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10:10 PM ET, July 23, 2021


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Associated Press:
As Herschel Walker eyes Senate run, a turbulent past emerges  —  ATLANTA (AP) — At first glance, Herschel Walker has a coveted political profile for a potential Senate candidate in Georgia.  —  He was a football hero at the University of Georgia before his long NFL career.
Tess Owen / VICE:
Breast Cancer Patient Attacked by Violent Anti-Mask Protest Outside Clinic  —  “Do you know anything about chemotherapy?  Do you know what happens to the immune system?”  —  TO  —  A breast cancer patient says she was sprayed with bear mace, physically assaulted, and verbally abused outside …
Discussion: Raw Story and Digby's Hullabaloo
Michael Wolff / New York Times:
Why I'm Sure Trump Will Run for President in 2024  —  Mr. Wolff is the author of three books about the Trump presidency.  —  To write three books in four years about Donald Trump has been an immersion into his obsessions and fixations.  This is why I know the obvious: Donald Trump will run for president again.
Discussion: Raw Story
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Biden Officials Now Expect Vulnerable Americans to Need Booster Shots  —  The growing consensus that at least some Americans will need a booster is tied in part to research suggesting that Pfizer's vaccine is less effective after about six months.  —  WASHINGTON — Biden administration …
Martin Matishak / The Record:
NSA review finds that Tucker Carlson's communications were not targeted  —  The NSA has found no evidence to support Tucker Carlson's accusations that the agency had been spying on him in an effort to knock his show off the air, two people familiar with the matter told The Record.
Courtney Cronin / ESPN:
Rick Dennison out as Minnesota Vikings assistant after refusing COVID-19 vaccine, sources say  —  EAGAN, Minn. — After refusing to receive a vaccine for COVID-19, Rick Dennison is out as a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach, sources told ESPN on Friday.  —  Dennison had served …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Skilled in Strategy (and Grudges), Top Biden Adviser to Depart White House  —  Anita Dunn, who is returning to her Democratic consulting company next month, has long faced questions about how her influence in the White House intersects with her corporate work.
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
‘Loser’ Trump needled by Lincoln Project in brutal new ad highlighting Tom Brady snub  —  On Friday, the anti-GOP conservative group the Lincoln Project launched a new online ad mocking former President Donald Trump over NFL star Tom Brady's refusal to associate with him.
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
House Freedom Caucus asks McCarthy to try to remove Pelosi as speaker  —  The conservative House Freedom Caucus is urging Kevin McCarthy to try to boot Nancy Pelosi from her position as speaker, a sign of further escalating tensions after the California Democrat vetoed two of the House Minority …
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Suspect Tries to Compare Capitol Riot to Last Year's Violence in Portland, Ore.
Discussion: Raw Story
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
Some Florida Hospitals Have More Covid Patients Than Ever Before  —  A rapid rise in Covid-19 hospitalizations in parts of the country with lagging vaccination rates is causing alarm.  —  MIAMI — A month ago, the number of Covid-19 patients admitted at two University of Florida hospitals in Jacksonville was down to 14.
Discussion: HotAir and Reason
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Have Trump voters come down with a serious case of Snowflake Syndrome?  —  To hear some pundits and Republicans tell it, millions of people across the country who voted for Donald Trump are suffering from an affliction that you might call “Snowflake Syndrome.”
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Gaetz case takes bizarre tabloid turn  —  MIAMI — A sugar daddy website linked to the sex-trafficking investigation of Matt Gaetz publicly weighed in on the scandal, saying the lawmaker has never been registered on the site in search of young women.  —  The unusual move by the web site …
Discussion: Raw Story, RADAR, Page Six and
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Well-Known White Nationalist Kicked Out Of Air Force Following HuffPost Investigation  —  Shawn McCaffrey enlisted and then graduated from boot camp just as the Pentagon was claiming to aggressively confront extremism in the ranks.  —  A prominent white nationalist has been kicked …
Discussion: Raw Story
How concerned should we be about breakthrough coronavirus infections?  One expert weighs in  —  In the past week, you may have heard about Olympic athletes who are fully vaccinated getting positive Covid tests or people in Provincetown, Mass., or Texas Democrats or the New York Yankees.
“Don't You Work With Old People?”:  Many Elder-Care Workers Still Refuse to Get COVID-19 Vaccine  —  Amid a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” more than 40% of the nation's nursing home and long-term health care workers have yet to receive vaccinations. … They are two sisters in two states.
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE ‘QAnon Shaman’ in plea negotiations after mental health diagnosis -lawyer  —  The participant in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots nicknamed the “QAnon Shaman” is negotiating a possible plea deal with prosecutors, after prison psychologists found he suffers from a variety of mental illnesses, his attorney said.
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Biden Approval Drops to 50%, Lowest for Him to Date  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Joe Biden's latest job approval rating of 50% is down from 56% in June.  Before this month, his ratings had not shown meaningful variation during his time in office, and the current figure marks the lowest measured for him to date.
