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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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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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Washington Post:
Growing number of Republicans urge vaccinations amid delta surge
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
Washington Post:
Driven by covid deaths, U.S. life expectancy dropped by 1.5 years in 2020  —  Life expectancy in the United States dropped by a year and a half in 2020 — a continuation of a worrisome decline that was observed in the first half of last year as the coronavirus pandemic ravaged the country, according to federal data released Wednesday.
Discussion: NPR and Slate
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Outside the Beltway
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—
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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:
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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
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 …
Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed News:
China Can Lock Up A Million Muslims In Xinjiang At Once … This project was supported by the Open Technology Fund, the Pulitzer Center, and the Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism.  —  For the first time, BuzzFeed News can reveal the full capacity of China's previously secret network …
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.
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 …
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.
Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Personal threats, election lies and punishing new laws rattle election officials, raising fears of a mass exodus  —  (CNN)Maribeth Witzel-Behl had run elections in Madison, Wisconsin, for 15 years when the 2020 election arrived, bringing challenges like no other: a global pandemic, a crushing workload, lawsuits and a recount.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
College Republicans Erupt in Civil War Over Kid Rock Cash  —  ‘SELFISH AMBITIONS’  —  A year out from the midterms, young Republicans are at war over the American Bad Ass' contributions and a disputed leadership race.  —  Decades ago, future GOP operatives like Roger Stone, Paul Manafort …
Discussion: Raw Story
Summer Ballentine / Associated Press:
No Black parents, teachers or scholars invited to Missouri hearing on teaching race  —  A Missouri legislative committee on Monday held a hearing on how educators teach K-12 students about race and racism without hearing from any Black Missourians.  —  No Black parents, teachers …
Discussion: The Hill
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Ratings of Black-White Relations at New Low  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the second consecutive year, U.S. adults' positive ratings of relations between Black and White Americans are at their lowest point in more than two decades of measurement.  Currently, 42% of Americans say relations between …
Ruth Ben-Ghiat / Lucid:
Love-Bombs and Buzzwords: How Authoritarian Cults Work  —  Welcome back to Lucid!  This week I'm thinking about cults.  Here is the first of two essays on authoritarian cults.  Next week's piece will be about disengagement.  Stay tuned for tomorrow's interview with Amanda Montell, author of Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism.
Discussion: Cape Cod Times
SSRN:
Abstract  —  In this Article, we introduce our planned ten-part series that provides the first comprehensive examination of the offices and officers of the Constitution.  This series will explain the original public meaning of twelve clauses of the Constitution that refer to six categories of offices and officers.
Discussion: Reason
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Demings sticks by Cuba embargo — Gruters investigated over harassment allegations — Bucs and Brady at the White House  —  Hello and welcome to Wednesday.  —  Tripped up — The Cuba protests have propelled Sen. Marco Rubio into the daily spotlight with plenty of appearances on Fox News …
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.
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
How America lost its commitment to the right to vote  —  The Supreme Court isn't even pretending that it's bound by legal texts in its voting rights cases.  —  The Supreme Court, Justice Elena Kagan lamented in a dissenting opinion earlier this month, “has treated no statute worse” than the Voting Rights Act.
MeidasTouch / The MeidasTouch Podcast:
Taking a Doocy with Rep. Eric Swalwell  —  On today's episode of The MeidasTouch Podcast, the brothers sit down with Congressman Eric Swalwell of California's 15th Congressional District.  During the interview, the team takes a deep dive into the new and expanded edition of Congressman Swalwell's book …
Discussion: Insider
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.   
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
Wildfire smoke pouring into Mid-Atlantic prompts air-quality alert for D.C. and Baltimore  —  Air quality is expected to improve by Thursday as a cold front pushes most of the smoke away  —  Smoke from wildfires in the western United States and southern Canada is spilling into the eastern United States …
CNN:
McConnell says no Republicans will vote to raise debt ceiling  —  Watch Yellen warn Congress: This could have ‘catastrophic economic consequences’  —  Washington (CNN)Republicans will not vote to increase the debt ceiling, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a new interview …
Michael Lange / The Narrative Wars:
Charles Barron is Back: His Unique Rise to Power, East New York's Forgotten Socialist Dynasty, and the Never Ending Narrative Wars  —  How the Barrons have been shattering narratives for two decades  —  “The socialist left is on the rise, particularly in neighborhoods where Black …
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 …
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
Popular Massachusetts tourist destination issues mask advisory after 132 new Covid cases … A popular Massachusetts tourist destination issued a mask advisory Monday after an outbreak of Covid-19 cases following the July 4 holiday weekend.  —  As of Friday, 132 Covid cases that are associated …
Discussion: The Hill, ABC News and New York Post
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Eric Adams Is Going to Save New York  —  Eric Adams arrives for lunch alone, no entourage or media handler.  He shows me his new earring — “the first thing,” he says, that Joe Biden “asked to see” when the two met recently to discuss gun violence.  He orders a tomato salad with oil on the side …
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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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Biden Might Avoid the Policy Sinkhole That Swamped His Predecessors
Discussion: USA Today
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: New Moody's report concludes infrastructure bills are key to nation's economic growth
Discussion: HotAir, Crooks and Liars, Politico and CNN
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
New York to Require Vaccination or Weekly Testing for City Health Workers
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo Is Losing Major Political Donors Amid Federal, State Probes
Discussion: HotAir
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
Tyler Goodspeed / The Hill:
Back to '70s inflation? How Biden's spending spree will hurt your wallet
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Demillo / Associated Press:
Federal judge blocks Arkansas law banning most abortions
Discussion: Townhall, The Hill and Political Wire
Olivia Krauth / Courier-Journal:
Kentucky lawmaker under fire after comparing COVID-19 regulations to Jonestown cult leader
Discussion: The Hill
Grant Stern / The Stern Facts:
Florida authorities take new action on Arizona audit group linked to Sidney Powell
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?
Batya Jerenberg / World Israel News:
New York supermarket chains pull Ben & Jerry's over Israel boycott
Discussion: The Times of Israel and Breitbart
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former Advisor to Presidential Candidate Among Three Defendants Charged with Acting as Agents of a Foreign Government