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9:05 PM ET, July 26, 2021


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Washington Post:
Democrats look to move past partisan rancor and set serious tone for Jan. 6 investigation  —  House Democrats on Wednesday will attempt to move past the partisan rancor that has engulfed their effort to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by highlighting what they expect …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Anything-but-bipartisan 1/6 commission will seal Pelosi's retirement. Here's why
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:
Chairman of Jan. 6 Committee Casts Wide Net on Witnesses
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
'What you're doing is unprecedented': McCarthy-Pelosi feud boils over
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 …
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 …
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 mandates COVID-19 vaccines among its medical employees including VHA facilities staff
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.
Biden team weighs return to mask mandates in some states
Discussion: The Hill and Denver Post
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Why is the White House still refusing to lift travel restrictions?
James Bikales / Politico:
US to maintain travel restrictions, citing Delta variant
Discussion: New York Times and Townhall
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 …
Keith Naughton / The Hill:
Will Pence primary Trump — and win?  —  Not too long ago, The New York Times floated the idea of a Donald Trump-Ron DeSantis presidential primary.  Aside from the lame attempt to sow division among Republicans, it was an absurd suggestion.  DeSantis does not have the profile or national experience to challenge Trump.
Discussion: Twitchy
Angela Moore / Reuters:
New York's $200 french fries offer ‘escape’ from reality  —  Jerome Powell, this story's for you.  —  The Federal Reserve chair, always on the look-out for signs of inflation, might want to drop by Manhattan's Upper East Side, where a $200 plate of french fries stretches the definition of haute cuisine.
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
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: and The Daily Caller
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 …
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: Salon and 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 …
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
Detroit News:
Michigan lawmaker reports $221 campaign spending at strip club  —  Lansing — A Michigan lawmaker reported spending $221 of his campaign money at a strip club in Dearborn for a March 8 “constituent meeting” to discuss “potential economic projects,” according to a disclosure filed Sunday.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Candidate Under Investigation in PA Road Fatality is Vice Chair of CPAC  —  You see this story about the gubernatorial candidate from Pennsylvania who's being investigated for his involvement in a fatal motorcycle accident.  He apparently drove for miles after the accident with the motorcycle stuck to the front of his car.
Discussion: WPXI-TV
David Edwards / Raw Story:
'I'm serious!'  Mike Lindell claims Joe Biden will ‘resign’ on Aug. 13  —  MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell speculated this week that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will resign on the morning of August 13.  —  Lindell told Real America's Voice host Steve Bannon that he came …
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 …
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
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
Jake Dima / Washington Examiner:
Lightfoot says she would ‘absolutely’ exclude white journalists from interviews again  —  Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she would “absolutely” grant interviews only to journalists of color again after she drew waves of backlash earlier in the year when she announced the policy.
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 …
James Poniewozik / New York Times:
How TV Went From David Brent to Ted Lasso  —  Two decades ago, TV's most distinctive stories were defined by a tone of ironic detachment.  Today, they're more often sincere and direct.  How did we get here?  —  Could David Brent get hired today?  —  Ricky Gervais, who awkwardly danced onto TV …
Alexander Reid Ross / Haaretz:
Grayzone's Genocide Denial: Meet the U.S. Authoritarian Left's New Neo-fascist Allies  —  An ‘academic institute’ tied to an antisemitic Italian ‘Nazi-Maoist’ linked to Iran has released a report denying China's atrocities against the Uyghurs.  It's been loudly welcomed by America's conspiracy theory-riven …
Discussion: The Daily Signal
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 …
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 …
'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.
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.
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
Jim Clyburn heads to Cleveland  —  The House majority whip spoke with JI as he prepares for a weekend of campaigning in Ohio's heated special election  —  With just over one week remaining until the closely watched special election in Ohio's 11th Congressional District …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Josiah Lippincott / The American Mind:
The Conservative Case for Cyberbullying America's Generals
Discussion: RedState
ABC News:
Infrastructure test vote fails in Senate, negotiations proceed
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
Jay Caruso / The Monday Notice:
The Strange Desire For Embracing Doom and Gloom
 Earlier Items: 
Acrespo / Inquest:
A Seat at the Table  —  On June 15, 2021, Joel Castón became the first incarcerated …
Kel McClanahan / The Daily Beast:
For the Jan. 6 Committee to Succeed, This Guy Has to Go
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
Graham Dunbar / Associated Press:
Olympic broadcasters curb sexual images of female athletes
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Todd Feathers / VICE:
Police Are Telling ShotSpotter to Alter Evidence From Gunshot-Detecting AI