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CNN:
Less than 0.001% of fully vaccinated Americans died after a Covid-19 breakthrough case, CDC data shows  —  Nurse: Some Covid-19 patients think I'm lying about diagnosis  —  (CNN)Less than .004% of people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 experienced a breakthrough case resulting in hospitalization …
Discussion: Fox News
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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 …
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Chart: Less than 0.1% of vaccinated Americans infected with COVID-19
Discussion: The Mahablog
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.
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Ian Fisher / Bloomberg:
Florida Daily Covid Cases Hit Record, Becomes U.S. Epicenter  — State now accounts for one in five new case in the U.S.  — Disney among Florida businesses to reinstate mask requirements  —  Florida reported 21,683 new cases on Friday, breaking a daily record for the entire pandemic …
Washington Post:
Trump has more than $100 million in political cash after first six months of 2021  —  The sizable war chest reveals how the former president has reaped financial rewards while claiming the election was stolen from him.  —  Former president Donald Trump's proved himself his party's …
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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 …
Discussion: UPI and Trending Politics
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New York Times:
'It's Nowhere Near Over': A Beach Town's Gust of Freedom, Then a U-turn  —  Provincetown, Mass., the quirky community at the tip of Cape Cod, thought it was safe to return to prepandemic partying.  It wasn't.  —  PROVINCETOWN, Mass. — By the Fourth of July, Provincetown's tourist season had built to a prepandemic thrum.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Biden, Republicans and the Pandemic Blame Game
Discussion: Raw Story
Zachary B. Wolf / CNN:
The rent is now due, America  —  (CNN)It's like Democrats in the White House and Congress forgot the date.  —  Now it's the first of the month and rent — and back rent — is suddenly due for millions of Americans who have been shielded from eviction during the pandemic.
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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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Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Eric Swalwell Nails It And Explains Why Jim Jordan And Kevin McCarthy Are Running Scared
Discussion: Raw Story
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
‘I will not be silenced’: Women targeted in hack-and-leak attacks speak out about spyware  —  Ghada Oueiss, a Lebanese broadcast journalist at Al-Jazeera, was eating dinner at home with her husband last June when she received a message from a colleague telling her to check Twitter.
Karl Evers-Hillstrom / The Hill:
Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement  —  Influential public sector unions are pushing back on a new vaccination requirement for federal workers in a rare split with the Biden administration.  —  President Biden's latest vaccine push, announced Thursday …
CNN:
Attendee at St. Louis County Council vote to overturn mask mandate tests positive for Covid-19  —  Health official describes racist attack after council meeting on masks  —  (CNN)A person who attended a St. Louis County Council meeting last week where officials voted to overturn a mask mandate …
Paul A. London / The Hill:
The war against cities  —  The Republican Party is waging a war against cities, especially those in the Northeast and on the West Coast that vote for Democrats and have large minority populations.  The GOP gleefully rammed through provisions in its 2017 tax bill that limited federal deductions …
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 …
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: RedState, TheBlaze and Page Array
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Zaid Jilani / MSN:   Progressives' New Racialism Isn't Just Repulsive. It's Dangerous
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: Michigan Advance and Raw Story
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Felicia Schwartz / Wall Street Journal:
FDA Under Pressure to Grant Full Approval to Covid-19 Vaccines  —  Some schools, hospitals and employers are hesitant to mandate vaccines while shots are still only authorized for emergency use  —  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to swiftly grant full approval to Covid-19 shots …
Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
Vaccinated people are ready for normalcy — and angry at the unvaccinated getting in their way  —  A return to their carefree, pre-pandemic visits appeared within reach, tantalizing Stacey Graves and her boyfriend with promises of coffee in the cafe and sunshine on the patio.
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: The Guardian
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:
An Uncertain New Phase of the Pandemic, in Which Cases Surge But Deaths Do Not  —  With the Delta variant, people now have to make different calculations about personal risk.  The problem is that the parameters are not yet fully known.  —  So many things have gone wrong in the American response …
Washington Post:
When will the summer coronavirus surge peak?  It will get worse before it gets better, experts predict.  —  The newly resurgent coronavirus could spark 140,000 to 300,000 cases a day in the United States come August, fueled by the highly transmissible delta variant and the widespread resumption …
 
 
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