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10:55 AM 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.
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 …
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.
Jan. 6 select-panel Dems confident they can corral ex-Trump aides  —  House Democrats investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot are newly optimistic about securing testimony from former Trump officials.  That doesn't mean they're close to hauling in big names from the ex-president's turbulent final days.
Discussion: CNN, Washington Examiner and Raw Story
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Rep. Jordan acknowledges speaking with Trump on Jan. 6
Sarah Chaney Cambon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Economy Grows Beyond Pre-Pandemic Level  —  Slower growth is expected in coming months, with Delta variant of Covid-19 and materials and labor disruptions clouding economic outlook  —  U.S. gross domestic product grew at a 6.5% annual rate in the second quarter, up slightly from earlier in the year …
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: HotAir, CBS News and Twitchy
Jeff Cox / CNBC:   U.S. GDP increased at 6.5% pace in the second quarter, well below expectations
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Trump blows fuse over GOP moving forward on infrastructure deal  —  Former President Trump lashed out at Senate Republicans on Thursday after the upper chamber voted to take up debate on a bipartisan infrastructure package, accusing Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and “RINOs” for surrendering to Democrats.
Discussion: The Carpentariat
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Infrastructure bills face House chaos
Discussion: Politico
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Sinema doesn't support Democrats' $3.5T bill, clinches bipartisan infrastructure deal
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Sam Clancy / KSDK-TV:
St. Louis County health director says he responded to racist slurs, assault by flipping off person at council meeting
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and Common Dreams
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
GOP Could Retake the House in 2022 Just by Gerrymandering Four Southern States  —  Fight disinformation.  Get a daily recap of the facts that matter.  Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.  —  Before Georgia voted for Joe Biden, the biggest upset in recent state politics came …
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
Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
She risked everything to expose Facebook.  Now she's telling her story.  —  The world first learned of Sophie Zhang in September 2020, when BuzzFeed News obtained and published highlights from an abridged version of her nearly 8,000-word exit memo from Facebook.
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Republicans have become the party of nihilism  —  US conservatives who might once have criticised Trump are now falling in line with disturbing speed  —  As long as Donald Trump is breathing, the odds are that he will run again in 2024.  This has become clear not because his ambitions have changed …
Ben Brasch / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia Republicans take first step to Fulton elections takeover  —  Georgia Republicans have taken the first step on their freshly blazed path toward a possible takeover of Fulton County's elections.  —  A letter obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows two dozen state senators support …
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 …
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
Arizona's GOP-backed ballot review has raised more than $5.7 million in private donations, organizers say  —  A private contractor conducting a Republican-commissioned review of 2020 presidential ballots in Arizona's largest county announced late Wednesday that it has collected more than $5.7 million …
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.
Aaron Maté / RealClearInvestigations:
A Fresh Reminder of Russiagate's Failed Guardian(s) of Integrity  —  Above left, RCI writer Aaron Maté in a tense 2017 interview with Luke Harding of the Guardian (full video below).  Harding was lead author on a supposed blockbuster this month ignored by major news outlets …
Logan Hullinger / York Dispatch:
‘Election integrity committee’ in York County accused of voter intimidation  —  A group calling itself an “election integrity committee” drew allegations of voter intimidation after its members reportedly knocked on doors across York County asking about how and for whom residents voted.
Discussion: Raw Story
The Intercept:
CIA Drove Spike in Media Leak Investigation Requests Under Trump … In partnership with  —  New data obtained by The Intercept adds considerable detail to what we already know about former President Donald Trump's relentless campaign against whistleblowers and leakers in the intelligence community.
Discussion: Raw Story
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Pro-Sanders group rebranding into ‘pragmatic progressives’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Stinging from the disappointment of Bernie Sanders' loss in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, supporters pumped millions into the powerful advocacy group Our Revolution to keep the progressive fight alive …
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 …
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-thru window here.  The ring-ding sound of another car approaching the little hut at Casey's Carry Out & Drive Thru for beer …
New York Times:
After Adams Criticizes the Left, New York Democrats Try to Clear the Air  —  In a meeting in Washington, Representative Nydia Velázquez reminded Eric Adams to treat everyone with respect.  —  When Eric Adams arrived on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, he received a warm welcome from members …
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 …
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 …
The Guardian:
‘A nightmare scenario’: how an anti-trans Instagram post led to violence in the streets  —  Misinformation about Wi Spa, a Korean spa in Los Angeles, quickly spread around the world.  Since then, trans women in LA have faced violence and online abuse  —  On 24 June, a woman claimed …
Discussion: Raw Story
ActBlue Blog:
Q2 2021: Midterm and movement momentum  —  Donors were energized and taking action in Q2: More than 2 million grassroots donors gave 8.4 million contributions totalling $289 million to 11,614 groups on ActBlue in Q2, raising more money than in Q2 2019, when the presidential primary was firmly underway.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and CNN
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Texas Democrats to meet with Clintons, Stacey Abrams  —  The Texas House Democrats who are breaking quorum to block their Republican colleagues from advancing voting restrictions will meet with Bill and Hillary Clinton and voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams on Thursday, state legislators said.
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Washington Post
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Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
Terry McAuliffe Championed Stolen Election Conspiracy Theory for Years
Discussion: Townhall
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Iran Attempted To Abduct at Least 3 American Journalists in 2019 and 2020
Washington Examiner:
Fund the police — it saves lives
Lingling Wei / Wall Street Journal:
China's New Ambassador to the U.S. Adopts Placating Tone
Discussion: New York Times and Japan Times
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 Shpigel / New York Times:
Deshaun Watson and the Texans Opened Camp With Business as Unusual
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Rumblings: Teachers union head, Fed chair hint that schools might not reopen on schedule
Discussion: KTVZ-TV, PIX11 and Twitchy
 Earlier Items: 
Max Boot / Washington Post:
People are dying because of Republican hostility to science
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Democrats need a coherent response to attacks on critical race theory
Discussion: New Republic and CNN
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Tunisia's crisis tests Biden's democracy agenda
The Number of People With IRAs Worth $5 Million or More Has Tripled, Congress Says
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
A Saudi official's harrowing account of torture reveals the regime's brutality
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump allies blame conservative leader for failed Texas endorsement