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1:45 PM ET, July 29, 2021

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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, Twitchy and CNN
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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.
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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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 …
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
US economy surpasses pre-pandemic size with 6.5% Q2 growth
Discussion: CNBC
Jeff Cox / CNBC:   U.S. GDP increased at 6.5% pace in the second quarter, well below expectations
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Whiff: Q2 GDP misses expectations at 6.5%
Discussion: Twitchy
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.
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Conn Carroll / Washington Examiner:
In defense of the 17 Republicans who voted to advance the bipartisan infrastructure bill
Discussion: NBC News and Mediaite
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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Politico:
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.
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: Common Dreams
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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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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 …
Discussion: The White House, MSN and New York Post
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Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
Republicans debut major security bill in response to worsening border crisis
Discussion: Fox News
Elliot Spagat / Associated Press:   Harris releases strategy to tackle migration's root causes
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
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 …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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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 …
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Washington Post:
Something strange is happening in Britain. Covid cases are plummeting instead of soaring.
Discussion: Politico and Metro.co.uk
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: Raw Story and The Intellectualist
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Corbin Hiar / E&E News:
Exxon sting ensnares think tanks with climate credentials  —  A view of the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery in Baton Rouge, La.  —  In May 2018, the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing on the geopolitical implications of oil and gas production in the United States.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Just 41% buy into Biden re-masking and only 40% will wear one  —  In a sign that President Joe Biden's new call for masks even on the vaccinated could turn contentious, a groundbreaking survey has found that just 41% feel mask mandates on airlines should be extended, and a near equal number just won't wear them.
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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The Hill:
Harris's bad polls trigger Democratic worries
Discussion: Power Line and RedState
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's diminished power is showing at a very bad time
Discussion: HotAir, Honest Graft and Roll Call
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Column: He warned democracy was in peril. And that was before the Capitol riot
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Duda / Arizona Mirror:
Election conspiracy theorist groups paid $5.7 million for the Arizona ‘audit’
Discussion: Forbes and The Hill
Financial Times:
Property donors provide one-quarter of funds given to Tory party
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Republicans have become the party of nihilism
The Intercept:
CIA Drove Spike in Media Leak Investigation Requests Under Trump
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
Sheehan Hannan / Politico:
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