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12:25 AM ET, July 23, 2021

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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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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
The FBI's ‘investigation’ of Kavanaugh was laughable  —  The most laughable — and most telling — part of the FBI's recent letter to senators about its investigation of sexual assault allegations against Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh comes at the start: “This responds to your letter, dated August 1 …
The Official U.S. Senate website …:
After New Details on Kavanaugh Investigation Surface, Senators Call on FBI for Answers on Handling of ‘Tip Line’
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.
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Katherine J. Wu / The Atlantic:
4 Reasons I'm Wearing a Mask Again  —  Our vaccines are extraordinary, but right now they need all the help they can get.  —  Earlier this month, I pulled a mask out of the bin of hats, scarves, and gloves I keep by the door; strapped it on; and choked.  I had inhaled a mouthful of cat hair …
Discussion: New York Times and Balloon Juice
Kurt Bardella / NBC News:
Pelosi calls Republican Party's bluff on Capitol riot committee  —  On Monday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., nominated Reps. Jim Jordan, Jim Banks, Rodney Davis, Kelly Armstrong and Troy Nehls to serve on the select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
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The Hill:
Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe, eyeing new GOP reinforcements
Discussion: Townhall
CNN:
Pelosi looks to bolster bipartisan standing of 1/6 panel with potential addition of GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Mississippi asks the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade  —  (CNN)Mississippi's attorney general told the Supreme Court on Thursday that Roe v. Wade was “egregiously wrong” and should be overturned as she urged the justices to allow a controversial law that bars most abortions after 15 weeks to go into effect.
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Mississippi asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in upcoming case  —  Mississippi is asking the Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade in order to uphold the state's restrictions on abortion access, and to renounce the court's landmark holding a half-century ago that the Constitution protects a woman's right to obtain an abortion.
Jeffrey Toobin / CNN:
Clarence Thomas Is the new Chief Justice
Discussion: Reason
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Suddenly, (Some) Republicans Are All In on the Vaccine  —  The new G.O.P. politics of the pandemic follow the grim new math of the pandemic for Red America.  —  Since the end of the Trump Presidency, Republicans have been ratcheting up the doom-and-gloom quotient in their rhetoric.
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Politico:
Biden's obsession with scoring a bipartisan deal suddenly looks quite doable
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 …
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Nandita Bose / Reuters:
U.S. senators aim to stop vaccine misinformation by going after tech's legal immunity
Rob Stein / NPR:
The Delta Variant Will Drive A Steep Rise In U.S. COVID Deaths, A New Model Shows  —  The current COVID-19 surge in the U.S. — fueled by the highly contagious delta variant — will steadily accelerate through the summer and fall, peaking in mid-October, with daily deaths more than triple what they are now.
Discussion: The Guardian
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
The absolute farce that was the Biden-Lemon town hall  —  The activism that infects much of modern journalism was featured under the lights of primetime on Wednesday night during President Biden's CNN town hall in Cincinnati.  —  Exhibit A came when the topic turned to the filibuster …
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.
Zoe Richards / The Daily Beast:
Psaki Calls DeSantis' Rejection of Masks in Schools ‘Greatly Concerning’  —  ‘KIDS AT RISK’  —  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called out Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' (R) on Thursday for speaking out against protective face masks in schools.  “If I were a parent in Florida …
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Kirby Wilson / Miami Herald:
Florida AG Moody tests positive for COVID days after being with DeSantis in Texas
Discussion: The Hill and NBC 6 South Florida
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 …
Steph Bazzle / HillReporter.com:
LISTEN: Audio Clip Released Of Trump Blaming Capitol Police For Insurrection  —  In an audio clip from a new book, Donald Trump seemed to skate right up to the edge of admitting that January's insurrection attempt, carried out by his fans who hoped to overturn the election in his favor …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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United States Capitol Police:
Capitol Police Board Announces Selection of USCP Chief of Police
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Thousands of bullets have been fired in this D.C. neighborhood.  Fear is part of everyday life.  —  Markeith Muskelly, a barber who has spent half his 52 years cutting hair in Southeast Washington, has seen people get shot on the street outside the shop where he works.  —  Last fall, he saw a man die there.
