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4:05 PM ET, July 27, 2021

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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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CNN:
Read: Rep. Adam Kinzinger's opening remarks at first hearing for select committee on Jan. 6  —  By CNN … Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  Thank you to my colleagues on this Select Committee.  And thank you, especially, to our witnesses—for your service and your testimonies here today.
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.
Lucian K. Truscott IV / Salon:
Democrats have a massive opportunity with Capitol riot committee: Shove it down the GOP's throat
Discussion: Associated Press
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House GOP blames Pelosi — not Trump — for Jan. 6
Discussion: Washington Post, New York Post and CNN
U.S. Department of Justice:
Pennsylvania Man Arrested for Assault on Law Enforcement During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
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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CNN:
CDC changes mask guidance in response to threat of Delta variant of Covid-19
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
CDC to reverse indoor mask policy, saying fully vaccinated people should wear them indoors in Covid hot spots
NBC News:
CDC to recommend the vaccinated wear masks in areas with low vaccination rates
Discussion: Washington Examiner and USA Today
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
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
Discussion: NPR
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
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 …
Discussion: Insider
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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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 and HotAir
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.
Matthew Smith / YouGov:
The most and least popular US presidents, according to Americans  —  YouGov ranks all US presidents according to how the US public feels about them  —  The respective excellence of US presidents is always being debated.  Many academics have put together rankings over the years to demonstrate …
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.
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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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
The Economist:
What drives belief in conspiracy theories, a lack of religion or too much?  —  White evangelicals are more likely to follow debunked claims  —  AMERICANS WHO believe in the conspiracy theories collectively packaged as “QAnon” have grown quiet in recent months.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
 
 
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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Daniel Hale, who leaked information on U.S. drone warfare, sentenced to 45 months in prison
John Whitehouse / Media Matters for America:
Frequent Fox News guest calls officer testifying to January 6 commission a crisis actor
Michael Wilson / New York Times:
How a Respected N.Y.P.D. Officer Became the Accused Capitol Riot #EyeGouger
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Biden mileage rule to exceed Obama climate goal
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin GOP leader doesn't want another election probe
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Chuck Todd on why Meet the Press can't survive on just one platform
Howie Carr Show / HCRN:
Donald Trump Joins the Howie Carr Show! - 07.26.21 - Hour 3
Discussion: The Hill and WMUR
Samuel Chamberlain / New York Post:
Sen. Lindsey Graham predicts midterms will be ‘1994 all over again’
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
What “Back the Blue” Really Means
Discussion: Insider, Gizmodo and Hollywood Reporter
Newsweek:
Hillary Clinton-endorsed Candidate Shontel Brown Faces Potential Ethics Probe
Mischiefs of Faction:
The Limited Power of Trump's Endorsements
Dennis Aftergut / The Bulwark:
Thomas Barrack's Indictment Is Even Worse Than It Looks
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Jason Dearen / Associated Press:
Inside a KKK murder plot: Grab him up, take him to the river
Discussion: WTOP
Victoria Eavis / Casper Star-Tribune:
Former Sen. Mike Enzi dies following bike accident