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4:55 PM ET, August 6, 2021


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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 …
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Tucker Carlson's Self-Loathing International Tourism
Discussion: New York Magazine
Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:   Hungarian nationalism is not the answer
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 …
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.
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.
New York Post:
Trump rips into Andrew Cuomo at NY Republican fundraiser  —  Former President Donald Trump ripped into embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a New York State Republican Party fundraiser Thursday night — alluding to the governor facing impeachment after a state investigative report branded …
DeSantis' cynical move on Covid-19  —  'I don't want to hear a blip from you': Florida governor mocks Biden as virus rages in his state  —  David Axelrod, a senior CNN political commentator and host of “The Axe Files,” was a senior adviser to President Barack Obama and chief strategist …
Brittany Bernstein / National Review:
Psaki Dismisses School Masking Mandate Concerns, Says Her Daughter ‘Can Wear a Mask All Day’
Discussion: Politico, HotAir and Fox News
Washington Post:
DeSantis criticizes masks, restrictions as coronavirus roars to record levels in Florida
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Fabiola Santiago / Miami Herald:   Governor DeSantis blames FL COVID surge on Biden, immigrants
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 …
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
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, Forbes, Daily Kos and Joe.My.God.
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.
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.
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 …
Cdcmmwr / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Reduced Risk of Reinfection with SARS-CoV-2 After COVID-19 Vaccination — Kentucky, May-June 2021  —  Alyson M. Cavanaugh, DPT, PhD1,2; Kevin B. Spicer, MD, PhD2,3; Douglas Thoroughman, PhD2,4; Connor Glick, MS2; Kathleen Winter, PhD2,5 (View author affiliations)  —  What is already known about this topic?
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.
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
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 …
David Beckworth / New York Times:
Why Biden Will (Probably) Keep This Republican on His Team  —  Mr. Beckworth is a former economist at the Treasury Department and a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center.  —  Many of the most powerful people in Washington and New York are talking about the most important economic policy job …
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
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.
Washington Post:
Cryptocurrency brawl bogs down infrastructure bill, as Yellen and White House fight changes  —  Senators are at odds over how to handle taxation related to cryptocurrencies, setting off a fierce lobbying war  —  The Biden administration is pushing back against a last-minute effort …
Michael Stratford / Politico:
Biden to extend freeze on student loan payments until Jan. 31  —  The pandemic relief, which suspends monthly loan payments and interest for 40 million Americans, had been set to expire at the end of September.  —  Education Secretary Miguel Cardona speaks during the daily briefing at the White House.
Discussion: NBC News and National Review
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 …
GOP Senate candidates align with Trump in bashing bipartisan infrastructure bill  —  Dana Bash questions GOP lawmaker about ‘sticking points’ on infrastructure bill  —  (CNN)Sen. Rob Portman, the longtime Washington veteran and savvy deal-cutter, is on the cusp of achieving …
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: 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.
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Cori Bush just handed Republicans a 2022 gift  —  (CNN)Missouri Rep. Cori Bush (D) has had quite a week.  —  Her sit-in at the US Capitol to protest the lack of an extension of the eviction moratorium put public pressure on the Biden administration, forcing a reversal on the issue.
Discussion: Page Array, HotAir, Power Line and Townhall
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Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
Vaccination form for federal workers adds penalties for lies
Discussion: USA Today
Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
Democratic state Sen. Tony Navarrete arrested on suspicion of sex with minor
Discussion: The Hill, USA Today and Political Wire
Austin Goss / KSFY/KDLT:
Rep. Johnson hosts former Speaker Boehner at fundraiser, Noem attends
Discussion: Page Array
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Coal Miner's Son
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Katherine J. Wu / The Atlantic:
Masks Are Back, Maybe for the Long Term
Discussion: PARADE Magazine
Shelby Harris / The Asheville Citizen Times:
Protesters object to Buncombe County Schools' mask mandate, attempt to ‘overthrow’ board
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Court ruling is final: Newsom may blame recall on ‘Republicans and Trump supporters’
Discussion: KTLA and Slate
 Earlier Items: 
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
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)
Zaid Jilani / Persuasion:
Teaching Race in Kindergarten