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11:50 PM ET, July 27, 2021

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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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Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Debunked claims Officer Sicknick died from Capitol riot injuries reemerge at Day One hearing  —  The evidence-free claim that Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died from injuries suffered in the Jan. 6 riot reemerged Tuesday during the first day of hearings in the Democratic-led House select committee's inquiry of the event.
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 …
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.
CNN:
Read: Rep. Adam Kinzinger's opening remarks at first hearing for select committee on Jan. 6
Discussion: Insider
Michael Wilson / New York Times:
How a Respected N.Y.P.D. Officer Became the Accused Capitol Riot #EyeGouger
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Aaron E. Carroll / New York Times:
Vaccination Helps Avoid the Delta Variant and Breakthroughs  —  Dr. Carroll is the chief health officer for Indiana University.  He's also a writer who focuses on health research and policy.  —  Case counts are rising, some hospitals are filling up, and the Centers for Disease Control …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
White House staff told to wear masks again, as cases rise in the capital.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
The C.D.C. will recommend that some vaccinated people wear masks indoors again.
Jacqueline Howard / CNN:
CDC updates guidance, recommends vaccinated people wear masks indoors in certain areas
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: Raw Story and 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 …
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
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, UPI, Gizmodo, AllHipHop and NPR
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Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Trump-backed candidate loses in Texas special election  —  State Rep. Jake Ellzey will head to Congress after defeating Trump-endorsed Susan Wright in a runoff featuring two GOP candidates.  —  Voters in North Texas delivered an upset Tuesday, picking GOP state Rep. Jake Ellzey to fill …
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Andrew Miller / Fox News:
Jake Ellzey wins Texas special election over Trump-backed Susan Wright
Discussion: CNN
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.
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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Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
DOJ: Ala. Rep Brooks should not be dismissed from Capitol riot lawsuit; actions not ‘within scope’ of duties  —  The Justice Department concluded late Tuesday that Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., did not warrant exclusion from a Capitol riot lawsuit that claims that the congressman …
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Katie Benner / New York Times:
Trump officials can testify in inquiries into efforts to subvert election outcome and Jan. 6 riot, Justice Dept. says.
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.
NBA.com:
Former President Barack Obama joins NBA Africa as strategic partner … President Obama will help advance the league's social responsibility efforts across the continent, including programs and partnerships that support greater gender equality and economic inclusion.
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Marc J. Spears / ESPN:   Former President Barack Obama to join NBA Africa as strategic partner, minority owner
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 …
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: Austin American-Statesman and CNN
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
Cheyenne Ubiera / The Daily Beast:
Oregon Rep. Pleads Guilty to Allowing Violent Protesters Into State Capitol Through Backdoor  —  BANNED  —  Former Oregon state Rep. Mike Nearman has been banned from entering the Oregon Capitol building and its surrounds for the next 18 months after pleading guilty Tuesday to official misconduct.
Discussion: Statesman Journal and Raw Story
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
Norman Lear / Washington Post:
As I begin my 100th year, I'm baffled that voting rights are still under attack  —  Norman Lear is a television writer and producer.  —  I woke up today at the start of my 100th year as a citizen of this beautiful, bewildering country.  I am proud of the progress we've made in my first 99 years …
The Guardian:
Julian Assange stripped of citizenship by Ecuador  —  Authorities cite unpaid fees and problems in naturalisation papers relating to WikiLeaks founder  —  Ecuador has revoked the citizenship of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks who is currently in a British prison.
Discussion: WTOP
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 …
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, Forbes and Law & Crime
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.
 
 
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
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Sam Jones / Financial Times:
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Matthew Goldstein / New York Times:
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Jessica Huseman / Texas Monthly:
The Texas Election Bill Contains a New Obstacle to Voting That Almost No One Is Talking About
Discussion: Off the Kuff
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
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Chuck Todd on why Meet the Press can't survive on just one platform
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
'What's Covid?' Why People at America's Hardest-Partying Lake Are Not About to Get Vaccinated
Discussion: Washington Post