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Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Trump Is Planning a Much More Respectable Coup Next Time  —  In recent weeks, we've gotten an even greater glimpse into Donald Trump's efforts to discredit and overturn the results of the 2020 election.  From the clownish ongoing audit in Arizona to the revelation of Jeffrey Clark's insane …
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Hunter Walker / The Uprising:
Exclusive: Going Down The ‘Big Lie’ Rabbit Hole With Former President Trump  —  The Uprising obtained the former president's purported evidence of election fraud.  Trump's statement reveals the origins of his conspiracy theories and how key conservative allies fuel them.
Discussion: Raw Story
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Dem fundraising platform ActBlue boots Cuomo  —  The Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue has removed a donation page that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's campaign committee used to solicit contributions, the company confirmed to Axios.  —  Driving the news: ActBlue is the lifeblood of grassroots Democratic fundraising.
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Politico:
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka dead at 72  —  Richard Trumka, president of the powerful AFL-CIO labor organization, has died unexpectedly, the federation announced Thursday.  —  Trumka, 72, had served as president of the AFL-CIO, which represents more than 12.5 million workers …
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Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
Richard Trumka, A.F.L.-C.I.O. Chief, Dies at 72
Discussion: New Republic, Bloomberg and CBS News
Associated Press:
Republican Lawmaker Who's Suing Pelosi Over Mask Rule Says He Has Covid  —  Columbia, S.C. (AP) — Rep. Ralph Norman, one of the three congressional Republicans suing Speaker Nancy Pelosi over fines for not wearing masks during a vote on the U.S. House floor, has contracted a breakthrough case of COVID-19 …
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Allan Massie / Baltimore Sun:
I went to a party with 14 other vaccinated people; 11 of us got COVID
Discussion: HotAir and Talking Points Memo
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Rep. Ralph Norman tests positive for COVID-19 despite vaccination
Discussion: Forbes, Fox News and NBC News
Sarah Kaplan / Washington Post:
A critical ocean system may be heading for collapse due to climate change, study finds  —  ‘The consequences of a collapse would likely be far-reaching.’  —  Human-caused warming has led to an “almost complete loss of stability” in the system that drives Atlantic Ocean currents …
Zoe Richards / The Daily Beast:
Rudy Giuliani Admitted He Lied About Feds Slipping Him Info Ahead of 2016 Election, Watchdog Finds  —  The 2016 election was upended just as Giuliani went on the radio and claimed “active agents” had shared “rumors” about the Hillary Clinton email probe.  —  Rudy Giuliani has admitted …
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Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:   The FBI Is Investigating Giuliani's Attempt to Make a Movie About the Bidens and Ukraine
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Another not-proud moment for Rudy Giuliani
Discussion: Townhall and Washington Examiner
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 …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
CBO says bipartisan infrastructure bill would add $256B to deficit over 10 years  —  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Thursday released an analysis saying the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package would add $256 billion to the federal deficit over the next decade …
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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.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: GOP latches on to Cori Bush's private security spending  —  BREAKING — “AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka dead at 72, sources say,” by Tina Sfondeles and Rebecca Rainey: “RICHARD TRUMKA, president of the powerful AFL-CIO labor organization, has died unexpectedly, two sources told POLITICO.
Discussion: RedState and Breitbart
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Matt Gaetz denies sex crimes and attacks Fox News in desperate hourlong YouTube video  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) targeted Fox News this week in the premiere episode of his Firebrand YouTube program.  —  Earlier this year, Gaetz disappeared from Fox News broadcasts after he made an appearance …
Samuel Levine / Federal Trade Commission:
Letter from Acting Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection Samuel Levine to Facebook  —  Today, Acting Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection Samuel Levine sent the following letter to Mark Zuckerberg concerning Facebook's misleading claims regarding the company's consent decree with the FTC:
The Intercept:
Nancy Pelosi's Surprise Flip on Student Debt Cancellation Came After Urging From Billionaire Power Couple … The drive to persuade President Joe Biden to cancel student debt took a major hit last week when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stunned Congress with a surprise statement in opposition.
