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10:10 AM ET, July 27, 2021

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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.
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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.
CNN:
Select committee holds first January 6 hearing with officers on the front lines  —  Tension overshadows first hearing of House Select Committee on January 6 Capitol attack  —  The officers are expected to recount the harrowing attacks they faced on January 6, including being beaten with a flagpole …
Grant Stern / The Dworkin Report:   “Worst day ever.” How a Capitol Police officer fought off the January 6th insurrection
Angela Moore / Reuters:
New York's $200 french fries offer ‘escape’ from reality  —  Jerome Powell, this story's for you.  —  The Federal Reserve chair, always on the look-out for signs of inflation, might want to drop by Manhattan's Upper East Side, where a $200 plate of french fries stretches the definition of haute cuisine.
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 …
Discussion: MSNBC, Breitbart, Twitchy, Mediaite and Raw Story
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David Edwards / Raw Story:   'I'm serious!' Mike Lindell claims Joe Biden will ‘resign’ on Aug. 13
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: Gillette News Record and Fox News
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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Matt Gaetz's Future Sister-in-Law Says He's a Gaslighting ‘Creep’  —  Matt Gaetz's fiancée's sister says the Florida Republican tried to set her up with a man much older than her when she was 19, and went “full lawyer” on her when she confronted him.  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz's future sister …
Discussion: Insider and The Intellectualist
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, UPI and Forbes
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Twitchy
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 …
American Greatness:
Did the FBI Manipulate the Michigan Kidnapping Plot to Influence the Election?  —  Americans deserve to know whether the FBI meddled in the 2020 election. … “Trump appears to give a pass to the domestic kidnapping plot against Whitmer.”  —  Just before the November 2020 election …
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Max Morton / The Federalist:   The FBI's Whitmer Kidnapping Case Looks Like A Potemkin Terror Plot
Dennis Aftergut / The Bulwark:
Thomas Barrack's Indictment Is Even Worse Than It Looks  —  It's called “consciousness of guilt.”  —  “Behind every great fortune,” wrote Balzac, “lies a great crime.”  —  On Monday, Tom Barrack, the business titan and Trump confidante, pleaded not guilty in New York to his indictment …
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
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Teaganne Finn / NBC News:
Michael Flynn says maybe he'll ‘find somebody in Washington, D.C.,’ after being given an AR-15
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 …
Bill Schneider / The Hill:
Authoritarianism: It can definitely happen here  —  How serious is the threat of authoritarianism in the United States today?  A new book by two Washington Post reporters reveals that shortly before the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol last January, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff …
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
Tunisia's Democracy Verges on Collapse as President Moves to Take Control  —  The effort by President Kais Saied threatened the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring protests a decade ago, and his opponents called it a coup.  —  CAIRO — Tunisia's fledgling democracy …
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W. James Antle III / Washington Examiner:
Biden's pandemic honeymoon is over  —  The White House is facing tough questions about the COVID-19 delta variant, breakthrough infections, and persistent vaccine holdouts that threaten the nation's recovery from the pandemic.  —  Given that President Joe Biden has won strong approval ratings …
Discussion: Power Line
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Classified Report Biden Could Release Provides Intricate Detail on Eric Swalwell Relationship with ‘Fang Fang’  —  The U.S. Intelligence Community currently has in its possession a classified report that includes intricate and intimate details of the nature of the relationship between …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Tara Copp / Defense One:
‘It Failed Miserably’: After Wargaming Loss, Joint Chiefs Are Overhauling How the US Military Will Fight  —  In a fake battle for Taiwan, U.S. forces lost network access almost immediately.  Hyten has issued four directives to help change that.  —  A brutal loss in a wargaming exercise …
Detroit News:
Michigan lawmaker reports $221 campaign spending at strip club  —  Lansing — A Michigan lawmaker reported spending $221 of his campaign money at a strip club in Dearborn for a March 8 “constituent meeting” to discuss “potential economic projects,” according to a disclosure filed Sunday.
