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Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
Democrats move to elevate Cheney's role on Jan. 6 commission, giving her prime speaking slot Tuesday  —  Democrats are seeking to elevate the role of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on the committee examining the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, scheduling her to deliver one of the two opening statements …
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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  —  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 …
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
The absurd coverage of the January 6 committee  —  In late May, over the Memorial Day weekend, the top story on NBC's Meet the Press was a recent vote by Republican senators to kill the prospect of an independent, fully bipartisan commission to investigate the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6.
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.
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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Biden officials closely monitor delta variant in U.K. as their anxieties mount over impact to U.S. economy
Discussion: Yahoo News
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 …
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 and Eduwonk
Todd Feathers / VICE:
Police Are Telling ShotSpotter to Alter Evidence From Gunshot-Detecting AI  —  Prosecutors in Chicago are being forced to withdraw evidence generated by the technology, which led to the police killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo earlier this year.  —  TF  —  On May 31 last year …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Is Vaxed America Running Out of Patience?  —  I wanted to share some thoughts and snippets of news following up on the GOP vaccine switcheroo.  But first I wanted to share this LA Times article that helped me think more broadly about the issue.  Reporter Brittny Mejia went to a pop …
Discussion: CBS News
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.
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
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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, Forbes and Newsy
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
8 US attorney picks by Biden would include historic firsts  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is nominating eight new leaders for U.S. attorney positions across the country, including in the office overseeing the prosecutions of hundreds of defendants charged in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.
Discussion: Boston Herald
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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.
Discussion: Washington Times
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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 and Discourse.net
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.
Mike Allen / Axios:
First look: Don Jr., Ron DeSantis dominate poll of GOP frontrunners  —  Don Jr. and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis top a poll — provided first to Axios — gauging the popularity of seven key GOP figures.  —  Between the lines: Don Jr. is the Trump child with the strongest connection to the base …
Discussion: Florida Politics and Mediaite
James Macpherson / Associated Press:
Far right tugs at North Dakota Republican Party  —  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An effort to recall a Republican legislator largely over his vote to expel a fellow GOP lawmaker accused of sexually harassing women at the state Capitol is being viewed as a litmus test for party loyalty, the state GOP 's new chairman said.
Discussion: Political Wire
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: The Western Journal
Mabinty Quarshie / USA Today:
‘Even the Taliban oppose abortion’: Texas state Rep. Matt Schaefer tweets reply to critic  —  In response to a Houston Chronicle letter to the editor that criticized a new Texas abortion law, Republican state Rep. Matt Schaefer on Sunday tweeted “FACT: Even the Taliban oppose abortion. #txlege.”
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
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 …
Discussion: Twitchy
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Breakthrough Covid, in Perspective  —  We offer advice about how to think about the cases.  —  Breakthrough infections — in which vaccinated people nonetheless get the Covid-19 virus — are one of those vexing topics that can be difficult to put in perspective.
Haviv Rettig Gur / The Times of Israel:
A hatred that dwells alone?  Antisemitism debate cuts to heart of Zionist vision  —  In ongoing fracas around Yair Lapid's speech on antisemitism's place in the family of hatreds comes an unstated reckoning between Zionist expectations and a bitter reality  —  On July 14, Foreign Minister …
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: emptywheel and Point of Order
Eleanor Bartow / The Daily Caller:
France Warned The US In 2015 About The Wuhan Lab It Helped Build, Former COVID-19 Investigator Claims  — In 2015, French intelligence officials warned the U.S. State Department that China was cutting back on agreed collaboration at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a former State Department official told …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Lucianne
 
 
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Graham Dunbar / Associated Press:
Olympic broadcasters curb sexual images of female athletes
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Exclusive poll: The deep divide over trans athletes in Olympics
Discussion: The Daily Caller and LGBTQ Nation
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
An American Summer Meltdown
Discussion: claytoonz and alicublog
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
What Joe Biden's 1988 White House Rivals Think of Him Now
Discussion: CNN
Andrew Marantz / New Yorker:
The Post-Dirtbag Left  —  For years, “Chapo Trap House” and other podcasts have paired anti …
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Toyota Led on Clean Cars. Now Critics Say It Works to Delay Them.
Discussion: The Verge
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Population Growth, an Economic Driver, Grinds to a Halt
Discussion: HotAir
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
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Marc Levy / WPXI-TV:
Candidate for governor says he did not cause fatal accident
Discussion: Political Wire
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Manchin weighs another term as his influence peaks
Discussion: HotAir and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
A Key Trump Witness Is Being Muzzled Over Her Custody Battle
Discussion: Raw Story
Ron Radosh / The Bulwark:
Today's Democratic Socialists: Not So Big on Democracy
Discussion: Morning Shots