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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 …
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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 …
Katherine Tully-McManus / Politico:
The day after: What's next for infrastructure, Jan. 6 select committee  —  With Sarah Ferris, Burgess Everett, Marriane LeVine, Heather Caygle and Olivia Beavers.  —  INFRASTRUCTURE OUTLOOK — The tanked infrastructure test vote brings it, in some ways, back to where it began …
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
Andrea Mitchell / MSNBC:   Rep. Spanberger: ‘Only those who are willing to speak truth and seek truth’ should be on Jan. 6 committee
Jordan Mendoza / USA Today:
Scientists discover more than 30 viruses frozen in ice, most never seen before  —  A group of scientists discovered ancient viruses frozen in two ice samples taken from the Tibetan Plateau in China, and most of them are unlike anything ever seen before.  —  The findings, published Wednesday …
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.
Discussion: emptywheel and CNBC
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CNN:
Prosecutors had evidence last year to charge prominent Trump ally Tom Barrack
Discussion: Raw Story
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
DOJ restricts contact with White House, a sharp pivot from Trump administration
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Life Expectancy, Falling  —  Covid is a terrible health crisis.  It's not the country's only health crisis.  —  Covid-19 has caused the largest decline in U.S. life expectancy since World War II, the federal government reported yesterday.  But Covid is not the only reason that life expectancy …
Susan Page / USA Today:
At 98 and facing cancer, Bob Dole reckons with legacy of Trump and ponders future of GOP  —  Bob Dole turns 98 years old Thursday and is battling lung cancer, but he is still outspoken about what's going on in the Washington he once helped lead - from the Keystone Pipeline to the need to protect the Senate filibuster.
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Biden warns about conspiracies flourishing in the US: 'The rest of the world's wondering about us'  —  Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden on Wednesday raised the alarm about conspiracy theories flourishing in the US and dividing the nation, warning that “the rest of the world's wondering about us.”
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Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
Trying to fight COVID misinformation, White House efforts fall into same feedback loop
Discussion: The Bulwark and GovExec.com
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Why Republicans suddenly seem to be taking COVID seriously  —  Vaccine advocacy from Hannity and McConnell gets the media off Republicans' backs, but won't shift public sentiment  —  Amid a rising media furor over the steady stream of vaccine disparagement from GOP politicians and Fox News talking heads …
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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
As GOP supporters die of Covid, the party remains split in its vaccination message
Discussion: Raw Story
Brett Kelman / The Tennessean:
Republican lawmakers met privately with state leaders about ending vaccine outreach  —  In the days before Tennessee stopped encouraging teenagers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, Republican lawmakers met privately with the state health commissioner and a representative …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Audio: Trump says he spoke to a ‘loving crowd’ at Jan. 6 rally  —  The former president described the atmosphere on Jan. 6 as largely friendly and peaceful in exclusive interview for the new book ‘I Alone Can Fix It.’  —  When former president Donald Trump sat down for an interview in late March …
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill and HuffPost
Colleen DeGuzman / The Texas Tribune:
Texas has seen nearly 9,000 COVID-19 deaths since February.  All but 43 were unvaccinated people.  —  Preliminary data shows 99.5% of COVID-related deaths in Texas were among unvaccinated people, according to the Department of State Health Services.  —  Copy link
Craig McCarthy / New York Post:
NYPD lags in vaccinating cops as Delta COVID variant spreads  —  The nation's largest police force is still struggling to get its cops vaccinated against COVID-19 — with the latest figures showing just 43 percent have gotten the jab, The Post has learned.  —  The revelation comes …
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 …
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Reining in our new Big Tech censors  —  Democrats protect voting rights by skipping town to thwart a vote, rescue the economy by paying people not to work, and fend off “the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War” by proposing legislation that makes voter fraud easier.
Discussion: Salon
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Fox Business:
Parler CEO George Farmer: Big Tech's COVID censorship - it's so much worse than we thought
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
The Only Thing Uniting Unvaccinated People Is That They're Unvaccinated  —  They're not all anti-vaxxers, and treating them as such is making things worse.  —  Last week, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said that COVID-19 is “becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”  President Joe Biden said much the same shortly after.
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 …
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
Democrats' bad faith games on infrastructure  —  Nearly four weeks ago a bipartisan group of U.S. senators emerged from the West Wing to celebrate a deal on a slimmed down infrastructure framework.  It was a win for both political parties and Americans who overwhelmingly support new hard infrastructure projects like roads and bridges.
Discussion: Raw Story
American Greatness:
Democrats No More  —  Now with money, institutions in their hip pocket, and cool popular culture, the Left would not just damn American institutions, but infect them to transform them into revolutionary agencies.  —  In the old days, Democrats had predictable agendas, supposedly focused …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 …
Washington Post:
Biden pleads with unvaccinated Americans to be inoculated as virus surges  —  Biden spoke at a pivotal moment in the pandemic, as new cases and deaths are far down from their peak.  But the emergence of the coronavirus's delta variant, along with the refusal of large parts of the population …
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
Fauci Demands Censorship to Fight Pandemic  —  The only thing unhealthier than a virus is big government.  —  Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
ProPublica:
Operation Fox Hunt: How China Exports Repression Using a Network of Spies Hidden in Plain Sight  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  On the hunt again, the cop from Wuhan rolled …
HuffPost:
Trump Org Is Basically Just Donald Trump — But That Won't Make Prosecuting Him Easy  —  Trump's company is accused of fraud, but prosecutors would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump knew what he was doing was illegal  —  WASHINGTON ― In Detroit, General Motors has a board …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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.
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.”
Discussion: NPR and Vanity Fair
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Redistricting in America, Part One: Gerrymandering Potency Raises the Stakes for the 2020s  —  Redistricting in America, Part One:  —  Gerrymandering Potency Raises the Stakes for the 2020s  —  Dear Readers: This is the first of a multi-part Crystal Ball series that we'll …
Politico:
Bipartisan infrastructure talks leave Dems' $3.5T bill in flux  —  With bipartisan infrastructure talks trapped in limbo, progressives are already hustling to protect — or even grow — their massive social spending proposal.  —  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has yet to indicate …
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.
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Biden says ditching the filibuster would throw Congress ‘into chaos’ and lead to gridlock.  —  President Biden on Wednesday night defended the filibuster, a procedural tactic that stands to hold up much of his agenda in the Senate, even as he reiterated that he viewed it as a relic of Jim Crow.
 
 
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Associated Press:
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The Intercept:
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Patrick Wilson / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
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Jeremy B. White / Politico:
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
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Discussion: Washington Examiner