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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 …
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The Dworkin Report:
Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn's harrowing firsthand account of the January 6th insurrection  —  Scott Dworkin speaks with Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn.  Officer Dunn will be one of the first officers called to testify in front of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th insurrection against Congress.
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 …
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
House Democrats Erode Democracy to Defend It
Discussion: Salon and Deseret News
Katherine Tully-McManus / Politico:
The day after: What's next for infrastructure, Jan. 6 select committee
Melanie Zanona / CNN:
Banks held call with the 1/6 committee chair on Tuesday. By Wednesday, he was off the panel.
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
In vetoing Jordan and Banks, Pelosi safeguards history, democracy and Capitol attack probe
Kate Kelly / New York Times:
Details on F.B.I. Inquiry Into Kavanaugh Draw Fire From Democrats  —  The F.B.I. said some of the 4,500 tips it received about Justice Brett Kavanaugh were given to the Trump White House, leading some Democrats to call the process a sham.  —  Nearly three years after Justice Brett M …
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Politico:
Biden's obsession with scoring a bipartisan deal suddenly looks quite doable  —  President Joe Biden may finally be nearing the bipartisan win he's long yearned for but that some in his party say is politically unnecessary and may ultimately prove fleeting.  —  Despite a failed vote …
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:
Lindsey Graham Urges Republicans to Leave Washington to Block Budget Bill
Discussion: Insider and RedState
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
A Grizzly Bear Terrorized a Man for Days in Alaska.  The Coast Guard Saw His SOS.  —  Down to his last rounds of ammunition, with bruises and a leg injury, the man was rescued by a helicopter crew that just happened by.  —  He was sleep-deprived and nearly out of ammunition, alone in the wilderness of Alaska.
Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
Former congresswoman Abby Finkenauer launches Senate bid against Grassley  —  Former congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa) on Thursday entered the 2022 race for the U.S. Senate seat long held by Republican Charles E. Grassley.  —  The 32-year-old hopes to defeat the incumbent by portraying …
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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, Insider, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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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.
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S., Iraq to Agree that U.S. Combat Troops Should Leave by End of 2021  —  Officials to reaffirm that U.S. military presence is still needed to help Iraqi forces fight Islamic State  —  Top Iraqi and U.S. officials plan to issue a statement that calls for U.S. combat troops to leave Iraq …
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Biden administration to impose sanctions on Cuban officials following attacks on protesters
Discussion: New York Post
Caitlin Flanagan / The Atlantic:
The University of California Is Lying to Us  —  “Liberté, égalité, fraternité!” is the cry that once stirred a nation to action, but out here in the crumbling state of California, we're at a lower ebb.  A hobbled people rally to a revolutionary whimper: “Put your pencils down.”
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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CNN:   Chinese government rejects WHO plan for second phase of Covid-19 origins study
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Washington Post reporter sues paper and former editor Marty Baron, alleging discrimination after she publicly disclosed sexual assault  —  New York (CNN Business)A reporter at The Washington Post filed a lawsuit Thursday against the newspaper, its former top editor, and other senior leaders …
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: CBS News, NBC News, IJR, The Hill, HuffPost and UPROXX
Axios:
Top pollster warns Democrats that inflation is hitting home  —  The White House is trying to argue that Biden's economic proposals will reduce inflation in the long run.
Discussion: HotAir and Townhall
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
Washington Post:
Trump's PAC collected $75 million this year, but so far the group has not put money into pushing for the 2020 ballot reviews he touts  —  Former president Donald Trump's political PAC raised roughly $75 million in the first half of this year as he trumpeted the false notion that the 2020 election …
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 …
Discussion: CNBC
Charlie Spiering / Breitbart:
Culture of Corruption: Jeff Richetti, Top Biden Staffer's Brother, Lobbying WH on China Issues for General Motors  —  The brother of a top staff member in Joe Biden's administration is lobbying the White House on issues related to China for General Motors, a new disclosure reveals.
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 …
CBS News:
Alabama city leader who used n-word in council meeting says he won't apologize and might run for mayor  —  TARRANT, Ala. — A White city leader captured on video using a racial slur toward Black people during a council meeting said he won't apologize, and might run for mayor.  Others are calling for his resignation.
 
 
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MSNBC:
Rep. Swalwell: ‘Either you are trying to revive democracy or you are trying to kill it’
Dake Kang / Associated Press:
Room for 10,000: Inside China's largest detention center
Discussion: The Daily Caller and BuzzFeed News
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Biden's domestic terrorism strategy concerns advocates
New York Times:
U.S. Won't Seek Death Penalty in 7 Cases, Signaling a Shift Under Biden
Discussion: The Hill
Stephen Kruiser / pjmedia.com:
The Morning Briefing: Drunk Uncle Biden Struggles With English, Truth at Town Hall
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
CIA officer who helped find bin Laden will look for cause of mysterious ‘Havana Syndrome’
Discussion: NBC News and Sputnik News
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
NYT No. 1: Mark Levin's ‘American Marxism’ sells 400,000 in 1st week
Discussion: TheBlaze and Mediaite
Maya T. Prabhu / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Zell Miller's grandson enters race for Georgia's lieutenant governor
 Earlier Items: 
Craig McCarthy / New York Post:
NYPD lags in vaccinating cops as Delta COVID variant spreads
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
Fauci Demands Censorship to Fight Pandemic
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
Democrats' bad faith games on infrastructure
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
White House officials debate masking push as covid infections spike
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
How Thomas Barrack's alleged illegal lobbying shaped Trump's policies in the Gulf
Discussion: emptywheel