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6:35 AM ET, July 27, 2021


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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.
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 …
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:
Trump Endorses Paxton Over Bush In Texas  —  “Former President Donald Trump endorsed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as he seeks his third term, a major boost for the embattled Republican that also stymies one of Paxton's primary opponents, Land Commissioner George P. Bush,” the Houston Chronicle reports.
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 …
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:
Chairman of Jan. 6 Committee Casts Wide Net on Witnesses  —  Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson's panel will explore communications between Trump administration and lawmakers on day of Capitol riot  —  WASHINGTON—The House's select committee probing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by supporters …
Discussion: Townhall and Talking Points Memo
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Anything-but-bipartisan 1/6 commission will seal Pelosi's retirement. Here's why
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Democrats look to move past partisan rancor and set serious tone for Jan. 6 investigation
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 …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Matt Gaetz's Future Sister-in-Law Says He's a Gaslighting ‘Creep’  —  Matt Gaetz's fiancée's sister says the Florida Republican tried to set her up with a man much older than her when she was 19, and went “full lawyer” on her when she confronted him.  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz's future sister …
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
Mike Allen / Axios:
First look: Don Jr., Ron DeSantis dominate poll of GOP frontrunners
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 …
VA mandates COVID-19 vaccines among its medical employees including VHA facilities staff
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.
Biden team weighs return to mask mandates in some states  —  Top Biden administration officials are weighing whether to recommend that states and communities with low vaccination rates reimpose mask mandates, particularly indoors, as part of discussions on how the administration can do more to slow the spread of the Delta variant.
Discussion: Reuters
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Why is the White House still refusing to lift travel restrictions?
Discussion: RedState and Washington Examiner
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
The Revolt of the Unwoke  —  Three progressive San Francisco school board members are targeted for a recall.  —  If the land of woke has a capital, it's San Francisco.  Which makes it all the more extraordinary that the City by the Bay has now become ground zero for a revolt by unwoke moms and dads.
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Classified Report Biden Could Release Provides Intricate Detail on Eric Swalwell Relationship with ‘Fang Fang’  —  The U.S. Intelligence Community currently has in its possession a classified report that includes intricate and intimate details of the nature of the relationship between …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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.
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
Luppe B. Luppen / Pawprints:
Document: Barrack and Emirati Associate Sought to Displace Diplomats, Kushner  —  According to a recently unsealed charging document, former president Trump's friend, advisor, and confidant Thomas Barrack had more extensive communications than previously known with his alleged Emirati coconspirator …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
Tunisia's Democracy Verges on Collapse as President Moves to Take Control  —  The effort by President Kais Saied threatened the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring protests a decade ago, and his opponents called it a coup.  —  CAIRO — Tunisia's fledgling democracy …
Hyonhee Shin / Reuters:
South, North Korea have restored hotlines as leaders seek to rebuild ties  —  South and North Korea have restored their once-severed hotlinesas part of efforts by the two countries' leaders to rebuild strained ties, Seoul's presidential Blue House said on Tuesday.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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
New York Times:
A 2nd New Nuclear Missile Base for China, and Many Questions About Strategy  —  Is China scrapping its “minimum deterrent” strategy and joining an arms race?  Or is it looking to create a negotiating card, in case it is drawn into arms control negotiations?
Tyler Bridges /
After Clay Higgins gets COVID, a look at Louisiana's U.S. Congress members who are vaccinated  —  A day after U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins revealed he is ill with COVID, he along with Rep. Garret Graves and Rep. Mike Johnson would not disclose Monday whether they have been vaccinated.
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 …
Randall Chase / Associated Press:
State lawmaker won't seek reelection after anti-Asian slur  —  DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic House leaders in Delaware have indicated that they have no plans to initiate an ethics investigation that could lead to the ouster of a fellow Democrat who used a racist and sexist slur to refer to sex workers.
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
After Seven Months, 40 Percent of New York City Educators Aren't Vaccinated  —  The middle section of today's Morning Jolt makes the inconvenient point that despite the media's preferred narrative, a significant portion of the remaining unvaccinated are not Trump-voting …
Discussion: New York Post and HotAir
Grant Stern / The Dworkin Report:
“Worst day ever.”  How a Capitol Police officer fought off the January 6th insurrection  —  Scott Dworkin speaks with Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn (part 2).  Officer Dunn will be one of the first officers called to testify in front of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th insurrection against Congress.
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
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Israel's spat with Ben & Jerry's overshadows its spyware scandal
Guidance on “Long COVID” as a Disability Under the ADA, Section 504, and Section 1557  —  Although many people with COVID-19 get better within weeks, some people continue to experience symptoms that can last months after first being infected, or may have new or recurring symptoms at a later …
Ryan Gaydos / Fox News:
Costa Rican gymnast's Olympic routine includes support for BLM  —  Luciana Alvarado incorporated kneeling and a raised fist in the routine  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for July 26  —  Costa Rica's lone gymnast Luciana Alvarado finished her Tokyo Olympics floor routine Sunday by taking …
Discussion: HotAir and Althouse
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
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Michael R. Strain / Bloomberg:
Defund the Tax Police? Republicans Better Not
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Toyota is quietly pushing Congress to slow the shift to electric vehicles
Rebecca Hersher / NPR:
Climate Scientists Meet As Floods, Fires, Droughts And Heat Waves Batter Countries
Discussion: KXAN-TV and Common Dreams
David Daley / The Boston Globe:
Why your vote may not count after redistricting
Discussion: The Guardian
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
Jim Clyburn heads to Cleveland
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
ICE nabs more than 300 illegal immigrant sex offenders since June as part of national operation
Discussion: National Review
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Trio of Senate Republicans urges Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade
 Earlier Items: 
Josiah Lippincott / The American Mind:
The Conservative Case for Cyberbullying America's Generals
Discussion: Breitbart and RedState
The White House:
President Biden Announces Eight Nominees to Serve as U.S. Attorneys
Discussion: DCist
ABC News:
Infrastructure test vote fails in Senate, negotiations proceed
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
Kel McClanahan / The Daily Beast:
For the Jan. 6 Committee to Succeed, This Guy Has to Go
Discussion: Politico
Mike Allen / Axios:
Top Obama pollster warns left not to get greedy ahead of midterms
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Takeover of Fulton elections considered by Georgia Republicans