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8:55 PM ET, July 19, 2021

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Vanity Fair:
“I'm Getting the Word Out”: Inside the Feverish Mind of Donald Trump Two Months After Leaving the White House  —  In an hours-long interview with Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker from his Mar-a-Lago throne, the former president repeated his election lies, bashed Mitch McConnell ("he's a stupid person"), and teased a triumphant comeback.
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David Siders / Politico:
Pence flatlines as 2024 field takes shape  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Mike Pence was met by a respectful, even warm, crowd in his first trip back to Iowa since the election.  Republicans at a picnic in the northwestern corner of the state stood and clapped for him on Friday.
Politico:
McCarthy makes his 5 GOP picks for Jan. 6 select committee  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has chosen his five GOP appointees for the Democrat-led select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.  —  While the California Republican took his time deciding between naming …
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Washington Post:
Jim Jordan, four other Republicans chosen by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to serve on panel investigating Jan. 6 riots  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will recommend five Republicans to serve on the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob …
CNN:
Jim Jordan among 5 House Republicans selected by McCarthy for January 6 select committee  —  (CNN)House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has made his selection of five Republicans to join the select committee investigating January 6, ensuring that Republicans will have input in the investigation run by Democrats.
Discussion: Lawfare and Roll Call
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Fox has quietly implemented its own version of a vaccine passport while its top personalities attack them  —  New York (CNN Business)Tucker Carlson has called the idea of vaccine passports the medical equivalent of “Jim Crow” laws.  And other Fox News personalities have spent months …
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YouTube:
Ryan Grim: Fox News Workers Have Their Own Corporate Vaccine Passport  —  Ryan Grim discusses the discrepancy between Fox News anchors' coverage of the COVID vaccines and their personal opinions on them.About Rising: Rising is a we...
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Insider
Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
A federal judge upholds Indiana University's vaccination requirement for students.  —  In what appeared to be the first ruling upholding a coronavirus vaccine mandate by a university, a federal judge affirmed on Monday that Indiana University could require that its students be vaccinated against the virus.
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Stop pleading with anti-vaxxers and start mandating vaccinations
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
GOP: Bipartisan infrastructure deal has ‘no chance’ on Wednesday  —  Senate Republicans revolted on Monday against opening debate on infrastructure while a bipartisan bill is still being written, lining up in opposition to a squeeze play by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
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Politico:
Senate Democrats propose requiring women to register for military draft
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Christina A. Cassidy / Associated Press:
Senate Democrats take their case for voting bill to Georgia
Quinn Klinefelter / Michigan Radio:
Federal appeals court to consider whether Michigan students can be required to wear masks  —  On Wednesday, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on whether requiring Michigan students to wear masks in classrooms violates their constitutional rights.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Lisa Black / services.aap.org:
American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Recommendations for Opening Schools in Fall 2021
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
First US Capitol rioter convicted of a felony gets 8 months in prison after DOJ says stiffer sentence could stop future attacks  —  (CNN)A man who pleaded guilty to breaching the Senate chamber during the US Capitol insurrection was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison in a closely watched case …
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Michael Tarm / Associated Press:
Man faces 1st sentencing for felony in riot at US Capitol
Associated Press:
New chief selected for Capitol Police after 1/6 insurrection
Discussion: The Hill and Roll Call
Marty Makary / Wall Street Journal:
The Flimsy Evidence Behind the CDC's Push to Vaccinate Children  —  The agency overcounts Covid hospitalizations and deaths and won't consider if one shot is sufficient.  —  A tremendous number of government and private policies affecting kids are based on one number: 335.
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Teaganne Finn / NBC News:
DOJ won't prosecute ex-Trump Commerce chief Ross for misleading Congress on census question … WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will not prosecute former Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for misrepresenting the rationale for a proposed citizenship question in last year's census …
Discussion: CNBC, CNN and Political Wire
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Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Trump's Business Hauled In $2.4 Billion During Four Years He Served As President  —  Forbes estimates the pandemic helped wipe about $200 million off Trump's top line last year.  —  In April 2017, Press Secretary Sean Spicer took the podium in the White House briefing room and announced …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Laurence H. Tribe / The Boston Globe:
Merrick Garland's insurrection ruling and democracy's destiny  —  The attorney general should not let Mo Brooks off the hook for his role in the insurrection.  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland confronts a choice that is more than just career-defining.  He must answer a question arising …
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David Montgomery / Washington Post:   Merrick Garland will not deliver your catharsis
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
White House Dispute Exposes Facebook Blind Spot on Misinformation  —  The company doesn't know some specifics about how falsehoods about Covid-19 and vaccines for the virus spread on its social network.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — At the start of the pandemic, a group of data scientists at Facebook held …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A vile new Trump-GOP claim about vaccines suggests trouble ahead  —  It was only a matter of time until Donald Trump converted the debate over covid-19 vaccines into an occasion for his supporters to show their loyalty to him — and even worse, to the “big lie” that his 2020 loss was illegitimate.
