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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.
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
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Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
Democrats move to elevate Cheney's role on Jan. 6 committee, 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 …
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 …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Anything-but-bipartisan 1/6 commission will seal Pelosi's retirement. Here's why
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Cheney to get prime speaking slot at first Jan. 6 committee hearing
Discussion: RedState and IJR
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
V.A. Issues Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers, a First for a Federal Agency  —  Employees who provide direct patient care have eight weeks to get inoculated against the coronavirus or face penalties including possible removal.  —  WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs …
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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.
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
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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.
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Enough already. It's time for vaccine entry passes.
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
David Gilbert / VICE:
I'm a Parkland Shooting Survivor.  QAnon Convinced My Dad It Was All a Hoax.  —  Bill's final semester at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was already difficult enough.  —  He was part of the final graduating class of survivors of the 2018 shooting …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Mediaite
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: HotAir, Balloon Juice and New York Post
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
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 …
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.
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, Axios and Crooks and Liars
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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 …
Kel McClanahan / The Daily Beast:
For the Jan. 6 Committee to Succeed, This Guy Has to Go  —  Chairman Bennie Thompson's staff director pick could irrevocably undermine the credibility of the fledgling committee—with no real upside. … On July 22, Chairman Bennie Thompson announced the senior staff for the fledgling 1/6 committee.
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 …
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Takeover of Fulton elections considered by Georgia Republicans  —  Georgia voting law allows removal of county election boards  —  With a rising drumbeat of criticism, several Republican Georgia legislators are building a case for the state government to take over Fulton County elections.
Discussion: The Western Journal
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: Insider, Fox News, Townhall and Twitchy
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 …
Graham Dunbar / Associated Press:
Olympic broadcasters curb sexual images of female athletes  —  TOKYO (AP) — Ariarne Titmus and Luka Doncic made memorable Olympic debuts.  —  Titmus lived up to the billing of her nickname the “Terminator” when she chased down Katie Ledecky in the 400 freestyle Monday to win one of the most anticipated races of the Summer Games.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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: Page Array, Washington Times and IJR
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 …
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
Facebook and tech giants to target attacker manifestos, far-right militias in database  —  A counterterrorism organization formed by some of the biggest U.S. tech companies including Facebook (FB.O) and Microsoft (MSFT.O) is significantly expanding the types of extremist content shared between firms …
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
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
Mike Allen / Axios:
Top Obama pollster warns left not to get greedy ahead of midterms  —  Joel Benenson, who led polling for President Obama, tells me liberal Democrats are endangering the House majority in next year's midterms by trying to load too much onto President Biden's spending packages.
Discussion: Associated Press
Anti-Defamation League:
PayPal Partners with ADL to Fight Extremism and Protect Marginalized Communities  —  PayPal Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL), in partnership with ADL (the Anti-Defamation League), today announced a new partnership initiative to fight extremism and hate through the financial industry and across at-risk communities.
 
 
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Jay Caruso / The Monday Notice:
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Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
Democrats Eye Legal Path for Some Undocumented Immigrants
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Joel Castón / Inquest:
A Seat at the Table  —  “Enfranchisement of one of us proves that you can enfranchise all of us.”
Nicholas Lemann / New Yorker:
Can Affirmative Action Survive?
Jill Lepore / New Yorker:
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Republican Rep. Blake Moore violated federal transparency law by failing to properly disclose stock transactions worth up to $1.1 million
Discussion: Political Wire
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David M. Shribman / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
History is full of Americans hating each other
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: New York Times and alicublog
James Macpherson / Associated Press:
Far right tugs at North Dakota Republican Party
Discussion: Political Wire
Haviv Rettig Gur / The Times of Israel:
A hatred that dwells alone? Antisemitism debate cuts to heart of Zionist vision
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
8 US attorney picks by Biden would include historic firsts
Discussion: Boston Herald
Andrew Marantz / New Yorker:
The Post-Dirtbag Left  —  For years, “Chapo Trap House” and other podcasts have paired anti …
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Doctors, nurses and other health groups call for mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for all health workers