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11:55 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.
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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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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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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, The Hill, Page Array and TheBlaze
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
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.
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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New York Times:
Israeli Spyware Maker Is in Spotlight Amid Reports of Wide Abuses
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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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 …
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Phil Mattingly / CNN:
Biden aims to directly counter inflation concerns as sweeping agenda hangs in the balance  —  Key GOP senator rejects ‘arbitrary’ infrastructure deal deadline  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden plans to use remarks on Monday to directly counter concerns that his sweeping economic agenda will serve …
Discussion: CNBC, New York Times and Twitchy
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Andrew Miller / Fox News:
Blackburn slams Biden on Facebook censorship, suggests First Amendment violation
Discussion: Florida Politics
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.
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
John Tierney / City Journal:
The Panic Pandemic  —  Fearmongering from journalists, scientists, and politicians did more harm than the virus.  —  Covid-19  —  Economy, finance, and budgets  —  The United States suffered through two lethal waves of contagion in the past year and a half.
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
 
 
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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
Discussion: Political Wire
Lloyd Billingsley / Front Page Magazine:
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Miles Parks / NPR:
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Discussion: Louder With Crowder and Twitchy
Li Yuan / New York Times:
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New York Times:
Merrick Garland's Choice on Mo Brooks and the Capitol Attack
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
Emma Newburger / CNBC:
Kamala Harris heads to Walter Reed for routine checkup, White House says
Discussion: The Hill, TheBlaze and Bloomberg
The Daily Beast:
Inside the Trump Org Money Man's Interview With Investigators
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story