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4:50 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 …
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.
Discussion: ABC News, Balloon Juice and Twitchy
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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 …
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Vaccinated People May Spread the Virus, Though Rarely, C.D.C. Reports  —  The agency cited an outbreak in Provincetown, Mass., in which most of the infected were immunized.  Unpublished internal documents paint an even more harrowing picture of the variant.
Jonah Goldberg / The Dispatch:
Backsliding Into Mask Mandates
Discussion: The Lid and HotAir
Washington Post:
‘The war has changed’: Internal CDC document urges new messaging, warns delta infections likely more severe
Politico:
CDC releases data behind latest mask guidelines
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
C.D.C. Internal Report Calls Delta Variant as Contagious as Chickenpox
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The key numbers from the CDC's new assessment of the delta variant
Discussion: Breitbart, HotAir and Raw Story
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  — The income tax returns of former President Donald Trump must be released by the IRS to Congress, the Department of Justice said.  — The DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel said Congress had made a legitimate request to see Trump's tax returns.
Washington Post:
Trump to acting AG, according to aide's notes: ‘Just say the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me’  —  President Trump pressed senior Justice Department officials in late 2020 to declare the election corrupt even as those officials pushed back, warning the president that many of the claims …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Newly revealed notes drag congressional Republicans into Trump's election-subversion effort  —  President Donald Trump called acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen on Dec. 27 last year to discuss the issue at the center of his concerns.  Not the 2,200 people a day dying of covid-19 at that point but …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump asked top Justice Department officials to declare 2020 election ‘corrupt,’ notes show
Discussion: UPI, ABC News and Raw Story
NBC News:
What's in it for McConnell?  Why the ‘grim reaper’ is backing a Biden priority … WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the self-proclaimed “grim reaper” of progressive priorities, broke character Wednesday to advance a major $550 billion deal on infrastructure.
Discussion: MSNBC and Conservative Brief
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Kim Passoth / FOX5 Las Vegas:
‘I should have gotten the damn vaccine’: Las Vegas father of 5 dies from COVID-19  —  LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — Two weeks ago, life was great for Jessica DuPreez.  She was on vacation in San Diego with her fiancé Michael Freedy, (better known as Big Mike at the M Resort where he worked) …
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 ...
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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.
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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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.
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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
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 …
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: Spotify, Vox and The Crime Report
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
The Senate Has Confirmed The First Woman Of Arab And Mexican Descent To Direct US Citizenship and Immigration Services  —  Ur Jaddou will become the first woman and first person of Arab and Mexican descent to be sworn in as director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services after the Senate confirmed her nomination on Friday.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: National Review
Roger Severino / National Review:
How Biden's COVID-Testing Mandate Violates Civil Rights  —  Yesterday President Biden announced that all federal workers who do not get vaccinated for COVID-19 will face a series of burdens and intrusions designed to raise the costs of not submitting to the shot(s).
Discussion: ABC News and CNN
Washington Post:
How Ashli Babbitt went from Capitol rioter to Trump-embraced ‘martyr’  —  Her phone rang on that day in early July, nearly six months after a police officer's bullet killed her daughter as she and a mob of rioters seeking to overturn the election stormed a barricaded door deep inside the U.S. Capitol.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and LGBTQ Nation
Axios:
The great mask debate is back.  The answer depends on where you live.  —  As COVID-19 cases surge, especially in states with low vaccination rates, the country is once again in the throes of a fraught cultural and political debate over face masks.
Discussion: Breitbart
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Vaccine Hesitancy and U.S. Public Opinion  —  The percentage of Americans who get a COVID-19 vaccine is directly related to important pandemic outcome metrics — cases, hospitalization and deaths.  This, in turn, makes vaccine hesitancy (or vaccine refusal as some now call it) …
Discussion: Political Wire
Gabriela Miranda / USA Today:
People are dressing in disguise for COVID-19 vaccines, Missouri doctor says  —  Some people in Missouri are dressing in disguise and begging doctors to not publicly reveal they've received a COVID-19 vaccine, a doctor said.  —  Priscilla Frase, Ozarks Healthcare hospitalist …
 
 
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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’
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Biden nominates Trump critic Khizr Khan to religious freedom commission
Discussion: HuffPost and Insider
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: For the FBI, a shameful anniversary
 Earlier Items: 
David Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Did Trump follow his pledge to donate the last 6 months of his presidential pay? It's a mystery.
Discussion: Political Flare and Raw Story
Marianna Bacallao / Nashville Public Radio:
Conservative Radio Host Phil Valentine Is On A Ventilator; His Brother Says It's Time To ‘Go Get Vaccinated’
Discussion: Boing Boing
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
CNN:
Trump faces another primary test in Ohio House race
Discussion: CNBC
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
America gone nuts, &c.
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
‘I am furious with myself’: Unvaccinated Covid patient describes the exhausting illness