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1:00 PM ET, July 19, 2022


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Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Democrats boosted a MAGA longshot in the Pa. gov's race.  Now he's got a real shot at winning.  —  MALVERN, Pa. — Jackie Kulback was just one of the Pennsylvania GOP leaders who was worried in May when Doug Mastriano clinched the Republican primary for governor.
Brian Beutler / New York Times:
Why Are Democrats Spending Millions to Boost the Far-Right Fringe?  —  Mr. Beutler is the editor in chief of Crooked Media.  He has covered Washington politics for 17 years.  —  Three simple facts will form the backdrop of the November midterms, and taken together, they are difficult to fully reconcile …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
So will Democrats try to boost Trump in the 2024 primaries, too?
Discussion: Axios and Washington Examiner
Ariel Edwards-Levy / CNN:   CNN Poll: Most voters say neither Republicans nor Democratic congressional candidates have the right priorities
‘Sprint through the finish’: Why the Jan. 6 committee isn't nearly done  —  The Jan. 6 select committee once envisioned a single month packed with hearings.  Then a fire hose of evidence came its way — and now its members have no interest in shutting or even slowing the spigot.
Washington Post:
Secret Service cannot recover texts; no new details for Jan. 6 committee  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  The U.S. Secret Service has determined it has no new texts to provide Congress relevant to its Jan. 6 investigation, and that any other texts its agents exchanged around …
Discussion: CNBC
First on CNN: Former Trump National Security Council official will testify at Thursday's January 6 hearing
Washington Post:
Biden could declare climate emergency as soon as this week, sources say  —  White House officials are scrambling to advance the president's environmental agenda after talks with Sen. Joe Manchin III stalled  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  President Biden is considering declaring …
Financial Times:
Nancy Pelosi's plan to visit Taiwan prompts outrage from China  —  Trip will be first in 25 years by a Speaker of the US House of Representatives  —  Nancy Pelosi plans to visit Taiwan next month to show support for Taipei as it comes under mounting pressure from China …
Weston Blasi / MarketWatch:
Nancy Pelosi's husband buys millions worth of Nvidia stock ahead of chip-manufacturing bill vote  —  Paul Pelosi bought as much $5 million worth of stock in software and computer-chip company Nvidia in June  —  The husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just bought as much $5 million worth …
Discussion: Fox Business, HotAir and The Daily Wire
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Joe Manchin Is a Symptom, but It's the Senate That's Sick  —  Seventy-two percent of likely voters, according to the left-leaning polling group Data for Progress, want the federal government to increase its tax incentives for solar, wind and other clean energy projects.
White House privately fumes about Manchin — and sees the futility of airing it out in public  —  The White House is steaming mad at Joe Manchin.  Again.  —  But as President Joe Biden and his advisers sift through the rubble of their domestic agenda and salvage the remains, this time they're trying their hardest not to show it.
Washington Post:
These maps show how excessively hot it is in Europe and the U.S.  —  The heat, which has killed hundreds in Portugal and Spain, is unprecedented in many areas.  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  A historic and deadly heat wave has been scorching western Europe, killing hundreds in Spain and Portugal.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Common Dreams
Alec MacGillis / The Atlantic:
The Cause of the Crime Wave Is Hiding in Plain Sight  —  This article is a collaboration between The Atlantic and ProPublica.  —  On December 31, 2020, a 40-year-old man named Leon Casiquito walked into Kelly Liquors on Route 66 in Albuquerque and tried to shoplift a bottle of tequila.
Zachary Leeman / Mediaite:
Group Offering Bounties for Supreme Court Justice Locations Wants to ‘Shut Down’ Congressional Baseball Game: They 'Don't Deserve Peace'  —  Liberal activist group ShutDownDC is promising massive protests at the upcoming Congressional Baseball Game shortly after offering money bounties …
Discussion: Fox News and Twitchy
Donald Trump tells golfers to join LIV Golf and ‘take the money now’ despite pressure from 9/11 families  —  (CNN)Former US President Donald Trump told golfers that they should join the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series and “take the money now,” as the breakaway series prepares …
Discussion: New Jersey Online and CBS News
Andrew Solender / Axios:
GOP faces conscience vote on marriage equality  —  House Republican leadership isn't telling their members how to vote on a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and codify federal recognition for same-sex and interracial marriages but is instead advising them to vote their conscience, a senior GOP aide told Axios.
Sean Lyngaas / CNN:
Justice Department seizes $500K from North Korean hackers who targeted US medical organizations  —  (CNN)The US Justice Department seized approximately half a million dollars that North Korean government-backed hackers had either extorted from US health care organizations or used to launder ransom payments …
Discussion: Associated Press and Reuters
US ‘Disrupted’ North Korean Hackers Who Breached Health Sector
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Biden executive order allows agencies to sanction for wrongful detention abroad  —  President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Tuesday regarding the way the U.S. government handles Americans detained abroad.  —  The new order, titled “Bolstering Efforts to Bring Hostages …
The White House:
Executive Order on Bolstering Efforts to Bring Hostages and Wrongfully Detained United States Nationals Home
Marc Caputo / NBC News:
