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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 …
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Allahpundit / HotAir:
Breaking: NY AG says Cuomo broke law by sexually harassing multiple women  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women in violation of state and federal laws as well as the executive chamber's own written policies, according to a long-anticipated report Tuesday from the state Attorney General's Office.
Washington Post:
Cuomo sexually harassed multiple female staffers in violation of state and federal law, N.Y. attorney general concludes  —  New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo sexually harassed current and former state employees, creating a hostile work environment for women in violation of state and federal law …
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, probe finds
Discussion: The Hill, Twitchy and Forbes
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 …
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Washington Post:
Biden administration planning to announce new action to limit housing evictions  —  The move would come after congressional Democrats complained that the White House allowed a CDC eviction moratorium to lapse.  —  The Biden administration is expected to announce a new action to limit housing evictions …
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Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Yellen and Pelosi will discuss rental assistance as an eviction crisis looms and Democrats demand answers.  —  Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen will brief Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats on Tuesday morning about the struggling emergency rental assistance program …
Discussion: Fox News
Associated Press:
DeSantis doubles down as Florida again breaks COVID record  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis doubled down Tuesday as the state again broke its record for COVID-19 hospitalizations, insisting that the spike will soon abate and that he will not impose any business restrictions or mask mandates.
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John Nichols / The Nation:
“Death by DeSantis” Threatens Florida as Covid Numbers Spike
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:
Police officer dies following shooting outside the Pentagon building, law enforcement sources say  —  (CNN)A police officer died Tuesday following a shooting outside the Pentagon building, according to three law enforcement sources.  —  While the exact circumstances of the shooting are still unclear …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Madness of Teachers Unions Opposing a Vaccine Mandate  —  Last week, two new reports confirmed the catastrophic damage caused by a year of remote schooling.  Not only did American schoolchildren fall dramatically behind in the school year, the damage was substantially greater for low-income …
Discussion: Newsbusters and Townhall
ABC News:
DOJ officials rejected colleague's request to intervene in Georgia's election certification: Emails  —  The DOJ officials rejected the request from another department official.  —  Top members of the Department of Justice last year rebuffed another DOJ official who asked them to urge officials …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Politico:
House Dem campaign chief warns the majority at risk without message reboot  —  During a closed-door lunch last week with some of his most vulnerable incumbents, House Democrats' campaign chief delivered a blunt warning: If the midterms were held now, they would lose the majority.
Discussion: CNN, HotAir, The Hill, Vox and Raw Story
Spencer Ackerman / Forever Wars:
Out of The Newsroom  —  I've been part of newsrooms since I was 19.  Goodbye to all that.  —  THE FIRST THING I ever did in journalism was beg someone to let me open her mail.  —  I was 19 years old.  Weeks before, I had been turned down for an internship at New York Press …
Kansas City Star:
Coroner in Missouri county keeps COVID off of death certificates |  The Kansas City Star  —  Macon County Coroner Brian Hayes handles the death certificates for this cattle, corn and soybean region of 15,000 in north-central Missouri, near Kirksville — roughly 130 to 140 deaths each year.
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: HotAir, NBC News, Slate, Insider and Raw Story
Georgi Kantchev / Wall Street Journal:
Belarusian Olympic Athlete Who Refused to Go Home Says She Will Never Return  —  Krystsina Tsimanouskaya said she is looking to continue her athletic career in another country  —  TOKYO—The Belarusian sprinter who refused her team's orders to fly home after a public dispute …
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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.
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Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
The Fascist-Curious Right  —  Salazar, Orban, and the yearning for an American Caesar  —  Let's start with this: The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has had it with the bogus Cyber Ninja election audit and is openly defying the latest subpoena from the state senate.
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Substack doubles down on uncensored ‘free speech’ with acquisition of Letter  —  Substack announced last week that it acquired Letter, a platform that encourages written dialogue and debate.  The financials of the deal weren't disclosed, but this acquisition follows Substack's recent $65 million raise.
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: The Triad, Forbes and The Hill
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Republicans aren't conservatives.  They're nihilists.  —  The most benign spin you can put on the Trumpified Republican Party is that the American right has entered its “hippie phase,” as Kevin D. Williamson suggests in National Review.  In the 1960s, he points out, the liberal counterculture attacked …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Democrats' election bills ignore the Founders' principles  —  As the fight over election reform heats up in Congress, the White House is ramping up the rhetoric, declaring that President Biden and Vice President Harris are “incensed by the anti-voter laws that are trampling on our constitutional principles.”
Conrad Black / The Hill:
Honeymoon's over: Biden's record may have Americans demanding a divorce  —  The unraveling contradictions and ambiguities in the Biden administration's approach to the apparently imperishable COVID-19 crisis has many ironies, and it presents a grave threat to an administration whose standing in public opinion is beginning to waver.
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
'They can't sit calmly in Tehran': Israel vows to retaliate against Iran if US won't  —  Israel will retaliate against an alleged Iranian attack on an oil tanker in the Arabian Sea — and unilaterally, if need be, according to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
Discussion: Politico, BBC and The Times of Israel
Travis Loller / Associated Press:
Tennessee won't incentivize COVID shots but pays to vax cows  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has sent nearly half a million dollars to farmers who have vaccinated their cattle against respiratory diseases and other maladies over the past two years.  —  But Republican Gov. Bill Lee …
 
 
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NBC News:
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