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New York Times:
No More Apologies: Inside Facebook's Push to Defend Its Image  —  Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive, has signed off on an effort to show users pro-Facebook stories and to distance himself from scandals.  —  Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, signed off last month on a new initiative code-named Project Amplify.
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Trump Campaign Knew Lawyers' Voting Machine Claims Were Baseless, Memo Shows  —  Days before lawyers allied with Donald Trump gave a news conference promoting election conspiracy theories, his campaign had determined that many of those claims were false, court filings reveal.
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Political journalists are both-siding a “crisis” caused entirely by the GOP  —  Republican congressional leaders are flagrantly ginning up a major political and financial crisis — safe in the knowledge that the Washington press corps will blame both sides.  —  At issue is a formality …
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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
U.S. default this fall would cost 6 million jobs, wipe out $15 trillion in wealth, study says  —  GOP refuses to help Democrats raise debt ceiling as study spells out devastating consequences of inaction  —  America could plunge into an immediate recession if Congress fails to raise …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
House passes bill to avert shutdown and suspend debt ceiling, but legislation faces grim prospects in Senate
Luke McGee / CNN:
Boris Johnson admits he has six children  —  London (CNN)Boris Johnson has finally admitted that he has six children, a question he has previously dodged in numerous interviews and press conferences.  —  The British Prime Minister, speaking to NBC's Today show on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly …
Discussion: Metro.co.uk and YouTube
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Heather Stewart / The Guardian:
Boris Johnson admits he has six children  —  Prime minister, previously coy about his complex family life, answers interviewer during US visit  —  Boris Johnson has admitted for the first time that he has six children, claiming in an interview on US television that he “changes a lot of nappies”.
Politico:
Joe Biden keeps Boris Johnson guessing
The Daily Beast:
Trump Sues NYT and Niece—Who Calls Him ‘F*cking Loser’  —  The ex-president claims there was an “insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records.” … Former President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit against The New York Times, three of its reporters, and his niece …
Miami Herald:
New FL surgeon general opposes mask, vaccine mandates  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a new surgeon general for Florida on Tuesday, a Harvard-trained doctor who advocated for an approach to the coronavirus pandemic that emphasizes protecting individual rights over community-based precautions.
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Jacob Magid / The Times of Israel:
Dems nix $1 billion for Iron Dome from budget bill after progressive pressure  —  Sources say several lawmakers, opposed to money for Israeli defense, threatened to vote against bill that keeps US government funded; missile system set to get funded later  —  Progressive Democrats …
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Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Chuck Grassley leads Abby Finkenauer in test of possible U.S. Senate matchup  —  Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley leads Democrat Abby Finkenauer by 18 percentage points among likely voters in an early test of what could be a marquee matchup in the 2022 midterms.
Discussion: The Hill
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Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: 62% of Iowans disapprove of the job Joe Biden is doing as president
Lauren Farrell / Urban Institute:
Equitable Research Requires Questioning the Status Quo  —  Research is a powerful tool to determine fact from fiction.  Policies, programs, and solutions are grounded in these facts, making researchers agents for shaping how the world works.  —  However, long-standing values and practices rooted in racism …
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
ICE officers injured by Haitian migrants after deportation flights land in Port-au-Prince  —  The Biden administration has increased deportation flights to Haiti  —  Texas DPS stepping in to process immigrants who trespass on ranchers' land  —  A number of Haitian migrants who had been deported …
Discussion: National Review, NBC News and TheBlaze
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Human Rights Watch:
US: Treatment of Haitian Migrants Discriminatory
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and The Intercept
Ryan P. Williams / The American Mind:
The Great and Good Angelo Codevilla  —  In memoriam  —  All of us in the Claremont Institute extended family were gutted this morning by the news of Angelo Codevilla's death.  He was on his way home yesterday to his beloved vineyard in Plymouth, California, when some kind of car accident occurred.
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Michael Brendan Dougherty / National Review:
Angelo Codevilla, R.I.P.
Discussion: Power Line
Lindsey McPherson / Roll Call:
Moderate Democrats not monolithic about their budget concerns  —  A group of centrist House Democrats is united in ensuring the chamber won't vote on a reconciliation package unless it can pass the Senate.  But they have individual policy priorities that could divide them on the final product.
