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Kate Kelly / New York Times:
Details on F.B.I. Inquiry Into Kavanaugh Draw Fire From Democrats  —  The F.B.I. said some of the 4,500 tips it received about Justice Brett Kavanaugh were given to the Trump White House, leading some Democrats to call the process a sham.  —  Nearly three years after Justice Brett M …
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
The FBI's ‘investigation’ of Kavanaugh was laughable  —  The most laughable — and most telling — part of the FBI's recent letter to senators about its investigation of sexual assault allegations against Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh comes at the start: “This responds to your letter, dated August 1 …
Tara Parker-Pope / New York Times:
Why Everyone Has the Worst Summer Cold Ever  —  As pandemic restrictions begin to relax, common viruses that cause drippy noses, stuffy heads and other cold symptoms have roared back to taunt your immune system.  —  Yes, the summer cold and cough season really is worse than usual.
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Katherine J. Wu / The Atlantic:
4 Reasons I'm Wearing a Mask Again  —  Our vaccines are extraordinary, but right now they need all the help they can get.  —  Earlier this month, I pulled a mask out of the bin of hats, scarves, and gloves I keep by the door; strapped it on; and choked.  I had inhaled a mouthful of cat hair …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Why Vaccinated People Are Getting ‘Breakthrough’ Infections  —  The vaccines are effective at preventing serious illness and death, but they are not a golden shield against the coronavirus.  —  A wedding in Oklahoma leads to 15 vaccinated guests becoming infected with the coronavirus.
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
Bill to Strip Social Media of Protections for Health Misinformation  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar's legislation would create exception to law known as Section 230  —  WASHINGTON—Sen. Amy Klobuchar introduced a bill Thursday that would strip online platforms such as Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc …
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Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Mississippi asks the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade  —  (CNN)Mississippi's attorney general told the Supreme Court on Thursday that Roe v. Wade was “egregiously wrong” and should be overturned as she urged the justices to allow a controversial law that bars most abortions after 15 weeks to go into effect.
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Mississippi asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in upcoming case  —  Mississippi is asking the Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade in order to uphold the state's restrictions on abortion access, and to renounce the court's landmark holding a half-century ago that the Constitution protects a woman's right to obtain an abortion.
Jeffrey Toobin / CNN:
Clarence Thomas Is the new Chief Justice
Discussion: Reason
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Suddenly, (Some) Republicans Are All In on the Vaccine  —  The new G.O.P. politics of the pandemic follow the grim new math of the pandemic for Red America.  —  Since the end of the Trump Presidency, Republicans have been ratcheting up the doom-and-gloom quotient in their rhetoric.
Discussion: HuffPost, Washington Post and Newsy
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CNN:
Pelosi looks to bolster bipartisan standing of 1/6 panel with potential addition of GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
A Grizzly Bear Terrorized a Man for Days in Alaska.  The Coast Guard Saw His SOS.  —  Down to his last rounds of ammunition, with bruises and a leg injury, the man was rescued by a helicopter crew that just happened by.  —  He was sleep-deprived and nearly out of ammunition, alone in the wilderness of Alaska.
Riley Vetterkind / madison.com:
US Sen. Ron Johnson: ‘I may not be the best candidate’ for 2022  —  U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is sending out some mixed signals on whether he'll run for re-election in 2022.  —  In an interview this week, Johnson, R-Oshkosh, said he “may not be the best candidate” for the 2022 U.S. Senate race …
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The Hill:
Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe, eyeing new GOP reinforcements
Discussion: Associated Press and Townhall
Zoe Richards / The Daily Beast:
Psaki Calls DeSantis' Rejection of Masks in Schools ‘Greatly Concerning’  —  ‘KIDS AT RISK’  —  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called out Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' (R) on Thursday for speaking out against protective face masks in schools.  “If I were a parent in Florida …
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Kirby Wilson / Miami Herald:
Florida AG Moody tests positive for COVID days after being with DeSantis in Texas
Discussion: The Hill and NBC 6 South Florida
Politico:
Biden sanctions Cuban regime after crackdown on protesters  —  MIAMI — President Joe Biden on Thursday announced plans to slap targeted individual sanctions on Cuba regime officials and entities, bucking the progressive voices in his own party who called for an end to the embargo.
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Becky Sullivan / NPR:
CIA Director Says He Is Escalating Efforts To Solve ‘Havana Syndrome’ Mystery  —  CIA Director William Burns says he has redoubled the agency's efforts to uncover the cause of Havana Syndrome — the mysterious set of ailments that has afflicted more than 200 U.S. officials and family members around the world.
