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11:40 AM ET, August 5, 2022

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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
Ben Paviour / VPM.org:
Yesli Vega questions whether liberal states' abortion laws are ‘acceptable’
Discussion: Blue Virginia
Kimberly Ross / Washington Examiner:
What the Kansas abortion decision will mean for the midterm elections — and beyond
Ava Sasani / New York Times:
Georgia Abortion Law Says a Fetus Is Tax Deductible
Discussion: Yahoo News
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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Yasmeen Abutaleb / Washington Post:
White House summons Chinese ambassador for rebuke on Taiwan response  —  Ambassador Qin Gang was called to the White House after China launched ballistic missiles in reaction to Pelosi's visit to Taiwan  —  The White House summoned China's ambassador on Thursday to condemn Beijing's escalating actions …
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
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Paul Wiseman / Associated Press:
US employers add 528,000 jobs; unemployment falls to 3.5%
Discussion: Associated Press and RedState
Kate Davidson / Politico:   Summers warns of ‘economic distress’ as Fed's Powell holds out hope
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: CNN and KDFX-TV
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CNN:
Lavrov says Russia is ready to discuss prisoner swap with US after Griner conviction
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 …
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
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 …
Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
Alex Jones trial verdict: Jury awards $4.1 million in first phase of Sandy Hook case  —  Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must pay the parents of Sandy Hook victim Jesse Lewis damage awards totaling $4.1 million, an Austin jury determined Thursday — far below the $150 million requested.
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John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:   Alex Jones' spontaneous cell death
Anna Merlan / VICE:
A Copy of Alex Jones' Cellphone Will Be Turned Over to the January 6 Committee ‘Immediately’
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Fetterman to hold first campaign rally since suffering a stroke in May  —  Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the Democratic Senate nominee, will hold his first public rally next week since suffering a near-deadly stroke four days before the May 17 primary election, his campaign announced Friday.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Fetterman to hold first campaign event since stroke next Friday
Discussion: KDFX-TV
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.
Amnesty International:
Ukraine: Ukrainian fighting tactics endanger civilians  — Military bases set up in residential areas including schools and hospitals  — Attacks launched from populated civilian areas  — Such violations in no way justify Russia's indiscriminate attacks, which have killed and injured countless civilians
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Michael McFaul / Washington Post:
‘Realists’ have it wrong: Putin, not Zelensky, is the one who can end the war.
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 …
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 …
CNN:
Exclusive: Trump lawyers in talks with Justice Department about January 6 criminal probe  —  (CNN)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’
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
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 …
Insider:
Former Trump advisor Peter Navarro suggests Jared Kushner faked his cancer diagnosis for sympathy to sell his memoir  — Jared Kushner wrote in his book that he was treated for thyroid cancer while at the White House.  — Peter Navarro said he never saw signs of pain in Kushner and suggested that he made it up.
Discussion: Mediaite
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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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
David Horowitz / Front Page Magazine:
Shame of the Nation  —  The root cause of the American crisis is the moral depravity of the ‘Woke’ progressives.
Alex Abad-Santos / Vox:
The US monkeypox response is failing queer men
Discussion: Grid News and Associated Press
Rachel Wearmouth / New Statesman:
Rishi Sunak boasted of taking money from “deprived urban areas” to help wealthy towns
Discussion: Bloomberg and Metro.co.uk
 Earlier Items: 
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Gannett reports disastrous financial results; layoffs are coming
hsgac.senate.gov:
Portman, Sinema, Lankford, Kelly Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Raise Border Patrol Agent Pay, Create Border Patrol Reserve
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Kari Lake, Trump-backed election denier, wins GOP primary in Arizona governor's race
Jerusalem Demsas / The Atlantic:
The Billionaire's Dilemma  —  Usually when rich people rage against the possibility …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Republicans' last-minute Cheney lifeline
Discussion: RedState