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8:30 PM ET, July 30, 2021

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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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David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The Insurrection Was Just Part of the Plot  —  The full contours of Trump's effort to overturn the election are coming into view.  —  For raw emotional content, Tuesday's hearing of the new House select committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection was nonpareil.
Discussion: Politico, HotAir and Political Flare
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Newly revealed notes drag congressional Republicans into Trump's election-subversion effort  —  President Donald Trump called acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen on Dec. 27 last year to discuss the issue at the center of his concerns.  Not the 2,200 people a day dying of covid-19 at that point but …
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump pushed DOJ to overturn 2020 election results, House committee says
Washington Post:
CDC study shows three-fourths of people infected in Massachusetts covid-19 outbreak were vaccinated  —  A sobering scientific analysis published Friday of an explosive Massachusetts covid-19 outbreak fueled by the delta variant found that three-quarters of the people who became infected were fully vaccinated.
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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” …
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  —  Catherine M. Brown, DVM1; Johanna Vostok, MPH1; Hillary Johnson, MHS1; Meagan Burns, MPH1; Radhika Gharpure, DVM2 …
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 …
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Vaccinated People May Spread the Virus, Though Rarely, C.D.C. Reports  —  The agency cited an outbreak in Provincetown, Mass., in which most of the infected were immunized.  Unpublished internal documents paint an even more harrowing picture of the variant.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Yep, We Need More Blame
Discussion: CNN, New York Post and Daily Montanan
Jonah Goldberg / The Dispatch:
Backsliding Into Mask Mandates
Discussion: The Lid and HotAir
Politico:
CDC releases data behind latest mask guidelines
Discussion: Townhall, TheBlaze and Reason
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Jack Healy / New York Times:
Some Covid Vaccine Hesitant Now Express Regret  —  People who once rejected the vaccine or simply waited too long are now grappling with the consequences, often in raw, public ways.  —  PROVO, Utah — As Mindy Greene spent another day in the Covid intensive care unit, listening …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Vaccine Hesitancy and U.S. Public Opinion
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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 ...
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Washington Post:
How Ashli Babbitt went from Capitol rioter to Trump-embraced ‘martyr’
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and The Daily Beast
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:   The Jan. 6 Committee Carries History's Weight
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: Raw Story
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Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:
Justice Department sues Texas over COVID-19 migrant transport order
The Hill:
Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released  —  The Justice Department on Friday said the Treasury Department must turn over former President Trump's long-sought tax returns to the Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee.  —  In a memo from the Justice Department's Office …
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CNBC:
Trump tax returns must be released by IRS to Congress, Justice Department says
Associated Press:
Justice Department says IRS must give Trump tax returns to Congress
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.”
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
Everyone presumes a backlash is coming for the Democrats.  The electorate has changed, though  —  Consider “law and order.”  —  2 hr ago  —  There had been a question of whether the Republicans were going to stick with the losing president.  That question seems settled now.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
ProPublica:
What Philadelphia Reveals About America's Homicide Surge  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  Reported with Miles Bryan and Jillian Weinberger as part of a collaboration for Vox's “Today, Explained” podcast.
Discussion: Vox, Spotify and The Crime Report
BBC:
Covid in Sydney: Military deployed to help enforce lockdown  —  Australia has deployed hundreds of soldiers to Sydney to help enforce a Covid lockdown.  —  A Delta outbreak which began in June has produced nearly 3,000 infections and led to nine deaths.  —  Australian Defence Force soldiers …
Natalie Allison / The Tennessean:
After 8-month COVID-19 battle, GOP Rep. David Byrd urges vaccines, says they ‘should not divide us’  —  The moment before Rep. David Byrd was put under, he realized it might be the last he'd ever see of this world.  —  From a COVID-19 intensive care bed at Saint Thomas Hospital in December …
U.S. Department of Justice:
United States Seizes Oil Tanker Used to Violate Sanctions Against North Korea  —  A New York federal court today entered a judgment of forfeiture regarding the M/T Courageous, a 2,734-ton oil-products tanker used to make illicit deliveries of petroleum products through ship-to-ship transfers …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and WTOP
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Biden nominates Trump critic Khizr Khan to religious freedom commission  —  President Joe Biden announced Friday plans to nominate Khizr Khan, who famously criticized Donald Trump for his disparaging remarks on Muslim-Americans during the 2016 Democratic National Convention …
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn Tried to Get on a Plane With a Glock  —  A SIMPLE MISTAKE  —  Freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) tried to bring a Glock 9mm handgun through airport security in Asheville, North Carolina, in February, the Raleigh News & Observer reported.
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
The Senate Has Confirmed The First Woman Of Arab And Mexican Descent To Direct US Citizenship and Immigration Services  —  Ur Jaddou will become the first woman and first person of Arab and Mexican descent to be sworn in as director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services after the Senate confirmed her nomination on Friday.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, CNN and Roll Call
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
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
German coach sent home from Olympics after racist comments  —  A German cycling coach is being sent home from the Tokyo Olympics after he was caught on camera making racist remarks about athletes from African nations.  —  The German Olympic Sports Confederation on Thursday said Patrick Moster …
Discussion: The Root, The Daily Caller and NPR
The Hill:
House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban  —  House Democratic leaders failed to round up enough votes on Friday to pass legislation extending the federal ban on evictions just two days before it is set to expire, ultimately adjourning the chamber …
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin Republican expands 2020 election investigation  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The highest ranking Republican in the Wisconsin Assembly said Friday that he was expanding a probe into the 2020 presidential election, saying it will take more investigators and time than originally planned.
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump's false election fraud claims fuel Michigan GOP meltdown  —  Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump by more than 150,000 votes in Michigan last November.  —  Trump and the Michigan Republican Party still aren't over it.  —  The outcome — and the former president's obsessive efforts to dispute it …
 
 
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Brendan J. Lyons / Albany Times Union:
Cuomo's accuser is willing to take a polygraph. Is he?
Discussion: Fox News and Townhall
Wanda Bertram / Prison Policy Initiative:
The Biden Administration must walk back the MailGuard program banning letters from home in federal prisons
Fred Fleitz / The Federalist:
Which Biden Official Asked The NSA To Unmask Tucker Carlson?
Discussion: The Daily Signal
spectatorworld.com:
Just how America First is the America First Policy Institute?
Discussion: Page Array and Gawker
 Earlier Items: 
Axios:
The great mask debate is back. The answer depends on where you live.
Discussion: Breitbart
John Whitehouse / Media Matters for America:
Mike Lindell says he's pulling MyPillow ads from Fox News. Here's what that means.
Roger Severino / National Review:
How Biden's COVID-Testing Mandate Violates Civil Rights
Discussion: ABC News and CNN
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Sinema's vacation plans, Manchin gets booed and megadonor drama
Discussion: RedState, Breitbart and New York Post