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Judge Guts Trump-Era Case Against Rocker Raided For Photo Shoot Promoting His Band  —  Justin Coffman spent a month behind bars and had his home raided because of his band's promotional photo shoot.  —  A senior federal judge has gutted a criminal case championed by a Trump-appointed top federal prosecutor …
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Trump Is Telling His Dinner Pals He's Planning to Run for President in 2024  —  In conversations with at least 3 people, a top GOP source says, Trump has said he wants another run at the White House  —  WASHINGTON — Brace yourself: Donald Trump plans to run for president again.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Destruction of Property in Burning of Banner Taken from Church  —  Defendant Also Pleads Guilty in a Separate Firearms Case  —  WASHINGTON - Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, 37, of Miami, Fla., pleaded guilty today to charges in two cases, including one involving the burning …
Robert Snell / Detroit News:
FBI agent in Whitmer kidnap case arrested following domestic incident  —  The arrest of an FBI agent credited with helping thwart a plot to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer complicates one of the most closely watched cases of violent extremism that is becoming increasingly focused on allegations of wrongdoing by investigators.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Rory Cooper / Washington Post:
In Fairfax County, parents are taking back the power  —  A battle has been brewing in the school districts around our nation's biggest cities for the past year.  On one side are parents who saw incompetent school boards and administrators harming children by ignoring science and keeping children locked …
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
The National Security Disaster You Probably Missed Last Week  —  It may seem a wonky piece of trivia that a man named Michael Brown withdrew his nomination last week to be the Pentagon's acquisitions chief.  But in fact, it's a national security disaster, a retreat from a promise of major reform …
Miles Parks / NPR:
Outrage As A Business Model: How Ben Shapiro Is Using Facebook To Build An Empire  —  In 2021, Ben Shapiro rules Facebook.  —  The conservative podcast host and author's personal Facebook page has more followers than The Washington Post, and he drives an engagement machine unparalleled …
Miami Herald:
Biden orders review of Havana embassy staff, remittances after Cuba protests  —  President Joe Biden took steps on Monday to respond to a historic wave of protests in Cuba, ordering the State Department to review an increase in staff at the U.S. Embassy in Havana and forming a working group …
The White House:
President Biden Announces Three Key Nominations  —  WASHINGTON - Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following three individuals to serve in key roles:  — Tamara Cofman Wittes, Nominee for Assistant Administrator for Middle East, United States Agency for International Development
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Steve Doocy Implores Fox & Friends Viewers to Get the Covid Vaccine: ‘Get the Shot.  It Will Save Your Life’  —  Steve Doocy dismissed absurd anti-vax conspiracy theories that have gone viral among the vaccine-hesitant set and implored viewers of Fox & Friends to get the Covid-19 vaccine because it “will save your life.”
CNBC:
Sell-off intensifies as the Dow tumbles more than 900 points amid pandemic fears  —  What experts are saying as stocks drop amid Delta variant concerns  —  U.S. stocks fell aggressively Monday on concern a rebound in Covid cases would slow global economic growth.
John L. Dorman / Insider:
Giuliani was intentionally given the wrong time for a debate-prep session after clashing with other Trump advisors, book says  — Giuliani was given the wrong time for a debate-prep session, an upcoming book says.  — He wanted Trump to use a more personal strategy in attacking Hunter Biden in a debate, it says.
Discussion: Raw Story
Laura Field / The Constitutionalist:
The GOP's Minoritarian Defense and Justificatory Schema  —  Laura K. Field is a writer and political theorist, Scholar in residence at American University, and Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center.  She is a regular contributor to The Constitutionalist.
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
How the New Child Tax Credit Is Already Changing Lives “There's very few good news stories, and this is one.”  —  Months into lockdown, Maggie Wiggin noticed that her 7-year-old son had become depressed.  “Lockdown was a nightmare, I think, for a lot of special-needs kids.
 
 
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Jennifer Millman / NBC New York:
Delta COVID Surge Fuels Renewed Calls for Mask Mandates in NYC, Elsewhere
Aurelien Breeden / New York Times:
In France, angry protests, rising infections and record vaccinations.
Discussion: FactCheck.org and The Guardian
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Confidence in Big Business, Big Tech Wanes Among Republicans
Discussion: The Hill and TheBlaze
Lynsey Hanley / Jacobin:
We Will Never Forget Dawn Foster
Wall Street Journal:
Biden to Tap Former Hill Aide for Top Treasury Post Overseeing Financial Rules
 Earlier Items: 
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Are There Any Good Apples at the FBI?  —  With the latest revelation of massive FBI incompetence …
Brennan Center for Justice:
Indiana NAACP and League of Women Voters of Indiana v. Lawson
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David R. Eichenthal / New Republic:
A Surprising Potential Swing Vote: Pro-Democracy Republicans
Insider:
Former Trump aide says campaign paid actors to appear at his 2016 presidential announcement
Discussion: Raw Story
American Greatness:
The American Descent into Madness