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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 …
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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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
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
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
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
 
 
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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, ABC News and New York Post
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
Washington Post:
Allen Weisselberg resigned from the top of the Trump Organization. So who's running the company now?
Steve Helber / Newsy:
Extremist Heimbach To Relaunch Hate Group, Says He Supports Violence