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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Pelosi bars Trump allies from Jan. 6 probe, GOP may boycott
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and FOX 2
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
Pelosi rejects GOP's Banks, Jordan for Jan. 6 select committee, saying they may jeopardize ‘integrity of the investigation’
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Examiner
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
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Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:   What Is Havana Syndrome?  What We Know  —  U.S. is expressing concerns over mysterious …
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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
White Alabama City Councilman Refers to Fellow Council Member as a ‘House N****r’  —  ‘WILL SHE PLEASE STAND UP?’  —  An Alabama city councilman referred to a fellow city council member as a “house n—  r” at a meeting on Monday evening.  Tarrant, Alabama city councilman Tommy Bryant loudly asked, “Do we have a house n—
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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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Outside the Beltway
Tal Kopan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Kamala Harris says she will campaign for Gavin Newsom in recall fight  —  WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris told The Chronicle Wednesday that she intends to campaign for Gov. Gavin Newsom in his recall election.  —  The former California Senator, attorney general …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Mike Stobbe / Associated Press:
US life expectancy in 2020 saw biggest drop since WWII  —  NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II, public health officials said Wednesday.  The decrease for both Black Americans and Hispanic Americans was even worse: three years.
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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
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Ratings of Black-White Relations at New Low  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the second consecutive year, U.S. adults' positive ratings of relations between Black and White Americans are at their lowest point in more than two decades of measurement.  Currently, 42% of Americans say relations between …
CNN:
Delta variant detected on Capitol Hill prompting recommendation to mask up  —  Am I a danger to my own child?:  Cooper presses Surgeon General on Covid-19 transmission  —  (CNN)As the Delta variant emerges as the dominant strain of Covid across the country, the Capitol attending physician …
Discussion: Task & Purpose and TheBlaze
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Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
The Delta Variant Is a Reality Test
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
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
Women's Handball Players Are Fined for Rejecting Bikini Uniforms  —  Norway's beach handball players were each fined 150 euros for wearing shorts rather than the required bikini bottoms.  A spokeswoman for the International Handball Federation said she didn't know the reason for the rule.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The GOP's favorite spin about Biden's plans just took a big hit  —  With President Biden and Democrats working to pass $4 trillion in new investments in our future, Republicans are making a big bet: All that spending will lead to sustained inflation, which they can use to claim Democrats have lost control of the economy.
Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed News:
China Can Lock Up A Million Muslims In Xinjiang At Once … This project was supported by the Open Technology Fund, the Pulitzer Center, and the Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism.  —  For the first time, BuzzFeed News can reveal the full capacity of China's previously secret network …
Ron Kampeas / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
White House: Antisemitism monitor to be named ‘in the coming weeks’  —  WASHINGTON (JTA) — The White House will nominate an antisemitism monitor within weeks, a top White House official said at a Jewish Federations of North America conference on antisemitism.
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 …
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
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
DOJ Releases Footage of Capitol Rioter Hitting D.C. Cop in the Eye  —  ‘LIKE A SPEAR’  —  The Department of Justice released footage Tuesday of a retired Special Forces officer hitting a police officer in the eye with a flag pole and then lobbing it as the officer stumbles backwards during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
College Republicans Erupt in Civil War Over Kid Rock Cash  —  ‘SELFISH AMBITIONS’  —  A year out from the midterms, young Republicans are at war over the American Bad Ass' contributions and a disputed leadership race.  —  Decades ago, future GOP operatives like Roger Stone, Paul Manafort …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
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Ed Shanahan / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Hill, Gothamist and HotAir
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
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Discussion: The Hill and ABC News
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
How America lost its commitment to the right to vote
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Discussion: Reason
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: HotAir
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