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7:45 AM ET, July 8, 2022

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Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Shinzo Abe, former Japanese leader, is shot at campaign event  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  TOKYO — Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was shot at a campaign event Friday, public broadcaster NHK reported, citing Japanese police sources.  —  Party officials cited in Japanese media said Abe is unconscious.
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BBC:
Shinzo Abe: Japan ex-PM injured after reported gunshot attack  —  Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has collapsed after he was shot at an event in the city of Nara.  —  Mr Abe was shot from the back and collapsed halfway during his speech, and appeared to be bleeding, broadcaster NHK reported.
Wall Street Journal:
Shinzo Abe, Former Japanese Prime Minister, Dies After Being Shot  —  He was shot while campaigning for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party for a national election on Sunday  —  TOKYO—Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died after being shot during a speech on Friday …
Japan Times:
Former PM Shinzo Abe in critical condition after assassination attempt  —  NARA - Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — one of the most consequential leaders in Japan's post-war history — was shot in the chest while he was making a stump speech on a street in the city of Nara on Friday in what appears to be an assassination attempt.
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Two loud sounds, a plume of smoke and then Abe collapsed.  —  The former prime minister of Japan was assassinated on Friday in the city of Nara.  He served in the office longer than anyone before stepping down in 2020.  —  A 41-year-old man is in custody, accused of shooting Mr. Abe.
Discussion: Mediaite and Althouse
Associated Press:
Japan ex-leader Shinzo Abe assassinated while giving speech  —  NARA, Japan (AP) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a divisive arch-conservative and one of his nation's most powerful and influential figures, has died after being shot during a campaign speech Friday in western Japan, hospital officials said.
Joohee Cho / ABC News:
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dies at 67 after assassination  —  He was shot while giving a campaign speech in Nara, Japan.  —  Shizuo Kambayashi/AP  —  SEOUL, South Korea — Japan's longest-serving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated by a gunman during a campaign speech Friday in Nara, Japan.
Tod / Kyodo News+:
Former Japan PM Abe dies after being shot at stump speech in Nara  —  JUST IN: PM Kishida says lost for words over ex-PM Abe's death, vows to hold “free, fair” national election Sunday  —  NARA, Japan - Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died Friday after being shot while delivering …
NBC News:
Former Japanese leader Shinzo Abe dies after being shot at campaign event  —  Abe, 67, was Japan's longest-serving prime minister.  He was shot while giving a speech in the western city of Nara ahead of an election for the upper house of Parliament.  —  Shinzo Abe: Japan's youngest prime minister since WWII served two terms
Associated Press:
Facing pressure, Biden to sign order on abortion access  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will take executive action Friday to protect access to abortion, according to three people familiar with the matter, as he faces mounting pressure from Democrats to be more forceful on the subject …
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Brie Stimson / Fox News:
Biden to take executive action on abortion access following immense pressure from Democrats
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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Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
How the Jan. 6 Panel Is Supercharging the Georgia Trump Investigation
Discussion: The Independent and Raw Story
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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David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
Boris Johnson's Comic Downfall and the U.S.-U.K. ‘Special Relationship’
Discussion: CNN, The Guardian and The Bluestocking
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 …
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Odette Yousef / NPR:
Why the Highland Park suspect represents a different kind of violent extremism
Discussion: The Forward and MindWar
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.
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Houston Keene / Fox News:
Treasury faces mounting scrutiny for giving Hunter Biden ‘cover’ with new rule for document requests  —  The Treasury's new rule severely affects how Congress conducts its oversight on sensitive financial records  —  Media, Jean-Pierre avoids Hunter Biden ‘like the plague’: Piro
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Schumer ups pressure on McConnell in USICA-reconciliation dance  —  With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BREAKING OVERNIGHT — Former Japanese Prime Minister SHINZO ABE was shot and killed during a campaign speech Friday in western Japan.  He was 67.
Illia Ponomarenko / The Kyiv Independent:
Ukraine targets Russia's ammunition depots, undermining its artillery advantage  —  It is an almost everyday occurrence in the Russian-occupied parts of eastern and southern Ukraine.  —  Russia's ammunition depots blow up, with large fires erupting as tons of ordnance detonate for hours.
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 …
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.
Washington Free Beacon:
No Special Treatment for Brittney Griner  —  WNBA player Brittney Griner on Thursday pleaded guilty in a Russian courtroom to possessing less than a gram of cannabis oil in her luggage when she landed at a Moscow airport in February.  —  It's a sad story, but Griner is hardly the political prisoner …
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
John Binder / Breitbart:
Illegal Aliens Plotted July 4th Mass Shooting, Thwarted by American ‘Hero Citizen’  —  The pair of suspects arrested for allegedly plotting to “shoot up” a Fourth of July celebration in Richmond, Virginia — thwarted by an American citizen — are illegal aliens, court records state.
Discussion: Power Line
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.
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.
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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