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1:15 AM ET, August 7, 2021


 Top Items: 
Former Republican congressman to join staff of January 6 committee  —  (CNN)Former Rep. Denver Riggleman is joining the staff of the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, the third Republican that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has added to the panel …
Discussion: Associated Press and Forbes
ABC News:
Jan. 6 select committee hires former GOP Rep. Denver Riggleman as adviser
Ex-GOP Representative Riggleman to Join Jan. 6 Panel Staff
Discussion: The Hill
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Obama Birthday Party: Who's Still Invited?  —  The former president scaled back the guest list for his party on Martha's Vineyard.  Who's in and who's out?  —  Jay-Z and Beyoncé were still in, as of Friday.  —  David Axelrod and Larry David were out.
Discussion: Insider,, Consequence and Twitchy
Rachel Olding / The Daily Beast:
Larry David Was Invited, Then Uninvited, to Obama's 60th Birthday Bash  —  TO THE CURB  —  Former President Barack Obama was forced this week to aggressively trim the guestlist for his 60th birthday bash in light of surging cases of the Delta coronavirus variant.
Dean Obeidallah / MSNBC:
Why Ron DeSantis is more dangerous than Trump  —  There should be a special place in hell — or potentially in prison — for politicians who put their political goals ahead of the health and safety of our children.  That is exactly what Gov. Ron DeSantis is doing in Florida with the executive order …
Discussion: Daily Kos, RedState and Mediaite
Norman J. Ornstein / New York Times:
Don't Be Fooled By Mitch McConnell's Sudden Bout of Bipartisanship  —  Mr. Ornstein has written more than 10 books about American politics.  He convened the bipartisan group of scholars and thinkers who laid out the framework for the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Alex Pareene / New York Times:   A Pyrrhic Victory in a Broken Senate
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
CNN: Suuure looks like Chipman's toast — even to the White House
Discussion: Fox News, Washington Examiner and CNN
Jonathan Edwards / Washington Post:
A Black Army vet toured a house with his real estate agent and teen.  Police surrounded the home and handcuffed them.  —  As a police officer turned Roy Thorne around to cuff his hands behind his back, the 45-year-old father saw the same happening to his 15-year-old son.
Discussion: TheGrio
Andrew Demillo / Associated Press:
Arkansas judge blocks state from enforcing mask mandate ban
Courtney Cronin / ESPN:
Hometown hospital cuts ties with Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins over vaccine comments  —  EAGAN, Minn. — A day after Kirk Cousins doubled down on his stance regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, a hospital Cousins partners with in his hometown of Holland, Michigan, cut ties with the Minnesota Vikings quarterback.
Discussion: WCCO | CBS Minnesota
How a Trump environmental lawyer tried to weaponize the Justice Department to help the President  —  Jeffrey Clark, a Donald Trump-appointed environment law chief at the Justice Department at the center of the former President's efforts to overturn the election, received a high-level intelligence …
Miami Herald:
Florida COVID: 22,783 cases added, highest daily count  —  Florida reported a record 22,783 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, its highest single-day case count since the pandemic began last year as the state continues record-breaking hospitalizations for the fifth straight day in a row.
Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
Arizona state Sen. Tony Navarrete accused of 7 felony charges involving sexual conduct with 2 teens  —  State Sen. Otoniel “Tony” Navarrete is facing seven felony counts involving allegations of sexual conduct with two teenagers, which would add up to a minimum of 49 years in prison if he were convicted.
Discussion: KNXV, FOX 10 Phoenix, TheBlaze and Twitchy
Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
Democratic state Sen. Tony Navarrete arrested on suspicion of sex with minor
Heather Mac Donald /
The new COVID hysteria contagious among conservatives  —  Many on the right are ignoring these facts  —  A healthcare worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination event at the FTX Arena in Miami (Getty)  —  Until recently, progressive elites had cornered the market in COVID irrationality.
Baby girl with Covid-19 airlifted 150 miles because of Houston hospital bed shortage  —  (CNN)An 11-month-old girl with Covid-19 is stable and no longer intubated one day she was airlifted to a Texas hospital 150 miles away because of a shortage of pediatric beds in the Houston area.
