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Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Ohio special election: A good day for Democrats  —  Democrats got a double dose of welcome news in two Ohio special congressional elections yesterday, fending off a left-wing candidate in one district, while a Donald Trump-backed coal lobbyist won the Republican nod in another.
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Alexander Burns / New York Times:
In String of Wins, ‘Biden Democrats’ See a Reality Check for the Left  —  Progressives are holding their own with moderates in fights over policy.  But off-year elections suggest they need a new strategy for critiquing President Biden without seeming disloyal.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Schumer double dares McConnell  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SCHUMER-MCCONNELL FACEOFF ON THE DEBT CEILING — CHUCK SCHUMER is about to double-dog dare MITCH MCCONNELL and his members to vote against a debt ceiling increase this fall.  Just weeks after the minority leader implored …
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Ohio special election win cements Jim Clyburn's kingmaker status  —  Rep. Jim Clyburn is cementing his Biden-era kingmaker status with Shontel Brown's win in Ohio, showing progressives he has a finger on the pulse of Democratic Party politics in a way they must acknowledge.
Discussion: Washington Post and HotAir
David Shepardson / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE U.S. developing plan to require foreign visitors to be vaccinated -official  —  The Biden administration is developing a plan to require nearly all foreign visitors to the United States to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of eventually lifting travel restrictions that bar …
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Joshua Rhett Miller / New York Post:
Boston mayor compares NYC's vaccine mandate to slavery, birtherism
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
US plans to require COVID-19 shots for foreign travelers
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Nolan Hicks / New York Post:
NYC vaccine campaign surges 40 percent amid mandates, new incentives
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Elie Mystal / The Nation:   A Quick Reminder That Mandating Vaccines Is Totally Constitutional
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
CNN's Cuomo Conundrum: A Star Anchor With a Brother in Trouble  —  Chris Cuomo, the top-rated host, left some colleagues confused after he did not acknowledge the calls for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation during his Tuesday show.  —  Earlier this year, CNN executives floated an idea to their star anchor Chris Cuomo.
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Theo Wayt / New York Post:
Facebook executive helped Cuomo smear sex-harassment accuser: AG report  —  A top communications manager at Facebook helped Gov. Andrew Cuomo fight sexual misconduct allegations — including by helping leak confidential files about accuser Lindsey Boylan and by participating in regular discussions …
Discussion: The Hill, Fox News and Power Line
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN goes entire week without reaching 1 million viewers
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Real estate, landlord groups file legal salvo to stop Biden administration's new eviction moratorium  —  The highly expected challenge once again plunges renter protections into legal limbo  —  Only one day after the Biden administration issued a new policy protecting renters from eviction …
Discussion: nar.realtor and Joe.My.God.
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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Mike Richards in Advanced Negotiations to Become Permanent Host of ‘Jeopardy!’  (EXCLUSIVE) … “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards is in advanced negotiations with Sony Pictures Television to become permanent host of the venerable quiz show, taking the reins of the syndicated powerhouse …
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Texas GOP Official Mocked COVID Five Days Before He Died of Virus  —  H. Scott Apley's Facebook page was filled with anti-mask, anti-vaccine content until he was suddenly hospitalized on Sunday.  —  A GOP official from Texas who regularly espoused anti-vaccine and anti-mask views online …
Discussion: Raw Story and ABC13
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New York Post:
Everyone's deserted you, Creep Cuomo.  It's over.  Just go.  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a dead man, politically speaking.  —  Everyone has deserted him.  There's just no way for him to hang on, no matter how deluded he is in thinking he can, following the release of Attorney General Tish …
Discussion: Fox News and Power Line
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Associated Press:
Majority of NY Assembly would oust Cuomo if he doesn't quit
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Cuomo impeachment process could take months, legislators warn
HuffPost:
Feds Arrest ‘George Washington’ In Jan. 6 Case Using Phone Tracking, Facial Recognition  —  The FBI arrested Missouri's Isaac Yoder, who admitted to entering the U.S. Capitol during the deadly insurrection while wearing colonial attire.  —  Federal agents arrested a man on Wednesday who stormed …
