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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 …
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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: Crooks and Liars
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump asked top Justice Department officials to declare 2020 election ‘corrupt,’ notes show
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Trump pressured DOJ to call election ‘corrupt,’ ex-official wrote
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
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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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: New York Times and ABC News
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 …
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The key numbers from the CDC's new assessment of the delta variant
Discussion: HotAir
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 … 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
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.
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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 …
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
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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Sophia Bollag / Sacramento Bee:
Gavin Newsom says California recall could help GOP in 2022, have ‘consequences nationwide’  —  If California Gov. Gavin Newsom is recalled, he predicted the effects would be felt “all across the country” for “many, many years,” arguing Thursday in an interview with McClatchy's California editorial boards …
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Politico:
House Dems hustle for votes to extend eviction moratorium after eleventh-hour Biden push
Discussion: Fox News and HotAir
Politico:
Pelosi and Sanders brace for Democratic upheaval over Biden agenda
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and NBC News
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 …
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
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.
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
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
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: Vox and The Crime Report
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.
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 …
The Hill:
Justice Dept. 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 Friday memo from the Office of Legal Counsel …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Insider
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
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Senator Calls Out ‘Inconsistency’ Among GOP on Infrastructure
Discussion: Sacramento Bee
Myah Ward / Politico:
The Covid-sized hole in Biden's vax order
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
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Some vaccine hesitant now express regret
Washington Post:
Kensington woman arrested on a charge of killing her 92-year-old roommate
 Earlier Items: 
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Yes, Covid-19 vaccine mandates are legal
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
Issues & Insights:
Biden's ‘Accomplishments’ So Far: A Troubling Tale In 8 Charts
The Hill:
Constitutional rights are the exception
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Republicans moving to block University of Wisconsin virus testing, vaccination rules