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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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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.
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 …
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 …
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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Alejandro Serrano / Houston Chronicle:
Houston ISD to consider mask mandate next week, superintendent says
Discussion: Financial Times, Forbes, IJR and WPLG-TV
The Tennessean:
‘All of them’: Tennessee health chief says children's hospitals will fill up as the delta variant surges
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
‘It was riot and mayhem’: Biden, honoring police, warns against distorting Capitol assault
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 …
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Dem fundraising platform ActBlue boots Cuomo
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Pressure Mounting To Launch ‘McMafia Law’ Probe Into Trump's Scottish Golf Courses  —  Manhattan district attorney's charges against the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer add fuel to fight to reveal cash sources for foreign golf courses.  —  Lawyers for a global activist organization …
Discussion: Raw Story
BBC:
Belarus: IOC expels two coaches over Krystina Timanovskaya case  —  Two Belarusian coaches have lost their Olympic accreditations after allegedly attempting to force an athlete to leave the games in Tokyo.  —  The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed that Artur Shimak and Yury Maisevich had left the Olympic Village.
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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
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.
David Harsanyi / MSN:
The ‘disinformation’ deception  —  “We're flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, almost matter-of-factly, in July.  The same week, Biden communications director Kate Bedingfield insisted that social media companies …
Merrick B. Garland / Washington Post:
It is time for Congress to act again to protect the right to vote  —  Merrick B. Garland is attorney general of the United States.  —  Our society is shaped not only by the rights it declares but also by its willingness to protect and enforce those rights.  Nowhere is this clearer than in the area of voting rights.
Discussion: Politico
Washington Free Beacon:
Lincoln Project in Ruins: Disgraced Super PAC Abandons Headquarters (Photos)  —  The Lincoln Project, a Democratic-aligned super PAC widely loathed for enabling the sexual exploitation of young men, has abandoned its once-celebrated headquarters in Park City, Utah.
David Rogers / Politico:
How Trump stiff-armed Congress — and gaslighted the courts — to build his wall  —  Pentagon records obtained by POLITICO paint the clearest picture yet of how far the Trump administration went to get around Congress and speed the diversion of military construction funds to build its border wall in 2019.
Jeremy B. White / Politico:
California has enough Democrats to save Newsom — if he can persuade them to vote  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom's political future now hinges on turning out enough Democratic voters in California to counteract surging Republican enthusiasm.  —  Newsom and his union allies …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
CNN:
MyPillow magnate Mike Lindell's latest election conspiracy theory is his most bizarre yet  —  (CNN)Since the presidential election, Christina Jensen says she's been stopped on the street several times by acquaintances who wanted to share troubling news: hackers from Beijing had switched nearly 24,000 votes …
Issues & Insights:
You Were Warned: Automakers Team Up With Biden To Force Electric Cars On Consumers  —  In eight years, half of American car buyers will be forced to purchase overpriced, underperforming electric cars they don't want, courtesy of the federal government and a compliant auto industry.
Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:
House Democrats call on Biden to close Guantánamo ‘once and for all’  —  Dozens of House Democrats are pushing President Biden to “immediately” shrink the population being held at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility and “finally” shutter the prison.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Cammy Pedroja / Newsweek:
Reporter Removed From Kevin McCarthy Press Conference After 1/6 Commission Question: Video  —  A reporter was allegedly “dragged” by four police officers from a press conference on Thursday after asking Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy why he opposed a January 6th commission.
 
 
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John Sexton / HotAir:
Glenn Kessler's hit-piece-in-progress on Christopher Rufo blew up in his face
Discussion: Twitchy
Philip Caldwell / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Admin Seeks Crackdown on Airport Alcohol Sales
Discussion: Gizmodo
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
NPR:
‘Dark Money’ Is Funding The 2020 Election Challenge — And Could Challenge 2024
Vladimir Kara-Murza / Washington Post:
Washington is still shying away from punishing Putin's closest cronies. Why?
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Washington Post:
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
RI Teachers Union Seeks Emergency Injunction Preventing Release of CRT Records To Mom Nicole Solas (Update)
Discussion: RedState
Emily Crane / New York Post:
North Korean defector says she was robbed by 3 black women, accused of being racist
Samuel Chamberlain / New York Post:
More than 800 unaccompanied kids stopped at southern border in single day
Discussion: National Review
The Intercept:
Nancy Pelosi's Surprise Flip on Student Debt Cancellation Came After Urging From Billionaire Power Couple
Discussion: Politico and Common Dreams
Kevin McCallum / News + Opinion, Seven Days:
Shots Fired: A Reporter Visits Vermont's First Indoor Gun Range