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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.
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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: POLITICUSUSA and Ledger
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
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Alex Gangitano / The Hill:
Biden not attending Obama's 60th birthday party
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Obama plans Martha's Vineyard birthday bash as Delta variant rages on
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.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Federalist
Maya Pottiger / Washingtonian:
Mayor Muriel Bowser Under Fire for Allegedly Violating Her Indoor Mask Mandate at a Wedding  —  The Washington Examiner writer on the story was not invited to the wedding, an organizer says.  —  Mayor Muriel Bowser made headlines this weekend when the Washington Examiner posted photos …
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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 …
Discussion: Daily Mail and Instapundit
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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.
Discussion: Althouse
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Trump PACs paid lawyers nearly $8 million as he fought election results and impeachment  — Trump's political action committees spent $7.9 million on legal matters related to the 2020 recount and his impeachment fight.  — Four committees linked to Trump made the payments during the first half of 2021 …
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CNN:   Mark Meadows: Trump meeting with his ‘cabinet’ (despite not having one)
Lindsey McPherson / Roll Call:
House moderates may oppose budget without infrastructure vote  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi's plan to link the Senate's $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure plan to a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package is starting to backfire, as moderate Democrats warn they may not vote …
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Josh Siegel / Washington Examiner:
Daily on Energy: Infrastructure nuclear aid too late for Illinois' at-risk plants
Joe Cunningham / RedState:
Kamala Harris Is Turning Out to Be Joe Biden's Biggest Mistake  —  As of right now, the Republican Party seems to be primed to take back at least part of Congress in 2022.  They barely have a lead in the House and they must rely on Kamala Harris to break any tie in the Senate.
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Liz Peek / Fox News:
Biden's great slip and slide — Americans now doubt his honesty, empathy and leadership
Discussion: RedState
Associated Press:   Biden's judges: More diverse and more of them
USA Today:
Florida breaks record in cases, hospitalizations; over 1M vaccine doses thrown away in 10 states: Latest COVID-19 news  —  Florida on Sunday broke its record for coronavirus hospitalizations a day after the state recorded the most daily COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic in early 2020.
Discussion: CBS News, New York Post and WHDH-TV
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Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:   U.S. Hits Biden's Covid Vaccination Target, Nearly a Month Late
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The GOP scamming of rural Trump voters continues.  A new study shows the latest.  —  It has long been central to Republican mythology that Democrats have nothing but seething contempt for the rural and small-town inhabitants of the Real American Heartland.  Republicans sometimes pair …
Discussion: RedState and POLITICUSUSA
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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Zusha Elinson / Wall Street Journal:
Portland, Ore., Can't Find Police for Unit to Fight Rising Murder Rate  —  Few volunteer for new gun-violence team that comes with more oversight and a mission to combat racism after a history of profiling  —  Leaders in Portland, Ore., are looking to combat the city's rising homicide rate …
Josh Barro / Insider:
The vaccines work very well against Delta, so stop badgering the vaccinated to wear masks  — Masks were a warranted, temporary intervention before we had a highly effective vaccine for COVID.  — Now a large majority of the most vulnerable are vaccinated, making COVID much less deadly.
Los Angeles Times:
Newsom could be replaced by someone with a tiny fraction of the vote.  That's nuts  —  On Sept. 14, California voters will decide two questions: whether to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom from office and, if so, who among the 46 candidates is best suited to take over.
The White House:
Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Eviction Prevention Efforts … Today, President Biden is taking further action to prevent Americans from experiencing the heartbreak of eviction.  Thanks to State eviction moratoria, almost 33% of the country will be spared evictions for the rest of this month.
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 …
Discussion: HotAir and Vanity Fair
The Guardian:
100-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard to be tried  —  Man deemed fit to stand trial in Germany and is accused of complicity in murder of more than 3,500 people  —  A 100-year-old former concentration camp guard will stand trial in Germany in October accused of complicity in 3,518 murders, public prosecutors have announced.
Discussion: Associated Press and The Local
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Mary Trump Calls Out Meghan McCain: She Doesn't Have the ‘Courage’ to Face Me  —  The former president's niece publicly called out Meghan McCain for ducking her appearance on “The View.”  —  On her final Monday as host of The View, Meghan McCain was conspicuously absent from the show's big interview with Mary Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story and Deadline
Megan Molteni / STAT:
For many, the belated realization that Covid will be ‘a long war’ sparks anger and denial  —  In May, when the CDC said fully vaccinated people could ditch masks and social distancing, it seemed to signal a return to normalcy.  But epidemiologists cautioned at the time that the move wasn't likely …
Discussion: HotAir
 
 
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Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Trump banks $102 million
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Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Federal Health Agencies Get Good Marks, But Give Mixed Messages on Covid
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David Dayen / American Prospect:
Anatomy of an Anti-Union Meeting
Reuters:
Hong Kong authorities arrest pro-democracy singer for ‘corrupt conduct’
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Larry Summers Holds Positions With Numerous Financial Bottom-Feeders
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Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
CIA feud complicates Jan. 6 probe
Discussion: Raw Story
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
‘Freedom-loving’ conservatives stoked latest round of infection and death
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
He Repped Kyle Rittenhouse, MAGA Monkey Owners... and Capitol Rioters
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