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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 …
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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, UPI, CBS News 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
Washington Post:   U.S. economy grew annual 6.5 percent between April and June, marking full recovery from the pandemic
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
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, Political Wire 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
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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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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
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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.
Conn Carroll / Washington Examiner:
In defense of the 17 Republicans who voted to advance the bipartisan infrastructure bill
Discussion: NBC News and The Daily Signal
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 …
Discussion: Galaxy Brain, HBR.org and The Ringer
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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
The Hill:
Harris's bad polls trigger Democratic worries  —  Vice President Harris has some ground to make up in order to be perceived more favorably by the public, a complicating factor for the Biden administration as it maps out its midterm strategy.  —  Six months into office …
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Elliot Spagat / Associated Press:   Harris releases strategy to tackle migration's root causes
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
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U.S. Department of Justice:   Justice Department Launches Task Force to Combat Threats Against Election Workers
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
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, Politico and UPI
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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
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 …
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.
Discussion: HotAir, Roll Call and Honest Graft
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 …
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.
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]
 
 
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Kelly McBride / NPR:
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Corbin Hiar / E&E News:
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Nathan Layne / Reuters:
Pennsylvania Republican blasts election audit, rebukes fraud claims
Discussion: The Hill and RedState
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.
 Earlier Items: 
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Pro-Sanders group rebranding into ‘pragmatic progressives’
Logan Hullinger / York Dispatch:
‘Election integrity committee’ in York County accused of voter intimidation
Discussion: Raw Story and The Intellectualist
Aaron Maté / RealClearInvestigations:
A Fresh Reminder of Russiagate's Failed Guardian(s) of Integrity
Washington Post:
Something strange is happening in Britain. Covid cases are plummeting instead of soaring.
Discussion: Politico and Metro.co.uk
Ben Brasch / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia Republicans take first step to Fulton elections takeover
Sheehan Hannan / Politico:
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