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11:40 AM ET, August 5, 2021

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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.
Discussion: Texas Monthly
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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: The US Sun and HotAir
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 …
Christian Toto / Hollywood in Toto:
Chrissie Mayr Boycotts Vaccine-Only New York Comedy Clubs  —  Comedienne clashes with the Mayor's edict, suggests other comics (silently) back her … The Long Island native is comfortable with that reality, carving a career from indie-minded platforms like Compound Media and her own, self-titled podcast.
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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New York Times:
The Abandonment of Andrew Cuomo: Unions, Party Leaders and Deep Allies  —  The governor has suffered consequential defections from core constituencies, including labor, white suburban lawmakers and Black political leaders.  —  Five weeks ago, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's most stalwart supporters paid $10,000 …
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
N.Y. Assembly Nears Completion of Cuomo Impeachment Probe  —  State lawmakers tell governor he has until Aug. 13 to submit evidence in his defense  —  ALBANY, N.Y.—Officials in the New York state Assembly said their impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo is nearing completion and set …
Discussion: New York Times, CNBC, Bloomberg and Forbes
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:   How Andrew Cuomo Holds on to Power
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Politico: Cuomo's next step? A presser to launch his defense
Discussion: Politico, New York Post and Fox News
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: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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.
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Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Ohio special election: A good day for Democrats
Dan / DansDeals.com:
How Cleveland's Jewish Community Denied A Would Be Squad Member A Seat In Congress
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
Nina Turner's loss in Ohio means Biden doesn't need to keep caving to the left
Discussion: The Western Journal and Daily Kos
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Ohio special election win cements Jim Clyburn's kingmaker status
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.
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John Sexton / HotAir:
This CNN piece praising Biden for intentionally ignoring the Supreme Court is really something  —  Yesterday President Biden announced that he'd asked the CDC to look at extending the eviction moratorium which expired over the weekend.  What was unusual about the statement was that Biden admitted the …
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David Harsanyi / National Review:   Biden's Unprecedented Attack on the Constitution
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, Breitbart and RedState
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Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Can Kamala Harris Solve the Vice-President Paradox?
Discussion: Politico and Tom's Takes
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.
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: Daily Kos, Politico and Raw Story
The White House:
Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Deferred Enforced Departure for Certain Hong Kong Residents  —  Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed a memorandum directing the deferral of removal of certain Hong Kong residents who are present in the United States, giving them a temporary safe haven.
Discussion: CNN and Insider
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Michael Martina / Reuters:
Biden to offer temporary ‘safe haven’ to Hong Kong residents in U.S.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and CNBC
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 …
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 …
Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
T-Squared: Sewell Chan is The Texas Tribune's next editor-in-chief  —  The visionary, venerated editorial page editor of the Los Angeles Times — a veteran of The New York Times and The Washington Post — will lead our nonprofit newsroom in a moment when more Texans than ever are clamoring for reliable, credible nonpartisan journalism.
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
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 …
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
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Why it matters that Tucker Carlson is broadcasting from Hungary this week  —  The country has become a model for a rising kind of authoritarianism.  So, of course, the American right's most popular cable host is embracing it.  —  This week, America's most watched cable news host is broadcasting …
 
 
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
WATCH: Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade Spar Over Vaccines and TV Anchors ‘Recommending Medical Advice’
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Capitol Rioters Attacked Police. Why Isn't the FOP Outraged?
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
Compiled by / New York Times:
New Constitutional Amendments: We the People Have a Few Ideas
Discussion: National Review
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Kerry family private jet has taken 16 flights this year alone, records show
Discussion: Breitbart
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Biden to sign order aiming for half of new vehicles to be electric by 2030
Ann Coulter:
PARENTHOOD HAS DRIVEN OUR POLICY ELITE MAD
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Exclusive: Intel agencies scour reams of genetic data from Wuhan lab in Covid origins hunt
Washington Post:
Senate infrastructure bill sets stage for massive effort to make broadband more available and affordable
Discussion: USA Today and The Daily Caller
Jeff McDonald / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Majority of likely voters would remove Newsom from governor's office, poll finds
HuffPost:
Feds Arrest ‘George Washington’ In Jan. 6 Case Using Phone Tracking, Facial Recognition
Discussion: Joe.My.God., FOX 2 and Insider
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.