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6:10 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 …
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
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
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
Boris Johnson facing calls to quit as PM as soon as possible
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 …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
Lindsey Graham ‘Desperate’ Not to Self-Incriminate in Georgia: Kirschner
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
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.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How unlikely were those Comey-McCabe audits? See for yourself.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Newsweek
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’
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 …
New York Post:
Judge lowers bail on NYC bodega worker Jose Alba charged with murder in self-defense case  —  A Manhattan judge on Thursday lowered the sky-high bail on a bodega worker who was charged with murder after fending off a violent ex-con inside his store.  —  Jose Alba was being held on Rikers Island …
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.
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 …
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 …
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: Raw Story and Insider
ABC News:
Highland Park alleged shooter's father says he is not culpable for son's attack  —  “I had not an inkling ... that this was going to happen,” Crimo told ABC News.  —  Robert Crimo Jr. stands in a park near his home in Highland Park, Ill. His son Robert Crimo III was arrested as a suspect in the mass shooting at a July 4th parade.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Blake Masters, Nazi-Adjacent Arizona Republican Senate Candidate … As the Republican Party has moved further and further right, the distance between its right wing and Nazism has grown disconcertingly close.  The latest evidence of this evolution can be seen in Blake Masters …
Discussion: Phoenix New Times
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
‘Hero’ tipster foiled a planned mass shooting on July 4 in Richmond, Va., police say  —  Richmond officials share how a tip prevented a July Fourth shooting  —  A tipster whom officials are calling a “hero” may have prevented a mass shooting at a July Fourth event in Richmond, Virginia.
Discussion: The Western Journal and UPI
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
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: Washington Post and The Hill
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
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.
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 …
Office of the Arizona Governor:
Governor Ducey Signs Most Expansive School Choice Legislation in Recent Memory  —  PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today signed the most expansive school choice legislation in the nation into law, ensuring kids and families in every corner of Arizona can access the education that best fits their needs.
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Kimberly Leonard / Insider:
Trump not expected to announce a White House run in July even as a pre-midterms candidacy remains an option
Discussion: Raw Story
Natasha Anderson / Daily Mail:
Disneyland's Instagram and Facebook pages are taken over by ‘super hacker’ …
Holly Bailey / Washington Post:
Chauvin sentenced to 20 years for violating Floyd's federal civil rights
Malcolm Harris / New York Magazine:
The Right's Dangerous ‘Just Asking Questions’ Anti-Trans Campaign Is Working
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Kristina Wong / Breitbart:
Exclusive: Army Training Says Soldiers Must Shower with Transgender Persons of Opposite Sex
Washington Post:
David Shipley named editor of Washington Post editorial page
Taylor Telford / Washington Post:
Top business executives have gotten even more Republican, study finds
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
Discussion: Common Dreams