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8:15 PM ET, July 20, 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 … Tom Barrack, who chaired former President Donald Trump's 2017 inaugural committee, was arrested Tuesday on charges that he unlawfully influenced the foreign policy positions of the campaign and administration …
Discussion: Variety
New York Times:
Thomas Barrack, Trump Fund-Raiser, Indicted on Lobbying Charge  —  Mr. Barrack, who served as chairman of Donald Trump's inaugural committee, was accused in the Eastern District of New York of failing to register as a lobbyist for the United Arab Emirates.  —  WASHINGTON — Thomas J. Barrack Jr. …
Discussion: Law & Crime and Associated Press
CNBC:
Tom Barrack charged with illegally lobbying then-President Trump on behalf of UAE  — Thomas Barrack, a private equity investor, was arrested charges related to illegally lobbying his close friend former President Donald Donald Trump for the United Arab Emirates while Trump was running for and serving as president.
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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Beth Treffeisen / Cape Cod Times:
Linda Zuern, former Bourne selectman, dies of complications of COVID-19  —  BOURNE — Linda Zuern, remembered as a staunch conservative, well-respected educator and friend to many in the town of Bourne, died on Friday due to complications of COVID-19.  —  “This is one exceptional lady …
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.
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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: Fox News and Political Wire
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
J.&J. Vaccine May Be Less Effective Against Delta, Study Suggests
Discussion: The Hill and Forbes
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: White House official, Pelosi aide test positive for COVID  —  A White House official and a staff member for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have both tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the same reception last week, officials confirmed to Axios.
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Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Super Spreaders: Pelosi's Office Blames Texas Dems for COVID Outbreak
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.
Politico:
Biden tiptoes around Fox News amid pushback on Covid vaccine disinfo  —  As President Joe Biden scrambles to convince hesitant Americans to get the Covid-19 vaccine, his White House has largely steered clear of Fox News, the major cable news outlet whose opinion hosts and guests …
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New York Times:   On Fox News, Vaccination Pleas Intensify, but Skepticism Persists
CNN:
White House has held talks 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.
Miriam Kramer / Axios:
Bezos says space flight reinforced commitment to fighting climate change  —  Jeff Bezos said in an interview hours after flying to suborbital space on Tuesday that there are “no words” to adequately describe the experience, but that it reinforced his commitment to combatting climate change and keeping Earth …
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:   Forget the Democratic haters — Bezos flight represents innovation, brilliant future
Talia Lavin / MSNBC:
Jeff Bezos' live Blue Origin space launch is the pinnacle of waste
Discussion: National Review and Space.com
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
EXCLUSIVE: Ben & Jerry's Targets Anti-Semite Demographic With Audacious New Ice Cream Flavors  —  Ben & Jerry's, a left-wing ice cream company owned by Unilever, announced Monday that it will stop selling its products in the so-called Occupied Palestinian Territory, more commonly known as the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Discussion: Power Line
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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.”  —  Several supermarket chains …
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.
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Brendan Cole / Newsweek:
Nancy Pelosi Urged to Veto Jim Jordan From January 6 Committee
Discussion: Washington Post, VICE and Truthout
Politico:
U.S. urges Ukraine to stay quiet on Russian pipeline  —  In the midst of tense negotiations with Berlin over a controversial Russia-to-Germany pipeline, the Biden administration is asking a friendly country to stay quiet about its vociferous opposition.  And Ukraine is not happy.
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S.-German Deal on Russia's Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Expected Soon
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
New Poll: Arizona Democrats Love Biden and Kelly.  Kyrsten Sinema?  Not So Much.  —  Fight disinformation.  Get a daily recap of the facts that matter.  Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's support for the Senate filibuster appears to be doing real damage to her political brand back home.
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Lew Blank / Data For Progress:
Who is Kyrsten Sinema Really Representing?
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
On the list: Ten prime ministers, three presidents and a king … Spies for centuries have trained their sights on those who shape destinies of nations: presidents, prime ministers, kings.  —  And in the 21st century, most of them carry smartphones.  —  Such is the underlying logic …
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Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Hungary's spyware scandal is a crisis for Europe
Discussion: NPR, Politico and Al Jazeera
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
NPR's Brilliant Self-Own  —  National Public Radio complains about a media figure who tells people “what their opinions should be” and uses political “buzzwords”  —  Yesterday's NPR article, “Outrage As A Business Model: How Ben Shapiro Is Using Facebook To Build An Empire,” …
Discussion: HotAir, Townhall and Instapundit
Brent Wilson / Bama Politics:
Tarrant, AL Councilman Tommy Bryant: “Do We Have A House N***** In Here?”  —  Tarrant, AL city council member Tommy Bryant, has come under fire from residents after an exchange at a city council meeting Monday night in which he stood up and loudly asked, “Do we have a house n***er in here?”
Discussion: Law & Crime and Raw Story
Zachary Evans / National Review:
Rand Paul Accuses Fauci of Lying to Congress about Gain-of-Function Research Funding  —  Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) and Dr. Anthony Fauci again clashed over alleged U.S. government funding of gain-of-function research on bat coronavirus in Wuhan, China, during testimony before a Senate committee on Tuesday.
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Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Fauci clashes with GOP senator, again, over misinformation about Wuhan lab research on coronavirus
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Most unvaccinated Americans won't get the shot for any reason  —  Many won't budge even if their own doctor gives the shot, a celebrity endorses it or they get paid time off.
Discussion: Breitbart, Sky Dancing, TheBlaze and HotAir
Washington Post:
D.C. Council votes to raise taxes on the rich  —  The D.C. Council voted Tuesday to increase income taxes on residents earning more than $250,000 per year, and use the revenue to tackle homelessness and other social problems.  —  With $2.3 billion in federal money to spend …
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.
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 …
Mead Gruver / Associated Press:
Trump: Liz Cheney opponents to meet with him pre-endorsement  —  CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Donald Trump will meet with Republicans running against Rep. Liz Cheney next week, and endorse one in the next few months, the former president said in a statement Tuesday.
HuffPost:
Republicans Have No Clear Message On Child Tax Credit Payments  —  Meanwhile, Democrats are celebrating their new policy and vowing to make it permanent.  —  As Democrats celebrate parents across the country receiving their first checks through the child tax credit, Republicans aren't quite sure how to respond.
Politico:
Inside Schumer's infrastructure gamble  —  Shortly before Chuck Schumer cued up a vote on the staggering bipartisan infrastructure agreement reached by five of his centrists, he gathered them all in person for a gut check.  —  The Senate majority leader wanted to explain his thinking …
Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
Biden stacks his administration with yet another tech foe  —  Jonathan Kanter, who has been tapped to lead the DOJ's antitrust division, has represented Google's competitors.  —  Big Tech has yet another reason to be worried about the threat of US government regulation.
 
 
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