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8:10 AM ET, July 23, 2021


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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.
‘Deadly serious’: Pelosi goes to war with GOP over Jan. 6
Discussion: Just Above Sunset
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Imagine a 9/11 Commission If the Hijackers Had Allies in Congress
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
The Hill:
Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe, eyeing new GOP reinforcements
Discussion: Townhall
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
Rich Mendez / CNBC:
Delta variant is one of the most infectious respiratory diseases known, CDC director says
Discussion: WHYY
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 …
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 …
Inside Trump's intense search for a Cheney challenger  —  Former President Donald Trump's top political advisers have been holding quiet talks over the last several months with the primary challengers looking to take down his most prominent Republican nemesis: Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney.
Washington Post:
A scandal-scarred Senate candidate wants Donald Trump's endorsement.  Other Republicans worry he'll give it.  —  Former Missouri governor Eric Greitens keeps getting questions on the campaign trail about the state of his relationship with former president Donald Trump.
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
Democrats' Divide on Voting Rights Widens as Biden Faces Pressure
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.
The Hill:
Biden, Democrats' lack of urgency towards China poses significant threat to America's security  —  The United States of America stands as a beacon of freedom and a living testament to the Founding Fathers' belief in a country built upon the principles of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Discussion: Gingrich 360
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.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Mississippi asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in upcoming case
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: HuffPost and The Editorial Board
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.
Steph Bazzle /
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 …
United States Capitol Police:
Capitol Police Board Announces Selection of USCP Chief of Police
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Katherine J. Wu / The Atlantic:
4 Reasons I'm Wearing a Mask Again  —  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—several weeks' worth, left by my gray tabby, Calvin, who has been napping on a nest …
Discussion: New York Times and Balloon Juice
Biden quickly moves to avoid the down ballot carnage that plagued Obama  —  When Joe Biden called Terry McAuliffe to congratulate him on winning the gubernatorial primary in Virginia last month, it didn't take long for McAuliffe to make his ask.  —  “'I need you here,'” …
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
Washington Examiner:
Totalitarian wokeness cost liberals their common sense  —  In The Bonfire of the Vanities, novelist Tom Wolfe wrote if a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged, then a liberal is a conservative who has been arrested.  But then, what name would he give to the path of disillusionment Maud Maron, like many others, is now treading?
Riley Vetterkind /
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 …
Zaid Jilani / Persuasion:
The End of “Cancel Culture”?  —  Young Americans may return us to a culture of compassion and forgiveness.  —  1 hr ago  —  In their book The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, authors Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff speculate …
Marc Thiessen / Washington Post:
Did Biden just commit an impeachable offense in Ukraine?  —  Remember when House Democrats impeached President Donald Trump for twisting the arm of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, allegedly conditioning a White House visit on his willingness to investigate Hunter Biden?
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
Sarah Westwood / Washington Examiner:
How critical race theory makes its way into schools  —  The escalating battle over critical race theory has shone a spotlight on a previously obscure process: how local school districts set the curriculum shaping what students learn.  —  Local school board meetings devolved into emotional …
Discussion: National Review and Breitbart
Myah Ward / Politico:
True or false: Kids should wear masks to school  —  WILL YOU NEED ONE EXTRA SCHOOL SUPPLY?  At least nine states — Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Vermont — have banned school districts from requiring masks in schools, according to CNN.
Discussion: Power Line and Washington Post
Kansas City Star:
Republican politicians lost in Medicaid expansion standoff, and Missouri voters won  —  BY THE KANSAS CITY STAR EDITORIAL BOARD  —  Thursday, the Missouri Supreme Court — with a clear, unanimous voice — said expanded Medicaid is constitutional.  That means 275,000 people now eligible …
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Ex-airman: Guilt over drone strikes prompted to leak secrets  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former Air Force intelligence analyst said his guilt over participating in lethal drone strikes in Afghanistan led him to leak government secrets about the drone program to a reporter.
Tyler Goodspeed / The Hill:
Maybe people aren't returning to work because real wages have declined in Biden's presidency  —  The most worrying statistic in the latest monthly employment report is that the U.S. labor force declined during the month of May. On net, 53,000 Americans dropped out of the labor force …
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Tracy Swartz / Chicago Tribune:
CPS will require masks for all students and teachers inside schools, regardless of vaccination status  —  Chicago Public Schools students, teachers and staff will be required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status, when they return to classrooms next month, the district announced Thursday.
Emma Bubola / New York Times:
Italy says it will require proof of vaccination or a negative test for many social activities.  —  The Italian government announced on Thursday that it would require people to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test in order to participate in certain social activities …
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Phil Pinarski / CBS 42:
'It's time to start blaming the unvaccinated': Gov. Ivey on rise in COVID-19 cases, low vaccination rate
Discussion: HuffPost and Mediaite
The White House:
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, July 22, 2021
Discussion: UPI and WV MetroNews
Lee Harris / American Prospect:
Eyeing Federal Infrastructure Windfall, Private Equity Courts Public Utilities
Discussion: New Republic
Media Matters for America:
Sean Hannity assures audience he's “not urging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine”
Discussion: KRON4
Peter Moskos / Wall Street Journal:
The Murder Spike of 2020: When Police Pull Back
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Democrats' defense of voting rights isn't shameless. But Republicans' silence is shameful.
Kayla Brantley / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Chaos at The View as show scrambles to replace Meghan McCain with a ‘Trump Republican’ …
Discussion: Mercury News
 Earlier Items: 
Kansas City Star:
As COVID spreads in KC, hospitals likely to seek mask rules | The Kansas City Star
Sleepaway camp in New York says 31 campers under age 12 tested positive for Covid-19
Discussion: The Hill and Mercury News
Becky Sullivan / NPR:
CIA Director Says He Is Escalating Efforts To Solve ‘Havana Syndrome’ Mystery
Discussion: New York Times
Josh Kurtz / Maryland Matters:
Steele Creates Exploratory Committee for Possible Gubernatorial Bid
Discussion: WTOP and Political Wire
Eric Ting / SFGATE:
Big warning signs for Gavin Newsom in latest recall poll
Discussion: KRON4, KTLA, RedState and The Hill
Russell Gold / Wall Street Journal:
Startup Claims Breakthrough in Long-Duration Batteries