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2:00 PM ET, August 2, 2022


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Nancy Pelosi / Washington Post:
Why I'm leading a congressional delegation to Taiwan  —  Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, is speaker of the House of Representatives.  —  Some 43 years ago, the United States Congress overwhelmingly passed — and President Jimmy Carter signed into law — the Taiwan Relations Act …
Chinese warplanes take to skies, US warships on move before expected Pelosi visit to Taiwan  —  Chinese warplanes buzzed the line dividing the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday shortly before the expected arrival in Taipei of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a visit …
Mark Moore / New York Post:
Pelosi arrives in Taiwan, defying China threats and US military warnings  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a Democratic congressional delegation landed in Taiwan on Tuesday, following through with a visit that brought condemnation and threats from China and could sever already strained relations between Washington and Beijing.
Kevin Collier / NBC News:
Taiwanese websites hit with DDoS attacks as Pelosi begins visit
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and New York Post
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Why Pelosi's Visit to Taiwan Is Utterly Reckless
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Why Garland Should Go Big  —  He shouldn't bring a pen to the gun fight  —  “When you strike at a king, you must kill him.”  ―Ralph Waldo Emerson  —  “Gentlemen.  If you're going to take Vienna, take Vienna” ―Napoléon Bonaparte  —  Happy Tuesday.
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Washington Post:
U.S. kills al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in drone strike in Kabul
William Saletan / The Bulwark:
Joe Manchin's Word Games  —  How he got to yes.  —  Joe Manchin has rescued the Democratic agenda.  After blocking President Biden's Build Back Better plan for nearly a year—as well as subsequent, pared-down versions of the legislation—the West Virginia senator has reversed course.
Discussion: CNN, Los Angeles Times and Fox News
Lee Harris / American Prospect:   Inflation Reduction Bill Uses Public Finance to Stoke Energy Investment
Betsy Klein / CNN:
First on CNN: Top economists say Democrats' health care and climate package will put ‘downward pressure on inflation’
Discussion: The Hill and Democrats
Nick Burns / New York Times:
Elite Universities Are Out of Touch.  Blame the Campus.  —  Looking out the window of a plane flying over Boulder, Colorado, recently, I was reminded how much American universities stick out from their surroundings.  —  I'd never been to Boulder, or visited the University of Colorado's flagship campus …
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
House panels: DHS officials interfered in effort to get lost Secret Service texts  —  After the inspector general's office requested the Secret Service's January 6 communications, the effort was shut down  —  Top officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inspector general's office interfered …
C. Ryan Barber / Insider:   Judge refuses to delay Oath Keepers trial due to attention around House January 6 panel
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP eyes 2024 payback for Manchin's Dems-only deal  —  Sen. Joe Manchin is on the verge of giving Democrats a long awaited energy, tax and health care law.  Republicans will get a chance to serve their revenge cold in two years.  —  In a potential 2024 race, the West Virginia Democrat …
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Senate GOP launches ads in two blue states
Discussion: Gallup and Washington Post
Center Street:
POLL: Fetterman Takes Sizable Lead Over Dr. Oz, 52% to 38% Among Likely Voters; 10% Undecided in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate Race  —  Mayor John Fetterman leads Dr. Mehmet Oz 52% to 38% among likely voters in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race, according to a new poll from nonpartisan political …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Maureen Groppe / USA Today:
First to USA TODAY: Uninsured rate hit record low of 8%, HHS analysis shows  —  WASHINGTON - A record low 8% of Americans lacked health insurance at the start of the year, according to an analysis by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provided first to USA TODAY.
