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12:45 PM ET, July 20, 2021


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Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: White House official, Pelosi aide test positive for COVID  —  A White House official and a staff member for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have both tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the same reception last week, officials confirmed to Axios.
Kate Conger / New York Times:
Twitter Suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene for Posting Coronavirus Misinformation  —  The Republican lawmaker from Georgia cannot tweet for 12 hours, after the White House criticized social media sites for amplifying vaccine lies.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter said on Monday …
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
White House Dispute Exposes Facebook Blind Spot on Misinformation
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Most unvaccinated Americans won't get the shot for any reason  —  Many won't budge even if their own doctor gives the shot, a celebrity endorses it or they get paid time off.
Discussion: HotAir
Miriam Kramer / Axios:
Bezos says space flight reinforced commitment to fighting climate change  —  Jeff Bezos said in an interview hours after flying to suborbital space on Tuesday that there are “no words” to adequately describe the experience, but that it reinforced his commitment to combatting climate change and keeping Earth …
Discussion: Political Wire
Talia Lavin / MSNBC:
Jeff Bezos' live Blue Origin space launch is the pinnacle of waste … It's the most 2021 of all 2021 storylines: after gorging themselves on the best of a plague-torn planet, the billionaires are going to space.  Corporate giants Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have all drawn on public coffers …
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Infrastructure deal in precarious state as endgame nears  —  President Biden on Monday took a subtle yet unmistakable dig at Republicans who have backed away from a major funding component in a bipartisan infrastructure package that is now starting to fray, saying pointedly that …
Edmund DeMarche / Fox News:
Graham says adding amnesty to infrastructure bill could be ‘dumbest idea’ in history of the Senate, WH  —  Graham says Dems are trying to get away with a power grab  —  Sen. Graham says he's willing to walk out just like the Texas Democrats  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. …
Washington Post:
Indicted Trump Organization executive may have defended his Mercedes perks in custody, court documents show  —  NEW YORK — Indicted Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg may have offered an unprompted early defense to investigators on the day he was charged in a 15-year tax avoidance …
Orlando Sentinel:
We're begging you, Gov. DeSantis, stop messing in Texas and save Florida from COVID  —  That's what DeSantis told the conservative TPUSA crowd on Sunday.  —  We agree.  Completely.  —  Please, governor, we're begging you, handle the COVID problem.  Be a leader.
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:
Virginia GOP Makes a Mockery of the Redistricting Process  —  Virginia V. Trost-Thornton is why we can't have nice things.  —  In 2020, Virginia voters passed an amendment to the state constitution designed to thwart the kind of partisan gerrymandering that has helped make American politics so polarized in recent decades.
Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
Let's get more people vaccinated  —  It all starts with actually approving the vaccine....  One great piece of news about life in the United States of America in July of 2021 is that widely available mRNA vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna are highly effective against the SARS-Cov-2 virus.
Discussion: New York Times
Shannon Pettypiece / NBC News:   Vaccine mandates more likely once FDA grants full approvals, health experts say
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream:
Ben & Jerry's Will End Sales of Our Ice Cream in the Occupied Palestinian Territory  —  We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry's ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).  We also hear and recognize the concerns shared with us by our fans and trusted partners.
Tyler Bridges / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
After waiting, Steve Scalise gets vaccinated against COVID-19, calls it “safe and effective”  —  “Soon,” U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise replied at the beginning of April when asked when he would be vaccinated against the coronavirus.  —  “Soon,” he repeated at the beginning of May when asked the same question.
Washington Post:
Delta variant poses major risk to Biden's promises of swift economic comeback  —  White House had expected economy to roar in 2021, but growing number of cases has raised concerns about setback  —  A resurgence in coronavirus cases is threatening the Biden administration's promises …
Discussion: CBS Los Angeles
Wall Street Journal:   We'll Always Have Covid  —  The Delta variant spooks markets, but the vaccines work even if the virus won't go away.
