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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 …
New York Times:
The Infrastructure Plan: What's In and What's Out … Sources: Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget; White House  —  The infrastructure bill that started moving forward again Wednesday is undeniably large: It calls for new federal spending of about $550 billion, an amount roughly equivalent …
Discussion: CNN and Bloomberg
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal
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 …
Discussion: Insider
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump allies blame conservative leader for failed Texas endorsement  —  Susan Wright's defeat in a Republican runoff dealt a blow to Trump's aura of invincibility as a GOP kingmaker.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Texas loss alarms Trump advisers worried about party clout
Discussion: Raw Story and Roll Call
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
$1.2 trillion “hard” infrastructure bill clears major procedural vote in Senate  —  The Senate voted 67-32 on Wednesday to advance the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.  —  Why it matters: After weeks of negotiating, portions of the bill remain unwritten, but the Senate …
Discussion: CNN
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump tries to sabotage the Biden infrastructure deal
Washington Post:
CDC reversal on indoor masking prompts experts to ask, 'Where's the data?'  —  New recommendations from federal health officials this week on when vaccinated Americans should don face masks came with a startling bolt of news: People who have had their shots and become infected with the delta variant …
Discussion: TheBlaze
New York Magazine:
What If Vaccines Don't Really Stop the Virus From Spreading?  —  America entered its second pandemic summer full of optimism.  Vaccination numbers were strong, and new cases of the coronavirus were plummeting.  In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the fully vaccinated …
Discussion: SFist and Missouri Independent
Washington Post:
As Trump pushed for probes of 2020 election, he called acting AG Rosen almost daily  —  President Donald Trump called his acting attorney general nearly every day at the end of last year to alert him to claims of voter fraud or alleged improper vote counts in the 2020 election, according to two people familiar with the conversations.
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.
Megan Hamilton / Political Flare:
Washington Post Calls On House Select Committee to Subpoena Ivanka Trump for Testimony on Jan. 6
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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 …
Eren Orbey / New Yorker:
The Radical Courage of Simone Biles's Exit from the Team USA Olympic Finals
Selena Simmons-Duffin / NPR:
Do You Need To Wear A Mask Indoors Where You Live?  Check This Map  —  With the delta variant taking off around the U.S., the federal government Tuesday updated its masking guidelines for fully vaccinated people.  —  The new advice is to mask up indoors if you live in a place with “substantial” or “high” coronavirus transmission.
Discussion: DCist, RedState and Bangor Daily News
Andrew Miller / Fox News:
Biden confuses Trump with Obama, calls it ‘Freudian slip’  —  Biden's remark prompted head-scratching on social media  —  JD Vance: Biden admin should stop insulting people about vaccine hesitancy  —  President Biden mixed up former President Obama and former President Trump during …
News Blog, Riverfront Times:
St. Louis County Health Director: I Was Assaulted, Called ‘Brown C—  ’ After Mask Plea  — Dr. Faisal Khan, acting director of the St. Louis County Department of Health. … Dear Chairwoman Days,  —  I appreciated the opportunity to share the latest data, scientific research …
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Tunisia's crisis tests Biden's democracy agenda  —  You're reading an excerpt from the Today's WorldView newsletter.  Sign up to get the rest, including news from around the globe, interesting ideas and opinions to know, sent to your inbox every weekday.  —  Since he took office …
Discussion: Human Rights Watch
Emily Jacobs / New York Post:
Don Lemon blasts man who harassed Tucker Carlson in viral video  —  CNN anchor Don Lemon ripped the man who accosted Tucker Carlson in a Montana fly fishing shop, saying he had no right to invade the Fox News host's “personal space.”  —  The liberal Lemon offered his surprising take during his CNN program …
Ben Shpigel / New York Times:
Deshaun Watson and the Texans Opened Camp With Business as Unusual  —  The quarterback remains the subject of 22 civil lawsuits accusing him of sexual misconduct.  But you wouldn't have known that as training camp opened Wednesday.  —  HOUSTON — At 9:26 a.m. Wednesday …
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Why Newsmax is failing  —  The sudden rise and precipitous fall of Newsmax, explained by an expert.  —  Former President Donald Trump gave a speech over the weekend, but you might not have known it even if you are a regular Fox News viewer.  Instead, you would've had to turn to Newsmax …
Discussion: Raw Story and
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Rumblings: Teachers union head, Fed chair hint that schools might not reopen on schedule  —  I've said it before, but once again for emphasis: If you have school-aged kids and you live in a blue state, you're courting disaster by not moving before the fall semester.  Which is now only a month or so away.
Discussion: KTVZ-TV, PIX11 and Twitchy
Jeffrey Tucker / HotAir:
The CDC's hysterical mask flip-flop might be its final undoing  —  The real problem, conclude many, is this bogus freedom of choice.  This is why there is more constant talk about vaccine mandates, and why NPR gets breathless with excitement at every new directive - from the Department of Veterans Affairs …
Discussion: Lucianne and RealClearMarkets
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Democrats need a coherent response to attacks on critical race theory  —  Republicans have their 2022 version of “defund the police” — attacking the critical race theory.  It's largely specious, and is pandering to racial resentments, but Democrats better figure out how to respond.
Discussion: CNN and Common Dreams
The Number of People With IRAs Worth $5 Million or More Has Tripled, Congress Says  —  After ProPublica revealed that some wealthy Americans hold Roth IRAs worth hundreds of millions — compared to $39,000 for the average account holder — Democrats requested data.
Gabe Bankman-Fried / Data For Progress:
Congress Can Prevent the Next Pandemic.  Why Won't They?  —  Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic early last year, we've seen overwhelming evidence that our country was not adequately prepared to combat this crisis.  We had not made the necessary public health and pandemic preparedness investments …
Washington Post:
Man arrested in fatal shooting of 6-year-old Nyiah Courtney in D.C.  —  D.C. police arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old girl in Southeast Washington and said they are investigating whether the late-night burst of gunfire was linked to a suspected drug crew authorities …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Jemele Hill / The Atlantic:
Gentle Encouragement Wasn't Going to Be Enough  —  Here's something I almost never say: The NFL is right.  —  When pro football announced last week that it will impose stiff penalties on teams that experience a COVID-19 outbreak involving unvaccinated players, it exposed a serious vaccination divide among its athletes.
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Mandela's Dream for South Africa Is in Ruins
Max Boot / Washington Post:
People are dying because of Republican hostility to science
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Biden to meet with Democratic lawmakers on DACA
Discussion: The Hill
Calm down about the Delta variant
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
Pandemic Aid Programs Spur a Record Drop in Poverty
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
A Saudi official's harrowing account of torture reveals the regime's brutality
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Gutowski / The Reload:
ATF Agents Corroborate Existence of Racial Complaint Against Biden Director Nominee, Fear Reprisals and Hit to Agency Effectiveness
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Townhall
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
Ray Sanchez / CNN:
'I don't feel any fear going out.' How residents are living in America's most vaccinated state
Discussion: Balloon Juice