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7:25 PM ET, July 26, 2021

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Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
The absurd coverage of the January 6 committee  —  In late May, over the Memorial Day weekend, the top story on NBC's Meet the Press was a recent vote by Republican senators to kill the prospect of an independent, fully bipartisan commission to investigate the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6.
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
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Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
Democrats move to elevate Cheney's role on Jan. 6 committee, giving her prime speaking slot Tuesday  —  Democrats are seeking to elevate the role of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on the committee examining the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, scheduling her to deliver one of the two opening statements …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Anything-but-bipartisan 1/6 commission will seal Pelosi's retirement. Here's why
CNN:
'What you're doing is unprecedented': McCarthy-Pelosi feud boils over
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:
Chairman of Jan. 6 Committee Casts Wide Net on Witnesses
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
CNN:
Growing group of GOP members wants McCarthy to punish Kinzinger and Cheney for joining January 6 committee
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: There is real political peril for politicians who politicize the coronavirus
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
V.A. Issues Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers, a First for a Federal Agency  —  Employees who provide direct patient care have eight weeks to get inoculated against the coronavirus or face penalties including possible removal.  —  WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs …
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Emma Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
New York is expected to require city workers to be vaccinated by mid-September.  —  New York City will require all municipal workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus by the time schools reopen in mid-September or face weekly testing, Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to announce on Monday morning, according to a city official.
VA.gov:
VA mandates COVID-19 vaccines among its medical employees including VHA facilities staff
David Gilbert / VICE:
I'm a Parkland Shooting Survivor.  QAnon Convinced My Dad It Was All a Hoax.  —  Bill's final semester at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was already difficult enough.  —  He was part of the final graduating class of survivors of the 2018 shooting …
John Ellis / Medium:
Four Illusions  —  Illusion #1: Biden is not too old.  —  People who have been around American politics for a long time know Joe Biden well.  The eldest among them have known Joe Biden for nearly five decades.  What they will tell you is that he didn't seem to age during his two terms as vice president.
Discussion: The Bulwark
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Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
How Trumpists Prey on Loneliness, and Loneliness Preys on Trumpists
Discussion: Salon and Raw Story
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
This is the most unhinged Trump rant about the 2020 election yet  —  Donald Trump has set a pretty high bar for himself when it comes to wild rants.  And yet, over the weekend in a speech to Turning Point Action in Arizona, he managed to outdo himself.  —  Words - or at least my words - can't do it justice.
Discussion: The Western Journal
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Is Vaxed America Running Out of Patience?  —  I wanted to share some thoughts and snippets of news following up on the GOP vaccine switcheroo.  But first I wanted to share this LA Times article that helped me think more broadly about the issue.  Reporter Brittny Mejia went to a pop …
David Shepardson / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE U.S. will not lift travel restrictions, citing Delta variant -official  —  The United States will not lift any existing travel restrictions “at this point” due to concerns over the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant and the rising number of U.S. coronavirus cases, a White House official told Reuters.
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James Bikales / Politico:
US to maintain travel restrictions, citing Delta variant
Discussion: New York Times and Townhall
Politico:
Biden administration says long Covid can be considered a disability under law  —  The Biden administration announced Monday that long Covid, a condition where people experience long-term Covid-19 symptoms long after clearing the actual virus from their system, could be considered a disability under civil rights laws.
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New York Times:
Britney Spears Files to Remove Her Father From Conservatorship  —  More than 13 years after a strict legal arrangement gave James P. Spears control of the singer's affairs, a new lawyer for Ms. Spears asked the court to remove him from the arrangement.  —  More than 13 years after the life …
Discussion: TMZ.com
ABC News:
Infrastructure test vote fails in Senate, negotiations proceed  —  Coming up in the next {{countdown}} {{countdownlbl}}  —  Coming up next:  —  {{nextVideo.title}}  —  {{nextVideo.description}}  —  Skip to this video now  —  Related Extras Related Videos Video Transcript
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
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Mike Allen / Axios:
First look: Don Jr., Ron DeSantis dominate poll of GOP frontrunners  —  Don Jr. and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis top a poll — provided first to Axios — gauging the popularity of seven key GOP figures.  —  Between the lines: Don Jr. is the Trump child with the strongest connection to the base …
The White House:
President Biden Announces Eight Nominees to Serve as U.S. Attorneys … President Biden is announcing eight nominees to serve as U.S. Attorneys across the country, officials who will be indispensable to upholding the rule of law as the top federal law enforcement officials for their districts.
