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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 Last Refuge and The US Sun
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 …
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
C.D.C. Internal Report Calls Delta Variant as Contagious as Chickenpox  —  Infections in vaccinated Americans also may be as transmissible as those in unvaccinated people, the document said, and lead more often to severe illness.  —  The Delta variant is much more contagious …
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Discussion: Healthy Skeptic
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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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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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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Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Carl Levin, Michigan's longest serving U.S. senator, dies at 87  —  Carl Levin, a liberal Democrat who rose from a prominent Detroit family to become Michigan's longest-serving U.S. senator and helped set military priorities and investigate corporate behavior for decades before retiring in 2015, died Wednesday.
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Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Carl Levin, the Senate Scourge of Corporate America, Dies at 87
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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
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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New York Times:
How Europe, After a Fumbling Start, Overtook the U.S. in Vaccination  —  Just a few months ago, European Union efforts were a mess, but its problems were temporary.  The United States turned out to have the more lasting challenge.  —  Early on, while the United States and a handful of others surged ahead …
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Jasmine M. El-Gamal / Project Syndicate:   Europe's Hijab Test
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 …
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
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 …
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Florida officials defy DeSantis as infections spike  —  TALLAHASSEE — Florida's Covid wars are starting again.  —  Local officials across Florida are bucking Gov. Ron DeSantis and his anti-mandate coronavirus strategy as infections soar in the state and nation.
Discussion: HotAir, WESH-TV and Florida Politics
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 …
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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.
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.
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
Daniel Estrin / NPR:
A Tech Firm Has Blocked Some Governments From Using Its Spyware Over Misuse Claims  —  Israeli spyware company NSO Group has temporarily blocked several government clients around the world from using its technology as the company investigates their possible misuse, a company employee told NPR on Thursday.
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 …
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: The 19th and HotAir
Mike Spies / The Trace:
Wayne and Susan LaPierre Ordered Their Hunted Elephants Turned Into Stools and a Trashcan  —  In early fall of 2013, an export company in Botswana prepared a shipment of animal parts for Wayne LaPierre, the head of the National Rifle Association, and his wife, Susan.
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Mike Spies / New Yorker:
How the Head of the N.R.A. and His Wife Secretly Shipped Their Elephant Trophies Home
Discussion: Raw Story
Phelim Kine / Politico:
Lawmakers: NBA players profiting from ‘slave labor’ in China  —  More than a dozen National Basketball Association stars may soon be facing off against a formidable new opponent: Congress.  Some Republicans are demanding that NBA players sever endorsement contracts with Chinese sportswear firms Anta …
 
 
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Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
Edward T. Pound, tenacious ‘old-school’ investigative reporter, dies at 77
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Arkansas Guv Declares COVID-19 Emergency—but No Restrictions
Stephen Gutowski / The Reload:
McConnell Calls for Biden to Withdraw ATF Nominee as Judiciary Republicans Ask for New Hearing on Alleged Racist Remarks
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Twitchy
CREW:
CREW files criminal complaint against Trump and Meadows
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Michael Anton / The American Mind:
David French and the Conservative Case for Hereditary Bloodguilt
Felix Salmon / Axios:
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Miami Herald:
Florida COVID update for Wednesday: 16,038 new cases, highest reported since January
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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:
New NPR Ethics Policy: It's OK For Journalists To Demonstrate (Sometimes)
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's diminished power is showing at a very bad time
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Exxon sting ensnares think tanks with climate credentials