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5:15 PM ET, July 21, 2021

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Republican Recommendations to Serve on the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement on the Republican recommendations to serve on the House Select Committee to Investigate …
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CNN:
McCarthy pulls his 5 GOP members from 1/6 committee after Pelosi rejects 2 of his picks  —  (CNN)House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is pulling his five Republican members selected to join the House committee that's investigating the January 6 insurrection, following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision …
Politico:
Pelosi vetoes Banks, Jordan for Jan. 6 select committee  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi stunned the GOP on Wednesday by vetoing two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's choices for a select panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, a move all but guaranteed to spark a Republican boycott of the probe.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi rejects Jordan, Banks for Jan. 6 committee  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday rejected two of the Republican picks — Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio) and Jim Banks (Ind. ) — for the Jan. 6 select committee.  —  Both GOP lawmakers are staunch allies of former President Trump …
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Capitol attack committee chair vows to investigate Trump: ‘Nothing is off limits’  —  Bennie Thompson tells Guardian he will pursue wide-ranging inquiry to uncover root causes of January 6 attack  —  Congressman Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the new House select committee to scrutinize …
Dennis Pillion / al.com:
'I'm sorry, but it's too late' Alabama doctor on treating unvaccinated, dying COVID patients  —  Dr. Brytney Cobia said Monday that all but one of her COVID patients in Alabama did not receive the vaccine.  The vaccinated patient, she said, just needed a little oxygen and is expected to fully recover.
Warren P. Strobel / Wall Street Journal:
Havana Syndrome Task Force to be Led by a Veteran of Hunt for Bin Laden  —  CIA Director Burns turns to an undercover agency veteran to track down cause of health incidents suffered by U.S. spies and diplomats  —  WASHINGTON—CIA Director William Burns has tapped a veteran of the agency's hunt …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Politico:
Infrastructure vote fails as senators try to salvage bipartisan deal  —  Senate Republicans blocked moving forward on a bipartisan infrastructure bill that's still being negotiated on Wednesday.  Surprisingly, members of the group insist they're unbothered.
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Rhoda Kwan / Hong Kong Free Press HKFP:
Kodak deletes Xinjiang photo from Instagram, vows to 'respect Chinese gov't'  —  Kodak promised to “continue to respect the Chinese government” and “keep itself in check” following the “misunderstanding” over Xinjiang.  —  US imaging company Kodak has removed an image of China's Xinjiang …
Discussion: Twitchy
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Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed News:   China Can Lock Up A Million Muslims In Xinjiang At Once
Washington Post:
Republicans threaten to hold up debt ceiling days before deadline, raising potential for political showdown  —  “There really is no other way,” Sen. Marco Rubio says, but Democrats insist that they have no plans to negotiate.  —  Senate Republicans on Wednesday threatened to vote …
Discussion: Vox, Politico, Roll Call and Truthout
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Katia Dmitrieva / Bloomberg:
Debt-Limit Steps May Run Out in October, Budget Office Says
Discussion: Political Wire
Axios:
Milley to Trump: “I don't expect you to understand”  —  The new book by The Wall Street Journal's Michael Bender — “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost” — pinpoints the moment that the relationship between former President Trump and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley began to disintegrate.
Discussion: Raw Story, IJR and Political Wire
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
The California Dream Is Dying  —  Behold California, colossus of the West Coast: the most populous American state; the world's fifth-largest economy; and arguably the most culturally influential, exporting Google searches and Instagram feeds and iPhones and Teslas and Netflix Originals and kimchi quesadillas.
Discussion: Reason
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Paul Gosar was a beloved dentist.  Now he's a MAGA congressman.  His former patients need a spit bowl.  —  Coreen Anderson didn't want to see the dentist.  —  She hadn't had her teeth cleaned for the better part of a decade, and was “super fearful” of the experience.
Discussion: Raw Story
Summer Ballentine / Associated Press:
No Black parents, teachers or scholars invited to Missouri hearing on teaching race  —  A Missouri legislative committee on Monday held a hearing on how educators teach K-12 students about race and racism without hearing from any Black Missourians.  —  No Black parents, teachers …
Oralandar Brand-Williams / Detroit News:
FBI agent at center of Whitmer kidnap probe assaulted wife after swingers' party, authorities say  —  An FBI agent at the center of the plot to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is accused of jumping on his wife in bed and smashing her head against a nightstand after a dispute stemming …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and RedState
U.S. Department of Justice:
Ohio Man Charged with Hate Crime Related to Plot to Conduct Mass Shooting of Women, Illegal Possession of Machine Gun  —  A federal grand jury has charged a self-identified “incel” with attempting to conduct a mass shooting of women and with illegally possessing a machine gun.
