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11:40 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 …
'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  —  The Republican leadership's decision to boycott the inquiry leaves the ex-president without defenders on the committee  —  The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, is readying the committee that will on Tuesday begin its investigation …
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Jan. 6 select committee to open investigation amid political chaos and controversy
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Insider, The Hill and Associated Press
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 …
Discussion: HotAir
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
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 …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump pressures McConnell, GOP to ditch bipartisan talks until they have majority  —  Former President Donald Trump on Monday urged Senate Republicans to abandon talks on a bipartisan infrastructure deal until after the midterm elections or when the GOP retakes majorities in Congress.
'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.
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 …
Discussion: Insider, Crooks and Liars and Axios
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 …
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 …
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
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Toyota Led on Clean Cars.  Now Critics Say It Works to Delay Them.  —  The auto giant bet on hydrogen power, but as the world moves toward electric the company is fighting climate regulations in an apparent effort to buy time.  —  The Toyota Prius hybrid was a milestone in the history of clean cars …
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
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Ronny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign  —  Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), the controversial former White House physician, said on Thursday he believed President Biden would resign due to his cognitive abilities.  —  During an episode of Fox's “Hannity,” …
Finbarr Bermingham / South China Morning Post:
Xinjiang's EU trade is booming, despite political forced labour concerns  —  The bloc's imports of products from the region rise 131 per cent in the first six months, according to an assessment of Chinese customs data Some volatility in figures to be expected but debate on labour appears …
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
What Joe Biden's 1988 White House Rivals Think of Him Now  —  The summer treated Joe Biden well.  He wasn't quite the center of attention, but bouncing among D.C., Delaware, and whatever states would have him, he was making progress with weary Americans.  The year was 1987, and Biden …
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 …
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 …
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
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Andrew Marantz / New Yorker:
The Post-Dirtbag Left  —  For years, “Chapo Trap House” and other podcasts have paired anti …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Population Growth, an Economic Driver, Grinds to a Halt
Discussion: HotAir
Jackie Salo / New York Post:
California man who mocked vaccines on social media dies of COVID-19
Ned Resnikoff / New York Times:
Homelessness Threatens Democracy
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden, Mark Kelly Worked With Intel Firm Hired To Smear Harvey Weinstein Accuser
Marc Levy / WPXI-TV:
Candidate for governor says he did not cause fatal accident
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Manchin weighs another term as his influence peaks
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 Earlier Items: 
David French / The Dispatch:
Structural Racism Isn't Wokeness, It's Reality
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and Capstone Report
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Jill Biden brings a dose of normalcy to Olympic Games amid a pandemic
Lee Siegel / City Journal:
Year Zero … On the day in March that eight people were murdered in a massage parlor in Atlanta …
The Hill:
As fires and floods continue, citizens must demand climate action
Discussion: Fox News
Peter Landers / Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Pill Race Heats Up as Japanese Firm Vies With Pfizer, Merck
Discussion: STAT
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U.S. Intensifies Airstrikes in Afghanistan as Taliban Offensive Nears Kandahar