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10:45 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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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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Leonard Greene / New York Daily News:
Larry Kudlow accused of racist, sexist remarks in Fox Business producer's suit; Andrew Napolitano accused of harassment
A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
Judge Andrew Napolitano Is Out at Fox News Following Sexual Harassment Allegation
Discussion: Raw Story
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Fox Business Employee Sues Network, Alleging Larry Kudlow Made Racist and Sexist Remarks
Discussion: Political Flare
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
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.
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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
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Rudy Giuliani Is Reportedly Almost Broke And Trump's Shutting Him Out
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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 …
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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 …
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Committee on Foreign Affairs:
McCaul Releases Addendum to Origins of COVID-19 Report
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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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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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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
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.
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 …
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.
 
 
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Peter Beinart / The Beinart Notebook:
The Double Standards Fallacy
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
Discussion: Breitbart
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
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Biden approval takes a hit as coronavirus surges, poll shows
Discussion: IJR
 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
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