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10:30 AM ET, July 23, 2021


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‘Deadly serious’: Pelosi goes to war with GOP over Jan. 6  —  Nancy Pelosi has some unfinished business with Donald Trump.  —  The volatile former president and Pelosi foe is long gone from the White House but still haunts Capitol Hill.  And as much as some in her party might want to move on from Trump …
Discussion: Insider, The Root and Just Above Sunset
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: Democrats, double standards, and the Capitol riot committee  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  DEMOCRATS, DOUBLE STANDARDS, AND THE CAPITOL RIOT COMMITTEE.
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.
Phil Pinarski / CBS 42:
'It's time to start blaming the unvaccinated': Gov. Ivey on rise in COVID-19 cases, low vaccination rate  —  You have been added to CBS 42 Daily News Newsletter  —  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — On Thursday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey addressed concerns about the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the state and its low vaccination rate.
William Thornton /
Kay Ivey tells Alabamians to get vaccinated: 'I can't make you take care of yourself'
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Alabama Republican Gov. Ivey says ‘start blaming the unvaccinated folks’ for rise in Covid cases
Discussion: Washington Post and The Guardian
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
Jacob Jacob / CBS News:
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan doesn't want any GOP “whitewashing” of January 6 riots - “The Takeout”
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Vaccinated America Has Had Enough  —  In the United States, this pandemic could've been over by now, and certainly would've been by Labor Day.  If the pace of vaccination through the summer had been anything like the pace in April and May, the country would be nearing herd immunity.
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:   Some Republicans are pushing people to get vaccinated. It may be too late.
New York Times:
Democrats' Divide on Voting Rights Widens as Biden Faces Pressure  —  The president is increasingly at odds with leaders of the voting rights movement, who see a contrast between his soaring language and his willingness to push Congress to pass federal legislation.
Joe Concha / The Hill:
The absolute farce that was the Biden-Lemon town hall
Discussion: CNN
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.
Rich Mendez / CNBC:
Delta variant is one of the most infectious respiratory diseases known, CDC director says
Discussion: New York Times and WHYY
Matthew Gault / VICE:
A Defunct Video Hosting Site Is Flooding Normal Websites With Hardcore Porn  —  Stories on major news sites like ‘The Washington Post,’ and ‘New York Magazine’ currently have porn embedded in them because of an old site called Vidme.  —  Hardcore porn is embedded all over regular-ass websites …
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
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Republicans May Still Try to Kill Nord Stream 2
Issues & Insights:
Who Are The Real COVID Vaccine Refuseniks?  Hint: It's Not What You've Been Told  —  The Biden administration, stung by missing its vaccine targets and the rising COVID-19 cases, has decided to blame Republicans.  That's not surprising.  But it's traditionally Democratic groups …
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!”
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.
Jill Biden / NBC News:
An open letter to Tokyo Olympics' Team USA  —  Your journey to Tokyo likely started at a young age, the first time you picked up a ball or jumped in the water, the first ride that made you feel truly free or when the backflip you thought was impossible suddenly wasn't.
Discussion: The Hill, HuffPost, Insider and UPI
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: HotAir
American Greatness:
Why Not Award Ashli Babbitt's Killer the Medal of Honor?  —  If the killing of the Air Force veteran in the Capitol on January 6 was a salvific act, why hide the killer?  Why not celebrate him?  —  What follows describes our oligarchy's terrible trilemma concerning their narrative of January 6.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
New poll puts Shontel Brown within five points of Nina Turner in tightening OH-11 race  —  Cuyahoga County Democratic chair has gained some steam, but lags in fundraising ahead of Aug. 3 primary  —  Following a slew of high-profile endorsements and independent expenditures …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Read my lips: We're not going back to masks and lockdowns again  —  Are we really doing this again?  Are we really talking about returning to masking?  Again?  —  Last weekend, Los Angeles County reinstituted its mask mandate for indoor settings.  More than 60 percent of the county is fully vaccinated …
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
How a Rising Trump Critic Lost Her Nerve  —  Nancy Mace was on a mission to find a gun that would fit inside her purse.  It was the first Friday in March, and we'd come to a shooting range in North Charleston to try out the Sig Sauer P365.  She strode to a shooting lane …
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 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?
Cheryl Teh / Insider:
Book details how Mike Pence deferred to Jared Kushner like a ‘supplicant’ during meetings on the COVID crisis  — A new book says Jared Kushner was the man who was “really in charge” of the COVID crisis task force.  — This was because former VP Mike Pence “sounded like a supplicant” …
Discussion: Raw Story
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE ‘QAnon Shaman’ in plea negotiations after mental health diagnosis -lawyer  —  The participant in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots nicknamed the “QAnon Shaman” is negotiating a possible plea deal with prosecutors, after prison psychologists found he suffers from a variety of mental illnesses, his attorney said.
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Marie Weidmayer /
FBI agent linked to Whitmer kidnapping case beat, choked wife after swingers' party, court records say  —  KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI - The FBI agent charged with assault smashed his wife's head into a nightstand several times, according to court records.  —  Richard Trask II is charged …
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Imagine a 9/11 Commission If the Hijackers Had Allies in Congress  —  In the aftermath of the January 6 insurrection, when both parties agreed on the need for an investigation into the attack, the shorthand that entered the lexicon was 9/11-style commission.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Mark of Klain  —  Column: Washington does well as the world falls apart
Betsy McCaughey / New York Post:
Biden tells fleeing Cubans to get lost — while flooding the southern border
Discussion: AMAC
Myah Ward / Politico:
True or false: Kids should wear masks to school
Discussion: Power Line and Washington Post
Emma Bubola / New York Times:
Italy says it will require proof of vaccination or a negative test for many social activities.
Sarah Westwood / Washington Examiner:
How critical race theory makes its way into schools
Discussion: National Review and Breitbart
Tyler Goodspeed / The Hill:
Maybe people aren't returning to work because real wages have declined in Biden's presidency
Discussion: National Review
The Hill:
Biden, Democrats' lack of urgency towards China poses significant threat to America's security
Discussion: Gingrich 360
Lee Harris / American Prospect:
Eyeing Federal Infrastructure Windfall, Private Equity Courts Public Utilities
Discussion: New Republic
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Thousands of bullets have been fired in this D.C. neighborhood. Fear is part of everyday life.
Discussion: Power Line
Peter Moskos / Wall Street Journal:
The Murder Spike of 2020: When Police Pull Back
Kayla Brantley / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Chaos at The View as show scrambles to replace Meghan McCain with a ‘Trump Republican’ …
Discussion: Mercury News
Katherine J. Wu / The Atlantic:
4 Reasons I'm Wearing a Mask Again
Discussion: New York Times and Balloon Juice
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Mississippi asks the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade
Eric Ting / SFGATE:
Big warning signs for Gavin Newsom in latest recall poll
Discussion: KRON4, KTLA, RedState and The Hill
Tara Parker-Pope / New York Times:
Why Everyone Has the Worst Summer Cold Ever