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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.
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Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Alabama Republican Gov. Ivey says ‘start blaming the unvaccinated folks’ for rise in Covid cases  —  Washington (CNN)Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday called out “the unvaccinated folks” for the rise in Covid-19 cases in her state, a remarkable plea at a time when many GOP leaders …
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.
William Thornton / al.com:
Kay Ivey tells Alabamians to get vaccinated: 'I can't make you take care of yourself'
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 …
Discussion: Insider, The Root and Just Above Sunset
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: Democrats, double standards, and the Capitol riot committee  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  DEMOCRATS, DOUBLE STANDARDS, AND THE CAPITOL RIOT COMMITTEE.
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.
Politico:
Inside Trump's intense search for a Cheney challenger  —  Former President Donald Trump's top political advisers have been holding quiet talks over the last several months with the primary challengers looking to take down his most prominent Republican nemesis: Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney.
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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.
New York Times:
Democrats' Divide on Voting Rights Widens as Biden Faces Pressure  —  The president is increasingly at odds with leaders of the voting rights movement, who see a contrast between his soaring language and his willingness to push Congress to pass federal legislation.
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
The absolute farce that was the Biden-Lemon town hall
Discussion: CNN
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.
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.
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Rich Mendez / CNBC:
Delta variant is one of the most infectious respiratory diseases known, CDC director says
Discussion: WHYY
Kansas City Star:
Republican politicians lost in Medicaid expansion standoff, and Missouri voters won  —  BY THE KANSAS CITY STAR EDITORIAL BOARD  —  Thursday, the Missouri Supreme Court — with a clear, unanimous voice — said expanded Medicaid is constitutional.  That means 275,000 people now eligible …
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Kurt Erickson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
In a unanimous ruling, Missouri high court says Medicaid expansion ‘valid’
Discussion: ABC17NEWS
Andrea Mitchell / MSNBC:
Trump calls Jan. 6 rioters ‘loving crowd’ in new audio  —  Andrea Mitchell is joined by Phillip Rucker and Carol Leonnig, Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post reporters and co-authors of “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J Trump's Catastrophic Final Year.” which details the chaos inside the White House …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Cheryl Teh / Insider:
Book details how Mike Pence deferred to Jared Kushner like a ‘supplicant’ during meetings on the COVID crisis
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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!”
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 …
Matthew Gault / VICE:
A Defunct Video Hosting Site Is Flooding Normal Websites With Hardcore Porn  —  Stories on major news sites like ‘The Washington Post,’ and ‘New York Magazine’ currently have porn embedded in them because of an old site called Vidme.  —  Hardcore porn is embedded all over regular-ass websites …
Spectrum News NY1:
‘My job is to win’: DCCC Chair Maloney weighs in on 2022 midterms, state election law changes  —  Just a handful of seats.  —  That is all that stands between Democrats and losing control of the U.S. House — a loss that would amount to a death knell for President Joe Biden's ambitious agenda.
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.
Discussion: The Hill, HuffPost, Insider and UPI
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
Marc Thiessen / Washington Post:
Did Biden just commit an impeachable offense in Ukraine?  —  Remember when House Democrats impeached President Donald Trump for twisting the arm of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, allegedly conditioning a White House visit on his willingness to investigate Hunter Biden?
Discussion: Axios
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?
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 …
Discussion: HotAir
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
New poll puts Shontel Brown within five points of Nina Turner in tightening OH-11 race  —  Cuyahoga County Democratic chair has gained some steam, but lags in fundraising ahead of Aug. 3 primary  —  Following a slew of high-profile endorsements and independent expenditures …
Discussion: The Hill
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Read my lips: We're not going back to masks and lockdowns again  —  Are we really doing this again?  Are we really talking about returning to masking?  Again?  —  Last weekend, Los Angeles County reinstituted its mask mandate for indoor settings.  More than 60 percent of the county is fully vaccinated …
Politico:
Biden quickly moves to avoid the down ballot carnage that plagued Obama  —  When Joe Biden called Terry McAuliffe to congratulate him on winning the gubernatorial primary in Virginia last month, it didn't take long for McAuliffe to make his ask.  —  “'I need you here,'” …
Juan Marron / Institute for Research …:
Oregon Three Percenter Running “Escort” Group for Bootleg Firefighters  —  Three Percenter Rebrands non-profit as disaster relief; “Escorts” Aid Workers into Bootleg Fire Zones.  —  As Southern Oregon communities continue to reel from massive wildfires, an Oregon Three Percenter has inserted …
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Ex-airman: Guilt over drone strikes prompted to leak secrets  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former Air Force intelligence analyst said his guilt over participating in lethal drone strikes in Afghanistan led him to leak government secrets about the drone program to a reporter.
New York Times:
Boosting Vaccinations  —  Vaccine mandates are controversial.  They're also a way to save lives.  —  Vaccine mandates are controversial.  They're also effective.  — Before Houston Methodist became one of the first hospital systems in the U.S. to mandate Covid-19 vaccines, about 85 percent of its employees were vaccinated.
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.
 
 
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Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:
Senate panel votes to make women register for draft
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Some Republicans are pushing people to get vaccinated. It may be too late.
Marie Weidmayer / MLive.com:
FBI agent linked to Whitmer kidnapping case beat, choked wife after swingers' party, court records say
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Mark of Klain  —  Column: Washington does well as the world falls apart
Betsy McCaughey / New York Post:
Biden tells fleeing Cubans to get lost — while flooding the southern border
Discussion: AMAC
Jacob Jacob / CBS News:
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan doesn't want any GOP “whitewashing” of January 6 riots - “The Takeout”
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Myah Ward / Politico:
True or false: Kids should wear masks to school
Discussion: CNN, Power Line and Washington Post
Emma Bubola / New York Times:
Italy says it will require proof of vaccination or a negative test for many social activities.
 Earlier Items: 
Tyler Goodspeed / The Hill:
Maybe people aren't returning to work because real wages have declined in Biden's presidency
Discussion: National Review
The Hill:
Biden, Democrats' lack of urgency towards China poses significant threat to America's security
Discussion: Gingrich 360
Washington Examiner:
Totalitarian wokeness cost liberals their common sense
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Imagine a 9/11 Commission If the Hijackers Had Allies in Congress
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Washington Post:
Thousands of bullets have been fired in this D.C. neighborhood. Fear is part of everyday life.
Discussion: Power Line
Peter Moskos / Wall Street Journal:
The Murder Spike of 2020: When Police Pull Back
Kayla Brantley / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Chaos at The View as show scrambles to replace Meghan McCain with a ‘Trump Republican’ …
Discussion: Mercury News
Riley Vetterkind / madison.com:
US Sen. Ron Johnson: ‘I may not be the best candidate’ for 2022