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7:40 AM ET, July 7, 2022


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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Comey and McCabe, Who Infuriated Trump, Both Faced Intensive I.R.S. Audits  —  The former F.B.I. director and his deputy, both of whom former President Donald J. Trump wanted prosecuted, were selected for a rare audit program that the tax agency says is random.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Boris Johnson to resign as Conservative leader  —  Boris Johnson is to stand down as Conservative Party leader after losing the support of his ministers and MPs, the BBC understands.  —  A Conservative leadership contest will take place this summer and a new prime minister will be in place in time for the party conference in October.
Nadeem Badshah / The Guardian:
Welsh secretary resigns after Boris Johnson sacks Michael Gove and refuses to quit - live  —  Levelling up secretary had told PM to step down in face-to-face meeting as Simon Hart says it is too late to ‘turn the ship around’  —  Key events:  —  A summary of today's developments
Discussion: BBC, Mediaite and Balloon Juice
Wall Street Journal:
Boris Johnson Clings On to Prime Minister Role as More U.K. Lawmakers Quit Government  —  Embattled leader tries to ride out revolt by party lawmakers and a push by some members of his cabinet to have him resign  —  LONDON—British Prime Minister Boris Johnson clung to power in Downing Street …
Discussion: CNN, Associated Press and Denver Post
Max Colchester / Wall Street Journal:
U.K.'s Boris Johnson to Resign After Scandals Grow Too Great to Handle  —  The British prime minister came under pressure as his ruling Conservative Party took a dive in the polls  —  LONDON—Boris Johnson will step down as British prime minister on Thursday, government officials said …
Discussion: WTOP News
Washington Post:
Boris Johnson expected to resign amid party revolt  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  LONDON — Boris Johnson has agreed to step down as the British prime minister, the BBC reported on Thursday, following an avalanche of resignations within his own government that eroded his authority and paralyzed the British government.
Discussion: New York Times
Sky News:
Boris Johnson suffers more ministerial resignations in one day than any PM in history
Discussion: Fox News and RedState
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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Give Biden a break  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  Here's the deal, Democrats: You need to give Joe Biden a break.  —  For weeks, Democrats have arrayed themselves in traditional circular firing formation, complaining about the president's failure to channel outrage about mass shootings …
Alexandra Hutzler / ABC News:
Biden to award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, 15 others  —  The nation's highest civilian honor will be awarded Thursday at the White House.  —  Gymnast Simone Biles, actor Denzel Washington, former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords, soccer player Megan Rapinoe, Goldstar father Khizr Khan …
Discussion: Washington Post and USA Today
Ben White / Politico:
Biden's ‘laser focus’ on inflation rankles progressives inside administration
Discussion: Raw Story
Ken Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield to Step Down
Julia Black / Insider:
Elon Musk had twins last year with one of his top executives … Court documents obtained by Insider show that the tech mogul Elon Musk quietly had twins last November with one of his top executives, Shivon Zilis.  Musk, who has been an outspoken advocate of bringing more babies into the world, now has nine known children.
Rolling Stone:
SCOTUS Justices ‘Prayed With’ Her — Then Cited Her Bosses to End Roe  —  The court's majority cited a legal brief that her group filed while overturning Roe v. Wade  —  At an evangelical victory party in front of the Supreme Court to celebrate the downfall of Roe v. Wade last week …
Where Jan. 6 prosecutions stand, 18 months after the attack  —  Eighteen months since a pro-Trump mob ransacked the Capitol and disrupted the peaceful transition of presidential power, prosecutors are closing in on another milestone: 900 arrests.  —  According to the latest Justice Department figures …
Discussion: The Guardian
Rachel Kleinfeld / Just Security:   The GOP's Militia Problem: Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and Lessons from Abroad
Georgia Guidestones demolished after bombing damages mysterious monument  —  RAW: Explosion destroys Georgia Guidestones monument  —  ELBERTON, Ga. — Part of a mysterious Georgia monument was destroyed by an explosive device overnight, leading to an active police investigation in Elberton …
Highland Park gunman admitted to firing on parade crowd and contemplated attack in Madison, Wisconsin, officials say  —  The gunman in Monday's massacre at a Fourth of July parade in the Illinois city of Highland Park admitted he carried out the attack, killing seven and wounding dozens of others, prosecutors said in court Wednesday.
Blayne Alexander / NBC News:
Fulton County DA: Expect more subpoenas of Trump associates  —  In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Fulton County DA Fani Willis also said she has not ruled out a subpoena for Trump.  —  Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis told NBC News Wednesday that additional subpoenas …
New controversy as California Gov. Newsom vacations in Montana  —  Some criticism as Newsom vacations in Montana  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A new controversy is arising from Gov. Gavin Newsom's holiday trip with his family.  —  Newsom is on vacation in Montana, according to Cal Matters.
Emily Hoeven / CalMatters:
Newsom finally reveals his whereabouts
Hannah Grossman / Fox News:
National Education Association teachers union proposes resolution to change ‘mother’ to ‘birthing parent’  —  Tiffany Justice from Moms for Liberty said she refers to the NEA as the ‘K-12 Cartel’ for holding parents and children hostage to a radical agenda  —  Teachers unions have taken over government education: Mother of three
Kansas City Art Institute expels student for retweeting sexual art  — The posts include drawings of characters engaged in sexual acts  — Expelled student: Shocking overreach ‘leaves me worried for the future of other artists like me’  — College makes up rules to expel student …
Officer who shot, killed Tamir Rice hired as sole police officer of Tioga, Pennsylvania  —  TIOGA, PA — Former Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann has been hired as the one and only officer of Tioga, a small borough in Pennsylvania with a population of around 700 people, according to Mayor David Wilcox.
Discussion: Plain Dealer
Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
Michigan GOP candidates for governor pledge loyalty to Trump in primary debate  —  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The four leading contenders in Michigan's GOP primary for governor professed loyalty to former President Donald Trump at a debate Wednesday night while promoting debunked conspiracy theories …
Discussion: Detroit News
Derek Saul / Forbes:
Gas Prices Continue To Drop—Here's How Far They May Fall As Oil Prices Crater  —  Gas prices fell two cents Wednesday to $4.779 per gallon, according to AAA data, down 24 cents from its highest-ever recorded level of $5.016 last month, and are on track to continue falling …
United States Capitol Police:
USCP Officers Arrest Man with Molotov Cocktails near Union Station  —  This afternoon the United States Capitol Police took two Molotov cocktails, and the suspect in possession of them, off the streets.  —  Around 3:30 p.m., two USCP patrol officers received a report that someone …
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J.D. Prose / PennLive:
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Jane Coaston / New York Times:
Roe Is Dead. How Will Democrats and the G.O.P. Evolve Without It?
Discussion: HotAir
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
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Chris Hayes / MSNBC:
Popularism's Iraq War problem
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. operation targeting violent crime nets 1,500 arrests
Discussion: CBS News, Voice of America and WGN-TV
Phillip Nieto / Fox News:
How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
Discussion: Townhall
Andrew Kerr / Washington Examiner:
AOC sees fines pile up for 5-year-old unpaid tax warrant