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11:50 PM ET, July 31, 2021

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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 …
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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 …
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.
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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Washington Post:
Trump raked in $82 million in first half of 2021 and has more than $100 million in the bank  —  The fundraising was done through a set of political action committees with few limitations on how the money can be spent  —  Former president Donald Trump's political action committees raised $82 million …
Discussion: The Hill and Wall Street Journal
Politico:
Trump political groups raised $82M in first half of 2021
Discussion: CNN and RedState
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Why Do Republicans Hate Cops?
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Flare
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 …
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 …
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, Lucianne, Page Array and TheBlaze
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.
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
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
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: HuffPost and Raw Story
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Amid focus on infrastructure, White House economic team wrenched back to coronavirus  —  After weeks of tense negotiations with Congress on infrastructure, the White House economic team was wrenched back to dealing with the coronavirus pandemic this week, issuing a number of abrupt policy changes to combat the delta variant.
Discussion: Politico and KRON4
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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 …
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, Insider and HuffPost
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 …
David P. Goldman / Asia Times:
Will China bail out Biden?  —  Prominent Chinese academic's warning that inflation might bankrupt the US government will be read carefully in Washington  —  Renmin University professor Jin Canrong has Washington's attention.  The senior director for China at the US National Security Council …
Discussion: Power Line
Valerie Gonzalez / MyRGV.com:
Source: Mexico not taking certain migrant families; RGV feeling impact with over 10,000 in custody  —  Mexico has stopped accepting families who are not from the country, according to a Mexican federal source, prompting an increase in migrants held in detention across the Rio Grande Valley …
Farnaz Fassihi / New York Times:
Murder Trial in Sweden Could Shine Unsavory Light on Iran's New President  —  Nearly 3,000 miles from Tehran where mass executions were carried out in 1988, a murder trial in Sweden could produce new revelations that complicate life for Iran's president-elect.
Discussion: HotAir
Sarah Kliff / New York Times:
New Rule Raises Question: Who'll Pay for All the Covid Tests?  —  With the Delta variant surging, many companies have decided that unvaccinated workers will need to get regular testing.  —  Spurred by rising Covid cases and the Delta variant's spread, a wave of major employers announced …
Discussion: NBC New York
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 …
 
 
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