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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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CNN:
'What you're doing is unprecedented': McCarthy-Pelosi feud boils over  —  (CNN)The relationship between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was never very warm.  Now it's in the down-right gutter.  —  After a whiplash week of power plays between the two party leaders …
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Nancy Pelosi primes Capitol attack panel to take hard line on Trump
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Jan. 6 select committee to open investigation amid political chaos and controversy
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 …
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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.
Discussion: CNN, Reason and CBS News
David Leonhardt / New York Times:   Breakthrough Covid, in Perspective
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 …
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.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
As coronavirus surges, GOP lawmakers are moving to limit public health powers  —  Across the country, GOP lawmakers are rallying around the cause of individual freedom to counter community-based disease mitigation methods, moves experts say leave the country ill-equipped to counter …
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 …
Discussion: USA Today and The Hill
Chao Deng / Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Officials Blame U.S. for Stalemate in High-Level Talks  —  Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman is most senior U.S. official to visit China under the Biden administration  —  Senior U.S. and Chinese officials sparred over Covid-19, human rights and cybersecurity in a tense exchange Monday …
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Rep. Ken Buck / Washington Examiner:
China is waging war on the US. Biden whispers in response
Discussion: The Dispatch and The Federalist
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 in Montana by a man who pronounced him “the worst human being known to mankind.”  —  A man named Dan Bailey posted a video of himself …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Biden, Iraqi prime minister to announce end of U.S. combat mission in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi are planning to announce an agreement Monday that will detail a timetable for the drawdown of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq.
Discussion: CBS News and Washington Examiner
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.
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Merrick Garland, don't politicize the pursuit of justice  —  On Tuesday, the Justice Department and the House of Representatives will file briefs explaining to a federal court whether each believes that Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) was acting within the scope of his employment when he allegedly incited …
Discussion: Point of Order
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
Marc Levy / WPXI-TV:
Candidate for governor says he did not cause fatal accident  —  HARRISBURG — Charlie Gerow, a Republican who announced his candidacy for governor last month, said Friday that he is cooperating with a police investigation into an accident in which a motorcyclist was killed, and that shut down the Pennsylvania Turnpike for seven hours.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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
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: Lucianne, Slate and Mediaite
 
 
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The Guardian:
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