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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 …
Jim Newell / Slate:
Pelosi Kicks Kooks Off Coup Committee
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 …
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.
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 …
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
America Is Getting Unvaccinated People All Wrong  —  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.  They are technically correct.  Even against the fast-spreading Delta variant …
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
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
Ken Moritsugu / Associated Press:
China rebuffs WHO's terms for further COVID-19 origins study  —  BEIJING (AP) — China cannot accept the World Health Organization's plan for the second phase of a study into the origins of COVID-19, a senior Chinese health official said Thursday.  —  Zeng Yixin, the vice minister …
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Biden's Approval Rating Has Barely Budged In His First 6 Months  —  The first six months in the White House are often frenzied for presidents as they push for big policy changes to try to live up to their campaign promises.  President Biden is no exception.
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 …
Wright Thompson / The Atlantic:
His Name Was Emmett Till  —  The dentist was a few minutes late, so I waited by the barn, listening to a northern mockingbird in the cypress trees.  His tires kicked up dust when he turned off Drew Ruleville Road and headed across the bayou toward his house.
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 …
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Democrat Abby Finkenauer is running for the U.S. Senate seat long held by Chuck Grassley  —  Former Iowa congresswoman Abby Finkenauer on Thursday became the first major Democrat to announce a 2022 run for the U.S. Senate seat long held by Republican Chuck Grassley.
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 …
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
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
The Matt Gaetz-Marjorie Taylor Greene Fundraising Tour Is Actually a Cash Fire  —  Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene have teamed up and formed a joint fundraising committee.  Unfortunately for them, they're losing money.  —  At the height of the controversy surrounding Rep. Matt Gaetz …
Bryan Mena / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Jobless Claims Rose to 419,000 Last Week  —  Initial claims for jobless benefits increased 51,000, returning to a level last recorded in early June  —  Jobless claims rose last week to a level last recorded in early June, showing the unevenness in the labor market's recovery …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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, HuffPost and UPROXX
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
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 …
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
Maya T. Prabhu / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Zell Miller's grandson enters race for Georgia's lieutenant governor  —  Zell Miller's grandson is seeking to follow in the footsteps of the legendary politician by launching a campaign Thursday for Georgia's No. 2 spot with a promise to strengthen the HOPE scholarship program his grandfather championed.
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.
Fox Business:
Parler CEO George Farmer: Big Tech's COVID censorship - it's so much worse than we thought  —  Big Tech social media companies are no longer shy about censoring and banning individuals  —  Over the past year, examples of Big Tech censorship have multiplied, particularly around the topic of COVID-19.
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Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Reining in our new Big Tech censors
Discussion: Salon
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 …
Associated Press:
US virus cases nearly triple in 2 weeks amid misinformation  —  MISSION, Kan. (AP) — COVID-19 cases nearly tripled in the U.S. over two weeks amid an onslaught of vaccine misinformation that is straining hospitals, exhausting doctors and pushing clergy into the fray.
Discussion: Florida Politics
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 …
 
 
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New York Times:
In Deal With Germany, U.S. Drops Threat to Block Russian Gas Pipelines
Politico:
With bipartisan infrastructure talks in limbo, progressives eye $4.1T ‘silver lining’
Discussion: National Review and New York Times
Winston Choi-Schagrin / New York Times:
Maine Will Make Companies Pay for Recycling. Here's How It Works.
The Intercept:
Wiped Phones and the Battle for Evidence in Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's Prosecution
Discussion: Law & Crime
Washington Post:
Biden pleads with unvaccinated Americans to be inoculated as virus surges
Discussion: New York Times and Roll Call
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Biden says ditching the filibuster would throw Congress ‘into chaos’ and lead to gridlock.
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Saksa / Roll Call:
Trump is coming for him. But Anthony Gonzalez has a quiet plan
Victoria Eavis / Casper Star-Tribune:
New attack ad brands Cheney as ‘Clinton Republican’
Discussion: The Hill
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Nation's largest hospital group supports mandatory coronavirus vaccines for health workers
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Susan Matthews / Slate:
What Vaccinated People Should Really Know About the Delta Variant's Threat to Them
Discussion: NPR and Vanity Fair
Jeremy B. White / Politico:
Talk show host Larry Elder reinstated in California recall
Jeremy Kohler / ProPublica:
GOP Legislators in Missouri Oppose Vaccine Efforts as State Becomes COVID Hotspot
Jack Thomas / The Boston Globe:
I just learned I only have months to live. This is what I want to say