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1:10 AM ET, July 29, 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 …
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 …
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.
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
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: Raw Story and Political Wire
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
Manchin and Schumer's Astonishing Climate Deal  —  If passed, the energy provisions of the senators' new bill would represent the most significant climate action in a generation.  —  Every few years, American politics astonishes you.  Yesterday was one of those days.
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Joe Manchin Says He Wasn't Trying To Trick Republicans
Rebecca Leber / Vox:
What's in the “game changer” climate bill nobody saw coming
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
‘Getting Rolled’: McConnell Was Outfoxed With His Own Playbook
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Joe Manchin and Chuck Schumer Have a Surprise for You
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
First on CNN: Trump DOJ official cooperating with Justice Department's criminal Jan. 6 probe
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 …
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 …
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: Mediaite, Raw Story and Political Wire
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: CNN, RedState, NBC News and Twitchy
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 …
Nick Evans / Ohio Capital Journal:
Vance would vote against codifying right to marriage for same-sex couples  —  COLUMBUS, OH — APRIL 23: J.D. Vance, candidate for the U.S. Senate speaks at the Save America Rally featuring the former President Donald J. Trump, April 23, 2022, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, Delaware, Ohio.
Discussion: RedState, The Daily Signal and Vox
Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
Tim Ryan's GOP-friendly campaign unsettles Republicans in Ohio
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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.
New York Post:
Recidivism rates for NYC's burglars and thieves soar amid bail reform: NYPD data  —  The revolving door of justice is spinning in overdrive these days.  —  Roughly one in every five crooks busted for burglary or theft in New York last year got re-arrested on a felony charge within 60 days …
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Allan Smith / NBC News:
Mastriano under fire for payment to ‘Christian nationalist’ platform
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Charges of fake Trump endorsement roil a GOP primary in New York
Discussion: Breitbart
Victoria Balara / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Georgia's Senate and governor races are tight
Dave Boucher / Detroit Free Press:
Michigan Supreme Court: Law bans discrimination based on sexual orientation
Jay Root / New York Times:
For First Time Since 1946, New Yorkers Have Just 2 Choices for Governor
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Wisconsin anti-voting-fraud activist commits voter fraud to make a point
The White House:
Readout of President Biden's Call with President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China
Ana Ceballos / Miami Herald:
DeSantis touted action against undocumented migrants. Most arrests were legal residents
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Guardian
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
Yale Law School Axes Student Listserv That Energized Protests and Scandals
Discussion: HotAir, Axios and Talking Points Memo
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
Discussion: The US Sun