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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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Washington Post:
How Kevin McCarthy is boosting the integrity of the Jan. 6 investigation  —  We should be thankful that House Minority Kevin McCarthy just pulled Republicans out of any involvement in the select committee to examine the Jan. 6 insurrection.  In so doing, he ensured that the committee's investigation …
Melanie Zanona / CNN:
Banks held call with the 1/6 committee chair on Tuesday.  By Wednesday, he was off the panel.  —  Pelosi just made an unprecedented move.  Here's why  —  (CNN)Indiana Republican Rep. Jim Banks was just about to send a letter to Democrats requesting a GOP witness for the January 6 select committee's …
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
In vetoing Jordan and Banks, Pelosi safeguards history, democracy and Capitol attack probe  —  We can only hope that truth, facts, personal testimonies and violent video will lift the scales from American eyes and put the nation on a better path.  —  Say what you will about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi …
Andrea Mitchell / MSNBC:
Rep. Spanberger: ‘Only those who are willing to speak truth and seek truth’ should be on Jan. 6 committee  —  Andrea Mitchell is joined by Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) , a former CIA officer, to discuss the U.S. housing Afghan interpreters at risk of Taliban retaliation at a base Virginia.
CNN:
McCarthy pulls his 5 GOP members from 1/6 committee after Pelosi rejects 2 of his picks
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi rejects Jordan, Banks for Jan. 6 committee
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.
CNN:
Prosecutors had evidence last year to charge prominent Trump ally Tom Barrack  —  Tom Barrack charged by federal prosecutors  —  (CNN)Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn investigating Tom Barrack, a prominent ally to former President Donald Trump, for allegedly violating foreign lobbying laws …
Discussion: Raw Story and Bloomberg
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
How Thomas Barrack's alleged illegal lobbying shaped Trump's policies in the Gulf  —  Writing in Fortune magazine two weeks before the 2016 election, Donald Trump's old friend and fundraiser, Thomas J. Barrack, outlined a new U.S. policy for the Middle East.
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
DOJ restricts contact with White House, a sharp pivot from Trump administration
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Washington Post:
Biden pleads with unvaccinated Americans to be inoculated as virus surges  —  Biden spoke at a pivotal moment in the pandemic, as new cases and deaths are far down from their peak.  But the emergence of the coronavirus's delta variant, along with the refusal of large parts of the population …
Discussion: Roll Call
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Brett Kelman / The Tennessean:
Republican lawmakers met privately with state leaders about ending vaccine outreach  —  In the days before Tennessee stopped encouraging teenagers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, Republican lawmakers met privately with the state health commissioner and a representative …
Discussion: Raw Story and Tennessee Lookout
Todd Neikirk / HillReporter.com:
Catholic Monsignor Who Wanted to Deny Biden Communion Resigns After Cellphone Links Him to Gay Dating App  —  Joe Biden has long been open about his Catholic faith.  The president regularly attends Sunday mass and credits his faith with helping him get through the worst times in his life.
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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.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP blocks infrastructure debate as negotiators near deal  —  Republicans on Wednesday blocked the Senate from debating a bipartisan infrastructure proposal as negotiators say they are near finalizing their agreement.  —  The 49-51 vote fell short of the 60 needed to advance what is effectively stand …
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Susan Matthews / Slate:
What Vaccinated People Should Really Know About the Delta Variant's Threat to Them  —  Recently, one of my colleagues took a trip to Florida.  He went to see family, a long-awaited visit that he had previously only managed to make once during the pandemic, driving the whole way from New York while “peeing behind dumpsters.”
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
As GOP supporters die of Covid, the party remains split in its vaccination message … WASHINGTON — As the delta variant of the coronavirus courses through the American bloodstream, the Republican Party can't make up its mind about vaccines.  —  Former President Donald Trump has said that people …
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: IJR, Raw Story 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.
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 …
Summer Ballentine / Associated Press:
No Black parents, teachers or scholars invited to Missouri hearing on teaching race  —  ORDER REPRINT →  —  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.
Discussion: Raw Story, Political Wire and The Hill
The Boston Globe:
Biden nominates Victoria Kennedy to be ambassador to Austria  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden on Wednesday nominated Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of the late senator Edward M. Kennedy, to be US ambassador to Austria.  —  Kennedy, 67, is a senior counsel at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig …
Jeremy Redmon / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia 5-year-old dies after contracting COVID amid coronavirus surge  —  Father: ‘I have lost my best friend’  —  Wyatt Gibson waved at strangers in the grocery store because he knew it made them happy.  The 5-year-old danced around in tiny cowboy boots, strumming a toy guitar and singing, “I love donkeys and I love dogs.”
Jeremy B. White / Politico:
Talk show host Larry Elder reinstated in California recall  —  Conservative talk show host Larry Elder was reinstated Wednesday in California's gubernatorial recall election at the eleventh hour after a judge found he complied with ballot requirements and that the state elections chief …
Jim Saksa / Roll Call:
Trump is coming for him.  But Anthony Gonzalez has a quiet plan  —  Anthony Gonzalez didn't want this.  —  He didn't want knee injuries to end his pro football career prematurely.  He didn't want a swarm of Trump supporters to sack the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Washington Post:
White House officials debate masking push as covid infections spike  —  Top White House aides and Biden administration officials are debating whether they should urge vaccinated Americans to wear masks in more settings as the delta variant causes spikes in coronavirus infections across the country …
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 and The Root
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Biden says ditching the filibuster would throw Congress ‘into chaos’ and lead to gridlock.  —  President Biden on Wednesday night defended the filibuster, a procedural tactic that stands to hold up much of his agenda in the Senate, even as he reiterated that he viewed it as a relic of Jim Crow.
NBC News:
Anti-vaccine groups changing into ‘dance parties’ on Facebook to avoid detection  —  Some anti-vaccination groups on Facebook are changing their names to euphemisms like “Dance Party” or “Dinner Party,” and using code words to fit those themes in order to skirt bans from Facebook …
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Nation's largest hospital group supports mandatory coronavirus vaccines for health workers  —  Universal vaccination of employees would ‘protect all patients,’ the American Hospital Association says  —  The nation's largest hospital association called Wednesday for all health workers …
Mike Ives / New York Times:
Kodak Deletes Post by Photographer Who Called Xinjiang an ‘Orwellian Dystopia’  —  After public backlash in China, the American company dropped an Instagram post featuring images of a region where accusations of human rights violations have drawn intense scrutiny.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Patrick Wilson / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Youngkins received 95% tax cut due to conservation status of their horse farm  —  GOP gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin and his wife last year successfully petitioned Fairfax County to designate their horse farm as an agricultural district, which led to a 95% reduction in the taxes they pay …
Discussion: Blue Virginia
 
 
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Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
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