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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.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Intellectualist
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Alabama governor says 'it's time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks' as pandemic worsens  —  “I can't make you take care of yourself,” Republican Kay Ivey said of her state's residents who have yet to receive their shots.  —  Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks during a news conference.
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Phil Pinarski / CBS 42:
'It's time to start blaming the unvaccinated': Gov. Ivey on rise in COVID-19 cases, low vaccination rate  —  You have been added to CBS 42 Daily News Newsletter  —  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — On Thursday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey addressed concerns about the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the state and its low vaccination rate.
Politico:
‘Deadly serious’: Pelosi goes to war with GOP over Jan. 6  —  Nancy Pelosi has some unfinished business with Donald Trump.  —  The volatile former president and Pelosi foe is long gone from the White House but still haunts Capitol Hill.  And as much as some in her party might want to move on from Trump …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Byron York's Daily Memo: Democrats, double standards, and the Capitol riot committee
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Washington Post:
A scandal-scarred Senate candidate wants Donald Trump's endorsement. Other Republicans worry he'll give it.
Discussion: Daily Montanan and CNN
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.
Discussion: Hawaii Tribune-Herald
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
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Rob Stein / NPR:
The Delta Variant Will Drive A Steep Rise In U.S. COVID Deaths, A New Model Shows
Discussion: naked capitalism
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Florida, Missouri and Texas now account for 40% of new coronavirus cases in U.S.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and HotAir
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trumpworld is already weighing veeps for 2024.  Hint: It ain't Pence.  —  Donald Trump and his advisers are convinced that if he runs again for president in 2024, the Republican nomination will be his.  Their confidence is so supreme that they view almost all of the emerging field …
CNN:
Biden poised to nominate Caroline Kennedy as US ambassador to Australia  —  Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden is poised to nominate Caroline Kennedy to serve as ambassador to Australia, three people familiar with the search process told CNN, in one of the highest-profile envoy selections yet by the White House.
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Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
FBI says it got more than 4,500 tips on Kavanaugh, providing ‘relevant’ ones to Trump White House
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
How a Rising Trump Critic Lost Her Nerve  —  Nancy Mace was on a mission to find a gun that would fit inside her purse.  It was the first Friday in March, and we'd come to a shooting range in North Charleston to try out the Sig Sauer P365.  She strode to a shooting lane …
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 …
Gary Abernathy / Washington Post:
Stop insulting Trump voters and their concerns.  Talk to them.  —  When supporters of former president Donald Trump hear media pundits analyze them with the usual collection of belittling observations, they must be tempted to respond, “Hey, we're right here!  We can hear you!”
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and HuffPost
CNN:
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 …
Discussion: UPI and The Guardian
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 …
Issues & Insights:
Who Are The Real COVID Vaccine Refuseniks?  Hint: It's Not What You've Been Told  —  The Biden administration, stung by missing its vaccine targets and the rising COVID-19 cases, has decided to blame Republicans.  That's not surprising.  But it's traditionally Democratic groups …
Discussion: CNN
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
What the fight between Anthony Fauci and Rand Paul is really about  —  More than 18 months into the coronavirus pandemic, our government leaders still can't manage to have a rational conversation about a crucial public health question: How did the covid-19 crisis begin?
Zaid Jilani / Persuasion:
The End of “Cancel Culture”?  —  Young Americans may return us to a culture of compassion and forgiveness.  —  1 hr ago  —  In their book The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, authors Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff speculate …
American Greatness:
Why Not Award Ashli Babbitt's Killer the Medal of Honor?  —  If the killing of the Air Force veteran in the Capitol on January 6 was a salvific act, why hide the killer?  Why not celebrate him?  —  What follows describes our oligarchy's terrible trilemma concerning their narrative of January 6.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
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: ACLU and City Journal
Jill Biden / NBC News:
An open letter to Tokyo Olympics' Team USA  —  Your journey to Tokyo likely started at a young age, the first time you picked up a ball or jumped in the water, the first ride that made you feel truly free or when the backflip you thought was impossible suddenly wasn't.
Jennifer Hassan / Reuters:
Summer of floods: The climate connection behind deadly downpours around the world  —  From China to Germany and parts of the United States, countries across the world have been ravaged by deadly floods this summer, bringing widespread destruction in some cases to entire communities …
Discussion: Washington Post
Jacqueline Charles / Miami Herald:
Shots fired at Jovenel Moïse's funeral in Cap-Haitien.  U.S., U.N. delegations leave  —  The funeral for Jovenel Moïse, the president of Haiti assassinated two weeks ago, was marred by gunfire Friday.  —  The U.S. delegation, headed by Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield …
Discussion: Forbes
Kaili Joy Gray / Angry Mouse:
The majority wants to end COVID.  Once again, Republicans are filibustering.  —  In this country, it takes more than a majority to give the majority what it wants.  —  It shouldn't be this hard.  In fact, it shouldn't be hard at all.  —  More than 600,000 Americans have lost their lives to COVID …
Discussion: The Hill, Newsy and CNN
Jon Lee Anderson / New Yorker:
Is Cuba's Communist Party Finally Losing Its Hold on the Country?  —  Historic protests across the island cast doubt on the regime's staying power.  —  On Sunday, July 11th, the world took note of a historic event in Cuba, as thousands of citizens took to the streets to protest against the government.
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Suspect Tries to Compare Capitol Riot to Last Year's Violence in Portland, Ore.  —  Right-wing news media and Republican politicians have often made the comparison.  Now, in a narrow legal context, a judge will consider the argument.  —  The comparison has become a staple among right-wing figures …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
 
 
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CNN:
Biden administration purchases extra Pfizer doses to prepare for possibility of children vaccine needs and booster shots
Jane Lee / Reuters:
U.S. moves to drop visa fraud charges against Chinese researcher
ProPublica:
“Don't You Work With Old People?”: Many Elder-Care Workers Still Refuse to Get COVID-19 Vaccine
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times
CNN:
Afghan interpreter for US Army was beheaded by Taliban. Others fear they will be hunted down too
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Andrea Mitchell / MSNBC:
Trump calls Jan. 6 rioters ‘loving crowd’ in new audio
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Boosting Vaccinations  —  Vaccine mandates are controversial.  They're also a way to save lives.
Juan Marron / Institute for Research …:
Oregon Three Percenter Running “Escort” Group for Bootleg Firefighters
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Read my lips: We're not going back to masks and lockdowns again
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
New poll puts Shontel Brown within five points of Nina Turner in tightening OH-11 race
Discussion: The Hill
Marc Thiessen / Washington Post:
Did Biden just commit an impeachable offense in Ukraine?
Discussion: Axios