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4:40 PM ET, July 24, 2021


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Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
The Most Influential Spreader of Coronavirus Misinformation Online  —  Researchers and regulators say Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician, creates and profits from misleading claims about Covid-19 vaccines.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The article that appeared online on Feb. 9 began …
Peter Aitken / Fox News:
Michigan Gov. Whitmer stripped of emergency powers  —  Whitmer faced pushback on her orders since the early days of COVID pandemic  —  Michigan Gov. Whitmer being stripped of emergency powers a ‘great day’: Rep. McClain  —  Michigan legislators have stripped Gov. Gretchen Whitmer …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Glenn Greenwald:
FBI Using the Same Fear Tactic From the First War on Terror: Orchestrating its Own Terrorism Plots  —  Questioning the FBI's role in 1/6 was maligned by corporate media as deranged.  But only ignorance about the FBI or a desire to deceive could produce such a reaction.  —  3 hr ago
Jesselyn Cook / HuffPost:
A Vaccine Or This Marriage: Conspiracy Theories Are Tearing Couples Apart  —  “He said if I take the vaccine I could pack my bags and leave his kids here.”  —  For Lucy, a 59-year-old metastatic breast cancer patient from Washington state, getting vaccinated against COVID-19 was a matter of life and death.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Why Some Americans Are Still Hesitant to Get Vaccinated  —  The U.S. vaccine rollout has plateaued and the course of the coronavirus pandemic in this country may depend on how many people are ultimately swayed to get vaccinated.  —  CHICAGO — They acknowledged that they could have showed up months ago.
Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Man Confronts Tucker Carlson At Montana Store: ‘You Are The Worst Human Being’  —  The Fox host got an earful when he popped into a fly fishing store.  —  When a local fly fishing guide spotted noted vaccine skeptic Tucker Carlson at a sporting goods store in Livingston, Montana, he did not waste time.
Discussion: Townhall
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
GOP sees widening rift over promoting Covid shots
Discussion: CNN and Liberty Nation
Washington Post:
Bolsonaro once said he'd stage a military takeover.  Now Brazilians fear he could be laying the foundation for one.  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — In a television interview two decades ago, the fringe congressman didn't hesitate to say it: If he were president, he would shut down the Brazilian congress and stage a military takeover.
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Donald Trump's PAC makes last-minute ad buy for Susan Wright in District 6 congressional race  —  Susan Wright is considered the frontrunner to replace her late husband her Congress, but Jake Ellzey is a threat in Tuesday's low turnout election.  —  Susan Wright's campaign consultants …
Financial Times:
Wall Street doubles down on lending ‘cheap money’ to the rich  —  Combined value of loans made by wealth management units at top US banks in second quarter exceeds $600bn  —  The lending businesses of large US banks are doubling down on wealthier customers, as well-to-do Americans borrow …
Peter Hermann / Washington Post:
‘Some are still suffering’: Months after Capitol riot, police who fought the mob contend with physical, psychological pain  —  More than six months after Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell battled the mob that stormed the Capitol, he remains hobbled, a hand scarred, a shoulder aching …
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Tom Cotton Accuses ‘Public Health Bureaucrats’ of Doing ‘What They Think Is in the Interest of Public Health’  —  Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) has accused public health officials of looking after the interests of public health.  —  The shocking allegation was made on Friday's edition of America Reports …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Laura Foreman, Reporter Whose Romance Became a Scandal, Dies at 76  —  The disclosure of her relationship with a source while at The Philadelphia Inquirer ended her journalism career and prompted the paper to develop an ethics code.  —  Laura Foreman, a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer in the 1970s …
Jenna McLaughlin / Yahoo News:
Exclusive: Jan. 6 select committee will include former CIA inspector general found to have retaliated against whistleblower  —  WASHINGTON — As the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot prepares to get underway next week, it will include former CIA Inspector General David Buckley in the role of staff director.
Discussion: CNN and New York Post
Eric Lach / New Yorker:
The Case for Masking Up Again Indoors in New York City  —  Mark Levine doesn't want New Yorkers to overreact or underreact to the Delta variant.  He does want them to cover their faces when indoors with strangers.  —  On Wednesday afternoon, Mark Levine, the New York City Council member …
Mary Kay Linge / New York Post:
GOP Senate candidate J.D. Vance blames ‘childless left’ for culture wars  —  Ohio Republican US Senate candidate J.D. Vance is taking aim at New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other leaders of the “childless left” for their lack of “physical commitment to the future of this country” …
Brittny Mejia / Los Angeles Times:
Vaccine stragglers explain hesitancy  —  As Delta variant surges, procrastinators talk about why they waited so long to act.  —  Guillermo Cozar waited months to get vaccinated because, he reasoned, he'd already had COVID-19 last fall and didn't think he would get sick again.
Nicholas Casey / New York Times:
Spain Pledged Citizenship to Sephardic Jews.  Now They Feel Betrayed.  —  In 2015, Spain said it would give citizenship to the descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled during the Spanish Inquisition.  Then rejections started pouring in this summer.  —  MADRID — María Sánchez …
Sergei Kelley / Campus Reform the #1 Source …:
‘You may have oppressed somebody:’ Prof to White student who said he left his house that day  —  Sam Richards brought two students in front of the 700-student “SOC119: Race and Ethnic Relations” lecture in attempt to discuss privilege and discrimination.  —  Approaching a section of the lecture …
Discussion: BizPac Review and RedState
Rocky Swift / Reuters:
Basketball 3x3-Macron and Jill Biden look on as France lose to U.S.  —  French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. first lady Jill Biden watched their countrywomen tangle on the 3x3 basketball court at the sport's Olympic debut in Tokyo on Saturday, with the Americans pulling out an upset victory.
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Senate GOP report finds Biden administration spending $2B to suspend border wall construction  —  450 miles of wall was built during the Trump administration  —  Texas plans to resume border wall construction  —  A new report by Republicans on a Senate subcommittee has concluded …
Discussion: RedState
The coming collapse of the developing world  —  Covid has pushed vast swathes of humanity to the brink of extreme poverty.  —  In Europe, North America, Oceania and East Asia, the Covid-19 pandemic has been a tragic, wrenching experience, creating more depressed and divided societies.
Brittany De Lea / Fox Business:
Florida Gov. DeSantis weighs in on Ben & Jerry's Israel boycott, requests state action  —  The state is taking steps toward no longer buying stock in Unilever & Ben & Jerry's  —  Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday put out a warning to Ben & Jerry's, and their parent company Unilever …
BuzzFeed News:
“Protected Again And Again”: How A Fencer Made It To The Tokyo Olympics Despite Sexual Assault Allegations  —  The US Center for SafeSport was tasked with investigating sexual abuse claims at Olympic programs.  But in the first Summer Games since the agency's creation, Team USA fencers say the system failed them.
Associated Press:
Olympics Latest: US men get off to fast start in volleyball  —  TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year's delay because of the coronavirus pandemic:  —  ___  —  After a long wait to get on the court …
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