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6:50 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: Digby's Hullabaloo and Raw Story
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
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
House Freedom Caucus calls on McCarthy to attempt to remove Pelosi as speaker
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Townhall and The Hill
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.
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
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.
Washington Post:
A scandal-scarred Senate candidate wants Donald Trump's endorsement. Other Republicans worry he'll give it.
Discussion: Daily Montanan
Erica Orden / CNN:
Trump ally Tom Barrack strikes a $250 million bail deal to get out of jail  —  Tom Barrack charged by federal prosecutors  —  (CNN)A federal magistrate judge on Friday ordered Tom Barrack, a longtime associate of former President Donald Trump who was indicted earlier this week on charges …
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.
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.”
New York Times:
U.S. businesses and municipalities weigh vaccine mandates as N.Y.C.'s mayor calls for companies to require shots.  —  New York City's mayor warned on Friday that coronavirus vaccine mandates — including one for indoor dining — might be needed to encourage more residents to get inoculated to help combat the spread of the Delta variant.
Discussion: SFist
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Most unvaccinated Americans don't want shots
Discussion: Forbes, Bangor Daily News and KRON4
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
FBI says it got more than 4,500 tips on Kavanaugh, providing ‘relevant’ ones to Trump White House
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 …
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 …
“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
Samuel Goldman / The Week:
Florida is the GOP's alternative to California  —  Goodbye, Golden State.  Hello sunshine!  —  Warren Zevon's song “Desperadoes Under the Eaves” is a classic of disillusionment.  Composed when memories of the Vietnam War and Watergate still hung like the haze over the Los Angeles skyline …
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 …
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 …
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
About 100 U.S. athletes in Tokyo unvaccinated as Covid-hit Olympics begin … TOKYO — Five out of 6 U.S. athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the team's top doctor revealed Friday just before the Games officially begin.
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: New York Post, The Hill and WTOP
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 …
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
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Alex Jones' Last Ditch Defense in Sandy Hook Lawsuit: Depose Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Ackerman / Wall Street Journal:
Tenants at Risk for Eviction as Pandemic Protections Are Set to Expire
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
Fox News:
Sarah Sanders: Biden should credit Trump for development of safe, effective coronavirus vaccines
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Looking on the bright side of the Left's excesses
Jennifer Hassan / Reuters:
Summer of floods: The climate connection behind deadly downpours around the world
Discussion: Washington Post
Jane Lee / Reuters:
U.S. moves to drop visa fraud charges against Chinese researcher
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Lee Anderson / New Yorker:
Is Cuba's Communist Party Finally Losing Its Hold on the Country?
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
What the fight between Anthony Fauci and Rand Paul is really about
American Greatness:
Why Not Award Ashli Babbitt's Killer the Medal of Honor?
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
How a Rising Trump Critic Lost Her Nerve
Issues & Insights:
Who Are The Real COVID Vaccine Refuseniks? Hint: It's Not What You've Been Told
Discussion: TheBlaze and CNN
Zaid Jilani / Persuasion:
The End of “Cancel Culture”?
Discussion: alicublog