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7:55 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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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 …
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
Discussion: RedState and Washington Post
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Tyler Bridges / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
After waiting, Steve Scalise gets vaccinated against COVID-19, calls it “safe and effective”
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Biden's crisis presidency will only get harder as it passes the six-month mark  —  ‘No one can convince me’: Sharp divide remains over vaccines  —  CNN will hold a town hall with President Joe Biden at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday in Cincinnati, Ohio, that will air live on CNN …
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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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Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Capitol attack committee chair vows to investigate Trump: ‘Nothing is off limits’  —  Bennie Thompson tells Guardian he will pursue wide-ranging inquiry to uncover root causes of January 6 attack  —  Congressman Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the new House select committee to scrutinize …
Discussion: Politico, Salon and Washington Post
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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.
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
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
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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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
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.
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Paul Gosar was a beloved dentist.  Now he's a MAGA congressman.  His former patients need a spit bowl.  —  Coreen Anderson didn't want to see the dentist.  —  She hadn't had her teeth cleaned for the better part of a decade, and was “super fearful” of the experience.
Discussion: VICE
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
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Right-wing media could end the coronavirus crisis.  Here's how.  —  No one took Geraldo Rivera very seriously last year when he proposed naming the coronavirus vaccine in honor of the just-defeated president.  —  “With the world so divided and everybody telling him he's got to give up and it's …
Discussion: Insider
Wall Street Journal:
Fed Chair Powell Enjoys Support For Reappointment, but He's Not a Lock  —  If President Biden does seek change, Fed governor Lael Brainard is the most likely candidate  —  President Biden's selection of the next Federal Reserve chair is likely to be a choice between keeping the current chief …
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.   
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
 
 
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Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Lobbyist Jeff Ricchetti, Brother of Senior Biden Aide, Sees Bump in Fees, Clients
Discussion: Politico and New York Post
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
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?
Politico:
Inside Schumer's infrastructure gamble
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
Angela Dewan / CNN:
Scientists are worried by how fast the climate crisis has amplified extreme weather
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