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Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Sinema Agrees to Climate and Tax Deal, Clearing the Way for Votes  —  The Arizona Democrat had been her party's last remaining holdout on the package, now slated to move forward on Saturday and pass the Senate within days.  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Democrat of Arizona …
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Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The GOP Summer Swoon  —  Today caps off the worst week yet for Republicans in the 2022 campaign cycle.  Their troubles began with Senate passage of the Chips and Science Act on Wednesday, July 27, and culminated in the Kansas pro-life rout on Tuesday, August 2.
New York Times:
Republicans Begin Adjusting to a Fierce Abortion Backlash  —  After Kansans voted to preserve abortion access, Republicans who once said the economy reigns supreme are acknowledging the issue will be a centerpiece in the fall campaigns.  —  Republican candidates, facing a stark reality check …
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:   What Pro-Lifers Should Learn From Kansas
Kimberly Ross / Washington Examiner:
What the Kansas abortion decision will mean for the midterm elections — and beyond
Ben Paviour / VPM.org:
Yesli Vega questions whether liberal states' abortion laws are ‘acceptable’
Discussion: Blue Virginia
Ava Sasani / New York Times:
Georgia Abortion Law Says a Fetus Is Tax Deductible
Discussion: Yahoo News and Iowa Starting Line
Paul Wiseman / Associated Press:
US employers add 528,000 jobs; unemployment falls to 3.5%  —  Defying anxiety about a possible recession and raging inflation, America's employers added a stunning 528,000 jobs last month, restoring all the jobs lost in the coronavirus recession.  Unemployment fell to 3.5%, lowest since the pandemic struck in early 2020.
Discussion: Associated Press and RedState
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Lydia DePillis / New York Times:
U.S. Job Growth Unexpectedly Soared in July: Live Updates  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  U.S. jobs report shows a gain of 528,000 in July.  —  Monthly change in jobs  —  +600,000 jobs  —  +528,000  —  +400,000  —  +200,000  —  July  —  Oct.  —  Jan.  —  April  —  July
Kate Davidson / Politico:   Summers warns of ‘economic distress’ as Fed's Powell holds out hope
Associated Press:
China halts climate, military ties over Pelosi Taiwan visit  —  China on Friday said it is canceling or suspending dialogue with the United States on a range of issues from climate change to military relations and anti-drug efforts in retaliation for a visit this week to Taiwan by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Announces China's Sanctions on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Parker Molloy / The Present Age:
How right-wing commentators like Alex Jones ride mainstream media outlets to fame and fortune  —  When mainstream media outlets decide to interview right-wing trolls like Jones, they're paving the way for the fringe's future success.  —  I was on mushrooms the first time I heard Alex Jones's voice.
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Nellie Bowles / Common Sense:   TGIF: They/Them/She/Her  —  Nancy Pelosi goes to Taiwan.  Demi Lovato becomes a woman again.
Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
Alex Jones trial verdict: Jury awards $4.1 million in first phase of Sandy Hook case
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:   Alex Jones' spontaneous cell death
Michael Brendan Dougherty / National Review:
The Leader of the Opposition  —  Will conservatives look back on the last two years and longer and recognize that DeSantis was their leader even while Trump was still in office?  —  By announcing the suspension of a state attorney who publicly pledged not to enforce state laws …
David Gelles / New York Times:
How Republicans Are ‘Weaponizing’ Public Office Against Climate Action  —  A Times investigation revealed a coordinated effort by state treasurers to use government muscle and public funds to punish companies trying to reduce greenhouse gases.  —  Nearly two dozen Republican state treasurers around …
Erin Mansfield / USA Today:
Trump PAC formed to push debunked voter fraud claims paid $60K to Melania Trump's fashion designer  —  The payments to Hervé Pierre Braillard offer a window into the many ways Trump, who is not a candidate for office, is allowed to use his PAC money.  —  The fund affiliated …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Raw Story
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Fetterman to hold first campaign event since stroke next Friday  —  Pennsylvania Senate Democratic nominee John Fetterman is getting back on the campaign trail with his first public event since suffering a stroke in May  —  The campaign stop will take place next Friday evening in Erie …
Discussion: NBC News
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Fetterman to hold first campaign rally since suffering a stroke in May
Discussion: Bloomberg and CNN
Alec Dent / The Dispatch:
The New Right Finds a Home at the Intersection of Populism and Elitism  —  Rising stars of the new right publicly bash elites for being disconnected from ‘real America’ while privately maintaining exclusive social lives.  —  Georgetown cocktail parties have long been a quick and easy target on the right …
Michael McFaul / Washington Post:
‘Realists’ have it wrong: Putin, not Zelensky, is the one who can end the war.  —  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gets a lot of advice on how he can end the war in his country, and most of it pushes in one direction: Swap some sovereignty for peace.  If only Zelensky would give Russian …
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Amnesty International:
Ukraine: Ukrainian fighting tactics endanger civilians
Washington Examiner:
Brittney Griner's sentence is a disgrace, but Viktor Bout must not be released  —  Russia's sentencing of WNBA star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison is an outrage.  This ruling shames Russian honor and crystallizes the utter rot of its justice system.
