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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Our democracy is under attack.  Washington journalists must stop covering it like politics as usual.  —  Back in the dark ages of 2012, two think-tank scholars, Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann, wrote a book called “It's Even Worse Than It Looks” about the rise of Republican Party extremism and its dire effect on American democracy.
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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 …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
How right-wing networks covered the January 6 hearing after months of soft-pedaling the Capitol attack  —  New York (CNN Business)While viewers of other TV channels heard House Democrats denouncing the “whitewashing” of the January 6 attack, One America News viewers witnessed the whitewashing first-hand.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
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 …
New York Times:
‘A hit man sent them.’ Police at the Capitol recount the horrors of Jan. 6 as the inquiry begins.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
As Jan. 6 hearings begin, Republicans side with the terrorists
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Trump-backed candidate loses in Texas special election  —  Voters in North Texas delivered an upset Tuesday, picking GOP state Rep. Jake Ellzey to fill a vacant House seat over a candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump.  —  Ellzey beat fellow Republican Susan Wright …
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Andrew Miller / Fox News:
Jake Ellzey wins Texas special election over Trump-backed Susan Wright  —  The race was considered by some as a referendum on Trump's influence on the GOP electorate  —  Rep. Palmer questions Speaker Pelosi's role in Jan. 6 riot  —  Republican candidate Jake Ellzey won …
Discussion: CNN and New York Times
Hannah Yoest / The Bulwark:
Simone Biles Isn't Fearless.  That's A Good Thing.  —  By demanding robotic perfection, Biles's detractors are denying her humanity.  —  Simone Biles pulled out of the Tokyo Olympic gymnastics finals for the women's artistic team all-around on Tuesday morning, citing mental health concerns.
Discussion: New York Times, USA Today and CNN
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Juliet Macur / New York Times:
Simone Biles Says She Wasn't Right Mentally During Olympic Final
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.
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Jeffrey Tucker / RealClearMarkets:
The CDC's Hysterical Delta Flip-Flop Might Be Its Final Undoing  —  The crazy, convoluted, mixed up messaging from the CDC - it's been this way from the beginning of the pandemic until now - has taken yet another turn.  Now the CDC is recommending masks not just for the unvaccinated but for the vaccinated too.
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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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Sophia Bollag / Sacramento Bee:
Gov. Gavin Newsom pulls his kids out of summer camp after maskless photos surface
Discussion: Insider
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
Miriam Berger / Washington Post:
Israel appears to have committed war crimes in May conflict with Hamas, Human Rights Watch says  —  According to a leading human rights group, Israel violated international law during the 11 days of fighting with Hamas militants in the densely packed Gaza Strip in May, in what “apparently amount to war crimes.”
David Siders / Politico:
‘America is not racist’ becomes a GOP 2024 mantra  —  Democrats made structural racism a centerpiece of the 2020 presidential primary.  —  Now the Republican rebuttal is emerging as an early plank of the 2024 GOP contest: America is not a racist country.  —  The mantra, used by nearly …
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 …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Confusing Message  —  The C.D.C. recommends indoor masking for the vaccinated, but only in some places.  —  The C.D.C. has both a polarization problem and a communication problem.  —  Let's start with the polarization problem: The parts of the country that would benefit most from a new crackdown …
Discussion: Vox, Bloomberg, Liberty Nation and IJR
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.
Elizabeth Bruenig / The Atlantic:
The New Moral Code of America's Elite  —  Two students went to Amy Chua for advice.  That sin would cost them dearly.  —  Every striver who ever slipped the rank of their birth to ascend to a higher order has shared the capacity to ingratiate themselves with their betters.
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.
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 …
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: Raw Story, The Register and WTOP
John Sexton / HotAir:
Chuck Todd: There is no liberal media bias  —  NBC's Chuck Todd gave a lengthy interview to the Verge in which he was asked about media bias.  Specifically, the discussion started with whether or not Todd would allow Sen. Ted Cruz to appear on Meet the Press.
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 …
Michael Kruse / Politico:
'He's a Great Guy': Trump's Favored Aide Has Troubled Past  —  “Max Miller,” said Donald Trump.  —  “You know Max?”  —  The former president stood behind the microphone at the lectern at one of the most recent of his trademark rallies late last month at the county fairgrounds here and told …
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 …
 
 
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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
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Progressive Denial Won't Stop Violent Crime
Jackie Salo / New York Post:
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Houston Keene / Fox News:
Every Dem senator votes to advance eco-terrorist-linked nominee who endorsed population control
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Cheyenne Ubiera / The Daily Beast:
Oregon Rep. Pleads Guilty to Allowing Violent Protesters Into State Capitol Through Backdoor
Discussion: Statesman Journal and Raw Story
Austin Ramzy / New York Times:
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Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Louise Story, a top editor at The Wall Street Journal, is leaving.
Norman Lear / Washington Post:
As I begin my 100th year, I'm baffled that voting rights are still under attack
Freddie deBoer:
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Stef W. Kight / Axios:
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