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Pennsylvania decertifies county's voting system after audit  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top election official has decertified the voting machines of a small southern county that disclosed that it had agreed to requests by local Republican lawmakers and allowed a software firm …
Discussion: The Hill, The Daily Caller, WHTM-TV and WHYY
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
A princess raced to escape Dubai's powerful ruler.  Then her phone appeared on the list. … The princess had been careful, so she left her phone in the cafe's bathroom.  She'd seen what her father could do to women who tried to escape.  —  She hid in the trunk of a black Audi Q7 …
Discussion: The Guardian
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
Popular Massachusetts tourist destination issues mask advisory after 132 new Covid cases … A popular Massachusetts tourist destination issued a mask advisory Monday after an outbreak of Covid-19 cases following the July 4 holiday weekend.  —  As of Friday, 132 Covid cases that are associated …
Discussion: ABC News and The Hill
Jack Thomas / The Boston Globe:
I just learned I only have months to live.  This is what I want to say  —  I've been a journalist for more than 60 years.  So after doctors delivered the news, I sat down to do what came naturally, if painfully: Write this story.  —  AS A TEENAGER, I often wondered how my life would change if I knew that I would die soon.
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Revealed: assistant attorney general in Alaska posted racist and antisemitic tweets  — Revelations trigger investigation at Alaska department of law  — Matthias Cicotte a supporter of Deseret nationalist group  —  The Guardian has identified an Alaska assistant attorney general …
Discussion: Law & Crime
Will Oremus / Washington Post:
Facebook and YouTube's vaccine misinformation problem is simpler than it seems  —  As the Biden administration struggles to find the words to confront social platforms, a better understanding of their algorithms could help  —  On Friday, President Biden said Facebook is “killing people” …
Discussion: HotAir
CNN:
Ted Cruz is blocking diplomats from being confirmed, and it has nothing to do with their qualifications  —  Washington (CNN)An extraordinary effort by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to block nominees from being confirmed to vital jobs in the State Department is creating hurdles …
Jim Treacher / Who the Hell Is Jim Treacher?:
Anthony Fauci Is Immune to Answering Questions  —  COVID 19, Fauci 0  —  Are you tired of Anthony Fauci yet?  —  Here he is yesterday, giving Rand Paul the runaround again:  —  Yeah, about that, Dr. Fauci: … Stephen “Not the Trump Guy” Miller goes into Fauci's rhetorical tricks on his latest podcast.
Discussion: Spectrum News NY1
Joseph Cox / VICE:
The Inevitable Weaponization of App Data Is Here  —  A Substack publication used location data from Grindr to out a priest without their consent.  —  Joseph Cox  —  It finally happened.  After years of warning from researchers, journalists, and even governments, someone used highly sensitive location data …
Edward McKinley / Albany Times Union:
Former Olympic hopeful turned advocate will run against Stefanik  —  Former speed skater Bridie Farrell shared story of her own experience of sexual abuse  —  ALBANY — A former Olympic hopeful who became an advocate against child sexual abuse is joining the race against U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik …
Discussion: WCAX-TV
The Daily Beast:
Inside Michael Avenatti's Wild Self-Defense on Embezzlement Charges  —  Facing charges on two coasts, the erstwhile resistance Zaddy decided to do it all himself.  —  SANTA ANA, California—On Wednesday morning, Michael Avenatti walked into a federal courthouse flanked by lawyers to face trial …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Right-wing media could end the pandemic — without giving an inch in the culture war.  Here's the script.  —  No one took Geraldo Rivera very seriously last year when he proposed naming the coronavirus vaccine in honor of the just-defeated president.  —  “With the world so divided …
Jessica Chasmar / Fox News:
Biden marks 6 months in office on Instagram, gets shredded in comments  —  ‘In six months this administration has destroyed America,’ said one critic  —  Rep. Mace: 'Inflation is here and it's not going away'  —  The White House celebrated President Biden's first six months in office …
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and RedState
Diana Falzone / The Daily Beast:
O'Reilly Silences Accuser Again, Blocks ‘View’ Appearance  —  Andrea Mackris was slated to tell her story on national TV—until O'Reilly went to court to say she is breaching her NDA. … Bill O'Reilly is attempting to once again silence Andrea Mackris, the former producer who in 2004 settled …
Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Personal threats, election lies and punishing new laws rattle election officials, raising fears of a mass exodus  —  (CNN)Maribeth Witzel-Behl had run elections in Madison, Wisconsin, for 15 years when the 2020 election arrived, bringing challenges like no other: a global pandemic, a crushing workload, lawsuits and a recount.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Key federal aid programs are running out of time — and cash — as new coronavirus variant spreads
Associated Press:
Unvaccinated staff eyed in rising nursing home cases, deaths
Discussion: The Hill
Charles C.W. Cooke / USA Today:
Democrats' spending plans don't show any signs of sanity
Discussion: Gingrich 360
Bernie Sanders / The Guardian:
The biggest win for the working class in generations is within reach
Discussion: Common Dreams and CBS News
Tal Kopan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Kamala Harris says she will campaign for Gavin Newsom in recall fight
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
DOJ Releases Footage of Capitol Rioter Hitting D.C. Cop in the Eye
Discussion: Raw Story
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo Is Losing Major Political Donors Amid Federal, State Probes
Discussion: HotAir
Ruth Ben-Ghiat / Lucid:
Love-Bombs and Buzzwords: How Authoritarian Cults Work
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
College Republicans Erupt in Civil War Over Kid Rock Cash
Discussion: Raw Story
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
Women's Handball Players Are Fined for Rejecting Bikini Uniforms