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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 …
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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 …
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 breakthrough infections  —  An internal CDC document urges officials to “acknowledge the war has changed” and improve the public's understanding of breakthrough infections.
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Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
America gone nuts, &c.  —  On air rage, extremism, Simone Biles, January 6, Iran, Fidel Castro, 800 numbers, and more  —  I have a friend who is a flight attendant.  I love to hear stories about her travels, and travelers.  Also, I send her stories I see in the media.
Discussion: CNN
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:   The Jan. 6 Committee Carries History's Weight
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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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: Hackwhackers, The Bulwark and Raw Story
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CNN:
‘I am furious with myself’: Unvaccinated Covid patient describes the exhausting illness  —  (CNN)Sitting in her hospital room in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Aimee Matzen struggled to breathe as she described how exhausting it is to have Covid-19.  —  “The fact that I am here now …
Discussion: KMOV-TV
Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
House primary in Ohio takes nasty turn as national Democrats descend  —  CLEVELAND — The two leading Democratic candidates in Ohio's 11th Congressional District have turned the final days of a special election primary that has captured the national spotlight into a slugfest.
Discussion: The 19th
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Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
The Democratic Establishment Is Going All Out To Beat Nina Turner
Discussion: HotAir
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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New York Times:   If You Don't Trust A.I. Yet, You're Not Wrong
Tom Joyce / Washington Examiner:
Biden is paying the price for his Harris mistake  —  President Joe Biden made a promise — and the result of that promise isn't looking great right now.  —  Biden vowed that he would pick a female vice president, pigeonholing himself into having limited options for his running mate.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Sinema's vacation plans, Manchin gets booed and megadonor drama  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  On Thursday night, as President JOE BIDEN boarded Marine One, he made some news.  — First, he reiterated that immigration reform should be included in the reconciliation bill.
The Hill:
Constitutional rights are the exception  —  From South Carolina's Lowcountry to the suburbs of New York City, we represent much of the diversity that is America.  In many ways, we reflect the multiracial, multi-generational coalition that came together last year to deliver Democratic control …
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KTLA:
LAUSD to require COVID-19 testing for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status  —  The Los Angeles Unified School District will require all students and employees who are returning for in-person instruction to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing — regardless of vaccination status, the district announced Thursday.
CNN:
Trump faces another primary test in Ohio House race  —  (CNN)Donald Trump has a lot on the line in suburbs and small towns south of Columbus, Ohio.  —  After the Trump-backed candidate in Texas' 6th Congressional district runoff election lost this week, the pressure is now on the former President …
Discussion: CNBC
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.
Discussion: Althouse
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
South Carolina lawmaker to challenge US Rep. Tom Rice  —  A South Carolina state lawmaker is mounting a primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, saying the five-term Republican broke his constituents' trust by voting to impeach former President Donald Trump earlier this year.
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Yes, Covid-19 vaccine mandates are legal  —  What the law says about vaccine mandates, explained.  —  In 1902, the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, faced a smallpox outbreak.  In response, the local health board ordered the city's residents over the age of 21 to be vaccinated against this disease.
Marianna Bacallao / Nashville Public Radio:
Conservative Radio Host Phil Valentine Is On A Ventilator; His Brother Says It's Time To ‘Go Get Vaccinated’  —  Conservative radio talk show host Phil Valentine has been placed on a ventilator, according to his radio station, SuperTalk 99.7 WTN.  He's been hospitalized now for more than two weeks.
Discussion: WAVY-TV
Charlie Cook / The Cook Political Report:
NON-PARTISAN, INDEPENDENT COOK POLITICAL REPORT UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP: SEASONED ANALYST & COLUMNIST AMY WALTER TO BECOME PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF  —  For almost 40 years, The Cook Political Report, founded by Charlie Cook, has provided authoritative analysis of campaigns, elections and political trends in the United States.
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 …
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Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Carl Levin, Michigan's longest serving U.S. senator, dies at 87
Issues & Insights:
Biden's ‘Accomplishments’ So Far: A Troubling Tale In 8 Charts  —  Months after President Joe Biden supposedly “rescued” the country from the COVID-19 pandemic and promised that he'd bring the country together, how is the nation doing?  Well, there are several indicators on the rise.
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 …
Donna Brazile / USA Today:
Joe Biden and I are Democrats who want Republicans to stay alive and vote  —  COVID vaccines were Donald Trump's greatest victory.  Yet Republicans are resisting and sometimes dying instead of celebrating him and getting the shot.  —  I've dedicated my life to working on political campaigns to elect Democrats.
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 …
New York Times:
Qaddafi's Son Is Alive.  And He Wants to Take Libya Back.  —  In his first meeting with a foreign journalist in a decade, Seif al-Islam described his years in captivity — and hinted at a bid for Libya's presidency.  —  اقرأ باللغ ة …
Discussion: عرب …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Donald Trump Would Have Made a Great House Republican  —  Will the performative confrontation of the former President and his congressional allies overwhelm Joe Biden's Senate style?  —  For the past few years, it's become a political truism to speak of two Americas—the Red America of Donald Trump …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
COVID-19 Has Given Us Progressivism Unleashed  —  Thankfully, if history is any guide, the backlash will last a lot longer than the pandemic.  —  arlier this week, the investor Paul Graham took to Twitter to criticize the many millions of Americans who have grown skeptical of the scientific establishment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Discussion: HotAir
Washington Post:
Kensington woman arrested on a charge of killing her 92-year-old roommate  —  A 26-year-old woman killed her 92-year-old roommate in their Kensington home Wednesday morning, according to the Montgomery County Police Department.  —  Julia Birch called 911 to report that she had killed Nancy …
 
 
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New York Post:
It's time to take CDC chief Rochelle Walensky off the air
Eline de Bruijn / WFAA-TV:
New order strips local officials' ability to set capacity limits amid high hospitalizations, stresses ‘personal responsibility’
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Stephanie Clegg / ITEP:
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Matt Dixon / Politico:
Florida officials defy DeSantis as infections spike
Discussion: HotAir, WESH-TV and Florida Politics
Gabby Deutch / Jewish Insider:
Deborah Lipstadt to be named State Dept antisemitism envoy
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney Over ‘Black Widow’ Streaming Release
Shelley Murphy Globe / The Boston Globe:
Defrocked cardinal Theodore McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teenager in 1970s