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11:05 PM ET, July 7, 2022


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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 …
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 …
Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
Lindsey Graham ‘Desperate’ Not to Self-Incriminate in Georgia: Kirschner
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
What Brexit Did to Boris Johnson—And Britain  —  Not too long ago, I heard one of the leading Brexiteers describe his political philosophy in a room full of CEOs and senior politicians.  He started by talking to this elite group about the great division between “elites” and “the people,” …
Who will replace Boris Johnson?  —  Boris Johnson has announced he will resign, which means there will now be a leadership election to decide who becomes the next Conservative leader and prime minister.  —  They will have to secure the backing of Tory MPs, with the final two candidates going to a ballot of Conservative members.
Washington Post:
Boris Johnson blames ‘the herd’ as he resigns to make way for new U.K. prime minister
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
Boris Johnson's Comic Downfall and the U.S.-U.K. ‘Special Relationship’
Discussion: CNN and The Guardian
New York Times:
Boris Johnson Agrees to Resign as Prime Minister
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Dems weigh jamming McConnell on China bill  —  Some key House Democrats think they've found a clever way to break Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's stranglehold on a popular bill to massively fund the U.S. chip industry at the expense of China.
Discussion: Political Wire
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
McConnell's bizarre threats show the danger of a GOP-controlled Congress  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has long benefited from a kind of built-in media presumption of his tactical brilliance.  His procedural feints are regularly depicted …
New York Post:
NYC bodega worker Jose Alba freed on murder rap after bail is lowered in self-defense case  —  The hard-working Manhattan bodega worker languishing on Rikers Island on a murder charge after fending off a violent ex-con was sprung from jail Thursday after a judge agreed to lower his sky-high bail.
New York Post:
Self-defense isn't a crime — it's time for Manhattan to ditch DA Alvin Bragg
Discussion: RedState
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.
Brittany Shammas / Washington Post:
Eight-year-old Highland Park victim hospitalized with a severed spine  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  An 8-year-old boy shot during the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Ill., remains hospitalized in critical condition, his spinal cord severed.  —  Cooper Roberts is sedated …
Odette Yousef / NPR:
Why the Highland Park suspect represents a different kind of violent extremism
Discussion: The Forward and MindWar
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 …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Campaign Spokesman: Fetterman Is ‘Living a Pretty Normal Life Right Now’
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.
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 …
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 …
Kara Scannell / CNN:
IRS chief refers Comey, McCabe audit decision to inspector general for review  —  ‘Scary to be targeted like that’: McCabe reacts to IRS audit  —  Washington (CNN)The head of the Internal Revenue Service has asked a watchdog to investigate the decision to conduct rare tax audits …
Chelsea Curtis / USA Today:
Recordings within 8 feet of police will be illegal in Arizona under new law  —  People will no longer be allowed to take close-range recordings of Arizona police under a new bill signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday.  —  House Bill 2319, sponsored by state Rep. John Kavanagh …
Discussion: Uniic Media
Emily Crane / New York Post:
Hunter Biden front and center at White House Medal of Freedom ceremony  —  Disgraced first son Hunter Biden got a front row seat at the White House Thursday to watch his father hand out the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 17 honorees.  —  President Biden's 52-year-old son was accompanied …
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Liberals Should Welcome Ron DeSantis' Rise  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hasn't even won a second term yet, let alone announced for president, and he's already emerging as the most dangerous Republican in America.  —  That takes some doing given the continued intense focus on Donald Trump …
Jesus Jiménez / New York Times:
Dallas Cowboys Face Criticism After Partnership With Black Rifle Coffee  —  The announcement drew criticism in part for its timing, a day after the deadly mass shooting in Highland Park, Ill.  — Give this article- - - Read in app  —  The Dallas Cowboys are facing criticism after announcing …
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Netflix doesn't want to hear it anymore … This article is a collaboration between New York Magazine and The Verge.  —  The sign that Netflix's culture had irreversibly started to change came in the form of a Google doc.  The company had long prided itself on welcoming brutally honest feedback …
Discussion: Breitbart
Associated Press:
GOP push to defeat Whitmer threatened by candidates' baggage  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading contender for the Republican nomination for governor in Michigan was sued in the 1990s, accused of using racial slurs about Black people in the workplace and sexually harassing his employees.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeremy Roebuck / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Seven Pa. lawyers involved in Trump's legal fight to overturn the 2020 election are hit with ethics complaints  —  A legal advocacy group formed in hopes of disbarring and disciplining lawyers who aided Donald Trump's push to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election filed complaints Thursday …
Discussion: Raw Story and The 65 Project
Washington Post:
Let's call monkeypox what it is: A pandemic  —  Listen  —  Gift Article … It is time for the global public health community to recognize a growing reality: Monkeypox is now a pandemic.  And unless we declare an emergency and act quickly to combat it, we risk repeating the same mistakes we made with our covid-19 battle.
Abby Bammerlin / The Columbus Dispatch:
'It's another crappy day': Feces sent to Ohio senators in mail launching investigation  —  All 25 Republican members of the Ohio Senate were mailed envelopes full of feces on Thursday morning launching a federal investigation.  —  The packages arrived after being sent almost a week earlier from a Cleveland post office.
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
Biden is nowhere close to hitting his refugee goals  —  Biden officials expect to fall short by about 100,000 refugees on their goal to resettle 125,000 in the U.S. this fiscal year, according to two sources with direct knowledge of internal estimates.  —  Why it matters: The U.S. refugee system …
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: Mediaite
New York Times:
Killer of George Floyd Sentenced to 21 Years for Violating Civil Rights  —  Derek Chauvin, already serving more than 22 years in state prison for murder, pleaded guilty to federal charges that he used excessive force against Mr. Floyd and a 14-year-old boy.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
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: Raw Story
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USA Today:
'It's been plenty of time.' Kentucky governor urges Biden to rescind anti-abortion GOP judge pick
Discussion: Nevada Current and New Republic
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Sold a Million Barrels From US Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China-Owned Gas Giant
Jessica Contrera / Washington Post:
He was one of the nation's most revered gay cops. His arrest changed everything.
Kristina Wong / Breitbart:
Exclusive: Army Training Says Soldiers Must Shower with Transgender Persons of Opposite Sex
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
David Shipley named editor of Washington Post editorial page
Sam Mellins / New York Focus:
A New Conservative Majority on New York's Top Court is Upending State Law
Joseph Manson / Common Sense:
Why I'm Giving Up Tenure at UCLA
U.S. basketball star Griner admits Russian drugs charge but denies intent
Washington Post:
Trump's new money-maker: political speeches to fans
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story