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11:25 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 …
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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,” …
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BBC:
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 and NBC News
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
McConnell's bizarre threats show the danger of a GOP-controlled Congress
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.
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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
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.
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:
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.
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 …
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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.
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
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
GOP will investigate Hunter Biden payments to Russia-linked escorts  —  Republicans on Capitol Hill have pledged they will investigate Hunter Biden's payments to Russia-linked escorts — which the Washington Examiner revealed were unwittingly funded by Joe Biden.
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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 …
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 …
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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
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
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 …
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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
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.
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 …
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
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
Axios:
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
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: Insider and Raw Story
USA Today:
'It's been plenty of time.' Kentucky governor urges Biden to rescind anti-abortion GOP judge pick  —  Joe Sonka Andrew Wolfson Joey GarrisonLouisville Courier Journal  —  FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday it's past time for the White House to withdraw the name …
Discussion: Nevada Current and New Republic
 
 
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CNN:
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Reuters:
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