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9:40 AM ET, July 7, 2022

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BBC:
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.
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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
Sky News:
Boris Johnson suffers more ministerial resignations in one day than any PM in history  —  After cabinet ministers Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid resigned on Tuesday evening, several of their junior ministerial colleagues have followed suit today, leading to growing pressure on the prime minister.
Discussion: The Guardian, Fox News and RedState
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: Politico, HotAir and The Guardian
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 …
Max Colchester / Wall Street Journal:
U.K.'s Boris Johnson to Resign After Scandals Grow Too Great to Handle
Discussion: ABC7
Reuters:   After scandals, Boris Johnson quits as UK prime minister
Dave Lawler / Axios:
Boris Johnson announces resignation: “When the herd moves, it moves”
Discussion: Townhall
Associated Press:
Johnson resigns, remains UK prime minister for now
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
New York Post:
Crimo dad washes hands of guilt but talked with son about a mass shooting night before Highland Park massacre  —  HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. - The dad of the accused Fourth of July parade killer told The Post on Wednesday that his son talked about a mass shooting in Denmark the night before launching …
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NBC News:
Would the new gun law have prevented the Highland Park shooting?  It's doubtful  —  The suspect is likely to have passed an enhanced background check, but Sen. Chris Murphy said a “well-run red flag law might have done the trick here.”  The law provides funding.
Maher Kawash / ABC7:   Highland Park parade shooting: Suspect's father speaks out, says son has ‘good morals’
CNN:
Highland Park gunman admitted to firing on parade crowd and contemplated attack in Madison, Wisconsin, officials say
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.
Ben White / Politico:
Biden's ‘laser focus’ on inflation rankles progressives inside administration  —  Runaway inflation is crushing President Joe Biden's approval ratings and threatens to swamp Democrats in the midterm elections.  —  But many progressives — including some within the administration itself …
Discussion: HotAir, Deadline and Raw Story
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Ken Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield to Step Down
Alexandra Hutzler / ABC News:
Biden to award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, 15 others
Discussion: HotAir, Washington Post and USA Today
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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
Politico:
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
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Rachel Kleinfeld / Just Security:   The GOP's Militia Problem: Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and Lessons from Abroad
Rachel M. Cohen / Vox:
Senate Democrats slowly consider their options after Roe  —  Inside the debates dividing the lawmakers, now on recess.  —  When the draft Supreme Court opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health leaked in early May, Democratic lawmakers in the Senate scrambled to figure out a response.
WSB-TV:
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 …
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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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Scenes From the Republican Surrender to Trump … In the Trump era, a small slice of Republican elites has commanded an enormous share of political coverage.  Those Republican officials have found themselves caught between their personal revulsion for Trump and their professional incentive …
Discussion: Mercury News
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Arizona standoff: Ducey vs. Trump in proxy race for next governor  —  It's the latest chapter in a drama that started when Ducey resisted Trump's pressure to overturn the state's 2020 election results.  —  Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey — whose relationship with Donald Trump ruptured …
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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Matt Viser / Washington Post:
$1 billion from infrastructure law to boost 85 airports, Biden administration says
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Mass Shootings Are Terrorism
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Show the Carnage  —  In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Dr. David Baum, an obstetrician …
Emily L. Mahoney / Tampa Bay Times:
DeSantis stays quiet on abortion's future in Florida as Republicans strategize
Discussion: The MCIMAPS Report and The Bulwark
Emily Brooks / The Hill:
House Republicans weigh national abortion restrictions
WEWS:
Officer who shot, killed Tamir Rice hired as sole police officer of Tioga, Pennsylvania
Discussion: Plain Dealer
 Earlier Items: 
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Michigan GOP candidates for governor pledge loyalty to Trump in primary debate
Hannah Grossman / Fox News:
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Chris Hayes / MSNBC:
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