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Laura Strickler / NBC News:
Breakthrough Covid cases: At least 125,000 fully vaccinated Americans have tested positive  —  WASHINGTON — At least 125,000 fully vaccinated Americans have tested positive for Covid and 1,400 of those have died, according to data collected by NBC News.  —  The 125,682 “breakthrough” …
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Washington Post:
CDC study shows three-fourths of people infected in Massachusetts covid-19 outbreak were vaccinated  —  A sobering scientific analysis published Friday of an explosive Massachusetts covid-19 outbreak fueled by the delta variant found that three-quarters of the people who became infected were fully vaccinated.
Michael Wilner / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
CDC director blames setbacks in mask policy on unvaccinated  —  CDC director blames COVID setbacks in spread of delta variant on unvaccinated people  —  Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Friday firmly blamed recent setbacks in preventing …
Cdcmmwr / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 Infections, Including COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Infections, Associated with Large Public Gatherings — Barnstable County, Massachusetts, July 2021  —  Catherine M. Brown, DVM1; Johanna Vostok, MPH1; Hillary Johnson, MHS1; Meagan Burns, MPH1; Radhika Gharpure, DVM2 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
CDC Scaled Back Hunt for Breakthrough Cases Just as the Delta Variant Grew​​​​ ​​  —  Bloomberg identified more than 100,000 vaccine breakthroughs  —  The U.S. agency leading the fight against Covid-19 gave up a crucial surveillance tool tracking …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:   Vaccinated People May Spread the Virus, Though Rarely, C.D.C. Reports
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Trump Pressed Justice Dept. to Declare Election Results Corrupt, Notes Show  —  “Leave the rest to me” and to congressional allies, the former president is said to have told top law enforcement officials.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald J. Trump pressed top Justice Department officials late …
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David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The Insurrection Was Just Part of the Plot  —  For raw emotional content, Tuesday's hearing of the new House select committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection was nonpareil.  Four police officers who fought to hold back armed hordes seeking to disrupt Congress told stories of physical injury …
Zach Despart / Houston Chronicle:
Texas just passed New York in COVID-19 deaths, despite once trailing by 29,000.  Here's how.  —  Texas has passed New York to become the state with the second-most COVID-19 deaths, a feat experts say was driven by an inability to control transmission of the virus here.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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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.
Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:
Justice Department sues Texas over COVID-19 migrant transport order  —  The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Friday against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, seeking to block and strike down an executive order designed to limit the travel of illegal immigrants who may have COVID-19.
Axios:
Biden appoints Trump-critic Khizr Khan to religious freedom commission  —  President Biden announced Friday that he will appoint Gold Star father Khizr Khan, who famously criticized former President Trump during the 2016 campaign, to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
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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 …
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
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Rich McKay / AOL:
Florida governor blocks school mask mandates, says parents can choose
Discussion: Mercury News
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Fact check: Is Kevin McCarthy a ‘moron’?  —  After Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy this week decried the House's new face mask requirement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) replied with a considered response: “He's such a moron.”  —  Mean!  But if the dunce cap fits ...
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.”
NBC News:
Congress fails to extend eviction moratorium expiring Saturday … WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Friday failed to push through a last-minute extension of the federal eviction moratorium that expires Saturday, leaving town for a seven-week recess without holding a vote.
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Jack Healy / New York Times:
Some Covid Vaccine Hesitant Now Express Regret  —  People who once rejected the vaccine or simply waited too long are now grappling with the consequences, often in raw, public ways.  —  PROVO, Utah — As Mindy Greene spent another day in the Covid intensive care unit, listening …
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Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin Republican expands 2020 election investigation  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The highest ranking Republican in the Wisconsin Assembly said Friday that he was expanding a probe into the 2020 presidential election, saying it will take more investigators and time than originally planned.
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
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.
Emily Langer / Washington Post:
Ruth Pearl, seeker of justice for her murdered journalist son, Daniel, dies at 85  —  The premonition came to Ruth Pearl in her sleep.  In her dream, her son, Daniel Pearl, was in danger.  When she awoke, she rushed to the computer and implored him in an email to respond right away.
Discussion: New York Times
David Marcus / New York Post:
Support for Jan. 6 Capitol riot probe slips after cops' emotional testimony: poll  —  An emotional hearing this week in which police officers attacked in the Capitol riot testified before a House select committee investigating the events of Jan. 6 turned more Americans against the need for the probe, according to a Morning Consult poll.
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
‘Covid With a Vengeance’ Consumes U.S. Politics  —  Rising case counts and stagnant vaccination rates could prove equally frustrating for President Biden and the G.O.P., making it impossible to shift the public's attention to other priorities.  —  The American political system has come down with a case of long Covid.
The Hill:
Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released  —  The Justice Department on Friday said the Treasury Department must turn over former President Trump's long-sought tax returns to the Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee.  —  In a memo from the Justice Department's Office …
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Associated Press:
Justice Department says IRS must give Trump tax returns to Congress
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.
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn Tried to Get on a Plane With a Glock  —  A SIMPLE MISTAKE  —  Freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) tried to bring a Glock 9mm handgun through airport security in Asheville, North Carolina, in February, the Raleigh News & Observer reported.
U.S. Department of Justice:
United States Seizes Oil Tanker Used to Violate Sanctions Against North Korea  —  A New York federal court today entered a judgment of forfeiture regarding the M/T Courageous, a 2,734-ton oil-products tanker used to make illicit deliveries of petroleum products through ship-to-ship transfers …
Discussion: Reuters, WTOP and Washington Examiner
Department of Homeland Security:
DHS Statement on Expedited Removal Flights for Certain Families  —  Asylum and other legal migration pathways should be readily available to those who need them, and this Administration is committed to fairly and efficiently considering asylum claims.  Those not seeking protection …
The White House:
Statement of President Joe Biden on the Arrival of the First Flight of Operation Allies Refuge  —  Today is an important milestone as we continue to fulfill our promise to the thousands of Afghan nationals who served shoulder-to-shoulder with American troops and diplomats over the last 20 years in Afghanistan.
Ann Saphir / Reuters:
Fed's Brainard: Can't wrap head around not having U.S. central bank digital currency  —  Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard on Friday laid out a range of reasons for “urgency” around the issue of developing a U.S. central bank digital currency, including the fact that other countries such as China are moving ahead with their own.
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.
 
 
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Joseph Choi / The Hill:
German coach sent home from Olympics after racist comments
Discussion: The Root and The Daily Caller
Natalie Allison / The Tennessean:
After 8-month COVID-19 battle, GOP Rep. David Byrd urges vaccines, says they ‘should not divide us’
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
Everyone presumes a backlash is coming for the Democrats. The electorate has changed, though
Discussion: Washington Examiner
BBC:
Covid in Sydney: Military deployed to help enforce lockdown
Jonah Goldberg / The Dispatch:
Backsliding Into Mask Mandates
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