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10:15 AM ET, August 5, 2022

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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.
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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 …
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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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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Ben Paviour / VPM.org:
Yesli Vega questions whether liberal states' abortion laws are ‘acceptable’  —  Congressional hopeful Yesli Vega, the GOP nominee to take on Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) in the 7th Congressional District, questioned in a leaked audio recording whether it's “acceptable” for liberal states to allow abortion.
Discussion: Blue Virginia
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:   What Pro-Lifers Should Learn From Kansas
Ava Sasani / New York Times:
Georgia Abortion Law Says a Fetus Is Tax Deductible
Discussion: Yahoo News
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.
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Michael McFaul / Washington Post:
‘Realists’ have it wrong: Putin, not Zelensky, is the one who can end the war.
Amnesty International:
Ukraine: Ukrainian fighting tactics endanger civilians
CNN:
Lavrov says Russia is ready to discuss prisoner swap with US after Griner conviction
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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S.V. Date / HuffPost:
Trump Leaves RNC Ensnared In Criminal Probes Of His Coup Attempt
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump likely to be criminally charged in DOJ election probe along with other former White House officials, Obama AG Holder says
Discussion: CNN
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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Anna Merlan / VICE:
A Copy of Alex Jones' Cellphone Will Be Turned Over to the January 6 Committee ‘Immediately’
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:   Alex Jones' spontaneous cell death
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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: Raw Story
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 …
Jerusalem Demsas / The Atlantic:
The Billionaire's Dilemma  —  Usually when rich people rage against the possibility that someone less wealthy might become their neighbor, nobody bats an eye.  Why would they?  NIMBYism is the dominant fact of American urban geography.  But in recent years, a number of very rich people …
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Viktor Orbán's racism not a deal breaker for the right in the U.S.  —  Viktor Orbán's recent racism offered Republicans an opportunity to distance themselves from the authoritarian Hungarian.  They've done the opposite.  —  Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's anti …
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Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Orban at CPAC brings the ‘far-right international’ into focus
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
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Gannett reports disastrous financial results; layoffs are coming  —  Digital subscriptions are up, but, as expenses rise, other revenue streams are in a freefall  —  Gannett recorded a dismal second quarter financially, the company reported Thursday - important revenues sources down …
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.
 
 
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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.
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Discussion: MovieWeb and Page Six
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Republicans' last-minute Cheney lifeline
Discussion: RedState
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Discussion: American Greatness
ABC News:
DOJ charges current, former police officers in connection with raid that killed Breonna Taylor