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10:20 AM ET, August 5, 2021

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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.
Dan / DansDeals.com:
How Cleveland's Jewish Community Denied A Would Be Squad Member A Seat In Congress
Washington Examiner:
Biden's lawless eviction ban deals another blow to rule of law  —  A U.S. president, under severe pressure from his party's base, repeatedly denies he has the legal authority to take unilateral action his base wants him to.  Eventually, he flip-flops, taking the exact executive action …
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David Harsanyi / National Review:   Biden's Unprecedented Attack on the Constitution
Bonnie Kristian / The Week:
Biden's lawless eviction moratorium will come back to haunt Democrats
Discussion: Commentary Magazine, Vox and RedState
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 …
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Jonathan Edwards / Washington Post:
A Texas GOP leader railed against vaccines and masks.  Then he died of covid.  —  A leader of the Texas Republican Party hopped on Facebook in May to post about a “mask burning” party 900 miles away in Cincinnati.  —  “I wished I lived in the area!” wrote H Scott Apley.
Molly Ball / TIME:
What Mike Fanone Can't Forget  —  It wasn't a cop bar; that was the point.  They weren't there to meet other cops.  They were there to meet girls.  The three police officers took seats at the wine bar in D.C.'s trendy Navy Yard neighborhood—exposed concrete walls, leather banquettes …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
Here's why Andrew Cuomo could still survive his sordid sexual harassment scandal
Discussion: Fox News and Power Line
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
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Lawyer: Capitol Cop Who Shot Ashli Babbitt ‘Ambushed’ Her on Jan. 6 Without Warning  —  Officer identified as Lt. Michael Byrd, top, in House chamber before the Ashli Babbitt slaying in the hall.  A Capitol Police officer says Byrd wasn't following firearms training.  (See photo detail below.)
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
As Florida hospitals fill, DeSantis tries changing the subject … It was on Tuesday afternoon when President Joe Biden sent a not-so-subtle shot across the bow of two prominent Republican governors, noting that Florida and Texas alone account for one third of the nation's new COVID-19 cases.
Discussion: CNN, Slate, Politico and NBC 6 South Florida
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Nell Gluckman / Chronicle of Higher Education:
They Were Accused of Wearing Blackface.  Now They're Suing Their College.  —  Last winter, students at California Lutheran University received a message from their president with disturbing news.  —  “Two racist incidents involving social-media posts by Cal Lutheran students occurred in the last week …
Discussion: Althouse
Cheryl Teh / Insider:
Donald Trump wants his supporters to carry “Trump Cards.”  — Donald Trump wants his supporters to carry “Trump Cards.”  — The Trump camp sent an email on August 4 asking supporters to choose their favorite design.  — The cards come emblazoned with gold lettering and bear the former president's signature.
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Biden to sign order aiming for half of new vehicles to be electric by 2030  —  President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order Thursday setting a national goal for electric and other zero-emissions vehicles to make up half of new cars and trucks sold by 2030, senior Biden administration officials said.
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The White House:
Statements on the Biden Administration's Steps to Strengthen American Leadership on Clean Cars and Trucks
Discussion: Forbes
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 …
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: Breitbart and 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
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Inside a Kamala Harris crisis dinner  —  A group of the Democratic Party's most influential women met for dinner at a home in the nation's capital last month to game out how to defend Vice President Kamala Harris and her chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, against a torrent of bad press.
Discussion: Insider
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Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Can Kamala Harris Solve the Vice-President Paradox?
Discussion: Politico and Tom's Takes
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
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Covid has shown up western democracy's childish tendencies  —  Governments are too easily sidetracked by instant gratification to see where real interests lie  —  Democracy's ultimate boast is that societies do best when people take responsibility for their lives.  Covid-19 has been putting that theory to the test.
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 …
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ABC News:
Defense Secretary to announce mandatory COVID vaccinations for troops ‘soon’: Sources
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Rick Rojas / New York Times:
Alarmed Louisiana Residents Turn to Vaccines in ‘Darkest Days’ of Pandemic  —  Louisiana is leading the nation in an explosion of new cases.  Hospitals are overflowing and admitting more young people than before.  But the crisis is also driving some to get vaccinated.
Discussion: HotAir
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Mark Meadows Timeline: The Chief of Staff and Schemes to Overturn 2020 Election  —  Former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, was directly involved at major intersections of President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.  What follows is a detailed timeline of all the publicly available information.
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
Michael Martina / Reuters:
Biden to offer temporary ‘safe haven’ to Hong Kong residents in U.S.  —  The United States on Thursday plans to offer a temporary “safe haven” to thousands of Hong Kong residents, a senior administration official told Reuters, allowing them to extend their stay in the country in response …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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.
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 …
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
 
 
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Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Kerry family private jet has taken 16 flights this year alone, records show
Discussion: Breitbart
Christian Toto / Hollywood in Toto:
Chrissie Mayr Boycotts Vaccine-Only New York Comedy Clubs
Ann Coulter:
PARENTHOOD HAS DRIVEN OUR POLICY ELITE MAD
Wall Street Journal:
Exxon Considers Pledging ‘Net-Zero’ Carbon by 2050
John Tozzi / BloombergQuint:
Biden Stimulus Increase Cut Obamacare Plan Premiums by 40%
CNN:
Exclusive: Intel agencies scour reams of genetic data from Wuhan lab in Covid origins hunt
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Senate infrastructure bill sets stage for massive effort to make broadband more available and affordable
Discussion: USA Today and The Daily Caller
New York Post:
Everyone's deserted you, Creep Cuomo. It's over. Just go.
Discussion: Fox News and Power Line
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
Discussion: DeadState and Joe.My.God.
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Liz Cheney says her father is ‘deeply troubled’ about the state of the Republican Party
Discussion: RedState
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
'Winning a medal doesn't make him Jewish': Israel's gymnastics champion tumbles into marriage controversy
Discussion: The Times of Israel