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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 …
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.
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Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
Rep. Eric Swalwell Posts Dramatic Text Exchange With Tucker Carlson
Discussion: Raw Story and Insider
Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:   NSA Finds No Evidence Tucker Carlson Was Targeted: Report
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: Raw Story
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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
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 …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Gaetz case takes bizarre tabloid turn  —  MIAMI — A sugar daddy website linked to the sex-trafficking investigation of Matt Gaetz publicly weighed in on the scandal, saying the lawmaker has never been registered on the site in search of young women.  —  The unusual move by the web site …
Discussion: RADAR and Raw Story
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.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Biden Approval Drops to 50%, Lowest for Him to Date  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Joe Biden's latest job approval rating of 50% is down from 56% in June.  Before this month, his ratings had not shown meaningful variation during his time in office, and the current figure marks the lowest measured for him to date.
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and Political Wire
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Rasmussen Reports:
Biden Not More Popular Than Trump, And Most Voters Like Obama Better
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.
Washington Examiner:
Democrats' spending bill bigger than advertised  —  Two centrist sources, one of them explicitly Democratic, provided further reasons why Congress should reject the Democratic Party's massive $3.5 trillion “reconciliation” spending bill.  —  The best new reason to oppose Democrats' massive …
Discussion: International Liberty and HotAir
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI assistant director faulted for misconduct around romantic relationship  —  A senior FBI official violated agency policies in her handling of a romantic relationship with a subordinate, according to findings of the Justice Department's inspector general, and the bureau's disciplinary office …
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.
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 …
The White House:
Memorandum on Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 2(c)(1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 (22 U.S.C. 2601(c)(1)) (MRAA) …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Skilled in Strategy (and Grudges), Top Biden Adviser to Depart White House  —  Anita Dunn, who is returning to her Democratic consulting company next month, has long faced questions about how her influence in the White House intersects with her corporate work.
Washington Post:
Biden attacks Trump at Virginia rally, tying McAuliffe's opponent to ex-president  —  President Biden on Friday launched a frontal attack on Donald Trump at a campaign rally for Terry McAuliffe, leading a concerted effort to tie the Democrat's opponent in the Virginia governor's race to the former president.
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Drops Visa Fraud Cases Against Five Chinese Researchers  —  Justice Department's move marks significant setback to its effort to stop alleged Chinese intelligence-gathering at U.S. universities  —  WASHINGTON—The Justice Department dropped cases against five visiting researchers accused …
STAT:
How concerned should we be about breakthrough coronavirus infections?  One expert weighs in  —  In the past week, you may have heard about Olympic athletes who are fully vaccinated getting positive Covid tests or people in Provincetown, Mass., or Texas Democrats or the New York Yankees.
Jewel Wicker / The Guardian:
Voting curbs enacted in 18 US states this year despite none finding widespread fraud  —  Thirty laws limit mail and early voting, impose tougher voter ID laws and risk faulty purges, says Brennan Center analysis  —  At least 18 US states have enacted more than two dozen laws this year …
Kyle Smith / PlannedMan:
Substack: Last, Best Hope for Free Speech  —  Substack is a godsend — the internet's great emerging forum for free thought and free speech.  Tweet  —  Highlights  —  The internet was a democratic revolution — until the tech lords became all-powerful censors.
CNN:
US women's national soccer team players appeal equal pay lawsuit decision  —  Megan Rapinoe: US Soccer offer way off equal pay (2020)  —  (CNN)Players from the United States women's national soccer team filed an appeal Friday to overturn a 2020 decision against their equal pay lawsuit, saying last year's decision “defies reality.”
Claire Lampen / The Cut:
Felicia Sonmez Is Suing the Washington Post for Gender Discrimination  —  Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez is suing the paper for discrimination, alleging that its former executive editor, Marty Baron, and other newsroom leaders deliberately sidelined her from covering sexual misconduct …
Discussion: Power Line
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
United States House Committee on Oversight …:
Scalise: Where is the Justice for Nursing Home Victims & Their Grieving Families?  —  WASHINGTON—Republican Whip and Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Ranking Member Steve Scalise (R-La.) today blasted the Department of Justice's refusal to investigate deadly mandates in New York …
Discussion: RedState and Washington Examiner
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
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.”
 
 
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Maeve Sheehey / Politico:
China sanctions Wilbur Ross, others in response to U.S. warnings on Hong Kong
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Alex Jones' Last Ditch Defense in Sandy Hook Lawsuit: Depose Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Raw Story
Morgan Baskin / DCist:
When National Outlets Write About Violence In D.C., Whose Stories Do They Tell?
Discussion: HotAir, New York Post, The Hill and WTOP
Andrew Ackerman / Wall Street Journal:
Tenants at Risk for Eviction as Pandemic Protections Are Set to Expire
Samuel Goldman / The Week:
Florida is the GOP's alternative to California
 Earlier Items: 
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
About 100 U.S. athletes in Tokyo unvaccinated as Covid-hit Olympics begin
Discussion: Slate, Bloomberg and New York Post
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
How Anti-Racist Is Anti-Racism?  —  America's sitting president is decades older than its democracy.
Discussion: HotAir, ACLU and City Journal
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
House Freedom Caucus asks McCarthy to try to remove Pelosi as speaker
CNN:
Arrest of a Trump friend sends key message
ProPublica:
“Don't You Work With Old People?”: Many Elder-Care Workers Still Refuse to Get COVID-19 Vaccine
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times
Tom Withers / Associated Press:
Cleveland's baseball team goes from Indians to Guardians