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Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Sinema doesn't support Democrats' $3.5T bill, clinches bipartisan infrastructure deal  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema does not support Democrats' $3.5 trillion budget plan that aims to deliver major components of President Joe Biden's economic agenda that Democrats hope to pass after moving …
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Philip Klein / National Review:
Mitch McConnell, Kill the (Nonexistent) Bill
Discussion: USA Today and Politico
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
BREAKING: Senate Republicans announce agreement on infrastructure deal's “major issues”
Discussion: Politico, CBS News and Lucianne
David Morgan / Reuters:
McConnell aims to boost U.S. Republican vaccination rate by countering ‘bad advice’  —  U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell blamed misinformation for the low rates of COVID-19 vaccination among Americans, which are fueling a rise in coronavirus cases, particularly in Republican-dominated states.
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Jacqueline Howard / CNN:
Pfizer data suggest third dose of Covid-19 vaccine ‘strongly’ boosts protection against Delta variant  —  (CNN)A third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine can “strongly” boost protection against the Delta variant — beyond the protection afforded by the standard two doses, suggests new data released by Pfizer on Wednesday.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: This is a BIF effing deal  —  SCOOP — Our own Alex Isenstadt writes in with some news: Former President DONALD TRUMP began meeting this week with would-be GOP primary challengers to his arch-nemesis, Wyoming Rep. LIZ CHENEY — and a new potential candidate has emerged.
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
The dirty little secret about Donald Trump's endorsement  —  (CNN)To hear Donald Trump tell it, his endorsement is the equivalent to a golden ticket to Congress.  —  “88 and 2 (really 1) in ENDORSEMENTS this election cycle, and @FoxNews was critical,” he tweeted in June 2020.  “Has anyone ever done so well?
Discussion: UPI, Dallas Morning News and Politico
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Texas loss alarms Trump advisers worried about party clout
Piers Morgan / Daily Mail:
Sorry Simone Biles, but there's nothing heroic or brave about quitting because you're not having ‘fun’ - you let down your team-mates, your fans and your country  —  Simone Biles has her own leotard line.  —  She designed it herself to inspire other athletes all over the world …
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Eren Orbey / New Yorker:
The Radical Courage of Simone Biles's Exit from the Team USA Olympic Finals
Jen Fifield / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Senate liaison Ken Bennett says he will resign Wednesday from overseeing election audit  —  The main person who has been overseeing the Arizona Senate's review of Maricopa County election results said he plans to resign Wednesday.  —  Ken Bennett, former secretary of state who has served …
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Politico:
DOJ fires warning shot against ‘unusual’ post-election ballot reviews  —  The Justice Department on Wednesday issued another warning aimed at states conducting or considering audits of ballots tallied in last year's election, reminding election authorities that allowing ballots to be mishandled can violate federal law.
Mark Phillips / KNXV:   Ken Bennett, senate liaison overseeing Maricopa County election audit, to resign
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Jared Kushner to leave politics, launch investment firm - sources  —  Jared Kushner, a top adviser to former President Donald Trump, plans to launch an investment firm in coming months, a move that will take him away from politics for the foreseeable future, sources familiar with the plan said on Wednesday.
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Megan Hamilton / Political Flare:
Washington Post Calls On House Select Committee to Subpoena Ivanka Trump for Testimony on Jan. 6
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Our democracy is under attack.  Washington journalists must stop covering it like politics as usual.  —  Back in the dark ages of 2012, two think-tank scholars, Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann, wrote a book called “It's Even Worse Than It Looks” about the rise of Republican Party extremism and its dire effect on American democracy.
Steven Monacelli / Dallas Observer:
Who's Behind Dallas Justice Now's 'Don't Send White Kids to Ivy League' Controversy?  —  As soon as Casie Tomlin found the FedEx envelope in her mailbox, she knew something looked fishy.  Inside, a flyer from a group called Dallas Justice Now urged parents in Dallas' wealthy — and largely white …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: What Jim Jordan would have said  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  WHAT JIM JORDAN WOULD HAVE SAID.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously banned Republican Rep. Jim Jordan …
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Gino Spocchia / The Independent:
Lincoln Project's new ad contrasts Republican donors with footage of Capitol riot
Discussion: CNN, Boing Boing and Twitchy
Elizabeth Bruenig / The Atlantic:
The New Moral Code of America's Elite  —  Every striver who ever slipped the rank of their birth to ascend to a higher order has shared the capacity to ingratiate themselves with their betters.  What the truly exceptional ones have in common is the ability to connect not only with their superiors …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: McCarthy a ‘moron’ for opposing mask mandate  —  Tensions between the party leaders in the House rolled to a boil on Wednesday when Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called her Republican counterpart, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), a “moron” for his opposition to wearing masks in the House.
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Daniella Diaz / CNN:
Pelosi calls McCarthy ‘a moron’ for his mask mandate criticism
Stephen Gutowski / The Reload:
ATF Agents Corroborate Existence of Racial Complaint Against Biden Director Nominee, Fear Reprisals and Hit to Agency Effectiveness  —  Multiple ATF sources back up the existence of a complaint alleging President Biden's nominee to lead ATF, David Chipman, made racist comments during his previous stint at the agency.