Discussion: Politico
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Sinema, House mods get their way
Washington Post:
Huge hack reveals embarrassing details of who's behind Proud Boys and other far-right websites  —  Researchers say it will allow them to gain important new insights into how extremists operate online  —  Epik long has been the favorite Internet company of the far-right …
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and The Daily Dot
Sarah Kliff / New York Times:
Their Baby Died in the Hospital.  Then Came the $257,000 Bill.  —  A New York family had good health insurance.  But the bills for their daughter's care started showing up and kept coming.  —  Brittany Giroux Lane gave birth to her daughter, Alexandra, a few days before Christmas in 2018.
Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Wuhan scientists planned to release coronaviruses into cave bats 18 months before outbreak  —  Leaked documents reveal researchers applied for $14m to fund controversial project in 2018  —  Wuhan scientists were planning to release enhanced airborne coronaviruses into Chinese bat populations …
Discussion: Human Events
Charles Sykes / Politico:
Why Sane Republicans Are Purging Themselves  —  Anthony Gonzalez leaves no doubt about what he thinks about Donald Trump and his impact on the GOP.  The former president, he says, is like a “cancer,” and he has turned his party into a toxic and hostile environment.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and The Bulwark
BBC:
New Zealand Covid: Men caught smuggling KFC into lockdown-hit Auckland  —  NZ police have made a bizarre arrest after a pair of alleged gang associates were caught trying to enter Auckland with a boot full of KFC chicken and tens of thousands of dollars.  —  The men were charged with breaching the country's tough Covid-19 rules.
Washington Post:
Russian hackers target Iowa grain co-op in $5.9 million ransomware attack  —  Cybercrime cell BlackMatter threatened to release New Cooperative's proprietary business data unless it paid up  —  Russian hackers leveled a ransomware attack on an Iowa farming co-op and demanded $5.9 million …
Jonathan Edwards / Washington Post:
A couple wore masks inside a Texas restaurant to protect their newborn son.  The owner kicked them out.  —  Natalie Wester and her husband were waiting for their appetizer to arrive when the server came to their table, not with the fried jalapeños, but an ultimatum.  —  Take your masks off or get out.
Discussion: Vanity Fair and TheBlaze
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Alisha Ebrahimji / CNN:   Texas couple asked to leave restaurant for wearing face masks to protect their immunocompromised infant
Amanda Mull / The Atlantic:
Americans Have No Idea What the Supply Chain Really Is  —  At this point, the maddeningly unpredictable Delta variant has changed the expected course of the coronavirus pandemic so much that it can be hard to know exactly what you're waiting for, or if you should continue waiting at all.
Michael Pettis / Carnegie Endowment …:
What Does Evergrande Meltdown Mean for China? … Policymakers in Beijing are in a tough position on what to do about Evergrande, the Chinese property developer whose slow collapse has transfixed the markets.  Evergrande is the most-indebted property developer in the world.
Emily Brooks / Washington Examiner:
Rep. Bob Gibbs introduces articles of impeachment against Biden  —  EXCLUSIVE — Ohio Republican Rep. Bob Gibbs introduced articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden on Tuesday, citing his handling of the U.S.-Mexico border situation, attempt to expand the federal moratorium on evictions …
Discussion: Washington Times
Tom Phillips / The Guardian:
Bolsonaro vowed to show a new Brazil but ‘lie-filled’ UN speech cuts little ice  —  Far-right president peddled unproven Covid remedies and made baseless claims about Brazilian politics and the environment  —  The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, told the United Nations general assembly …
Discussion: New York Times and New York Post
Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Why Texas Abortion Opponents Aren't Suing Dr. Alan Braid Over New Law  —  Physician who said he is first to violate new restrictions doesn't present appealing case for conservative groups, legal scholars say  —  As Texas' abortion ban was set to take effect Sept. 1, the state's largest …
The Intercept:
Afghan Resistance Leaders, Long Backed By CIA, Have Fled Following Taliban Takeover  —  The son of Afghanistan's most celebrated anti-Taliban resistance leader has escaped into neighboring Tajikistan, less than a month after vowing to defend his homeland “no matter what happens.”
Foreign Policy:
State Department Plans ‘China House’ to Counter Beijing  —  Some fear larger State Department China desk could be a “massive bureaucratic blob.”  —  The U.S. State Department is planning to expand the number of officials dedicated to monitoring China, a bid to track Beijing's growing footprint in key countries around the world.
 
 
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Steve Neavling / Detroit Metro Times:
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CNN:
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