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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 …
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ABC News:
Pelosi considering adding former GOP congressman as adviser to Jan. 6 committee  —  Rep. Liz Cheney had pushed the idea even before Pelosi rejected two GOP picks.  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats are considering inviting former House Republican Rep. Denver Riggleman to serve …
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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:
Pelosi considering adding GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger to the 1/6 select committee  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is considering naming GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger to join the select committee investigating the deadly January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol.  —  During a news conference on Capitol Hill …
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 …
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.
Discussion: CNN, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Biden administration to impose sanctions on Cuban officials following attacks on protesters  —  The Biden administration will announce new sanctions Thursday against a number of Cuban officials deemed directly involved in human rights abuses during a government crackdown on widespread protests earlier …
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Politico:
Biden to announce sanctions on Cuban officials  —  MIAMI — President Joe Biden on Thursday plans to slap targeted individual sanctions on Cuba regime officials, bucking the progressive voices in his own party who called for an end to the embargo.  —  Biden's response to Cuba …
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Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
Democrats' bad faith games on infrastructure
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Biden pleads with unvaccinated Americans to be inoculated as virus surges
Discussion: New York Times and Roll Call
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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James Arkin / Politico:
Former Rep. Finkenauer running for Senate in Iowa
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Post
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 …
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.
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
5 takeaways from President Joe Biden's CNN town hall  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden arrived in Ohio on Wednesday mindful the days for actual bipartisan governing in Washington are quickly waning.  —  Throughout his CNN town hall, he voiced again and again his conviction that Republicans will come along …
Discussion: Sara A. Carter and Bloomberg
Gabriel Crossley / Reuters:
China rejects WHO plan for study of COVID-19 origin  —  China rejected on Thursday a World Health Organization (WHO) plan for a second phase of an investigation into the origin of the coronavirus, which includes the hypothesis it could have escaped from a Chinese laboratory, a top health official said.
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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
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CNN:
Prosecutors had evidence last year to charge prominent Trump ally Tom Barrack
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
NYT No. 1: Mark Levin's ‘American Marxism’ sells 400,000 in 1st week  —  They don't call conservative media mogul Mark Levin the “Great One” for nothing.  —  Just over week after its release, his latest book, American Marxism, will debut on the New York Times bestseller list in the No. 1 slot …
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
White House boosts funding for Covid tests as infections continue to surge  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is accelerating investments in Covid-19 testing to combat a fourth wave of infections washing over states and regions with low vaccination rates as those rates stall …
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 …
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 …
Brennan Center for Justice:
Voting Laws Roundup: July 2021 … Eighteen states have already enacted 30 laws this year that will make it harder for Americans to vote.  —  Donate Amount Donate Type  —  Donate  —  As many state legislatures conclude their regular sessions, the full impact of efforts to suppress the vote in 2021 is coming into view.
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
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Discussion: The Hill and National Review
Associated Press:
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Discussion: Florida Politics
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Nation's largest hospital group supports mandatory coronavirus vaccines for health workers
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Brett Kelman / The Tennessean:
Republican lawmakers met privately with state leaders about ending vaccine outreach
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeremy Kohler / ProPublica:
GOP Legislators in Missouri Oppose Vaccine Efforts as State Becomes COVID Hotspot