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Alison Sider / Wall Street Journal:
United Airlines to Require All U.S. Employees to Get Covid-19 Vaccines  —  The airline is the first U.S. carrier to mandate vaccines for all employees  —  United Airlines will require its U.S. employees to be vaccinated this fall, the first major airline to take this step as the Delta variant drives …
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Nicole Hong / New York Times:
Inside One Company's Struggle to Get All Its Employees Vaccinated  —  At an optical business in New York City, it took months of coaxing, a cash bonus and a weekly testing mandate to persuade 90 percent of the staff to get a coronavirus vaccine.  —  Tiara Felix loves her job at an eyewear store …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
CNN fires three employees who went into the office unvaccinated.  —  CNN said on Thursday that it had fired three employees who violated its coronavirus safety protocols by going to the office unvaccinated, one of the first known examples of a major American corporation's terminating workers for ignoring a workplace vaccination mandate.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson's fawning new Orban interview shows the right's dream future  —  The first segment of Tucker Carlson's long-anticipated Fox News interview with Viktor Orban has now aired, and it did not disappoint: It provides a deeply unsettling glimpse into the true nature …
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Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Tucker Carlson's Self-Loathing International Tourism  —  Tucker Carlson is spending a week in Budapest in order to annoy Americans and everybody else who believes in the ideals of America: the rule of law, a free press, free elections, the conviction that democracy is preferable to autocracy.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
Hungarian nationalism is not the answer
Discussion: BBJ.hu
Quinnipiac University Poll:
7 Out Of 10 New York State Voters Say Cuomo Should Resign, Quinnipiac University New York State Poll Finds; 55% Think Cuomo Should Be Charged With A Crime  — mail_outline  —  Just days after the New York Attorney General released a report detailing allegations of sexual harassment …
Discussion: NPR
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New York Post:
Gov. Cuomo accuser files criminal complaint with Albany Sheriff's Office  —  A former assistant to Gov. Andrew Cuomo who accused him of groping her while they took a selfie together has filed a criminal complaint against him with the Albany County Sheriff's Office, The Post has learned.
Brittany Bernstein / National Review:
Psaki Dismisses School Masking Mandate Concerns, Says Her Daughter ‘Can Wear a Mask All Day’  —  White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday dismissed concerns over the CDC's new guidance that teachers, staff, and students should wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status …
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Fabiola Santiago / Miami Herald:
Governor DeSantis blames FL COVID surge on Biden, immigrants
Washington Post:
DeSantis criticizes masks, restrictions as coronavirus roars to record levels in Florida
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Washington's hottest club is Joe Manchin's houseboat  —  Generally speaking, the first rule of visiting Joe Manchin III's houseboat is don't talk about Joe Manchin's houseboat.  —  This week, however, when Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tested positive for the coronavirus after attending …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Althouse
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
9/11 families to President Biden: Don't come to our memorial events  —  Nearly 1,800 Americans directly affected by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are opposing President Joe Biden's participation in any memorial events this year unless he upholds his pledge to declassify U.S. government evidence …
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
DeJoy maintains financial ties to former company as USPS awards it new $120 million contract  —  XPO Logistics pays DeJoy and family businesses at least $2.1 million annually to lease four office buildings in North Carolina  —  The U.S. Postal Service will pay $120 million over the next five years …
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Mike Lindell got owned in the worst possible way on his ridiculous election fraud claims  —  (CNN)Mike Lindell is the single most prominent pusher this side of Donald Trump of the Big Lie — the idea that the 2020 election was somehow stolen despite zero evidence to back up that claim.
Andrew Demillo / Associated Press:
Arkansas judge blocks state from enforcing mask mandate ban  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge on Friday temporarily blocked the state from enforcing its ban on mask mandates after lawmakers left the prohibition in place despite a rising number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Nicole Carroll / USA Today:
The Backstory: My brother is one of millions who won't get the COVID-19 vaccine.  I asked why.  Here are his reasons, my responses.  —  I'm USA TODAY editor-in-chief Nicole Carroll, and this is The Backstory, insights into our biggest stories of the week.  If you'd like to get The Backstory in your inbox every week, sign up here.
Eric Morath / Wall Street Journal:
Employers Added 943,000 Jobs in July, Unemployment Rate Fell to 5.4%  —  Robust job growth last month reflects a strong labor market ahead of the Delta variant threat  —  Employers added jobs at the best pace in nearly a year in July and the unemployment rate fell sharply …
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Court ruling is final: Newsom may blame recall on ‘Republicans and Trump supporters’  —  A Sacramento judge refused Thursday to block Gov. Gavin Newsom from telling voters that the Sept. 14 recall election was organized by “Republicans and Trump supporters.”
