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11:55 AM ET, July 31, 2021

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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
WATCH: Mark Meadows Says Trump Meeting with ‘Cabinet Members’ at Jersey Golf Club About ‘Moving Forward in a Real Way’  —  Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said that former President Donald Trump has been meeting with “cabinet members” at his New Jersey golf resort …
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
White House blasts Covid coverage  —  The White House is frustrated with what it views as alarmist, and in some instances flat-out misleading, news coverage about the Delta variant.  That's according to two senior Biden administration officials I spoke with Friday, both of whom requested anonymity …
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Laura Strickler / NBC News:
Breakthrough Covid cases: At least 125,000 fully vaccinated Americans have tested positive
Michael Wilner / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
CDC director blames setbacks in mask policy on unvaccinated
Discussion: Salon
Bloomberg:
CDC Scaled Back Hunt for Breakthrough Cases Just as the Delta Variant Grew​​​​ ​​
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Joel Burgess / Asheville Citizen Times:
Rep. Madison Cawthorn tried to board plane with gun; could face fine, status loss  —  ASHEVILLE - U.S. House member Madison Cawthorn had his gun taken by airport police and will likely face a federal fine and loss of a special security status, local and federal officials said.
Discussion: Insider
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Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn Tried to Get on a Plane With a Glock
Washington Post:
‘A rush to get shots’  —  Vaccine holdouts in coronavirus hot spots including Louisiana, Arkansas, and Missouri are rolling up their sleeves as the delta variant hits home.  —  They were unmoved by the urgings of President Biden to get vaccinated.  They've spurned calls from the nation's leading doctors …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Associated Press:
Justice Department says Russians hacked federal prosecutors  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Russian hackers behind the massive SolarWinds cyberespionage campaign broke into the email accounts some of the most prominent federal prosecutors' offices around the country last year, the Justice Department said Friday.
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Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:
Justice Department sues Texas over COVID-19 migrant transport order
Zach Despart / Houston Chronicle:
Texas just passed New York in COVID-19 deaths, despite once trailing by 29,000. Here's how.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
In one-two punch to Trump, Justice Dept OK's release of taxes, memo  —  Former President Donald Trump suffered twin setbacks on Friday when the Justice Department cleared the way to release his tax records and disclosed a memo showing he had urged top officials last year to falsely claim his election defeat was “corrupt.”
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Washington Examiner:
The dark side of transgenderism: Moral monsters are mutilating children without parental involvement  —  The Left's long-standing effort to substitute government power for parental authority is picking up ominous strength, as signified by the trend toward state-ordered mutilation …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Require the vaccine.  It's time to stop coddling the reckless.  —  Pay people to get vaccinated, no matter whether that is unfair to those who didn't receive checks for jabs.  Require them to do so as a condition of going to work or enrolling in school.  Do whatever it takes — and …
Discussion: Vox
Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
Activist Shaun King lives lavishly in lakefront New Jersey home  —  Shaun King has built his image on being a champion of the poor and disenfranchised, but the controversial civil rights activist lives like a one-percenter in a sprawling lakefront home, records show.
Will Wright / The Charlotte Observer:
Trump's candidate lost a Texas special election.  NC political operatives were watching.  —  The loss of a Donald Trump-backed candidate in a Texas special election is giving pause to some political operatives in North Carolina's Senate race.  —  On Tuesday, a Navy veteran supported …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
Laken Bowles / WTVF-TV:
Conservative talk radio host Phil Valentine still hospitalized amid COVID battle  —  <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ phil.valentine.50" link-data="{"cms.site.owner" :{"_ref":"00000166-21ca- df00-ab7e-f1cb93110000","_ type":"ae3387cc-b875-31b7- b82d-63fd8d758c20"} …
American Greatness:
‘Unprecedented, Unreasonable, Unconstitutional, and Wrong’  —  The Justice Department won't have January 6 evidence ready until 2022.  —  During a status hearing Friday afternoon for Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, an Army reservist arrested on January 15 for his involvement in the January 6 protest in Washington …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Fraternal Order of Police:
NATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE  —  NATIONAL PRESIDENT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  —  Thank you for your outreach - it is appreciated.  —  Even with the changes incorporated into your most recent draft, I believe that the provisions in this CJS bill could have a disastrous effect on the ability …
Discussion: Fox News and Townhall
Washington Post:
Glenn Youngkin's economic plan would run Virginia ‘into a ditch’  —  As Virginia Democrats have run the table in every statewide election since 2009, Republican gubernatorial aspirants have reverted to the same failed three-step playbook:  — Declare the state's economy is in a tailspin.
Discussion: Blue Virginia
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Mike Lindell is now hoping Supreme Court allows a do-over election: 'Maybe that's a thing'  —  On the far-right Brandon Howse Live radio program on Friday, MyPillow CEO and conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell suggested that perhaps the Supreme Court will allow a do-over of the election without electronic voting machines.
David Sacks / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
Get Ready for the ‘No-Buy’ List  —  First Big Tech censored speech.  Now they want to shut deplorables out of the financial system.  —  8 hr ago … When I helped create PayPal in 1999, it was in furtherance of a revolutionary idea.  No longer would ordinary people be dependent on large financial institutions to start a business.
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
Let It Rip  —  How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Live With The Virus  —  It started with a text. … He asked me to be on call if he needed something.  A day later, he wrote, “Felt cruddy last night — chills, a little sweats, but slept 10 - 11 hours and slightly better so far today.”
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Chuck Todd is dead wrong: Liberal bias defines modern journalism  —  NBC Political Director Chuck Todd argued this week that media bias does not exist, with the “Meet the Press” moderator declaring that the industry needs to join him in fighting back on what he characterized as just a GOP talking point.
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Vaccine mandates are popular  —  Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they'd support federal, state or local governments requiring everyone to get a coronavirus vaccine, according to a new survey conducted by The COVID States Project.  —  Why it matters: This kind of blanket mandate hasn't even been proposed, at any level of government.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis:
Governor DeSantis: Florida Parents Are Free to Choose  —  Citing Parents' Bill of Rights, DeSantis protects right of parents to decide question of masks in schools for their children  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Florida parents, students …
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Rich McKay / AOL:
Florida governor blocks school mask mandates, says parents can choose
Discussion: Mercury News
 
 
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Politico:
McConnell stirs GOP intrigue with support for Biden's infrastructure bill
Discussion: Raw Story
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Brendan J. Lyons / Albany Times Union:
Cuomo's accuser is willing to take a polygraph. Is he?
Discussion: Fox News and Townhall
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Emily Langer / Washington Post:
Ruth Pearl, seeker of justice for her murdered journalist son, Daniel, dies at 85
Discussion: New York Times