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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.
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 …
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
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.
Donna Brazile / USA Today:
Joe Biden and I are Democrats who want Republicans to stay alive and vote  —  COVID vaccines were Donald Trump's greatest victory.  Yet Republicans are resisting and sometimes dying instead of celebrating him and getting the shot.  —  I've dedicated my life to working on political campaigns to elect Democrats.
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 …
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Biden's planned vaccine rule meets resistance from large groups of federal workers  —  Groups representing law enforcement, postal workers and IRS managers issue statements raising concerns about a government mandate  —  President Biden's expected announcement of a vaccine mandate …
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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 …
 
 
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CREW:
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Miami Herald:
Florida COVID update for Wednesday: 16,038 new cases, highest reported since January
Discussion: Miami Standard
Emily Davies / Washington Post:
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Hannah Rabinowitz / CNN:
Chief DC federal judge questions misdemeanor deals for US Capitol rioters
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