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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.
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
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.
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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.
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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 …
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.
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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 …
Washington Post:
Biden administration considers withholding funds and other measures to spur vaccinations  —  The Biden administration is considering using federal regulatory powers and the threat of withholding federal funds from institutions to push more Americans to get vaccinated — a huge potential shift …
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Gustaf Kilander / The Independent:
‘Occupy’ leader claims police ‘dragged’ him out of Kevin McCarthy presser for asking about Capitol riot commission  —  McCarthy spokesperson says ‘congressional staff had nothing to do [with] his removal’  —  Related video: Police officer hits out at ‘disgraceful’ attempts to downplay Capitol riots
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Cammy Pedroja / Newsweek:
Reporter Removed From Kevin McCarthy Press Conference After 1/6 Commission Question: Video
Los Angeles Times:
Newsom tells campaign volunteers, donors that recall candidate Larry Elder will roll back California laws  —  Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday attacked the Republican topping the field of candidates trying to replace him in the September recall election, calling conservative talk show host Larry Elder …
Discussion: Breitbart and Slate
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Jeremy B. White / Politico:
California has enough Democrats to save Newsom — if he can persuade them to vote
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
'We're Going Back To The Capitol': Ex Trump Campaign Official Announces ‘Huge’ Protest  —  “We're going to push back on the phony narrative that there was an insurrection,” Matt Braynard told former White House strategist Steve Bannon.  —  The former data chief for Donald Trump's 2016 campaign …
Fabiola Santiago / Miami Herald:
Governor DeSantis blames FL COVID surge on Biden, immigrants  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has failed to protect Floridians from COVID-19.  —  That fact alone is grounds for condemnation, but this week he's throwing into the mix a little xenophobia for political effect.
Discussion: Sacramento Bee
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
Peter Slevin / New Yorker:
The Struggle to Vaccinate Springfield, Missouri  —  COVID cases continue to rise, but many residents remain reluctant to get the vaccine.  —  On February 18th, deep in a deadly covid-19 winter at Cox Medical Center South, in Springfield, Missouri, the last patient was moved from the treatment ward …
Heather Long / Washington Post:
'We're back to panicking': Moms are hit hardest with camps, day cares and schools closing again  —  Parents of children under 12 are once again struggling to juggle work and child care.  There's concern about another mass resignation of moms.  —  Sarah Mordecai just got the phone call that no parent wants …
American Greatness:
Call the COVID Hysteria What It Is  —  There's a reason why you might be noticing the tactics and effects of psychological torture in your everyday life.  —  Do you know what one of the most common psychological torture tactics is?  Isolation.  —  Other common tactics of psychological torture …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP's Bad Infrastructure Deal  —  The bill is filled with financial gimmicks, waste and expansions of Washington power.  —  It isn't just the Biden administration that is keen to redefine the term “infrastructure.”  A growing number of Republican senators are getting in on the act, and more fool the party.
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
New York Times:
Felt Alive Again  —  There was a glorious yet fleeting moment this summer, between waves, when the Covid case count was at its lowest since the beginning of the pandemic.  Before the Delta variant began heightening anxieties and led to increased calls for a return to wearing masks, the city felt, shockingly, almost normal.
John Sexton / HotAir:
Glenn Kessler's hit-piece-in-progress on Christopher Rufo blew up in his face  —  I really don't dislike Glenn Kessler's work most of the time.  He's certainly head-and-shoulders above some of the other fact-checkers out there and not averse to taking on Democrats as well as Republicans.
Discussion: RedState and Twitchy
 
 
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Christa Emmer / Our Community Now:
Disney to Reinstate Mask Requirements at US Parks
Discussion: PolitiFact
CNBC:
White House backs senators pushing for stricter crypto reporting rules
Drew Mikkelsen / KING-TV:
Transgender city councilwoman confronts Aberdeen store owner over controversial sign
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Daily Caller
Aya Elamroussi / CNN:
Covid-19 infections of vaccinated people are expected. But the unvaccinated are ‘the big highway of transmission,’ expert says
Discussion: People's World and KRON4
Washington Free Beacon:
Lincoln Project in Ruins: Disgraced Super PAC Abandons Headquarters (Photos)
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Pressure Mounting To Launch ‘McMafia Law’ Probe Into Trump's Scottish Golf Courses
Discussion: Raw Story
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David Harsanyi / MSN:
The ‘disinformation’ deception  —  “We're flagging problematic posts for Facebook …
David Rogers / Politico:
How Trump stiff-armed Congress — and gaslighted the courts — to build his wall
Issues & Insights:
You Were Warned: Automakers Team Up With Biden To Force Electric Cars On Consumers
Zaid Jilani / Persuasion:
Teaching Race in Kindergarten
Bill Goodykoontz / Arizona Republic:
It's been Meghan McCain's job to make you mad. What happens when she leaves ‘The View’?
Discussion: Salon
Vladimir Kara-Murza / Washington Post:
Washington is still shying away from punishing Putin's closest cronies. Why?
Merrick B. Garland / Washington Post:
It is time for Congress to act again to protect the right to vote
Discussion: Washington Examiner, IJR and Politico