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12:55 PM ET, July 31, 2021

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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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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.
Oregonian:   Masks, vaccines could stop COVID delta variant spike within two weeks, CDC director says
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
Laura Strickler / NBC News:
Breakthrough Covid cases: At least 125,000 fully vaccinated Americans have tested positive
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
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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Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Cawthorn vs. McKinley: Another intra-GOP spat breaks out on House floor
Discussion: New York Post and Mediaite
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
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.
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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David Marcus / New York Post:
Support for Jan. 6 Capitol riot probe slips after cops' emotional testimony: poll
Discussion: HotAir, Lucianne and Page Array
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
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
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
Houston Keene / Fox News:
White House walks back previous statement on possibility of new COVID lockdowns  —  White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre reversed course to say the admin is not considering lockdowns  —  Ari Fleischer: When Biden isn't plagiarizing, he's lying about himself
Discussion: Page Array
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 …
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
New York Times:
Trump Raised $56 Million Online in First Half of 2021  —  The former president raised far more money online than any other Republican, federal records show, and more than each of the three main fund-raising arms of the Republican Party itself.  —  Despite departing from office and being barred …
Discussion: Insider, The Hill, Reuters and Mediaite
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
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
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.
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
 
 
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Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
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Conservative talk radio host Phil Valentine still hospitalized amid COVID battle
Washington Examiner:
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Chuck Todd is dead wrong: Liberal bias defines modern journalism
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Ann Saphir / Reuters:
Fed's Brainard: Can't wrap head around not having U.S. central bank digital currency
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Vaccine mandates are popular
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Mike Lindell is now hoping Supreme Court allows a do-over election: 'Maybe that's a thing'
Emily Langer / Washington Post:
Ruth Pearl, seeker of justice for her murdered journalist son, Daniel, dies at 85
Discussion: New York Times
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
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