Discussion: Power Line
Gary Abernathy / Washington Post:
Stop insulting Trump voters and their concerns.  Talk to them.  —  When supporters of former president Donald Trump hear media pundits analyze them with the usual collection of belittling observations, they must be tempted to respond, “Hey, we're right here!  We can hear you!”
Discussion: The Editorial Board and HuffPost
Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles Times names Shani Hilton managing editor for new initiatives  —  Shani Hilton has been appointed to the newly created role of managing editor for new initiatives at the Los Angeles Times, effective immediately.  —  In making the appointment, Times Executive Editor Kevin Merida …
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Measures on Cuba … “The United States stands with the brave Cubans who have taken to the streets to oppose 62 years of repression under a communist regime.”  —  The world watched on July 11 as tens of thousands of Cuban citizens marched in cities across Cuba …
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Politico:
Biden sanctions Cuban regime after crackdown on protesters
Peter Moskos / Wall Street Journal:
The Murder Spike of 2020: When Police Pull Back  —  A criminologist argues that last year's unprecedented rise in killings was the result of treating policing as a problem to be solved, rather than an essential part of public order.  —  The rise in murders in the U.S. in 2020 was unprecedented.
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.
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.”
Discussion: HotAir
CNN:
Sleepaway camp in New York says 31 campers under age 12 tested positive for Covid-19  —  CDC warns of ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’  —  (CNN)A co-ed sleepaway camp in New York said that 31 campers between 7 and 11 years old have tested positive for Covid-19 — but none of their vaccinated 12-and-up campers did.
Discussion: The Hill and Mercury News
Mallory Moench / San Francisco Chronicle:
$20,000 trash cans?  S.F. looks to roll out costly prototypes for pilot on street corners  —  San Francisco has long wanted to replace its universally loathed green trash receptacles seen on sidewalks all over the city.  On Wednesday, a supervisors' committee learned new prototypes will cost between $12,000 and $20,000 each.
Discussion: Audacy, ABC7, RedState and SFist
Media Matters for America:
Sean Hannity assures audience he's “not urging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine”  —  Sean Hannity issues stern rebuke to those calling him “pro-vaccine”: “Why are they saying something I didn't say?”
Discussion: KRON4
Becky Sullivan / NPR:
CIA Director Says He Is Escalating Efforts To Solve ‘Havana Syndrome’ Mystery  —  CIA Director William Burns says he has redoubled the agency's efforts to uncover the cause of Havana Syndrome — the mysterious set of ailments that has afflicted more than 200 U.S. officials and family members around the world.
 
 
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Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
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Marc Thiessen / Washington Post:
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Lee Harris / American Prospect:
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Kayla Brantley / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Chaos at The View as show scrambles to replace Meghan McCain with a ‘Trump Republican’ …
Discussion: Mercury News
Kansas City Star:
As COVID spreads in KC, hospitals likely to seek mask rules | The Kansas City Star
Josh Kurtz / Maryland Matters:
Steele Creates Exploratory Committee for Possible Gubernatorial Bid
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Ting / SFGATE:
Big warning signs for Gavin Newsom in latest recall poll
Discussion: KTLA, KRON4, RedState and The Hill
David Wildstein / New Jersey Globe:
Kim Guadagno, Christie's Lt. Governor, leaves the Republican Party
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and Political Wire
Jackeline Luna / Los Angeles Times:
Is California's electric car revolution bad for the planet?
Discussion: Twitchy
CBS News:
Alabama city leader who used n-word in council meeting says he won't apologize and might run for mayor
Discussion: New York Post and CBS 42
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Biden's Approval Rating Has Barely Budged In His First 6 Months