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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.
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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.
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 …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Byron York's Daily Memo: Democrats, double standards, and the Capitol riot committee
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
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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Washington Post:
A scandal-scarred Senate candidate wants Donald Trump's endorsement. Other Republicans worry he'll give it.
Discussion: CNN
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
Houston Keene / Fox News:
Biden to campaign for McAuliffe, who received $650K from teachers' unions promoting critical race theory  —  McAuliffe has called the anti-critical race theory movement a ‘conspiracy’ by Republicans  —  Hunter Biden meeting art buyers is ‘not ethical’: Jason Chaffetz
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
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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 …
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.
Discussion: naked capitalism
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Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Most unvaccinated Americans don't want shots
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
USA Today:
Biden administration offers new aid for mortgage borrowers at risk of foreclosure due to COVID-19 pandemic  —  WASHINGTON - The Biden administration announced Friday it is putting in place new loan modifications and payment reductions to help homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments during the coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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The White House:
Fact Sheet: Biden Administration Announces Additional Actions to Prevent Foreclosures
Discussion: Insider
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Talking Points Memo
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 Newsy
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
Jon Greenberg / PolitiFact:
No, Joe Biden doesn't want to ban handguns  —  Biden wants to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.  —  The most popular handguns would face no restrictions under Biden's policies.  —  See the sources for this fact-check  —  When President Joe Biden was asked in his Ohio town hall …
 
 
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CNN:
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Jane Lee / Reuters:
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ProPublica:
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Wall Street Journal:
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CNN:
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 Earlier Items: 
Andrea Mitchell / MSNBC:
Trump calls Jan. 6 rioters ‘loving crowd’ in new audio
Discussion: Washington Post
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
New York Times:
Democrats' Divide on Voting Rights Widens as Biden Faces Pressure
Marc Thiessen / Washington Post:
Did Biden just commit an impeachable offense in Ukraine?
Discussion: Axios