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5:45 PM ET, August 6, 2022

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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
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Insider:
Chuck Schumer wants to dare Republicans to vote against a popular $35 insulin cap  — Schumer wants to dare the GOP into knocking out a popular insulin cap plan, per two people familiar.  — The $35 insulin cap is a major Democratic priority included in the Inflation Reduction Act.
Discussion: Political Wire
Katherine Tully-McManus / Politico:
Sinema's tax tweaks  —  It's a Friday in August, do you know where your senators are?  They aren't here.  But they aren't on Summer recess either.  —  SINEMA SIGNS ON — Arizona centrist Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is backing the Democrats climate, tax and health care bill …
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.
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Democrats could see a bruising clash with Sanders over economic bill
Discussion: Fox News, USA Today 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.
Lora Kelley / New York Times:
Major Indiana Employers Criticize State's New Abortion Law  —  The drug company Eli Lilly said it “will be forced” to look outside the state for employment growth.  The engine maker Cummins said the law will “impede our ability to attract and retain top talent.”
Discussion: CNBC and Insider
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Ellen Francis / Washington Post:
‘Not her body, not her choice’: Indiana lawmakers on abortion ban  —  Indiana lawmakers approved a near-total ban on abortion Friday, making the state the first in the nation to pass sweeping limits on access to the procedure since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade.
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 …
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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Timothy Nerozzi / Fox News:
Biden spokeswoman slams Indiana abortion law as ‘radical’ Republican move
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Hey, Joe, Don't Give It a Go  —  WASHINGTON — Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a cautionary tale.  —  She missed the moment to leave the stage, ignoring friendly nudges from Democrats and entreaties from Obama allies.  She fell in love with her late-in-life image as a hip cultural icon: “Notorious R.B.G. …
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 …
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.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
After 246 Years, Marine Corps Gives 4 Stars to a Black Officer  —  Gen. Michael E. Langley is the first Black person to attain the highest rank in the corps, whose most senior leadership had until now consisted entirely of white men.  —  WASHINGTON — In the military, there have already …
Discussion: Fox News and CNN
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 …
iaea.org:
Director General Grossi Alarmed by Shelling at Ukraine NPP, says IAEA Mission Vital for Nuclear Safety and Security  —  The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, issued the following statement today about the situation at Ukraine's Zaporizhzya nuclear power plant:
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
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
 
 
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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
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Daniel Desrochers / Kansas City Star:
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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
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