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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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Jon Jackson / Newsweek:
Lambda vs. Delta COVID Variant: What We Know So Far About the Different Strains
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
Is the Delta Variant Making Younger Adults ‘Sicker, Quicker’?
Discussion: Forbes
Politico:
Top DOJ official drafted resignation email amid Trump election pressure  —  In early January 2021, one top Justice Department official was so concerned that then-President Donald Trump might fire his acting attorney general that he drafted an email announcing he and a second top official would resign in response.
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The DOJ Official Who Tried to Steal the Election for Trump Has a Sweet New Gig
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Raw Story
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Trump seeks to block Treasury Department from giving his tax returns to Congress
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
Poll: Most Americans now favor mask mandates to slow Delta's rapid spread  —  hypercontagious Delta variant of the coronavirus continues to fuel  —  a new wave of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the U.S. — and as scientists discover that vaccinated people can experience
Discussion: Townhall
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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.
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
NYU researchers speak out after Facebook disables their accounts  —  On Tuesday, Facebook suspended the accounts, apps and pages of several New York University researchers who have been using scraping tools to better understand political ads and disinformation on Facebook.
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David Gilbert / VICE:
Facebook Just Suspended the Accounts of Some of Its Biggest Critics
Quinnipiac University Poll:
Biden Loses Ground On His Handling Of COVID-19 Response, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Infrastructure Bill Gets A Thumbs Up By A 2 To 1 Margin  — mail_outline  —  With the Delta variant spreading and coronavirus cases once again spiking in the U.S. …
Discussion: Politico
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Biden Has a Growing Problem With Independents
Discussion: Breitbart
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
These corporations just donated to a Republican group that helped create the January 6 mob  —  Judd Legum, Tesnim Zekeria, and Rebecca Crosby … That was an excerpt from robocalls sent on January 5 by the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), through its self-described “policy branch,” the Rule of Law Defense Fund (RLDF).
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Biden's novel evictions defense: Maybe it's illegal, but it's worth it  —  After days of his administration suggesting that it couldn't do this legally, it did it anyway.  And Biden isn't really trying to put a good face on that, either.  —  Early last decade, then-President Barack Obama and Congress were in a standoff.
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Biden shows he's ready to make drastic moves in Covid-19 fight — even if he's not sure they're legal
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Obama Significantly Scales Back 60th Birthday Party as Virus Cases Rebound  —  Hundreds of former Obama administration officials, celebrities and Democratic donors had been planning to attend the huge bash on Martha's Vineyard on Saturday.  —  WASHINGTON — The party plans had been months …
The Texas Tribune:
Two House Democrats who broke quorum missing from Washington, D.C., reportedly vacationing in Portugal  —  Their vacation does not affect the lack of quorum that the House has in Austin to pass the elections bill.  But it is at odds with Democrats' insistence that they would use their time away …
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San Antonio Express-News:
‘No one has shown proof.’ Texas Democrat won't say whether she left DC for European vacation
Discussion: ABC13
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.
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Alexander Sammon / American Prospect:
Nina Turner Lost to the Redbox  —  How Shontel Brown used questionably legal campaign finance tactics to take a House seat  —  A cardboard cutout likeness of Nina Turner atop a campaign vehicle  —  As recently as June, the special election to replace Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge …
Discussion: NPR and Fox News
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Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Establishment prevails as Brown beats Turner in Ohio special election
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press
The Dworkin Report:
Reality Winner's lawyer lays out the case for her freedom  —  Scott speaks with Alison Grinter, a lawyer to some of America's most politically persecuted people, including Reality Winner, whose bombshell NSA leak about Russia's attack on the 2016 election changed the course of our nation's politics.
Daily Mail:
Selfie shows Andrew Cuomo SMIRK moments after he 'grabbed and rubbed trembling assistant's butt' as embattled NY Governor refuses to resign despite prosecutors claiming he sexually harassed 11 women  — A selfie released in the official report into sexual harassment allegations against NY …
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
‘The stuff of which violent insurrections are made:’ Federal judge sanctions Colorado lawyers for 2020 election lawsuit  —  A federal judge in Colorado has sanctioned two lawyers who filed a lawsuit challenging the 2020 election late last year, finding that the case was “frivolous,” …
Marist Poll:
Marist Poll Results & Analysis: Governor Andrew Cuomo  —  The post Marist Poll Results & Analysis: Governor Andrew Cuomo first appeared on Home of the Marist Poll.
Suzanne Ciechalski / NBC News:
Virginia Covid patient goes from ‘invincible’ to hospital-bed vaccine advocate … An unvaccinated Virginia man who's been hospitalized with Covid-19 is using social media to urge others to go out and get the shot.  —  Travis Campbell, 43, has been in the hospital for more than a week …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Buzzy media startup Puck launches in beta  —  Puck, a splashy new digital media company, is coming out of stealth mode, Axios has learned.  The company debuted its landing page, puck.news, on Wednesday, and will officially launch its website in September.
Eesha Pendharkar / Education Week:
A $5 Million Fine for Classroom Discussions on Race?  In Tennessee, This Is the New Reality  —  Remove  —  Tennessee aims to levy fines starting at $1 million and rising to $5 million on school districts each time one of their teachers is found to have “knowingly violated” …
Janelle Irwin Taylor / Florida Politics:
Shock poll: Charlie Crist leads Ron DeSantis amid COVID-19 surge … Janelle Irwin Taylor  —  Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003.  Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Discussion: Mediaite and Crooks and Liars
Galveston County Daily News:
Dickinson councilman H Scott Apley, hospitalized with COVID-19, dies at 45  —  H Scott Apley, a Dickinson city council member and official in the Galveston County Republican Party, has died after being hospitalized with COVID-19, officials said Wednesday in a post on the party's Facebook page.
Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
Mexico to sue U.S.-based gunmakers over flow of arms across border  —  MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government said Wednesday it plans to file legal action against several major U.S.-based gun manufacturers, alleging that lax controls contribute to the illegal flow of weapons over the border …
Lisa Gray / Houston Chronicle:
‘Dark times’: Houston's fourth COVID-19 wave to be the largest yet, medical leaders predict  —  Fueled by the delta variant, a surge in Houston COVID-19 hospitalizations is growing as fast as at any time during the pandemic so far, and is projected to pass previous records by mid-August …
C. Ryan Barber / Insider:
How a tiny legal office inside the Justice Department is tormenting Trumpworld  — The Justice Department's policing of foreign influence is bedeviling Trumpworld figures.  — Rudy Giuliani and the Trump ally Tom Barrack caught prosecutors' attention over foreign dealings.
 
 
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CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:
‘Lockdowns Are Wrong’: Texas Gov. Abbott Reaffirms No More State Shutdowns, Mandates During Pandemic
Discussion: Insider
Gallup:
No Preferred Racial Term Among Most Black, Hispanic Adults
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Jack Dutton / Newsweek:
Rashida Tlaib Accused of ‘Antisemitic Dog Whistling’ in Detroit Remarks
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
The Myth of the Golden Years
 Earlier Items: 
FIRE:
Lhamon fails to advance out of Senate committee; full Senate should not allow her nomination to proceed further
Rand Paul / Fox News:
Mask mandates and lockdowns from petty tyrants? No, not again. Choose freedom
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Christian Paz / The Atlantic:
The Voters Who Could Turn California Red
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Mayor Bowser's poor spin about not following her own mask mandate