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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 …
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Biden Backs Keeping the Filibuster
Discussion: IJR, Daily Kos and Washington Post
Stephen Kruiser / pjmedia.com:
The Morning Briefing: Drunk Uncle Biden Struggles With English, Truth at Town Hall
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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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 …
The Dworkin Report:   Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn's harrowing firsthand account of the January 6th insurrection
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Pelosi says she won't let GOP ‘antics’ distract from Jan. 6 committee investigation
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
House Democrats Erode Democracy to Defend It
Discussion: Salon and Sara A. Carter
Katherine Tully-McManus / Politico:
The day after: What's next for infrastructure, Jan. 6 select committee
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
Bill to Strip Social Media of Protections for Health Misinformation  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar's legislation would create exception to law known as Section 230  —  WASHINGTON—Sen. Amy Klobuchar introduced a bill Thursday that would strip online platforms such as Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc …
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.
Katelyn Caralle / Daily Mail:
'The experts say we know that this virus is, in fact, uh, um, uh, it's going to be, or excuse me': Biden loses his thoughts on vaccines, flubs answer on his foreign policy work and falsely tells town hall you WON'T get COVID if you have the shot  — President Joe Biden stumbled through …
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
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CNN:
Fact check: Biden makes false claims about Covid-19, auto prices and other subjects at CNN town hall
Discussion: The Western Journal
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
5 takeaways from President Joe Biden's CNN town hall
Discussion: Sara A. Carter and Bloomberg
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Why Vaccinated People Are Getting ‘Breakthrough’ Infections  —  The vaccines are effective at preventing serious illness and death, but they are not a golden shield against the coronavirus.  —  A wedding in Oklahoma leads to 15 vaccinated guests becoming infected with the coronavirus.
Discussion: The Atlantic, NPR and The Daily Signal
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The White House:
Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on Continuing Crackdown in Cuba  —  I unequivocally condemn the mass detentions and sham trials that are unjustly sentencing to prison those who dared to speak out in an effort to intimidate and threaten the Cuban people into silence.
Discussion: Rolling Stone and CBS Miami
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Politico:
Capitol physician considers recommending masks again due to Delta variant  —  The Capitol's chief physician is considering reimposing a mask recommendation in the Capitol after two months of mostly face-covering-free business in the House and Senate, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Psaki: ‘Unvaccinated people should be more fearful’ of delta variant than the vaccinated
Discussion: CBS News, The Hill and Vanity Fair
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 …
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, Raw Story and IJR
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 …
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 …
Riley Vetterkind / madison.com:
US Sen. Ron Johnson: ‘I may not be the best candidate’ for 2022  —  U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is sending out some mixed signals on whether he'll run for re-election in 2022.  —  In an interview this week, Johnson, R-Oshkosh, said he “may not be the best candidate” for the 2022 U.S. Senate race …
Discussion: Gingrich 360
Kierra Frazier / Axios:
Former Rep. Abby Finkenauer announces run for Iowa Senate seat  —  Former Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D) announced Thursday that she'll run in 2022 for the U.S. Senate in Iowa, a seat currently held by seven-term incumbent Sen. Chuck Grassley (R).  —  Why it matters: Finkenauer is the first major Democrat …
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Tara Parker-Pope / New York Times:
Why Everyone Has the Worst Summer Cold Ever  —  As pandemic restrictions begin to relax, common viruses that cause drippy noses, stuffy heads and other cold symptoms have roared back to taunt your immune system.  —  Yes, the summer cold and cough season really is worse than usual.
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.
Fox News:
Former Education Sec. DeVos blasts Biden admin's ‘many ties’ to ‘twisted and warped’ critical race theory  —  Biden's nominee would turn civil rights division into an ‘office for critical race theory,’ DeVos said  —  Betsy DeVos rejects Randi Weingarten's defense of the 1619 Project: 'It's not history'
Discussion: The Federalist and New York Post
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 …
Discussion: Metro.co.uk, Deseret News and Gizmodo
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.”
Russell Gold / Wall Street Journal:
Startup Claims Breakthrough in Long-Duration Batteries  —  Form Energy's iron-air batteries could have big ramifications for storing electricity on the power grid  —  A four-year-old startup says it has built an inexpensive battery that can discharge power for days using one of the most common elements on Earth: iron.
Jeffrey Toobin / CNN:
Clarence Thomas Is the new Chief Justice  —  Hear Clarence Thomas' rare question in live oral arguments  —  Jeffrey Toobin is chief legal analyst for CNN and the author of “The Nine” and “The Oath.”  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.  View more opinion at CNN.
Discussion: Reason
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.
Discussion: New York Post, CBS 42 and TheBlaze
Aaron Gordon / VICE:
Congrats to Andrew Cuomo on His Useless LaGuardia AirTrain  —  The only thing the future LaGuardia AirTrain will accomplish is reminding us why our transportation infrastructure rarely gets better.  —  Aaron Gordon  —  Every so often, a transportation project comes up that's so likely to be a flop …
Discussion: Gothamist
 
 
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Eric Ting / SFGATE:
Big warning signs for Gavin Newsom in latest recall poll
Discussion: KRON4 and KTLA
BGOV:
Sparse Voter-Fraud Cases Undercut Claims of Widespread Abuses
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Sam Stockard / Tennessee Lookout:
Years in the making, Forrest busting out of State Capitol
David Wildstein / New Jersey Globe:
Kim Guadagno, Christie's Lt. Governor, leaves the Republican Party
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Jackeline Luna / Los Angeles Times:
Is California's electric car revolution bad for the planet?
Discussion: Twitchy
 Earlier Items: 
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S., Iraq to Agree that U.S. Combat Troops Should Leave by End of 2021
Discussion: Sputnik News
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:
Lindsey Graham Urges Republicans to Leave Washington to Block Budget Bill
Discussion: Insider and RedState
Wright Thompson / The Atlantic:
His Name Was Emmett Till
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Life Expectancy, Falling
ProPublica:
Operation Fox Hunt: How China Exports Repression Using a Network of Spies Hidden in Plain Sight
Discussion: CNBC and Washington Post