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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
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
$1.2 trillion “hard” infrastructure bill clears major procedural vote in Senate
Discussion: CNN
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
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Wall Street Journal:
Two False Narratives About the Capitol Riot  —  As the Jan. 6 committee meets, politics drowns out the actual story.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  The House inquiry on the events of Jan. 6 held its opening hearing Tuesday, and it showed why no Republican should try to brush aside the ugliness of the Capitol riot.
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Politico:
Jan. 6 select-panel Dems confident they can corral ex-Trump aides  —  But it won't be easy for them to shake off potential stonewalling, and their Capitol riot probe is still taking shape.  —  Lawmakers on the Jan. 6 select committee describe their probe's reach as still undefined.
Discussion: Washington Examiner, CNN and Raw Story
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Rep. Jordan acknowledges speaking with Trump on Jan. 6
Discussion: Spectrum News 1 Ohio, CNN and HuffPost
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.
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Texas loss alarms Trump advisers worried about party clout
Discussion: Raw Story and Roll Call
Kurt Streeter / New York Times:
Simone Biles and the Power of ‘No’  —  By withdrawing from competition citing concerns over her mental health, Biles showed that resisting expectations can be more powerful than persisting through them.  —  No.  —  What a small and simple word.  —  What transformative power it possesses.
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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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Selena Simmons-Duffin / NPR:
Do You Need To Wear A Mask Indoors Where You Live? Check This Map
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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Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
Arizona's GOP ballot review has raised more than $5.7 million in private donations, organizers say
Discussion: Insider, ABC News and Politico
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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Washington Post:
Something strange is happening in Britain.  Covid cases are plummeting instead of soaring.  —  LONDON — This is a puzzler.  Coronavirus cases are plummeting in Britain.  They were supposed to soar.  Scientists aren't sure why they haven't.  —  The daily number of new infections recorded …
Discussion: Politico and Metro.co.uk
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.
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 …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Biden shifts onus for pandemic onto the unvaccinated as he readies federal worker vaccine requirement  —  Avlon: Unvaccinated are holding us hostage  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)President Joe Biden, who for months used techniques like public service announcements and grassroots campaigns …
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
Pandemic Aid Programs Spur a Record Drop in Poverty  —  The most comprehensive study yet of the federal response to the pandemic shows huge but temporary benefits for the poor — and helps frame a larger debate over the role of government.  —  WASHINGTON — The huge increase in government aid prompted …
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 …
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Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Charlie Kirk's pro-Trump youth group stokes vaccine resistance as covid surges again  —  Turning Point USA and its affiliates are urging students to resist mandates and spreading baseless claims about “medical raids,” part of a bid for donations  —  A young emergency room doctor stood …
Lingling Wei / Wall Street Journal:
China's New Ambassador to the U.S. Adopts Placating Tone  —  NEW YORK—China's new envoy to the U.S. struck a conciliatory note upon his arrival in Washington on Wednesday, pledging to repair the increasingly testy relationship between the two world powers days after Chinese Foreign Ministry officials greeted …
Discussion: New York Times and Japan Times
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 …
Sheehan Hannan / Politico:
The Beltway Can't Stop Talking About Him.  The Voters He Needs Barely Know Him.  —  LONDON, OHIO—Patrick Closser takes the political temperature most days from his drive-through window here.  The ring-ding sound of another car approaching the little hut at Casey's Carry Out & Drive Thru for beer …
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.
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: New Republic and CNN
 
 
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Marco Rubio / Fox News:
We must stop Silicon Valley-Democrat collusion before conservatives are silenced for good
Discussion: The Federalist
Brad Polumbo / Foundation for Economic Education:
Despite ‘Delta’ Alarmism, US COVID Deaths Are at Lowest Level Since March 2020, Harvard and Stanford Professors Explain
Ben Brasch / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia Republicans take first step to Fulton elections takeover
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Lew Blank / Data For Progress:
Congress Can Prevent the Next Pandemic. Why Won't They?
Jeffrey Tucker / HotAir:
The CDC's hysterical mask flip-flop might be its final undoing
Discussion: Lucianne and RealClearMarkets
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Rumblings: Teachers union head, Fed chair hint that schools might not reopen on schedule
Discussion: KTVZ-TV, PIX11 and Twitchy
Washington Post:
Man arrested in fatal shooting of 6-year-old Nyiah Courtney in D.C.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
spectatorworld.com:
Calm down about the Delta variant
 Earlier Items: 
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Why Newsmax is failing  —  The sudden rise and precipitous fall of Newsmax, explained by an expert.
Discussion: Raw Story and ctv.kwayisi.org
ProPublica:
The Number of People With IRAs Worth $5 Million or More Has Tripled, Congress Says
New York Magazine:
What If Vaccines Don't Really Stop the Virus From Spreading?
Discussion: SFist
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
A Saudi official's harrowing account of torture reveals the regime's brutality
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