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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.
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:   Read: Rep. Adam Kinzinger's opening remarks at first hearing for select committee on Jan. 6
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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Politico:
CDC to recommend vaccinated Americans wear masks indoors in Covid hot spots  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will recommend Tuesday that Americans wear masks indoors again, particularly in crowded indoor settings, according to three people with direct knowledge of the situation.
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
CDC to reverse indoor mask policy, saying fully vaccinated people should wear them indoors in Covid hot spots
Discussion: Page Array, Breitbart and Alpha News
CNN:
CDC will recommend everyone in K-12 schools wear a mask — regardless of vaccination status — in new guidance
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
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:
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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
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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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: BuzzFeed News, Insider and The Guardian
U.S. Department of Justice:
Rare Cuneiform Tablet Bearing Portion of Epic of Gilgamesh Forfeited to United States  —  Auction House Sold the “Gilgamesh Dream Tablet” to Hobby Lobby Using a False Provenance  —  The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ordered the forfeiture of a rare cuneiform tablet bearing …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Scoop: 50,000 migrants released; few report to ICE  —  About 50,000 migrants who crossed the southern border illegally have now been released in the United States without a court date.  Although they are told to report to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office instead, just 13% have shown up so far, Axios has learned.
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Hill
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Discussion: The Hill and WMUR
Samuel Chamberlain / New York Post:
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Jason Dearen / Associated Press:
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Discussion: WTOP
Bill Schneider / The Hill:
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