Discussion: ASPE
Camille Mumford / Emerson Polling:
New York 2022: Hochul Holds 16-Point Lead Over Zeldin; Schumer With 22-Point Lead in Potential US Senate Race  —  Home Polls New York 2022: Hochul Holds 16-Point Lead Over Zeldin; Schumer With 22-Point Lead in Potential US Senate Race  —  The latest Emerson College Polling survey …
Jon Campbell / Gothamist:   NY Gov. Kathy Hochul has early lead over Republican rival Lee Zeldin, polls show
Heidi Przybyla / Politico:
RNC links up with ‘Stop the Steal’ advocates to train poll workers  —  The Republican National Committee has been relying on a stable of the party's most prolific spreaders of false stolen-election theories to pilot a sweeping “election integrity” operation to recruit and coach thousands …
New York Times:
Trump Faces Questions About His Net Worth in Interview He Tried to Avoid  —  Former President Donald J. Trump has embraced the verbal sparring of legal depositions in the past, but now faces significant risk.  —  For decades, Donald J. Trump has boasted with impunity about a subject close to his heart and ego: his net worth.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Inside the wild Bedminster lobbying spree that led to Trump's double Missouri endorsement  —  Former President Donald Trump called Republican Senate candidate Eric Schmitt Monday evening, after posting on social media that he would endorse in Missouri's GOP primary, and told him to look out for an announcement.
Mohamed Younis / Gallup:
Democrats' Approval of Supreme Court at Record-Low 13%  —  Washington, D.C. — After several prominent rulings at the end of its term in June, most of which were decided in favor of conservatives' positions on the issues, the U.S. Supreme Court's overall job approval rating is 43%, statistically unchanged from last year's 40% reading.
The Hub:
Family policy guru Josh McCabe on the ‘accident of history’ that turned American conservatives against family benefits  —  This episode of Hub Dialogues features Sean Speer in conversation with the Niskanen Center's Josh McCabe on his interest in Canadian public policy, growing challenges …
Jennifer L. Morgan / AAIHS:
Reproductive Rights, Slavery, and ‘Dobbs v. Jackson’  —  In 1662, the Virginia legislature cast a cold, calculating eye on Black women's children.  Never mind that fewer than 150 Black women were enslaved there at the time, those legislators recognized that control of women's reproductive bodies yielded …
NBC News:
Biden administration task force reunites 400 migrant families separated under Trump  —  400 migrant families reunited after being separated while crossing illegally into the U.S.  —  The Biden administration has reunited 400 children with their parents after they were separated as migrants crossing …
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Analysis Deems Biden's Climate and Tax Bill Fiscally Responsible  —  Despite Republican claims, the new legislation would be only a modest corporate tax increase, Congress's Joint Committee on Taxation found.  —  After more than a year of trying — and failing — to pack …
Kat Rosenfield / New York Times:
Book Review: “The Prophet of the Andes,” by Graciela Mochofsky  —  “The Prophet of the Andes” tells the story of Segundo Villanueva, a quixotic spiritual seeker who led hundreds of followers from Peru to Israel.  —  Buy Book ▾ … When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site …
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New York Times:
Why Do We Talk About Miscarriage Differently From Abortion?
Michael Starr Hopkins / The Hill:
AOC is the Democrats' best shot against Trump in 2024
Shibley Telhami / Brookings:
New polls: Democrats say Biden and members of Congress lean toward Israel more than they do
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
House panel subpoenas gun manufacturer of weapon used in Highland Park
Discussion: The Hill
Defense News:
Biden to send Ukraine ammo for HIMARS as Kyiv, Congress push for more
Discussion: The Hill and UPI
Washington Post:
The Electoral Count Act must be fixed. A new proposal doesn't go far enough.
 Earlier Items: 
Mariam Memarsadeghi / Tablet Magazine:
Iran Is About to Murder Another Journalist
Dalibor Rohac / The Dispatch:
Viktor Orbán Comes to CPAC
Florida Power & Light operates an exclusive, invite-only lounge for lawmakers and lobbyists
Allan Smith / NBC News:
3 Republicans who voted for impeachment face Trump-backed challengers Tuesday
Selene San Felice / Axios:
Florida schools ordered to disobey federal LGBTQ protections
Discussion: Breitbart
Arno Rosenfeld / The Forward:
Holocaust 'doesn't even compare' to abortion deaths, says GOP nominee for Illinois governor
Discussion: WGN-TV
Senate GOP backtracks after veterans bill firestorm