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5:20 PM ET, July 29, 2021

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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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Hannah Rabinowitz / CNN:
Chief DC federal judge questions misdemeanor deals for US Capitol rioters  —  New video of riot shown at House hearing  —  (CNN)The chief judge in DC's federal court questioned the Justice Department's decision to offer misdemeanor plea deals to nonviolent US Capitol rioters …
Discussion: Lucianne
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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Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
D.C. reinstates indoor mask mandate as virus cases rise  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.  For more free coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, sign up for our Coronavirus Updates newsletter where all stories are free to read.
Discussion: CNBC and National Review
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
What the Biden Administration Fears
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
Gross Domestic Product, Second Quarter 2021 (Advance Estimate) and Annual Update  —  Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 6.5 percent in the second quarter of 2021 (table 1), according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Discussion: Al Jazeera, CBS News, UPI and Twitchy
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Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
US economy surpasses pre-pandemic size with 6.5% Q2 growth
Discussion: CNBC
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Whiff: Q2 GDP misses expectations at 6.5%
Discussion: Twitchy
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
U.S. GDP increased at 6.5% pace in the second quarter, well below expectations
Discussion: spectatorworld.com
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
In an America of ‘suicide shifts’ and toxic work culture, Simone Biles speaks for all of us  —  There has never been a more fraught time to be mid-air than 2021.  I'm thinking, of course, about what aviation officials are calling an “off the charts,” roughly seven-fold increase in so-called …
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Sally Jenkins / Washington Post:
Simone Biles was abandoned by American Olympic officials, and the torment hasn't stopped  —  The trouble with the phrase “mental health” is that it's an abstraction that allows you to sail right straight over what happened to Simone Biles and, in a way, what is still happening to her.
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
GOP lawmaker challenges McCarthy over ‘bulls—’ mask mandate enforcement  —  Rep. Chip Roy confronted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday about a new Capitol Police bulletin that suggests congressional staffers and visitors could be arrested if they fail to heed the chamber's new mask mandate.
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Teaganne Finn / NBC News:
House Freedom Caucus wants Cheney, Kinzinger kicked out of Republican conference
Discussion: MSNBC and HuffPost
Edward Luce / Financial Times:   Republicans have become the party of nihilism
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Capitol Police ordered to arrest staff and visitors not wearing masks after new House mandate
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Schumer says he has votes for moving $3.5 trillion package  —  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday that all 50 Democrats will vote to move forward on the party's $3.5 trillion social spending proposal.  —  Schumer's remarks come after the Senate took the first step to advance …
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Conn Carroll / Washington Examiner:
In defense of the 17 Republicans who voted to advance the bipartisan infrastructure bill
Mike Spies / New Yorker:
How the Head of the N.R.A. and His Wife Secretly Shipped Their Elephant Trophies Home  —  The couple had their names removed from the shipment, and placed an order for the animals' feet to be turned into “stools,” an “umbrella stand,” and a “trash can.”  —  In the early fall of 2013 …
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The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden to Announce New Actions to Get More Americans Vaccinated and Slow the Spread of the Delta Variant … Six months into the Biden Administration's vaccination effort, 164 million Americans are fully vaccinated, including 80 percent of seniors and more than 60 percent of adults.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
The Biden administration wants states and cities to pay people $100 to get vaccinated.
Discussion: New York Times and The Verge
Doug Jones / USA Today:
Pass ‘Manchin Plus’ voting and election protection with or without Republicans  —  I implore my former Republican colleagues to step forward.  If they don't, Manchin and other Democrats must override the filibuster to save democracy.  —  American democracy is at a critical juncture.
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Dennis Aftergut / The Bulwark:
Meet the Corporations That Went Back on Their Word Not to Support the Sedition Caucus  —  They promised not to support Republicans who voted not to certify the election results.  And then they changed their minds and hoped Americans wouldn't notice.  —  Following the January 6 insurrection …
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney Over ‘Black Widow’ Streaming Release  —  Star alleges simultaneous release of the latest Marvel movie in theaters and on Disney+ service was a breach of contract  —  Black Widow has a new enemy: the Walt Disney Co.  —  Scarlett Johansson, star of the latest Marvel movie …
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
The MyPillow Guy Really Could Destroy Democracy  —  When you contemplate the end of democracy in America, what kind of person do you think will bring it about?  Maybe you picture a sinister billionaire in a bespoke suit, slipping brown envelopes to politicians.
