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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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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 …
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Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
Optimism grows that infrastructure deal will get to Biden's desk
Discussion: Breitbart
Graham Gremore / Queerty:
broke as a joke Rudy Giuliani's bank account is almost empty and guess who's totally iced him out  —  As the summer drags on, things only seem to be getting worse for Rudy Giuliani.  —  In addition to being ensnared in multiple lawsuits and a federal investigation that is reportedly costing …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Eschaton and POLITICUSUSA
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Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:   Rudy Giuliani Is Reportedly Almost Broke And Trump's Shutting Him Out
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:   Trump PACs paid lawyers nearly $8 million as he fought election results and impeachment
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump to Fight Release of Tax Returns, His Lawyer Says  —  Attorney for former president objects to Treasury Department's intention to turn over tax records to congressional committee  —  WASHINGTON—Former President Donald Trump will fight any move by the Treasury Department to turn …
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 …
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
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Tucker Carlson Summers With Viktor Orban, Touted As Speaker At Budapest Far-right Gathering  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson is billed as a speaker at a far-right conference in Hungary on Saturday, according to a flier for the event.  The appearance will come days after the Fox host met …
Discussion: mccfeszt.hu
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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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
As Florida's COVID crisis intensifies, DeSantis' response falters  —  In mid-March, Politico published a report under text that read, “How Ron DeSantis won the pandemic.”  As we've discussed, the evidence to bolster the claim was dubious, but the report nevertheless featured Florida's Republican governor …
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Daily Kos
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Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
Congress Is Slashing a $30 Billion Plan to Fight the Next Pandemic  —  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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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
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 …
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.
CNN:
American democracy's infrastructure is crumbling  —  Derrick Johnson is the president and CEO of the NAACP, America's largest civil rights organization.  Follow him on Twitter @DerrickNAACP.  The views expressed in this commentary are those of the author.  View more opinion on CNN.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Graham says he has COVID-19 ‘breakthrough’ infection  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Monday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, even though he was fully vaccinated.  —  “I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for COVID-19 even after being vaccinated,” he said.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Fox News, CNBC, Insider and Ace of Spades HQ
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
American Prospect:
Larry Summers Holds Positions With Numerous Financial Bottom-Feeders  —  The online, often predatory lending companies benefit from lower-income Americans needing emergency cash.  That aligns with Summers's concern trolling about an ‘overheated’ economy.  —  As National Economic Council director …
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
 
 
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Sarah Palin says she's praying about running for Senate against Murkowski
Discussion: Townhall and Insider
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Biden approval takes a hit as coronavirus surges, poll shows
Discussion: IJR
New York Times:
New York Is Pushing Homeless People Off the Streets. Where Will They Go?
Michael Moline / Florida Phoenix:
A brazen scheme? ALEC software giveaway to GOP lawmakers violated FL campaign-finance laws
Discussion: Florida Politics
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
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Barro / Insider:
The vaccines work very well against Delta, so stop badgering the vaccinated to wear masks
Discussion: Washington Post
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Anatomy of an Anti-Union Meeting
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Even businesses are trying to thwart the Republican death cult
Thomas Franck / CNBC:
Treasury Dept to invoke ‘extraordinary measures’ as Congress misses debt-ceiling deadline
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
CIA feud complicates Jan. 6 probe
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …