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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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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, Insider 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 …
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Mo Brooks Accidentally Gave Up His Immunity From Eric Swalwell's Insurrection Lawsuit  —  On Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced that it would not shield Rep. Mo Brooks from Rep. Eric Swalwell's lawsuit against the fomenters of the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Politico:
DOJ fires warning shot against ‘unusual’ post-election ballot reviews
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Texas loss alarms Trump advisers worried about party clout
Discussion: Raw Story and Roll Call
NBC News:
‘A big deal’: $550 billion infrastructure spending deal passes key test vote in Senate … WASHINGTON — A major infrastructure package passed a key test vote Wednesday in the Senate, just hours after a bipartisan working group announced a deal after more than a month of negotiating.
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Jacob Knutson / Axios:
$1.2 trillion “hard” infrastructure bill clears major procedural vote in Senate
Discussion: CNN
Politico:
Bipartisan infrastructure deal sails through first Senate vote
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.
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Elle Reeve / CNN:
Simone Biles and ‘the twisties’: How fear affects the mental health and physical safety of gymnasts  —  (CNN)You can learn a lot about a subculture by the slang it develops.  Gymnastics has a lot of slang around fear: the twisties, headcasing, mental block, bailing, balking.
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Eren Orbey / New Yorker:
The Radical Courage of Simone Biles's Exit from the Team USA Olympic Finals
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
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
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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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: This is a BIF effing deal
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.
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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 …
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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 …
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: ctv.kwayisi.org and Raw Story
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
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
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 …
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.
ProPublica:
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.
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 Reason
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
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
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
Max Boot / Washington Post:
People are dying because of Republican hostility to science  —  If you want to know why the United States is in such big trouble, look at the findings of a new Gallup poll.  The percentage of Republicans expressing a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in science has plummeted from 72 percent in 1975 to just 45 percent today.
 
 
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Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Biden to meet with Democratic lawmakers on DACA
Discussion: The Hill
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
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
Democrats' New Midterm Strategy: Knocking the GOP for Vote Against Police Funding
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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
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Democrats craft revised voting rights bill, seeking to keep hopes alive in the Senate
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