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11:10 PM ET, July 29, 2021

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Washington Post:
‘The war has changed’: Internal CDC document urges new messaging, warns delta infections likely more severe  —  The internal presentation shows that the agency thinks it is struggling to communicate on vaccine efficacy amid increased breakthrough infections  —  The delta variant …
Discussion: CNN
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Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Behind the Masks, a Mystery: How Often Do the Vaccinated Spread the Virus?  —  The C.D.C.'s new masking advice was based in part on data showing that the virus can thrive in the airways of vaccinated people.  The findings are expected on Friday.  —  The recommendation that vaccinated people …
Discussion: The US Sun and The Last Refuge
ABC News:
CDC mask decision followed stunning findings from Cape Cod beach outbreak  —  Viral load of vaccinated beachgoers changed what we know about the delta variant  —  A week after the crowds descended upon Provincetown, Massachusetts, to celebrate the Fourth of July — the holiday President Joe Biden hoped …
Washington Post:
CDC reversal on indoor masking prompts experts to ask, 'Where's the data?'
Wall Street Journal:
MyPillow to Pull Ads From Fox News in Disagreement With Network  —  Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow, says Fox News refused to run ad promoting an event linked to claims of widespread election fraud  —  The chief executive of MyPillow Inc., one of Fox News's big advertisers …
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Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
The MyPillow Guy Really Could Destroy Democracy  —  When you contemplate the end of democracy in America, what kind of person do you think will bring it about?  Maybe you picture a sinister billionaire in a bespoke suit, slipping brown envelopes to politicians.
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New York Times:
Biden to meet with top Democrats on voting rights as senators ready scaled-back proposal.  —  President Biden and the top Democrats in Congress are expected to meet at the White House on Friday to discuss their party's faltering efforts to pass major voting rights legislation …
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Schumer says he has votes for moving $3.5 trillion package
Doug Jones / USA Today:
Pass ‘Manchin Plus’ voting and election protection with or without Republicans
Discussion: HuffPost, Washington Post and NBC News
The Daily Beast:
Trump: Jan. 6 Cops Who Spoke to Congress Are ‘Pussies’  —  DEFILE THE POLICE … Donald Trump has expressed anger that the officers blamed him for the riot he clearly inspired and speculated they were being used as pawns by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  —  In the months since the U.S. Capitol assault …
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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
In an America of ‘suicide shifts’ and toxic work culture, Simone Biles speaks for all of us  —  There has never been a more fraught time to be mid-air than 2021.  I'm thinking, of course, about what aviation officials are calling an “off the charts,” roughly seven-fold increase in so-called …
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Scott Wong / The Hill:
House GOP stages mask mandate protest  —  Nearly 40 maskless House Republican lawmakers walked across the Capitol and onto the Senate floor in protest of the Capitol physician's decision to reinstate a mask mandate in the lower chamber but not in the upper chamber.
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Capitol Police asked to arrest the maskless
Shelley Murphy Globe / The Boston Globe:
Defrocked cardinal Theodore McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teenager in 1970s  —  Defrocked former cardinal Theodore McCarrick was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy during a wedding reception at Wellesley College in the 1970s, making him the highest-ranking …
Wall Street Journal:
Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney Over ‘Black Widow’ Streaming Release  —  Star alleges simultaneous release of the latest Marvel movie in theaters and on Disney+ service was a breach of contract  —  Black Widow has a new enemy: the Walt Disney Co.  —  Scarlett Johansson, star of the latest Marvel movie …
Catherina Gioino / The US Sun:
LAX ‘Jet Pack guy’ spotted AGAIN flying 15 miles from Los Angeles airport at 5,000 feet as FAA and FBI investigates  —  A MAN on a possible jet pack was spotted flying 15 miles from Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday - nearly a year since a spate of previous sightings sparked panic.
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Haley Yamada / ABC News:
Pilot reports ‘possible jet pack man’ near Los Angeles
Discussion: NBC Los Angeles
Associated Press:
Ravages of COVID surge evident inside Missouri hospital  —  OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (AP) — Daryl Barker was passionately against a COVID-19 vaccination, and so were his relatives.  Then 10 of them got sick and Barker, at just 31, ended up in a Missouri intensive care unit fighting for his life.
Discussion: Raw Story
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New York Times:
Biden Seeks to Revive Vaccine Effort With New Rules and Incentives
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Republicans moving to block University of Wisconsin virus testing, vaccination rules  —  MADISON - A Republican-controlled committee plans to block the University of Wisconsin from instituting COVID-19 testing, masking and vaccination protocols on campuses across the state …
Emily Davies / Washington Post:
At doggie daycare, a pandemic puppy spends his first day without mom and dad  —  After more than four months of interrupting mom's Zoom calls, pulling dad around the block and napping in earshot of his two-legged parents, Pluto was buckled up in the back seat of a car en route to his first solo adventure.
