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9:05 AM ET, July 26, 2021


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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 …
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Jan. 6 select committee to open investigation amid political chaos and controversy
Discussion: The Western Journal
Maura Gillespie / Congressman Adam Kinzinger:
Kinzinger on January 6th Commission: When Duty Calls, I Will Answer
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
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.
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Doctors, nurses and other health groups call for mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for all health workers  —  The health and safety of the nation ‘depends on it,’ says statement signed by 57 groups.  —  Medical groups representing millions of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health workers …
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.
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.
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.
BBC:   The YouTubers who blew the whistle on an anti-vax plot
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 …
'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.
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
New York Times:
After Covid Diagnosis, a Conservative Radio Host Sends a New Message  —  The Tennessee radio host, Phil Valentine, said he was among those who did not need to get vaccinated.  Now his struggle with the virus is sparking its own discussion.  —  NASHVILLE — Mark Valentine knows …
Discussion: Slate and Mediaite
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Jill Biden brings a dose of normalcy to Olympic Games amid a pandemic  —  Tokyo (CNN)At a very not-normal Olympic Games kick-off, first lady Jill Biden was, outside of the athletes themselves, perhaps the only normal part.  —  With Covid-19 cases here spiking, more than 11,000 competitors …
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.
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
Harry Enten / CNN:
Joe Biden's approval rating simply hasn't moved in six months  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden's presidency is now six months old.  You'd be forgiven if you didn't realize how long Biden has been in office because Biden doesn't generate anywhere near the same news interest (see Google searches) …
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 …
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David French / The Dispatch:
Structural Racism Isn't Wokeness, It's Reality
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Lee Siegel / City Journal:
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Discussion: Raw Story and WTOP
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Tim Scott Lies And Says Cutting Unemployment Benefits Put People Back To Work
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Fox News hosts discuss how to ban ‘childless’ liberals from voting
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 Earlier Items: 
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Cleveland Indians name change to Guardians profoundly stupid, unnecessary
Discussion: Fox News
Harry Enten / CNN:
How Fox News viewers are less likely to get vaccinated
Discussion: WTOP
LA man who mocked Covid-19 vaccines dies of virus
Sarah Huckabee Sanders / Arkansas Online:
The reasoning behind getting vaccinated