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Katie Benner / New York Times:
Trump officials can testify in Jan. 6 inquiries, Justice Dept. says.  —  The Justice Department notified former Trump administration officials this week that they could testify to the various committees investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, according to a letter obtained by The New York Times.
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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.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House GOP blames Pelosi — not Trump — for Jan. 6  —  House GOP leaders teed off on Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Tuesday morning, accusing the Speaker of neglecting her duty to defend the Capitol on Jan. 6 and demanding answers about her role in the violent attack that injured more than 140 police officers.
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.
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
‘I was just trying to survive that day’: Cops in Jan. 6 hearing describe beatings, slurs from pro-Trump mob  — Rep. Liz Cheney said the Jan. 6 select committee might subpoena Trump and House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy.  — Investigators must figure out “what happened every minute …
Discussion: Washington Times, POLITICUSUSA and UPI
CNN:
The physical violence we experienced was horrific and devastating': Officers recount harrowing events of Capitol insurrection
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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Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
CDC to reverse indoor mask policy, saying fully vaccinated people should wear them indoors in Covid hot spots
Discussion: CBS Pittsburgh
CBS News:
CDC to update mask guidance for vaccinated people
Discussion: CBS Boston
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 …
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Mischiefs of Faction:   The Limited Power of Trump's Endorsements
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Texas Special Election Tests Trump's Influence in GOP
Discussion: Washington Post, Fox News, CNN and ABC News
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: USA Today, Los Angeles Times and UPI
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 …
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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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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Newsweek:
Hillary Clinton-endorsed Candidate Shontel Brown Faces Potential Ethics Probe  —  With a week to go before the special primary election for Ohio's 11th Congressional District, Democratic candidate Shontel Brown may be in hot water.  —  In April, The Intercept reported that Brown …
Dave Levinthal / Insider:
Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville violated federal transparency law by failing to properly disclose stock transactions worth up to $3.56 million  — The Alabama lawmaker filed nearly 130 of his stock disclosures weeks or months late.  — He's a member of the Senate Health Committee and trades pandemic-sensitive stocks.
Discussion: The Intellectualist
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.
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
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 …
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:
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: NOQ Report
 
 
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Luppe B. Luppen / Pawprints:
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William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
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Detroit News:
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Candidate Under Investigation in PA Road Fatality is Vice Chair of CPAC
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Tara Copp / Defense One:
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