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10:30 PM ET, August 2, 2021

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Mike Valerio / wusa9.com:
Fourth officer who responded to the US Capitol on January 6 dies by suicide  —  MPD confirmed Officer Kyle DeFreytag died by suicide, hours after the department confirmed Ofc.  Gunther Hashida died by suicide.  Both defended the Capitol on Jan. 6.  —  WASHINGTON — Four law enforcement officers …
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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 …
CNBC:
Third police officer, Gunther Hashida, dies by suicide after defending Capitol during riot by pro-Trump mob
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
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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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The route to stealing the 2024 election begins with a simple step  —  It seems increasingly plausible that we'll see an effort to steal the 2024 presidential election if the Democratic candidate wins by a margin close enough to permit it.  Indeed, whether this effort does or does not end up happening …
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
Allahpundit / HotAir:
CNN wonders: Did D.C.'s mayor really do anything wrong by violating her own mask mandate?  —  I mean, I'd say yes, by definition.  Especially since Muriel Bowser bent/broke the mask rules twice this weekend, not once.  First was when she threw herself a maskless birthday party on Friday …
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Washington Post:   D.C. Council moves to scale back Bowser's request to hire 170 more police officers
Maya Pottiger / Washingtonian:
Mayor Muriel Bowser Under Fire for Allegedly Violating Her Indoor Mask Mandate at a Wedding
CNN:
Top RNC official in Florida spreads Covid-19 conspiracies, calling vaccines the ‘mark of the beast’  —  (CNN)Amid recent surging coronavirus cases in Florida, a top Republican National Committee official in the state has spread anti-vaccine rhetoric and misinformation, comparing …
Discussion: USA Today and Raw Story
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: Daily Kos, Vanity Fair and Eschaton
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Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Rudy Giuliani Is Reportedly Almost Broke And Trump's Shutting Him Out
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Jake Dima / Washington Examiner:
Andrew Napolitano out at Fox after sexual harassment allegations  —  Judge Andrew Napolitano, a longtime analyst at Fox News, “parted ways” with the network following allegations of sexual harassment.  —  A producer who works on the Kudlow show, hosted by Larry Kudlow on Fox Business …
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Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Fox Business Employee Sues Network, Alleging Larry Kudlow Made Racist and Sexist Remarks
Discussion: Political Flare
Leonard Greene / New York Daily News:
Larry Kudlow accused of racist, sexist remarks in Fox Business producer's suit; Andrew Napolitano accused of harassment
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 …
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Committee on Foreign Affairs:
McCaul Releases Addendum to Origins of COVID-19 Report
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 …
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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CNN:
Lindsey Graham tests positive for Covid-19 and has had ‘flu-like symptoms’ despite being vaccinated
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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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.
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Nina Turner Leans Into Establishment Criticism: ‘I Want Them To Be Uncomfortable’  —  At the close of a heated congressional race where Turner has courted a wide range of Democrats, the Ohio progressive is embracing her reputation as a candid populist.  —  INDEPENDENCE, Ohio ― …
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Perry Bacon / Washington Post:   The Democratic establishment's attacks on progressives are counterproductive. There's a better way forward.
Mike Ferrara / NBC News:
Prosecuting Trump for role in Jan. 6 riot got easier thanks to Capitol officers' testimony … “All of them - all of them were telling us, 'Trump sent us.”  In harrowing, heart-wrenching testimony before a House select committee established to investigate the events of Jan. 6 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
WDSU-TV:
COVID-19 vaccine required for all New Orleans deputy constables ahead of heavy eviction workload  —  WDSU Digital Team  —  Hide Transcript Show Transcript  —  The latest breaking updates, delivered straight to your email inbox.  —  Submit  —  Privacy Notice  —  NEW ORLEANS —
Discussion: Slow Boring
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
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.
Joe Cunningham / RedState:
Kamala Harris Is Turning Out to Be Joe Biden's Biggest Mistake  —  As of right now, the Republican Party seems to be primed to take back at least part of Congress in 2022.  They barely have a lead in the House and they must rely on Kamala Harris to break any tie in the Senate.
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Peter Beinart / The Beinart Notebook:
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Andrea Mitchell / MSNBC:
Secy. Mayorkas: Domestic extremism ‘the greatest terrorist related threat we have in the homeland’
Houston Keene / Fox News:
Jesse Jackson arrested at DC protest
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
Optimism grows that infrastructure deal will get to Biden's desk
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CNN:
American democracy's infrastructure is crumbling
Discussion: Washington Post, MSN and The Guardian
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Sarah Palin says she's praying about running for Senate against Murkowski
Discussion: Townhall and Insider
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Biden approval takes a hit as coronavirus surges, poll shows
Discussion: IJR
New York Times:
We Cannot Stand By and Watch Afghanistan Collapse
Discussion: The Western Journal
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
Los Angeles Times:
Newsom could be replaced by someone with a tiny fraction of the vote. That's nuts
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The GOP scamming of rural Trump voters continues. A new study shows the latest.
Discussion: RedState and POLITICUSUSA