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8:25 AM ET, August 2, 2021

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Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Obama plans Martha's Vineyard birthday bash as Delta variant rages on  —  The party will be held outdoors, all guests are asked to be vaccinated and there will be a COVID-coordinator.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Senate finishing crafting $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure proposal, setting delicate debate in motion  —  Senate Democrats and Republicans on Sunday finalized a roughly $1 trillion proposal to improve the country's roads, bridges, pipes, ports and Internet connections …
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:   The quiet Biden-GOP talks behind the infrastructure deal
New York Times:
How Local Media Spreads Misinformation From Vaccine Skeptics  —  Facebook and other social media have been under scrutiny for vaccine misinformation, but local outlets have also sometimes been active.  —  The Freedom's Phoenix, a local news site in Phoenix, and The Atlanta Business Journal …
Seth A. Richardson / Plain Dealer:
Outside actors descend on Northeast Ohio in final weekend before Aug. 3 Democratic primary for 11th Congressional District special election  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio - It's contentious.  It's close.  It's divisive.  And it's almost over.  —  The Democratic primary for the 11th Congressional …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, CNN and Raw Story
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Politico:
Jihadists flood pro-Trump social network with propaganda  —  Just weeks after its launch, the pro-Trump social network GETTR is inundated with terrorist propaganda spread by supporters of Islamic State, according to a POLITICO review of online activity on the fledgling platform.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Ashley Rindsberg / UnHerd:
Did the New York Times stifle lab leak debate?  —  The world's verdict on the lab leak seems to be shifting.  The Biden Administration now thinks there is a credible possibility that Covid-19 leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.  WHO chief Tedros Adhanome Ghebreyesus has admitted …
Kim Bellware / Washington Post:
GOP lawmaker who once spurned masks urges people to take covid-19 seriously after eight-month illness  —  A Tennessee legislator who went from unmasked gatherings with fellow legislators to being placed on ventilator days later has emerged with a message for constituents after a harrowing eight-month experience with long-haul covid-19:
Alexander Vindman / The Atlantic:
What I Heard in the White House Basement  —  One phone call changed my life.  —  On Thursday, July 25, 2019, I was seated at the table in one of the two Situation Rooms in the basement of the West Wing.  The bigger room is famous from movies and TV shows, but this room is smaller …
Discussion: Raw Story and CBS News
New York Times:
Biden's Climate Plans Are Stunted After Dejected Experts Fled Trump  —  Hundreds of scientists and policy experts left the government during the Trump administration.  The jobs remain unfilled nearly six months into President Biden's term.  —  WASHINGTON — Juliette Hart quit her job …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Don't Let Anyone Normalize January 6  —  While he was president of the United States, Donald Trump tried to overthrow the election of 2020, first by fraud, then by violence.  His efforts were defeated in great part because of the integrity and courage of state-level Republican officials.
Matthew Brown / USA Today:
Susan Collins says Trump shouldn't testify to Jan. 6 panel, criticizes it as ‘partisan’  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., over the House's select committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack, while lamenting the collapse …
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Annie Grayer / CNN:   Tensions in the House of Representatives boil over after 1/6 hearing and mask rule
David Brooks / The Atlantic:
How the Creative Class Broke America  —  It was supposed to foster progressive values and economic growth.  Instead we got resentment, alienation, and endless political dysfunction.  —  Illustrations by Kimberly Elliott  —  This article was published online on August 2, 2021.
Mike Schneider / Associated Press:
Florida breaks record for COVID-19 hospitalizations  —  ORLANDO, Fla. - A day after it recorded the most new daily cases since the start of the pandemic, Florida on Sunday broke a previous record for current hospitalizations set more than a year ago before vaccines were available.
Politico:
Tensions rise within Biden team over mask reversal  —  CHICAGO - A sea of maskless, sweaty, thrashing bodies filled Chicago's Grant Park, pushing up against the performance stage as acts like Miley Cyrus screamed into the microphone.  —  Roughly 100,000 people a night poured into the four …
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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Citing Taliban violence, US expands Afghan refugee program  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday expanded its efforts to evacuate at-risk Afghan citizens from Afghanistan as Taliban violence increases ahead there of the U.S. military pullout at the end of the month.
Leslie Eastman / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Federal Government Issued $783.5M in Stimulus Checks for Prisoners  —  Convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar's two stimulus checks totaled $2,000.  — Parler  — Gab  — MeWe  — Buffer  — Pocket  — Blogger  — Yahoo Mail  — Viber  — Skype  — Copy Link
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
The Big Money Behind the Big Lie  —  Donald Trump's attacks on democracy are being promoted by rich and powerful conservative groups that are determined to win at all costs. … It was tempting to dismiss the show unfolding inside the Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona, as an unintended comedy.
The Daily Beast:
Behind the Bombshell Allegation Buried in the WaPo Lawsuit  —  DISCLOSURE FOR THEE...  A star reporter's lawsuit against her employer has dredged up a years-old allegation against another WaPo reporter—and newsroom concerns about managerial hypocrisy.
Emanuel Fabian / The Times of Israel:
US, UK blame Iran for deadly strike on ship with Israel ties, weigh response  —  Blinken: ‘We are confident that Iran conducted this attack’; Britain's FM Dominic Raab condemns ‘unlawful and callous attack’ that killed a Briton and a Romanian  —  This Jan. 2, 2016 file photo shows …
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
He Repped Kyle Rittenhouse, MAGA Monkey Owners... and Capitol Rioters
Discussion: Raw Story
American Greatness:
When Will the COVID Revolt Come?
Discussion: Instapundit
Ruby Cramer / Politico:
The Unusual Group Trying to Turn Biden into FDR
Julia Ingram / Washington Post:
A tsunami of deferred debt is about to hit homeowners no longer protected by a foreclosure moratorium
Washington Post:
An embassy wall falls, upending a rising Afghan diplomat's career
 Earlier Items: 
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Column: Canada just surpassed us on vaccinations. Good for them, and shame on us
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Say goodbye to persuasion: Vaccine mandates may be coming — but will they be legal?
John Blake / CNN:
Democrats are on the verge of repeating a voting rights blunder that led to the rise of Jim Crow
Brooke Harrington / The Atlantic:
The Anti-vaccine Con Job Is Becoming Untenable
Discussion: The Mahablog and Just Above Sunset
Robert Silverman / The Daily Beast:
How ‘Coward and Phony’ Tim Pool Became One of the Biggest Political YouTubers on the Planet
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
DC Mayor Bowser officiates maskless indoor wedding after reinstated mask mandate