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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
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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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
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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 …
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
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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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
CNN:
First flight of Afghans who risked lives to help American troops arrive in US  —  (CNN)The first group of translators and interpreters who helped US soldiers and diplomats in Afghanistan arrived in the US on Friday, even as thousands more wait in Afghanistan in increasing fear of Taliban reprisals.
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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
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
New York Post:
It's time to take CDC chief Rochelle Walensky off the air  —  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief Rochelle Walensky just can't stop spreading gloom and doom — needlessly.  The White House needs to find a different voice for public-health pronouncements.
 
 
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Eline de Bruijn / WFAA-TV:
New order strips local officials' ability to set capacity limits amid high hospitalizations, stresses ‘personal responsibility’
Stephanie Clegg / ITEP:
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Sen. John Barrasso / Washington Examiner:
Democrats must work with Republicans on infrastructure
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Phelim Kine / Politico:
Lawmakers: NBA players profiting from ‘slave labor’ in China
Daniel Estrin / NPR:
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Matt Dixon / Politico:
Florida officials defy DeSantis as infections spike
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Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Arkansas Guv Declares COVID-19 Emergency—but No Restrictions
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Gabby Deutch / Jewish Insider:
Deborah Lipstadt to be named State Dept antisemitism envoy
CREW:
CREW files criminal complaint against Trump and Meadows
Discussion: Raw Story and Forbes
Michael Anton / The American Mind:
David French and the Conservative Case for Hereditary Bloodguilt
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
‘Comically Minimal Ego-Stroking’: Inside The Bumble Takedown Of A Violent Capitol Rioter
Discussion: Raw Story
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