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8:35 PM ET, August 2, 2021

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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.
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Whitney Wild / CNN:
Officer who responded to January 6 attack is third to die by suicide  —  (CNN)A DC police officer who responded to the US Capitol insurrection has died by suicide, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.  —  “Officer Gunther Hashida, assigned to the Emergency Response Team within …
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CNBC:
Third police officer, Gunther Hashida, dies by suicide after defending Capitol during riot by pro-Trump mob
Discussion: Fox News and Mock Paper Scissors
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump to Fight Release of Tax Returns, His Lawyer Says  —  Attorney for former president objects to Treasury Department's intention to turn over tax records to congressional committee  —  WASHINGTON—Former President Donald Trump will fight any move by the Treasury Department to turn …
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Jan Wolfe / Reuters:
Trump to object to release of tax returns -lawyer  —  Former U.S. President Donald Trump will challenge a recent U.S. Justice Department order that his tax returns should be turned over to a House of Representatives committee, one of his personal lawyers signaled on Monday.
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Tucker Carlson Summers With Viktor Orban, Touted As Speaker At Budapest Far-right Gathering  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson is billed as a speaker at a far-right conference in Hungary on Saturday, according to a flier for the event.  The appearance will come days after the Fox host met …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and mccfeszt.hu
Graham Gremore / Queerty:
broke as a joke Rudy Giuliani's bank account is almost empty and guess who's totally iced him out  —  As the summer drags on, things only seem to be getting worse for Rudy Giuliani.  —  In addition to being ensnared in multiple lawsuits and a federal investigation that is reportedly costing …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Eschaton and POLITICUSUSA
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Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:   Rudy Giuliani Is Reportedly Almost Broke And Trump's Shutting Him Out
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:   Trump PACs paid lawyers nearly $8 million as he fought election results and impeachment
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
As Florida's COVID crisis intensifies, DeSantis' response falters  —  In mid-March, Politico published a report under text that read, “How Ron DeSantis won the pandemic.”  As we've discussed, the evidence to bolster the claim was dubious, but the report nevertheless featured Florida's Republican governor …
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
New congressional report says covid-19 likely emerged in Wuhan months earlier than originally thought  —  Nineteen months after the start of the pandemic, the Chinese government continues to actively thwart a real investigation into the origins of covid-19.  Now, a new GOP congressional report alleges …
Discussion: Insider and New York Post
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The White House:
Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Eviction Prevention Efforts … Today, President Biden is taking further action to prevent Americans from experiencing the heartbreak of eviction.  Thanks to State eviction moratoria, almost 33% of the country will be spared evictions for the rest of this month.
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Politico:
White House says states, cities must rescue renters after eviction ban lapse
Maya Pottiger / Washingtonian:
Mayor Muriel Bowser Under Fire for Allegedly Violating Her Indoor Mask Mandate at a Wedding  —  The Washington Examiner writer on the story was not invited to the wedding, an organizer says.  —  Mayor Muriel Bowser made headlines this weekend when the Washington Examiner posted photos …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Schumer weaponizes August recess to advance Biden agenda  —  Chuck Schumer doesn't have to be the bad guy in the Senate's infrastructure debate.  The calendar is doing that job for him.  —  With the upper chamber closing in on President Joe Biden's long-sought, $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure plan …
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Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
Optimism grows that infrastructure deal will get to Biden's desk
Discussion: Breitbart
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Fox Business Employee Sues Network, Alleging Larry Kudlow Made Racist and Sexist Remarks  —  An employee of the Fox Business Network has sued the cable network, making claims of racist and sexist remarks by host Larry Kudlow, sexual harassment by analyst Andrew Napolitano …
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Justin Fox / Bloomberg:
GDP Growth Under Trump Was the Worst Since Hoover  —  The pandemic was partly to blame, and there are some measures that make his record look better.  But it was not a stellar performance.  —  It was the whopping-yet-still-disappointing 6.5% annualized growth number for the second quarter …
Jay Greene / Washington Post:
Amazon union election results should be scrapped over improprieties, NLRB officer recommends  —  The union that lost the initial vote said the recommendation comes in a decision from a National Labor Relations Board hearing officer, who wrote that Amazon's tactics improperly skewed union election results.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Graham says he has COVID-19 ‘breakthrough’ infection  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Monday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, even though he was fully vaccinated.  —  “I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for COVID-19 even after being vaccinated,” he said.
