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5:20 PM ET, July 28, 2022


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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Joe Manchin and Chuck Schumer Have a Surprise for You  —  An 18-month odyssey culminates in a smaller-than-promised, bigger-than-expected agreement to lower health care costs, tax corporations, and protect the planet.  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is met by reporters outside the hearing room …
Giulia Carbonaro / Newsweek:
These 41 Senate Republicans Voted Against Veterans' Healthcare—Full List  —  A bill aimed at protecting veterans exposed to toxic materials during their service was shut down yesterday in the Senate, in a 55 to 42 vote that failed to meet the 60-vote threshold necessary to advance the legislation.
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.
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.
Pelosi Set to Depart on Asia Trip, Taiwan Stop Still Unclear  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is set to leave for a trip to the Asia-Pacific region Friday, but it's still unclear whether her stops will include Taiwan, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Discussion: NBC News and New York Times
In call with Biden, China's Xi warns against ‘playing with fire’ over Taiwan
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
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
GDP fell 0.9% in the second quarter, the second straight decline and a strong recession signal  —  U.S. economy shrank for second straight quarter at 0.9% in second quarter  —  The U.S. economy contracted for the second straight quarter from April to June, hitting a widely accepted rule …
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
Gross Domestic Product, Second Quarter 2022 (Advance Estimate)
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
How local journalists proved a 10-year-old's abortion wasn't a hoax  —  Many doubted the story of a young rape victim who had to cross state lines for an abortion.  But journalists on the ground kept reporting.  —  It felt like half the country doubted the case existed.
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 …
New York Times:
2016 Campaign Looms Large as Justice Dept. Pursues Jan. 6 Inquiry  —  Top officials at the department and the F.B.I. appear intent on avoiding any errors that could taint the current investigation or provide ammunition for a backlash.  —  As the Justice Department investigation into the attack …
Discussion: Fox News
Andrew C. McCarthy / New York Post:
Democrats are pressuring Merrick Garland to make an anti-Trump case he doesn't have
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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 …
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.
Discussion: CNN, Associated Press, CBS News and The Hill
Michael Anton / Compact Magazine:
They Can't Let Him Back In  —  The people who really run the United States of America have made it clear that they can't, and won't, if they can help it, allow Donald Trump to be president again.  In fact, they made this clear in 2020, in a series of public statements.
Discussion: Democracy Brief
Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
Tim Ryan's GOP-friendly campaign unsettles Republicans in Ohio  —  AKRON, Ohio — A once largely unimaginable scenario has been rattling around Ohio's political scene all summer.  —  Can Rep. Tim Ryan pull off an upset in the state's U.S. Senate race?  —  The Democrat is airing ads on Fox News …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
New York Times:
States With Abortion Bans Are Among Least Supportive for Mothers and Children  —  They tend to have the weakest social services and the worst results in several categories of health and well-being.  —  In Mississippi, which brought the abortion case that ended Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court …
ABC News:
Jan. 6 committee deepens probe into Trump cabinet: Sources  —  Ex-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin recently sat an interview, sources said.  —  The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is working to secure testimony from a growing number of officials …
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos, Mediaite, Raw Story and HuffPost
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
House Rating Changes: More Movement Toward Republicans  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — We are making 10 House rating changes, 9 of which benefit Republicans.  — Our overall best guess at the net change in the House — a GOP gain somewhere in the 20s — remains unchanged.
Discussion: Florida Politics and Opinion Today
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Where Do Trump's Donations Go?  —  He can't spend his PACs' millions on 2024 and isn't using much in midterms.  —  1x  —  What will Donald Trump do with his campaign cash?  —  The former president controls four political-action committees—Save America; Make America Great Again, Again!
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Mike Pence Sold His Soul for Nothing  —  He was honorable on January 6th, but not before or after.  —  Poor Mike Pence.  You remember Mike Pence—he's the guy who defeated a roomful of lickspittles to claim the obsequiousness grand prize at a 2017 cabinet meeting, praising the dear leader once every 12.5 seconds.
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Trump has never been patriotic or defensible.  It shouldn't take a coup to figure that out.  —  Ever since he smeared immigrants and belittled John McCain, Trump has been showing us he's unfit.  He showed it again Tuesday.  The mystery is why most Republicans pretend not to notice.
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
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
Yale Law School Axes Student Listserv That Energized Protests and Scandals  —  After a year of high-profile scandals, Yale Law School is retiring an all-student listserv that became a breeding ground for progressive activism and online pile-ons, citing the value of “face-to-face” interaction.
Discussion: HotAir, Axios and Talking Points Memo
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
ICE finds 73 migrants living in smugglers' stash houses in Northwest D.C., internal documents reveal  —  Immigration agents found 73 migrants living in houses operated by human smugglers in the Northwest area of Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, according to internal documents reviewed by NBC News.
Grant Stern / The Stern Facts:
DeSantis spokesperson didn't report all foreign agent activities to DOJ, could be criminally liable  —  A notable law professor says the omission could be a criminal offense.  —  The official press secretary to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is risking significant, even criminal penalties, according to a legal expert.
Discussion: Washington Post
The White House:
Statement by President Biden on Second Quarter GDP Report  —  Coming off of last year's historic economic growth - and regaining all the private sector jobs lost during the pandemic crisis - it's no surprise that the economy is slowing down as the Federal Reserve acts to bring down inflation.
Brooklyn Pastor Robbed During Sermon Stole Parishioner's Savings, Lawsuit Alleges  —  Court papers claim $90,000 disappeared after Lamor Whitehead promised to help buy real estate, while he ran a failed campaign for Brooklyn borough president last year.  —  The Brooklyn pastor who says he was robbed …
Discussion: New York Post, The Root and Raw Story
Hyung-Jin Kim / Associated Press:
Kim threatens to use nukes amid tensions with US, S. Korea  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned he's ready to use his nuclear weapons in potential military conflicts with the United States and South Korea, state media said Thursday, as he unleashed fiery rhetoric …
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Bella Kumar / Data For Progress:
To Win in November, Democrats Should Pass Medicare Reforms
Discussion: Spectrum News NY1
Isabelle Gius / American Prospect:
Thinking Sectorally  —  Our current model of collective bargaining leaves millions of workers out in the cold.
Maggie Miller / Politico:
Justice Department investigating data breach of federal court system
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:
CFPB Fines U.S. Bank $37.5 Million for Illegally Exploiting Personal Data to Open Sham Accounts for Unsuspecting Customers
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Stephen Whyno / Associated Press:
Commanders owner Dan Snyder testifies before House committee
Discussion: NBC4 Washington
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Girl, 12, challenges W.Va. lawmakers on abortion: ‘What about my life?’
How Russia spread a secret web of agents across Ukraine
Discussion: Нов …
Jonathan Haidt / The Atlantic:
Yes, Social Media Really Is Undermining Democracy
Tim Reid / Reuters:
Exclusive: Former Republicans and Democrats to form new third U.S. political party