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8:20 AM ET, July 26, 2021

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Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
The Delta Variant Is the Symptom of a Bigger Threat: Vaccine Refusal  —  There are almost as many reasons for vaccine hesitancy and refusal as there are unvaccinated Americans.  But this problem, not the variant, lies at the root of rising infection rates.  —  After an all too brief respite …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
CNN:
Growing group of GOP members wants McCarthy to punish Kinzinger and Cheney for joining January 6 committee  —  (CNN)A growing group of rank-and-file House Republicans wants House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and GOP leadership to punish Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for accepting …
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Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Jan. 6 select committee to open investigation amid political chaos and controversy
Maura Gillespie / Congressman Adam Kinzinger:
Kinzinger on January 6th Commission: When Duty Calls, I Will Answer
Bill Hutchinson / ABC News:
Pelosi confident in bipartisan committee, plans to add more Republicans
Max Fisher / New York Times:
Disinformation for Hire, a Shadow Industry, Is Quietly Booming  —  Back-alley firms meddle in elections and promote falsehoods on behalf of clients who can claim deniability, escalating our era of unreality.  —  In May, several French and German social media influencers received a strange proposal.
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BBC:   The YouTubers who blew the whistle on an anti-vax plot
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Kathleen McGrory / Tampa Bay Times:
Pasco Sheriff's Office letter targets residents for ‘increased accountability’  —  Critics of the agency's intelligence programs called the letter ‘patronizing’ and ‘offensive,’ and raised continued concerns about civil rights  —  It starts like an offer of admission from a prestigious university.
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 and The Federalist
Ron Radosh / The Bulwark:
Today's Democratic Socialists: Not So Big on Democracy  —  Turning a blind eye to the anti-democratic regimes in Cuba and Venezuela.  —  Recent comments about Cuba and Venezuela from individuals associated with the Democratic Socialists of America make clear that today's democratic socialist …
The Hill:
As fires and floods continue, citizens must demand climate action  —  When I began covering climate-related natural disasters back in 2017, the events that made national news ranged from California's record-breaking Thomas Fire to the back-to-back Category-5 hurricanes that whipped through the Gulf …
Discussion: Fox News
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Intensifies Airstrikes in Afghanistan as Taliban Offensive Nears Kandahar  —  About a dozen strikes are aimed at slowing a Taliban surge, aiding a beleaguered Afghan military  —  in Washington, D.C.  —  The U.S. has stepped up airstrikes in southern Afghanistan amid growing apprehension …
New York Times:
Bob Moses, Crusader for Civil Rights and Math Education, Dies at 86  —  Mr. Moses developed a reputation for extraordinary calm in the face of violence as he helped to register thousands of voters and trained a generation of activists in Mississippi in the early 1960s.
Discussion: NPR, Lawyers, Guns & Money, UPI, The Hill and CNN
Rep. Ken Buck / Washington Examiner:
China is waging war on the US.  Biden whispers in response  —  The Chinese Communist Party is aggressively engaging America in a cold war.  These acts of war destabilize our nation, weaken our economy, and kill our citizens.  Instead of countering these attacks and holding China accountable …
Discussion: The Dispatch and The Federalist
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.
Maggie Severns / Politico:
‘People are scared’: Democrats lose ground on school equity plans  —  Moderate and suburban voters share concerns about education changes and say national Democrats dismiss their arguments.  —  Opponents of the new curricula argue that they are costly and divisive, while proponents of the initiatives say they are long-overdue.
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
How Trumpists Prey on Loneliness, and Loneliness Preys on Trumpists  —  FRANKLY, WE DID JOIN A CULT … People who find purpose and meaning in their faith, family, hobbies (watching Fox News doesn't count), and vocation are less susceptible to a cult of personality.
Discussion: Raw Story
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Mar-a-Lago primary: Trump wields power with endorsements, but some in GOP fear midterm damage  —  Former President Trump, again upending American political norms, is moving to remake Congress and the Republican Party in his own image.  —  Since leaving the White House …
James Morrow / Wall Street Journal:
Covid Mania Returns Australia to Its Roots as a Nation of Prisoners  —  Citizens in Sydney may leave their homes only for ‘essential’ purposes and not go more than six miles.  —  Sydney  —  It's hard to know exactly when Australia's pandemic response crossed the line from tragedy into farce.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders / Arkansas Online:
The reasoning behind getting vaccinated  —  A few months ago, I decided to take advantage of President Trump's Operation Warp Speed and get vaccinated.  —  Like many of you, I have had a lot of misinformation thrown at me by politicians and the media during the pandemic.
NBC News:
GOP congressman says he has Covid-19 for second time  —  A Republican member of Congress from Louisiana said Sunday that he was sick with Covid-19 for the second time as a surge of new infections hits parts of the U.S. with low vaccination rates.  —  Referring to the disease as the …
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Confronted at Store by Man Saying ‘You Are the Worst Human Being’  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson was confronted at a fly fishing shop by a man in Montana who pronounced him “the worst human being known to mankind.”  —  A man named Dan Bailey posted a video of himself …
Reuters:
Tunisian president ousts government in move critics call a coup  —  Tunisia's president dismissed the government and froze parliament on Sunday in a dramatic escalation of a political crisis that his opponents labelled a coup, calling their own supporters to come onto the streets in protest.
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
A Key Trump Witness Is Being Muzzled Over Her Custody Battle  —  Jennifer Weisselberg is the only person willing to speak publicly about Trump employees accepting untaxed corporate perks in lieu of salary.  She's been ordered to keep quiet.  —  As the New York criminal investigation …
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Landers / Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Pill Race Heats Up as Japanese Firm Vies With Pfizer, Merck  —  Shionogi starts human trials for a once-a-day drug designed to neutralize the coronavirus in less than a week  —  A Japanese company has started human trials of the first once-a-day pill for Covid-19 patients …
Swati Chaturvedi / Haaretz:
I Was Targeted by NSO Spyware.  Here's How Israel Is Helping Modi Undermine India's Democracy  —  This is what it's like to be targeted, why Israel must shut down sales of Pegasus, and why authoritarian cowards troll and intimidate - but they won't silence me
 
 
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The Guardian:
Michigan Republicans will return Covid relief funds used to pay own bonuses
Discussion: Raw Story and WTOP
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Tim Scott Lies And Says Cutting Unemployment Benefits Put People Back To Work
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Republicans unleashed a deadly vaccine skepticism. Can they now contain it?
Discussion: PRESS RUN
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Fox News hosts discuss how to ban ‘childless’ liberals from voting
Redfield & Wilton Strategies:
Plurality of Britons Would Support Government Censorship of Sexist, Homophobic, or Racist Books
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Cleveland Indians name change to Guardians profoundly stupid, unnecessary
Discussion: Fox News
 Earlier Items: 
Harry Enten / CNN:
How Fox News viewers are less likely to get vaccinated
Discussion: WTOP
BBC:
LA man who mocked Covid-19 vaccines dies of virus
Timothy Noah / Washington Monthly:
What Ken Starr's Alleged Affair Means for Republicans