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3:45 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
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
First US Capitol rioter convicted of a felony gets 8 months in prison  —  (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 that could influence how hundreds of other rioters charged with the same felony are punished.
Discussion: Washington Post and UPI
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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.
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: UPI, Breitbart, Bloomberg, CNN and HotAir
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NBC News:
Eight weeks out, California recall lacks the buzz of 2003 contest
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
Discussion: HotAir and Politico
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.
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.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Wall Street Journal:   Dow Falls 800 Points, Oil Drops as Delta Variant Sends Investors Into Bonds
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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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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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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Lisa Lerer / New York Times:   Nicholas Kristof, a Times columnist, is weighing a bid for Oregon governor.
Insider:
Trump aide says they paid actors to appear at his 2016 presidential campaign announcement  — Corey Lewandowski previously denied that 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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Trump's Business Hauled In $2.4 Billion During The 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
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 …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Branding the U.S. left: AOC makes a push into political merchandise  —  U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became one of America's most prominent progressive Democrats with her calls to tax the wealthy and spend heavily to fight climate change.  —  Now she is investing heavily …
Discussion: HotAir and The Daily Caller
YouTube:
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...
Discussion: CNN
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.
Jamie Hopkins / Center for Public Integrity:
Paul Cheung named CEO of the Center for Public Integrity  —  Paul Cheung, a veteran journalist and leading advocate for innovative change in media, has been named chief executive officer of the Center for Public Integrity.  —  He'll lead one of the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative news organizations …
Mike Rothschild / NBC News:
QAnon fanatics are rebranding their ‘secret war.’ And it could work. … By Mike Rothschild, author of “The Storm is Upon Us: How QAnon Became a Movement, Cult, and Conspiracy Theory of Everything”  —  A few years into waiting for “the storm” to sweep away former President Donald Trump's enemies …
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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Schumer channels his inner McConnell  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  A LONG WAY FROM APPALACHIA — Ohio GOP Senate hopeful J.D. VANCE was in the Hamptons on Saturday night mingling with GOP titans of industry.  JIM TISCH, REBEKAH MERCER, STEVEN PRICE and HEATHER HIGGINS were among …
Christina A. Cassidy / Associated Press:
Senate Democrats take their case for voting bill to Georgia  —  Senate Democrats have taken their case for a federal voting bill on the road  —  ATLANTA — Taking their case for a federal voting bill to Georgia, Senate Democrats argued at a field hearing on Monday that their sweeping elections measure …
 
 
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David Montgomery / Washington Post:
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Ryan McCrimmon / Politico:
China is buying up American farms. Washington wants to crack down.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP says Schumer vote will fail
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Christie nabs role courting big donors for Republican governors group
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Ben Carson / Fox News:
Dr. Ben Carson: Fighting critical race theory - this is how we stop this blatantly racist ideology
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Philip Caldwell / Washington Free Beacon:
Poll: Majority of Americans Not Confident Kamala Harris Is Ready for Presidency
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
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Reuters:
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Hunter Walker / New Yorker:
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Kate Ackley / Roll Call:
Rep. Michelle Steel reported $7,900 donation from woman who'd died months earlier
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Haiti's acting prime minister Claude Joseph says he will step down amid leadership dispute
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Vaccine Persuasion  —  Many vaccine skeptics have changed their minds.
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
New York Times:
Biden Administration Transfers Its First Detainee From Guantánamo Bay