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3:00 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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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 …
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 …
CNBC:
Trump tax returns must be released by IRS to Congress, DOJ 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 that Congress had made a legitimate request to see Trump's tax returns.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Trump pressured DOJ to call election ‘corrupt,’ ex-official wrote
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 and Balloon Juice
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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Jonah Goldberg / The Dispatch:
Backsliding Into Mask Mandates
Discussion: HotAir and The Lid
Politico:
CDC releases data behind latest mask guidelines
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The key numbers from the CDC's new assessment of the delta variant
Discussion: 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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Associated Press:
Most Democrats approve of Biden's leadership so far, even as country remains divided
Discussion: DNyuz and Wall Street Journal
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.
Discussion: CNN
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Washington Post:   How Ashli Babbitt went from Capitol rioter to Trump-embraced ‘martyr’
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:   The Jan. 6 Committee Carries History's Weight
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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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) …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Hackwhackers
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
Audrey Conklin / Fox News:
Florida Gov. DeSantis' $1,000 bonus to educators, first responders met with backlash  —  2 state agencies signed contracts worth $3.6 million with Fidelity to distribute the checks  —  Has Trump Derangement Syndrome evolved into DeSantis Derangement?  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is facing …
Discussion: Politico, Miami Herald and Raw Story
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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Houston Keene / Fox News:
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ProPublica:
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Myah Ward / Politico:
The Covid-sized hole in Biden's vax order
 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.
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Charlie Cook / The Cook Political Report:
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New York Times:
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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