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New York Times:
Durham Is Said to Seek Indictment of Lawyer at Firm With Democratic Ties  —  The lawyer, Michael Sussmann, is accused of lying to the F.B.I. in a 2016 meeting about Trump and Russia.  He denies wrongdoing.  —  WASHINGTON — John H. Durham, the special counsel appointed by the Trump administration …
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
How Tucker Carlson Lost It  —  In February 2009, when he took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Tucker Carlson was in the midst of an identity crisis.  Five years earlier, he had been a victim of what was arguably the first viral takedown of the internet era.
Discussion: HuffPost
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Pence seeks $18 million war chest  —  Mike Pence is positioning himself for a 2024 presidential run by aiming to raise a whopping $18 million this year, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: While polls show Donald Trump as an early Republican favorite, his former vice president also has been making moves to be a candidate.
Discussion: The Hill
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
New reporting casts Pence's Jan. 6 actions in an unflattering light
New York Times:
Portraits of the Lasting Trauma of the Capitol Riot  —  “After I reflected on things, I was angry.  I was really angry.”  —  “That story will always be with us.” “I still close my eyes and see that day again.”  —  WASHINGTON — Three months after supporters of President Donald J. Trump violently stormed …
Discussion: Politico
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Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Mapped: Afghan refugees headed to 46 states  —  The Biden administration notified governors and mayors on Wednesday of the number of Afghan evacuees their state is expected to receive in the coming weeks, two senior administration officials told Axios.  —  Why it matters: Although …
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Nancy A. Youssef / Wall Street Journal:
Afghan Refugees on U.S. Military Bases Wait to Begin Their New Lives in America
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
As G.O.P. Digs In on Debt Ceiling, Democrats Try Shaming McConnell  —  Senator Mitch McConnell says Republicans will not support raising the federal borrowing limit.  Weeks before a potential default, Democrats do not appear to have a strategy for doing so.
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
The debt ceiling stare down  —  Congress is fast approaching its deadline to raise the debt ceiling or risk defaulting on the nation's debt, and, as of now, there's no serious plan to stave off what many members are calling the worst-case scenario.  —  Why it matters: The U.S. has never defaulted on its debt.
Zach Everson / Forbes:
GOP Group That Fights Against Vaccine Mandates And For Election Integrity Might Miss Campaign Filing Deadline After Bookkeeper Dies From Covid  —  On Tuesday, a Florida county Republican committee that had opposed measures to prevent Covid-19 informed the Federal Election Commission that the group …
Discussion: Florida Bulldog
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Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Death of Hillsborough GOP member from COVID-19 causes financial problems for party  —  The local Republican Party told federal election regulators it can no longer access its campaign finance software  —  The Hillsborough County Republican Party alerted federal election regulators Tuesday …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The right-wing media is helping Trump destroy democracy.  A new poll shows how.  —  When future historians seek to explain the United States' perilous slide toward authoritarianism in the 21st century, they will grapple with the role played in all these events by Fox News and the right-wing media.
Ellen Pao / New York Times:
The Sexism That Led to the Elizabeth Holmes Trial  —  Ms. Pao is a tech investor and chief executive of Project Include, a diversity, equity and inclusion nonprofit.  She is the author of “Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change,” about her lawsuit against a venture capital firm …
Discussion: Gawker
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Democrats worry voters don't know about Biden's achievements  —  Stephen Webber remembers when he started to get worried about next year's midterm elections.  In March, he met a woman who tearfully explained how she had just paid for long-overdue car repairs after receiving an unexpected government payment.
Discussion: Reuters
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Washington Post:
Emboldened by recall win, Democrats brush aside talk of unity and escalate attacks on Republicans
Reuters:
France says Biden acted like Trump to sink Australia defence deal  —  France accused U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday of stabbing it in the back and acting like his predecessor Donald Trump after Paris was pushed aside from a lucrative defence deal that it had signed with Australia for submarines.
Jay Willis / Balls and Strikes:
Legal Journalism Is Broken  —  The conservative takeover of the Court is putting traditional legal media to the test.  The results are not encouraging.  —  The end of the most recent Supreme Court term kicked off what has quickly become a cherished tradition for America's legal journalists …
Washington Post:
Terry McAuliffe for Virginia governor  —  An endorsement from the Washington Post Editorial Board  —  Democrat Terry McAuliffe makes a persuasive case as he campaigns to reclaim his former job as governor of Virginia, which does not allow consecutive terms in office.
