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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 …
Jake Harris / WFAA-TV:
Back to School: Here's what to know about vaccination requirements
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
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
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Mike Lindell got owned in the worst possible way on his ridiculous election fraud claims
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: Washington Post
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
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Los Angeles Times:
Newsom tells campaign volunteers, donors that recall candidate Larry Elder will roll back California laws
Discussion: Breitbart and Slate
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 …
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.
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
U.S. FTC says Facebook misused privacy decree to shut down ad research  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission criticized Facebook Inc on Thursday for making “misleading claims” to explain why it had disabled the accounts of researchers studying political ads on the social media platform.
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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: Twitchy
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 …
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
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.
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
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.
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: Washington Examiner and Politico
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.
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 …
Daniel Ducassi / The Colorado Sun:
Judge rejects billionaire Phil Anschutz's tax lawsuit, reveals how much money he wanted  —  The court rejected the argument that changes in tax law from the pandemic response entitled Anschutz and his wife to a refund  —  A Denver District Court judge Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed …
 
 
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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
Discussion: Raw Story
Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:
House Democrats call on Biden to close Guantánamo ‘once and for all’
Discussion: Washington Examiner and ABC News
David Harsanyi / MSN:
The ‘disinformation’ deception  —  “We're flagging problematic posts for Facebook …
Philip Caldwell / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Admin Seeks Crackdown on Airport Alcohol Sales
Discussion: Gizmodo
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
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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?
BBC:
Belarus: IOC expels two coaches over Krystina Timanovskaya case
Discussion: Forbes
Emily Crane / New York Post:
North Korean defector says she was robbed by 3 black women, accused of being racist
The Intercept:
Nancy Pelosi's Surprise Flip on Student Debt Cancellation Came After Urging From Billionaire Power Couple
Discussion: Politico and Common Dreams