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12:30 PM ET, August 6, 2022

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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.
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Aris Folley / The Hill:
Democrats could see a bruising clash with Sanders over economic bill  —  Democrats are bracing for a grueling weekend of vote-a-rama in the hopes of finally passing their long-sought economic bill, known as the Inflation Reduction Act.  —  Republicans have vowed to force a series of tough votes in opposition of the plan.
Discussion: 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.
New York Times:
In Senate Battle, Democrats Defy Biden's Low Standing (for Now)  —  “The billion-dollar question,” as one Republican pollster put it, is whether Democratic candidates in crucial Senate races can continue to outpace the president's unpopularity.  —  PHOENIX — In a Senate split 50-50 …
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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
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.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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Mariel Padilla / The 19th:
Indiana becomes first state to pass abortion ban after Roe v. Wade reversal
Discussion: MSNBC
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 …
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
Safia Samee Ali / NBC News:
Alex Jones must pay more than $45 million in punitive damages to the family of a Sandy Hook massacre victim, jury orders  —  Alex Jones ordered to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages in defamation trial  —  A Texas jury on Friday ordered Alex Jones to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages …
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Bloomberg Law:
Alex Jones Ordered to Pay $45 Million in Punitive Damages
Discussion: Al Jazeera and The Root
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: Washington Examiner and CNN
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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
Tugce Ozsoy / Bloomberg:
Turkish Banks Are Adopting Russian Payments System, Erdogan Says  —  Five Turkish banks have adopted Russia's Mir payments system, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on his return from talks with President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
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 …
Gloria Dickie / Reuters:
Washington DC lightning strike that killed two offers climate warning  —  Scientists say that climate change is increasing the likelihood of lightning strikes across the United States, after lightning struck at a square near the White House, leaving two people dead and two others in critical condition.
Discussion: Twitchy, Al Jazeera and 中天快 …
Toyin Owoseje / CNN:
Top scientist admits ‘space telescope image’ was actually a slice of chorizo  —  A French scientist has apologized after tweeting a photo of a slice of chorizo, claiming it was an image of a distant star taken by the James Webb Space Telescope.  Étienne Klein, a celebrated physicist …
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Sophia Smith Galer / VICE:
French Scientist's Photo of ‘Distant Star’ Was Actually Chorizo
 
 
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Todd Neikirk / HillReporter.com:
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Politico:
Biden administration planning to extend Covid emergency declaration
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Tessa Stuart / Rolling Stone:
Her Team Helped Beat Back Kansas' Abortion Ban. Here's What She Wants Other States to Know
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, The Guardian and HuffPost
U.S. Department of Justice:
Alleged Russian Cryptocurrency Money Launderer Extradited to United States