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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
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
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
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
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.
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: HuffPost, Law & Crime and Insider
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
Discussion: BizPac Review
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 …
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
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: Townhall and Washington Examiner
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
Matt Mcnulty / Daily Mail:
Biden appoints Muslim Gold Star father to religious freedom post after he gave speech to Dems about his dead Army Captain son and Trump attacked him  — Biden announced Friday the appointment the Muslim father of a Gold Star veteran whose son died while fighting in Iraq to a religious freedom post
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Cawthorn vs. McKinley: Another intra-GOP spat breaks out on House floor  —  “I said, ‘Your district will remember that,’” the North Carolina conservative freshman recalled telling his West Virginia Republican colleague.  —  Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) speaks during the Conservative …
Discussion: New York Post, Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
 
 
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Fox News:
Sen. Ron Johnson: CDC, other US health agencies have lost American public's trust
Discussion: Insider
Fraternal Order of Police:
NATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE
Discussion: Townhall and Fox News
Sylvia Poggioli / NPR:
A Once-Forgotten Port Of Italy Is Alive With A Diverse Cultural And Literary Legacy
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Emails Show UM Officials' Concern Over Fired Historian Criticizing Private Prison Ties
Washington Post:
Glenn Youngkin's economic plan would run Virginia ‘into a ditch’
Discussion: Blue Virginia
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Examiner:
The dark side of transgenderism: Moral monsters are mutilating children without parental involvement
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Chuck Todd is dead wrong: Liberal bias defines modern journalism
Natalie Wolchover / Quanta Magazine:
Eternal Change for No Energy: A Time Crystal Finally Made Real
David Sacks / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
Get Ready for the ‘No-Buy’ List
Discussion: Instapundit
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Require the vaccine. It's time to stop coddling the reckless.
Discussion: Zandar Versus The Stupid and Vox
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Vaccine mandates are popular