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3:45 PM ET, August 6, 2022

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Politico:
Democrats near key vote on signature climate, tax and health care proposal  —  Democrats expect to advance their signature health care, climate and tax bill as early as Saturday afternoon after the Senate's rules referee OK'd most of their legislation's protection from a filibuster.
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John L. Dorman / Insider:
Trump blasts the Democratic-led climate and tax bill, says ‘old broken crow’ Mitch McConnell was ‘taken for a ride’ by Joe Manchin  — Former President Trump blasted McConnell and Manchin over the Democratic-led climate and tax bill.  — Trump said McConnell was “taken for a ride” …
Discussion: Roll Call
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Senate parliamentarian OKs most of Dems' drug price controls  —  The Senate parliamentarian narrowed Democrats' plan for curbing drug prices but left it largely unscathed Saturday, Democrats said, as party leaders prepared to start moving their sprawling economic bill through the chamber.
Discussion: Politico, Fox News, The Hill and The Lever
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Democrats could see a bruising clash with Sanders over economic bill
Discussion: USA Today, Fox News and CBS News
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
State Legislatures Are Torching Democracy  —  Even in moderate places like Ohio, gerrymandering has let unchecked Republicans pass extremist laws that could never make it through Congress. … As the Supreme Court anticipated when it overturned Roe v. Wade, the battle over abortion rights is now being waged state by state.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Biden Tests Negative for Coronavirus but Will Keep Isolating  —  The negative test came a week after his rebound case emerged.  He will remain in isolation until he tests negative a second time, his doctor said.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden finally tested negative for the coronavirus on Saturday …
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Alexandra Hutzler / ABC News:
Biden tests negative for COVID but will keep isolating out of ‘caution’  —  Biden experienced “rebound positivity” after taking Paxlovid.  —  President Joe Biden speaks before signing two bills aimed at combating fraud in the COVID-19 small business relief programs, at the White House in Washington, Aug. 5, 2022.
Timothy Nerozzi / Fox News:
Biden spokeswoman slams Indiana abortion law as ‘radical’ Republican move
Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
Drop Box for Babies: Conservatives Promote a Way to Give Up Newborns Anonymously  —  After Roe, groups are seeking to expand safe haven laws, which allow women to surrender babies with minimal interference.  But these laws pose their own problems.  —  The Safe Haven Baby Box at a firehouse in Carmel …
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Tessa Stuart / Rolling Stone:
Her Team Helped Beat Back Kansas' Abortion Ban. Here's What She Wants Other States to Know
Politico:
Tim Ryan turned his race into a surprise Senate battleground.  Now comes the hard part.  —  Tim Ryan may be running ahead of J.D. Vance in Ohio.  But the cavalry is coming to Vance's rescue.  —  Whether Ryan can survive the coming ad onslaught and keep Ohio's Senate race surprisingly competitive is an open question.
Timothy Puko / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Lawmakers Lobby Oil Industry to Denounce Tax-and-Climate Bill  —  Democrats' plan includes measures lauded by some in the oil-and-gas industry, frustrating Republicans  —  WASHINGTON—Congressional Republicans are ramping up pressure on the oil-and-gas industry to take an aggressive stance …
Discussion: Fox News
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Todd Neikirk / HillReporter.com:
WATCH: Gleeful Jeanine Pirro Says Brittney Griner Won't be Taking a Knee Anymore  —  WNBA star Brittney Griner was sentenced this week to 9 years in prison.  The United States is working on getting her freed from jail and has discussed prisoner exchanges.  —  Since Griner has dabbled in activism …
New York Times:
In Turbulent Times, Xi Builds a Security Fortress for China, and Himself  —  Taiwan, Covid, “color revolutions,” the classroom: everywhere, China's leader sees threats that foreign forces can exploit, and he has enlisted the whole nation to resist.  —  Over informal, private meals with American leaders …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
How ‘Loyal Dog’ Sean Hannity Went From King of Fox News to Has-Been  —  Hannity was once Fox's most-watched host, but now he's fallen all the way to fourth place.  What happened?  —  Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  —  During the Trump administration, Sean Hannity was on top of the world.
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Health Authorities Issue New Advice for Avoiding Monkeypox  —  CDC says sexually active people should limit number of sex partners, after finding the disease mainly in men who have had sex with several men  —  Why Monkeypox Is a Global Health Threat
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Fenit Nirappil / Washington Post:
CDC: Consider fewer sexual partners to avoid monkeypox
Daniel Desrochers / Kansas City Star:
Eric Greitens lost the Missouri Senate primary.  He won't disappear from politics  —  Whatever you want to call the two-minute speech former Gov. Eric Greitens made on election night, it wasn't a concession.  —  He did not congratulate Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on winning the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.
bellingcat:
Tracking the Faceless Killers who Mutilated and Executed a Ukrainian POW  —  Editor's note: this article contains descriptions of sexual violence and murder which readers may find disturbing.  —  On July 28, a series of horrifying videos circulated on pro-Russian social media which depicted …
Discussion: The Guardian
Jeff E. Schapiro / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Old problem for new governor - the distraction of ambition  —  On Wednesday evening, favor-seeking business people, lobbyists and activists, having stroked checks for four and five figures to Glenn Youngkin's political action committee, streamed into the former Tredegar Iron Works …
Selene San Felice / Axios:
Florida officials speak out after state attorney Andrew Warren suspended  —  “Does my vote not count?” a sign read outside at a protest outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse Thursday evening.  — The question echoed throughout Tampa Bay, and Democrat politicians voiced their outrage.
Discussion: HotAir, Washington Examiner and CNN
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Farnaz Fassihi / New York Times:
Iran Targets Its Baha'i Community With Arrests and Home Demolitions
Discussion: The National Interest
The Texas Tribune:
Greg Abbott appoints Austin officer charged with aggravated assault to agency that regulates Texas law enforcement
Discussion: KXAN-TV
Bill Gates / New York Times:
A Clean Energy Future is in the Hands of Congress
Discussion: The Hill
Tugce Ozsoy / Bloomberg:
Turkish Banks Are Adopting Russian Payments System, Erdogan Says
Emily Atkin / HEATED:
Beware of this fake pro-climate group
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Vladimir Kara-Murza / Washington Post:
Even from prison I can see opposition to Putin's war growing
Daniel Nichanian / Bolts:
Memphis Ousts DA and Judge Who Oversaw Its Notoriously Harsh Court System
Discussion: Reason, HuffPost and The Guardian
Gloria Dickie / Reuters:
Washington DC lightning strike that killed two offers climate warning
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Bloomberg:
Apple will withhold the release of Apple Intelligence, iPhone Mirroring, and more in the EU this year, citing concerns about DMA's interoperability requirements

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / TechCrunch:
The US Department of the Treasury announces sanctions against 12 Kaspersky executives; the company and its founder and CEO Eugene Kaspersky were not included

Greg Bensinger / Reuters:
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