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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.  —  The Justice Department notified former officials this week that they could testify to the various committees investigating the Trump administration's efforts to subvert …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Is McCarthy prepared for Trump's wrath about the Jan. 6 committee?  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IN MEMORIAM — @SenatorEnzi: “Former Wyoming U.S. Senator MIKE ENZI passed away peacefully today surrounded by his family.  His family expresses their deep appreciation for all of the prayers, support and concern.
Kurt Bardella / USA Today:
Pelosi is fighting a war that Republicans started.  Their aim is to never lose an election.  —  You really have to be doing some Olympic-level contortionism if having Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney on a panel doesn't meet your idea of bipartisan.  —  Two things happened on Jan. 6.
Lucian K. Truscott IV / Salon:
Democrats have a massive opportunity with Capitol riot committee: Shove it down the GOP's throat  —  Democrats have the opportunity of a lifetime when they open hearings of the House select committee on the Capitol insurrection Tuesday morning, but they can miss that opportunity by making three mistakes …
CNN:
The physical violence we experienced was horrific and devastating': Officers recount harrowing events of Capitol insurrection  —  Tension overshadows first hearing of House Select Committee on January 6 Capitol attack  —  (CNN)The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack …
CNN:   Read: Rep. Adam Kinzinger's opening remarks at first hearing for select committee on Jan. 6
Evan Perez / CNN:   Trump officials can testify on former President's actions leading up to insurrection, Justice Department decides
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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CNN:
CDC will recommend everyone in K-12 schools wear a mask — regardless of vaccination status — in new guidance
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
CDC to reverse indoor mask policy, saying fully vaccinated people should wear them indoors in Covid hot spots
Discussion: Breitbart, Page Array and Alpha News
Fiona Rutherford / Bloomberg:
U.S. Mask Guidelines to Stiffen in Response to Delta Spread
Discussion: National Review
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
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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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Shock poll: Newsom might lose the recall after all
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
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.
Discussion: Insider and The Guardian
Victoria Eavis / Casper Star-Tribune:
Former Sen. Mike Enzi dies following bike accident  —  Former Sen. Mike Enzi died Monday after suffering serious injuries in a recent bike accident.  He was 77.  —  The announcement of Enzi's passing came in a tweet posted at 11:14 p.m. to his senatorial Twitter account.
Discussion: Fox News and Gillette News Record
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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 and UPI
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
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:
Matt Dixon / Politico:
‘Sellout’: Anti-vax conservatives come for DeSantis  —  TALLAHASSEE — Florida's Covid crisis has wedged Gov. Ron DeSantis between two competing forces: public health experts who urge him to do more and anti-vaxxers who want him to do less.  —  The Republican governor has come under attack …
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.
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
The floodgates have opened for vaccine mandates  —  State governments, private businesses and even part of the federal government are suddenly embracing mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for their employees.  —  Why it matters: Vaccine mandates have been relatively uncommon in the U.S …
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Washington Post
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Troops to stay put in Syria even as Biden seeks to end America's ‘forever wars’  —  The Biden administration is pulling all American troops out of Afghanistan and formally transitioning to an advisory role in Iraq.  But the U.S. military operation in Syria has seen no changes …
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
What “Back the Blue” Really Means  —  It's about the violence.  —  1 hr ago  —  1. Back the Blue  —  If you've been reading this newsletter for a while, you know how cop-skeptical I am.  Individually, police officers often act unprofessionally and collectively police officers often turn …
Discussion: Insider, Gizmodo and Hollywood Reporter
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Biden mileage rule to exceed Obama climate goal  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major step against climate change, President Joe Biden is proposing a return to aggressive Obama-era vehicle mileage standards over five years.  He's then aiming for even tougher anti-pollution rules …
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
The Damnation of George P. Bush  —  On Monday night, Donald Trump issued his endorsement in next year's race for Texas attorney general.  You'll never guess who he picked.  Let me give you a hint: It was not the guy whose name rhymes with tush. … Thus concludes the single …
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
'It's Painful': Infrastructure Talks Near Either a Deal or Collapse  —  The negotiations have entered that most excruciating of phases: tantalizingly close to an agreement, but with none in hand.  And patience is wearing thin.  —  WASHINGTON — A key Republican senator grumbled publicly …
 
 
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Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin GOP leader doesn't want another election probe
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U.S. Department of Justice:
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Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Howie Carr Show / HCRN:
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Discussion: The Hill and WMUR
Samuel Chamberlain / New York Post:
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Newsweek:
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Dennis Aftergut / The Bulwark:
Thomas Barrack's Indictment Is Even Worse Than It Looks
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Jason Dearen / Associated Press:
Inside a KKK murder plot: Grab him up, take him to the river
Discussion: WTOP
ProPublica:
Video Evidence Shown in the Capitol Insurrection Criminal Cases
Discussion: Raw Story
Bill Schneider / The Hill:
Authoritarianism: It can definitely happen here
Angela Moore / Reuters:
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