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12:25 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.
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.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:   On Jan. 6, an immigrant Capitol Police officer showed Trump and insurrectionists what patriotism is
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: CBS News, UPI and Twitchy
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
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
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 …
Andrew Ackerman / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Asks Congress to Extend Federal Eviction Moratorium  —  The Biden administration is requesting that Congress act to extend a federal moratorium on the evictions of tenants who have fallen behind on their rent during the Covid-19 pandemic, citing tenants' “heightened vulnerability” because of the Delta variant of the virus.
Discussion: Insider and Political Wire
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
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 …
Elian Peltier / New York Times:
The European Union pulls ahead of the United States in vaccinations.  —  The 27 member states of the European Union altogether have now administered more coronavirus vaccine doses per 100 people than the United States, in another sign that inoculations across the bloc have maintained …
Washington Post:
Something strange is happening in Britain. Covid cases are plummeting instead of soaring.
Discussion: Politico and
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
Jeremy Duda / Arizona Mirror:   Election conspiracy theorist groups paid $5.7 million for the Arizona ‘audit’
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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 …
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Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Column: He warned democracy was in peril. And that was before the Capitol riot
Discussion: Raw Story
Melanie Zanona / CNN:
Republican Rep. Andrew Clyde evading House mask fines, GOP colleague says
Discussion: Political Wire and IJR
ActBlue Blog:
Q2 2021: Midterm and movement momentum
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and CNN
The Intercept:
CIA Drove Spike in Media Leak Investigation Requests Under Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
The Guardian:
‘A nightmare scenario’: how an anti-trans Instagram post led to violence in the streets
Discussion: Raw Story
Logan Hullinger / York Dispatch:
‘Election integrity committee’ in York County accused of voter intimidation
Discussion: Raw Story
Aaron Maté / RealClearInvestigations:
A Fresh Reminder of Russiagate's Failed Guardian(s) of Integrity
 Earlier Items: 
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Charlie Kirk's pro-Trump youth group stokes vaccine resistance as covid surges again
Sheehan Hannan / Politico:
The Beltway Can't Stop Talking About Him. The Voters He Needs Barely Know Him.
Max Boot / Washington Post:
People are dying because of Republican hostility to science
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
Pandemic Aid Programs Spur a Record Drop in Poverty
Discussion: Washington Post