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4:01 PM ET, July 7, 2022


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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 …
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
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 /
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: Reuters, Vanity Fair and
Boris Johnson facing calls to quit as PM as soon as possible
Leonie Kijewski / Politico:
From 'happy he's gone' to ‘thank you for your support’: Europe reacts to Johnson's leaving
Defeated Boris Johnson Jokes to Staff About His Doomed Bid to Stay in Power
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
New York Times:
How Unlikely Is It That the Audits of Comey and McCabe Were a Coincidence?  A Statistical Exploration.  —  The chances are minuscule.  But minuscule is not zero.  —  Francesca Paris, a reporting fellow with The Upshot, was formerly a data reporter for The Berkshire Eagle.
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How unlikely were those Comey-McCabe audits? See for yourself.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Newsweek
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.
Discussion: The Hill, PoliticusUSA and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jim Geraghty / National Review:   Campaign Spokesman: Fetterman Is ‘Living a Pretty Normal Life Right Now’
Julian Routh / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
John Fetterman signals he should be back ‘on the campaign trail soon’
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Blake Masters, Nazi-Adjacent Arizona Republican Senate Candidate
Discussion: Phoenix New Times
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.
Discussion: HotAir
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 …
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 …
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
NBC News:
Senate Democrats reach an agreement to raise taxes on some high earners  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats have reached an agreement to raise taxes on some high earners whom they say are abusing a loophole to slash their tax bills, two sources familiar with the discussions told NBC News.
Discussion: Insider, Bloomberg and Washington Post
Washington Post:
David Shipley named editor of Washington Post editorial page  —  The longtime editor at Bloomberg will succeed the late Fred Hiatt as the first leader of the section hired from outside of The Post.  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  David Shipley, the top editor of Bloomberg's opinion section …
Sam Mellins / New York Focus:
A New Conservative Majority on New York's Top Court is Upending State Law … Janet DiFiore.  Anthony Cannatarro.  Michael Garcia.  Madeline Singas.  —  Most New Yorkers have never heard these names.  But these four judges form a controlling majority of New York state's highest court.
Kristina Wong / Breitbart:
Exclusive: Army Training Says Soldiers Must Shower with Transgender Persons of Opposite Sex  —  An Army training slide obtained by Breitbart News instructs soldiers to shower with transgender members of the opposite sex even if they have not undergone a surgical transition.
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 …
Fox News:
Justice Clarence Thomas is ‘our greatest living American,’ despite constant attacks from the left, author says  —  New book tells Justice Thomas' story through his own words  —  ‘Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words’ co-author discusses legacy of longtime friend Justice Thomas
Kylee Griswold / The Federalist:
You Know What Would Deter More Shootings Than Red Flag Laws?  Executing Mass Killers Quickly  —  If politicians are serious that they're sick of ‘living with this carnage,’ the Highland Park shooter should be executed immediately.  —  The usual suspects are at it again, and I'm not talking about isolated, mentally ill young men.
Chris Truax / The Bulwark:
Forget Abortion—Democrats Should Be Messaging About Birth Control  —  “Republicans want to ban birth control” should be the new “Democrats want to defund the police.”  —  (SHUTTERSTOCK)  —  I'm aware that Democrats often get annoyed when Never Trump conservatives like me give them political advice.
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: July Fourth gunman Robert Crimo videoed himself building his tiny home in the backyard of his parents' house and painting armed soldier on their wall  — In a series of videos posted online, Highland Park shooter Robert Crimo posted a video showing him building his home beside his parent's home
Discussion: RedState and Twitchy
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Anne Branigin / Washington Post:
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Army Cuts Off More Than 60K Unvaccinated Guard and Reserve Soldiers from Pay and Benefits
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Faith in American System Drops
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
Ken Klippenstein / The Intercept:
Ron Johnson Campaign Scrambled to Pull “Mass Murder” Ad After July 4 Mass Shooting
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis plans Utah fundraiser with GOP megadonors, signaling possible presidential run
Discussion: The Hill and Salt Lake Tribune
Washington Post:
American Cartel: Inside the battle to bring down the opioid industry
Aya Batrawy / Associated Press:
Inflation pushed 71M people into poverty since Ukraine war
Discussion: Common Dreams and Al Jazeera
 Earlier Items: 
U.S. Department of Justice:
Five Individuals Indicted for Crimes Related to Transnational Repression Scheme to Silence Critics of the People's Republic of China Residing in the United States
Discussion: The Register
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
JD Vance Compared Abortion to Slavery
How The Supreme Court Could Turbocharge Gerrymandering — Just In Time for 2024
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Ken Auletta Finally Wrote the Harvey Weinstein Story He Wanted to Tell
Ken Griffin Spent $54 Million Fighting a Tax Increase for the Rich. Secret IRS Data Shows It Paid Off for Him.
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Ignore the noise. Here's why Gavin Newsom is not running for president in 2024
Discussion: The Hill and New York Times
Matt Bruenig / People's Policy Project:
In Rubio's Plan, Your Estate Must Repay Your Parental Leave Benefits If You Die Early