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Mike Valerio / wusa9.com:
Fourth officer who responded to the US Capitol on January 6 dies by suicide  —  MPD confirmed Officer Kyle DeFreytag died by suicide, hours after the department confirmed Ofc.  Gunther Hashida died by suicide.  Both defended the Capitol on Jan. 6.  —  WASHINGTON — Four law enforcement officers …
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CNN:
Four officers who responded to January 6 attack have died by suicide
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What to watch for in tonight's special elections
Leonard Greene / New York Daily News:
Larry Kudlow accused of racist, sexist remarks in Fox Business producer's suit; Andrew Napolitano accused of harassment  —  Fox Business host Larry Kudlow repeatedly made racist and sexist remarks during staff meetings and even blocked an on-air appearance by a Florida congressman because he is Black, according to a new lawsuit.
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A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
Judge Andrew Napolitano Is Out at Fox News Following Sexual Harassment Allegation
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Biden rebuffs progressives on pressuring Stephen Breyer to retire from Supreme Court  —  Anxiety is rising on the left about Breyer, who turns 83 on Aug. 15.
Discussion: NBC News
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Washington Post:
Liberals erupt in fury at White House over end of eviction moratorium  —  Tensions escalated sharply Monday between liberal Democrats and President Biden, as disputes over the end of an eviction moratorium and the fate of the Democrats' social agenda threatened to upend the Democrats' delicate center-left alliance.
CNN:
Top RNC official in Florida spreads Covid-19 conspiracies, calling vaccines the ‘mark of the beast’  —  (CNN)Amid recent surging coronavirus cases in Florida, a top Republican National Committee official in the state has spread anti-vaccine rhetoric and misinformation, comparing …
Discussion: Raw Story and USA Today
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
New congressional report says covid-19 likely emerged in Wuhan months earlier than originally thought  —  Nineteen months after the start of the pandemic, the Chinese government continues to actively thwart a real investigation into the origins of covid-19.  Now, a new GOP congressional report alleges …
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Washington Examiner:
A compelling case for COVID's lab leak origin
Discussion: National Review
CNN:
Vitaly Shishov, head of Belarusian exile group, found dead in Ukrainian capital  —  Kiev, Ukraine (CNN)Vitaly Shishov, the head of a Kiev-based organization helping Belarusians flee abroad, was found dead on Tuesday, a day after he went missing, according to Ukraine's National Police.
Discussion: UPI and Associated Press
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
CDC Extends Order at the Southern and Northern Land Borders  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an order under Sections 362 and 365 of the Public Health Service Act, and associated implementing regulations, that temporarily suspends the introduction …
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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 …
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Jan Wolfe / Reuters:
Trump to object to release of tax returns -lawyer
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson to Speak at Far-Right Conference in Hungary After Meeting With Orban  —  The Fox News host's talk at the far-right gathering in Budapest comes after he met with the country's authoritarian leader—and as he broadcasts his show from the city.  —  Tucker Carlson is will deliver a speech …
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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 …
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Nina Turner Leans Into Establishment Criticism: ‘I Want Them To Be Uncomfortable’  —  At the close of a heated congressional race where Turner has courted a wide range of Democrats, the Ohio progressive is embracing her reputation as a candid populist.  —  INDEPENDENCE, Ohio ― …
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Perry Bacon / Washington Post:   The Democratic establishment's attacks on progressives are counterproductive. There's a better way forward.
ABC News:
Democrats face off in heated battle over Ohio's 11th District primary
Discussion: Washington Post, NPR and New York Times
Mike Ferrara / NBC News:
Prosecuting Trump for role in Jan. 6 riot got easier thanks to Capitol officers' testimony … “All of them - all of them were telling us, 'Trump sent us.”  In harrowing, heart-wrenching testimony before a House select committee established to investigate the events of Jan. 6 …
John Bel Edwards / Office of Governor John Bel Edwards:
Gov. Edwards Temporarily Reinstates Louisiana's Statewide Mask Mandate as COVID Cases and Hospitalizations Threaten Hospitals' Ability to Serve Communities...  Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards has temporarily reinstated Louisiana's statewide mask mandate indoors for all people age five and older …
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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 …
NBC News:
Covid is surging in Florida.  Doctors and nurses are back in crisis mode. … JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Debi de la Paz, a nurse at UF Health Jacksonville, worked in the intensive care unit during some of the darkest days of the Covid-19 pandemic last summer.  —  “It was bad,” she said of the first wave …
Discussion: Raw Story
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
As many Republicans try to rewrite history of Jan. 6 attack, Sen. Ron Johnson suggests FBI knew more than it has said  —  A Republican senator suggested in a private conversation Saturday, without evidence, that the FBI knew more about the planning before the Jan. 6 Capitol riot than it has revealed so far …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The route to stealing the 2024 election begins with a simple step  —  It seems increasingly plausible that we'll see an effort to steal the 2024 presidential election if the Democratic candidate wins by a margin close enough to permit it.  Indeed, whether this effort does or does not end up happening …
Kaitlyn Schallhorn / The Missouri Times:
Ann Wagner running for re-election to Missouri's 2nd congressional district  —  EXCLUSIVE — After much speculation about a potential U.S. Senate bid, Congresswoman Ann Wagner has decided to defend her 2nd congressional seat in 2022.  —  “I am running for re-election to Congress …
Jeremy B. White / Politico:
Jenner campaign in debt as California recall hits homestretch  —  OAKLAND — Caitlyn Jenner's gubernatorial campaign has piled up debt, filings show, as the celebrity and former Olympian struggles to make headway in California's recall race.  —  From the launch of Jenner's candidacy through the end of July …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
CBC News:
Should British Columbia change its name?  As we reckon with history, some say it's time  —  B.C.'s name refers, in part, to Christopher Columbus, who paved the way for the colonization of the Americas  —  There's been a national reckoning on place names and the people they're named after …
 
 
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Danielle Battaglia / Raleigh News & Observer:
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Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
MyPillow Guy Punts Timeline for Trump Retaking Power as Conspiracy Theories Get Wackier
Discussion: Raw Story
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Conservative Group, Seizing on Crime as an Issue, Seeks Recall of Prosecutors
Discussion: The Federalist
Benjamin Wermund / Houston Chronicle:
Over 65% of Texans support vaccine mandates, poll says
Your Side / WFLA-TV:
‘What are you waiting for?’: Nikki Fried says Gov. DeSantis needs to issue an emergency order for COVID-19
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Allahpundit / HotAir:
CNN wonders: Did D.C.'s mayor really do anything wrong by violating her own mask mandate?
Andrea Mitchell / MSNBC:
Secy. Mayorkas: Domestic extremism ‘the greatest terrorist related threat we have in the homeland’
WDSU-TV:
COVID-19 vaccine required for all New Orleans deputy constables ahead of heavy eviction workload
Discussion: Daily Kos
Phillip Nieto / The Spectator World:
College Republicans rocked by fake sexual assault allegations scandal
Jay Greene / Washington Post:
Amazon union election results should be scrapped over improprieties, NLRB officer recommends
Graham Gremore / Queerty:
Rudy Giuliani's bank account is almost empty and guess who's totally iced him out
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos and HuffPost