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Washington Post:
Biden White House leans toward releasing information about Trump and Jan. 6 attack, setting off legal and political showdown  —  The White House is leaning toward releasing information to Congress about what Donald Trump and his aides were doing during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol despite …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Scoop: Tears in the Oval Office  —  SCOOP: Playbook has learned that during an intense meeting at the White House on Wednesday, Rep. PRAMILA JAYAPAL (D-Wash.) broke into tears while arguing her case to President JOE BIDEN that the reconciliation bill should include …
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Ron Klain hasn't retweeted Jennifer Rubin since Politico reported on lovefest between Biden WH, WaPo columnist  —  Before last week, the WH chief of staff retweeted Rubin ‘more than three dozen times since mid-May’  —  Biden's media coverage under scrutiny amid crises
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump moving political HQ back to Mar-a-Lago
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
Parker Molloy / The Present Age:
A year after Trump said he wanted to “get rid of the ballots,” has the press learned anything?
Select Committee to Investigate …:
SELECT COMMITTEE SUBPOENAS INDIVIDUALS TIED TO THE FORMER PRESIDENT IN THE DAYS SURROUNDING JANUARY 6TH  —  Washington—Chairman Bennie G. Thompson today announced that he has issued a round of subpoenas for documents and testimony to four individuals with close ties to the former President …
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Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
The Jan. 6 committee subpoenaed top Trump advisers, ramping up its investigation.  —  The select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol on Thursday subpoenaed four of President Donald J. Trump's closest allies, ramping up its scrutiny of what the former president was doing during the deadly riot.
Discussion: Mediaite
Politico:
Jan. 6 committee subpoenas four from Trump's inner circle  —  The select panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection is issuing subpoenas to four current and former top aides to President Donald Trump, including his most recent chief of staff Mark Meadows.  —  The committee issued …
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Our constitutional crisis is already here  —  “Is there no virtue among us?  If there be not, we are in a wretched situation.”  —  The United States is heading into its greatest political and constitutional crisis since the Civil War, with a reasonable chance over the next three to four years …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
J.D. Vance Defends Texas Abortion Ban, Calls Rape ‘Inconvenient’  —  J.D. Vance, who is trailing several GOP candidates in the Senate primary, told Spectrum News 1 that “in Texas they're trying to make it easier for babies to be born.”  —  In a local news interview published Wednesday …
Discussion: The Hill and Spectrum News 1 Ohio
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Approval of U.S. Supreme Court Down to 40%, a New Low
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
A Foul Play by Progressives Over Israel's Iron Dome  —  There's little doubt that Congress will pass and President Biden will sign legislation to provide $1 billion in funding for Iron Dome, the Israeli-American missile defense system.  Steny Hoyer, the majority leader in the House …
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House passes $1B for Israel's Iron Dome after progressive dustup
Philip Klein / HotAir:
Democrats can't hide their Israel problem
Discussion: National Review and Fox News
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Biden Loses Ground With the Public on Issues, Personal Traits and Job Approval  —  More support than opposition for infrastructure bills; majorities favor raising taxes on large businesses, high-income households  —  Pew Research Center conducted this study to understand the public's views …
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Philip Klein / National Review:
Majority Says Biden Isn't ‘Mentally Sharp’: Poll
Discussion: HotAir
Kathy Gannon / Associated Press:
Taliban official: Strict punishment, executions will return  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — One of the founders of the Taliban and the chief enforcer of its harsh interpretation of Islamic law when they last ruled Afghanistan said the hard-line movement will once again carry out executions …
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Biden's Approach To Immigration Is Causing A Huge Internal Rift And Leading To A Lot Of Confusion  —  Unlike his predecessor, President Joe Biden doesn't obsess publicly over the southern border and the immigrants seeking to cross it.  But on rare occasions, he is blunt about what he wants to happen there.
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Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Fifth House Republican comes out in support of bipartisan infrastructure bill  —  Rep. Don Bacon came out in support of the bipartisan infrastructure bill on Thursday, becoming the fifth House Republican to do so.  —  The five Republicans are backing the Senate-passed bill despite the fact …
Discussion: Roll Call, opb and Political Wire
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer announces Senate-House deal on tax ‘framework’ for $3.5T package
Discussion: Political Wire
Maria Cardona / The Hill:
Democrats' do-or-die moment  —  Democratic legislators on Capitol Hill face a do-or-die moment.  The fate of President Biden's agenda (and perhaps his presidency) as well as the economic wellbeing of millions of Americans is at stake.  So are Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Why Aren't Americans Protesting in the Streets?  —  No one seems to care that Democrats are walking us into a fiscal catastrophe.  —  Here's a question for any American who is capable of thinking past next week: Why, in the ever-loving hell, are you not out in the streets …
Discussion: WCAX-TV
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Joe Biden's poll numbers are plummeting at exactly the wrong time
Alene Tchekmedyian / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County sheriff's unit accused of targeting political enemies, vocal critics  —  On paper, the deputies are scattered around the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in various assignments.  One is supposed to be working patrol in Lancaster, another in West Hollywood.  A third is assigned to a gang crime unit.
