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Annie Grayer / CNN:
House Republicans pull out of another key select committee in a sign of 1/6 panel fallout  —  (CNN)House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has pulled out all six Republicans designated to serve on a key select committee on the economy, three sources tell CNN, a sign of the fallout among House Republicans …
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CNN:   Read: Rep. Adam Kinzinger's opening remarks at first hearing for select committee on Jan. 6
Maeve Sheehey / Politico:
Cheney and Kinzinger call out GOP leaders at first Capitol riot hearing
Lucian K. Truscott IV / Salon:
Democrats have a massive opportunity with Capitol riot committee: Shove it down the GOP's throat
Discussion: CNN
Grace Segers / New Republic:
Police Officers Give Congress a Front-Row Seat to the Trauma of Our Politics
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
The C.D.C. will recommend that some vaccinated people wear masks indoors again.  —  Reversing a decision made just two months ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to recommend on Tuesday that people vaccinated for the coronavirus resume wearing masks indoors in certain areas of the country.
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Politico:
CDC wants vaccinated Americans to wear masks indoors in Covid hot spots
Washington Post:
CDC urges vaccinated people in covid hot spots to resume wearing masks indoors
Fiona Rutherford / Bloomberg:
CDC Tells Some Vaccinated People to Mask Up as Delta Surges
Discussion: National Review
Matthew Smith / YouGov:
The most and least popular US presidents, according to Americans  —  YouGov ranks all US presidents according to how the US public feels about them  —  The respective excellence of US presidents is always being debated.  Many academics have put together rankings over the years to demonstrate …
Discussion: Mediaite
Juliet Macur / New York Times:
Simone Biles Says She Wasn't Right Mentally During Olympic Final  —  Biles left the women's gymnastics final at the Tokyo Games because she was afraid she would be injured if she continued in a rattled state of mind.  It is not clear whether she will compete in her individual events.  —  Key Updates:
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John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
Sorry, Simone Biles, The Olympics Isn't About You, It's About Winning For America  —  I always thought the Olympics was supposed to be about competing, and winning, for your country.  As an American, the Olympic Games always felt like a unique opportunity to utterly defeat other countries and prove …
CNN:
Biden will announce vaccination requirement across federal government on Thursday  —  Mandatory vaccines?  The V.A., New York City, and California roll out new vaccine mandates for government employees, health care workers  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden will announce on Thursday a requirement …
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Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Biden says White House exploring vaccine mandate for federal employees
U.S. Department of Justice:
United States Sells Unique Wu-Tang Clan Album Forfeited by Convicted Hedge Fund Manager Martin Shkreli  —  Defendant Forfeited His Interest in the Album, “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” Following Conviction for Engaging in Securities Fraud Schemes  —  Proceeds from the Sale Will be Applied to Forfeiture Money Judgment Against Shkreli
Discussion: UPI, Gizmodo, AllHipHop and NPR
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Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
Likely California voters now almost evenly split on Newsom recall, poll finds  —  Californians who say they expect to vote in the September recall election are almost evenly divided over whether to remove Gov. Gavin Newsom from office, evidence of how pivotal voter turnout will be in deciding …
Los Angeles Times:
Ed Buck convicted in meth overdose deaths of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean  —  Ed Buck, a longtime fixture of West Hollywood politics, was convicted Tuesday of charges that he supplied the methamphetamine that killed two men during “party-and-play” encounters at his apartment.
