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5:50 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
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 …
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
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 …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
CNN fires three employees who went into the office unvaccinated.
Biden Extends Student-Loan Payment Freeze Through January  — Loan payment suspension was to expire end of September  — Roughly 41 million borrowers have benefited from the freeze  —  The Biden administration will relieve Americans from paying their federal student loans through the end of January …
Discussion: Breitbart and Al Jazeera
Michael Stratford / Politico:
Biden to extend freeze on student loan payments until Jan. 31
Discussion: ABC News and National Review
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 …
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.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Top Cuomo aide's father lobbied the governor's office earlier this year as probes were ongoing
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.
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.
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:
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 …
Drew Mikkelsen / KING-TV:
Transgender city councilwoman confronts Aberdeen store owner over controversial sign  —  “If you are born with a [expletive], you are not a chick,” read the sign written by Don Sucher, owner of Sucher & Sons Star Wars Shop in Aberdeen.  —  ABERDEEN, Wash. — A confrontation caught …
Shira Stein / Bloomberg Law:
Disability Rights Attorney Tapped for HHS General Counsel Post  —  President Joe Biden has chosen Samuel Bagenstos to be his general counsel for the Health and Human Services Department.  —  If confirmed, he'll help the agency put out airtight policies and defend it against challenges.
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Facebook Killed Research Into Capitol Riot to Protect Itself—Not Users  —  The FTC fired back (sort of) but plans to take no further action.  —  Alerts  —  When the Federal Trade Commission fined Facebook $5 billion for deceiving its users on privacy, it celebrated the fine as “record-breaking and history-making.”
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.
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.
Annie Karni / New York Times:
What Is Going on With Obama's 60th Birthday Bash?  —  The former president scaled back the guest list for his party on Martha's Vineyard.  Who's in and who's out?  —  Jay-Z and Beyoncé were still in, as of Friday.  —  David Axelrod and Larry David were out.
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 …
Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
Democratic state Sen. Tony Navarrete arrested on suspicion of sex with minor  —  State Sen. Otoniel “Tony” Navarrete, a Phoenix Democrat, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of multiple counts of sexual conduct with a minor, Phoenix police said.  —  Navarrete was arrested near 27th Avenue …
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
Vaccination form for federal workers adds penalties for lies  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal employees who need to certify their vaccination status under a new policy instituted by President Joe Biden intended to encourage COVID-19 shots will face disciplinary action and potentially criminal prosecution if they lie on the form.
Discussion: The Hill, USA Today and Daily Kos
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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
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
CNN: Suuure looks like Chipman's toast — even to the White House
Discussion: Washington Examiner and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Court ruling is final: Newsom may blame recall on ‘Republicans and Trump supporters’
Discussion: KTLA and Slate
Daniel Ducassi / The Colorado Sun:
Judge rejects billionaire Phil Anschutz's tax lawsuit, reveals how much money he wanted
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
American Greatness:
Call the COVID Hysteria What It Is
Washington Free Beacon:
Lincoln Project in Ruins: Disgraced Super PAC Abandons Headquarters (Photos)
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
New York Magazine Writer Baffled by Support for the Rule of Law
Discussion: and USA Today
Zaid Jilani / Persuasion:
Teaching Race in Kindergarten