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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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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 …
Discussion: Vox and THE CITY
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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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Rep. Ralph Norman tests positive for COVID-19 despite vaccination
Discussion: Forbes, NBC News and Fox News
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
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
Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
‘It was riot and mayhem’: Biden, honoring police, warns against distorting Capitol assault  —  President Biden signed legislation Thursday to award the Congressional Gold Medal to police who defended the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection, taking the opportunity to mount …
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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 …
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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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 …
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
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:
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
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
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.
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 …
Samuel Chamberlain / New York Post:
More than 800 unaccompanied kids stopped at southern border in single day  —  US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) stopped a whopping 834 unaccompanied minors at the US-Mexico border Wednesday, the most since the Biden administration began releasing a daily tally of apprehensions of children earlier this year.
Discussion: National Review
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
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 …
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
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
Felicia Schwartz / Wall Street Journal:
Novavax Delays Seeking U.S. Regulatory Approval for Covid-19 Vaccine  —  The shot, which can be stored at normal refrigerator temperatures, could provide much-needed boost to global vaccination efforts  —  Novavax Inc. said it would delay seeking U.S. emergency authorization …
Discussion: WTOP and Financial Times
Tech Transparency Project:
False Election Audit Claims Surge on Facebook  —  Facebook failed to stem the flow of election conspiracies that led to the Capitol riot.  Now, it's failing again with misinformation about Arizona's election ‘audit.’  —  Facebook is allowing false claims about the election “audit” …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Discussion: Fox News, Brookings and Vanity Fair
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 …
 
 
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Emily Crane / New York Post:
North Korean defector says she was robbed by 3 black women, accused of being racist
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
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Lawmakers Probe Biden Admin Bid To Nix Sanctions on Iran
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
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The White House:
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Steve Kornacki / MSNBC:
The rise of America's nationalized political culture
Washington Post:
Abbott calls new special session to push voting restrictions Texas Democrats have blocked by fleeing state
Ruy Teixeira / The Liberal Patriot:
The Fox News Fallacy
Christian Schneider / USA Today:
A toxic legacy: Masculinity in the Republican Party requires subservience to Donald Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Inside a Kamala Harris crisis dinner
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Mark Meadows Timeline: The Chief of Staff and Schemes to Overturn 2020 Election
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos and Politico