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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.
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Ohio special election win cements Jim Clyburn's kingmaker status  —  Rep. Jim Clyburn is cementing his Biden-era kingmaker status with Shontel Brown's win in Ohio, showing progressives he has a finger on the pulse of Democratic Party politics in a way they must acknowledge.
Discussion: Washington Post and HotAir
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
Nina Turner's loss in Ohio means Biden doesn't need to keep caving to the left  —  Too many politicians, in both parties, promise to be “fighters” when they run for office.  But the last thing Congress needs is more brawling.  —  That's what makes Shontel Brown's upset victory on Tuesday in an Ohio special election so refreshing.
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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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump Is Wrong About Congress and His Tax Returns
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Trump asks court to end House pursuit of his tax returns from IRS
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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Theo Wayt / New York Post:
Facebook executive helped Cuomo smear sex-harassment accuser: AG report
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:   CNN goes entire week without reaching 1 million viewers
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: Raw Story and ABC13
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Galveston County Daily News:
Dickinson councilman H Scott Apley, hospitalized with COVID-19, dies at 45
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 …
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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Pompeo got $5,800 whisky gift from Japan, but where is it?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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Nick Bano / Jacobin:
The UK's Parliament Is Full of Landlords
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Elie Mystal / The Nation:   A Quick Reminder That Mandating Vaccines Is Totally Constitutional
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: FOX 2, Insider and Joe.My.God.
Associated Press:
Majority of NY Assembly would oust Cuomo if he doesn't quit  —  ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A majority of state Assembly members support beginning impeachment proceedings against Gov. Andrew Cuomo if he doesn't resign over investigative findings that he sexually harassed at least 11 women, according to an Associated Press count Wednesday.
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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Cuomo impeachment process could take months, legislators warn
Discussion: THE CITY, National Review and Politico
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Andrew Cuomo faces near-certain impeachment if he doesn't quit, then state Senate trial
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 …
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
U.S. conservatives yearn for Orban's Hungary  —  You're reading an excerpt from the Today's WorldView newsletter.  Sign up to get the rest free, including news from around the globe, interesting ideas and opinions to know, sent to your inbox every weekday.  —  It's one of the least surprising convergences on the planet.
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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?
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Politico:
A Biden pollster face off over “Defund”
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
Kathy Mccormack / Associated Press:
Fire destroys cabin of New Hampshire man forced out of woods  —  CANTERBURY, N.H. (AP) — For almost three decades, 81-year-old David Lidstone has lived in the woods of New Hampshire along the Merrimack River in a small cabin adorned with solar panels.  He has grown his own food …
Discussion: NBC Boston
Wilson Wong / NBC News:
White woman in viral video says she had no choice but to call police on Black bird-watcher … The white woman who was recorded on video calling police to claim that a Black bird-watcher was threatening her in New York City's Central Park last year said she felt she was backed into a corner.
Joshua Rhett Miller / New York Post:
Boston mayor compares NYC's vaccine mandate to slavery, birtherism  —  The mayor of Boston said the city won't be following New York's lead requiring proof of vaccination at many indoor businesses, claiming the move is reminiscent of “slavery” and birtherism.
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
‘The stuff of which violent insurrections are made:’ Federal judge punishes Colorado lawyers for 2020 election lawsuit  —  A federal judge in Colorado has punished two lawyers who filed a lawsuit challenging the 2020 election late last year, finding that the case was “frivolous,” “not warranted by existing law” and filed “in bad faith.”
Brie Stimson / Fox News:
California recall candidates slam Newsom, take shots at each other in first debate  —  GOP candidates Cox, Faulconer, Kiley and Ose took the stage Wednesday — while Newsom, Jenner and Elder stayed away  —  Larry Elder blasts Gavin Newsom and announces he will run for California governor: ‘We need to recall this guy’
Discussion: RedState and ABC News
 
 
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Masha Borak / South China Morning Post:
China declares war on ‘fake news’ in blow to social media
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
U.S. Department of Justice:
Readout of Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco's Trip to New Jersey and New York
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Natalie Weber / Tampa Bay Times:
2 Tampa Bay women seek end to airline mask mandate in federal lawsuit
Discussion: Raw Story and Florida Politics
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NYC vaccine campaign surges 40 percent amid mandates, new incentives
The Intellectualist:
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Gallup:
No Preferred Racial Term Among Most Black, Hispanic Adults
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Reality Winner's lawyer lays out the case for her freedom
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
These corporations just donated to a Republican group that helped create the January 6 mob
Discussion: Raw Story