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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 …
CNN:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, state attorney general report says  —  (CNN)The New York attorney general's investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo found that Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday.
NBC News:
Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, including employees, New York attorney general finds … New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed almost a dozen women, including employees in his office, and violated state and federal laws, according to the findings of an investigation by the state attorney general's office.
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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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
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: Townhall
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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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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New York Times:
Don't Want a Vaccine? Be Prepared to Pay More for Insurance.
Discussion: HotAir and eVille Times
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Pentagon on lockdown after gunshots fired near Metro  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon was on lockdown Tuesday morning after multiple gunshots were fired near a platform by the facility's Metro station.  —  At least one person was down, according to two people familiar with the shooting …
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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: HotAir, Insider, Slate, NBC News 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 …
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.
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: Raw Story
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
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.
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.
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Insider and POLITICUSUSA
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: Forbes, The Triad and The Hill
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
Paulina Villegas / Washington Post:
County approves bill to let police sue anyone who harasses them.  Activists cry foul.  —  County lawmakers in Long Island, N.Y., passed a bill Monday night that allows first responders to sue any person who harasses, attacks or injures them while they are in uniform.
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.
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
Rose Wong / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida leads the nation in kids hospitalized for COVID  —  Another sign the delta variant has reignited the pandemic in Florida: Pediatric hospitals are admitting more infected children than ever.  —  The Sunshine State leads the nation in another alarming coronavirus statistic: Kids hospitalized with COVID-19.
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 …
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
D.N.C. Staff to Join Union, in a Milestone for Labor  —  The effort follows the unionization of several 2020 Democratic presidential campaigns, and will make the D.N.C. the first national party group to have an organized work force.  —  Staff members at the Democratic National Committee …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
 
 
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
GOP Sen. Tim Scott says race is being ‘weaponized’ by Democrats: 'It's a very dangerous weapon'
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Has Congress learned nothing about how to deal with a pandemic?
Discussion: Common Dreams, Reason and The Atlantic
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
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 Earlier Items: 
NBC News:
Covid is surging in Florida. Doctors and nurses are back in crisis mode.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
MyPillow Guy Punts Timeline for Trump Retaking Power as Conspiracy Theories Get Wackier
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What to watch for in tonight's special elections
CNN:
Top RNC official in Florida spreads Covid-19 conspiracies, calling vaccines the ‘mark of the beast’
Discussion: Raw Story