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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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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
What will Republicans defend if not themselves, the Constitution and Capitol? … WASHINGTON — Aquilino Gonell, a sergeant with the U.S. Capitol Police force, testified Tuesday that he put his duty to the Constitution ahead of the interests of his wife and son when he fought rioters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Capitol police testimony blunts GOP's law-and-order message  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's self-portrayal as champions of law and order collided with searing testimony Tuesday from police officers themselves.  Officers described in vivid, personal terms the terror of defending …
Maeve Sheehey / Politico:
Cheney and Kinzinger call out GOP leaders at first Capitol riot hearing
CNN:
Read: Rep. Adam Kinzinger's opening remarks at first hearing for select committee on Jan. 6
Discussion: Insider
Grace Segers / New Republic:
Police Officers Give Congress a Front-Row Seat to the Trauma of Our Politics
Lucian K. Truscott IV / Salon:
Democrats have a massive opportunity with Capitol riot committee: Shove it down the GOP's throat
Discussion: CNN
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Is McCarthy prepared for Trump's wrath about the Jan. 6 committee?
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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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 …
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
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: New York Times, AllHipHop, UPI, Gizmodo and NPR
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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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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 …
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Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press:
Newsom pulls kids from summer camp with no mask requirement
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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
Michael Wilson / New York Times:
How a Respected N.Y.P.D. Officer Became the Accused Capitol Riot #EyeGouger  —  Thomas Webster once was part of Mayor Bloomberg's security detail.  On Jan. 6, the retired cop found himself on the other side of the law.  —  The F.B.I. agents showed Thomas Webster a wanted flier …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Democratic Leaders Are Betraying Black Voters  —  Democratic leaders have a plan for overcoming the Republican Party's attempts to restrict the franchise: Just vote harder.  —  Civil-rights leaders expressed their frustrations to The New York Times last week, telling the outlet that …
Discussion: CNN
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.
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, Law & Crime, Forbes and Insider
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 …
Austin Ramzy / New York Times:
‘They Have My Sister’: As Uyghurs Speak Out, China Targets Their Families  —  Activists overseas who denounce China's repression in Xinjiang have found that relatives back home were imprisoned, or worse.  —  She was a gifted agricultural scientist educated at prestigious universities in Shanghai and Tokyo.
Sarah Mimms / BuzzFeed News:
Twitter Permanently Suspended Eight Accounts That Had Been Promoting Pro-Trump “Audits” Of The 2020 Election  —  Twitter has permanently suspended eight accounts that spread former president Donald Trump's lies about the 2020 election and pushed for partisan “audits” to find evidence to support …
Discussion: Arizona Mirror and Insider
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
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
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Israel launches maximum pressure campaign against Ben & Jerry's  —  The Israeli government has formed a special task force to pressure Ben & Jerry's ice cream and its parent company Unilever to reverse their decision to boycott Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Israeli officials tell me.
Houston Keene / Fox News:
Every Dem senator votes to advance eco-terrorist-linked nominee who endorsed population control  —  The Senate could vote to confirm Stone-Manning as soon as Monday
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Louise Story, a top editor at The Wall Street Journal, is leaving.  —  Louise Story, who oversaw digital strategy and technology at The Wall Street Journal, has decided to leave the paper after less than three years.  —  Her departure was announced on Tuesday by Matt Murray, the editor in chief …
 
 
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Reuters:
U.S. consumer confidence holds steady at a 17-month high in July
Jackie Salo / New York Post:
CDC warns COVID-19 may be a few mutations away from evading vaccines
Cheyenne Ubiera / The Daily Beast:
Oregon Rep. Pleads Guilty to Allowing Violent Protesters Into State Capitol Through Backdoor
Discussion: Statesman Journal and Raw Story
Sam Jones / Financial Times:
Swiss prosecutors end Magnitsky ‘dirty money’ probe without bringing charges
Discussion: WTOP
Norman Lear / Washington Post:
As I begin my 100th year, I'm baffled that voting rights are still under attack
Freddie deBoer:
To Slightly Reduce How Much the Internet Sucks, Use Positive Reinforcement
Patrick Hauf / Washington Free Beacon:
Study: American Abortion Laws Closer to North Korea Than Europe
 Earlier Items: 
Liz Nagy / ABC7:
Crest Hill couple charged in January 6 US Capitol attack
John Whitehouse / Media Matters for America:
Frequent Fox News guest calls officer testifying to January 6 commission a crisis actor
Discussion: Slate and The Intellectualist
The Economist:
What drives belief in conspiracy theories, a lack of religion or too much?
Discussion: Raw Story