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10:55 AM 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.
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
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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Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:   Pro-Biden groups to spend $100 million on August ad blitz
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
The quiet Biden-GOP talks behind the infrastructure deal
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
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.
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.
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
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, ABC7 and Slate
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
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
It's Democrats, Biden admin's border policies spreading COVID  —  Cheery Dr. Anthony Fauci was on television again Sunday warning us “things are going to get worse” with COVID-19.  —  It's the Delta variant of the virus that is to blame for putting us back in masks, the nation's top infectious disease expert told ABC's Jonathan Karl.
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
 
 
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Rosalind English / UK Human Rights Blog:
Germany's federal court declares Facebook's hate speech curbs to be in breach of citizens' constitutional rights
Associated Press:
Biden's judges: More diverse and more of them
Washington Examiner:
Dr. Rochelle Walensky has made a mockery of the CDC
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
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
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The Daily Beast:
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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