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12:00 PM ET, July 29, 2021


 Top Items: 
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.
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.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Rep. Jordan acknowledges speaking with Trump on Jan. 6
James Hohmann / Washington Post:   On Jan. 6, an immigrant Capitol Police officer showed Trump and insurrectionists what patriotism is
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 …
Discussion: HotAir, National Review, CNN and Twitchy
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
The CDC's idiotic mask reversal is based on disinformation
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, UPI and Twitchy
Jeff Cox / CNBC:   U.S. GDP increased at 6.5% pace in the second quarter, well below expectations
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.
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.
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Texas Democrats to meet with Clintons, Stacey Abrams
Discussion: The Hill, HotAir and Politico
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
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian / New York Times:
There Is No Good Reason You Should Have to Be a Citizen to Vote
Discussion: Althouse
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Jeremy Duda / Arizona Mirror:
Election conspiracy theorist groups paid $5.7 million for the Arizona ‘audit’  —  Protestors in support of former President Donald Trump gather outside Veterans Memorial Coliseum where Ballots from the 2020 general election wait to be counted on May 1, 2021.
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
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
228 GOP lawmakers call on Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade  —  Mississippi governor defends state's 2018 anti-abortion law  —  (CNN)Nearly 230 Republican members of Congress told the Supreme Court on Thursday that it should overturn Roe v. Wade and release its “vise grip on abortion politics.”
Discussion: Insider and Political Wire
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 …
Financial Times:
Property donors provide one-quarter of funds given to Tory party  —  UK governing party has received nearly £18m from donors with property interests in the past two years  —  The Conservative party has received almost £18m in donations from 154 donors with property interests …
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
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 …
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 …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
House Republicans call for renewal of wall construction contracts in new border security plan  —  House GOP leadership calls for return to Trump-era border security approach  —  Border surge is not slowing down: Rep. Cuellar  —  House Republicans on Thursday are introducing their solution …
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 …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Infrastructure bills face House chaos  —  The infrastructure agreement cinched Wednesday by senators faces several changes in the House before it — and a companion reconciliation bill — have any chance of becoming law.  —  Why it matters: The myopic focus on the bipartisan group …
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
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
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Melanie Zanona / CNN:
Republican Rep. Andrew Clyde evading House mask fines, GOP colleague says
Discussion: Political Wire and IJR
Religious Identities and the Race Against the Virus: (Wave 2: June 2021)
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Houston Keene / Fox News:
Biden raises eyebrows with claim he ‘used to drive’ 18-wheeler truck
ActBlue Blog:
Q2 2021: Midterm and movement momentum
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and CNN
Washington Examiner:
Fund the police — it saves lives
The Guardian:
‘A nightmare scenario’: how an anti-trans Instagram post led to violence in the streets
Discussion: Raw Story
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Charlie Kirk's pro-Trump youth group stokes vaccine resistance as covid surges again
 Earlier Items: 
Brad Polumbo / Foundation for Economic Education:
Despite ‘Delta’ Alarmism, US COVID Deaths Are at Lowest Level Since March 2020, Harvard and Stanford Professors Explain
Sheehan Hannan / Politico:
The Beltway Can't Stop Talking About Him. The Voters He Needs Barely Know Him.
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Rumblings: Teachers union head, Fed chair hint that schools might not reopen on schedule
Discussion: KTVZ-TV, PIX11 and Twitchy
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
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
Pandemic Aid Programs Spur a Record Drop in Poverty
Discussion: Washington Post