Discussion: The Hill, CNN, PinkNews and Insider
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Chantal Da Silva / NBC News:
Russia says it's ready to discuss prisoner swap with U.S. after Griner gets 9 years in prison
Claire Suddath / Bloomberg:
A Very Dangerous Place to Be Pregnant Is Getting Even Scarier  —  Once a week, Adrian Billings drives his white Chevy pickup from his home in Alpine, Texas, to Presidio, a city along the Mexican border.  This summer he's been taking his son Blake, who's home from college, with him.
Nick Iannelli / WTOP News:
Lightning strikes near White House kills 2, injures 2 others  —  A couple from Janesville, Wisconsin, died after a lightning strike in Lafayette Square, the public park right next to the White House.  —  Two others were were left with critical injuries Thursday night.  —  D.C. police tell WTOP the couple died overnight.
iRobot Corporation:
Amazon and iRobot sign an agreement for Amazon to acquire iRobot  —  Since introducing the Roomba vacuum in 2002, iRobot has continued to delight customers with every product generation, saving customers valuable time previously spent on household chores  —  The team at iRobot …
Laura Bassett / Jezebel:
4,500 Tips About Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Were Punted to Trump White House, FBI Director Admits  —  Bama RushTok Is Back, Baby  —  Alex Jones Must Pay Sandy Hook Parents Over $4 Million, Jury Decides  —  Ron DeSantis Suspended a County Prosecutor Who Pledged Not to Go After Abortion Providers
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
A Biden Surprise: Bipartisan Foreign Policy  —  It's time to give President Joe Biden credit for achieving something no one predicted: bipartisanship in foreign policy.  —  The Senate on Wednesday delivered a victory for Biden's foreign policy agenda, voting almost unanimously to admit Finland …
David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:
Five House Rating Changes: Bacon Moves to Toss Up, MI-03 Moves to Lean Democrat  —  Kansas's emphatic rejection of an amendment to roll back abortion protections confirmed House Democrats' fall message: they'll use Dobbs to squeeze pro-life Republicans in Biden-won seats like Rep. Don Bacon …
CNN:
Exclusive: Trump lawyers in talks with Justice Department about January 6 criminal probe  —  Former President Donald Trump's legal team is in direct communication with Justice Department officials, the first sign of talks between the two sides as the criminal probe into January 6, 2021 …
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Eric Bradner / CNN:
Cheney says DOJ not prosecuting Trump if there's evidence could call into question the US as ‘nation of laws’
Michael Kruse / Politico:
'There's Never Been Anybody Like Him in the United States Senate'  —  DALTON, Ga. — In the middle of a community center gym in the northwest corner of this state that is the epicenter of American politics stood the Reverend Senator Raphael Warnock.  Flanked by red, white and blue balloons …
Discussion: CBS News
 
 
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Bill Scher / Washington Monthly:
The Ads That Won the Kansas Abortion Referendum
Joanna Slater / Washington Post:
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New York Times:
A Large Object Landed on His Sheep Farm. It Came From Space.
Discussion: Althouse and Bloomberg
CNN:
‘Bull in a China shop’: Ukrainian-born GOP lawmaker rankles colleagues with her aggressive criticism of Kyiv
Gus Garcia-Roberts / Washington Post:
A horse track with no rules
Wall Street Journal:
The Coming War Over Taiwan
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Insider:
Former Trump advisor Peter Navarro suggests Jared Kushner faked his cancer diagnosis for sympathy to sell his memoir
Discussion: Mediaite
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David Horowitz / Front Page Magazine:
Shame of the Nation  —  The root cause of the American crisis is the moral depravity of the ‘Woke’ progressives.
Rachel Wearmouth / New Statesman:
Rishi Sunak boasted of taking money from “deprived urban areas” to help wealthy towns
Discussion: Bloomberg and Metro.co.uk
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Gannett reports disastrous financial results; layoffs are coming
Jerusalem Demsas / The Atlantic:
The Billionaire's Dilemma  —  Usually when rich people rage against the possibility …