Discussion: The Dispatch
Shelley Murphy Globe / The Boston Globe:
Defrocked cardinal Theodore McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teenager in 1970s  —  Defrocked former cardinal Theodore McCarrick was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy during a wedding reception at Wellesley College in the 1970s, making him the highest-ranking …
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Biden's planned vaccine rule meets resistance from large groups of federal workers  —  Groups representing law enforcement, postal workers and IRS managers issue statements raising concerns about a government mandate  —  President Biden's expected announcement of a vaccine mandate …
Kelly McBride / NPR:
New NPR Ethics Policy: It's OK For Journalists To Demonstrate (Sometimes)  —  NPR rolled out a substantial update to its ethics policy earlier this month, expressly stating that journalists may participate in activities that advocate for “the freedom and dignity of human beings” on both social media and in real life.
Nathan Layne / Reuters:
Pennsylvania Republican blasts election audit, rebukes fraud claims  —  A Republican lawmaker in Pennsylvania has come out against his colleagues' “forensic” audit of the 2020 election, becoming the party's first statewide official to publicly call for an end to the effort and warn of electoral consequences for the party.
Discussion: The Hill and RedState
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Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
GOP Could Retake the House in 2022 Just by Gerrymandering Four Southern States  —  Before Georgia voted for Joe Biden, the biggest upset in recent state politics came when Democrat Lucy McBath became the first Black person to represent Newt Gingrich's former congressional district.
Project On Government Oversight:
The January 6 Select Committee Must Remove David Buckley as Staff Director  —  Media Contacts: Danielle Brian, Executive Director at the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), [email protected]; or Caitlin MacNeal, Director of Communications at POGO, [email protected]
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's diminished power is showing at a very bad time  —  Scott Farkas's downfall came when his facade of dangerous invincibility crumbled.  —  You remember Scott Farkas.  He was the bully in the movie “A Christmas Story,” who terrorized the protagonist and his friends as they walked to and from school.
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Kamala's five-pronged strategy for Biden's border crisis and are you kidding me?  —  Kamala Harris released today what is being described as “a sweeping strategy” to address the root causes of the Biden border crisis.  In March Biden appointed her as his border czar and that was quickly amended …
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Elliot Spagat / Associated Press:
Harris releases strategy to tackle migration's root causes
The White House:
Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Biden-⁠Harris Administration Eviction Prevention Efforts  —  For nearly 11 months, the CDC's eviction moratorium has served as a critical backstop to prevent hard-pressed renters and their families who lost jobs or income due …
 
 
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Associated Press:
Ravages of COVID surge evident inside Missouri hospital
Discussion: Raw Story
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
A Capitol Rioter Says He's Working On A Video Game Featuring Donald Trump Shooting “Dem Zombies” And “Antifa”
Eleanor Eagan / American Prospect:
How Biden Can Profitably Piss Off Republicans
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Democrat with best shot at winning Missouri's 2022 Senate race not running
U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department Launches Task Force to Combat Threats Against Election Workers
Corbin Hiar / E&E News:
Exxon sting ensnares think tanks with climate credentials
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Column: He warned democracy was in peril. And that was before the Capitol riot
Discussion: Raw Story
Elian Peltier / New York Times:
The European Union pulls ahead of the United States in vaccinations.
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Pro-Sanders group rebranding into ‘pragmatic progressives’
Discussion: Washington Post
The Intercept:
CIA Drove Spike in Media Leak Investigation Requests Under Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
She risked everything to expose Facebook. Now she's telling her story.
Washington Post:
Something strange is happening in Britain. Covid cases are plummeting instead of soaring.
Discussion: Politico and Metro.co.uk