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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.
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Annie Grayer / CNN:
House Republicans pull out of another key select committee in a sign of 1/6 panel fallout
Discussion: UPI, The Hill and The Federalist
New York Times:
‘A hit man sent them.’ Police at the Capitol recount the horrors of Jan. 6 as the inquiry begins.
Andrea Widburg / American Thinker:   America had its first show trial on Tuesday and it was loathsome
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump's Low-Energy Night in Texas  —  Donald Trump had a bad day on Tuesday.  It wasn't the emotional and gut wrenching testimony from the police officers who defended the Capitol from the MAGA mob on January 6 — that was priced in.  Instead, Trump backed the wrong candidate …
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Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Trump-backed candidate loses in Texas special election  —  Voters in North Texas delivered an upset Tuesday, picking GOP state Rep. Jake Ellzey to fill a vacant House seat over a candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump.  —  Ellzey beat fellow Republican Susan Wright …
Andrew Miller / Fox News:
Jake Ellzey wins Texas special election over Trump-backed Susan Wright
Discussion: New York Times and CNN
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
CDC asks the vaccinated to help save the unvaccinated from themselves  —  The “pandemic of the unvaccinated” has become a big problem for the rest of the country.
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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 …
Aaron E. Carroll / New York Times:
Vaccination Helps Avoid the Delta Variant and Breakthroughs
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 …
Jeffrey Tucker / RealClearMarkets:
The CDC's Hysterical Delta Flip-Flop Might Be Its Final Undoing  —  The crazy, convoluted, mixed up messaging from the CDC - it's been this way from the beginning of the pandemic until now - has taken yet another turn.  Now the CDC is recommending masks not just for the unvaccinated but for the vaccinated too.
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Tucker Scoffs at D.C. Cop Scarred by Capitol Riot From Safety of His Studio  —  The Fox News host smirked and snickered at officer Michael Fanone describing the PTSD that followed a brutal beating on Jan. 6.  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson took his overt downplaying of the Capitol insurrection …
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Jordan Davidson / The Federalist:
Teary Capitol Police Officer Who Testified About January 6 Previously Defended Violent George Floyd Riots In Kenosha
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Least persuadable unvaccinated Americans are largely white and Republican  —  Parents are heavily resistant to the vaccine.
spectatorworld.com:
Simone Biles is a quitter  —  Even with her many mistakes during the qualifying round, Biles still posted the highest score in the competition  —  Just a few days before the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, my mom and I watched the gymnastics comedy Stick It.
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Hannah Yoest / The Bulwark:
Simone Biles Isn't Fearless.  That's A Good Thing.  —  By demanding robotic perfection, Biles's detractors are denying her humanity.  —  Simone Biles pulled out of the Tokyo Olympic gymnastics finals for the women's artistic team all-around on Tuesday morning, citing mental health concerns.
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
Sorry, Simone Biles, The Olympics Isn't About You, It's About Winning For America
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.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
David Siders / Politico:
‘America is not racist’ becomes a GOP 2024 mantra  —  Democrats made structural racism a centerpiece of the 2020 presidential primary.  —  Now the Republican rebuttal is emerging as an early plank of the 2024 GOP contest: America is not a racist country.  —  The mantra, used by nearly …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Raw Story
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 …
Miriam Berger / Washington Post:
Israel appears to have committed war crimes in May conflict with Hamas, Human Rights Watch says  —  According to a leading human rights group, Israel violated international law during the 11 days of fighting with Hamas militants in the densely packed Gaza Strip in May, in what “apparently amount to war crimes.”
Brian Stelter / CNN:
How right-wing networks covered the January 6 hearing after months of soft-pedaling the Capitol attack  —  New York (CNN Business)While viewers of other TV channels heard House Democrats denouncing the “whitewashing” of the January 6 attack, One America News viewers witnessed the whitewashing first-hand.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
German Lopez / Vox:
Mandate the vaccine, not masks  —  Vaccines are the solution to Covid-19.  Let's make the most of them.  —  All of a sudden, it looks like masks may have to be put back on.  —  With the rise of the delta variant and a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases, the US Centers for Disease Control …
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?
Andrew Seidman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
An anti-Trump Pa. Republican is warning against ‘MAGA extremists’ in new Senate campaign  —  Next year's race to represent Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate will help shape the direction of the Republican Party.  And Craig Snyder thinks there's still time to take a sharp turn away …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Fox News:
Gov. Newsom pulls son from summer camp after maskless photos surface  —  California announced earlier this month that all students will wear masks when they return to the classroom  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for July 27  —  Gov. Gavin Newsom removed his children from a summer camp …
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Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
DOJ: Ala. Rep Brooks should not be dismissed from Capitol riot lawsuit; actions not ‘within scope’ of duties  —  The Justice Department concluded late Tuesday that Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., did not warrant exclusion from a Capitol riot lawsuit that claims that the congressman …
Casey Martin / KUOW:
Seattle Mayor Durkan calls for more officers after string of deadly shootings  —  After multiple fatal shootings around Seattle that left at least five people dead, Mayor Jenny Durkan said the city must support its police officers to keep up with the pace of crime.
 
 
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