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12:35 PM 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.
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.
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.
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
Can the media Both Sides an insurrection?  They're gonna try  —  Downplaying GOP coverup … Subscribe to PRESS RUN  —  One of the country's most important Congressional inquiries begins Tuesday morning when the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol is gaveled into session.
The physical violence we experienced was horrific and devastating': Officers recount harrowing events of Capitol insurrection
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.
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
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.
Evan Perez / CNN:   Trump officials can testify on former President's actions leading up to insurrection, Justice Department decides
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
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Former senator Mike Enzi dies after being injured in bike accident
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Mischiefs of Faction:
The Limited Power of Trump's Endorsements  —  Donald Trump is back on the campaign trail.  The former president has resumed his trademark rallies, possibly laying the groundwork to run for president in 2024.  He is also supporting select congressional hopefuls ahead of the 2022 Republican primaries …
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 …
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.
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 …
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:
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Texas Special Election Tests Trump's Influence in GOP  —  Former president backs Susan Wright, widow of late GOP Rep. Ron Wright, as she faces state Rep. Jake Ellzey in runoff  —  A special election in Texas on Tuesday is expected to test the power of former President Donald Trump's endorsement in a runoff between two Republicans.
Discussion: Washington Post, Fox News, CNN and ABC News
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.
Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Man pleads guilty to 4 Asian spa killings, sentenced to life  —  CANTON, Ga. (AP) — A man accused of killing eight people, most of them of Asian descent, at Atlanta-area massage businesses pleaded guilty Tuesday to four of the murders and was handed four sentences of life without parole.
CBS News:
White House announces more funding to increase vaccinations in underserved communities  —  Washington — The Biden administration on Tuesday announced $121 million in grants to over 100 community-based organizations across the U.S. to boost vaccinations in underserved communities.
Discussion: The Hill, USA Today and CNN
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Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press:
Jesse Jackson among 39 arrested at sit-in at Sinema's office
Discussion: Common Dreams and Political Wire
W. James Antle III / Washington Examiner:
Biden's pandemic honeymoon is over
American Greatness:
Did the FBI Manipulate the Michigan Kidnapping Plot to Influence the Election?
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
ALERT: Biden's COVID-19 Death Count Hits 200K, the Equivalent of 83 Pearl Harbors
Video Evidence Shown in the Capitol Insurrection Criminal Cases
Discussion: Raw Story
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Bill Schneider / The Hill:
Authoritarianism: It can definitely happen here
Hyonhee Shin / Reuters:
South, North Korea have restored hotlines as leaders seek to rebuild ties
Discussion: Insider and Al Jazeera
Tyler Bridges /
After Clay Higgins gets COVID, a look at Louisiana's U.S. Congress members who are vaccinated
Luppe B. Luppen / Pawprints:
Document: Barrack and Emirati Associate Sought to Displace Diplomats, Kushner
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Classified Report Biden Could Release Provides Intricate Detail on Eric Swalwell Relationship with ‘Fang Fang’
Discussion: NOQ Report
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
The Revolt of the Unwoke  —  Three progressive San Francisco school board members are targeted for a recall.
Detroit News:
Michigan lawmaker reports $221 campaign spending at strip club