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8:55 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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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 …
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 …
House Republican Leader:
McCarthy Statement about Pelosi's Abuse of Power on January 6th Select Committee
Politico:
Pelosi vetoes Banks, Jordan for Jan. 6 select committee
Andrea Mitchell / MSNBC:   Rep. Spanberger: ‘Only those who are willing to speak truth and seek truth’ should be on Jan. 6 committee
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: 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 …
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
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Rhoda Kwan / Hong Kong Free Press HKFP:
Kodak deletes Xinjiang photo from Instagram, vows to 'respect Chinese gov't'
Discussion: Twitchy
Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed News:
China Can Lock Up A Million Muslims In Xinjiang At Once
Discussion: HotAir
Politico:
Biden moves to preempt House Dem blow-up over infrastructure deal  —  After months of aggressively wooing senators, White House officials are now turning on the charm with House Democrats.  —  The administration is working to soothe anger among Democratic members who have grown vocal …
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP blocks infrastructure debate as negotiators near deal
Politico:
Infrastructure vote fails as senators try to salvage bipartisan deal
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 …
Discussion: Vox, New York Times and LGBTQ Nation
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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
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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.
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
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.”
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.
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 …
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
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: The Root and Law & Crime
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Sam Karlin / The Advocate:
Louisiana House fails to override veto of transgender sports bill, session is over  —  A Republican majority Louisiana House voted 68-30 and failed to overturn Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' veto of legislation that banned transgender athletes from participating in women's sports.
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 …
Discussion: Arizona Mirror
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 …
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 and SpyTalk
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 …
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Michigan Sheriff Alarms Small-Town Clerks With Shady, Mike Lindell-Inspired Elections Probe  —  A far-right sheriff in rural Michigan has sent a private investigator and a deputy sheriff on a tedious journey from township to township, grilling clerks about their election processes …
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
 
 
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The Boston Globe:
Biden nominates Victoria Kennedy to be ambassador to Austria
Discussion: Fox News and The White House
Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Suppliers to Apple, Nike Shun Xinjiang Workers as U.S. Forced-Labor Ban Looms
David Corn / Mother Jones:
How Trump and Conservative Media Are Cashing in on Disinformation
PBS NewsHour:
Sanders: GOP ‘nervous’ about ‘overdue’ progressive policies in budget, infrastructure bill
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Kohler / ProPublica:
GOP Legislators in Missouri Oppose Vaccine Efforts as State Becomes COVID Hotspot
The Daily Beast:
Inside Michael Avenatti's Wild Self-Defense on Embezzlement Charges
Discussion: HotAir and Orange County Register
Jim Henry / Tallahassee Democrat:
‘I am at peace’: FSU's Bobby Bowden diagnosed with a terminal medical condition
Edward McKinley / Albany Times Union:
Former Olympic hopeful turned advocate will run against Stefanik
Discussion: WCAX-TV
Associated Press:
Unvaccinated staff eyed in rising nursing home cases, deaths
Discussion: WJXT-TV, HotAir and The Hill
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Paul Gosar was a beloved dentist. Now he's a MAGA congressman. His former patients need a spit bowl.
Discussion: Raw Story