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2:40 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.
Betsy Klein / CNN:   White House touts more than 864,000 vaccinations in last 24 hours, highest rate since early July
David Shepardson / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE U.S. developing plan to require foreign visitors to be vaccinated -official
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Biden admin to require vaccination for *legal* foreign visitors. Others ... not so much
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times, Reuters and Politico
John Sexton / HotAir:
This CNN piece praising Biden for intentionally ignoring the Supreme Court is really something
Politico:
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka dead at 72  —  Richard Trumka, president of the powerful AFL-CIO labor organization, has died unexpectedly, the federation announced Thursday.  —  Trumka, 72, had served as president of the AFL-CIO, which represents more than 12.5 million workers …
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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: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
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 …
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Cameron Joseph / VICE:   This Mad Dad Fighting Critical Race Theory Is Also an Ex-Jeff Sessions Aide
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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Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:   How Andrew Cuomo Holds on to Power
New York Times:
The Abandonment of Andrew Cuomo: Unions, Party Leaders and Deep Allies
Hunter Walker / The Uprising:
Exclusive: Going Down The ‘Big Lie’ Rabbit Hole With Former President Trump  —  The Uprising obtained the former president's purported evidence of election fraud.  Trump's statement reveals the origins of his conspiracy theories and how key conservative allies fuel them.
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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 …
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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Office of the Texas Governor:
Governor Abbott Announces Second Special Session Date & Agenda  —  Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation announcing that he will convene a second special legislative session at 12:00 p.m. on August 7, 2021.  The proclamation identifies 17 agenda items for the second Special Session.
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Washington Post:
Abbott calls new special session to push voting restrictions that Texas Dems have blocked by fleeing state  —  Texas Republicans will redouble their efforts to pass new voting restrictions by convening a second special House session this weekend, hardening a stalemate with Democratic legislators whose exodus …
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 …
Discussion: UPI
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.
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Graham says he's told Trump to ‘speak up’ on COVID vaccines  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As he recovers from a breakthrough infection of the coronavirus, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that he has urged former President Donald Trump to press his supporters to get the COVID-19 vaccine …
Discussion: WBMA-TV, Insider, Joe.My.God. and IJR
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 …
Dan / DansDeals.com:
How Cleveland's Jewish Community Denied A Would Be Squad Member A Seat In Congress  —  Never Miss Another Deal - Follow DansDeals on Facebook … Yesterday, Ohio's heavily gerrymandered 11th district voted in a special primary election to nominate a replacement in the House of Representatives for HUD secretary Marcia Fudge.
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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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
 
 
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Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Top Republicans move to protect Trump from Capitol attack fallout
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
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
GOP group tests midterm messaging on inflation, race theory
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’
 Earlier Items: 
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
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Mike Richards in Advanced Negotiations to Become Permanent Host of ‘Jeopardy!’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Texas GOP Official Mocked COVID Five Days Before He Died of Virus