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11:40 PM ET, August 4, 2021

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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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Washington Post
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The DOJ Official Who Tried to Steal the Election for Trump Has a Sweet New Gig  —  On Tuesday, ABC News reported that Jeffrey Bossert Clark—the Justice Department official who spearheaded an effort to overturn the 2020 election—sought to convince the Georgia General Assembly to throw …
Discussion: Mediaite, CNN and Washington Post
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump Is Wrong About Congress and His Tax Returns
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Trump asks court to end House pursuit of his tax returns from IRS
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.
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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
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.
Discussion: Washington Times and TheGrio
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
Nina Turner's loss in Ohio means Biden doesn't need to keep caving to the left
Alexander Sammon / American Prospect:
Nina Turner Lost to the Redbox
Discussion: Jacobin
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 …
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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Pompeo got $5,800 whisky gift from Japan, but where is it?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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Galveston County Daily News:
Dickinson councilman H Scott Apley, hospitalized with COVID-19, dies at 45
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 and Fox News
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Spectrum News 1 Central NY:   Live Blog: New York Democratic Party chair says he spent the last day urging Cuomo to resign
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Politico:
A Biden pollster face off over “Defund”
Discussion: Bloomberg
Wilson Wong / NBC News:
White woman in viral video says she had no choice but to call police on Black bird-watcher … The white woman who was recorded on video calling police to claim that a Black bird-watcher was threatening her in New York City's Central Park last year said she felt she was backed into a corner.
Bonnie Kristian / The Week:
Biden's lawless eviction moratorium will come back to haunt Democrats  —  Openly exploiting delays in our judicial system invites future presidents to do much worse  —  President Biden's decision to revive the federal eviction moratorium is bad policy.  It helps renters at the expense …
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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 …
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?
Michael Wilner / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Fauci warns COVID-19 cases may double in delta variant surge  —  Coronavirus cases driven by the delta variant are rising in a “very steep fashion” across the United States and may double in the coming weeks to 200,000 cases a day, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday.
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Kathy Mccormack / Associated Press:
Fire destroys cabin of New Hampshire man forced out of woods  —  CANTERBURY, N.H. (AP) — For almost three decades, 81-year-old David Lidstone has lived in the woods of New Hampshire along the Merrimack River in a small cabin adorned with solar panels.  He has grown his own food …
Discussion: NBC Boston
Joshua Rhett Miller / New York Post:
Boston mayor compares NYC's vaccine mandate to slavery, birtherism  —  The mayor of Boston said the city won't be following New York's lead requiring proof of vaccination at many indoor businesses, claiming the move is reminiscent of “slavery” and birtherism.
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Cuomo impeachment process could take months, legislators warn … A blistering state attorney general's report alleging that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women has pushed state legislators to expedite impeachment proceedings — but the process is still expected to last months, lawmakers said.
Discussion: THE CITY, National Review and MSNBC
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Associated Press:
Majority of NY Assembly would oust Cuomo if he doesn't quit
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
‘The stuff of which violent insurrections are made:’ Federal judge punishes Colorado lawyers for 2020 election lawsuit  —  A federal judge in Colorado has punished two lawyers who filed a lawsuit challenging the 2020 election late last year, finding that the case was “frivolous,” “not warranted by existing law” and filed “in bad faith.”
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Tucker Carlson Has Seen the Future, and It Is Fascist Orban's Hungary is the road map for American authoritarianism.  —  In 1919, the progressive journalist Lincoln Steffens visited the nascent Soviet Union and declared, “I have seen the future and it works.”
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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: Joe.My.God.
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
Michael Hardy / Texas Monthly:
“I Don't Believe Anything”: Among the Unvaccinated in One Central Texas Community  —  “You don't have to wear a mask!” the man shouted as I approached the Army Store in downtown Killeen.  It was a brutally hot afternoon in late July, and Bell County, where Killeen is located …
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Defense Secretary Austin expected to make Covid-19 vaccine mandatory for active duty troops  —  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is expected to seek authorization to make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory for all active duty troops as soon as this week, following President Joe Biden's directive …
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Liz Cheney says her father is ‘deeply troubled’ about the state of the Republican Party  —  Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on Wednesday said her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney (R), is “deeply troubled” about the state of the Republican Party.  —  “My dad is deeply troubled about where our party is …
Gallup:
No Preferred Racial Term Among Most Black, Hispanic Adults  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Most Black Americans, 58%, do not have a preference between the terms “Black” and “African American” when asked which term they would rather people use to describe their racial group.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Megan K. Stack / New Yorker:
A Near Press Blackout in Afghanistan  —  The war that Americans forgot is ending in chaos and secrecy.  —  The exit of the last American commander from Afghanistan was marked by a strange and sombre ceremony.  Standing outside the military headquarters in Kabul, among flagpoles left bare …
 
 
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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN goes entire week without reaching 1 million viewers
Discussion: New York Times
U.S. Department of Justice:
Readout of Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco's Trip to New Jersey and New York
Natalie Weber / Tampa Bay Times:
2 Tampa Bay women seek end to airline mask mandate in federal lawsuit
Discussion: Raw Story and Florida Politics
Gary Bass / KLTV-TV:
Smith County affidavit: FBI agent exposed himself to juveniles in Texas, Louisiana, Florida
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Nolan Hicks / New York Post:
NYC vaccine campaign surges 40 percent amid mandates, new incentives
 Earlier Items: 
Cameron Cawthorne / Fox News:
Cori Bush, Democrat demanding eviction halt, was sued for not paying rent
Discussion: Associated Press
The Intellectualist:
How Trump Destroyed The GOP: It Can't Live With Him, And It Can't Live Without Him
The Dworkin Report:
Reality Winner's lawyer lays out the case for her freedom
Lisa Gray / Houston Chronicle:
‘Dark times’: Houston's fourth COVID-19 wave to be the largest yet, medical leaders predict
The Texas Tribune:
Two House Democrats who broke quorum missing from Washington, D.C., reportedly vacationing in Portugal
Laurel Brubaker Calkins / Bloomberg:
GOP's Devin Nunes Sues NBC, Claiming Rachel Maddow Smeared Him
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
These corporations just donated to a Republican group that helped create the January 6 mob
Discussion: Raw Story
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
NYU researchers speak out after Facebook disables their accounts