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8:20 PM ET, July 31, 2021

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New York Times:
Already Distorting Jan. 6, G.O.P. Now Concocts Entire Counternarrative  —  In the Republicans' disinformation campaign, the arrested Capitol rioters are political prisoners and Speaker Nancy Pelosi is to blame for the attack.  —  In the hours and days after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol …
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Why Do Republicans Hate Cops?  —  WASHINGTON — It was, I must admit, a virtuoso performance by Sean Hannity.  —  Not since the sheriff in “Blazing Saddles” put a gun to his own head and took himself hostage has anyone executed such a nutty loop de loop.  —  Opening his show Tuesday night …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Flare
David J. Neal / Miami Herald:
Florida sets a record with 21,683 new COVID-19 cases reported Saturday, the CDC says  —  Saturday, the state of Florida reported more new COVID-19 cases to the Centers for Disease Control than any previous day in the coronavirus pandemic, 21,683.  —  That's a jump over the previous record …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Jeremy Beaman / Washington Examiner:
Former RNC chairman to Jim Jordan on Jan. 6: ‘You know, b****, what time you called the president’  —  Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele called Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan a “son of a b****” for his recent remarks that he wasn't certain whether he spoke to former President Donald Trump on Jan. 6.
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Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Chart: Less than 0.1% of vaccinated Americans infected with COVID-19  —  Of the 164 million vaccinated Americans, less than 0.1% have been infected with the coronavirus, and 0.001% have died, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Axios:
1 big thing: Biden's quick-trigger COVID problem  —  The Biden administration's handling of the Delta surge has left Americans confused and frustrated, fueling media overreaction and political manipulation.  — Why it matters: The past year and a half have left Americans cynical …
Discussion: Breitbart, RedState and Gothamist
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Sarah Kliff / New York Times:
New Rule Raises Question: Who'll Pay for All the Covid Tests?
Discussion: NBC New York
Houston Keene / Fox News:
White House walks back previous statement on possibility of new COVID lockdowns
Discussion: Page Array
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Rudy Giuliani Says He's ‘More Than Willing To Go To Jail’ But Did Nothing Wrong in Amazing Interview with NBC New York  —  NBC New York's Melissa Russo interviewed former NYC mayor and former Donald Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani this week, and in very on-brand fashion the outspoken attorney made multiple startling declarations.
Discussion: The Guardian and NBC New York
New York Times:
Who Are the Unvaccinated in America?  There's No One Answer.  —  One segment of people who have avoided shots is vehemently opposed to the idea.  But there is a second group, surveys suggest, that is still deciding.  —  As coronavirus cases rise across the United States …
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Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Biden, Republicans and the Pandemic Blame Game
Mujib Mashal / New York Times:
Body of Reuters Photographer Was Mutilated in Taliban Custody, Officials Say  —  The body of Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize winner killed in Afghanistan, was unrecognizable when it was brought to a Kandahar hospital, one official said.  —  NEW DELHI — The body of Danish Siddiqui …
Discussion: Current Industry and The US Sun
Caroline Anders / Washington Post:
A lawyer hoped history books would help her Capitol riot clients grow.  She was called a traitor — and worse.  —  Defense attorney Heather Shaner said her first client from Jan. 6 wanted to invoke “the Constitution from 1776.″ When she tried to explain that the document was ratified years later …
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: Law & Crime, HuffPost and Insider
Jon Levine / New York Post:
AOC has spent thousands on security, including $4k-plus to ex-Blackwater contractor  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez paid thousands for personal security to a former Blackwater contractor, a review of Federal Election Commission records shows.  —  AOC's campaign dropped at least $4,636 …
Discussion: Lucianne, Page Array and TheBlaze
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 …
Scott Mcfetridge / Associated Press:
Bacon may disappear in California as pig rules take effect  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Thanks to a reworked menu and long hours, Jeannie Kim managed to keep her San Francisco restaurant alive during the coronavirus pandemic.  —  That makes it all the more frustrating that she fears …
Tara Todd / WVIR-TV:
Augusta County School Board votes against VDoE transgender model policies  —  AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The Augusta County School Board voted unanimously Thursday night not to adopt model policies for the treatment of transgender students put forth by the Virginia Department of Education.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Townhall
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Sarah Palin teases 2022 Senate run in Alaska  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she may yet jump back into politics, teasing the possibility of a Senate run in 2022 against incumbent Lisa Murkowski.  —  “If God wants me to do it I will,” Palin told an enthusiastic audience during …
Mike Schneider / Associated Press:
Florida breaks record with more than 21,000 new COVID cases  —  ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state's highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to federal health data released Saturday, as its theme park resorts again started asking visitors to wear masks indoors.
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
Zaid Jilani / MSN:
Progressives' New Racialism Isn't Just Repulsive.  It's Dangerous  —  This week, a bipartisan group of Senators came to an agreement over a new infrastructure bill that totals $550 billion, offering some hope to Americans that excessive partisanship won't doom the legislation America needs …
Eclectablog:
All hands on deck for democracy - with special guest Marcy Wheeler  —  Marcy Wheeler's website: EmptyWheel.net  —  Marcy Wheeler at EmptyWheel.net: DOJ unimpressed by Mo Brooks' kickass conspiracy defense  —  Marcy Wheeler at EmptyWheel.net: Like all his co-conspirators, Donald Trump would be charged for obstruction, not incitement
Abby Luby / The Examiner News:
Local Outrage at Trump Winged Foot Gala Goes National  —  Protests Expected Over Westchester Golf Club Flap  —  Larchmont resident Jenny Geer may see a security detail of cars snaking its way past her house heading to the nearby Winged Foot Golf course next Wednesday, August 4.
Valerie Gonzalez / MyRGV.com:
Source: Pandemic protocol that expels migrant families halted; RGV already feeling impact  —  Title 42, a federal public health code used to expel a large portion of migrants seeking asylum, is as of late this week no longer in effect for migrant families across the country …
Politico:
McConnell stirs GOP intrigue with support for Biden's infrastructure bill  —  Moments before the Senate took a pivotal vote on its bipartisan infrastructure deal, negotiators zeroed in on the most important undecided member: Mitch McConnell.  —  The Senate minority leader stayed quiet …
Discussion: Raw Story
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Emails Show UM Officials' Concern Over Fired Historian Criticizing Private Prison Ties  —  Before the University of Mississippi terminated Dr. Garrett Felber, an anti-racist history professor, his public criticisms of its ties to the private-prison industry drew concern from administrators …
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Maher: Maybe the “woke Olympics” shouldn't have taken its cues from the Oscars  —  Is that why the ratings for this Summer Olympiad have fallen to nearly half of those for the Rio Olympics in 2016?  Bill Maher diagnoses wokery as the culprit, but he has a tough slog bringing his audience along on the argument.
Discussion: The Hill, MSN and Insider
 
 
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Oregonian:
Masks, vaccines could stop COVID delta variant spike within two weeks, CDC director says
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Washington Examiner:
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Chuck Todd is dead wrong: Liberal bias defines modern journalism