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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.
Discussion: Yahoo News
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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 …
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Biden, Republicans and the Pandemic Blame Game
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
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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
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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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
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 …
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
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
Politico:
Trump political groups raised $82M in first half of 2021  —  Led by Save America PAC, the former president's new political outfit, the three groups have over $100 million in the bank.  —  In this July 11, 2021, photo Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas.
Discussion: CNN, Wall Street Journal and RedState
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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Valerie Gonzalez / MyRGV.com:
Source: Pandemic protocol that expels migrant families halted; RGV already feeling impact  —  Title 42, a federal public health code used to expel a large portion of migrants seeking asylum, is as of late this week no longer in effect for migrant families across the country …
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 …
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
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
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.
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Emails Show UM Officials' Concern Over Fired Historian Criticizing Private Prison Ties  —  Before the University of Mississippi terminated Dr. Garrett Felber, an anti-racist history professor, his public criticisms of its ties to the private-prison industry drew concern from administrators …
 
 
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Sarah Kliff / New York Times:
New Rule Raises Question: Who'll Pay for All the Covid Tests?
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Tara Todd / WVIR-TV:
Augusta County School Board votes against VDoE transgender model policies
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Townhall
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Maher: Maybe the “woke Olympics” shouldn't have taken its cues from the Oscars
Discussion: The Hill, MSN and Insider
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Washington Post:
Glenn Youngkin's economic plan would run Virginia ‘into a ditch’
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Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
Activist Shaun King lives lavishly in lakefront New Jersey home
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Politico:
McConnell stirs GOP intrigue with support for Biden's infrastructure bill
Discussion: Raw Story
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Chuck Todd is dead wrong: Liberal bias defines modern journalism