Discussion: Common Dreams
CNN:
GOP fears grow over Herschel Walker as party leaders seek other candidates in Georgia Senate race  —  (CNN)Republicans from Georgia to Washington, DC, are searching for a viable candidate to mount a Senate bid in the Peach State next year, fearing that former President Donald Trump's choice …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Financial Times:
Florida's hospitals set a bleak pandemic record  —  The Delta variant is putting new pressure on US states with the lowest vaccination rates  —  Hospitals in Florida are struggling with more Covid-19 patients than at any point in the pandemic, as the fast spreading Delta variant strains US states …
Discussion: New York Post, Slate, Raw Story and Forbes
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Rick Rojas / New York Times:
Alarmed Louisiana Residents Turn to Vaccines in ‘Darkest Days’ of Pandemic
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Biden told White House chief to seek Harvard legal scholar's guidance, leading to reversal on evictions  —  Ron Klain consulted with Laurence Tribe about the legality of a new eviction moratorium, helping to bring about a dramatic White House pivot  —  After White House legal advisers found …
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Washington Post:
Abbott calls new special session to push voting restrictions Texas Democrats have blocked by fleeing state  —  AUSTIN — Texas Republicans will redouble their efforts to pass new voting restrictions by convening a second special House session this weekend, hardening a stalemate …
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Office of the Texas Governor:
Governor Abbott Announces Second Special Session Date & Agenda
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
Institutionalism Can't Save Us Now  —  Garland should learn from the Obama administration and ensure that government officials can't act outside the law to benefit themselves and their party.  —  We have no shortage of information about how historically bad an Attorney General William Barr was.
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
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Jared Greenspan / New York Post:
Jimmy Graham says he was ‘basically forced’ to get COVID-19 vaccine  —  Jimmy Graham is vaccinated against COVID-19 - but he doesn't seem happy about it.  —  “Was basically forced into getting the vaccine.  Now I'm just confused @NFLPA,” the five-time Pro Bowler and Bears tight end tweeted Thursday …
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Capitol Rioters Attacked Police.  Why Isn't the FOP Outraged?  —  On Tuesday, the National Fraternal Order of Police decided to “clear up confusion” about its position on the January 6 assault on the Capitol by enraged Donald Trump supporters.  “Those who participated in the assaults …
The Tennessean:
‘All of them’: Tennessee health chief says children's hospitals will fill up as the delta variant surges  —  Natalie Allison Brett KelmanNashville Tennessean  —  The delta variant of the coronavirus is ravaging hospitals in Tennessee, and pediatric wings won't escape the crisis, the state's health chief said Thursday.
Politico:
Jan. 6 select panel takes over House probe of Trump DOJ  —  A key House committee has postponed multiple scheduled witness interviews about Donald Trump's final days in office, handing them off to the select panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.  —  “As the Oversight Committee continues …
Discussion: CNN and Forbes
Ruy Teixeira / The Liberal Patriot:
The Fox News Fallacy  —  It's Blinding the Democrats to Real Problems  —  The Fox News Fallacy is having a dire effect on many Democrats.  This is the idea that if Fox News (substitute here the conservative bête noire of your choice if you prefer) criticizes the Democrats for X …
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Graham says he's told Trump to ‘speak up’ on COVID vaccines  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As he recovers from a breakthrough infection of the coronavirus, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that he has urged former President Donald Trump to press his supporters to get the COVID-19 vaccine …
Quinnipiac University Poll:
Americans On COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements: Yes For Health Care Workers, No For Restaurant Customers, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Majority Support Masking Up Indoors And At Schools  — mail_outline  —  As both the government and the private sector grapple …
Discussion: Fox News and Insider
 
 
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Felicia Schwartz / Wall Street Journal:
Novavax Delays Seeking U.S. Regulatory Approval for Covid-19 Vaccine
Discussion: WTOP and Financial Times
The White House:
Executive Order on Strengthening American Leadership in Clean Cars and Trucks
Kevin McCallum / News + Opinion, Seven Days:
Shots Fired: A Reporter Visits Vermont's First Indoor Gun Range
Discussion: RedState
FiveThirtyEight:
Some Republicans Have Changed Their Messaging On The COVID-19 Vaccine. Is It Too Little, Too Late?
Discussion: Forbes
Tech Transparency Project:
False Election Audit Claims Surge on Facebook
Discussion: Washington Post
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Lawmakers Probe Biden Admin Bid To Nix Sanctions on Iran
 Earlier Items: 
Paige Fry / Chicago Tribune:
Austin family sues city and CPD, accusing cops of mistakenly barging into home and pointing guns at 2 young girls, dad, grandfather
Discussion: Reason and The Root
Philip Klein / National Review:
Bring Back the Tea Party
Discussion: Shot in the Dark and HotAir
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Steps to Drive American Leadership Forward on Clean Cars and Trucks
Steve Kornacki / MSNBC:
The rise of America's nationalized political culture
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:
The IRS has seized $1.2 billion worth of cryptocurrency this fiscal year - here's what happens to it
Discussion: Breitbart and Ace of Spades HQ
Christian Schneider / USA Today:
A toxic legacy: Masculinity in the Republican Party requires subservience to Donald Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Why it matters that Tucker Carlson is broadcasting from Hungary this week
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Mark Meadows Timeline: The Chief of Staff and Schemes to Overturn 2020 Election
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos and Politico