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4:05 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
Washington Post:
Thomas Barrack, Trump ally who chaired inaugural committee, indicted in foreign lobbying case  —  Thomas J. Barrack, a longtime friend to former president Donald Trump and a billionaire businessman, was arrested on Tuesday for violating foreign lobbying laws, officials said Tuesday.
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.
Rebecca Davis O'Brien / Wall Street Journal:
Tom Barrack Charged With Acting as a Foreign Agent for United Arab Emirates  —  The Colony Capital founder and longtime Trump ally was arrested after an indictment was unsealed in federal court in New York  —  Tom Barrack, the real-estate investor and a longtime ally of former President Trump …
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Talking Points Memo
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 …
New York Times:
Thomas Barrack, Trump Fund-Raiser, Indicted on Lobbying Charge
Discussion: Law & Crime
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.
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Sixth Texas Democrat in DC tests positive for COVID, and boycott isn't going quite as planned
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.
Beth Treffeisen / Cape Cod Times:
Linda Zuern, former Bourne selectman, dies of complications of COVID-19
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Progress Pond
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.
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: TheBlaze, Sky Dancing and HotAir
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 …
Discussion: NPR, Common Dreams and Political Wire
Talia Lavin / MSNBC:
Jeff Bezos' live Blue Origin space launch is the pinnacle of waste
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.
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 spreading unsubstantiated fears about vaccinations.
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Here's What to Expect from the Republicans on the Jan. 6 Committee  —  Kevin McCarthy met with Trump before announcing his appointees.  —  After a pilgrimage to Bedminster to get the blessing of the GOP's Apricot Archbishop, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy announced yesterday …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
DEA agent charged with breaching police lines during Capitol riot  —  A special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration has become the first federal law enforcement charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.  —  Mark Ibrahim of Orange County, Calif. …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
DEA agent arrested for participating in Jan. 6 Capitol riot by Trump supporters
Discussion: 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.
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: Townhall
Orlando Sentinel:
We're begging you, Gov. DeSantis, stop messing in Texas and save Florida from COVID  —  That's what DeSantis told the conservative TPUSA crowd on Sunday.  —  We agree.  Completely.  —  Please, governor, we're begging you, handle the COVID problem.  Be a leader.
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.
Discussion: The Hill and Detroit News
Washington Post:
What were the Capitol rioters thinking on Jan. 6?  —  Robert Gieswein is a good man, according to family and friends, who describe him as gentle and compassionate.  His mother says he has “an amazing work ethic.”  His younger sister calls him “the most inspiring person in my life.”
Washington Post:
Indicted Trump Organization executive may have defended his Mercedes perks in custody, court documents show  —  NEW YORK — Indicted Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg may have offered an unprompted early defense to investigators on the day he was charged in a 15-year tax avoidance …
Roger Kimball /
The FBI has lost the plot  —  Whom the gods would destroy, they first make ridiculous.  Consider the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  That once-respected institution has been busy wiping (or, more to the point, not wiping) egg off its face at least since the moist tenure of James ‘higher loyalty’ Comey.
Kate Conger / New York Times:
Twitter Suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene for Posting Coronavirus Misinformation  —  The Republican lawmaker from Georgia cannot tweet for 12 hours, after the White House criticized social media sites for amplifying vaccine lies.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter said on Monday …
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
EXCLUSIVE: Ben & Jerry's Targets Anti-Semite Demographic With Audacious New Ice Cream Flavors  —  Left-wing dessert has slaughtered millions through its contributions to the global obesity epidemic  —  Ben & Jerry's, a left-wing ice cream company owned by Unilever, announced Monday …
Discussion: Power Line
Alan Yuhas / New York Times:
Don't Call Them ‘Shark Attacks,’ Scientists Say  —  In recent years, researchers and wildlife officials in Australia and the United States have adopted terms like “bites,” “incidents” and “encounters.”  They wish the public would, too.  —  On the beaches of Western Australia …
John Feehery / The Hill:
Running against the Democratic dystopia  —  From a political perspective, the fact that Democrats run everything in Washington means they get the blame for everything that goes wrong.  —  And many, many things are going wrong.  —  The Nationals game was suspended on Saturday night …
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Buttigieg cheers space flight, says he'd go ‘in a heartbeat’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Former mayor, one-time presidential candidate, Transportation secretary — future space traveler?  —  Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says he was excited to see Jeff Bezos' blast-off into space Tuesday …
Discussion: The Hill
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Texas Senate Bill Drops Teaching Requirement That Ku Klux Klan Is ‘Morally Wrong’  —  Eliminated requirements also include the writings of Martin Luther King Jr., United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez and suffragist Susan B. Anthony.  —  In a new political low in Texas …
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:
Virginia GOP Makes a Mockery of the Redistricting Process  —  In 2020, Virginia voters passed an amendment to the state constitution designed to thwart the kind of partisan gerrymandering that has helped make American politics so polarized in recent decades.
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
Swalwell Had Meetings With Qatari Charity Tied to Terrorist Groups  —  Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.), the House Intelligence Committee member who was targeted by a foreign spy during his early days in Congress, has met twice in the past nine months with a Hamas-linked charity that spends hundreds …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Justice Department seeks 50-year bar to release of grand jury material  —  The Justice Department is pushing for rule changes that would put a 50-year delay on when courts can consider releasing material from federal grand juries, according to documents and interviews, and would separately allow gag orders …
Discussion: HotAir and Common Dreams
Lawrence Glickman / The Atlantic:
3 Tropes of White Victimhood  —  In the conservative world, the idea that white people in the United States are under siege has become doctrine.  In recent weeks, three prominent figures have each offered their own versions of this tenet.  —  In June, Brian Kilmeade, one of the hosts of Fox & Friends …
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Florida GOP chair under investigation for alleged sexual harassment  —  TALLAHASSEE — The Republican Party of Florida is investigating its chair, Joe Gruters, in connection with a sexual harassment allegation involving a legislative staffer amid complaints from top party officials that the accusation was covered up.
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 …
National Review:
The Bizarre Martyrdom of Nikole Hannah-Jones  —  The creator of the 1619 Project is hardly the model journalist, despite her celebrity and prizes.  —  One of the summer's less predictable media firestorms has been the angst-ridden watch party concerning whether celebrity journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones …
Discussion: BizPac Review
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
The Meaningless Money Pledge Democrats Love to Take  —  Democrats are increasingly swearing off corporate PAC money, but does it really mean anything?  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  One hundred and fifty-five Democratic candidates for Congress took the pledge in 2020, vowing that they would not accept any corporate PAC money.
Discussion: Breitbart and NRCC
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Matt Arco / New Jersey Online:
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Discussion: HotAir
John Sexton / HotAir:
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