‘Miss Frijoles’ attack roils Latino-heavy congressional race in Texas  —  A Texas blogger paid by Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez's campaign is attacking Republican opponent Rep. Mayra Flores as “Miss Frijoles” and a “cotton-pickin' liar,” prompting a wave of denunciations by fellow Democrats.
Jessie Balmert / The Columbus Dispatch:
Redistricting: Ohio Supreme Court rejects congressional map used in May, orders new one  —  The Ohio Supreme Court struck down the state's Republican-drawn congressional map Tuesday, ruling that districts used in the May primary violate anti-gerrymandering rules in the state Constitution.
Discussion: Insider and Plain Dealer
The Indianapolis Star:
‘Saving countless lives.’ Armed bystander praised for intervening in Greenwood mall shooting  —  Ryan Martin Tony Cook Dayeon EomIndianapolis Star  —  Greenwood leaders have used several titles to describe Elisjsha Dicken, the 22-year-old Indiana man who intervened in a mass shooting at the Greenwood Park Mall on Sunday night.
Discussion: NBC News and The Daily Wire
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Maggie Hassan's lucky break  —  Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) was initially seen as one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats up for re-election this year.  But as New Hampshire's Sept. 13 primary draws closer, there's still no clear Republican frontrunner to take her on in November.
Mia Jankowicz / Insider:
18 Republicans — including MTG, Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert — voted against Sweden and Finland joining NATO  — 18 Republican lawmakers opposed Finland and Sweden joining NATO in a Monday vote.  — The vote passed easily, but ‘nay’ voters included several far-right GOP members.
Discussion: Mediaite and Based Politics
New York Times:
How ‘Stop the Steal’ Captured the American Right  —  The movement to reinstate President Trump has gone far beyond him — and now threatens the future of American elections.  —  By Charles HomansPhotographs by Mark Peterson  —  To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Tatiana Siegel / Rolling Stone:
Exclusive: Fake Accounts Fueled the ‘Snyder Cut’ Online Army  —  A WarnerMedia report reveals that bots and other inauthentic users bolstered the fan-led campaign for director Zack Snyder's Justice League do-over  —  Zack Snyder was becoming increasingly agitated.
Megan Henney / Fox Business:
Inflation may hit Social Security recipients twice  —  Record-high cost-of-living adjustment is a ‘no-win’ situation for millions of Social Security recipients  —  Scorching-hot inflation is inflicting financial pain on millions of U.S. households, but the rising price of everyday necessities …
Jordain Carney / Politico:
It's not just Hunter Biden: Prepare for a 2023 packed with House GOP investigations  —  House Republicans are planning to bombard Joe Biden's administration with investigations next year, from Hunter Biden to the border to the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
As Biden eyes 2024, one person weighs heavily: Trump  —  Biden's associates say he will feel compelled to run if Trump does.  If that rematch materializes, Biden said recently, ‘I would not be disappointed.’  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  President Biden for most of his life has engaged …
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
8 Top Experts on Strength of Dominion Suing Trump for Defamation, If It Wants To  —  Among many significant revelations coming out of the hearings of the January 6 select committee is information concerning Dominion Voting Systems.  Former senior U.S. officials testified …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: GOP still steamed a year after losing All-Star game over voting rights  —  Baseball's biggest names will square off tonight in Los Angeles for the annual All-Star game.  For some Georgia Republicans, it's also a reminder of what could have been.The league yanked the showcase game …
Ariana Garcia / Houston Chronicle:
Gov. Greg Abbott did not attend funerals for any of the Uvalde shooting victims  —  Gov. Greg Abbott did not attend a single funeral for any of the 19 children or two teachers killed mass shooting at Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, according to his schedule …
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Manuel Bojorquez / CBS News:
“Florida is turning into an abortion destination state”: Thousands seek abortions in Florida amid bans in neighboring states
Discussion: Raw Story
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Biden, One Year Ago: No Serious Economist Thinks Unchecked Inflation Is Coming
Deirdre Walsh / NPR:
Democrats say voters are watching the Jan. 6 hearings, but it's not their top issue
Discussion: The Hill and
Matthew Smith / YouGov:
Truss, Mordaunt, and Badenoch all in a virtual tie for next leader among Conservative members
Discussion: Politico, Bloomberg and
 Earlier Items: 
David Horowitz / Front Page Magazine:
Wrong Ideas? No Guns for You
Grant Stern / The Dworkin Report:
Michael Cohen can't hide his disgust at new Manhattan DA's failure to prosecute Trump
New York Times:
Bolsonaro Gathers New Audience for Old Claim: Brazil's Elections Could Be Rigged
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Wall Street Journal:
Reform the Electoral Count Act
Mike Stone / Reuters:
U.S. successfully flight-tests Raytheon hypersonic weapon
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
The Haves and the Have-Yachts  —  Luxury ships attract outrage and political scrutiny.

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Ian Youngs / BBC:
GB News fires hosts Laurence Fox and Calvin Robinson after concluding its internal investigations, and says its Dan Wootton investigation continues

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Meta rolls out AI features for advertisers, like using AI to create backgrounds, expand images, and generate versions of ad text based on the original copy

Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
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