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7:20 AM ET, July 21, 2021

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U.S. Department of Justice:
Former Advisor to Presidential Candidate Among Three Defendants Charged with Acting as Agents of a Foreign Government  —  Defendants Allegedly Acted and Conspired to Act at the Direction of Senior United Arab Emirates Officials to Influence a Presidential Campaign, Public Opinion and the U.S. Government
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Washington Post:
Trump ally Thomas Barrack accused of trying to use influence to help United Arab Emirates  —  Thomas J. Barrack, a billionaire businessman and longtime friend to former president Donald Trump, was arrested Tuesday in California and charged with violating foreign lobbying laws …
NBC News:
Tom Barrack, Trump's inaugural committee chair, charged with acting as agent of UAE
Discussion: Variety and Insider
Washington Post:
Top U.S. Catholic Church official resigns after cellphone data used to track him on Grindr and to gay bars  —  The top administrator of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops resigned after a Catholic media site told the conference it had access to cellphone data that appeared to show …
Washington Post:
Growing number of Republicans urge vaccinations amid delta surge  —  A growing number of top Republicans are urging GOP supporters to get vaccinated as the delta coronavirus variant surges across the United States, marking a notable shift away from the anti-vaccine conspiracy theorizing …
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Tyler Bridges / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
After waiting, Steve Scalise gets vaccinated against COVID-19, calls it “safe and effective”  —  “Soon,” U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise replied at the beginning of April when asked when he would be vaccinated against the coronavirus.  —  “Soon,” he repeated at the beginning of May when asked the same question.
Politico:
'It's a nightmare': Covid Delta variant rocks a recovering Capitol complex  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's trip to Israel got postponed.  Nearly half of House members are masked on the floor again.  One Senate Democrat even floated a “proof of vaccination” card to enter the Capitol.
Discussion: Mediaite, The Daily Caller and Fox News
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Unvaccinated Trump supporter who spread coronavirus conspiracy theories dies of COVID-19  —  On Tuesday, the Cape Cod Times reported that Linda Zuern, a former member of the Bourne, Massachusetts Board of Selectmen and a Trump-supporting figure in the local Republican Party, had died of COVID-19.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Tom Brady Joins Biden to Laugh at Trump in Worst Day of Trump's Life The sum of all Trump fears.  —  Tom Brady visited the White House Tuesday to celebrate the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning the Super Bowl, where he joked around with President Biden at Donald Trump's expense.
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
J.&J. Vaccine May Be Less Effective Against Delta, Study Suggests  —  Many who received the shot may need to consider boosters, the authors said.  But federal health officials do not recommend second doses.  —  The coronavirus vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson is much less effective …
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Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
The Delta Variant Is a Reality Test  —  Americans haven't wanted to understand what it means for a virus to be endemic.  —  The difficulty of the news business is that you're constantly trying to tell people their information is outmoded, which they resist since assimilating new information entails a cost.
Discussion: RedState and Washington Post
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Alina Selyukh / NPR:
Bezos Landed, Thanked Amazon Workers And Shoppers For Paying, Gave Away $200 Million  —  Moments after returning from the edge of space, Jeff Bezos thanked the Blue Origin team that made his flight possible.  He also thanked the Texas town of Van Horn, which hosted Tuesday's launch.  And then he said this:
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Axios, New York Times and TheGrio
Grant Stern / The Stern Facts:
Florida authorities take new action on Arizona audit group linked to Sidney Powell  —  A Dow Chemicals' heir started Sidney Powell's fundraising operation but now uses his own unregistered nonprofits to raise money supposedly going to Maricopa County.  —  5 hr ago
CNN:
Prominent Democrat calls out Biden admin for missing deadline to further sanction Russia over Navalny poisoning  —  Sullivan: US preparing more Russia sanctions over Navalny poisoning  —  Washington (CNN)The Biden administration has missed a deadline by more than a month …
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New York Times:
On Fox News, Vaccination Pleas Intensify, but Skepticism Persists  —  Amid mixed messages on the channel, the hosts Sean Hannity and Steve Doocy encourage viewers to get Covid-19 shots as the Delta variant spreads.  —  The morning anchor's plea was urgent and framed in the starkest of terms: Get the Covid-19 vaccine, or you could die.
Discussion: Just Above Sunset
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CNN:
White House has held discussions with Fox News over its Covid-19 coverage
BuzzFeed News:
WATCHING THE WATCHMEN  —  In the inky darkness of a late summer night last September, three cars filled with armed men began circling Birch Lake in northern Michigan, looking for ways to approach Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's three-bedroom vacation cottage, subdue her — using a stun gun if necessary — and drag her away.
Batya Jerenberg / World Israel News:
New York supermarket chains pull Ben & Jerry's over Israel boycott  —  “Seasons has removed all Ben and Jerry's products from all its stores as a result of the ice cream maker's decision to cease sales in parts of Israel.  We stand with Israel.  Always.”  —  By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
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Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
EXCLUSIVE: Ben & Jerry's Targets Anti-Semite Demographic With Audacious New Ice Cream Flavors
Discussion: Power Line
Steve Helber / Newsy:
Extremist Heimbach To Relaunch Hate Group, Says He Supports Violence  —  Content advisory: What you are about to read contains highly disturbing ideas.  Newsy is reporting on them because they speak to a trend of growing national  security concerns.   