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NPR:   Transcript: NPR's Full Conversation With CIA Director William Burns
United States Capitol Police:
Capitol Police Board Announces Selection of USCP Chief of Police  —  J. Thomas Manger to Assume Command July 23, 2021  —  Following a nationwide recruitment by a leading executive search firm, the Capitol Police Board announces the appointment of J. Thomas Manger as Chief of the United States Capitol Police.
Discussion: Politico
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Steph Bazzle / HillReporter.com:
LISTEN: Audio Clip Released Of Trump Blaming Capitol Police For Insurrection
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
David Wildstein / New Jersey Globe:
Kim Guadagno, Christie's Lt. Governor, leaves the Republican Party  —  Former New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who was elected twice on a ticket with Gov. Chris Christie, has left the Republican Party and is now an unaffiliated voter, the New Jersey Globe has confirmed.
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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Matt Friedman / Politico:   Kim Guadagno, who served as Christie's lieutenant governor, leaves GOP
Politico:
Biden's obsession with scoring a bipartisan deal suddenly looks quite doable  —  President Joe Biden may finally be nearing the bipartisan win he's long yearned for but that some in his party say is politically unnecessary and may ultimately prove fleeting.  —  Despite a failed vote …
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AP-NORC:
Views on the Infrastructure Bill
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Signal
Josh Kurtz / Maryland Matters:
Steele Creates Exploratory Committee for Possible Gubernatorial Bid  —  Michael S. Steele, the former lieutenant governor and one-time chairman of the Republican National Committee, has created an exploratory committee ahead of a possible run for governor in 2022.
Discussion: Political Wire
Russell Gold / Wall Street Journal:
Startup Claims Breakthrough in Long-Duration Batteries  —  Form Energy's iron-air batteries could have big ramifications for storing electricity on the power grid  —  A four-year-old startup says it has built an inexpensive battery that can discharge power for days using one of the most common elements on Earth: iron.
Eric Ting / SFGATE:
Big warning signs for Gavin Newsom in latest recall poll  —  US virus cases nearly triple in 2 weeks amid misinformation  —  Big warning signs for Gavin Newsom in latest California recall poll  —  We finally have a new poll of the Gavin Newsom recall election in California …
Discussion: KRON4, RedState, KTLA and The Hill
Mallory Moench / San Francisco Chronicle:
$20,000 trash cans?  S.F. looks to roll out costly prototypes for pilot on street corners  —  San Francisco has long wanted to replace its universally loathed green trash receptacles seen on sidewalks all over the city.  On Wednesday, a supervisors' committee learned new prototypes will cost between $12,000 and $20,000 each.
Discussion: ABC7, RedState, Audacy and SFist
Rob Stein / NPR:
The Delta Variant Will Drive A Steep Rise In U.S. COVID Deaths, A New Model Shows  —  The current COVID-19 surge in the U.S. — fueled by the highly contagious delta variant — will steadily accelerate through the summer and fall, peaking in mid-October, with daily deaths more than triple what they are now.
Discussion: The Guardian
Susan Page / USA Today:
At 98 and facing cancer, Bob Dole reckons with legacy of Trump and ponders future of GOP  —  Bob Dole turns 98 years old Thursday and is battling lung cancer, but he is still outspoken about what's going on in the Washington he once helped lead - from the Keystone Pipeline to the need to protect the Senate filibuster.
Discussion: CNN, Insider, Raw Story, POLITICUSUSA and IJR
CNN:
Sleepaway camp in New York says 31 campers under age 12 tested positive for Covid-19  —  CDC warns of ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’  —  (CNN)A co-ed sleepaway camp in New York said that 31 campers between 7 and 11 years old have tested positive for Covid-19 — but none of their vaccinated 12-and-up campers did.
Discussion: The Hill, ABC17NEWS and Mercury News
 
 
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Democrats' defense of voting rights isn't shameless. But Republicans' silence is shameful.
Discussion: The Bulwark
Kayla Brantley / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Chaos at The View as show scrambles to replace Meghan McCain with a ‘Trump Republican’ …
Discussion: Mercury News
Kansas City Star:
As COVID spreads in KC, hospitals likely to seek mask rules | The Kansas City Star
Aaron Gordon / VICE:
Congrats to Andrew Cuomo on His Useless LaGuardia AirTrain
Discussion: Gothamist
Jackeline Luna / Los Angeles Times:
Is California's electric car revolution bad for the planet?
Discussion: Twitchy
 Earlier Items: 
Caitlin Flanagan / The Atlantic:
The University of California Is Lying to Us
The Dworkin Report:
Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn's harrowing firsthand account of the January 6th insurrection
Stephen Kruiser / pjmedia.com:
The Morning Briefing: Drunk Uncle Biden Struggles With English, Truth at Town Hall
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
America Is Getting Unvaccinated People All Wrong