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10:10 AM ET, July 8, 2022


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Washington Post:
Shinzo Abe, former Japanese leader, is assassinated by gunman  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  TOKYO — Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, a towering political figure at home and abroad, died after being shot at a campaign event Friday, doctors said, shocking a nation where firearms laws …
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.
Elaine Lies / Reuters:
In mostly gun-free nation, Japanese stunned by Abe killing  —  Japan struggled with shock and sadness on Friday, trying to come to terms with the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a nation where firearms are strictly regulated and political violence extremely rare.
Suspect used handmade gun to kill Abe - police
Discussion: Insider
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 …
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Biden to outline new steps aimed at bolstering abortion rights  —  Amid growing calls from Democrats for more action, the president plans to sign an executive order that attempts to safeguard access to abortion medication and emergency contraception  —  Listen  —  Gift Article
Washington Post:
Michael Flynn cited for unauthorized foreign payments  —  Retired general and former Trump adviser was notified by the Army that it was seeking to recoup nearly $40,000 from him  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  Michael Flynn, the retired Army general and onetime adviser to President Donald Trump …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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 …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Boris Johnson's fall shows the limits of shamelessness as a superpower  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  BoJo has finally lost his mojo.  The United Kingdom's mendacious, buffoonish prime minister is gone, or at least going.  The question historians will ask is how he ascended so high in the first place.
Discussion: CNN
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
U.S. on Johnson's departure: ‘OK, bye.’
Discussion: CNSNews, New York Post and Politico
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
Dan Tokaji / Election Law Blog:
“More Republicans now call Jan. 6 a ‘legitimate protest’ than a ‘riot’”  —  Aaron Blake in The Fix, on this Monmouth University poll, which finds:  —  Nearly two-thirds (65%) of the public say it is appropriate to describe the incident at the U.S. Capitol as a riot, and half (50%) …
New York Times:
Ukraine Live Updates: Moscow Official Accuses West of ‘Blatant Russophobia’  —  Russia's foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, made the comment at a Group of 20 meeting in Bali that was also attended by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken.  Mr. Lavrov also blamed Washington for a breakdown in diplomacy.
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Film offers inside look at Roger Stone's ‘Stop the Steal’ efforts before January 6  —  Footage shows key moments of planning with fellow activist Ali Alexander to overturn election results in Trump's favor  —  Weeks before the Capitol attack, top Republican political activists Roger Stone …
Laura E. Adkins / The Forward:
This couldn't happen anywhere: How coverage of the shooting failed Highland Park  —  Mass shootings are seemingly disparate, but almost all mass shooters are motivated by bigoted extremism that festers online  —  The first moments after finding out about a shooting in my hometown felt like living in slow motion.
Adam Gopnik / New Yorker:
Highland Park and an Illegitimate Supreme Court
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 …
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
EXCLUSIVE: 1st Amendment Praetorian Goes After Jan. 6 Committee For ‘McCarthy-esque’ Defamation Tactics  —  In short, the committee's treatment of 1AP ‘is a gross affront to the First Amendment.’  —  A lawyer for 1st Amendment Praetorian, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting free speech rights …
Don Moynihan / Can We Still Govern?:
GOP populism is hurting the teaching profession  —  The real consequences of a manufactured crisis  —  We are living in a populist era that frames public officials as corrupt elites.  The effects of the ensuing hostility to the capacity of public institutions to function feels …
Sarah Chaney Cambon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Hiring Slowed in June From Robust Pace, Economists Estimate  —  Broader economy has been weakening under the weight of high inflation and rising interest rates  —  Economists estimate that hiring continued at a solid pace in June, but slowed from prior months as the broader economy weakened under …
Discussion: HotAir
NBC News:
GOP race for Arizona governor becomes 2024 proxy war as Ducey defies Trump  —  In a last major test of Donald Trump's Republican power this year, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday endorsed a potential successor who's going up against a candidate backed by the former president.
Joshua Eaton / NBC News:
The FBI didn't finish over 1 million gun background checks in time to stop a sale in 2020 and 2021  —  There were over 1 million opportunities for someone to buy a gun from a licensed dealer without a completed background check in 2020 and 2021, according to an FBI report released last month.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Live chat  —  Updates about tonight's races in Pennsylvania  —  🌖Our chat has ended, but you can still read it back.  —  Taking Biden at face value about Michigan and Wisconsin — where, for what it's worth (not that much), the exit poll data looks pretty good for him and he came …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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Emma Goldberg / New York Times:
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Washington Free Beacon:
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Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
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John Binder / Breitbart:
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Associated Press:
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New York Post:
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ABC News:
Highland Park alleged shooter's father says he is not culpable for son's attack
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