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6:50 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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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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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Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed News:
China Can Lock Up A Million Muslims In Xinjiang At Once
Discussion: HotAir
Rhoda Kwan / Hong Kong Free Press HKFP:
Kodak deletes Xinjiang photo from Instagram, vows to 'respect Chinese gov't'
Discussion: Twitchy
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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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 …
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Todd Neikirk / HillReporter.com:
Catholic Monsignor Who Wanted to Deny Biden Communion Resigns After Cellphone Links Him to Gay Dating App
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 …
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
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Ohio Man Charged with Hate Crime Related to Plot to Conduct Mass Shooting of Women, Illegal Possession of Machine Gun  —  A federal grand jury has charged a self-identified “incel” with attempting to conduct a mass shooting of women and with illegally possessing a machine gun.
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Forbes, WTOP and Raw Story
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
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:
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
Unvaccinated staff eyed in rising nursing home cases, deaths  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Lagging vaccination rates among nursing home staff are being linked to a national increase in COVID-19 infections and deaths at senior facilities in July, and are at the center of a federal investigation …
Discussion: The Hill
Jim Henry / Tallahassee Democrat:
‘I am at peace’: FSU's Bobby Bowden diagnosed with a terminal medical condition  —  Bobby Bowden's faith and spirit remain strong.  —  However, his weakened body is failing him.  —  Florida State's legendary football coach - who turns 92 in November - wife Ann and their family announced Wednesday …
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
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 …
Will Oremus / Washington Post:
Facebook and YouTube's vaccine misinformation problem is simpler than it seems  —  As the Biden administration struggles to find the words to confront social platforms, a better understanding of their algorithms could help  —  On Friday, President Biden said Facebook is “killing people” …
Jeremy Kohler / ProPublica:
GOP Legislators in Missouri Oppose Vaccine Efforts as State Becomes COVID Hotspot  —  Representative Bill Kidd joked that he didn't get a vaccine because he's a Republican.  Now he has COVID. … Amid the current surge in COVID-19 cases in Missouri, a recent Facebook conversation between two Republican state lawmakers is telling.
 
 
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Tal Kopan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Kamala Harris says she will campaign for Gavin Newsom in recall fight
Discussion: The Hill, TheBlaze and The Daily Caller
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
DOJ Releases Footage of Capitol Rioter Hitting D.C. Cop in the Eye
Discussion: Raw Story
Jessica Chasmar / Fox News:
Biden marks 6 months in office on Instagram, gets shredded in comments
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and RedState
Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Personal threats, election lies and punishing new laws rattle election officials, raising fears of a mass exodus
Discussion: Raw Story
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Right-wing media could end the pandemic — without giving an inch in the culture war. Here's the script.