Discussion: Joe.My.God., FOX 2 and Insider
Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
Seeking Immunity From Suit Over Jan. 6th Attack, Rep. Mo Brooks Tells Judge He Was Simply ‘Cooperating’ with the ‘White House’  —  Rep. Mo Brooks asked a federal judge to declare that he was immune from a civil lawsuit filed by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) alleging that the Alabama Republican …
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
$5,800 Whiskey Bottle, a Gift From Japan to Pompeo, Is Missing, U.S. Says  —  The State Department is investigating what happened to it.  —  The State Department is investigating the whereabouts of a $5,800 bottle of whiskey the Japanese government gave to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in 2019 …
ABC News:
Defense Secretary to announce mandatory COVID vaccinations for troops ‘soon’: Sources  —  The vaccine has, so far, been strictly voluntary for service members.  —  Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is expected to announce his recommendation to President Joe Biden that COVID-19 vaccines …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Jeff McDonald / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Majority of likely voters would remove Newsom from governor's office, poll finds  —  More than half of likely voters in California say they would vote to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom next month, according to a statewide survey released Wednesday.  —  The poll, conducted by SurveyUSA …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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Brie Stimson / Fox News:
California recall candidates slam Newsom, take shots at each other in first debate
Discussion: RedState
Donald G. McNeil Jr / Medium:
What Is Biden Waiting For?  —  The Delta variant is making clear what the Administration should have done back in January: mandate vaccines, mandate passports and crack down on the denialists.  Now time is running short.  —  Why is it taking the Delta variant to get the Biden administration to do what it should have done in January?
Discussion: The Western Journal
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Miami Herald:
Florida COVID update: Another hospitalization record is set  —  Florida reported 16,935 new COVID cases, 140 deaths and more than 12,000 people hospitalized in the state as of Tuesday, the third day in a row of record-breaking COVID hospitalizations as Florida hospitals temporarily suspend elective surgeries …
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
'Winning a medal doesn't make him Jewish': Israel's gymnastics champion tumbles into marriage controversy  —  JERUSALEM — When gymnast Artem Dolgopyat stepped off the podium as only the second Israeli to win an Olympic gold medal, he triggered one of Israel's many cultural tripwires …
Discussion: The Times of Israel
W. James Antle III / Washington Examiner:
Biden points finger at GOP governors and possible 2024 rivals for pandemic resurgence  —  The White House is increasingly taking aim at Republican governors who have relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, casting what President Joe Biden once described as a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” as a pandemic of the red states.
Discussion: CNN, New York Post and Power Line
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP poised to give Biden huge political victory  —  Senate Republicans are about to hand President Biden a huge political victory by voting for a historic $1 trillion infrastructure package that the president can then tout as fulfilling a campaign pledge to restore bipartisanship in Washington.
Discussion: Politico
Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
Judge Orders Laura Loomer and Her Company to Pay More Than $120,000 in Attorneys' Fees Over Lawsuit Against Muslim Rights Group  —  A federal magistrate judge in Florida ordered far-right conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer and her company Illoominate Media to pay a Muslim civil rights advocacy …
Discussion: DeadState and Joe.My.God.
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Trump asks court to end House pursuit of his tax returns from IRS  —  (CNN)Former President Donald Trump's legal team formally stepped into a long-running fight over a US House request for his tax returns, claiming Trump's financial history is being unfairly pursued for political reasons …
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Yes, Trump tried to stage a coup. By denying it, the right is laying the groundwork for another one.
Nick Bano / Jacobin:
The UK's Parliament Is Full of Landlords
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Liz Cheney says her father is ‘deeply troubled’ about the state of the Republican Party
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
House GOP Campaign Chair Won't Rule Out Backing Candidates Who Attended Jan. 6 Riot
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
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Gallup:
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Discussion: Washington Examiner