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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.
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.
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Melissa Koenig / Daily Mail:
Obama defies CDC guidance by inviting 500 people to his celebrity-studded 60th birthday party at his $12m mansion on Martha's Vineyard: Pearl Jam will perform …
Discussion: Althouse
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
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump's $100 million threat to democracy  —  (CNN)Donald Trump now has a $100 million weapon to wield against US democracy.  —  The defeated and disgraced ex-President's huge war chest, nearly all amassed within six months of leaving office, was built on his ravenous calls for cash …
Discussion: Washington Post, Slate and ABC7
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Menace to Society
Discussion: The Political Insider
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 …
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John Ratcliffe / Fox News:   China Olympics 2022 - COVID cover up by country's leaders means they should forfeit games
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
‘Freedom-loving’ conservatives stoked latest round of infection and death  —  I write columns about politics and government, occasionally indulging as a frustrated sports writer; I don't write about business or leisure activities except:  — I would avoid any cruise ships embarking from Florida.
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.
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
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.
Timothy Noah / Washington Monthly:
Bidenizing the Democrats  —  The president scores a victory against his party's Sanders wing.  —  Donald Trump's effort to maintain his grip on the Republican Party is so transfixingly weird that it obscures a more ordinary and perhaps more politically relevant one about whether Joe Biden …
Discussion: Slow Boring and New York Times
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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
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, CNN and Raw Story
Barbara McQuade / MSNBC:
Trump and the Capitol riot ‘hitman’ analogy … In 2012, Jane Bashara was found strangled in the back of her SUV in a Detroit alley.  Her murderer was sentenced to 17 to 28 years in prison.  Her husband, who hired the killer, got a life sentence.  —  This story's lessons about the relative culpability …
Discussion: New Yorker
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
He Repped Kyle Rittenhouse, MAGA Monkey Owners... and Capitol Rioters  —  GO-TO LAWYER  —  “He's not a defense attorney, and therefore he's not an especially good defense attorney,” one journalist who has covered lawyer John Pierce's filings said.  —  The U.S. Capitol riot launched …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Pro-Biden groups to spend $100 million on August ad blitz  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — An array of progressive and pro-White House groups plans to spend nearly $100 million to promote President Joe Biden's agenda over the next month to pressure Congress while lawmakers are on their August recess.
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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 …
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Mark Meadows: Trump meeting with his ‘cabinet’ (despite not having one)  —  Former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told Newsmax that the former president has been holding meetings with his “cabinet” despite not being president.  New York Times reporter and CNN political analyst Maggie Haberman has the details.
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
Oklahoma GOP leader compares vaccine mandates to the Holocaust: ‘Take away the star and add a vaccine passport’  —  On Friday, John Bennett, the chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, made a striking comparison on the group's Facebook page: Private companies requiring employees …
Discussion: Raw Story
American Greatness:
Incompetence + Arrogance = Woke  —  Politically correct ideology is masking and contributing to the widespread failure of our institutions.  —  We know the nature of mass hysterias in history, and how they can overwhelm and paralyze what seem to be stable societies.
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Threats of violence spark fear of election worker exodus  —  There is growing concern that election workers will leave their posts in droves following a 2020 presidential contest that saw an unprecedented rise in violent threats against administrators.  —  Election workers had their homes broken into.
Discussion: BizPac Review and POLITICUSUSA
Washington Examiner:
Dr. Rochelle Walensky has made a mockery of the CDC  —  It cannot be easy to lead the agency that handles infectious diseases in the midst of an international pandemic.  Still, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should at least be able to prove she is up to the task.
 
 
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Associated Press:
Biden's judges: More diverse and more of them
Sidney Blumenthal / The Guardian:
Want to make Jim Jordan sing about the Capitol attack? Ask Jefferson Davis
Discussion: Raw Story and Mother Jones
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
CIA feud complicates Jan. 6 probe
Discussion: Raw Story
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
It's Democrats, Biden admin's border policies spreading COVID
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Masking kids and closing schools is irrational, unscientific child abuse
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Will Republicans Gerrymander Their Way to a House Majority?
Politico:
Tensions rise within Biden team over mask reversal
 Earlier Items: 
Leslie Eastman / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Federal Government Issued $783.5M in Stimulus Checks for Prisoners
The Daily Beast:
Behind the Bombshell Allegation Buried in the WaPo Lawsuit
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
John Blake / CNN:
Democrats are on the verge of repeating a voting rights blunder that led to the rise of Jim Crow