Discussion: Townhall
John Wagner / Washington Post:
GOP Rep. Clyde stands by comparison of Jan. 6 mob to ‘tourists’ when pressed by Democratic Rep. Raskin  —  Rep. Andrew S. Clyde (R-Ga.), who infamously compared the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol to “a normal tourist visit,” steadfastly stood by his contention Tuesday night during …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Hackwhackers
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Greg Price / The Daily Caller:
Study Cited By CDC To Justify New Mask Guidance Rejected By Peer Review, Based On Vaccine Not Used In US  —  At least one of the studies that was cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to justify changing their guidance on masks was based on a vaccine that is not authorized …
Jim Newell / Slate:
Turns Out Mo Brooks Was Wearing Body Armor to Trump's Very Peaceful Jan. 6 Rally  —  Rep. Mo Brooks may be done with Jan. 6, but Jan. 6 isn't done with him.  —  The Alabama representative, notorious for his speaking role at the Jan. 6 rally leading up to the invasion of the Capitol …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Confusing Message  —  The C.D.C. recommends indoor masking for the vaccinated, but only in some places.  —  The C.D.C. has both a polarization problem and a communication problem.  —  Let's start with the polarization problem: The parts of the country that would benefit most from a new crackdown …
Damon Linker / The Week:
The intellectual right contemplates an ‘American Caesar’  —  Jan. 6 was a badly planned rehearsal for the real deal  —  How does ideological change happen?  Why do certain political ideas and possibilities that appear outrageous and even unthinkable at one moment in history come to be considered options worth taking seriously?
Sky Palma / Raw Story:
Lauren Boebert throws ‘mask in the face of a floor staffer’ as she fumes over ‘totalitarian’ House rules: report  —  Colorado GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert doesn't like masks, as evidenced by her COVID-denialist rhetoric and her history of defying mask mandates in the House chamber.
Discussion: Breitbart
Gawker:
What Do These People Think About Gawker Coming Back?  —  If you are reading this, it means Gawker is back.  We reached out to some of our favorite writers, artists, policymakers, and billionaires to ask them how that makes them feel.  Below are their answers.
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Least persuadable unvaccinated Americans are largely white and Republican  —  Parents are heavily resistant to the vaccine.
Discussion: HotAir and The Daily Caller
Bridget Bowman / Roll Call:
Conor Lamb preparing to launch Senate run in August  —  Rep. Conor Lamb is expected to launch a Senate campaign in August, according to three sources familiar with the Pennsylvania Democrat's decision.  —  Two sources said Lamb is planning a campaign event on Aug. 6 at an International Brotherhood …
Ray Sanchez / CNN:
'I don't feel any fear going out.' How residents are living in America's most vaccinated state  —  Burlington, Vermont (CNN)The sweaty Lindy Hoppers stood in a circle clapping to a hard-driving beat — switching partners and laughing on the ballroom floor of The Champlain Club in Vermont's largest city.
Jemele Hill / The Atlantic:
Gentle Encouragement Wasn't Going to Be Enough  —  Amid widespread misinformation and antivaccine propaganda, pro football needed to put more pressure on players.  —  Here's something I almost never say: The NFL is right.  —  When pro football announced last week that it will impose stiff penalties …
New York Times:
Ben & Jerry's Founders on the Company's Israel Policy  —  Mr. Cohen and Mr. Greenfield founded Ben & Jerry's Homemade Holdings in 1978.  —  We are the founders of Ben & Jerry's.  We are also proud Jews.  It's part of who we are and how we've identified ourselves for our whole lives.
Michael Kruse / Politico:
'He's a Great Guy': Trump's Favored Aide Has Troubled Past  —  “Max Miller,” said Donald Trump.  —  “You know Max?”  —  The former president stood behind the microphone at the lectern at one of the most recent of his trademark rallies late last month at the county fairgrounds here and told …
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Republicans Threaten to Oppose Treasury Picks Over Nord Stream 2
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
China Used Vaccines, Trade To Get Ukraine To Drop Support For Xinjiang Scrutiny
Andrew Miller / Fox News:
Texas Gov. Abbott bans ground transport of potentially infected migrants into communities
Discussion: Politico
Allison Donahue / Michigan Advance:
Report shows Catholic Conference funding opposition against LGBTQ+ rights initiative
Discussion: Raw Story
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Ex-cop who stormed US Capitol is jailed after buying 37 guns and posting that ‘violence’ is better than ‘peaceful protest’
Discussion: Forbes and Political Wire
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Turkey Is Not Immune from Trump-Era Lawsuit Against Erdogan's Guards for Assault on Streets of Washington, Court Rules
William Sturkey / The Atlantic:
The Quiet Courage of Bob Moses
 Earlier Items: 
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Democrats craft revised voting rights bill, seeking to keep hopes alive in the Senate
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Prison officials allowed convicted sex abuser Larry Nassar to pay little to victims while spending thousands on himself
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Whistleblowers say they were told to downplay Covid outbreak among migrant kids at shelter
Discussion: HotAir and Reason
Christopher Caldwell / New York Times:
What if There Wasn't a Coup Plot, General Milley?
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic:
The Unraveling of the Trump Era
Discussion: Washington Post
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
The Moment in 1986 When Critical Race Theory Ousted the Civil Rights Movement
Discussion: HotAir and Instapundit
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
CDC asks the vaccinated to help save the unvaccinated from themselves
Discussion: HotAir and National Review