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Progressive Group Launches 6-Figure Super PAC To Boost Nina Turner  —  The Working Families Party plans to spend at least $150,000 in the hotly contested Ohio congressional race.  —  The Working Families Party, a progressive group, plans to spend at least $150,000 in support …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
A House Race in Cleveland Captures the Democrats' Generational Divide
Discussion: NBC News
Kylee Zempel / The Federalist:
Democrats' Definition Of ‘Misinformation’ Is Whatever Hurts Them Politically Today  —  The Biden administration's gross collusion with Big Tech to censor opposing viewpoints is not only blatant tyranny but also obvious hypocrisy.  —  Facebook is killing people, misinformation is rampant …
Discussion: RedState and Townhall
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Is Biden's Vaccine Scapegoat
Discussion: Newsbusters and TheBlaze
Washington Post:
What were the Capitol rioters thinking on Jan. 6?  —  Robert Gieswein is a good man, according to family and friends, who describe him as gentle and compassionate.  His mother says he has “an amazing work ethic.”  His younger sister calls him “the most inspiring person in my life.”
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Justice Department seeks 50-year bar to release of grand jury material  —  The Justice Department is pushing for rule changes that would put a 50-year delay on when courts can consider releasing material from federal grand juries, according to documents and interviews, and would separately allow gag orders …
Discussion: HotAir and Common Dreams
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Texas Senate Bill Drops Teaching Requirement That Ku Klux Klan Is ‘Morally Wrong’  —  Eliminated requirements also include the writings of Martin Luther King Jr., United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez and suffragist Susan B. Anthony.  —  In a new political low in Texas …
Victoria Eavis / Casper Star-Tribune:
Buffalo Bill Center of the West trustee resigns after racist newsletter comes to light  —  A longtime member of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West board of trustees resigned Monday after it was recently revealed that he runs a racist newsletter.  —  Henry “Rip” McIntosh had been a trustee at the museum since September 2012.
John DiStaso / WMUR:
Young conservative Republican Karoline Leavitt becomes candidate for 1st District U.S. House seat  —  NH native, former Trump White House staffer, says ‘radical’ Democrats, including Pappas, have ‘dismantled progress’ made under 45th president  —  Hide Transcript Show Transcript
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Zachary Evans / National Review:
Rand Paul Accuses Fauci of Lying to Congress about Gain-of-Function Research Funding  —  Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) and Dr. Anthony Fauci again clashed over alleged U.S. government funding of gain-of-function research on bat coronavirus in Wuhan, China, during testimony before a Senate committee on Tuesday.
Randy E. Barnett / Reason:
Court Packing is Unconstitutional  —  A law changing the number of justices to affect the Court's decisions is neither necessary nor proper  —  Today, the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court holds its second full day of hearings, beginning at 8:30am this morning.  You can watch it live here.
NBC News:
As many as 200 Americans have now reported possible symptoms of ‘Havana Syndrome,’ officials say  —  WASHINGTON — As many as 200 Americans have come forward to describe possible symptoms of directed energy attacks, part of a wave of fresh reports that includes newly identified incidents around the world, Western officials say.
Discussion: Washington Post
Henry Fountain / New York Times:
How Bad Is the Bootleg Fire?  It's Generating Its Own Weather.  —  Unpredictable winds, fire clouds that spawn lightning, and flames that leap over firebreaks are confounding efforts to fight the blaze, which is sweeping through southern Oregon.  —  A towering cloud of hot air …
Discussion: Gothamist and Common Dreams
Lance Morrow / Wall Street Journal:
The Hedgehogs of Critical Race Theory  —  They start with important truths—slavery was wicked—and get carried away into monomania.  —  The political philosopher Isaiah Berlin turned an obscure fragment by the ancient Greek poet Archilochus ("The fox knows many things …
Jennifer Mercieca / The Conversation:
We are all propagandists now  —  The U.S. is in an information war with itself.  The public sphere, where Americans discuss public issues, is broken.  There's little discussion - and lots of fighting.  —  One reason why: Persuasion is difficult, slow and time-consuming …
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 …
Jennifer Kahn / New York Times:
Learning to Love G.M.O.s  —  Overblown fears have turned the public against genetically modified food.  But the potential benefits have never been greater.  —  To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Manchin to back nominee for public lands chief  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will vote to confirm President Biden's nominee to head the Bureau of Land Management, the subject of increasing GOP opposition over her connection to a controversial “tree-spiking” case, his office confirmed Monday night.
Discussion: New York Post and Townhall
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Republicans Have Their Own Private Autocracy
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