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5:05 PM ET, August 5, 2022

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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
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
Courtenay Brown / Axios:
U.S. adds whopping 528,000 jobs in July as labor market booms
Discussion: Associated Press, CBS News and Deadline
John J. Pitney, Jr / The Bulwark:
Democrats Are Running as Opposition Party  —  Usually the out-party runs as the opposition to the White House.  This year, the Supreme Court and Trump have made it possible for Democrats to run as a check on Republican extremism.  —  In a typical midterm election, the party not holding …
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Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
A Biden Surprise: Bipartisan Foreign Policy
Sophia Smith Galer / VICE:
French Scientist's Photo of ‘Distant Star’ Was Actually Chorizo  —  Étienne Klein's tweet was liked and retweeted thousands of times before he revealed he was trolling and the photo showed a slice of sausage, not Proxima Centauri.  —  SS  —  A photo tweeted by a famous French physicist supposedly …
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David Mack / BuzzFeed News:
Alex Jones Has Been Ordered To Pay Sandy Hook Parents $4 Million For Calling The Massacre A Hoax  —  The parents said their lives had descended into a “living hell” in which they were confronted by strangers and sent death threats by Jones' fans.  —  After years of spreading despicable lies …
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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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.
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: UPI, The Hill, PoliticusUSA and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Gideon Taaffe / Media Matters for America:
Fox News is ramping up its campaign against PA Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman  —  The network's new wave of attacks on Fetterman comes after a Fox News poll showed him leading Fox favorite Mehmet Oz by double digits  —  Fox News is in attack mode after its own polling showed …
Discussion: Washington Examiner, IJR and Fox News
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Federal judge rules PSC election ‘unlawfully dilutes’ Black voting power  —  A federal judge ruled Friday that Georgia must end statewide elections for the Public Service Commission because they discriminate against Black voters, a decision that could bar state officials from holding a November election to fill two seats.
Discussion: The Hill
Johnny Casey / The Asheville Citizen Times:
AR-15s put in all Madison County schools to enhance security in case of active shooter  —  MARSHALL - In response to the Texas school shooting that left 19 children dead May 24, the local school system and Sheriff's Office are rolling out some beefed up security measures in 2022-23, including putting AR-15 rifles in every school.
Discussion: The Hill
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Fox News, ABC News and KDFX-TV
 
 
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Matt Schlapp Claims He and Laura Ingraham Went ‘Undercover’ at BLM Protest
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael del Castillo / Forbes:
Every U.S. Crypto Exchange (And Binance) Is Being Investigated By The SEC, Says Senator Lummis Staffer
Steven Greenhouse / The Guardian:
Too radical or not radical enough? US's top labor lawyer in the spotlight
Dana Rubinstein / New York Times:
Carlina Rivera and Yuh-Line Niou Rise In Race for NY's 10th District
Discussion: The Forward
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Andy Meek / Forbes:
More People Are Watching Greg Gutfeld's Late-Night Show On Fox Than Anything On CNN Or MSNBC
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
Insider:
Former Trump advisor Peter Navarro suggests Jared Kushner faked his cancer diagnosis for sympathy to sell his memoir
Discussion: Mediaite
Claire Suddath / Bloomberg:
A Very Dangerous Place to Be Pregnant Is Getting Even Scarier
Discussion: Jonathan's Newsletter
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