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8:35 PM ET, August 1, 2021

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Matthew Brown / USA Today:
Susan Collins says Trump shouldn't testify to Jan. 6 panel, criticizes it as ‘partisan’  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., over the House's select committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack, while lamenting the collapse …
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Annie Grayer / CNN:   Tensions in the House of Representatives boil over after 1/6 hearing and mask rule
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Collins says infrastructure bill could pass Senate by end of week with at least 10 Republicans in support
Discussion: Politico and Washington Times
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Why Trust Is in Short Supply on Capitol Hill  —  Suspicion and skepticism among lawmakers complicates deal-making.  —  WASHINGTON — Congress is running a serious trust deficit.  —  While a bipartisan group of centrist senators was able to strike a rare accord on infrastructure …
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:   The quiet Biden-GOP talks behind the infrastructure deal
Fox News:
White House touts ‘strongest week’ of first-time vaccinations since early June
Discussion: CBS News
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Joe Biden's failing first crisis
Discussion: Power Line, WTOP and The Federalist
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Obama plans Martha's Vineyard birthday bash as Delta variant rages on  —  The party will be held outdoors, all guests are asked to be vaccinated and there will be a COVID-coordinator.
Discussion: Twitchy
Kim Bellware / Washington Post:
GOP lawmaker who once spurned masks urges people to take covid-19 seriously after eight-month illness  —  A Tennessee legislator who went from unmasked gatherings with fellow legislators to being placed on ventilator days later has emerged with a message for constituents after a harrowing eight-month experience with long-haul covid-19:
Discussion: Raw Story, WTVF-TV and Political Wire
Gabrielle Tétrault-farber / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE Belarusian sprinter says she won't return home  —  A Belarusian sprinter said she was taken to the airport against her wishes on Sunday to board a flight back home after she complained about national coaches at the Tokyo Olympics.  —  Krystsina Tsimanouskaya …
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Fauci warns ‘things are going to get worse’ with COVID  —  He doesn't believe lockdowns aren't likely to return, however.  —  As the country grapples with a surge in the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, Dr. Anthony Fauci believes that lockdowns the country saw last year are not likely to return …
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Jackie Salo / New York Post:
Dr. Fauci warns latest COVID-19 wave is ‘going to get worse’
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Hill
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
DC Mayor Bowser officiates maskless indoor wedding after reinstated mask mandate  —  Fewer than 24 hours after Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser celebrated her 49th birthday with a DJ and comedian Dave Chappelle, she officiated a wedding at The Line DC, a four-star hotel in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of the city.
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Future president?  Kamala Harris now ‘underwater’ as sinking popularity alarms Democrats  —  Vice president to be sent abroad to raise her profile  —  Kamala Harris has become the most unpopular US vice president six months into an administration since at least the 1970s, according to polls.
John Blake / CNN:
Democrats are on the verge of repeating a voting rights blunder that led to the rise of Jim Crow  —  (CNN)There comes a point in every awful horror movie where a character does something so careless and shortsighted a viewer loses faith in the storyteller.  —  There's the hapless victim …
Brooke Harrington / The Atlantic:
The Anti-vaccine Con Job Is Becoming Untenable  —  Something very strange has been happening in Missouri: A hospital in the state, Ozarks Healthcare, had to create a “private setting” for patients afraid of being seen getting vaccinated against COVID-19.  In a video produced by the hospital …
Discussion: The Mahablog
NBC News:
Our brother Paul Gosar backed Trump's lie and betrayed America.  Has he no shame?  —  In 1954, the Boston lawyer Joseph Welch famously asked Wisconsin Republican Sen. Joseph McCarthy, “At long last, sir, have you left no sense of decency?”  It was a question that marked the beginning …
Discussion: The Hill, Salon and Political Flare
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Don't Let Anyone Normalize January 6  —  While he was president of the United States, Donald Trump tried to overthrow the election of 2020, first by fraud, then by violence.  His efforts were defeated in great part because of the integrity and courage of state-level Republican officials.
Discussion: Washington Times
Washington Post:
An embassy wall falls, upending a rising Afghan diplomat's career  —  For foreign diplomats, a top posting in Washington is typically a career-capping assignment, or a steppingstone to the highest government echelons at home.  That is especially true in Afghanistan, where America ranks as chief financial backer and most powerful ally.
BBC:
Sky News Australia barred for week by YouTube over Covid misinformation  —  YouTube has barred Sky News Australia from uploading new content for a week, saying it had breached rules on spreading Covid-19 misinformation.  —  It issued a “strike” under its three-strike policy, the last of which means permanent removal.
Julia Ingram / Washington Post:
A tsunami of deferred debt is about to hit homeowners no longer protected by a foreclosure moratorium  —  Over 2 million homeowners are delinquent on their mortgage, and billions in federal aid has yet to be distributed  —  Only one week after New Orleans enacted a citywide stay-at-home order in March 2020 …
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Say goodbye to persuasion: Vaccine mandates may be coming — but will they be legal?  —  “They didn't get vaccinated.”  Those words from President Biden summed up why his administration made a critical shift in its COVID policies, from mask recommendations to mandatory shots for federal workers.
Discussion: Trending Politics
Washington Post:
His campaign is over.  But Trump's political groups are still spending donor money at his properties.  —  Save America, the leadership PAC where former president Donald Trump is asking loyalists to direct their political contributions, paid for lodging about two dozen times in the first six months of 2021.
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David French / The Dispatch:
On Racial Justice, Individual Guilt, and Institutional Responsibility
Ruby Cramer / Politico:
The Unusual Group Trying to Turn Biden into FDR
Seth A. Richardson / Plain Dealer:
Outside actors descend on Northeast Ohio in final weekend before Aug. 3 Democratic primary for 11th Congressional District special election
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, CNN and Raw Story
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Column: Canada just surpassed us on vaccinations. Good for them, and shame on us
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
The U.K.'s Delta Surge Is Collapsing. Will Ours?
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Silverman / The Daily Beast:
How ‘Coward and Phony’ Tim Pool Became One of the Biggest Political YouTubers on the Planet
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
Tunisia's President Holds Forth on Freedoms After Seizing Power
Zachary B. Wolf / CNN:
The rent is now due, America
Paul A. London / The Hill:
The war against cities  —  The Republican Party is waging a war against cities …
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:
An Uncertain New Phase of the Pandemic, in Which Cases Surge But Deaths Do Not
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
‘I will not be silenced’: Women targeted in hack-and-leak attacks speak out about spyware