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5:20 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 …
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Pippa Crerar / Mirror.co.uk:
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
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:
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
Bloomberg:
Defeated Boris Johnson Jokes to Staff About His Doomed Bid to Stay in Power
Discussion: Raw Story
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
What Brexit Did to Boris Johnson—And Britain
BBC:
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
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Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
Lindsey Graham ‘Desperate’ Not to Self-Incriminate in Georgia: Kirschner
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Washington Post:
Elon Musk's deal to buy Twitter is in peril  —  Talks with investors have cooled in recent weeks and Musk's camp believes it can't confirm Twitter's claims about spam accounts  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  Elon Musk's deal to buy Twitter is in serious jeopardy, three people familiar …
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
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Campaign Spokesman: Fetterman Is ‘Living a Pretty Normal Life Right Now’
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How unlikely were those Comey-McCabe audits? See for yourself.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Talking Points Memo
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 …
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: CNBC, The Hill, Raw Story and PoliticusUSA
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: July Fourth gunman Robert Crimo videoed himself building his tiny home in the backyard of his parents' house and painting armed soldier on their wall  — In a series of videos posted online, Highland Park shooter Robert Crimo posted a video showing him building his home beside his parent's home
Discussion: RedState and Twitchy
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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.
Reuters:
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
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
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Blake Masters, Nazi-Adjacent Arizona Republican Senate Candidate
Discussion: Phoenix New Times
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.
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 …
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Liberals Should Welcome Ron DeSantis' Rise  —  If Trump is a unique threat to democracy, they should be happy to see a GOP alternative who could replace him.  —  Rich Lowry is editor of National Review and a contributing editor with Politico Magazine.  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis …
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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.
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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
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.
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Putin World's Lovefest With ‘Beaut’ Trump Gets Cringier Than Ever  —  Just when you thought Russia's love affair with the former U.S. president could not get any more nauseating.  —  Russia is starting to feel the sting of Western sanctions, with state media shows featuring multiple experts who talk of …
Discussion: The Guardian
Jessica Contrera / Washington Post:
He was one of the nation's most revered gay cops.  His arrest changed everything.  —  He had cinched cuffs around hundreds of wrists as a D.C. police officer, but now Brett Parson's own hands were being placed behind his back.  —  “So I'll let you know guys, right now, that until I talk to an attorney …
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 …
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
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.
 
 
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Natasha Anderson / Daily Mail:
Disneyland's Instagram and Facebook pages are taken over by ‘super hacker’ …
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Dianne Feinstein supports abortion rights — but still won't say if she'd end the filibuster to make them law
Discussion: HuffPost and Talking Points Memo
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
Malcolm Harris / New York Magazine:
The Right's Dangerous ‘Just Asking Questions’ Anti-Trans Campaign Is Working
CNN:
Justice Department closes in on documents subpoenaed from GOP operatives connected to Trump fake electors plan
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
David Shipley named editor of Washington Post editorial page
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Faith in American System Drops
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
JD Vance Compared Abortion to Slavery
Taylor Telford / Washington Post:
Top business executives have gotten even more Republican, study finds
ProPublica:
Ken Griffin Spent $54 Million Fighting a Tax Increase for the Rich. Secret IRS Data Shows It Paid Off for Him.