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Angela Moore / Reuters:
New York's $200 french fries offer ‘escape’ from reality  —  Jerome Powell, this story's for you.  —  The Federal Reserve chair, always on the look-out for signs of inflation, might want to drop by Manhattan's Upper East Side, where a $200 plate of french fries stretches the definition of haute cuisine.
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 …
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.
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Washington Post:
Democrats look to move past partisan rancor and set serious tone for Jan. 6 investigation
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:
Chairman of Jan. 6 Committee Casts Wide Net on Witnesses
Discussion: Townhall and Talking Points Memo
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Anything-but-bipartisan 1/6 commission will seal Pelosi's retirement. Here's why
David Edwards / Raw Story:
'I'm serious!'  Mike Lindell claims Joe Biden will ‘resign’ on Aug. 13  —  MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell speculated this week that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will resign on the morning of August 13.  —  Lindell told Real America's Voice host Steve Bannon that he came …
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Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:
Trump Endorses Paxton Over Bush In Texas  —  “Former President Donald Trump endorsed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as he seeks his third term, a major boost for the embattled Republican that also stymies one of Paxton's primary opponents, Land Commissioner George P. Bush,” the Houston Chronicle reports.
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 …
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Keith Naughton / The Hill:
Will Pence primary Trump — and win?
Discussion: Twitchy
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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VA.gov:
VA mandates COVID-19 vaccines among its medical employees including VHA facilities staff
Politico:
Biden team weighs return to mask mandates in some states  —  Top Biden administration officials are weighing whether to recommend that states and communities with low vaccination rates reimpose mask mandates, particularly indoors, as part of discussions on how the administration can do more to slow the spread of the Delta variant.
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Allahpundit / HotAir:
Why is the White House still refusing to lift travel restrictions?
David Shepardson / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE U.S. will not lift travel restrictions, citing Delta variant -official
Tara Copp / Defense One:
‘It Failed Miserably’: After Wargaming Loss, Joint Chiefs Are Overhauling How the US Military Will Fight  —  In a fake battle for Taiwan, U.S. forces lost network access almost immediately.  Hyten has issued four directives to help change that.  —  A brutal loss in a wargaming exercise …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
After Seven Months, 40 Percent of New York City Educators Aren't Vaccinated  —  The middle section of today's Morning Jolt makes the inconvenient point that despite the media's preferred narrative, a significant portion of the remaining unvaccinated are not Trump-voting …
Discussion: New York Post
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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 Times:
Britney Spears Files to Remove Her Father From Conservatorship  —  More than 13 years after a strict legal arrangement gave James P. Spears control of the singer's affairs, a new lawyer for Ms. Spears asked the court to remove him from the arrangement.  —  More than 13 years after the life …
Detroit News:
Michigan lawmaker reports $221 campaign spending at strip club  —  Lansing — A Michigan lawmaker reported spending $221 of his campaign money at a strip club in Dearborn for a March 8 “constituent meeting” to discuss “potential economic projects,” according to a disclosure filed Sunday.
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Matt Gaetz's Future Sister-in-Law Says He's a Gaslighting ‘Creep’  —  Matt Gaetz's fiancée's sister says the Florida Republican tried to set her up with a man much older than her when she was 19, and went “full lawyer” on her when she confronted him.  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz's future sister …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Candidate Under Investigation in PA Road Fatality is Vice Chair of CPAC  —  You see this story about the gubernatorial candidate from Pennsylvania who's being investigated for his involvement in a fatal motorcycle accident.  He apparently drove for miles after the accident with the motorcycle stuck to the front of his car.
Discussion: WPXI-TV
Jake Dima / Washington Examiner:
Lightfoot says she would ‘absolutely’ exclude white journalists from interviews again  —  Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she would “absolutely” grant interviews only to journalists of color again after she drew waves of backlash earlier in the year when she announced the policy.
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Classified Report Biden Could Release Provides Intricate Detail on Eric Swalwell Relationship with ‘Fang Fang’  —  The U.S. Intelligence Community currently has in its possession a classified report that includes intricate and intimate details of the nature of the relationship between …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
Tunisia's Democracy Verges on Collapse as President Moves to Take Control  —  The effort by President Kais Saied threatened the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring protests a decade ago, and his opponents called it a coup.  —  CAIRO — Tunisia's fledgling democracy …
Luppe B. Luppen / Pawprints:
Document: Barrack and Emirati Associate Sought to Displace Diplomats, Kushner  —  According to a recently unsealed charging document, former president Trump's friend, advisor, and confidant Thomas Barrack had more extensive communications than previously known with his alleged Emirati coconspirator …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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: Salon and The Western Journal
Hyonhee Shin / Reuters:
South, North Korea have restored hotlines as leaders seek to rebuild ties  —  South and North Korea have restored their once-severed hotlinesas part of efforts by the two countries' leaders to rebuild strained ties, Seoul's presidential Blue House said on Tuesday.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
The Revolt of the Unwoke  —  Three progressive San Francisco school board members are targeted for a recall.  —  If the land of woke has a capital, it's San Francisco.  Which makes it all the more extraordinary that the City by the Bay has now become ground zero for a revolt by unwoke moms and dads.
