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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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Insider
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Politico:
Republicans scramble to secure infrastructure support ahead of failed vote  —  Centrist Republicans are rushing to lock down sufficient GOP support to move forward next week on their bipartisan infrastructure plan, even as Wednesday's vote to advance the framework is expected to fail.
Discussion: ABC News, New York Times, WTOP and WPRI-TV
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: New Moody's report concludes infrastructure bills are key to nation's economic growth
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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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
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
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
Betsy McKay / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Life Expectancy Fell by 1.5 Years in 2020, the Biggest Decline in Generations  —  Covid-19, drug overdoses and homicides drove longevity down; Hispanic men suffered largest decline  —  Life expectancy in the U.S. fell by 1.5 years in 2020, the biggest decline since at least World War II …
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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 Daily Caller
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and 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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Daily Kos
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
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
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.
Amanda Prestigiacomo / The Daily Wire:
U.S. Women's Soccer Team Takes Stunning Loss After Kneeling For BLM At Olympic Opener  —  The U.S. women's soccer team took a devastating 3-0 loss to Sweden early Wednesday morning in their Tokyo Olympic opener, breaking their 44-game winning streak.  —  All 22 players on Team USA took …
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: The Hill, ABC News and New York Post
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
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 and RedState
Jonathan Guyer / American Prospect:
Biden Advisers Ride on Pegasus Spyware  —  The NSO Group, now part of a Washington Post exposé, has for years enlisted powerful consultants to save its reputation.  —  Dan Shapiro, who is under consideration to be the president's Middle East envoy, advised NSO.
Ruth Ben-Ghiat / Lucid:
Love-Bombs and Buzzwords: How Authoritarian Cults Work  —  Welcome back to Lucid!  This week I'm thinking about cults.  Here is the first of two essays on authoritarian cults.  Next week's piece will be about disengagement.  Stay tuned for tomorrow's interview with Amanda Montell, author of Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism.
Discussion: Cape Cod Times
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
The Delta Variant Is a Reality Test  —  Americans haven't wanted to understand what it means for a virus to be endemic.  —  The difficulty of the news business is that you're constantly trying to tell people their information is outmoded, which they resist since assimilating new information entails a cost.
Dr. Thomas K. Lew / USA Today:
Death for some, sunbaked cookies for others.  We must get serious about the climate crisis.  —  Scorching heat is making people sick.  I am seeing them in my hospital now.  To fight the climate crisis, we must invest in science - and believe in it.  —  Parking at the Northern California hospital …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
How America lost its commitment to the right to vote  —  The Supreme Court isn't even pretending that it's bound by legal texts in its voting rights cases.  —  The Supreme Court, Justice Elena Kagan lamented in a dissenting opinion earlier this month, “has treated no statute worse” than the Voting Rights Act.
 
 
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
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