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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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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 …
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
The Delta Variant Is a Reality Test
Discussion: RedState and Washington Post
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Republicans divided on how hard to push vaccines
Discussion: Fox News and Florida Politics
Tyler Bridges / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
After waiting, Steve Scalise gets vaccinated against COVID-19, calls it “safe and effective”
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 …
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 …
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Mike Stobbe / Associated Press:
US life expectancy in 2020 saw biggest drop since WWII  —  NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II, public health officials said Wednesday.  The decrease for both Black Americans and Hispanic Americans was even worse: three years.
Discussion: Forbes and Al Jazeera
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:
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National Review:
To Boldly Go  —  Over the last two weeks, a new frontier in space travel has been opened …
Discussion: The Federalist
Monica Showalter / American Thinker:
Cyberhacks: What does China have on Biden?  —  Does anybody remember the bluster Joe Biden emitted when he ‘confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin’ over Russian hacking at his June 16 Geneva summit? … Tough, tough, tough.  And as far as public knowledge goes, it's not completely certain …
Discussion: Washington Post, Protocol and RedState
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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: The Hill, Salon and Politico
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Dennis Pillion / al.com:
'I'm sorry, but it's too late' Alabama doctor on treating unvaccinated, dying COVID patients  —  Dr. Brytney Cobia said Monday that all but one of her COVID patients in Alabama did not receive the vaccine.  The vaccinated patient, she said, just needed a little oxygen and is expected to fully recover.
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
White Alabama City Councilman Refers to Fellow Council Member as a ‘House N****r’  —  ‘WILL SHE PLEASE STAND UP?’  —  An Alabama city councilman referred to a fellow city council member as a “house n—  r” at a meeting on Monday evening.  Tarrant, Alabama city councilman Tommy Bryant loudly asked, “Do we have a house n—
Discussion: HuffPost, Law & Crime and TheGrio
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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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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.
CNN:
Ted Cruz is blocking diplomats from being confirmed, and it has nothing to do with their qualifications  —  Washington (CNN)An extraordinary effort by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to block nominees from being confirmed to vital jobs in the State Department is creating hurdles …
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CNN:   Prominent Democrat calls out Biden admin for missing deadline to further sanction Russia over Navalny poisoning
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 …
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
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
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo Is Losing Major Political Donors Amid Federal, State Probes  —  The defections could complicate the New York governor's expected re-election bid as he fights off allegations that he sexually harassed staff and mishandled the pandemic  —  For over a decade …
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
Women's Handball Players Are Fined for Rejecting Bikini Uniforms  —  Norway's beach handball players were each fined 150 euros for wearing shorts rather than the required bikini bottoms.  A spokeswoman for the International Handball Federation said she didn't know the reason for the rule.
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.   
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Right-wing media could end the pandemic — without giving an inch in the culture war.  Here's the script.  —  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 …
Discussion: Insider
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
New York to Require Vaccination or Weekly Testing for City Health Workers  —  The new city policy takes aim at improving vaccination rates at public hospitals.  Around 60 percent of workers in the city's public hospital system are vaccinated.  —  For months, Mayor Bill de Blasio …
Discussion: The Hill
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
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.
Washington Post:
Allen Weisselberg resigned from the top of the Trump Organization.  So who's running the company now?  —  Earlier this month, Allen Weisselberg — the Trump Organization's most powerful employee not named “Trump” — resigned his post in the company's leadership.
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.
 
 
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Lobbyist Jeff Ricchetti, Brother of Senior Biden Aide, Sees Bump in Fees, Clients
Discussion: Politico and New York Post
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Voting to Overturn the Election Is Apparently Great for Fundraising
Discussion: Raw Story
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Russia and China are trying to control the Internet — even as they censor it
Discussion: Fortune
Tyler Goodspeed / The Hill:
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Jeffie Lam / South China Morning Post:
Hong Kong national security police arrest another Apple Daily editor
Katie Lobosco / CNN:
House Democrats call for cutting federal funding for charter schools
Discussion: The Hill
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Olivia Krauth / Courier-Journal:
Kentucky lawmaker under fire after comparing COVID-19 regulations to Jonestown cult leader
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?
New York Times:
On Fox News, Vaccination Pleas Intensify, but Skepticism Persists
Discussion: Just Above Sunset
Batya Jerenberg / World Israel News:
New York supermarket chains pull Ben & Jerry's over Israel boycott
Discussion: Breitbart and The Times of Israel
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Fauci clashes with GOP senator, again, over misinformation about Wuhan lab research on coronavirus
Angela Dewan / CNN:
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