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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.
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.
William Thornton /
Kay Ivey tells Alabamians to get vaccinated: 'I can't make you take care of yourself'
‘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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Most unvaccinated Americans don't want shots
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
Rich Mendez / CNBC:
Delta variant is one of the most infectious respiratory diseases known, CDC director says
Discussion: WHYY
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 …
Politico:   Huawei hiring former Democratic super lobbyist Tony Podesta
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.
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!”
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Cheryl Teh / Insider:
Book details how Mike Pence deferred to Jared Kushner like a ‘supplicant’ during meetings on the COVID crisis
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Joe Concha / The Hill:
The absolute farce that was the Biden-Lemon town hall
Discussion: CNN and Sara A. Carter
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?
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, Washington Post and CNN
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
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
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 …
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: HuffPost, The Hill, 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 …
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 …
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
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.
Afghan interpreter for US Army was beheaded by Taliban.  Others fear they will be hunted down too  —  Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN)Sohail Pardis was driving from his home in Afghanistan's capital Kabul to nearby Khost province to pick up his sister for the upcoming Eid holiday celebrations to mark the end of Ramadan.
Discussion: Task & Purpose
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
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The White House:
Fact Sheet: Biden Administration Announces Additional Actions to Prevent Foreclosures
Discussion: USA Today and Bloomberg
Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:
Senate panel votes to make women register for draft
Spectrum News NY1:
‘My job is to win’: DCCC Chair Maloney weighs in on 2022 midterms, state election law changes
New York Times:
Boosting Vaccinations  —  Vaccine mandates are controversial.  They're also a way to save lives.
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
Marie Weidmayer /
FBI agent linked to Whitmer kidnapping case beat, choked wife after swingers' party, court records say
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Mark of Klain  —  On August 8 the White House chief of staff, Ron Klain, turns 60 years old.
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
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Ex-airman: Guilt over drone strikes prompted to leak secrets
Washington Post:
Thousands of bullets have been fired in this D.C. neighborhood. Fear is part of everyday life.
Discussion: Power Line
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
The FBI's ‘investigation’ of Kavanaugh was laughable
Discussion: HotAir