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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 …
Melanie Zanona / CNN:
Banks held call with the 1/6 committee chair on Tuesday.  By Wednesday, he was off the panel.  —  Pelosi just made an unprecedented move.  Here's why  —  (CNN)Indiana Republican Rep. Jim Banks was just about to send a letter to Democrats requesting a GOP witness for the January 6 select committee's …
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.
House Republican Leader:
McCarthy Statement about Pelosi's Abuse of Power on January 6th 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.
NBC News:
Senate Republicans rebuff consideration of bipartisan infrastructure bill  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans voted Wednesday to block the Senate from beginning debate on an infrastructure proposal, saying they wanted more time to finalize the details of the agreement.  —  But that doesn't mean the deal is dead.
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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
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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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 …
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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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
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Vox, Reuters, Politico, CNN, Roll Call and Truthout
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
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Suppliers to Apple, Nike Shun Xinjiang Workers as U.S. Forced-Labor Ban Looms  —  Three suppliers do an about-face after hiring thousands of Uyghurs and Turkic Muslims  —  Chinese factories that supply Apple Inc. and Nike Inc. and make other products sold in the U.S. are shunning workers …
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Data: Amount of June Emergency Rental Assistance Resources to Households More Than All Previous Months Combined  —  New grantee performance data for the month of June on the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program, released today by the Treasury Department, shows a significant increase …
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
 
 
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The Boston Globe:
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David Corn / Mother Jones:
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PBS NewsHour:
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Discussion: Breitbart
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
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Jim Henry / Tallahassee Democrat:
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Edward McKinley / Albany Times Union:
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Will Oremus / Washington Post:
Facebook and YouTube's vaccine misinformation problem is simpler than it seems
Associated Press:
Unvaccinated staff eyed in rising nursing home cases, deaths
Discussion: WJXT-TV, HotAir and The Hill
Jim Treacher / Who the Hell Is Jim Treacher?:
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