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8:25 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.
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 …
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.
Houston Keene / Fox News:
McCarthy calls Cheney, Kinzinger ‘Pelosi Republicans’
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.
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:
Trump Endorses Paxton Over Bush In Texas  —  “Former President Donald Trump endorsed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as he seeks his third term, a major boost for the embattled Republican that also stymies one of Paxton's primary opponents, Land Commissioner George P. Bush,” the Houston Chronicle reports.
David Edwards / Raw Story:   'I'm serious!' Mike Lindell claims Joe Biden will ‘resign’ on Aug. 13
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
Biden team weighs return to mask mandates in some states  —  Top Biden administration officials are weighing whether to recommend that states and communities with low vaccination rates reimpose mask mandates, particularly indoors, as part of discussions on how the administration can do more to slow the spread of the Delta variant.
Discussion: Political Wire and Reuters
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Why is the White House still refusing to lift travel restrictions?
Discussion: RedState and Washington Examiner
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 …
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.
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
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?
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 …
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.
Keith Naughton / The Hill:
Will Pence primary Trump — and win?  —  Not too long ago, The New York Times floated the idea of a Donald Trump-Ron DeSantis presidential primary.  Aside from the lame attempt to sow division among Republicans, it was an absurd suggestion.  DeSantis does not have the profile or national experience to challenge Trump.
Discussion: Twitchy
Mike Allen / Axios:
First look: Don Jr., Ron DeSantis dominate poll of GOP frontrunners
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 Forbes
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Candidate Under Investigation in PA Road Fatality is Vice Chair of CPAC  —  You see this story about the gubernatorial candidate from Pennsylvania who's being investigated for his involvement in a fatal motorcycle accident.  He apparently drove for miles after the accident with the motorcycle stuck to the front of his car.
Discussion: WPXI-TV
Hyonhee Shin / Reuters:
South, North Korea have restored hotlines as leaders seek to rebuild ties  —  South and North Korea have restored their once-severed hotlinesas part of efforts by the two countries' leaders to rebuild strained ties, Seoul's presidential Blue House said on Tuesday.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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
Tyler Bridges /
After Clay Higgins gets COVID, a look at Louisiana's U.S. Congress members who are vaccinated  —  A day after U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins revealed he is ill with COVID, he along with Rep. Garret Graves and Rep. Mike Johnson would not disclose Monday whether they have been vaccinated.
Alexander Reid Ross / Haaretz:
Grayzone's Genocide Denial: Meet the U.S. Authoritarian Left's New Neo-fascist Allies  —  An ‘academic institute’ tied to an antisemitic Italian ‘Nazi-Maoist’ linked to Iran has released a report denying China's atrocities against the Uyghurs.  It's been loudly welcomed by America's conspiracy theory-riven …
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
V.A. Issues Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers, a First for a Federal Agency  —  Employees who provide direct patient care have eight weeks to get inoculated against the coronavirus or face penalties including possible removal.  —  WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs …
Wall Street Journal:
How to Avert Disaster in Afghanistan  —  The least the U.S. can do is offer air support, intel and ensure proper logistics and maintenance contracting.  —  The situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating rapidly.  As the U.S. and its international partners withdrew military forces over the past few months …
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Max Morton / The Federalist:
The FBI's Whitmer Kidnapping Case Looks Like A Potemkin Terror Plot
Discussion: American Greatness
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
After Seven Months, 40 Percent of New York City Educators Aren't Vaccinated
Discussion: New York Post and HotAir
Michael R. Strain / Bloomberg:
Defund the Tax Police? Republicans Better Not
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Toyota is quietly pushing Congress to slow the shift to electric vehicles
Grant Stern / The Dworkin Report:
“Worst day ever.” How a Capitol Police officer fought off the January 6th insurrection
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
James Poniewozik / New York Times:
How TV Went From David Brent to Ted Lasso
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Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
Jim Clyburn heads to Cleveland
Guidance on “Long COVID” as a Disability Under the ADA, Section 504, and Section 1557
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Trio of Senate Republicans urges Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade
Josiah Lippincott / The American Mind:
The Conservative Case for Cyberbullying America's Generals
Discussion: The Federalist, Breitbart and RedState
The White House:
President Biden Announces Eight Nominees to Serve as U.S. Attorneys
Discussion: DCist
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Takeover of Fulton elections considered by Georgia Republicans
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
This is the most unhinged Trump rant about the 2020 election yet
Discussion: Salon and The Western Journal