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Hungary's spyware scandal is a crisis for Europe  —  You're reading an excerpt from the Today's WorldView newsletter.  Sign up to get the rest, including news from around the globe, interesting ideas and opinions to know, sent to your inbox every weekday.  —  Hungary's prime minister …
Discussion: NPR, Politico and Al Jazeera
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Washington Post:
Indian activists jailed on terrorism charges were on list with surveillance targets
Discussion: Gizmodo
Andrew Demillo / Associated Press:
Federal judge blocks Arkansas law banning most abortions  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked an Arkansas law banning nearly all abortions in the state while she hears a challenge to its constitutionality.  —  U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued …
Discussion: Townhall, The Hill and Political Wire
CBS News:
CBS News poll: Still more to learn about January 6, most Americans say  —  With Congress' January 6 Select Committee slated to start work soon, Americans still overwhelmingly disapprove of the events they witnessed that day, a sentiment that includes big majorities of both Republicans …
Discussion: News Corpse
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
My mother had a ‘vaccine passport’ from decades ago.  So why are we so averse to the idea now?  —  Our family wasn't much for heirlooms.  —  My mother, especially in her years as a busy young wife of an Air Force officer, tended to shed things, rather than save and curate them, as we moved every year or two.
Betsy McKay / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Life Expectancy Fell by 1.5 Years in 2020, the Biggest Decline in Generations  —  Covid-19, drug overdoses and homicides drove longevity down; Hispanic men suffered largest decline  —  Life expectancy in the U.S. fell by 1.5 years in 2020, the biggest decline since at least World War II …
Discussion: NPR and KTLA
Jeffie Lam / South China Morning Post:
Hong Kong national security police arrest another Apple Daily editor  —  Lam Man-chung is the eighth senior executive from the now-defunct newspaper to have been arrested since sweeping operation last month The publication, founded by media mogul Jimmy Lai, was forced to close after millions …
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Olivia Krauth / Courier-Journal:
Kentucky lawmaker under fire after comparing COVID-19 regulations to Jonestown cult leader  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky's House Education Committee chairwoman is under fire after appearing to compare efforts to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations to the Jonestown massacre.
Discussion: The Hill
Tyler Goodspeed / The Hill:
Back to '70s inflation?  How Biden's spending spree will hurt your wallet  —  Last week we learned that, in June, prices throughout the U.S. economy continued to rise at a pace we simply have not observed since the “Great Inflation” period of 1966-1982.  Tuesday's report that consumer prices …
Tim Perry / CBS News:
Kamala Harris says she's speaking with GOP senators about voting rights legislation  —  Vice President Kamala Harris says she is speaking with Republican senators on a key piece of voting legislation.  During a phone interview with CBS News, the vice president said there is “no bright line” …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Voting to Overturn the Election Is Apparently Great for Fundraising  —  The Republicans who objected to certifying the election—and owned it—are outraising the Republicans who voted for impeachment.  —  After the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Republicans who voted to overturn the election faced …
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Democrats begrudgingly accept McCarthy's picks for Jan. 6 committee  —  House Democrats are begrudgingly accepting Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's picks to join the select panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attacks — a list that includes a couple of their leading antagonists.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Russia and China are trying to control the Internet — even as they censor it  —  At the very moment that Russia and China are facing more pressure from Western governments to stop malicious cyberattacks, they've announced a pact to work together for new rules to control cyberspace.
Discussion: Fortune
Angela Dewan / CNN:
Scientists are worried by how fast the climate crisis has amplified extreme weather  —  (CNN)Until recently, climate change had been talked about as a future threat.  Its frontlines were portrayed as remote places like the Arctic, where polar bears are running out of sea ice to hunt from.
Spencer Ackerman / Forever Wars:
This Is Forever  —  The War on Terror never ended.  Covering it properly requires jettisoning some long-standing journalism practices - but not standards.  —  9 hr ago  —  WELCOME TO FOREVER WARS, a journalistic experiment.  Whether the experiment succeeds or fails is in your hands.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Kerry Howley / New York Magazine:
Call Me a Traitor Daniel Hale exposed the machinery of America's clandestine warfare.  Why did no one seem to care?  —  Daniel Everette Hale was the best dishwasher in Nashville.  He was faster, more efficient, more knowledgeable about the machinery that makes a restaurant run.
 
 
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European Commission:
Beating financial crime: Commission overhauls anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism rules
Discussion: Politico
Katie Lobosco / CNN:
House Democrats call for cutting federal funding for charter schools
Discussion: The Hill
Annie Grayer / CNN:
First on CNN: Ilhan Omar leads group calling for special envoy to combat Islamophobia
Discussion: The Hill and TheBlaze
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Social conservatives ‘frustrated’ over Trump Supreme Court justices' rulings
Discussion: Raw Story
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: How a Democratic primary in Ohio became a Biden loyalty test
Discussion: HotAir and New York Times
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Fauci clashes with GOP senator, again, over misinformation about Wuhan lab research on coronavirus
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HuffPost:
Republicans Have No Clear Message On Child Tax Credit Payments
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
New Poll: Arizona Democrats Love Biden and Kelly. Kyrsten Sinema? Not So Much.
Discussion: The Hill and Data For Progress
Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
Biden stacks his administration with yet another tech foe
Barbara Medina / DA NewsCenter:
Synagogue Shooter Pleads Guilty, Will Serve Life in Prison
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill