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Christina Cameron / House Republican Leader:
McCarthy Statement on January 6 Commission Legislation  —  Washington, D.C. - House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the January 6th commission legislation:
Washington Post:
Biden's aid programs help buttress McCarthy's district despite GOP leader's complaints about ‘socialist’ spending  —  The California district McCarthy has represented since 2007 is among the poorest in the state  —  BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) …
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
McCarthy won't support January 6 commission and sides with Republicans downplaying the insurrection
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi slams GOP for ‘cowardice’ over Jan. 6 commission
Discussion: IJR
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:   McCarthy says that he will not support bipartisan deal for 1/6 commission
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Val Demings to run for Senate against Rubio  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida Rep. Val Demings is planning to run for the U.S. Senate, rather than governor, providing Democrats with a big-name candidate to take on Republican Sen. Marco Rubio next year.  —  For months, Demings mulled …
Shibley Telhami / The Boston Globe:
Biden's bungled response on Israeli-Palestinian conflict  —  If an American president cannot leverage the US's extraordinary political clout to advance core American values, what hope is there for succeeding anywhere else?  —  No one expected President Biden to make the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a priority of his administration.
Discussion: Washington Post, IJR and New York Times
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Annie Karni / New York Times:
Live Updates: Biden Said to Have Taken Firmer Line on Call With Netanyahu  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Biden is said to have taken a firmer line in his call with Netanyahu.  —  President Biden on Monday delivered a firmer message in private to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …
Nathan J. Brown / Carnegie Middle East Center:
Hamas's Fortuitous Opening
Discussion: Al-Monitor and The Guardian
Politico:
How Biden Can Be a Leader in an Israeli-Palestinian Conflict That Has None
Discussion: Washington Post
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Andrew Giuliani announces 2022 bid for New York governor … Andrew Giuliani has dreams of turning next year's gubernatorial race into another “Fight of the Century.”  —  The son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will announce Tuesday that he's officially running for the Republican primary …
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Politico:
Feds have asked about Giuliani's consulting on Romania  —  It's not just Ukraine.  Justice Department investigators have asked questions about Rudy Giuliani's work connected to Romania, according to two people familiar with the probe into former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Are the Supreme Court and Biden ready to rumble over Roe?  —  Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the first arguments in Roe v. Wade, a case that not only would transform constitutional law but political divisions in the United States.  Since then, pro-life advocates …
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Elena Kagan Has Had Enough of Brett Kavanaugh's Judicial “Scorekeeping”
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story and RedState
Alayna Treene / Axios:
The freshmen in Congress who have missed the most votes  —  The top five are all House Republicans.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Biden to waive sanctions on company in charge of Nord Stream 2  —  The Biden administration will waive sanctions on the corporate entity and CEO overseeing the construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline into Germany, according to two sources briefed on the decision.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump Justice Dept. Tried to Use Grand Jury to Identify Nunes Critic on Twitter  —  An unsealed court filing shows that the social media company fought the subpoena, which the Biden administration is said to have withdrawn.  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department under President Trump secretly obtained …
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Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Trump DOJ tried to unmask a Twitter account behind ‘mean tweets and bad memes’ that teased Rep. Devin Nunes
Discussion: The Guardian and Daily Kos
Amanda Hess / New York Times:
Sinead O'Connor Remembers Things Differently  —  The mainstream narrative is that a pop star ripped up a photo of the pope on “Saturday Night Live” and derailed her life.  What if the opposite were true?  —  Sinead O'Connor is alone, which is how she prefers to be.
Anna Merlan / VICE:
Unvaccinated TikTok Users Believe They Will Be ‘Lone Survivors’  —  TikTok continues to ignore misinformation on its platform, as it gets weirder and more explicitly vaccine-focused.  —  Anna Merlan  —  TikTok users are falsely claiming that vaccinated people will soon die, leaving them to inherit the earth.
Discussion: Raw Story
Deon J. Hampton / NBC News:
Ohio sees boost in shots after it announces $1 million vaccination lottery … CINCINNATI — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's $5 million lottery to encourage vaccinations appears to be an early win.  —  State health officials said Monday that more than 25,400 Covid-19 vaccine shots were administered Friday …
Neil Genzlinger / New York Times:
Charles Grodin, 86, Dies; Familiar Face From ‘Beethoven’ and Other Films  —  Mr. Grodin, who also appeared on Broadway in “Same Time, Next Year,” wrote books and had his own talk show, was especially adept at deadpan comedy.  —  Charles Grodin, the versatile actor familiar from “Same Time …
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Biden and an iconic American truck join forces in the fossil fuel culture war  —  When Ford Motor Co. surveyed American truck owners last year, the automaker received a clear message: “Keep your hands off my truck.”  Only 40 percent said they'd be “excited” about an electric pickup.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: When the media can't move on  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  WHEN THE MEDIA CAN'T MOVE ON.  Republicans on Capitol Hill are alarmed, to say the least …
Discussion: CNN and spectator.us
Justin Baer / Wall Street Journal:
Fidelity's Pitch to America's Teens: No-Fee Brokerage Accounts  —  There are some 27 million teens in the U.S., and several million households already have an account with the wealth manager  —  Fidelity Investments Inc. plans to open the door to a new generation of investors who will be able …
Discussion: CNBC, Washington Examiner and Forbes
Noah Kulwin / The Baffler:
Narrative Napalm  —  Malcolm Gladwell's apologia for American butchery … THERE ARE INFINITE KINDS OF IRRESPONSIBLE BOOKS that a well-credentialed media insider can write.  —  First are the total farces of fact.  These include former New York Times chief Jill Abramson's mangling …
Christina Maxouris / CNN:
More places in the US lift mask mandates.  One local leader says the honor system is already not working  —  (CNN)Several days since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fully vaccinated Americans can — for the most part — ditch their masks, more places are announcing changes …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
In Biden White House, the Celebrity Staff Is a Thing of the Past  —  President Biden is undoing a longstanding Washington tradition in which staff members enjoy their own refracted fame.  —  WASHINGTON — Mike Donilon is one of the most trusted presidential advisers in the Biden White House …
Discussion: The Week and Washington Post
CNN:
LIST: House members who said they were vaccinated against Covid-19  —  See Rand Paul spar with Dr. Fauci over masks  —  (CNN)Mask mandates may be being lifted across the country, but not in the United States House of Representatives.  —  In a memo sent to members Monday …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
ProPublica:
REPUBLISH  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  The shoreline communities of Ocean County, New Jersey, are a summertime getaway for throngs of urbanites, lined with vacation homes and ice cream parlors.
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Capitol Rioters' ‘Trump Defense’ Comes Up Again And Again.  Will It Make A Difference?  —  A few weeks after his arrest for allegedly storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, the man known as the “QAnon Shaman,” Jacob Chansley, floated an idea that dozens of others have tried — that Trump himself deserved some of the blame for his actions.
Discussion: Raw Story, Twitchy, The Week and Boing Boing
John McCormick / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Allies Promote Portfolios Targeting ‘Unwoke Investors’  —  New investment products offer opposite of so-called ESG funds  —  A small group of conservative money managers is trying to catch up to investment funds that for years have catered to those concerned about climate change, diversity or animal rights.
 
 
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Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
White House environmental justice advisers express opposition to nuclear, carbon capture projects
Discussion: HotAir
Joel Kotkin / Claremont Institute:
The Rise of Corporate-State Tyranny
Louise Matsakis / Rest of World:
Venmo is halting some payments referring to Palestine
Discussion: Insider
Barry Ziman / Washington Examiner:
The inconvenience of left-wing antisemitism
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
How the AP Slanted Border Coverage to Hide the Crisis
Discussion: HotAir and Instapundit
Sally Satel / Washington Post:
Vaccines probably don't work on me. So I must rely on others to beat covid-19.
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
DOJ signals scrutiny of popular fundraising gimmick
 Earlier Items: 
Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
Point of Order: George P. Bush supports Donald Trump in 2024, teases primary challenge to Ken Paxton
Discussion: Washington Post
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
The Inside Story of Joe Biden's Most Fateful Decision
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Republicans eye new House majority through redistricting
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T's Hollywood Ending Erased Billions in Value
Discussion: Washington Post
Lateshia Beachum / Washington Post:
Black Lives Matter activists said a man tried to hit them with his car. The suspect turned out to be a judge.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Hill
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
‘Our democracy is imperiled’: Maricopa County officials decry 2020 recount as a sham and call on Arizona Republicans to end the process