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11:15 PM ET, July 28, 2022


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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
House passes chips and science bill, sending measure to Biden's desk  —  The House passed a $280 billion bill on Thursday to strengthen the domestic chip manufacturing industry and finance scientific research in a bid to boost the United States's competitiveness on the global stage …
Splitsville: McConnell and McCarthy break on big votes  —  Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell regularly meet to coordinate their management of Republicans in the House and Senate.  You wouldn't know it from their voting records.  —  Congress' two GOP leaders split yet again this week …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and HotAir
Allahpundit / HotAir:
CHIPS bill at risk as some House Republicans bail in order to punish Manchin over BBB  —  Probably not much risk.  But there's more suspense about the House passing CHIPS than there was 24 hours ago.  —  Ed wrote earlier about two questions hanging over Joe Manchin's heel turn last night on Build Back Better.
Washington Post:
House passes bill to subsidize U.S.-made semiconductor chips in win for Biden  —  The House on Thursday voted to pass the $280 billion Chips and Science Act, a bill that would subsidize domestic semiconductor manufacturing and invest billions in science and technology innovation …
Internal GOP tension rises as McConnell's deal-making puts him at odds with McCarthy
Discussion: Breaking News USA and Raw Story
Ben Lefebvre / Politico:   ‘Easter eggs’ in climate bill delight oil and gas industry
Washington Post:
Jan. 6 texts missing for Trump Homeland Security's Wolf and Cuccinelli  —  DHS watchdog was alerted in February to unavailable records of top officials, but did nothing to alert or investigate  —  Text messages for former President Donald Trump's acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf …
Discussion: Political Wire
EXCLUSIVE: Prosecutors prepare for court battle to force former White House officials to testify about Trump's January 6 conversations  —  Justice Department prosecutors are preparing to fight in court to force former White House officials to testify about then-President Donald Trump's conversations …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
First on CNN: Trump DOJ official cooperating with Justice Department's criminal Jan. 6 probe  —  (CNN)Former Justice Department staffer Ken Klukowski, who worked with Jeffrey Clark at the agency, is cooperating in the DOJ's January 6 criminal investigation, after investigators searched …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
New York Times:
2016 Campaign Looms Large as Justice Dept. Pursues Jan. 6 Inquiry
Discussion: Fox News and CNN
Jonathan Nicholson / HuffPost:
Susan Collins: Democrats' Climate Deal May Doom Bipartisan Efforts On Same-Sex Marriage  —  The GOP senator said the surprise move by Democrats could make it harder to convince fellow Republicans to get on board.  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Susan Collins, one of a handful of GOP senators working …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Oz supporters lack enthusiasm in Pennsylvania Senate race  —  The GOP is struggling to gain a foothold in Pennsylvania  —  Majority of Pennsylvania voters disapprove of Biden, poll says  —  Democrats hold the advantage in battleground Pennsylvania, as GOP candidates haven't closed the sale with Republican voters.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Tara Palmeri / Puck:
Oz's Great Escape  —  Republican Party insiders are increasingly frustrated with what they perceive as a certain laissez-faire attitude from the poorly-polling G.O.P. Senate candidate, who has spent nearly as much time on vacation as on the campaign trail.  —  To the G.O.P. establishment …
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Why did the GOP reject a bill to help veterans exposed to toxins?  —  If there's a defense for Senate Republicans rejecting a bill to help sick veterans, after having already voted for a similar bill, it's hiding well.  —  It may not have been the highest profile legislative fight of the year …
Giulia Carbonaro / Newsweek:
These 41 Senate Republicans Voted Against Veterans' Healthcare—Full List
Daniel Desrochers / Kansas City Star:
Josh Hawley is writing book on masculinity.  Senator's ‘Manhood’ goes on sale next May.  —  Missouri U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley is writing a book called Manhood: The Masculine Virtues Americans Need, building off a speech he gave at a conservative conference claiming the political left is waging a war on masculinity.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Alito dismisses foreign criticism of Supreme Court's abortion ruling  —  Speaking last week at a conference, the conservative Supreme Court justice also offered a robust defense of religious liberty  —  Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. in a speech in Rome dismissed criticism from foreign officials who he said …
Jordan Fischer /
‘Stop the Steal’ speaker Brandon Straka gave FBI info on rally organizers, more than a dozen others as part of plea deal  —  Newly unsealed filings detail aspects of the “significant information” Brandon Straka provided the DOJ in a deal to avoid a felony charge from the Capitol riot.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Andrew Morgan / The Federalist:
Democrats Are Dangerously Close To Changing Laws So Our President Is Elected By Popular Vote  —  The left's push for a popular vote for the presidency directly undermines the electoral system established by our Constitution.  —  The left is at it again, and conservatives need to be on high alert.
