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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 …
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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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The key numbers from the CDC's new assessment of the delta variant  —  The state of the coronavirus pandemic is summarized in a four-word phrase found at the end of a recent presentation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention obtained by The Washington Post: “The war has changed.”
Discussion: HotAir
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.
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 …
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NBC News:
What's in it for McConnell? Why the ‘grim reaper’ is backing a Biden priority
Discussion: MSNBC and Conservative Brief
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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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Jan. 6 Committee Carries History's Weight  —  Its members need to nail down what happened on the Capitol—including in their colleagues' offices.  —  'It happened, move on.  " “It wasn't so bad.  ” “It was just a protest that got out of hand.  ” A lot of the rioters were screwballs in antlers—crazy uncles, unhappy sons.
Washington Post:   How Ashli Babbitt went from Capitol rioter to Trump-embraced ‘martyr’
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.
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Melanie Zanona / CNN:
Liz Cheney and Elise Stefanik represent ‘battle for the soul of the party’
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Forbes
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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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
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 …
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: Nevada Current, RedState and Breitbart
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: Boing Boing
NBC News:
First evacuated Afghans arrive in U.S. as Taliban surges in wake of military withdrawal  —  The first group of Afghans who worked for the U.S. government and faced retaliation from the Taliban for their efforts arrived in the U.S. early Friday.  —  The 200 Afghans flew into Dulles International …
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CNN:
First flight of Afghans who risked lives to help American troops arrive in US
Michael Paulson / New York Times:
Broadway Audiences Will Need Proof of Vaccination and Masks  —  Children under 12, who cannot be vaccinated, can show a negative test to attend.  But the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall plan to bar them for now.  —  Broadway's theater owners and operators, citing the ongoing dangers …
Discussion: NBC4 Washington and Rolling Stone
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
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Some 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 to the whirring machines …
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: Gothamist and عرب …
David Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Did Trump follow his pledge to donate the last 6 months of his presidential pay?  It's a mystery.  —  Donald Trump promised to give away his $400,000 presidential salary.  And he kept that promise, publicly announcing each gift — at least, for his first three and a half years in office.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
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 …
Myah Ward / Politico:
The Covid-sized hole in Biden's vax order  —  A TIME OF TESTING (FOR SOME) — President Joe Biden unveiled his don't-call-it-a-mandate vaccine mandate for 2 million federal employees today, announcing that the civilian workforce and federal contractors will be required to disclose whether they've …
Associated Press:
Most Democrats approve of Biden's leadership so far, even as country remains divided  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Six months into Democrats' unified control of Washington, most Democrats are on board with President Joe Biden and where he's trying to take the country — even if they're divided on how to get there.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
 
 
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ProPublica:
What Philadelphia Reveals About America's Homicide Surge
Discussion: Vox and The Crime Report
The White House:
Remarks by President Biden Laying Out the Next Steps in Our Effort to Get More Americans Vaccinated and Combat the Spread of the Delta Variant
Natasha Anderson / Daily Mail:
Woke Florida students REFUSE to cheer for Team USA saying they 'don't like being American' and prefer to root ‘for individuals’
Discussion: The Western Journal
Will Feuer / New York Post:
Key inflation indicator jumps 3.5 percent, fastest rise in 30 years
Washington Post:
Kensington woman arrested on a charge of killing her 92-year-old roommate
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Yes, Covid-19 vaccine mandates are legal
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Joyce / Washington Examiner:
Biden is paying the price for his Harris mistake
Frances Robles / New York Times:
‘They Thought I Was Dead’: Haitian President's Widow Recounts Assassination
Discussion: Insider and New York Post
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
COVID-19 Has Given Us Progressivism Unleashed
Discussion: HotAir
Issues & Insights:
Biden's ‘Accomplishments’ So Far: A Troubling Tale In 8 Charts
The Hill:
Constitutional rights are the exception
New York Times:
How Europe, After a Fumbling Start, Overtook the U.S. in Vaccination
Glenn H. Reynolds / New York Post:
No, Karen, we're not masking again: A winning GOP message for 2022 & beyond
Discussion: Althouse