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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 …
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Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Behind the Masks, a Mystery: How Often Do the Vaccinated Spread the Virus?  —  The C.D.C.'s new masking advice was based in part on data showing that the virus can thrive in the airways of vaccinated people.  The findings are expected on Friday.  —  The recommendation that vaccinated people …
ABC News:
CDC mask decision followed stunning findings from Cape Cod beach outbreak  —  Viral load of vaccinated beachgoers changed what we know about the delta variant  —  A week after the crowds descended upon Provincetown, Massachusetts, to celebrate the Fourth of July — the holiday President Joe Biden hoped …
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 …
Washington Post:
CDC breakthrough infections  —  An internal CDC document urges officials to “acknowledge the war has changed” and improve the public's understanding of breakthrough infections.
Discussion: Healthy Skeptic
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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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 …
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The Hill:
Constitutional rights are the exception  —  From South Carolina's Lowcountry to the suburbs of New York City, we represent much of the diversity that is America.  In many ways, we reflect the multiracial, multi-generational coalition that came together last year to deliver Democratic control …
Associated Press:
Ravages of COVID surge evident inside Missouri hospital  —  OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (AP) — Daryl Barker was passionately against a COVID-19 vaccination, and so were his relatives.  Then 10 of them got sick and Barker, at just 31, ended up in a Missouri intensive care unit fighting for his life.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Carl Levin, Michigan's longest serving U.S. senator, dies at 87  —  Carl Levin, a liberal Democrat who rose from a prominent Detroit family to become Michigan's longest-serving U.S. senator and helped set military priorities and investigate corporate behavior for decades before retiring in 2015, died Wednesday.
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Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Carl Levin, the Senate Scourge of Corporate America, Dies at 87
Discussion: The US Sun
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Republicans moving to block University of Wisconsin virus testing, vaccination rules  —  MADISON - A Republican-controlled committee plans to block the University of Wisconsin from instituting COVID-19 testing, masking and vaccination protocols on campuses across the state …
Glenn H. Reynolds / New York Post:
No, Karen, we're not masking again: A winning GOP message for 2022 & beyond  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest confused pronouncement about masks is another blow to the embattled agency, whose track record hasn't been exactly brilliant.
New York Times:
How Europe, After a Fumbling Start, Overtook the U.S. in Vaccination  —  Just a few months ago, European Union efforts were a mess, but its problems were temporary.  The United States turned out to have the more lasting challenge.  —  Early on, while the United States and a handful of others surged ahead …
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Jasmine M. El-Gamal / Project Syndicate:   Europe's Hijab Test
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
How Republican Jake Ellzey's bipartisan appeal, positive campaign helped him upset Trump's pick for Congress  —  Wright's coveted endorsement from Trump — which appeared so powerful in propelling her to the top in the initial election — may have contributed to her undoing in the runoff …
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.
Discussion: The Mahablog, Breitbart and Townhall
Sen. John Barrasso / Washington Examiner:
Democrats must work with Republicans on infrastructure  —  Words change frequently when Democrats are in charge.  Liberals are now called progressives.  Voter identification is called voter suppression.  Mothers are now “birthing persons.”  —  One word that should be straightforward is infrastructure.
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Florida officials defy DeSantis as infections spike  —  TALLAHASSEE — Florida's Covid wars are starting again.  —  Local officials across Florida are bucking Gov. Ron DeSantis and his anti-mandate coronavirus strategy as infections soar in the state and nation.
Discussion: HotAir, WESH-TV and Florida Politics
Catherina Gioino / The US Sun:
LAX ‘Jet Pack guy’ spotted AGAIN flying 15 miles from Los Angeles airport at 5,000 feet as FAA and FBI investigates  —  A MAN on a possible jet pack was spotted flying 15 miles from Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday - nearly a year since a spate of previous sightings sparked panic.
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Haley Yamada / ABC News:
Pilot reports ‘possible jet pack man’ near Los Angeles
Discussion: NBC Los Angeles
Scott Wong / The Hill:
House GOP stages mask mandate protest  —  Nearly 40 maskless House Republican lawmakers walked across the Capitol and onto the Senate floor in protest of the Capitol physician's decision to reinstate a mask mandate in the lower chamber but not in the upper chamber.
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Capitol Police asked to arrest the maskless
Shelley Murphy Globe / The Boston Globe:
Defrocked cardinal Theodore McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teenager in 1970s  —  Defrocked former cardinal Theodore McCarrick was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy during a wedding reception at Wellesley College in the 1970s, making him the highest-ranking …
Daniel Estrin / NPR:
A Tech Firm Has Blocked Some Governments From Using Its Spyware Over Misuse Claims  —  Israeli spyware company NSO Group has temporarily blocked several government clients around the world from using its technology as the company investigates their possible misuse, a company employee told NPR on Thursday.
Gabby Deutch / Jewish Insider:
Deborah Lipstadt to be named State Dept antisemitism envoy  —  The Holocaust historian will take the role amid a recent rise in antisemitic incidents in the U.S.  —  DAVE BENETT/GETTY IMAGES  —  After months of deliberation and calls from congressional and Jewish community leaders …
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Wall Street Journal:
Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney Over ‘Black Widow’ Streaming Release  —  Star alleges simultaneous release of the latest Marvel movie in theaters and on Disney+ service was a breach of contract  —  Black Widow has a new enemy: the Walt Disney Co.  —  Scarlett Johansson, star of the latest Marvel movie …
Emily Davies / Washington Post:
At doggie daycare, a pandemic puppy spends his first day without mom and dad  —  After more than four months of interrupting mom's Zoom calls, pulling dad around the block and napping in earshot of his two-legged parents, Pluto was buckled up in the back seat of a car en route to his first solo adventure.
Stephanie Clegg / ITEP:
Corporate Tax Avoidance Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act  —  Thirty-nine profitable corporations in the S&P 500 or Fortune 500 paid no federal income tax from 2018 through 2020, the first three years that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was in effect.  The 39 corporations were profitable …
Discussion: Common Dreams
 
 
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Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
The Democratic Establishment Is Going All Out To Beat Nina Turner
Discussion: NBC News, The 19th and HotAir
Stephen Gutowski / The Reload:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller and Twitchy
CREW:
CREW files criminal complaint against Trump and Meadows
Discussion: Raw Story and Forbes
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Felix Salmon / Axios:
Get ready for more debt ceiling drama
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
‘Comically Minimal Ego-Stroking’: Inside The Bumble Takedown Of A Violent Capitol Rioter
Discussion: Raw Story
Miami Herald:
Florida COVID update for Wednesday: 16,038 new cases, highest reported since January
Discussion: Miami Standard
Hannah Rabinowitz / CNN:
Chief DC federal judge questions misdemeanor deals for US Capitol rioters
Discussion: Lucianne
Kelly McBride / NPR:
New NPR Ethics Policy: It's OK For Journalists To Demonstrate (Sometimes)