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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
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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 …
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:
Pippa Crerar / Mirror.co.uk:
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
Discussion: Metro.co.uk
BBC:
Boris Johnson facing calls to quit as PM as soon as possible  —  Boris Johnson is to stand down as Conservative Party leader, but intends to carry on as prime minister until the autumn.  —  He plans to stay in Downing Street until a new Tory leader has been elected to replace him as PM.
Washington Free Beacon:
UK Prime Minister Resigns Over COVID Lockdown Scandals
Discussion: Townhall and The Moderate Voice
Reuters:
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
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 …
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Ryan Cooper / American Prospect:
President Biden Is Not Cutting the Mustard
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Mass Shootings Are Terrorism  —  And Republicans should stop treating them as ordinary violence.  —  In a sense, the mass murder at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, was a symbol of how badly off track our country has gotten.  Amid the bunting and marching bands and families …
Discussion: Townhall, Insider and The Daily Wire
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Texans are seeing what a post-Roe world looks like.  The GOP may regret it.  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  The Texas law making abortions illegal after six weeks of pregnancy (before many women know they are pregnant) is now fully in effect.  There are no exceptions for cases of rape or incest …
Discussion: Axios, Townhall and Talking Points Memo
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.
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Blinken to Lapid: U.S. wants to see accountability for killing of Shireen Abu Akleh  —  U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken told Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid in a phone call on Wednesday that the Biden administration wants to see accountability for the killing of Palestinian American …
Discussion: Algemeiner.com and CNSNews
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Campaign Spokesman: Fetterman Is ‘Living a Pretty Normal Life Right Now’  —  Remember the report that Hillary Clinton had “fainted” during the 9/11 ceremony in 2016, and then watching the video of her staff trying to help the stiff, seriously troubled Clinton into a van …
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Julian Routh / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
John Fetterman signals he should be back ‘on the campaign trail soon’
Discussion: National Review
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Show the Carnage  —  In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Dr. David Baum, an obstetrician in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, described the “horrific scene” when a gunman rained rifle shots down on a Fourth of July parade through the community on Monday.
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Kyung Lah / CNN:
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey endorses rival to Trump-backed candidate in GOP gubernatorial primary  —  (CNN)Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has endorsed Republican candidate Karrin Taylor Robson in the race to succeed him as the top executive in the critical battleground state, putting him at odds …
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Politico:   Where Jan. 6 prosecutions stand, 18 months after the attack
Taylor Telford / Washington Post:
Top business executives have gotten even more Republican, study finds  —  From 2008 to 2020, C-suites at the country's biggest companies grew more politically polarized, according to new research  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  U.S. boardrooms have become more Republican and more partisan …
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 …
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.
Matt Bruenig / People's Policy Project:
In Rubio's Plan, Your Estate Must Repay Your Parental Leave Benefits If You Die Early  —  Late last month, Marco Rubio released what he described as a “pro-family framework following the Dobbs decision.”  The actual content of the framework is recycled policies Rubio put out many years ago …
ProPublica:
Ken Griffin Spent $54 Million Fighting a Tax Increase for the Rich.  Secret IRS Data Shows It Paid Off for Him.  —  The ultrawealthy poured money into a successful campaign to defeat a graduated state income tax.  For the first time, we can reveal the scale of their return on this investment.
 
 
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Nicole Gaudiano / Insider:
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