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Alison Sider / Wall Street Journal:
United Airlines to Require All U.S. Employees to Get Covid-19 Vaccines  —  The airline is the first U.S. carrier to mandate vaccines for all employees  —  United Airlines will require its U.S. employees to be vaccinated this fall, the first major airline to take this step as the Delta variant drives …
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Nicole Hong / New York Times:
Inside One Company's Struggle to Get All Its Employees Vaccinated  —  At an optical business in New York City, it took months of coaxing, a cash bonus and a weekly testing mandate to persuade 90 percent of the staff to get a coronavirus vaccine.  —  Tiara Felix loves her job at an eyewear store …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
CNN fires three employees who went into the office unvaccinated.  —  CNN said on Thursday that it had fired three employees who violated its coronavirus safety protocols by going to the office unvaccinated, one of the first known examples of a major American corporation's terminating workers for ignoring a workplace vaccination mandate.
Felicia Schwartz / Wall Street Journal:
Novavax Delays Seeking U.S. Regulatory Approval for Covid-19 Vaccine
Jake Harris / WFAA-TV:   Back to School: Here's what to know about vaccination requirements
Washington Post:
Biden administration considers withholding funds and other measures to spur vaccinations  —  The Biden administration is considering using federal regulatory powers and the threat of withholding federal funds from institutions to push more Americans to get vaccinated — a huge potential shift …
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Alejandro Serrano / Houston Chronicle:
Houston ISD to consider mask mandate next week, superintendent says  —  Houston ISD Superintendent Millard House II said Thursday he plans to bring a mask mandate for ratification to the district's board meeting next week, setting the stage for the state's largest district to potentially buck …
Discussion: Forbes, WPLG-TV and IJR
The Tennessean:
‘All of them’: Tennessee health chief says children's hospitals will fill up as the delta variant surges
Discussion: Political Wire
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
Andrew Cuomo's Last Play to Hold Onto Power “He is not resigning,” said one ally.  “It is just not in his nature to ever do that.”  —  There is almost no one left in Democratic politics in New York or across the country — not from the president of the United States to the lowest local ward heeler …
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Dem fundraising platform ActBlue boots Cuomo
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
'We're Going Back To The Capitol': Ex Trump Campaign Official Announces ‘Huge’ Protest  —  “We're going to push back on the phony narrative that there was an insurrection,” Matt Braynard told former White House strategist Steve Bannon.  —  The former data chief for Donald Trump's 2016 campaign …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
‘It was riot and mayhem’: Biden, honoring police, warns against distorting Capitol assault
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Washington's hottest club is Joe Manchin's houseboat  —  Generally speaking, the first rule of visiting Joe Manchin III's houseboat is don't talk about Joe Manchin's houseboat.  —  This week, however, when Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tested positive for the coronavirus after attending …
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Biden's Ratings Slip, but It's More Than Just Delta Fears  —  Like Donald Trump before him, President Biden didn't get much of a political honeymoon.  Even before he finished his first full week of work at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, an early February Gallup poll found views of the former Vice President …
BBC:
Belarus: IOC expels two coaches over Krystina Timanovskaya case  —  Two Belarusian coaches have lost their Olympic accreditations after allegedly attempting to force an athlete to leave the games in Tokyo.  —  The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed that Artur Shimak and Yury Maisevich had left the Olympic Village.
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Eric Morath / Wall Street Journal:
Employers Added 943,000 Jobs in July, Unemployment Rate Fell to 5.4%  —  Robust job growth last month reflects a strong labor market ahead of the Delta variant threat  —  Employers added jobs at the best pace in nearly a year in July and the unemployment rate fell sharply …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Felt Alive Again  —  There was a glorious yet fleeting moment this summer, between waves, when the Covid case count was at its lowest since the beginning of the pandemic.  Before the Delta variant began heightening anxieties and led to increased calls for a return to wearing masks, the city felt, shockingly, almost normal.
