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2:55 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 …
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.
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
GOP sees widening rift over promoting Covid shots  —  The Republican Party is being torn apart by the debate over whether to more aggressively promote Covid-19 vaccines, pitting those alarmed by the virus' resurgence against a faction that has spent weeks sowing fear about the immunization push.
Discussion: CNN and Liberty Nation
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
Rep. Eric Swalwell Posts Dramatic Text Exchange With Tucker Carlson  —  ‘NOT THAT INTO YOU’  —  Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) took a feud with Tucker Carlson to the next level Friday, posting screenshots of a heated conversation he had with the Fox News host.  The messages show Carlson asking …
Discussion: UPROXX, Insider and Raw Story
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Biden Officials Now Expect Vulnerable Americans to Need Booster Shots  —  The growing consensus that at least some Americans will need a booster is tied in part to research suggesting that Pfizer's vaccine is less effective after about six months.  —  WASHINGTON — Biden administration …
Discussion: Common Dreams, Rolling Stone and 6abc
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 …
New York Post:
Biden DOJ drops civil rights probe of Gov. Cuomo over nursing homes and COVID-19  —  The Department of Justice has decided not to investigate whether the civil rights of residents in New York's government-run nursing homes were violated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's controversial admission policy related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NBC News:
Conservative radio host, former vaccine skeptic ill with Covid-19  —  A conservative radio host in Tennessee who expressed skepticism about Covid-19 vaccines and was unvaccinated is hospitalized in critical care with the disease, his station announced Friday.
Discussion: WHTM-TV
Rasmussen Reports:
Biden Not More Popular Than Trump, And Most Voters Like Obama Better  —  There's good news and bad news for President Joe Biden.  The good news is that most voters have a favorable opinion of him.  The bad news is that his numbers aren't better than former President Donald Trump's, and are worse than former President Barack Obama's.
Michael Wolff / New York Times:
Why I'm Sure Trump Will Run for President in 2024  —  Mr. Wolff is the author of three books about the Trump presidency.  —  To write three books in four years about Donald Trump has been an immersion into his obsessions and fixations.  This is why I know the obvious: Donald Trump will run for president again.
Discussion: Althouse and Raw Story
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
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Jewel Wicker / The Guardian:
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Annie Karni / New York Times:
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Guy Benson / Townhall:
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Alex Jones' Last Ditch Defense in Sandy Hook Lawsuit: Depose Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Raw Story
Courtney Cronin / ESPN:
Rick Dennison out as Minnesota Vikings assistant after refusing COVID-19 vaccine, sources say