Discussion: Breitbart and FiveThirtyEight
Brett Kelman / The Tennessean:
Tennessee to restart nearly all vaccine outreach paused amid GOP pressure, says health commissioner  —  The Tennessee state government will resume all forms of vaccine outreach, with the narrow exception of social media posts aimed specifically at children, after halting many forms …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Vaccinated America Has Had Enough  —  In the United States, this pandemic could've been over by now, and certainly would've been by Labor Day.  If the pace of vaccination through the summer had been anything like the pace in April and May, the country would be nearing herd immunity.
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Most unvaccinated Americans don't want shots  —  Most Americans who haven't been vaccinated against COVID-19 say they are unlikely to get the shots and doubt they would work against the aggressive delta variant despite evidence they do, according to a new poll that underscores …
New York Times:   U.S. businesses and municipalities weigh vaccine mandates as N.Y.C.'s mayor calls for companies to require shots.
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Drops Visa Fraud Cases Against Five Chinese Researchers  —  Justice Department's move marks significant setback to its effort to stop alleged Chinese intelligence-gathering at U.S. universities  —  WASHINGTON—The Justice Department dropped cases against five visiting researchers accused …
Arrest of a Trump friend sends key message  —  Opinion by Norman Eisen, Claire Finkelstein and Richard Painter  —  Norman Eisen, a former ambassador and “ethics czar” for President Barack Obama and impeachment counsel to House Judiciary Committee Democrats in 2019-20, is a senior fellow …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Alex Jones' Last Ditch Defense in Sandy Hook Lawsuit: Depose Hillary Clinton  —  Alex Jones' legal team wants to depose Hillary Clinton.  Lawyers for the Sandy Hook families say it's a publicity stunt.  —  InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones could finally face legal consequences …
Discussion: Raw Story
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
How Anti-Racist Is Anti-Racism?  —  America's sitting president is decades older than its democracy.  From the time of the Constitution's founding until Joe Biden's junior year of college, our federal republic counted authoritarian white ethno-states among its members.
Discussion: HotAir, ACLU and City Journal
Wall Street Journal:
Huawei Hires Democratic Lobbyist Tony Podesta  —  Hiring comes amid renewed D.C. lobbying push by the Chinese company  —  Huawei Technologies Co. has hired veteran Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta —whose firm imploded in 2017 amid financial and legal troubles—as part of the Chinese company's …
The White House:
Memorandum on Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 2(c)(1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 (22 U.S.C. 2601(c)(1)) (MRAA) …
Jewel Wicker / The Guardian:
Voting curbs enacted in 18 US states this year despite none finding widespread fraud  —  Thirty laws limit mail and early voting, impose tougher voter ID laws and risk faulty purges, says Brennan Center analysis  —  At least 18 US states have enacted more than two dozen laws this year …
Tom Withers / Associated Press:
Cleveland's baseball team goes from Indians to Guardians  —  CLEVELAND (AP) — Known as the Indians since 1915, Cleveland's Major League Baseball team will be called Guardians.  —  The ballclub announced the name change Friday — effective at the end of the 2021 season …
Morgan Baskin / DCist:
When National Outlets Write About Violence In D.C., Whose Stories Do They Tell?  —  It seemed like much of the Washington press corps was dining and drinking north of Logan Circle on a balmy Thursday evening, when gunmen fired between 20 and 30 bullets near the intersection of 14th St. NW and Riggs Road, wounding two men.
Discussion: HotAir, New York Post and The Hill
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI assistant director faulted for misconduct around romantic relationship
United States House Committee on Oversight …:
Scalise: Where is the Justice for Nursing Home Victims & Their Grieving Families?
Discussion: Washington Examiner and RedState
Michela Tindera / Forbes:
These Billionaires Are Funding Legislators Who Refused To Certify The Election
Media Matters for America:
Conservative former Australian prime minister: Murdoch news outlets are “contributing to death and disease”
Bradley Rebeiro / Law & Liberty:
Redeeming the Constitution
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
 Earlier Items: 
Samuel Goldman / The Week:
Florida is the GOP's alternative to California
Fox News:
Sarah Sanders: Biden should credit Trump for development of safe, effective coronavirus vaccines
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
About 100 U.S. athletes in Tokyo unvaccinated as Covid-hit Olympics begin
Discussion: New York Post, Common Dreams and Slate
Afghan interpreter for US Army was beheaded by Taliban. Others fear they will be hunted down too
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
What the fight between Anthony Fauci and Rand Paul is really about
Juan Marron / Institute for Research …:
Oregon Three Percenter Running “Escort” Group for Bootleg Firefighters
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
How a Rising Trump Critic Lost Her Nerve
Matthew Gault / VICE:
A Defunct Video Hosting Site Is Flooding Normal Websites With Hardcore Porn