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Laura Strickler / NBC News:
Breakthrough Covid cases: At least 125,000 fully vaccinated Americans have tested positive  —  WASHINGTON — At least 125,000 fully vaccinated Americans have tested positive for Covid and 1,400 of those have died, according to data collected by NBC News.  —  The 125,682 “breakthrough” …
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CNN:
White House blasts Covid coverage  —  The White House is frustrated with what it views as alarmist, and in some instances flat-out misleading, news coverage about the Delta variant.  That's according to two senior Biden administration officials I spoke with Friday, both of whom requested anonymity …
Michael Wilner / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
CDC director blames setbacks in mask policy on unvaccinated  —  CDC director blames COVID setbacks in spread of delta variant on unvaccinated people  —  Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Friday firmly blamed recent setbacks in preventing …
Washington Post:
CDC study shows three-fourths of people infected in Massachusetts covid-19 outbreak were vaccinated
Bloomberg:
CDC Scaled Back Hunt for Breakthrough Cases Just as the Delta Variant Grew​​​​ ​​
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Cdcmmwr / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 Infections, Including COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Infections, Associated with Large Public Gatherings — Barnstable County, Massachusetts, July 2021
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:   Vaccinated People May Spread the Virus, Though Rarely, C.D.C. Reports
Associated Press:
Justice Department says Russians hacked federal prosecutors  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Russian hackers behind the massive SolarWinds cyberespionage campaign broke into the email accounts some of the most prominent federal prosecutors' offices around the country last year, the Justice Department said Friday.
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Zach Despart / Houston Chronicle:
Texas just passed New York in COVID-19 deaths, despite once trailing by 29,000.  Here's how.  —  Texas has passed New York to become the state with the second-most COVID-19 deaths, a feat experts say was driven by an inability to control transmission of the virus here.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:
Justice Department sues Texas over COVID-19 migrant transport order  —  The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Friday against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, seeking to block and strike down an executive order designed to limit the travel of illegal immigrants who may have COVID-19.
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Trump Pressed Justice Dept. to Declare Election Results Corrupt, Notes Show  —  “Leave the rest to me” and to congressional allies, the former president is said to have told top law enforcement officials.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald J. Trump pressed top Justice Department officials late …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
Let It Rip  —  How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Live With The Virus  —  It started with a text. … He asked me to be on call if he needed something.  A day later, he wrote, “Felt cruddy last night — chills, a little sweats, but slept 10 - 11 hours and slightly better so far today.”
Joel Burgess / Asheville Citizen Times:
Rep. Madison Cawthorn tried to board plane with gun; could face fine, status loss  —  ASHEVILLE - U.S. House member Madison Cawthorn had his gun taken by airport police and will likely face a federal fine and loss of a special security status, local and federal officials said.
Discussion: Insider
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Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn Tried to Get on a Plane With a Glock
Axios:
Biden appoints Trump-critic Khizr Khan to religious freedom commission  —  President Biden announced Friday that he will appoint Gold Star father Khizr Khan, who famously criticized former President Trump during the 2016 campaign, to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
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NBC News:
Congress fails to extend eviction moratorium expiring Saturday … WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Friday failed to push through a last-minute extension of the federal eviction moratorium that expires Saturday, leaving town for a seven-week recess without holding a vote.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis:
Governor DeSantis: Florida Parents Are Free to Choose  —  Citing Parents' Bill of Rights, DeSantis protects right of parents to decide question of masks in schools for their children  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Florida parents, students …
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
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Rich McKay / AOL:
Florida governor blocks school mask mandates, says parents can choose
Discussion: Mercury News
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Chuck Todd is dead wrong: Liberal bias defines modern journalism  —  NBC Political Director Chuck Todd argued this week that media bias does not exist, with the “Meet the Press” moderator declaring that the industry needs to join him in fighting back on what he characterized as just a GOP talking point.
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Mike Lindell is now hoping Supreme Court allows a do-over election: 'Maybe that's a thing'  —  On the far-right Brandon Howse Live radio program on Friday, MyPillow CEO and conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell suggested that perhaps the Supreme Court will allow a do-over of the election without electronic voting machines.
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Require the vaccine.  It's time to stop coddling the reckless.  —  Pay people to get vaccinated, no matter whether that is unfair to those who didn't receive checks for jabs.  Require them to do so as a condition of going to work or enrolling in school.  Do whatever it takes — and …
Discussion: Vox
David Sacks / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
Get Ready for the ‘No-Buy’ List  —  First Big Tech censored speech.  Now they want to shut deplorables out of the financial system.  —  8 hr ago … When I helped create PayPal in 1999, it was in furtherance of a revolutionary idea.  No longer would ordinary people be dependent on large financial institutions to start a business.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Fact check: Is Kevin McCarthy a ‘moron’?  —  After Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy this week decried the House's new face mask requirement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) replied with a considered response: “He's such a moron.”  —  Mean!  But if the dunce cap fits ...
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Vaccine mandates are popular  —  Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they'd support federal, state or local governments requiring everyone to get a coronavirus vaccine, according to a new survey conducted by The COVID States Project.  —  Why it matters: This kind of blanket mandate hasn't even been proposed, at any level of government.
Ann Saphir / Reuters:
Fed's Brainard: Can't wrap head around not having U.S. central bank digital currency  —  Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard on Friday laid out a range of reasons for “urgency” around the issue of developing a U.S. central bank digital currency, including the fact that other countries such as China are moving ahead with their own.
Washington Post:
‘A rush to get shots’  —  Vaccine holdouts in coronavirus hot spots including Louisiana, Arkansas, and Missouri are rolling up their sleeves as the delta variant hits home.  —  They were unmoved by the urgings of President Biden to get vaccinated.  They've spurned calls from the nation's leading doctors …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Emily Langer / Washington Post:
Ruth Pearl, seeker of justice for her murdered journalist son, Daniel, dies at 85  —  The premonition came to Ruth Pearl in her sleep.  In her dream, her son, Daniel Pearl, was in danger.  When she awoke, she rushed to the computer and implored him in an email to respond right away.
Discussion: New York Times
 
 
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Brendan J. Lyons / Albany Times Union:
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Alexander Burns / New York Times:
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The Biden Administration must walk back the MailGuard program banning letters from home in federal prisons
Fred Fleitz / The Federalist:
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Discussion: The Daily Signal
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
German coach sent home from Olympics after racist comments
Discussion: The Root
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
Everyone presumes a backlash is coming for the Democrats. The electorate has changed, though
Discussion: Washington Examiner
BBC:
Covid in Sydney: Military deployed to help enforce lockdown