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Jesselyn Cook / HuffPost:
A Vaccine Or This Marriage: Conspiracy Theories Are Tearing Couples Apart  —  “He said if I take the vaccine I could pack my bags and leave his kids here.”  —  For Lucy, a 59-year-old metastatic breast cancer patient from Washington state, getting vaccinated against COVID-19 was a matter of life and death.
Washington Post:
‘Patience has worn thin’: Frustration mounts over vaccine holdouts  —  Millions continue to refuse coronavirus shots as the delta variant drives new outbreaks.  —  Seven months after the first coronavirus shots were rolled out, vaccinated Americans — including government …
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Adam Cancryn / Politico:
GOP sees widening rift over promoting Covid shots  —  The Republican Party is being torn apart by the debate over whether to more aggressively promote Covid-19 vaccines, pitting those alarmed by the virus' resurgence against a faction that has spent weeks sowing fear about the immunization push.
Discussion: CNN and Liberty Nation
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
The Most Influential Spreader of Coronavirus Misinformation Online  —  Researchers and regulators say Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician, creates and profits from misleading claims about Covid-19 vaccines.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The article that appeared online on Feb. 9 began …
Washington Post:
Bolsonaro once said he'd stage a military takeover.  Now Brazilians fear he could be laying the foundation for one.  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — In a television interview two decades ago, the fringe congressman didn't hesitate to say it: If he were president, he would shut down the Brazilian congress and stage a military takeover.
Nicholas Casey / New York Times:
Spain Pledged Citizenship to Sephardic Jews.  Now They Feel Betrayed.  —  In 2015, Spain said it would give citizenship to the descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled during the Spanish Inquisition.  Then rejections started pouring in this summer.  —  MADRID — María Sánchez …
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 …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Why Some Americans Are Still Hesitant to Get Vaccinated  —  The U.S. vaccine rollout has plateaued and the course of the coronavirus pandemic in this country may depend on how many people are ultimately swayed to get vaccinated.  —  CHICAGO — They acknowledged that they could have showed up months ago.
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: Althouse and Raw Story
Eric Lach / New Yorker:
The Case for Masking Up Again Indoors in New York City  —  Mark Levine doesn't want New Yorkers to overreact or underreact to the Delta variant.  He does want them to cover their faces when indoors with strangers.  —  On Wednesday afternoon, Mark Levine, the New York City Council member …
Sergei Kelley / Campus Reform the #1 Source …:
‘You may have oppressed somebody:’ Prof to White student who said he left his house that day  —  Sam Richards brought two students in front of the 700-student “SOC119: Race and Ethnic Relations” lecture in attempt to discuss privilege and discrimination.  —  Approaching a section of the lecture …
Discussion: BizPac Review and RedState
NBC News:
Conservative radio host, former vaccine skeptic ill with Covid-19  —  A conservative radio host in Tennessee who expressed skepticism about Covid-19 vaccines and was unvaccinated is hospitalized in critical care with the disease, his station announced Friday.
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
Rep. Eric Swalwell Posts Dramatic Text Exchange With Tucker Carlson  —  ‘NOT THAT INTO YOU’  —  Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) took a feud with Tucker Carlson to the next level Friday, posting screenshots of a heated conversation he had with the Fox News host.  The messages show Carlson asking …
Discussion: UPROXX, Insider and Raw Story
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.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Biden Not More Popular Than Trump, And Most Voters Like Obama Better
Brittany De Lea / Fox Business:
Florida Gov. DeSantis weighs in on Ben & Jerry's Israel boycott, requests state action  —  The state is taking steps toward no longer buying stock in Unilever & Ben & Jerry's  —  Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday put out a warning to Ben & Jerry's, and their parent company Unilever …
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.
BuzzFeed News:
“Protected Again And Again”: How A Fencer Made It To The Tokyo Olympics Despite Sexual Assault Allegations  —  The US Center for SafeSport was tasked with investigating sexual abuse claims at Olympic programs.  But in the first Summer Games since the agency's creation, Team USA fencers say the system failed them.
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 and RADAR
New York Post:
Biden DOJ drops civil rights probe of Gov. Cuomo over nursing homes and COVID-19  —  The Department of Justice has decided not to investigate whether the civil rights of residents in New York's government-run nursing homes were violated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's controversial admission policy related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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United States House Committee on Oversight …:
Scalise: Where is the Justice for Nursing Home Victims & Their Grieving Families?
Discussion: RedState and Washington Examiner
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.
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Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
NSA Finds No Evidence Tucker Carlson Was Targeted: Report
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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 …
Kyle Smith / PlannedMan:
Substack: Last, Best Hope for Free Speech  —  Substack is a godsend — the internet's great emerging forum for free thought and free speech.  Tweet  —  Highlights  —  The internet was a democratic revolution — until the tech lords became all-powerful censors.
Washington Examiner:
Democrats' spending bill bigger than advertised  —  Two centrist sources, one of them explicitly Democratic, provided further reasons why Congress should reject the Democratic Party's massive $3.5 trillion “reconciliation” spending bill.  —  The best new reason to oppose Democrats' massive …
Discussion: International Liberty
Washington Post:
Biden attacks Trump at Virginia rally, tying McAuliffe's opponent to ex-president  —  President Biden on Friday launched a frontal attack on Donald Trump at a campaign rally for Terry McAuliffe, leading a concerted effort to tie the Democrat's opponent in the Virginia governor's race to the former president.
 
 
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