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Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Ohio special election: A good day for Democrats  —  Democrats got a double dose of welcome news in two Ohio special congressional elections yesterday, fending off a left-wing candidate in one district, while a Donald Trump-backed coal lobbyist won the Republican nod in another.
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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.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Schumer double dares McConnell  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SCHUMER-MCCONNELL FACEOFF ON THE DEBT CEILING — CHUCK SCHUMER is about to double-dog dare MITCH MCCONNELL and his members to vote against a debt ceiling increase this fall.  Just weeks after the minority leader implored …
Naomi Lim / Washington Examiner:
The Left still gives Biden headaches despite primary losses
Discussion: Politico
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Ohio special election win cements Jim Clyburn's kingmaker status
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post 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 …
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Real estate, landlord groups file legal salvo to stop Biden administration's new eviction moratorium  —  The highly expected challenge once again plunges renter protections into legal limbo  —  Only one day after the Biden administration issued a new policy protecting renters from eviction …
Discussion: nar.realtor and Joe.My.God.
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
US plans to require COVID-19 shots for foreign travelers
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Insider
Joshua Rhett Miller / New York Post:
Boston mayor compares NYC's vaccine mandate to slavery, birtherism
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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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN goes entire week without reaching 1 million viewers
Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
Here's why Andrew Cuomo could still survive his sordid sexual harassment scandal
Discussion: Fox News and Power Line
Washington Post:
Biden calls for half of new cars to be electric or plug-in hybrids by 2030  —  The executive order comes in a suite of new goals and mandates to cut climate-warming emissions from the auto sector  —  President Biden on Thursday is set to unveil a far-reaching, multipronged plan to make U.S. cars …
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Bloomberg:
Biden Sets U.S. Goal for Clean Cars to Be Half of 2030 Sales  — Big investment in charging stations needed, carmakers say  — White House sees plan boosting domestic jobs and supply chain  —  President Joe Biden plans to call for half of all vehicles sold in the U.S. to be capable …
ABC News:
Defense Secretary to announce mandatory COVID vaccinations for troops ‘soon’: Sources
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and ABC13
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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 …
Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
Seeking Immunity From Suit Over Jan. 6th Attack, Rep. Mo Brooks Tells Judge He Was Simply ‘Cooperating’ with the ‘White House’  —  Rep. Mo Brooks asked a federal judge to declare that he was immune from a civil lawsuit filed by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) alleging that the Alabama Republican …
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HuffPost:
Feds Arrest ‘George Washington’ In Jan. 6 Case Using Phone Tracking, Facial Recognition  —  The FBI arrested Missouri's Isaac Yoder, who admitted to entering the U.S. Capitol during the deadly insurrection while wearing colonial attire.  —  Federal agents arrested a man on Wednesday who stormed …
Discussion: Joe.My.God., FOX 2 and Insider
Jeff McDonald / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Majority of likely voters would remove Newsom from governor's office, poll finds  —  More than half of likely voters in California say they would vote to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom next month, according to a statewide survey released Wednesday.  —  The poll, conducted by SurveyUSA …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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Brie Stimson / Fox News:
California recall candidates slam Newsom, take shots at each other in first debate
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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
New York Post:
Everyone's deserted you, Creep Cuomo.  It's over.  Just go.  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a dead man, politically speaking.  —  Everyone has deserted him.  There's just no way for him to hang on, no matter how deluded he is in thinking he can, following the release of Attorney General Tish …
Discussion: Fox News and Power Line
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Associated Press:
Majority of NY Assembly would oust Cuomo if he doesn't quit
Donald G. McNeil Jr / Medium:
What Is Biden Waiting For?  —  The Delta variant is making clear what the Administration should have done back in January: mandate vaccines, mandate passports and crack down on the denialists.  Now time is running short.  —  Why is it taking the Delta variant to get the Biden administration to do what it should have done in January?
Discussion: The Western Journal
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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.)
Washington Post:
Senate infrastructure bill sets stage for massive effort to make broadband more available and affordable  —  Lawmakers this week are debating the bill, which includes a federal program expiring soon that aids low-income Americans  —  Senate Democrats and Republicans are inching closer …
Discussion: USA Today and The Daily Caller
Washington Examiner:
Biden's lawless eviction ban deals another blow to rule of law  —  A U.S. president, under severe pressure from his party's base, repeatedly denies he has the legal authority to take unilateral action his base wants him to.  Eventually, he flip-flops, taking the exact executive action …
Miami Herald:
Florida COVID update: Another hospitalization record is set  —  Florida reported 16,935 new COVID cases, 140 deaths and more than 12,000 people hospitalized in the state as of Tuesday, the third day in a row of record-breaking COVID hospitalizations as Florida hospitals temporarily suspend elective surgeries …
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
CNN:
Exclusive: Intel agencies scour reams of genetic data from Wuhan lab in Covid origins hunt  —  US intelligence agencies are digging through a treasure trove of genetic data that could be key to uncovering the origins of the coronavirus - as soon as they can decipher it.
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
'Winning a medal doesn't make him Jewish': Israel's gymnastics champion tumbles into marriage controversy  —  JERUSALEM — When gymnast Artem Dolgopyat stepped off the podium as only the second Israeli to win an Olympic gold medal, he triggered one of Israel's many cultural tripwires …
Discussion: The Times of Israel
 
 
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John Tozzi / BloombergQuint:
Biden Stimulus Increase Cut Obamacare Plan Premiums by 40%
Jordan Lancaster / The Daily Caller:
Vaccine Hesitancy Among Fox News Viewers Hits All-Time Low After Network Promotes The Jab, Poll Finds
Discussion: Morning Consult and Mediaite
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Can Kamala Harris Solve the Vice-President Paradox?
Discussion: Tom's Takes
Politico:
Biden's vision for the border has gone bust. But what's Plan B?
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Cheryl Teh / Insider:
Donald Trump wants his supporters to carry “Trump Cards.”
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and HuffPost
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP poised to give Biden huge political victory
Discussion: Politico
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Yes, Trump tried to stage a coup. By denying it, the right is laying the groundwork for another one.
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Bano / Jacobin:
The UK's Parliament Is Full of Landlords
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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.
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Liz Cheney says her father is ‘deeply troubled’ about the state of the Republican Party
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The DOJ Official Who Tried to Steal the Election for Trump Has a Sweet New Gig
Discussion: Mediaite and CNN