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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: 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 …
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:   Vaccinated People May Spread the Virus, Though Rarely, C.D.C. Reports
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The key numbers from the CDC's new assessment of the delta variant
Discussion: Breitbart and HotAir
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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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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Politico:
House Dems hustle for votes to extend eviction moratorium after eleventh-hour Biden push  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Biden administration officials are scrambling to nail down the votes for an eleventh-hour push to extend the federal eviction moratorium — likely to be the House's final task …
Discussion: Fox News and HotAir
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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 …
Jonah Goldberg / The Dispatch:
Backsliding Into Mask Mandates  —  The CDC brings 2020 pandemic policies in a vaccinated 2021.  —  7 hr ago  —  The CDC wants us to go back to wearing masks indoors, even if you've been vaccinated.  This is where I get off.  —  If you'll forgive a little testifying, I've tried hard to be reasonable throughout the pandemic.
Discussion: The Lid and HotAir
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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
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.
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, Insider and Associated Press
 
 
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Houston Keene / Fox News:
Hunter Biden snaps at critics of art dealings: ‘F— em’
Discussion: Politico and National Review
Bloomberg:
Senator Calls Out ‘Inconsistency’ Among GOP on Infrastructure
Discussion: Sacramento Bee
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
David Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Did Trump follow his pledge to donate the last 6 months of his presidential pay? It's a mystery.
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Qaddafi's Son Is Alive. And He Wants to Take Libya Back.
Discussion: عرب … and Gothamist
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Yes, Covid-19 vaccine mandates are legal
Tom Joyce / Washington Examiner:
Biden is paying the price for his Harris mistake
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