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12:55 PM ET, July 4, 2022

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Mitt Romney / The Atlantic:
America Is in Denial  —  Even as we watch the reservoirs and lakes of the West go dry, we keep watering our lawns, soaking our golf courses, and growing water-thirsty crops.  —  As inflation mounts and the national debt balloons, progressive politicians vote for ever more spending.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Peter Baker / New York Times:
New Insights Into Trump's State of Mind on Jan. 6 Chip Away at Doubts  —  Former President Donald J. Trump has weathered scandals by keeping his intentions under wraps, but recent testimony paints a stark portrait of a man willing to do almost anything to hang onto power.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
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Washington Post:
Visual: Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony from the Jan. 6 hearing  —  Like no witness before her, Cassidy Hutchinson brought the public inside the West Wing on Jan. 6 and in the days surrounding it.  In live testimony and clips from her videotaped deposition, she used vivid detail …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
New York Times:
How Can We Still Be Talking About Trump?  —  Gail Collins: Happy Independence Day, Bret!  Want to celebrate by talking about the Supreme Court?  —  Bret Stephens: I was sorta thinking of a cookout on the patio with a nice bottle of rosé, but fire away.
Discussion: Althouse
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Highland Park Fourth of July parade disrupted by gunfire, multiple people shot  —  Several witnesses said they heard multiple shots fired.  As they fled the parade route on Central Street in downtown Highland Park, parade-goers left behind chairs, baby strollers and blankets.
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Right-Wing Protesters Carry Out Short-Lived July 4 ‘Attack’ On D.C. Area Highways  —  NOTHING SAYS FREEDOM LIKE WASTING GAS  —  Early Monday morning, members of the right-wing anti-vax group the 1776 Restoration Movement, formerly called The People's Convoy, launched their “attack” on Washington D.C. highways.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump cracks down on deceptive fundraising by others using his name  —  While being known for his own false and misleading emails, Trump faces armies of unaffiliated fundraisers who ape his message and sometimes threaten Republicans in Trump's name  —  Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
New York Times:
Bullet Too Damaged to Prove Who Killed Palestinian American Journalist, U.S. Says  —  The State Department said Shireen Abu Akleh, the Al Jazeera broadcaster killed in the West Bank in May, was likely hit by shots fired from Israeli military positions.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Adam Gabbatt / The Guardian:
Fox and friends confront billion-dollar US lawsuits over election fraud claims  —  Rightwing networks Fox News, OAN and Newsmax could be found liable in cases brought by voting machine company Dominion  —  In the months following the 2020 US presidential election, rightwing TV news in America …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Full Belmonte
Ryan Dezember / Wall Street Journal:
Falling Commodity Prices Raise Hopes That Inflation Has Peaked  —  Oil, wheat, natural gas, lumber, corn and other raw materials ended a tumultuous quarter near or lower than March prices  —  A slide in all manner of raw-materials prices—corn, wheat, copper and more—is stirring hopes …
Discussion: Wide World of News
NBC News:
McConnell wants to win the suburbs by defusing cultural hot buttons.  Trump and his own party have other ideas.  —  WASHINGTON — When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted for the most significant gun violence prevention bill in nearly three decades, he offered a candid explanation …
Daily Mail:
Woke Guardian US news reporter is blasted over Twitter declaration that anyone who questions transgender ideology is a FASCIST  — Julia Carrie Wong tweeted that people who question trans ideology are ‘fascists’  — She was commiserating over a New York Times op-ed that has stirred the left
Dustin Jones / NPR:
The abortion ruling has troops and veterans speaking out, some for the first time  —  For the first time in her life, Marine Corps Capt. Meleah Martin is refusing to wear American flag attire this Independence Day.  Instead, she told her family that she will only wear pride colors and apparel.
Howard Bryant / ESPN:
Baseball, barbecue and losing freedom this Fourth of July  —  The drive home away from the city, is, as always, gorgeous.  Get off of the turnpike, wind through the back roads; the small, New England towns with drystone walls and 17th century monoliths, directional signposts affixed to each along the way.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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Ken Burns / New York Times:
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Philip Pullella / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE Pope Francis denies he is planning to resign soon
Discussion: Politico, Aleteia, RAPPLER and Fox News
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Discussion: The Hill
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
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