Discussion: The Hill, ABC13,, HotAir and Eschaton
Quinnipiac University Poll:
7 Out Of 10 New York State Voters Say Cuomo Should Resign, Quinnipiac University New York State Poll Finds; 55% Think Cuomo Should Be Charged With A Crime  — mail_outline  —  Just days after the New York Attorney General released a report detailing allegations of sexual harassment …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Top Cuomo aide's father lobbied the governor's office earlier this year as probes were ongoing
Discussion: NPR and
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally revs up, drawing thousands and heightening delta superspreader fears  —  For the 700,000 people expected to descend on South Dakota's Black Hills for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the slogan for this year's event after a year of pandemic restrictions and lockdowns is: “We're spreading our wings.”
T.A. Walker / WPTV:
Vocal anti-vaccine broadcaster dies from COVID-19 complications  —  Friends say Dick Farrel encouraged them to get the vaccine after he was infected  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Former South Florida talk show host Dick Farrel, known and beloved by fans for his over-the-top right-wing opinions …
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
9/11 families to President Biden: Don't come to our memorial events  —  Nearly 1,800 Americans directly affected by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are opposing President Joe Biden's participation in any memorial events this year unless he upholds his pledge to declassify U.S. government evidence …
Sky Palma / Raw Story:
Lawyer for Ashli Babbitt's family slammed after claiming officer ‘ambushed’ her during Capitol riot  —  The family of Ashli Babbitt, the woman who participated in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and whose shooting death by a Capitol police officer was caught on video …
Washington Post:
Cryptocurrency brawl bogs down infrastructure bill, as Yellen and White House fight changes  —  Senators are at odds over how to handle taxation related to cryptocurrencies, setting off a fierce lobbying war  —  The Biden administration is pushing back against a last-minute effort …
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
DeJoy maintains financial ties to former company as USPS awards it new $120 million contract  —  XPO Logistics pays DeJoy and family businesses at least $2.1 million annually to lease four office buildings in North Carolina  —  The U.S. Postal Service will pay $120 million over the next five years …
Cdcmmwr / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Reduced Risk of Reinfection with SARS-CoV-2 After COVID-19 Vaccination — Kentucky, May-June 2021  —  Alyson M. Cavanaugh, DPT, PhD1,2; Kevin B. Spicer, MD, PhD2,3; Douglas Thoroughman, PhD2,4; Connor Glick, MS2; Kathleen Winter, PhD2,5 (View author affiliations)  —  What is already known about this topic?
James T. Areddy / Wall Street Journal:
JP Morgan Wins Permission for Full Control of a Securities Business in China  —  Wall Street giant gets more market access; can offer a full range of investment and corporate banking, securities services, asset management  —  JP Morgan Chase & Co. said Friday it was granted permission …
Discussion: Human Events and New York Times
Financial Times:
China's nanny state: why Xi is cracking down on gaming and private tutors … The additional lessons Wang Gang bought to help his only child prepare for China's rigorous university exam, or gaokao, were not cheap.  In addition to group courses from a private education company, he also paid Rmb6,000 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson's fawning new Orban interview shows the right's dream future  —  The first segment of Tucker Carlson's long-anticipated Fox News interview with Viktor Orban has now aired, and it did not disappoint: It provides a deeply unsettling glimpse into the true nature …
Justice News:
Two Myanmar Citizens Arrested In Plot To Injure Or Kill Myanmar's Ambassador To The United Nations  —  Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Jacqueline Maguire, the Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau …
Discussion: Insider
Ruth Simon / Wall Street Journal:
An Ohio Factory's Test: Will Higher Wages Help More Than They Hurt?  —  A rubber parts factory was struggling with the labor shortage.  Then it got a chance to raise workers' pay.  —  CLEVELAND— Charlie Braun long wondered whether paying higher wages would ease staffing shortages …
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Luke Barr / ABC News:
Homeland Security warns of ‘increasing but moderate’ threat of violence from Trump conspiracy
Discussion: Insider
Douglas Starr / Science:
This scientist says cleaning indoor air could make us healthier—and smarter
Brentin Mock / Bloomberg:
How Georgia Could Take Over Atlanta's Elections
Ari Levy / CNBC:
The social network for doctors is full of vaccine disinformation
Public Policy Polling:
Georgia Still Closely Divided; Walker Top Possible GOP Senate Candidate
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
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David Beckworth / New York Times:
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