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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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Bill Scher / Washington Monthly:
The Ads That Won the Kansas Abortion Referendum  —  Three months ago, after the leak of the Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, the House Pro-Choice Caucus caused a stir by, ironically, deeming the word choice to be “harmful language.”  It encouraged the use of the word decision instead.
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
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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Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
A Biden Surprise: Bipartisan Foreign Policy
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.
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Kate Davidson / Politico:
Summers warns of ‘economic distress’ as Fed's Powell holds out hope
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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 …
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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Washington Post:
White House summons Chinese ambassador as crisis escalates  —  Ambassador Qin Gang was called to the White House after China launched ballistic missiles in response to a visit to Taiwan by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  —  The White House has summoned China's ambassador to condemn …
Puck:
Kellyanne's Comeback  —  Last month I reported that veteran G.O.P. strategist (and former DeSantis hand) Susie Wiles was the lead contender to run Trump's 2024 campaign.  Wiles, who currently oversees his political operation, was a natural contender.  She's a steady presence whom Trump trusts implicitly …
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: The Hill, 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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Mastriano threatens to renege on testifying to Jan. 6 panel  —  Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano is threatening to pull out of a scheduled interview with the Jan. 6 select committee, teeing up a legal fight with the panel.  —  In a letter sent to the House committee on Aug. 5 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. readies new $1 billion Ukraine weapons package  —  The Biden administration's next security assistance package for Ukraine is expected to be $1 billion, one of the largest so far, and include munitions for long-range weapons and armored medical transport vehicles …
Discussion: Hellenica
Polly Politico / Politico:
The NRA's Shadowy Supreme Court Lobbying Campaign  —  Will Van Sant is a staff writer for The Trace, a nonprofit newsroom covering gun violence in America.  —  In the first week of September 2018, during Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, the National Rifle …
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
Some top Democratic donors are disenchanted with Biden.  So far, Trump has kept them from fleeing.  —  WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden's donors are antsy — worried about his re-election chances, annoyed that they have little access to him and, in some cases, prepared to walk away from him in 2024.
Matthew Cantor / The Guardian:
US library defunded after refusing to censor LGBTQ authors: ‘We will not ban the books’  —  Residents of Jamestown, Michigan, voted this week to shut down town's library rather than tolerate certain LGBTQ books  —  A small-town library is at risk of shutting down after residents of Jamestown …
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.
Discussion: Jonathan's Newsletter
Dana Rubinstein / New York Times:
Carlina Rivera and Yuh-Line Niou Rise In Race for NY's 10th District  —  Carlina Rivera, a Manhattan councilwoman, and Yuh-Line Niou, a state assemblywoman, are vying to defeat rivals who include current and former members of Congress.  —  Two months ago, the megawatt contest …
Discussion: The Forward
Financial Times:
Tory donor charged in Puerto Rico bribery scheme  —  Venezuelan financier Julio Herrera Velutini has given more than £500,000 since Boris Johnson became UK prime minister  —  US authorities have charged a significant donor to the Tory party, alleging that he illegally provided campaign donations …
Steven Greenhouse / The Guardian:
Too radical or not radical enough?  US's top labor lawyer in the spotlight  —  Jennifer Abruzzo would like to ease the path to forming unions and curb employers' coercion and intimidation  —  As the Biden administration lays claim to being the most pro-union in generations …
 
 
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Michael del Castillo / Forbes:
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Discussion: The Hill
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CNN:
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 Earlier Items: 
Insider:
Former Trump advisor Peter Navarro suggests Jared Kushner faked his cancer diagnosis for sympathy to sell his memoir
Discussion: Mediaite
David Horowitz / Front Page Magazine:
Shame of the Nation  —  The root cause of the American crisis is the moral depravity of the ‘Woke’ progressives.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Gannett reports disastrous financial results; layoffs are coming
Michael Kruse / Politico:
'There's Never Been Anybody Like Him in the United States Senate'
Discussion: CBS News
Jerusalem Demsas / The Atlantic:
The Billionaire's Dilemma  —  Usually when rich people rage against the possibility …
Laura Bassett / Jezebel:
4,500 Tips About Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Were Punted to Trump White House, FBI Director Admits