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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.
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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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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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
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: The Bulwark, Hackwhackers 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
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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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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 …
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: HotAir
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Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
House primary in Ohio takes nasty turn as national Democrats descend
Discussion: The 19th
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
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Lara Seligman / Politico:
As Afghan interpreters arrive in the U.S., State eyes more flights in August
Discussion: Roll Call, UPI and WAVY-TV
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.
Feliz Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Philippine Leader Reverses Course, Keeps U.S. Defense Pact  —  President Rodrigo Duterte said he would scrap the agreement in 2020 after the U.S. Senate condemned alleged extrajudicial killings as part of an antidrug campaign  —  Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has reversed his decision …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Frances Robles / New York Times:
‘They Thought I Was Dead’: Haitian President's Widow Recounts Assassination  —  Struck by gunfire, Martine Moïse lay bleeding as the assassins who killed her husband ransacked her room.  Now, she says, the F.B.I. must find the mastermind behind the attack.
Discussion: Insider
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.
Discussion: The Mahablog, Breitbart and Townhall
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 …
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
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
Sen. John Barrasso / Washington Examiner:
Democrats must work with Republicans on infrastructure  —  Words change frequently when Democrats are in charge.  Liberals are now called progressives.  Voter identification is called voter suppression.  Mothers are now “birthing persons.”  —  One word that should be straightforward is infrastructure.
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.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Dear Colleague: Congress Must Extend the Eviction Moratorium  —  In the last 24 hours, a challenge to the conscience of the Congress has descended upon us, as millions of Covid-affected renter households are facing eviction.  —  In the December Omnibus and the American Rescue Plan …
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.
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
 
 
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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’
Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
Senate Republicans Demand New Hearing For Biden's ATF Nominee Following Racism Allegations
Discussion: The Reload
Stephanie Clegg / ITEP:
Corporate Tax Avoidance Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
Discussion: Common Dreams
New York Times:
How Europe, After a Fumbling Start, Overtook the U.S. in Vaccination
Phelim Kine / Politico:
Lawmakers: NBA players profiting from ‘slave labor’ in China
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Arkansas Guv Declares COVID-19 Emergency—but No Restrictions
Gabby Deutch / Jewish Insider:
Deborah Lipstadt to be named State Dept antisemitism envoy
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Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
‘Comically Minimal Ego-Stroking’: Inside The Bumble Takedown Of A Violent Capitol Rioter
Discussion: Raw Story
Miami Herald:
Florida COVID update for Wednesday: 16,038 new cases, highest reported since January
Discussion: Miami Standard
Emily Davies / Washington Post:
At doggie daycare, a pandemic puppy spends his first day without mom and dad
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