Mike Spies / New Yorker:
How the Head of the N.R.A. and His Wife Secretly Shipped Their Elephant Trophies Home  —  The couple had their names removed from the shipment, and placed an order for the animals' feet to be turned into “stools,” an “umbrella stand,” and a “trash can.”  —  In the early fall of 2013 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
How Republican Jake Ellzey's bipartisan appeal, positive campaign helped him upset Trump's pick for Congress  —  Wright's coveted endorsement from Trump — which appeared so powerful in propelling her to the top in the initial election — may have contributed to her undoing in the runoff …
Glenn H. Reynolds / New York Post:
No, Karen, we're not masking again: A winning GOP message for 2022 & beyond  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest confused pronouncement about masks is another blow to the embattled agency, whose track record hasn't been exactly brilliant.
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
‘Comically Minimal Ego-Stroking’: Inside The Bumble Takedown Of A Violent Capitol Rioter  —  Andrew Taake was arrested for pepper-spraying and attacking police officers with a whip at the U.S. Capitol.  Here's how a Bumble dating app user reeled him in.  —  Six months ago, on a cold Wednesday night …
Discussion: Raw Story
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Carl Levin, the Senate Scourge of Corporate America, Dies at 87  —  The longest-serving U.S. senator in Michigan history, Mr. Levin was regarded by colleagues and Washington observers as a paragon of probity.  —  Carl Levin, a liberal Michigan Democrat who served 36 years in the Senate …
Discussion: Detroit Free Press and Snopes.com
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Arkansas Guv Declares COVID-19 Emergency—but No Restrictions  —  JUST LIVE WITH IT?  —  New cases of COVID-19 are spiking in Arkansas, thanks to a combination of the Delta variant and the state's paltry vaccination rate.  In response to the rising numbers, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday …
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
The Democratic Establishment Is Going All Out To Beat Nina Turner  —  And the left is desperate to get her over the finish line in Ohio's special primary election.  —  Moderate Democratic groups, donors and even some Republicans are flooding Ohio's 11th Congressional District with millions …
Discussion: HotAir and The 19th
Washington Post:
CDC breakthrough infections  —  An internal CDC document urges officials to “acknowledge the war has changed” and improve the public's understanding of breakthrough infections.
John Wright / Raw Story:
Trump supporters going door to door in Pennsylvania demanding to know which candidate voters backed  —  Donald Trump supporters calling themselves an “election integrity committee” are going door to door in Pennsylvania and demanding to know whom residents voted for in the November election.
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Nathan Layne / Reuters:
Pennsylvania Republican blasts election audit, rebukes fraud claims
Discussion: RedState, York Dispatch and The Hill
Gabby Deutch / Jewish Insider:
Deborah Lipstadt to be named State Dept antisemitism envoy  —  The Holocaust historian will take the role amid a recent rise in antisemitic incidents in the U.S.  —  DAVE BENETT/GETTY IMAGES  —  After months of deliberation and calls from congressional and Jewish community leaders …
Discussion: The Hill
Miami Herald:
Florida COVID update for Wednesday: 16,038 new cases, highest reported since January  —  ORDER REPRINT →  —  Florida has entered a peak of COVID-19 cases not seen since January's surge as the state reported 16,038 new cases Tuesday to the federal government, the seventh consecutive …
Discussion: Miami Standard
Michael Anton / The American Mind:
David French and the Conservative Case for Hereditary Bloodguilt  —  A prominent “Never Trumper” argues that the sins of the fathers must be visited upon the sons.  —  In early 2019, I published a short book that, gingerly, argued that the inevitable end-point of leftist arguments …
The Hill:
Harris's bad polls trigger Democratic worries  —  Vice President Harris has some ground to make up in order to be perceived more favorably by the public, a complicating factor for the Biden administration as it maps out its midterm strategy.  —  Six months into office …
 
 
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CREW:
CREW files criminal complaint against Trump and Meadows
Discussion: Forbes and Raw Story
Felix Salmon / Axios:
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Hannah Rabinowitz / CNN:
Chief DC federal judge questions misdemeanor deals for US Capitol rioters
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Project On Government Oversight:
The January 6 Select Committee Must Remove David Buckley as Staff Director
Kelly McBride / NPR:
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's diminished power is showing at a very bad time
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Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
GOP Could Retake the House in 2022 Just by Gerrymandering Four Southern States
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Meet the Corporations That Went Back on Their Word Not to Support the Sedition Caucus
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