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Tucker Carlson's Self-Loathing International Tourism  —  Tucker Carlson is spending a week in Budapest in order to annoy Americans and everybody else who believes in the ideals of America: the rule of law, a free press, free elections, the conviction that democracy is preferable to autocracy.
Merrick B. Garland / Washington Post:
It is time for Congress to act again to protect the right to vote  —  Merrick B. Garland is attorney general of the United States.  —  Our society is shaped not only by the rights it declares but also by its willingness to protect and enforce those rights.  Nowhere is this clearer than in the area of voting rights.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
New York Magazine Writer Baffled by Support for the Rule of Law  —  At New York magazine, Ed Kilgore has penned a confession: He has no principles, and he doesn't understand people who do.  —  Kilgore is absolutely baffled that, in his words, “conservatives are freaking out about the eviction moratorium …
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
David Harsanyi / MSN:
The ‘disinformation’ deception  —  “We're flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, almost matter-of-factly, in July.  The same week, Biden communications director Kate Bedingfield insisted that social media companies …
Vladimir Kara-Murza / Washington Post:
Washington is still shying away from punishing Putin's closest cronies.  Why?  —  MOSCOW — Few topics rattle the Kremlin quite as much as Western sanctions targeting its officials and oligarchs.  For all its nationalistic posturing, the regime of Vladimir Putin — as corrupt as it is authoritarian …
National Review:
CRT Roundup: Fairfax County Schools Sent Second Graders Video Vilifying Cops: ‘I Feel Safe When There Are No Police’  —  Over the last year, teachers and administrators nationwide have weaponized K-12 education, injecting progressive politics into classrooms, and indoctrinating students …
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:
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Pressure Mounting To Launch ‘McMafia Law’ Probe Into Trump's Scottish Golf Courses  —  Manhattan district attorney's charges against the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer add fuel to fight to reveal cash sources for foreign golf courses.  —  Lawyers for a global activist organization …
Discussion: Raw Story
Zaid Jilani / Persuasion:
Teaching Race in Kindergarten  —  Oregon's new standards for social science exchange colorblindness for racialism.  This is not progress.  —  From school boards to state legislatures, a battle is raging over how public schools should teach students about race and racism in the United States.
David Rogers / Politico:
How Trump stiff-armed Congress — and gaslighted the courts — to build his wall  —  Pentagon records obtained by POLITICO paint the clearest picture yet of how far the Trump administration went to get around Congress and speed the diversion of military construction funds to build its border wall in 2019.
 
 
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Philip Caldwell / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Admin Seeks Crackdown on Airport Alcohol Sales
Discussion: Gizmodo and Snopes.com
Issues & Insights:
You Were Warned: Automakers Team Up With Biden To Force Electric Cars On Consumers
Bill Goodykoontz / Arizona Republic:
It's been Meghan McCain's job to make you mad. What happens when she leaves ‘The View’?
Discussion: Salon
NPR:
‘Dark Money’ Is Funding The 2020 Election Challenge — And Could Challenge 2024
Washington Post:
Samantha Power has long championed humanitarian intervention. Ethiopia's crisis is putting her to the test.
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Business Groups Call on Biden to Restart Trade Talks With China
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Emily Crane / New York Post:
North Korean defector says she was robbed by 3 black women, accused of being racist
Samuel Chamberlain / New York Post:
More than 800 unaccompanied kids stopped at southern border in single day
Discussion: National Review
Kevin McCallum / News + Opinion, Seven Days:
Shots Fired: A Reporter Visits Vermont's First Indoor Gun Range
Tech Transparency Project:
False Election Audit Claims Surge on Facebook
Discussion: Washington Post
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Rep. Ralph Norman tests positive for COVID-19 despite vaccination
Zoe Richards / The Daily Beast:
Rudy Giuliani Admitted He Lied About Feds Slipping Him Info Ahead of 2016 Election, Watchdog Finds