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Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
8 US attorney picks by Biden would include historic firsts
Discussion: Boston Herald
Maggie Severns / Politico:
‘People are scared’: Democrats lose ground on school equity plans  —  Elina Kaplan is the kind of suburban mom who made Joe Biden president.  —  An immigrant who came to the United States from the Soviet Union, she is a registered Democrat from San Mateo County, Calif. And she's alarmed …
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Trio of Senate Republicans urges Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade  —  Three conservative Senate Republicans on Monday filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to overturn its landmark precedents that protect the constitutional right to abortion.  —  In a 33-page brief …
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Takeover of Fulton elections considered by Georgia Republicans  —  Georgia voting law allows removal of county election boards  —  With a rising drumbeat of criticism, several Republican Georgia legislators are building a case for the state government to take over Fulton County elections.
Discussion: The Western Journal
Tara Copp / Defense One:
‘It Failed Miserably’: After Wargaming Loss, Joint Chiefs Are Overhauling How the US Military Will Fight  —  In a fake battle for Taiwan, U.S. forces lost network access almost immediately.  Hyten has issued four directives to help change that.  —  A brutal loss in a wargaming exercise …
María Paúl / Washington Post:
An Alabama mother who lost her son to covid says not getting the vaccine is her biggest regret  —  These days, Christy Carpenter finds strength in her family and faith.  But on some days, one question keeps ringing in her head: “Why?”  —  After weeks of battling through oxygen treatments …
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Questions the January 6 Select Committee Should Ask Its Witnesses  —  The House select committee established to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol will hold its first public hearing on July 27.  Like the 9-11 Commission before it, the select committee is investigating …
Politico:
'We're f—ed': Dems fear turnout catastrophe from GOP voting laws  —  ATLANTA — After Georgia Republicans passed a restrictive voting law in March, Democrats here began doing the math.  —  The state's new voter I.D. requirement for mail-in ballots could affect the more than 270,000 Georgians lacking identification.
Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
In Official Washington, Chasten Buttigieg is a stranger in a (very) strange land  —  Chasten Buttigieg put on a few pounds during quarantine.  So in April, with pandemic restrictions easing and two doses of vaccine safely in his arm, he set about looking for a gym to join in the city …
Discussion: Insider, Townhall, Fox News and Twitchy
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Oh, So Now Fox News Is Suddenly Against Ambushing People  —  The network says Tucker Carlson should be left alone, but less famous people going about their business are apparently fair targets.  —  A man confronted Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Friday while he was out shopping at a fly fishing shop in Montana.
Kel McClanahan / The Daily Beast:
For the Jan. 6 Committee to Succeed, This Guy Has to Go  —  Chairman Bennie Thompson's staff director pick could irrevocably undermine the credibility of the fledgling committee—with no real upside. … On July 22, Chairman Bennie Thompson announced the senior staff for the fledgling 1/6 committee.
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
Facebook and tech giants to target attacker manifestos, far-right militias in database  —  A counterterrorism organization formed by some of the biggest U.S. tech companies including Facebook (FB.O) and Microsoft (MSFT.O) is significantly expanding the types of extremist content shared between firms …
Todd Feathers / VICE:
Police Are Telling ShotSpotter to Alter Evidence From Gunshot-Detecting AI  —  Prosecutors in Chicago are being forced to withdraw evidence generated by the technology, which led to the police killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo earlier this year.  —  TF  —  On May 31 last year …
Representative Tom Malinowski:
Enough is Enough - Joint Statement from Representatives Tom Malinowski, Katie Porter, Joaquin Castro and Anna G. Eshoo on the Abuses Linked to the NSO Group's Pegasus Spyware  —  (Washington, DC) Representatives Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), Katie Porter (CA-45), Joaquin Castro (TX-20), and Anna G. Eshoo …
 
 
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Adam Shaw / Fox News:
ICE nabs more than 300 illegal immigrant sex offenders since June as part of national operation
Discussion: National Review
David Edwards / Raw Story:
'I'm serious!' Mike Lindell claims Joe Biden will ‘resign’ on Aug. 13
Josiah Lippincott / The American Mind:
The Conservative Case for Cyberbullying America's Generals
Discussion: RedState
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Brother of top Biden advisor lobbied Executive Office of the President on behalf of GM
Jay Caruso / The Monday Notice:
The Strange Desire For Embracing Doom and Gloom
Acrespo / Inquest:
A Seat at the Table  —  On June 15, 2021, Joel Castón became the first incarcerated …
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Enough already. It's time for vaccine entry passes.
Nicholas Lemann / New Yorker:
Can Affirmative Action Survive?
Jill Lepore / New Yorker:
Facebook's Broken Vows
Mike Allen / Axios:
Top Obama pollster warns left not to get greedy ahead of midterms
Discussion: Associated Press
Graham Dunbar / Associated Press:
Olympic broadcasters curb sexual images of female athletes
Discussion: The Daily Caller