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10:20 AM ET, August 3, 2021


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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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Four officers who responded to January 6 attack have died by suicide
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
New York City is expected to require proof of vaccination for indoor dining and fitness.  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to announce Tuesday morning that New York City will require proof of vaccination for people participating in indoor activities, including at restaurants, gyms and performances …
Amanda Eisenberg / Politico:
New York City to mandate vaccines for indoor restaurants, gyms, performances  —  NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to announce a new policy Tuesday that requires residents to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination to dine inside restaurants, work out at a gym, attend a play or go out dancing, a city official said.
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 Daily Kos
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 …
Jan Wolfe / Reuters:
Trump to object to release of tax returns -lawyer
Politico:   Letter: Trump legal team not trying to block testimony of former DOJ officials
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.
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 …
Washington Examiner:
A compelling case for COVID's lab leak origin  —  In just 23 days, the intelligence community is scheduled to deliver a report to President Joe Biden that will “bring us closer to a definitive conclusion” about the true origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.  A new report issued Monday …
Discussion: National Review
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
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, NBC News, Slate and Raw Story
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: Politico and UPI
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 …
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Tucker Carlson Summers With Viktor Orban, Touted As Speaker At Budapest Far-right Gathering
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
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.
Wall Street Journal:
CDC's Covid-19 Mask Mandate Clouded by Flawed Data  —  Some health experts say agency relies on data that is lacking or inconclusive  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is fighting Covid-19 without a full arsenal of data that some public-health experts said it would need …
Discussion: CNN and NBC Boston
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 …
Perry Bacon / Washington Post:
Biden and Schumer are charting the way on reducing tensions in their party  —  The Democratic establishment and more center-left elements in the party want to stem the growing power of the party's progressive left.  That makes sense — party factions always want to dominate rival factions.
ABC News:
Democrats face off in heated battle over Ohio's 11th District primary
Discussion: Washington Post, Fox News and NPR
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
White House says US has donated 110M coronavirus vaccine doses abroad  —  The White House said Tuesday that the United States has donated and shipped over 110 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to more than 60 countries.  —  The development marks a significant milestone in the global fight against COVID-19.
The Lid:
Infrastructure Bill Contains Pilot MBUF (Mileage Tax)-Goal Is Make It Too Expensive To Drive  —  On Sunday, the Senate released the final text of the so-called bipartisan (but really liberal) infrastructure bill — all 2,702 pages.  According to Breitbart, the huge bill was written in secret …
Discussion: IJR and Breitbart
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Florida district drops mask mandate after DeSantis threatens funding cut  —  A Florida school district has dropped its mask mandate for schools after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) issued an executive order that would cut off funding to schools that did so.  —  Broward County Public Schools said Monday it …
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: Mediaite
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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Poll: Majority of voters say more police are needed amid rise in crime
Discussion: HotAir and National Review
Antony J. Blinken / United States Department of State:
Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks to the Press on the Announcement of a U.S. Refugee Admissions Program Priority 2 Designation for Afghan Nationals
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Breitbart
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump raised millions but spent none of it on audits and GOP candidates
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Tarek Megerisi / DAWN:
Saied's Textbook Self-Coup in Tunisia
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Kaitlyn Schallhorn / The Missouri Times:
Ann Wagner running for re-election to Missouri's 2nd congressional district
Danielle Battaglia / Raleigh News & Observer:
NC survivor calls child marriage a ‘life sentence’ of abuse
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Conservative Group, Seizing on Crime as an Issue, Seeks Recall of Prosecutors
Discussion: The Federalist
Your Side / WFLA-TV:
‘What are you waiting for?’: Nikki Fried says Gov. DeSantis needs to issue an emergency order for COVID-19
 Earlier Items: 
Allahpundit / HotAir:
CNN wonders: Did D.C.'s mayor really do anything wrong by violating her own mask mandate?
Phillip Nieto / The Spectator World:
College Republicans rocked by fake sexual assault allegations scandal
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:
Jenner campaign in debt as California recall hits homestretch