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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 …
The Official U.S. Senate website …:
After New Details on Kavanaugh Investigation Surface, Senators Call on FBI for Answers on Handling of ‘Tip Line’
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: New York Times and 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.
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
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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Nandita Bose / Reuters:
U.S. senators aim to stop vaccine misinformation by going after tech's legal immunity
Discussion: Vox, RedState and Politico
Kurt Bardella / NBC News:
Pelosi calls Republican Party's bluff on Capitol riot committee  —  On Monday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., nominated Reps. Jim Jordan, Jim Banks, Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls to serve on the select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
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CNN:
Pelosi looks to bolster bipartisan standing of 1/6 panel with potential addition of GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger
The Hill:
Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe, eyeing new GOP reinforcements
Discussion: Associated Press and Townhall
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: Washington Post, Mother Jones and Newsy
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Politico:
Biden's obsession with scoring a bipartisan deal suddenly looks quite doable
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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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
Steph Bazzle / HillReporter.com:
LISTEN: Audio Clip Released Of Trump Blaming Capitol Police For Insurrection  —  In an audio clip from a new book, Donald Trump seemed to skate right up to the edge of admitting that January's insurrection attempt, carried out by his fans who hoped to overturn the election in his favor …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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United States Capitol Police:
Capitol Police Board Announces Selection of USCP Chief of Police
Discussion: Politico
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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
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
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
Peter Moskos / Wall Street Journal:
The Murder Spike of 2020: When Police Pull Back  —  A criminologist argues that last year's unprecedented rise in killings was the result of treating policing as a problem to be solved, rather than an essential part of public order.  —  The rise in murders in the U.S. in 2020 was unprecedented.
Washington Post:
Thousands of bullets have been fired in this D.C. neighborhood.  Fear is part of everyday life.  —  Markeith Muskelly, a barber who has spent half his 52 years cutting hair in Southeast Washington, has seen people get shot on the street outside the shop where he works.  —  Last fall, he saw a man die there.
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.
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.
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: RedState, KRON4, KTLA and The Hill
Caitlin Flanagan / The Atlantic:
The University of California Is Lying to Us  —  “Liberté, égalité, fraternité!” is the cry that once stirred a nation to action, but out here in the crumbling state of California, we're at a lower ebb.  A hobbled people rally to a revolutionary whimper: “Put your pencils down.”
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
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 and Mercury News
Kayla Brantley / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Chaos at The View as show scrambles to replace Meghan McCain with a ‘Trump Republican’ like Kimberly Guilfoyle or Candace Owens to balance out the panel - leaving Joy Behar moaning she'll be stuck with someone tougher  — The View is scrambling to hire a conservative co-host to replace Meghan McCain
Discussion: Mercury News
 
 
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Lee Harris / American Prospect:
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Gary Abernathy / Washington Post:
Stop insulting Trump voters and their concerns. Talk to them.
Discussion: The Editorial Board and HuffPost
Media Matters for America:
Sean Hannity assures audience he's “not urging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine”
Discussion: KRON4
Kansas City Star:
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Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
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