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12:45 PM ET, August 5, 2021


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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.
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 …
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.
Christian Toto / Hollywood in Toto:
Chrissie Mayr Boycotts Vaccine-Only New York Comedy Clubs
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
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.
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 …
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:   How Andrew Cuomo Holds on to Power
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
N.Y. Assembly Nears Completion of Cuomo Impeachment Probe
Discussion: CNBC and Bloomberg
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
Betsy Klein / CNN:
Biden extends temporary safe haven to Hong Kong residents in US amid China crackdown  —  First person charged under Hong Kong national security law  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden on Thursday signed a memorandum extending temporary safe haven to certain Hong Kong residents in the US amid ongoing repression …
Adam Shaw / Fox News:   Biden shields Hong Kong immigrants from removal, citing China's ‘significant erosion’ of rights
The White House:
Memorandum on the Deferred Enforced Departure for Certain Hong Kong Residents
Discussion: Politico
The White House:
Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Deferred Enforced Departure for Certain Hong Kong Residents
Discussion: Insider and Defense One
Michael Martina / Reuters:
Biden to offer temporary ‘safe haven’ to Hong Kong residents in U.S.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and CNBC
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.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka dead at 72, sources say  —  Trumka had served as president of the federation for more than a decade and has been a close ally of the Biden White House.  —  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is pictured April 4, 2017 at the National Press Club in Washington.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The US Sun
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 …
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.
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Can Kamala Harris Solve the Vice-President Paradox?
Discussion: Slate, Politico and Tom's Takes
Dan /
How Cleveland's Jewish Community Denied A Would Be Squad Member A Seat In Congress
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Ohio special election: A good day for Democrats
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.
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Half of Californians in new poll want Newsom recalled  —  About half of likely California voters want Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) recalled next month, according to a poll released Wednesday.  —  The poll conducted Aug. 2-4 by Survey USA for the San Diego Union Tribune found that 51 percent …
Jeff McDonald / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Majority of likely voters would remove Newsom from governor's office, poll finds
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Breitbart
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 …
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 …
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
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: Insider, Daily Kos, Politico and Raw Story
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 …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
WATCH: Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade Spar Over Vaccines and TV Anchors ‘Recommending Medical Advice’  —  Things got a little tense on the curvy couch Thursday morning as Fox & Friends co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade had a spirited conversation about the Covid vaccine and the merits …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Celine Castronuovo / The Hill:
Trump slams US women's soccer team: Would have gold if not ‘woke’  —  Former President Trump on Thursday criticized an old target — the U.S. women's national soccer team — by saying players would have won the gold medal and not the bronze at the Olympics if they weren't “woke.”
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Senate Democrats eye new vote on voting rights before summer break as party faces pressure to act  —  Senate Democrats are scrambling to map out their next moves on voting rights as the clock ticks toward a key deadline this month, with Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer eyeing a potential second vote …
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Ally Mutnick / Politico:
GOP group tests midterm messaging on inflation, race theory
Discussion: Conservative Brief
Allan Massie / Baltimore Sun:
I went to a party with 14 other vaccinated people; 11 of us got COVID
Cristiano Lima / Washington Post:
The Technology 202: Facebook shuttered a crucial tool for oversight. Lawmakers say it just made their jobs harder
Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
T-Squared: Sewell Chan is The Texas Tribune's next editor-in-chief
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Capitol Rioters Attacked Police. Why Isn't the FOP Outraged?
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
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Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Biden to sign order aiming for half of new vehicles to be electric by 2030
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Nell Gluckman / Chronicle of Higher Education:
They Were Accused of Wearing Blackface. Now They're Suing Their College.
Discussion: Althouse
Feds Arrest ‘George Washington’ In Jan. 6 Case Using Phone Tracking, Facial Recognition
Discussion: Joe.My.God., FOX 2 and Insider
John Sexton / HotAir:
This CNN piece praising Biden for intentionally ignoring the Supreme Court is really something

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Financial Times:
Microsoft invests $1.5B in Abu Dhabi-based AI group G42 for a minority stake, after G42 severed ties with Chinese suppliers; Brad Smith will join G42's board

Raphael Satter / Reuters:
The Open Source Security Foundation and the OpenJS Foundation say the attempt to insert a secret backdoor into XZ Utils “may not be an isolated incident”

Matthew Connatser / The Register:
Intel's Gaudi 3 white paper details the made-for-China processors HL-328 and HL-388, likely designed to comply with US sanctions by reducing performance

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