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4:40 PM ET, July 7, 2022


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Washington Post:
Boris Johnson blames ‘the herd’ as he resigns to make way for new U.K. prime minister  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  LONDON — Boris Johnson stepped down as leader of the Conservative Party on Thursday but will continue to serve as prime minister until his successor is chosen …
Max Colchester / Wall Street Journal:
Boris Johnson Resigns Amid Scandals but Says He Will Remain U.K.'s Prime Minister Until Successor Is Found  —  As the British leader's authority withered and the threat that the Conservative Party would oust him grew, he agreed to step aside  —  Boris Johnson's Rise and Fall
New York Times:
U.K. Live Updates: Boris Johnson Agrees to Resign as Prime Minister  —  After the latest in a series of scandals prompted a rebellion by members of his Conservative Party, Mr. Johnson said he would step down.  He plans to remain as prime minister until a successor is chosen.  —  Here's what you need to know:
Pippa Crerar /
Boris Johnson and wife Carrie to host lavish Chequers wedding party while he clings on  —  Senior Tories claim Boris Johnson is clinging to power in part so that he and wife Carrie can host lavish bash at Chequers to mark their marriage, which took place in May 2021
Defeated Boris Johnson Jokes to Staff About His Doomed Bid to Stay in Power
Discussion: Raw Story
Boris Johnson facing calls to quit as PM as soon as possible
Leonie Kijewski / Politico:
From 'happy he's gone' to ‘thank you for your support’: Europe reacts to Johnson's leaving
Mark Leibovich / The Atlantic:
The Most Pathetic Men in America  —  When he wasn't melting down over how “very badly” he was treated or acting like a seditious lunatic, Donald Trump could be downright serene in certain Washington settings—and never more so than when he would swan in for dinner at the Trump International Hotel …
Discussion: The Mahablog
New York Times:
I.R.S. Asks Inspector General to Review Audits of Comey and McCabe  —  The tax agency said its commissioner asked the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration to look into the audits after The Times raised questions about them.  —  The I.R.S. said on Thursday …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How unlikely were those Comey-McCabe audits? See for yourself.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Talking Points Memo
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Where in the world is Dr. Oz?  —  PHILADELPHIA — Mehmet Oz is trailing in polls.  A key Republican has yet to endorse him since the celebrity doctor won the GOP nomination for Pennsylvania Senate more than a month ago.  And Oz has gone dark on the airwaves since May 21 …
Discussion: Raw Story and National Review
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Campaign Spokesman: Fetterman Is ‘Living a Pretty Normal Life Right Now’
Chris Anderson / Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
Exclusive: Trump left Sarasota media company weeks before federal subpoenas were issued  —  Donald Trump removed himself from the board of his Sarasota-based social media company, records show, just weeks before the company was issued federal subpoenas by both the Securities and Exchange Commission and a grand jury in Manhattan.
Discussion: The Hill, PoliticusUSA and Raw Story
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Herschel Walker Lied About His Secret Kids to His Own Campaign  —  Herschel Walker's campaign said he had never tried to hide his children.  He did—to his own campaign even. … When Herschel Walker's campaign aides approached him this winter to discuss whispers that Walker had a secret child …
Kylee Griswold / The Federalist:
You Know What Would Deter More Shootings Than Red Flag Laws?  Executing Mass Killers Quickly  —  If politicians are serious that they're sick of ‘living with this carnage,’ the Highland Park shooter should be executed immediately.  —  The usual suspects are at it again, and I'm not talking about isolated, mentally ill young men.
U.S. basketball star Griner admits Russian drugs charge but denies intent  —  U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner pleaded guilty to a drugs charge in a Russian court on Thursday but denied she had intentionally broken the law.  —  Griner was speaking at the second hearing of her trial …
Washington Post:
Trump's new money-maker: political speeches to fans  —  The former president makes millions appearing at events that resemble his political rallies.  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — On a Saturday morning at an arena outside Memphis, Terri Owens joined the crowd streaming in to see former president Donald Trump.
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Ken Klippenstein / The Intercept:
Ron Johnson Campaign Scrambled to Pull “Mass Murder” Ad After July 4 Mass Shooting … “The latest mass murder in America didn't involve guns,” Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said in a recorded campaign radio ad slated to appear on July 6.  But when the Highland Park, Illinois, shooting took place on July 4 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Blake Masters' Political Posts in a CrossFit Chat Room Come Back to Haunt Him  —  As a Stanford student in 2007, the Arizona candidate, now 35, chose a CrossFit chat room to express his opposition to U.S. involvement in World War II and downplay Al Qaeda as a threat to Americans.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Blake Masters, Nazi-Adjacent Arizona Republican Senate Candidate
Discussion: Phoenix New Times
Sam Mellins / New York Focus:
A New Conservative Majority on New York's Top Court is Upending State Law … Janet DiFiore.  Anthony Cannatarro.  Michael Garcia.  Madeline Singas.  —  Most New Yorkers have never heard these names.  But these four judges form a controlling majority of New York state's highest court.
