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11:45 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  —  For raw emotional content, Tuesday's hearing of the new House select committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection was nonpareil.  Four police officers who fought to hold back armed hordes seeking to disrupt Congress told stories of physical injury …
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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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.
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 …
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 …
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:   Vaccinated People May Spread the Virus, Though Rarely, C.D.C. Reports
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Yep, We Need More Blame
Discussion: CNN, New York Post and TheBlaze
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
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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.
Discussion: 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.
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: HotAir
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Vaccine Hesitancy and U.S. Public Opinion
Discussion: Mercury News and Raw Story
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 …
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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 ...
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
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.”
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
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.
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
‘Covid With a Vengeance’ Consumes U.S. Politics  —  Rising case counts and stagnant vaccination rates could prove equally frustrating for President Biden and the G.O.P., making it impossible to shift the public's attention to other priorities.  —  The American political system has come down with a case of long Covid.
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.
Discussion: HotAir
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: HotAir, Vox, Spotify and The Crime Report
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
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: Reuters, WTOP and Washington Examiner
The White House:
Statement of President Joe Biden on the Arrival of the First Flight of Operation Allies Refuge  —  Today is an important milestone as we continue to fulfill our promise to the thousands of Afghan nationals who served shoulder-to-shoulder with American troops and diplomats over the last 20 years in Afghanistan.
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
Bloomberg:
CDC Scaled Back Hunt for Breakthrough Cases Just as the Delta Variant Grew​​​​ ​​  —  Bloomberg identified more than 100,000 vaccine breakthroughs  —  The U.S. agency leading the fight against Covid-19 gave up a crucial surveillance tool tracking …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
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.
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 …
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.
 
 
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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: 
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
German coach sent home from Olympics after racist comments
Discussion: The Root, The Daily Caller and NPR
Natalie Allison / The Tennessean:
After 8-month COVID-19 battle, GOP Rep. David Byrd urges vaccines, says they ‘should not divide us’
Jonah Goldberg / The Dispatch:
Backsliding Into Mask Mandates
Discussion: The Lid, Axios and HotAir