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3:45 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.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Intellectualist
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
Mia Salenetri / newscentermaine.com:
VERIFY: No, Nancy Pelosi didn't have a role in deploying the National Guard on January 6
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
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: Daily Montanan and CNN
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
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.
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: Reason
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
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Have Trump voters come down with a serious case of Snowflake Syndrome?
Discussion: HotAir, Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Forbes and Bangor Daily News
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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
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 …
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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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
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.
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Looking on the bright side of the Left's excesses  —  History teaches that empires are most aggressive, seemingly confident, and reckless just before they crumble.  Spain's desengaño (disillusionment) set in soon after Philip “the Prudent” launched his doomed Armada to conquer England.
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.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Fox News:
Sarah Sanders: Biden should credit Trump for development of safe, effective coronavirus vaccines  —  Former White House press secretary: ‘I think that would make a huge difference’  —  Sarah Sanders: Biden, Harris should admit they were wrong to doubt Operation Warp Speed
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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?
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: TheBlaze and CNN
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 …
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
 
 
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Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Suspect Tries to Compare Capitol Riot to Last Year's Violence in Portland, Ore.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Jacqueline Charles / Miami Herald:
Shots fired at Jovenel Moïse's funeral in Cap-Haitien. U.S., U.N. delegations leave
Discussion: Forbes
Jon Lee Anderson / New Yorker:
Is Cuba's Communist Party Finally Losing Its Hold on the Country?
 Earlier Items: 
Andrea Mitchell / MSNBC:
Trump calls Jan. 6 rioters ‘loving crowd’ in new audio
Discussion: Washington Post
Juan Marron / Institute for Research …:
Oregon Three Percenter Running “Escort” Group for Bootleg Firefighters
American Greatness:
Why Not Award Ashli Babbitt's Killer the Medal of Honor?
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Read my lips: We're not going back to masks and lockdowns again
Marc Thiessen / Washington Post:
Did Biden just commit an impeachable offense in Ukraine?
Discussion: Axios