James Poniewozik / New York Times:
How TV Went From David Brent to Ted Lasso  —  Two decades ago, TV's most distinctive stories were defined by a tone of ironic detachment.  Today, they're more often sincere and direct.  How did we get here?  —  Could David Brent get hired today?  —  Ricky Gervais, who awkwardly danced onto TV …
Alexander Reid Ross / Haaretz:
Grayzone's Genocide Denial: Meet the U.S. Authoritarian Left's New Neo-fascist Allies  —  An ‘academic institute’ tied to an antisemitic Italian ‘Nazi-Maoist’ linked to Iran has released a report denying China's atrocities against the Uyghurs.  It's been loudly welcomed by America's conspiracy theory-riven …
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Tyler Bridges / www.theadvocate.com:
After Clay Higgins gets COVID, a look at Louisiana's U.S. Congress members who are vaccinated  —  A day after U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins revealed he is ill with COVID, he along with Rep. Garret Graves and Rep. Mike Johnson would not disclose Monday whether they have been vaccinated.
Randall Chase / Associated Press:
State lawmaker won't seek reelection after anti-Asian slur  —  DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic House leaders in Delaware have indicated that they have no plans to initiate an ethics investigation that could lead to the ouster of a fellow Democrat who used a racist and sexist slur to refer to sex workers.
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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.
HHS.gov:
Guidance on “Long COVID” as a Disability Under the ADA, Section 504, and Section 1557  —  Although many people with COVID-19 get better within weeks, some people continue to experience symptoms that can last months after first being infected, or may have new or recurring symptoms at a later …
New York Times:
A 2nd New Nuclear Missile Base for China, and Many Questions About Strategy  —  Is China scrapping its “minimum deterrent” strategy and joining an arms race?  Or is it looking to create a negotiating card, in case it is drawn into arms control negotiations?
Ryan Gaydos / Fox News:
Costa Rican gymnast's Olympic routine includes support for BLM  —  Luciana Alvarado incorporated kneeling and a raised fist in the routine  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for July 26  —  Costa Rica's lone gymnast Luciana Alvarado finished her Tokyo Olympics floor routine Sunday by taking …
Discussion: HotAir and Althouse
Josiah Lippincott / The American Mind:
The Conservative Case for Cyberbullying America's Generals  —  America deserves better than its current military leadership.  —  On July 22, Major General Patrick Donahoe, the Commanding General of Fort Benning, reported from his official Twitter account that he was seeing a “surge” in ICU visits among young soldiers due to Covid.
Discussion: Breitbart and RedState
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 …
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
Jim Clyburn heads to Cleveland  —  The House majority whip spoke with JI as he prepares for a weekend of campaigning in Ohio's heated special election  —  With just over one week remaining until the closely watched special election in Ohio's 11th Congressional District …
The White House:
President Biden Announces Eight Nominees to Serve as U.S. Attorneys … President Biden is announcing eight nominees to serve as U.S. Attorneys across the country, officials who will be indispensable to upholding the rule of law as the top federal law enforcement officials for their districts.
Discussion: DCist
 
 
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Michael R. Strain / Bloomberg:
Defund the Tax Police? Republicans Better Not
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Toyota is quietly pushing Congress to slow the shift to electric vehicles
Grant Stern / The Dworkin Report:
“Worst day ever.” How a Capitol Police officer fought off the January 6th insurrection
David Daley / The Boston Globe:
Why your vote may not count after redistricting
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Israel's spat with Ben & Jerry's overshadows its spyware scandal
Discussion: Informed Comment
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
ICE nabs more than 300 illegal immigrant sex offenders since June as part of national operation
Discussion: National Review
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Trio of Senate Republicans urges Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade
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ABC News:
Infrastructure test vote fails in Senate, negotiations proceed
Discussion: Breitbart and Fox News
Kel McClanahan / The Daily Beast:
For the Jan. 6 Committee to Succeed, This Guy Has to Go
Mike Allen / Axios:
Top Obama pollster warns left not to get greedy ahead of midterms
Todd Feathers / VICE:
Police Are Telling ShotSpotter to Alter Evidence From Gunshot-Detecting AI
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
What Joe Biden's 1988 White House Rivals Think of Him Now
Discussion: The Philadelphia Inquirer and CNN