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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 …
Whitney Wild / CNN:
Officer who responded to January 6 attack is third to die by suicide  —  (CNN)A DC police officer who responded to the US Capitol insurrection has died by suicide, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.  —  “Officer Gunther Hashida, assigned to the Emergency Response Team within …
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CNBC:   Third police officer, Gunther Hashida, dies by suicide after defending Capitol during riot by pro-Trump mob
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.
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Dear Colleague: ‘The War Has Changed!’  —  “The War has Changed!”  With these words, the CDC cautioned the difference that the delta variant has made on the pandemic.  As they have called upon the American people to mask up, to be vaccinated and to take other public health precautions …
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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Schumer weaponizes August recess to advance Biden agenda  —  Chuck Schumer doesn't have to be the bad guy in the Senate's infrastructure debate.  The calendar is doing that job for him.  —  With the upper chamber closing in on President Joe Biden's long-sought, $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure plan …
Discussion: WINK NEWS and West Hawaii Today
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Lindsey McPherson / Roll Call:
House moderates may oppose budget without infrastructure vote
New York Times:
We Cannot Stand By and Watch Afghanistan Collapse  —  The authors served as United Nations envoys to Afghanistan, Mr. Eide from 2008 to 2010 and Mr. Yamamoto from 2016 to 2020.  —  The past few months in Afghanistan, even by the standards set by two decades of war, have been especially calamitous.
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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Citing Taliban violence, US expands Afghan refugee program
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.
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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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
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Fox Business Employee Sues Network, Alleging Larry Kudlow Made Racist and Sexist Remarks  —  An employee of the Fox Business Network has sued the cable network, making claims of racist and sexist remarks by host Larry Kudlow, sexual harassment by analyst Andrew Napolitano …
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Rudy Giuliani Is Reportedly Almost Broke And Trump's Shutting Him Out  —  Trump's former personal attorney is currently embroiled in a massive $1.3 billion lawsuit filed against him by Dominion Voting Systems.  —  Donald Trump's former personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is almost broke and Trump …
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CNN:   Mark Meadows: Trump meeting with his ‘cabinet’ (despite not having one)
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
America's Next Pandemic Failure Is Starting Right Now  —  President Joe Biden campaigned as America's pandemic fighter.  So it will be strange, to say the least, if his infrastructure bill fails to significantly increase the country's pandemic-preparedness budget.  —  But it could happen.
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
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: Politico, CBS News and Deseret News
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Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
U.S. Hits Biden's Covid Vaccination Target, Nearly a Month Late
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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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.
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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 …
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
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.
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, Breitbart and Vanity Fair
New York Times:
Germany plans to offer vaccine booster shots starting in September.  —  As concerns grow over a rise in coronavirus cases driven by the highly contagious Delta variant, Germany will offer vaccine booster shots to older people and people with underlying health conditions starting in September …
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
 
 
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Peter Van Buren / The American Conservative:
General Milley's Imaginary Coup
Discussion: Truthout
Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Trump banks $102 million
Discussion: Florida Politics and Sun-Sentinel
Josh Barro / Insider:
The vaccines work very well against Delta, so stop badgering the vaccinated to wear masks
Megan Molteni / STAT:
For many, the belated realization that Covid will be ‘a long war’ sparks anger and denial
Discussion: HotAir
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Anatomy of an Anti-Union Meeting
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Trump PACs paid lawyers nearly $8 million as he fought election results and impeachment
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Even businesses are trying to thwart the Republican death cult
Sidney Blumenthal / The Guardian:
Want to make Jim Jordan sing about the Capitol attack? Ask Jefferson Davis
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
CIA feud complicates Jan. 6 probe
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
He Repped Kyle Rittenhouse, MAGA Monkey Owners... and Capitol Rioters
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