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Amanda Eisenberg / Politico:
New York City to mandate vaccines for indoor restaurants, gyms, performances  —  NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new policy Tuesday that requires people to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination to dine inside restaurants, work out at a gym, attend a play or go out dancing.
Discussion: CBS News, WHTM-TV and CBS New York
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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American Greatness:
Another Partisan Stunt by the U.S. Capitol Police  —  A kid-glove approach to federal officers blatantly participating in a political operation designed to help Democrats and undermine Republicans is not just wrongheaded, it's dangerous.  —  Harry Dunn began his testimony last week …
Lindsay Watts / WTTG-TV:   Capitol police officer describes racism experienced during Jan. 6 riot
CNN:
Four officers who responded to January 6 attack have died by suicide
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Trump says he will not try to stop former Justice Dept. officials from testifying to Congress.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump said this week that he will not move to stop former Justice Department officials from testifying before two committees that are investigating the Trump administration's efforts …
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
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Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump raised millions but spent none of it on audits and GOP candidates  —  Six months since leaving office, former President Donald Trump is sitting on a $102 million war chest.  —  But having whipped his supporters into a frenzy with pledges to overturn the election and promises …
Discussion: LifeNews.com
Politico:   Letter: Trump legal team not trying to block testimony of former DOJ officials
Jan Wolfe / Reuters:
Trump to object to release of tax returns -lawyer
Freida Frisaro / Associated Press:
Florida again breaks record for COVID-19 hospitalizations  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Florida rose to an all-time high of 11,515 patients in one day, according to data the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday.
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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Florida district drops mask mandate after DeSantis threatens funding cut
Luis Ferré-Sadurní / New York Times:
Cuomo Live Updates: Officials to Release Findings of Sexual Misconduct Investigation  —  Here's what to expect from the report on sexual misconduct allegations against Cuomo.  —  The New York State attorney general is expected to release on Tuesday the findings of a four-month investigation …
Discussion: CNBC
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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: Insider, HotAir, NBC News, Slate and Raw Story
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
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
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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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
Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:
Capitalist Solution to a Globalist Pandemic  —  International bodies have made Covid worse, while Big Pharma saved the day.  —  Appearing on “ Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in 2014, Bill Clinton said that an invasion from outer space might be “the only way to unite us in this incredibly divided world of ours …
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Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
White House says US has donated 110M coronavirus vaccine doses abroad
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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.
ABC News:
Democrats face off in heated battle over Ohio's 11th District primary  —  Party divisions culminate in the race to represent a legacy majority-Black area.  —  Despite taking place during a politically off-cycle campaign year, a major intraparty battle heavy with national implications …
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Perry Bacon / Washington Post:   Biden and Schumer are charting the way on reducing tensions in their party
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
Alex Azar / New York Times:
Americans Need to Get a Covid-19 Vaccine  —  Mr. Azar was secretary of Health and Human Services under President Donald Trump.  He oversaw Operation Warp Speed, the program to expedite Covid-19 vaccines.  —  Among the many debatable issues around Covid-19 is one unassailable fact: The coronavirus is nonpartisan.
Discussion: Insider, Forbes and Mediaite
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 …
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
MyPillow Guy Punts Timeline for Trump Retaking Power as Conspiracy Theories Get Wackier  —  An old, bogus theory about Trump reclaiming power this month (or is it September?) is back—with a bizarre, Delta variant twist.  —  The prophecy failed in December, in January, and in March.  Twice.
Discussion: Raw Story
Benjamin Wermund / Houston Chronicle:
Over 65% of Texans support vaccine mandates, poll says  —  WASHINGTON — Most Texans support measures requiring all eligible people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a recent survey.  —  More than 65 percent of Texans said they would support vaccine mandates issued by federal …
Gregory S. Schneider / Washington Post:
Inside Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin's long career at Carlyle  —  RICHMOND — The first thing most Virginians know about Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin is that he is rich.  Very rich.  —  Youngkin has so much money that when he retired last year …
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 …
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: The blame game  —  Americans place the most blame for rising COVID-19 cases and the spread of new variants on the unvaccinated, people from other nations traveling to the U.S. and Donald Trump, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
Discussion: Forbes and The Hill
 
 
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Dominic Green / spectatorworld.com:
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Noem endorses Timken in crowded Ohio Senate Republican primary
Discussion: Townhall
Wall Street Journal:
CDC's Covid-19 Mask Mandate Clouded by Flawed Data
Discussion: CNN and NBC Boston
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Poll: Majority of voters say more police are needed amid rise in crime
Discussion: HotAir and National Review
Kaitlyn Schallhorn / The Missouri Times:
Ann Wagner running for re-election to Missouri's 2nd congressional district
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NC survivor calls child marriage a ‘life sentence’ of abuse
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College Republicans rocked by fake sexual assault allegations scandal
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
CDC Extends Order at the Southern and Northern Land Borders
Jen Fifield / Arizona Republic:
Maricopa County and Dominion won't comply with new subpoenas issued by Arizona Senate
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...
Jeremy B. White / Politico:
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