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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.
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.
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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 and guests including Steven Spielberg will be served by 200 staff  — Former President Barack Obama is planning to celebrate …
Discussion: Althouse
Alex Gangitano / The Hill:
Biden not attending Obama's 60th birthday party  —  President Biden will not be attending former President Obama's 60 birthday party in Martha's Vineyard, a White House official confirmed.  —  “While President Biden is unable to attend this weekend, he looks forward to catching …
Discussion: Fox News
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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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Senate finishing crafting $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure proposal, setting delicate debate in motion
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
The quiet Biden-GOP talks behind the infrastructure deal
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.
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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.
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
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.
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: ABC7 and Slate
Sidney Blumenthal / The Guardian:
Want to make Jim Jordan sing about the Capitol attack?  Ask Jefferson Davis  —  The Ohio Republican admits he spoke to Trump the day the Confederate flag flew in Congress.  Aptly, the investigation of John Brown's raid sets precedent for what must happen next
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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.
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: New York Times and Slow Boring
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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
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
CIA feud complicates Jan. 6 probe  —  A long-percolating conflict between two prominent alumni of the CIA's secretive internal watchdog office has burst into public view, creating a headache for the House's investigation of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.  —  David Buckley is now the top Democratic staffer …
Discussion: Raw Story
Rosalind English / UK Human Rights Blog:
Germany's federal court declares Facebook's hate speech curbs to be in breach of citizens' constitutional rights  —  The Federal Court of Justice in Germany (the Bundesgerichtshof, or BGH) has ruled against the social network provider that deleted posts and suspended accounts amid allegations of “hate speech”.
abc7NY:
Coronavirus Update NYC: City issues ‘strong recommendation,’ stops short of mask mandate  —  NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — For the first time, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recommended Monday vaccinated people wear a mask in crowded indoor settings, but he stopped short of making the new CDC masking guidance mandatory in the city.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Vaccinate the World.  Now.  —  An opportunity for indisputable American greatness  —  About six weeks ago, I wrote a piece urging that the United States take the lead in vaccinating the world.  The case for doing so is even more compelling now.  —  Yes, we've been scratching and clawing …
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
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
 
 
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Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
To Fight Vaccine Lies, Authorities Recruit an ‘Influencer Army’
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Zusha Elinson / Wall Street Journal:
Portland, Ore., Can't Find Police for Unit to Fight Rising Murder Rate
Discussion: National Review
Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
August Is Full of Surprises
Associated Press:
Biden's judges: More diverse and more of them
Discussion: Common Dreams
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Pro-Biden groups to spend $100 million on August ad blitz
Washington Examiner:
Dr. Rochelle Walensky has made a mockery of the CDC
 Earlier Items: 
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Threats of violence spark fear of election worker exodus
Discussion: BizPac Review and POLITICUSUSA
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Masking kids and closing schools is irrational, unscientific child abuse
Barbara McQuade / MSNBC:
Trump and the Capitol riot ‘hitman’ analogy
Discussion: New Yorker
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Will Republicans Gerrymander Their Way to a House Majority?
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