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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 …
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 …
Andrea Mitchell / MSNBC:
Rep. Spanberger: ‘Only those who are willing to speak truth and seek truth’ should be on Jan. 6 committee  —  Andrea Mitchell is joined by Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) , a former CIA officer, to discuss the U.S. housing Afghan interpreters at risk of Taliban retaliation at a base Virginia.
CNN:
McCarthy pulls his 5 GOP members from 1/6 committee after Pelosi rejects 2 of his picks
House Republican Leader:
McCarthy Statement about Pelosi's Abuse of Power on January 6th Select 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: Raw Story and Bloomberg
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Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
DOJ restricts contact with White House, a sharp pivot from Trump administration
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Politico
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 …
Discussion: Roll Call
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP blocks infrastructure debate as negotiators near deal
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 …
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 and Tennessee Lookout
Todd Neikirk / HillReporter.com:
Catholic Monsignor Who Wanted to Deny Biden Communion Resigns After Cellphone Links Him to Gay Dating App  —  Joe Biden has long been open about his Catholic faith.  The president regularly attends Sunday mass and credits his faith with helping him get through the worst times in his life.
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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.
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.”
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.
Jim Saksa / Roll Call:
Trump is coming for him.  But Anthony Gonzalez has a quiet plan  —  Anthony Gonzalez didn't want this.  —  He didn't want knee injuries to end his pro football career prematurely.  He didn't want a swarm of Trump supporters to sack the Capitol on Jan. 6.
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.
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 …
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
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Austin defends Milley following Trump book revelations  —  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Wednesday said he had “tremendous faith and confidence” in Gen. Mark Milley following reports that the Joint Chiefs chair sought to prevent former President Donald Trump from perpetrating a coup in the aftermath of the 2020 election.
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CBO Publications:
Federal Debt and the Statutory Limit, July 2021  —  The debt limit—commonly called the debt ceiling—is the maximum amount of debt that the Department of the Treasury can issue to the public or to other federal agencies.  The amount is set by law and has been increased over the years to finance the government's operations.
Discussion: Breitbart and Insider
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The Boston Globe:
Biden nominates Victoria Kennedy to be ambassador to Austria  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden on Wednesday nominated Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of the late senator Edward M. Kennedy, to be US ambassador to Austria.  —  Kennedy, 67, is a senior counsel at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig …
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.
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Nation's largest hospital group supports mandatory coronavirus vaccines for health workers  —  Universal vaccination of employees would ‘protect all patients,’ the American Hospital Association says  —  The nation's largest hospital association called Wednesday for all health workers …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Jeremy Redmon / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia 5-year-old dies after contracting COVID amid coronavirus surge  —  Father: ‘I have lost my best friend’  —  Wyatt Gibson waved at strangers in the grocery store because he knew it made them happy.  The 5-year-old danced around in tiny cowboy boots, strumming a toy guitar and singing, “I love donkeys and I love dogs.”
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
Winston Choi-Schagrin / New York Times:
Maine Will Make Companies Pay for Recycling.  Here's How It Works.  —  The law aims to take the cost burden of recycling away from taxpayers.  One environmental advocate said the change could be “transformative.”  —  Recycling, that feel-good moment when people put their paper and plastic in special bins …
The Intercept:
Wiped Phones and the Battle for Evidence in Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's Prosecution  —  In October 2015, then-Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder finally announced that Flint's water was contaminated with dangerous lead levels.  That public admission had come after more than a year of pleading …
Discussion: Law & Crime
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: Deseret News, Law & Crime and The Root
 
 
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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
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Michigan Sheriff Alarms Small-Town Clerks With Shady, Mike Lindell-Inspired Elections Probe
NBC News:
Anti-vaccine groups changing into ‘dance parties’ on Facebook to avoid detection
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Jim Henry / Tallahassee Democrat:
‘I am at peace’: FSU's Bobby Bowden diagnosed with a terminal medical condition