Andrew Solender / Axios:
New York's hottest club  —  New York's hottest club has it all: a former congresswoman who served during the Nixon administration, an incumbent who is actually from another region of the state, and roughly a dozen other Democratic candidates no less colorful.
Sara Luterman / The 19th:
Why Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned her blue suit at a disability rights meeting  —  Harris met with disability rights leaders to mark the anniversary of the ADA.  So why are we talking about her suit?  —  The ongoing dustup over Vice President Kamala Harris describing herself during …
Washington Post:
What's in and what's out of Manchin's surprise climate deal  —  Good morning and welcome to The Climate 202!  Congrats to Shannon Osaka, who is joining The Washington Post as the Climate Zeitgeist Reporter, a.k.a. the coolest title ever.  🎉 But first:  —  Sen. Manchin announced a surprise climate deal.
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Judge: Wisconsin probe found ‘absolutely no’ election fraud  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge said Thursday that a Republican-ordered, taxpayer-funded investigation into the 2020 election found “absolutely no evidence of election fraud,” but did reveal contempt for the state's open records law …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Biden Administration Plans to Offer Updated Booster Shots in September  —  With reformulated shots from Pfizer and Moderna on the horizon, the F.D.A. has decided that Americans under 50 should wait to receive second boosters.  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration now expects to begin …
Discussion: Political Wire
Biden enters the Always Be Closing phase of his first term  —  Somehow, someway, Joe Biden is back in the game.  —  After enduring a brutal year dominated by economic angst, legislative setbacks and sinking approval ratings, the president is suddenly on the verge of a turnaround that …
Carol E. Lee / NBC News:
Biden to host Obamas in September for White House portrait ceremony Trump shunned  —  President Joe Biden will host former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House in early September for the unveiling of their official White House portraits, according to an Obama spokesperson.
Lynne O'Donnell / Foreign Policy:
Afghan Women Are Worse Off Than Ever  —  A new Amnesty report lays out the Taliban playbook for erasing half the population: electrocutions, beatings, detentions, and disappearances.  —  The Taliban's brutality toward women in Afghanistan is a “suffocating crackdown” that goes beyond …
The Economist:
Ukraine is gathering strength for an assault on Kherson  —  Russia might destroy the city rather than lose it  —  The shelling in Mykolaiv, in southern Ukraine, has been relentless.  In the five months since the start of the war, only 21 days have gone by without any Russian bombs, says the mayor, Oleksandr Senkevych.
Discussion: CNN and New York Post
Jennifer Smith / Daily Mail:
Trump tees off in front of Ivanka and Jared at Saudi-backed LIV Golf Pro-Am at his NJ course despite fury from 9/11 victims over ‘blood money’ tournament - just 40 miles from Ground Zero  — Trump is hosting the LIV series at his golf club in New Jersey this weekend to the disgust of 9/11 families
Discussion: The US Sun
Victoria Balara / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Georgia's Senate and governor races are tight  —  The race is heating up for the Georgia Senate and governor races  —  Breakfast with ‘Friends’: Economy, crime on the minds of Georgia voters  —  After a heated primary season, the stage for the general election is set in races …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Mastriano under fire for payment to ‘Christian nationalist’ platform  —  Doug Mastriano, the Republican nominee for governor in Pennsylvania, has come under fire from critics for ties to a right-wing social media platform whose founder has said there's no room for Jews, atheists and others in the conservative movement.
Jay Root / New York Times:
For First Time Since 1946, New Yorkers Have Just 2 Choices for Governor  —  Changes in election law have frozen out third parties in New York State, and even Rep. Lee Zeldin couldn't secure the Independence Party line.  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — New York voters who dislike the Democrat …
Francesca Chambers / USA Today:
Tensions over Taiwan, competition with China, economic anxiety dominate Biden call with Xi  —  WASHINGTON— Tensions over Taiwan, Russia's war in Ukraine and clashes over the economy dominated a call between President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday.
The White House:
Readout of President Biden's Call with President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China
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Dave Boucher / Detroit Free Press:
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Patrick Marley / Washington Post:
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Transmittal No  —  The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign …
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Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
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Discussion: HotAir, Axios and Talking Points Memo
Bella Kumar / Data For Progress:
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Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
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