Katie Herzog / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
Med Schools Are Now Denying Biological Sex  —  Professors are apologizing for saying ‘male’ and ‘female.’ Students are policing teachers.  This is what it looks like when activism takes over medicine.  —  1 hr ago … During a recent endocrinology course at a top medical school …
Discussion: Why Evolution Is True and HotAir
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Trump officials can testify in inquiries into efforts to subvert election outcome and Jan. 6 riot, Justice Dept. says.  —  The Justice Department notified former officials this week that they could testify to the various committees investigating the Trump administration's efforts to subvert …
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Scoop: 50,000 migrants released; few report to ICE  —  About 50,000 migrants who crossed the southern border illegally have now been released in the United States without a court date.  Although they are told to report to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office instead, just 13% have shown up so far, Axios has learned.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Rare Cuneiform Tablet Bearing Portion of Epic of Gilgamesh Forfeited to United States  —  Auction House Sold the “Gilgamesh Dream Tablet” to Hobby Lobby Using a False Provenance  —  The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ordered the forfeiture of a rare cuneiform tablet bearing …
Discussion: CBS News, Insider and Forbes
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
'What's Covid?'  Why People at America's Hardest-Partying Lake Are Not About to Get Vaccinated  —  OSAGE BEACH, Mo.—  The petite blonde bartender in ripped jean shorts bounced to each side of a square-shaped bar as women in bikinis and shirtless men lined up on a sweltering afternoon …
Discussion: Washington Post
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Chuck Todd on why Meet the Press can't survive on just one platform … This week, I'm talking to Chuck Todd, the political director at NBC News and moderator of Meet The Press, the longest-running television show in the country.  Seriously: Meet the Press started in 1946, and Chuck is only the 12th moderator the show's ever had.
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
The Vaccine Aristocrats  —  Covid-19 cases are rising, but the “Pandemic of the Unvaccinated” blame-game campaign is the worst way to address the problem  —  Then there was the educated Texan from Texas who looked like someone in Technicolor and felt, patriotically, that people of means …
Freddie deBoer:
To Slightly Reduce How Much the Internet Sucks, Use Positive Reinforcement  —  catching flies, honey, vinegar, etc  —  Two months ago I made a decision about how I wrote here, due in part to the desires of readers and people I admire.  The results have been, from a readership perspective and likely a financial one, clearly bad.
Fox News:
Gov. Newsom pulls son from summer camp after maskless photos surface  —  California announced earlier this month that all students will wear masks when they return to the classroom  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for July 27  —  Gov. Gavin Newsom removed his children from a summer camp …
Jessica Huseman / Texas Monthly:
The Texas Election Bill Contains a New Obstacle to Voting That Almost No One Is Talking About  —  There's a problem buried inside Texas's latest election bill, and it's not one of the headline-grabbing restrictions that have torn the Legislature apart during the special session.
Discussion: Off the Kuff
Axios:
Swastika found etched into State Department elevator  —  A swastika was found on Monday etched into the wall of a State Department elevator near the office of its special envoy to monitor and combat anti-semitism, according to a person familiar with the discovery and a picture obtained by Axios.
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
As Virus Cases Rise, Another Contagion Spreads Among the Vaccinated: Anger  —  Frustrated by the prospect of a new surge, many Americans are blaming the unvaccinated.  A tougher stance may backfire, some experts warn.  —  As coronavirus cases resurge across the country …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Marc J. Spears / ESPN:
Former President Barack Obama to join NBA Africa as strategic partner, minority owner  —  Former President Barack Obama has joined NBA Africa as a strategic partner and minority owner, the NBA announced Tuesday.  —  NBA Africa conducts the league's business on that continent …
John Whitehouse / Media Matters for America:
Frequent Fox News guest calls officer testifying to January 6 commission a crisis actor  —  The January 6 select committee finally got underway, and just moments into the first testimony, a frequent Fox News guest claimed that Metropolitan police officer Michael Fanone is a crisis actor.
Discussion: Slate and The Intellectualist
 
 
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Matthew Goldstein / New York Times:
The chairman of a House coronavirus subcommittee vows to investigate eviction practices by corporate landlords.
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Democratic Leaders Are Betraying Black Voters
Discussion: CNN
Norman Lear / Washington Post:
As I begin my 100th year, I'm baffled that voting rights are still under attack
Patrick Hauf / Washington Free Beacon:
Study: American Abortion Laws Closer to North Korea Than Europe
Liz Nagy / ABC7:
Crest Hill couple charged in January 6 US Capitol attack
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Michael Wilson / New York Times:
How a Respected N.Y.P.D. Officer Became the Accused Capitol Riot #EyeGouger
Discussion: Raw Story
The Economist:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
What “Back the Blue” Really Means
Discussion: Insider, Gizmodo and Hollywood Reporter
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
The floodgates have opened for vaccine mandates
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Washington Post
Victoria Eavis / Casper Star-Tribune:
Former Sen. Mike Enzi dies following bike accident
Matt Dixon / Politico:
‘Sellout’: Anti-vax conservatives come for DeSantis
Discussion: Raw Story