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2:25 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 …
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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 … Then-President Donald Trump pressed top Justice Department officials in a late December phone call to declare the election he lost “corrupt,” and “leave the rest” to him and Republican allies in Congress …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Trump pressured DOJ to call election ‘corrupt,’ ex-official wrote
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
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
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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 …
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:
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 …
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.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The key numbers from the CDC's new assessment of the delta variant
Discussion: HotAir
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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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.
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:   The Jan. 6 Committee Carries History's Weight
Melanie Zanona / CNN:
Liz Cheney and Elise Stefanik represent ‘battle for the soul of the party’
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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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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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Houston Keene / Fox News:
Hunter Biden snaps at critics of art dealings: ‘F— em’  —  Obama-era ethics chief Walter Shaub blasted the younger Biden for his interview  —  ‘Fox & Friends’ hosts question the ethics of Hunter Biden's art sales  —  The younger Biden appeared Thursday on art podcast Nota Bene …
Discussion: Politico and National Review
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Bloomberg:
Senator Calls Out ‘Inconsistency’ Among GOP on Infrastructure  — Republican Cassidy said bipartisan deal should be ‘acceptable’  — Trump proposed more expensive plans during his presidency  —  A GOP senator criticized the “inconsistency” of Republicans who were all-in for President …
Discussion: Sacramento Bee
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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: HotAir and The Lid
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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 …
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Politico:
House Dems hustle for votes to extend eviction moratorium after eleventh-hour Biden push
Discussion: Fox News, HotAir and WHNT-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.
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
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
 
 
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Kate Sullivan / CNN:
Biden to discuss new sanctions on Cuban regime with Cuban-American leaders
Discussion: CBS News
ProPublica:
What Philadelphia Reveals About America's Homicide Surge
Discussion: Vox and The Crime Report
Myah Ward / Politico:
The Covid-sized hole in Biden's vax order
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: Political Flare and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Kensington woman arrested on a charge of killing her 92-year-old roommate
Charlie Cook / The Cook Political Report:
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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
Frances Robles / New York Times:
‘They Thought I Was Dead’: Haitian President's Widow Recounts Assassination
Discussion: Insider and New York Post
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Republicans moving to block University of Wisconsin virus testing, vaccination rules