blackburn slams Biden on Facebook censorship, suggests First Amendment violation
Discussion: Florida Politics
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: New York Post, HotAir and Insider
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: HotAir and 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.
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 …
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 …
Kate Ackley / Roll Call:
Rep. Michelle Steel reported $7,900 donation from woman who'd died months earlier  —  A joint fundraising committee controlled by Rep. Michelle Steel disclosed a donation of $7,900 earlier this year.  The only problem: The reported donor had been dead for seven months.
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 …
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.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Vaccine Persuasion  —  Many vaccine skeptics have changed their minds.  —  When the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a poll at the start of the year and asked American adults whether they planned to get vaccinated, 23 percent said no.  —  But a significant portion of that group …
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
Associated Press:
Garland bars prosecutors from seizing reporters' records  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday formally prohibited federal prosecutors from seizing the records of journalists in leak investigations, with limited exceptions, reversing years of department policy.
Lloyd Billingsley / Front Page Magazine:
Thoroughly Modern Milley  —  Chief CRT instructor Gen. Mark Milley has conditions set for losing the next war.  —  [Editor's note: The article below is a new edition of our Disloyal Military series.  To learn about our 3-Part Series on the Disloyal Military, Progressive Fascists and Racist Mayors, CLICK HERE.]
Discussion: American Greatness
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
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 …
Discussion: Louder With Crowder and Twitchy
 
 
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Hunter Walker / New Yorker:
Bill de Blasio's Wet Hot Valedictory Summer
Mike Rothschild / NBC News:
QAnon fanatics are rebranding their ‘secret war.’ And it could work.
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Branding the U.S. left: AOC makes a push into political merchandise
Tyler Buchanan / Ohio Capital Journal:
With school vaccine mandates banned, lawmaker wants mask requirements outlawed, too
Discussion: Breitbart
John McCormick / Wall Street Journal:
Midterm-Election Ad Spending Poised to Soar as Streaming TV Attracts Campaigns
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Li Yuan / New York Times:
What China Expects From Businesses: Total Surrender
Juan Williams / The Hill:
The GOP is criminally reckless on COVID
Discussion: Washington Post
National Review:
David Chipman Is Unfit to Lead the ATF
Matthew Schmitz / New York Post:
J.D. Vance and Blake Masters promise to shore up US workers and end endless wars
New York Times:
Wary and Weary, Los Angeles Largely Accepts Restored Mask Mandate
The Daily Beast:
Inside the Trump Org Money Man's Interview With Investigators
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story