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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
Associated Press:
Majority of NY Assembly would oust Cuomo if he doesn't quit  —  ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A majority of state Assembly members support beginning impeachment proceedings against Gov. Andrew Cuomo if he doesn't resign over investigative findings that he sexually harassed at least 11 women, according to an Associated Press count Wednesday.
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New York Post:
Everyone's deserted you, Creep Cuomo. It's over. Just go.
Discussion: Fox News and Power Line
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Cuomo impeachment process could take months, legislators warn
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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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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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN goes entire week without reaching 1 million viewers
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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Nick Bano / Jacobin:
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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
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Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
House GOP Campaign Chair Won't Rule Out Backing Candidates Who Attended Jan. 6 Riot
Discussion: Politico
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