Discussion: KTLA
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Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Biden's Ratings Slip, but It's More Than Just Delta Fears  —  Like Donald Trump before him, President Biden didn't get much of a political honeymoon.  Even before he finished his first full week of work at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, an early February Gallup poll found views of the former Vice President …
Discussion: Breitbart
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
CNN: Suuure looks like Chipman's toast — even to the White House  —  It certainly does, and has for weeks, but why is the White House admitting it?  Today's CNN report doesn't offer much new on David Chipman's status with Senate Democrats, but it does speak volumes about the Biden …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and CNN
Katherine J. Wu / The Atlantic:
Masks Are Back, Maybe for the Long Term  —  Some people can't help but feel that masking while vaccinated is a regression—especially because this time, there's no obvious off-ramp.  —  It certainly feels like we've been here before.  Nationally, coronavirus case numbers are the highest they've been since the start of 2021.
Discussion: PARADE Magazine
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Biden's blithely unconstitutional government  —  When Vice President Al Gore was caught soliciting campaign donations from the White House, he excused himself by repeating one of the slipperiest phrases in the dictionary of political dodges.  There was, he intoned seven times …
Nicholas Carlson / Insider:
Rupert Murdoch hates Trump, but can't stop Trumpism on Fox News because he's lost control of the network, Murdoch biographer says in The 600-Word Interview  — Michael Wolff is the author of three books on Trump and one on Murdoch.  — Wolff says Murdoch hates Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
New York Magazine Writer Baffled by Support for the Rule of Law  —  At New York magazine, Ed Kilgore has penned a confession: He has no principles, and he doesn't understand people who do.  —  Kilgore is absolutely baffled that, in his words, “conservatives are freaking out about the eviction moratorium …
Discussion: Cincinnati.com and USA Today
Daniel Ducassi / The Colorado Sun:
Judge rejects billionaire Phil Anschutz's tax lawsuit, reveals how much money he wanted  —  A Denver District Court judge Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by billionaire Phil Anschutz and his wife, Nancy, seeking a nearly $8 million tax refund from the Colorado Department of Revenue.
John Fritze / USA Today:
Supreme Court asked to block Indiana University's COVID-19 vaccine mandate … WASHINGTON - Eight college students challenging Indiana University's COVID-19 vaccine requirement filed an appeal with the Supreme Court on Friday, asking the justices to consider immunization mandates for the first time since the pandemic began.
Michael Ruiz / Fox News:
Virginia school shares ‘Woke Kindergarten’ video: ‘I feel safe when there are no police’  —  Fairfax County Public Schools ordered a review of what its buildings are posting on their own  —  A Virginia elementary school shared on its website, and then removed, a radical educational video …
Shelby Harris / The Asheville Citizen Times:
Protesters object to Buncombe County Schools' mask mandate, attempt to ‘overthrow’ board  —  After an unruly audience forced the Buncombe County Board of Education to call a recess during its Aug. 5 meeting, a group of parents opposing the district's mask mandate “overthrew” the current board and instated themselves into the positions.
Zaid Jilani / Persuasion:
Teaching Race in Kindergarten  —  Oregon's new standards for social science exchange colorblindness for racialism.  This is not progress.  —  From school boards to state legislatures, a battle is raging over how public schools should teach students about race and racism in the United States.
 
 
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Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Coal Miner's Son
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Christa Emmer / Our Community Now:
Disney to Reinstate Mask Requirements at US Parks
Discussion: PolitiFact
Peter Slevin / New Yorker:
The Struggle to Vaccinate Springfield, Missouri
 Earlier Items: 
Heather Long / Washington Post:
'We're back to panicking': Moms are hit hardest with camps, day cares and schools closing again
John Sexton / HotAir:
Glenn Kessler's hit-piece-in-progress on Christopher Rufo blew up in his face
Discussion: Breitbart, RedState and Twitchy
American Greatness:
Call the COVID Hysteria What It Is
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP's Bad Infrastructure Deal
Discussion: Power Line
Washington Free Beacon:
Lincoln Project in Ruins: Disgraced Super PAC Abandons Headquarters (Photos)
New York Times:
Felt Alive Again
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Pressure Mounting To Launch ‘McMafia Law’ Probe Into Trump's Scottish Golf Courses
Discussion: Political Flare and Raw Story