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CNN:
Lindsey Graham tests positive for Covid-19 and has had ‘flu-like symptoms’ despite being vaccinated
New York Times:
Cuomo Grilled for 11 Hours in Sexual Harassment Inquiry  —  The investigation by the New York State attorney general's office could determine Gov. Andrew Cuomo's political future.  —  For Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the setting and even the circumstances were familiar.
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
Congress Is Slashing a $30 Billion Plan to Fight the Next Pandemic  —  President Joe Biden campaigned as America's pandemic fighter.  So it will be strange, to say the least, if his infrastructure bill fails to significantly increase the country's pandemic-preparedness budget.  —  But it could happen.
Discussion: Washington Post
Jeremy B. White / Politico:
Jenner campaign in debt as California recall hits homestretch  —  OAKLAND — Caitlyn Jenner's gubernatorial campaign has piled up debt, filings show, as the celebrity and former Olympian struggles to make headway in California's recall race.  —  From the launch of Jenner's candidacy through the end of July …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans' Optimism About COVID-19 Dashed as Cases Surge  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a dramatic shift from last month, more Americans now say the coronavirus situation in the U.S. is getting worse (45%) rather than better (40%).  In June, a record 89% said the situation was getting better, while only 3% said it was getting worse.
Phillip Nieto / The Spectator World:
College Republicans rocked by fake sexual assault allegations scandal  —  Two women say a senior College Republican asked them to falsely accuse a male student of misconduct  —  What would you be prepared to do in pursuit of political power?  —  Two women are accusing senior members …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The GOP scamming of rural Trump voters continues.  A new study shows the latest.  —  It has long been central to Republican mythology that Democrats have nothing but seething contempt for the rural and small-town inhabitants of the Real American Heartland.  Republicans sometimes pair …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and RedState
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
CDC Extends Order at the Southern and Northern Land Borders  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an order under Sections 362 and 365 of the Public Health Service Act, and associated implementing regulations, that temporarily suspends the introduction …
Jen Fifield / Arizona Republic:
Maricopa County and Dominion won't comply with new subpoenas issued by Arizona Senate  —  Maricopa County supervisors and Dominion Voting Systems refused to produce additional election material on Monday in response to new subpoenas filed by the Arizona Senate.
Zusha Elinson / Wall Street Journal:
Portland, Ore., Can't Find Police for Unit to Fight Rising Murder Rate  —  Few volunteer for new gun-violence team that comes with more oversight and a mission to combat racism after a history of profiling  —  Leaders in Portland, Ore., are looking to combat the city's rising homicide rate …
David Brooks / The Atlantic:
How the Bobos Broke America  —  This article was published online on August 2, 2021.  —  The dispossessed set out early in the mornings.  They were the outsiders, the scorned, the voiceless.  But weekend after weekend—unbowed and undeterred—they rallied together.
Discussion: Althouse
 
 
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Jesse Jackson arrested at DC protest
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American democracy's infrastructure is crumbling
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Sarah Palin says she's praying about running for Senate against Murkowski
Discussion: Townhall and Insider
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Biden approval takes a hit as coronavirus surges, poll shows
Discussion: IJR
Michael Moline / Florida Phoenix:
A brazen scheme? ALEC software giveaway to GOP lawmakers violated FL campaign-finance laws
Discussion: Florida Politics
New York Times:
We Cannot Stand By and Watch Afghanistan Collapse
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Barro / Insider:
The vaccines work very well against Delta, so stop badgering the vaccinated to wear masks
Discussion: Washington Post
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Anatomy of an Anti-Union Meeting
American Prospect:
Larry Summers Holds Positions With Numerous Financial Bottom-Feeders
Los Angeles Times:
Newsom could be replaced by someone with a tiny fraction of the vote. That's nuts
The Guardian:
100-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard to be tried
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Local