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7:25 AM ET, August 2, 2021

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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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Twitchy
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
Fox News:
White House touts ‘strongest week’ of first-time vaccinations since early June
Discussion: CBS News
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 …
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 …
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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
Kim Bellware / Washington Post:
GOP lawmaker who once spurned masks urges people to take covid-19 seriously after eight-month illness  —  A Tennessee legislator who went from unmasked gatherings with fellow legislators to being placed on ventilator days later has emerged with a message for constituents after a harrowing eight-month experience with long-haul covid-19:
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
Matthew Brown / USA Today:
Susan Collins says Trump shouldn't testify to Jan. 6 panel, criticizes it as ‘partisan’  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., over the House's select committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack, while lamenting the collapse …
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Annie Grayer / CNN:   Tensions in the House of Representatives boil over after 1/6 hearing and mask rule
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Don't Let Anyone Normalize January 6  —  While he was president of the United States, Donald Trump tried to overthrow the election of 2020, first by fraud, then by violence.  His efforts were defeated in great part because of the integrity and courage of state-level Republican officials.
Politico:
Jihadists flood pro-Trump social network with propaganda  —  GETTR, the new platform started by members of the former president's inner circle, is awash with beheading videos and extremist content.  —  The proliferation of terrorist propaganda on GETTR underscores the challenges facing …
Politico:
Tensions rise within Biden team over mask reversal  —  The president's team had a meticulously crafted agenda in mind.  But pandemics don't care for carefully laid out plans.  —  Festival goers attend day two of the Lollapalooza Music Festival on July 30 at Grant Park in Chicago.  Amy Harris/Invision/AP
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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.
Leslie Eastman / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Federal Government Issued $783.5M in Stimulus Checks for Prisoners  —  Convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar's two stimulus checks totaled $2,000.  — Parler  — Gab  — MeWe  — Buffer  — Pocket  — Blogger  — Yahoo Mail  — Viber  — Skype  — Copy Link
The Daily Beast:
Behind the Bombshell Allegation Buried in the WaPo Lawsuit  —  DISCLOSURE FOR THEE...  A star reporter's lawsuit against her employer has dredged up a years-old allegation against another WaPo reporter—and newsroom concerns about managerial hypocrisy.
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 …
Julia Ingram / Washington Post:
A tsunami of deferred debt is about to hit homeowners no longer protected by a foreclosure moratorium  —  Over 2 million homeowners are delinquent on their mortgage, and billions in federal aid has yet to be distributed  —  Only one week after New Orleans enacted a citywide stay-at-home order in March 2020 …
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Future president?  Kamala Harris now ‘underwater’ as sinking popularity alarms Democrats  —  Vice president to be sent abroad to raise her profile  —  Kamala Harris has become the most unpopular US vice president six months into an administration since at least the 1970s, according to polls.
Emanuel Fabian / The Times of Israel:
US, UK blame Iran for deadly strike on ship with Israel ties, weigh response  —  Blinken: ‘We are confident that Iran conducted this attack’; Britain's FM Dominic Raab condemns ‘unlawful and callous attack’ that killed a Briton and a Romanian  —  This Jan. 2, 2016 file photo shows …
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American Greatness:
When Will the COVID Revolt Come?
Discussion: Instapundit
Kim Bellware / Washington Post:
Dolly Parton invested Whitney Houston's ‘I Will Always Love You’ cover royalties in Black community
Discussion: RedState
Ruby Cramer / Politico:
The Unusual Group Trying to Turn Biden into FDR
Washington Post:
An embassy wall falls, upending a rising Afghan diplomat's career
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Column: Canada just surpassed us on vaccinations. Good for them, and shame on us
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Say goodbye to persuasion: Vaccine mandates may be coming — but will they be legal?
John Blake / CNN:
Democrats are on the verge of repeating a voting rights blunder that led to the rise of Jim Crow
Brooke Harrington / The Atlantic:
The Anti-vaccine Con Job Is Becoming Untenable
Discussion: Just Above Sunset and The Mahablog
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
The U.K.'s Delta Surge Is Collapsing. Will Ours?
Robert Silverman / The Daily Beast:
How ‘Coward and Phony’ Tim Pool Became One of the Biggest Political YouTubers on the Planet
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
DC Mayor Bowser officiates maskless indoor wedding after reinstated mask mandate