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POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Liz Cheney's next move  —  With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SCOOP: CHENEY'S NEXT MOVE — Rep. LIZ CHENEY is wasting no time beginning the next phase of her bid to prevent DONALD TRUMP's return to office.
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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
What Liz Cheney's Lopsided Loss Says About the State of the G.O.P.  —  She hoped Jan. 6 would be a turning point for Republicans.  And while it did prove to be a dividing line, it was those who crossed Donald J. Trump who have faced electoral consequences.  —  Representative Liz Cheney's martyr …
Katherine Fung / Newsweek:
Read Liz Cheney's Concession Speech as Congresswoman Ousted in Wyoming  —  Representative Liz Cheney delivered a powerful concession speech on Tuesday night after Wyoming Republicans ousted her from her House seat representing the state's at-large district.  —  Cheney was defeated …
Jazmine Ulloa / New York Times:
Lisa Murkowski and Sarah Palin Survive Primary Battles, but a Democrat Breaks Through  —  ANCHORAGE — Two of the most prominent women in Alaskan Republican politics — Senator Lisa Murkowski and Sarah Palin — appeared to be on divergent paths early Wednesday following the state's special election and primary.
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
In the Ways That Count, Liz Cheney Won
Emily Brooks / The Hill:
Elon Musk featured at Kevin McCarthy's GOP retreat in Wyoming
Discussion: New York Post
CREW:
Secret Service held onto Pelosi threat until after insurrection … The Secret Service knew of a threat to Nancy Pelosi on January 6th days before the insurrection, but did not pass it along until hours after the Capitol had been breached, according to Secret Service emails obtained by CREW.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Walensky, Citing Botched Pandemic Response, Calls for C.D.C. Reorganization  —  Among other flaws, the public guidance during the coronavirus pandemic was “confusing and overwhelming,” the agency said.  —  Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …
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Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
CDC, under fire, lays out plan to become more nimble and accountable
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Washington Post:
Americans are paying for slogans on bombs aimed at Russians  —  KYIV, Ukraine — At a military position near the front line, members of a Ukrainian military unit snickered as a soldier with tattooed arms scrawled a phallic symbol on an artillery shell designed for an M777 howitzer cannon.
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Yahoo News:   How Elon Musk's Starlink satellite network is aiding the Ukrainian war effort
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Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Giuliani arrives to testify in Georgia 2020 election probe
Dwight Garner / New York Times:
Jared Kushner's ‘Breaking History’ Is a Soulless and Very Selective Memoir  —  In this lengthy book, Kushner recounts the time he spent in the White House during his father-in-law's term.  —  Buy Book ▾ … When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission.
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal REVOLUTION:
Still under-policed and over-imprisoned  —  A new paper, The Injustice of Under-Policing, makes a point that I have been emphasizing for many years, namely, relative to other developed countries the United States is under-policed and over-imprisoned. … First, as is well known …
Discussion: MIT Press and National Review
William M. Arkin / Newsweek:
FBI Sought Documents Trump Hoarded for Years, Including about Russiagate  —  The FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago last Monday was specifically intended to recover Donald Trump's personal “stash” of hidden documents, two high-level U.S. intelligence officials tell Newsweek.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Taking the Fifth should disqualify a politician from taking office  —  Donald Trump invoked the Fifth Amendment more than 400 times in New York's investigation into his business's finances.  Of course, the defeated former president and alleged pilferer of nuclear secrets has every right …
Discussion: RedState
Washington Post:
Trump is rushing to hire seasoned lawyers — but he keeps hearing ‘No’  —  The former president's current legal team includes a Florida insurance lawyer who's never had a federal case, a past general counsel for a parking-garage company and a former host at far-right One America News
Andrew Lapin / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Texas school district orders librarians to remove a version of Anne Frank's diary from shelves  —  (JTA) - A school district in suburban Fort Worth, Texas, has ordered its librarians to remove an illustrated adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank” from their shelves and digital libraries …
David Dayen / American Prospect:
DeJoy's Continued Job Security Depends on Biden's Next Move  —  Two more members of the Postal Service Board of Governors finish their terms in December.  Biden could replace them with members willing to fire the postmaster general.  —  Postmaster General Louis Dejoy talks after President Biden signed …
Elise Labott / Politico:
‘This Was the Albatross Around His Neck All Year’  —  For many Americans, the one-year anniversary of the disastrous withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan is a sober milestone marking one of the country's biggest foreign-policy mistakes in modern history.  But for President Joe Biden …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Pallavi Pundir / VICE:   ‘I Was on a Kill List’: Queer Afghans Say They're Being Hunted and Tortured
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Florida court says teen is not ‘mature’ enough to have an abortion  —  A pregnant and parentless 16-year-old in Florida may be forced to give birth after an appeals court ruled she was not “sufficiently mature to decide whether to terminate her pregnancy.”  —  The teenager, who is identified …
Associated Press:
Scientists warn of dire effects as Mediterranean heats up  —  While vacationers might enjoy the Mediterranean Sea's summer warmth, climate scientists are warning of dire consequences for its marine life as it burns up in a series of severe heat waves.  From Barcelona to Tel Aviv …
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Edward Ring / American Greatness:   Green Fascists Are Destroying the World
The Economist:
Armies are re-learning how to fight in cities  —  Urban combat has a brutal, destructive reputation.  It will become more common  —  “The city doesn't exist any more,” said Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine's foreign minister, in April.  By then Mariupol, on the Sea of Azov, had been under Russian siege …
 
 
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