ProPublica:
Video Evidence Shown in the Capitol Insurrection Criminal Cases  —  ProPublica and a coalition of 15 other news organizations including The Washington Post, The Associated Press, CBS and NBC have been suing for access to the video exhibits shown in the criminal cases against the accused Jan. 6 rioters.
Discussion: Raw Story
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
The Revolt of the Unwoke  —  Three progressive San Francisco school board members are targeted for a recall.  —  If the land of woke has a capital, it's San Francisco.  Which makes it all the more extraordinary that the City by the Bay has now become ground zero for a revolt by unwoke moms and dads.
New York Times:
A 2nd New Nuclear Missile Base for China, and Many Questions About Strategy  —  Is China scrapping its “minimum deterrent” strategy and joining an arms race?  Or is it looking to create a negotiating card, in case it is drawn into arms control negotiations?
David Gilbert / VICE:
I'm a Parkland Shooting Survivor.  QAnon Convinced My Dad It Was All a Hoax.  —  Bill's final semester at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was already difficult enough.  —  He was part of the final graduating class of survivors of the 2018 shooting …
Luppe B. Luppen / Pawprints:
Document: Barrack and Emirati Associate Sought to Displace Diplomats, Kushner  —  According to a recently unsealed charging document, former president Trump's friend, advisor, and confidant Thomas Barrack had more extensive communications than previously known with his alleged Emirati coconspirator …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jake Dima / Washington Examiner:
Lightfoot says she would ‘absolutely’ exclude white journalists from interviews again  —  Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she would “absolutely” grant interviews only to journalists of color again after she drew waves of backlash earlier in the year when she announced the policy.
New York Times:
Britney Spears Files to Remove Her Father From Conservatorship  —  More than 13 years after a strict legal arrangement gave James P. Spears control of the singer's affairs, a new lawyer for Ms. Spears asked the court to remove him from the arrangement.  —  More than 13 years after the life …
Jason Dearen / Associated Press:
Inside a KKK murder plot: Grab him up, take him to the river  —  PALATKA, Fla. (AP) — Joseph Moore breathed heavily, his face slick with nervous sweat.  He held a cellphone with a photo of a man splayed on the floor; the man appeared dead, his shirt torn apart and his pants wet.
Ramy Inocencio / MSN:
Hong Kong protester convicted in 1st trial under Chinese security law  —  Hong Kong — In an historic ruling, a 24-year-old man became the first person convicted in Hong Kong under China's expansive and contentious national security law on Tuesday.  Leon Tong Ying-kit, a former restaurant cook …
 
 
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Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
ALERT: Biden's COVID-19 Death Count Hits 200K, the Equivalent of 83 Pearl Harbors
Hannah Bleau / Breitbart:
Andrew Cuomo: We Must Knock on Doors, Put People in Cars, ‘Drive them and Get that Vaccine in Their Arm’
Discussion: governor.ny.gov and IJR
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
After Seven Months, 40 Percent of New York City Educators Aren't Vaccinated
Discussion: New York Post and HotAir
Hyonhee Shin / Reuters:
South, North Korea have restored hotlines as leaders seek to rebuild ties
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Tyler Bridges / www.theadvocate.com:
After Clay Higgins gets COVID, a look at Louisiana's U.S. Congress members who are vaccinated
Michael R. Strain / Bloomberg:
Defund the Tax Police? Republicans Better Not
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Gaydos / Fox News:
Costa Rican gymnast's Olympic routine includes support for BLM
Discussion: HotAir and Althouse
Randall Chase / Associated Press:
State lawmaker won't seek reelection after anti-Asian slur
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Politico:
Biden team weighs return to mask mandates in some states
Discussion: HotAir, Political Wire and Reuters
James Poniewozik / New York Times:
How TV Went From David Brent to Ted Lasso
Alexander Reid Ross / Haaretz:
Grayzone's Genocide Denial: Meet the U.S. Authoritarian Left's New Neo-fascist Allies
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Candidate Under Investigation in PA Road Fatality is Vice Chair of CPAC
Discussion: WPXI-TV
Keith Naughton / The Hill:
Will Pence primary Trump — and win?
Discussion: Twitchy
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
This is the most unhinged Trump rant about the 2020 election yet
Discussion: Salon and The Western Journal