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1:25 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.
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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.
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 …
Betsy Klein / CNN:   White House touts more than 864,000 vaccinations in last 24 hours, highest rate since early July
John Sexton / HotAir:
This CNN piece praising Biden for intentionally ignoring the Supreme Court is really something
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CNBC:   Richard Trumka, head of AFL-CIO union federation, dies at 72
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
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:   How Andrew Cuomo Holds on to Power
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
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 …
Ruy Teixeira / The Liberal Patriot:
The Fox News Fallacy  —  It's Blinding the Democrats to Real Problems  —  The Fox News Fallacy is having a dire effect on many Democrats.  This is the idea that if Fox News (substitute here the conservative bête noire of your choice if you prefer) criticizes the Democrats for X …
Discussion: The Federalist
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Cameron Joseph / VICE:
This Mad Dad Fighting Critical Race Theory Is Also an Ex-Jeff Sessions Aide  —  It might not be a coincidence that Loudoun County, Virginia, has become the epicenter of the debate over “critical race theory” in schools: One of the parents leading the fight isn't just some mad dad—he's a top national Republican operative.
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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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.
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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.
Allan Massie / Baltimore Sun:
I went to a party with 14 other vaccinated people; 11 of us got COVID  —  I was sitting on an examination table at an urgent care clinic in Timonium, giving my history to a physician's assistant.  An hour later, she would call me to confirm that I was positive for COVID-19.
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
McConnell vows no GOP help with debt limit hike  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell promised Thursday that Republicans will not support a debt ceiling hike, just as Democrats have signaled they plan to take a path that would require Republican support.
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 …
Michael Martina / Reuters:
Biden to offer temporary ‘safe haven’ to Hong Kong residents in U.S.  —  The United States on Thursday plans to offer a temporary “safe haven” to thousands of Hong Kong residents, a senior administration official told Reuters, allowing them to extend their stay in the country in response …
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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 …
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 and Politico
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
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.”
 
 
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Christian Schneider / USA Today:
A toxic legacy: Masculinity in the Republican Party requires subservience to Donald Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
GM said it was a champion for voting rights, sent 125K to GOP group pushing voter suppression
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Half of Californians in new poll want Newsom recalled
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
GOP group tests midterm messaging on inflation, race theory
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Senate Democrats eye new vote on voting rights before summer break as party faces pressure to act
Discussion: Politico, New York Times and DemCast
Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
T-Squared: Sewell Chan is The Texas Tribune's next editor-in-chief
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
WATCH: Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade Spar Over Vaccines and TV Anchors ‘Recommending Medical Advice’
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Why it matters that Tucker Carlson is broadcasting from Hungary this week
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
Nell Gluckman / Chronicle of Higher Education:
They Were Accused of Wearing Blackface. Now They're Suing Their College.
Discussion: Althouse