Lauren Leatherby / New York Times:
What the BA.5 Subvariant Could Mean for the United States  —  The most transmissible variant yet of the coronavirus is threatening a fresh wave of infections in the United States, even among those who have recovered from the virus fairly recently.  —  The subvariant of Omicron known as BA.5 …
Joseph Manson / Common Sense:
Why I'm Giving Up Tenure at UCLA  —  The ideological takeover of my university has ruined academic life for anyone who still believes in freedom of thought. … I'm a 62-year-old professor—by academic standards, still young.  But I am retiring this summer because the woke takeover of higher education has ruined academic life.
Discussion: HotAir
Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
Tip helped foil July Fourth mass shooting in Richmond, police say  —  Gift Article  —  A tip from a concerned citizen helped Richmond police thwart a potential mass shooting targeting the July Fourth celebration in Virginia's capital, authorities said Wednesday.
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
‘Hero’ tipster foiled a planned mass shooting on July 4 in Richmond, Va., police say
Discussion: The Western Journal and UPI
Carmel Dagan / Variety:
James Caan, ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Misery’ Star, Dies at 82 … James Caan, whose indelible, Oscar-nominated performance as Sonny Corleone, the recklessly hotheaded son of Marlon Brando's Mafia don in “The Godfather,” is sure to be remembered as long as there are gangster movies, died on Wednesday, his family announced in Twitter.
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Faith in American System Drops  —  January 6th committee pre-Hutchinson hearings were not changing minds  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Only a little more than 1 in 3 Americans currently believe our system of government is sound, a view that has declined significantly over the past few years.
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
Washington Post:
David Shipley named editor of Washington Post editorial page  —  The longtime editor at Bloomberg will succeed the late Fred Hiatt as the first leader of the section hired from outside of The Post.  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  David Shipley, the top editor of Bloomberg's opinion section …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Texans are seeing what a post-Roe world looks like.  The GOP may regret it.  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  The Texas law making abortions illegal after six weeks of pregnancy (before many women know they are pregnant) is now fully in effect.  There are no exceptions for cases of rape or incest …
Discussion: Axios, Townhall and Talking Points Memo
Holly Bailey / Washington Post:
Chauvin sentenced to 20 years for violating Floyd's federal civil rights  —  Chauvin is already serving a 22½-year state sentence for Floyd's murder.  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted last year …
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Secret Service chief James Murray leaving agency  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  Secret Service Director James Murray is stepping down from his post as head of the storied protective service, according to a statement issued by the agency Thursday.  —  Murray, who has held the job since 2019 …
Taylor Telford / Washington Post:
Top business executives have gotten even more Republican, study finds  —  From 2008 to 2020, C-suites at the country's biggest companies grew more politically polarized, according to new research  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  U.S. boardrooms have become more Republican and more partisan …
Kristina Wong / Breitbart:
Exclusive: Army Training Says Soldiers Must Shower with Transgender Persons of Opposite Sex  —  An Army training slide obtained by Breitbart News instructs soldiers to shower with transgender members of the opposite sex even if they have not undergone a surgical transition.
NBC News:
Senate Democrats reach an agreement to raise taxes on some high earners  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats have reached an agreement to raise taxes on some high earners whom they say are abusing a loophole to slash their tax bills, two sources familiar with the discussions told NBC News.
Discussion: Insider, Bloomberg and Washington Post
Chris Truax / The Bulwark:
Forget Abortion—Democrats Should Be Messaging About Birth Control  —  “Republicans want to ban birth control” should be the new “Democrats want to defund the police.”  —  (SHUTTERSTOCK)  —  I'm aware that Democrats often get annoyed when Never Trump conservatives like me give them political advice.
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Jeremy Roebuck / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Seven Pa. lawyers involved in Trump's legal fight to overturn the 2020 election are hit with ethics complaints
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander Cornwell / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE United Arab Emirates set to run Kabul airport in deal with Taliban, sources say
Julia Mueller / The Hill:
Cindy McCain says late husband wouldn't recognize GOP today
Discussion: The Daily Caller, NPR and Raw Story
Malcolm Harris / New York Magazine:
The Right's Dangerous ‘Just Asking Questions’ Anti-Trans Campaign Is Working
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Putin World's Lovefest With ‘Beaut’ Trump Gets Cringier Than Ever
Discussion: The Guardian
Justice Department closes in on documents subpoenaed from GOP operatives connected to Trump fake electors plan
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Beynon /
Army Cuts Off More Than 60K Unvaccinated Guard and Reserve Soldiers from Pay and Benefits
Aya Batrawy / Associated Press:
Inflation pushed 71M people into poverty since Ukraine war
Discussion: Common Dreams and Al Jazeera
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
JD Vance Compared Abortion to Slavery
Fox News:
Justice Clarence Thomas is ‘our greatest living American,’ despite constant attacks from the left, author says
Ken Griffin Spent $54 Million Fighting a Tax Increase for the Rich. Secret IRS Data Shows It Paid Off for Him.
Matt Bruenig / People's Policy Project:
In Rubio's Plan, Your Estate Must Repay Your Parental Leave Benefits If You Die Early
Ben White / Politico:
Biden's ‘laser focus’ on inflation rankles progressives inside administration