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3:02 AM ET, August 7, 2022


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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: Fortune
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Democrats plan to challenge parliamentarian on insulin cap
Katherine Tully-McManus / Politico:
Sinema's tax tweaks
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
Discussion: Roll Call
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Senate parliamentarian OKs most of Dems' drug price controls
Dems buckle up for GOP attempts to scuttle climate, tax and health care bill
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump easily wins Texas CPAC 2024 GOP presidential nomination straw poll; DeSantis second  —  Trump captured 69.1% of ballots cast, DeSantis received 23.7% in the anonymous CPAC straw poll  —  CPAC attendees reveal whether they want Trump or DeSantis as the 2024 GOP nominee
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Trump's grip on GOP activist class on display at Texas conclave  —  DALLAS — There's a power struggle underway to be the face of the Republican Party in 2024 — but you wouldn't know it from attending CPAC Texas.  —  There was no Ron DeSantis.  Mike Pence was nowhere to be found.  Nikki Haley?
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. …
Discussion: Breitbart
Alexandra Hutzler / ABC News:
Biden tests negative for COVID but will keep isolating out of ‘caution’
Discussion: Associated Press, Townhall and The Hill
Asher Notheis / Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden finally tests negative for COVID-19 after lengthy isolation
Discussion: MSNBC, Bloomberg and Washington Post
Praveena Somasundaram / Washington Post:
U.N. watchdog warns of ‘nuclear disaster’ from shelling at Zaporizhzhia plant  —  The United Nations nuclear chief warned of a potential “nuclear disaster” after shelling of Europe's largest atomic power plant, once again urging Russia and Ukraine to allow a mission of experts access to the facility to help secure it.
New York Times:
Killings of Three Muslim Men in Albuquerque May Be Linked, Police Say  —  The authorities also suspect the deaths could be connected to the homicide of a Muslim man in 2021.  —  The police in Albuquerque are investigating the killings of three Muslim men that they say may be connected.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and WTOP News
Robyn Dixon / Washington Post:
Russian men, dying in war, leave many families sad, angry and silent  —  When Yevgeny Chubarin told his mother he was joining the Russian army to fight against Ukraine, she cried and begged him not to go.  But his exhilaration shone through.  By May 15, he had an AK-47 and was on his way.
Sam Wilson / Missoulian:
GOP redistricting proposals could lock in legislative supermajorities  —  The two Republican-drawn maps of proposed Montana House districts, unveiled by the state's redistricting commissioners last week, would likely yield supermajorities for the state's dominant GOP.
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.”
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Deplorables Are Real  —  The problem isn't the demagogues, it's their audiences.  —  Every week I highlight three newsletters that are worth your time.  —  If you find value in this project, do two things for me: (1) hit the Like button, and (2) share this with someone.
Christopher Rowland / Washington Post:
A challenge for antiabortion states: Doctors reluctant to work there  —  Recruiters say OB/GYNs are turning down offers, a warning for conservative-dominated states already experiencing shortages  —  In a few years, Olgert Bardhi's skills will be in high demand.
Evan Allen / The Boston Globe:
‘It was you!’  Traffic spat turned police coverup leads to questions for DA Hayden  —  Jason Leonor should have felt relief when the police cars pulled up behind him in Mattapan.  After all, he was the one who called 911.  Instead, he felt a swirl of confusion and dread.  “Something isn't right,” he thought.
Laura Davison / Bloomberg:
Share Buyback Tax's Lag Could Spur Rush to Repurchase This Year  —  The new 1% levy on stock buybacks in the US Senate's tax and climate package isn't slated to go into effect until 2023, which means that there could be a flurry of repurchases before the end of this year.
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Hunter Biden attributes his penis obsession to ‘body dysmorphia’  —  Hunter Biden said his obsession with naked selfies was a result of “body dysmorphia,” according to a rambling screed found in the notes of his hard drive.  —  “I loved to be reassured that my 9-inch very big penis was actually big.
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
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.
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Discussion: Washington Post
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
State Legislatures Are Torching Democracy
Discussion: Straight Razor
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