Discussion: The Hill
Yasmin Tayag / The Atlantic:
Stop Calling It a ‘Pandemic of the Unvaccinated’  —  “Your refusal has cost all of us,” President Joe Biden said to unvaccinated people last week, as he announced a new COVID-vaccine mandate for all workers at private companies with more than 100 employees.  The vaccinated, he said …
Washington Post:
The abortion rights protest at Justice Kavanaugh's home crossed the line  —  More than 50 people marched Monday night to the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.  They carried signs with messages such as “safe abortion is a human right” and “hey Kavanaugh resign now.”
Discussion: Slate
Gregory A. Smith / Pew Research Center:
More White Americans adopted than shed evangelical label during Trump presidency, especially his supporters  —  Since Donald Trump was elected president in 2016 due in part to strong support from White evangelical Protestants, many observers have wondered what impact this political alliance might …
Discussion: Raw Story
Noah Smith / Bloomberg:
New York City Has Once Again Defied the Doomsayers.  Here's Why.  —  By far the most densely populated metropolis in the country, Gotham offers a kind of urban living no other U.S. city has been able to replicate.  —  New York City is emerging as one of the world's most resilient big cities in the wake of the pandemic.
Foreign Affairs:
How China Exports Authoritarianism … In a speech to senior Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials in July, Chinese leader Xi Jinping declared that China must do more to share the “story” of the party's success with the rest of the world.  In order to enhance the international influence …
Alan Cole / Full Stack Economics:
How a key Biden tax idea got crushed  —  President Joe Biden came into office planning to tax intergenerational wealth more heavily.  He had several policy ideas to do this, and the most intellectually defensible of these was to change a capital gains tax provision called “step-up basis.”
CNN:
Alex Murdaugh turns himself in on charges connected to insurance fraud scheme  —  (CNN)Alex Murdaugh, the South Carolina lawyer whose wife and son were killed in June, turned himself in Thursday on charges related to an insurance fraud scheme.  —  A beige SUV containing Murdaugh pulled …
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Arizona AG Admits Suit Over Biden Vaccine Rule a ‘Long Shot’  — Mark Brnovich filed first GOP legal challenge to planned rules  — Suit almost certain to be dismissed because rules aren't ready  —  Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich acknowledged that his suit challenging …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
CNN Goes Directly From Not Asking Andrew McCabe ONE Question About FBI Gymnast Abuse Scandal — To Gymnast Testimony  —  Former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe is a paid contributor to CNN, and appeared on the network in that capacity Thursday morning to discuss Saturday's planned demonstration in support of January 6th rioters.
Discussion: New Republic, Daily Kos and NBC News
Zusha Elinson / Wall Street Journal:
Women Are Nearly Half of New Gun Buyers, Study Finds  —  As gun sales reach a high during Covid-19 pandemic, groups form to teach women how to handle their new firearms  —  SAN DIEGO—Close to half of all new U.S. gun buyers since the beginning of 2019 have been women …
Discussion: The Hill
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Rep. Stefanik claims in ads that Democrats seek a ‘permanent election insurrection’ by providing pathways to citizenship  —  Rep. Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), the No. 3 House Republican, is pushing the notion in Facebooks ads that President Biden and fellow Democrats are seeking a …
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
Biden's ‘incomprehensible’ travel ban on European visitors widens transatlantic rift  —  You're reading an excerpt from the Today's WorldView newsletter.  Sign up to get the rest free, including news from around the globe, interesting ideas and opinions to know, sent to your inbox every weekday.
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
The Political Folly of Siding with Pharma  —  A new poll shows that the three House Dems blocking lower Rx prices are making a historic political error  —  With the narrowest of majorities, a complex set of policy issues, and huge differences between moderates and progressives …
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Brian Kilmeade Promotes False Story of White House Staff Cutting Biden's Mic that 'Everyone's Talking About'  —  Fox News' Brian Kilmeade kept the wheels turning for conservative talking points by advancing the false claim that the White House is cutting off President Joe Biden's microphone during press engagements.
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Exxon, Chevron, BP and Others Called to Testify on Climate Disinformation  —  The House Oversight Committee has widened its probe into the oil and gas industry's role in spreading disinformation about the role of fossil fuels in causing global warming, calling on top executives from Exxon Mobil …
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Guardian
 
 
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Austin Facer / KTVX-TV:
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Bente Birkeland / NPR:
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis' Wedding Marks 1st Same-Sex Marriage Of Sitting Governor
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The latest partisan audit is risking voters' personal data
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Brandon Gillespie / Fox News:
MSNBC's Joy Reid slammed for bizarre rant on Republican ‘love’ for the coronavirus: ‘COVID-loving death cult’
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Feds Have Lots of Questions About These GOP Donations
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Chronicle of Higher Education:
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Avalon Zoppo / LAW.com:
Appeals Court Cites Reporter's Tweet in Reviving Devin Nunes's Defamation Lawsuit