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Tough-on-Crime Republican DA Charged With Ambushing, Raping Woman  —  Jeffrey Lynn Thomas, Somerset County, Pennsylvania's top cop, is now facing a slew of charges for the alleged attack.  —  A Republican district attorney in Pennsylvania who styled himself as a tough-on-crime prosecutor …
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
The Competency Question  —  When Biden was running for president, his message was pretty straightforward: I'm the guy who will bring normal back to Washington.  Where President Trump was unorthodox and chaotic, Biden would be conventional and organized.  Trump ran the White House like a reality show …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and NH Journal
Washington Post:
CIA station chief in Vienna recalled amid criticisms of management and handling of ‘Havana Syndrome’ cases  —  The CIA has removed its top officer in Vienna following criticism of his management, including what some considered an insufficient response to a growing number of mysterious health incidents …
Discussion: The Hill, Althouse and NBC News
Conrad Swanson / Denver Post:
Lauren Boebert paid rent and utilities with campaign funds, FEC filings show  —  Republican congresswoman later reimbursed her campaign for $6,650  —  Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert paid rent and utility bills with campaign funds in violation of federal campaign finance laws, new filings with the Federal Election Commision show.
Sam Baker / Axios:
Some experts see signs of hope as COVID cases fall  —  New coronavirus cases are continuing to decline, and some experts are cautiously optimistic that the virus will continue to wane even into the fall and winter.  —  The big picture: The next few months are highly uncertain, and some localized outbreaks are all but guaranteed.
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Meryl Kornfield / Washington Post:
Nearly half of the unvaccinated say they're willing to get a coronavirus shot. The challenge is trying to get it to them.
Media Matters for America:
Charlie Kirk: “Deputize a citizen force, put them on the border” in order to protect “white demographics in America”  —  Steve Bannon and his panel push for Arizona-style “audit” in Georgia  —  Steve Bannon touts QAnon-linked Arizona election announcement: “The decertification process starts tomorrow”
Craig Spencer / The Atlantic:
No, Vaccinated People Are Not ‘Just as Likely’ to Spread the Coronavirus as Unvaccinated People  —  For many fully vaccinated Americans, the Delta surge spoiled what should've been a glorious summer.  Those who had cast their masks aside months ago were asked to dust them off.  Many are still taking no chances.
Discussion: HotAir
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Trump's Plans for a Coup Are Now Public  —  Last year, John Eastman, whom CNN describes as an attorney working with Donald Trump's legal team, wrote a preposterous memo outlining how then-Vice President Mike Pence could overturn the 2020 election by fiat or, failing that …
NBC News:
Hungry and desperate: Climate change fuels a migration crisis in Guatemala  —  LA VEGA, Guatemala — Darwin Mendez has tried and failed to reach the United States three times.  Twenty-three years old and $30,000 in debt, he said leaving Guatemala is his only option.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Breitbart
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
January 6 rioter who took beer from Pelosi's office pleads guilty  —  (CNN)An Oklahoma man who took a beer from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during the January 6 insurrection pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor offense.  —  Andrew Ericson, 24, pleaded guilty to one count …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Rebecca McCray / Curbed:
What Its Like at Rikers, According to People Who Just Got Out “They're not feeding people, there's no water, no showers, no phone calls.”  —  Photo-Illustration: by Curbed; Photo Michael Kirby Smith/The New York Times/Redux/B) The New York Times  —  The ongoing violence and despair …
Discussion: Reason
John Nichols / The Nation:
Has Big Pharma Bought Enough Democrats to Derail Biden's Plan?  —  If Democrats allow the party's Manchinema wing to derail prescription drug pricing reforms, they could lose their ability to govern.  —  Polling tells us that when it comes to health care issues, the top priority of Americans is lowering prescription drug prices.
Claire Atkinson / Insider:
Sources say Brian Williams' contract at NBC News is set to expire soon and that he could leave  — MSNBC's Brian Williams' deal at NBC News is understood to be nearing an end.  — Sources said the veteran news anchor is looking to determine interest at other outlets.
U.S. Department of Justice:
United States Returns to Iraq Rare Tablet Bearing Portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh  —  The United States has returned to the Republic of Iraq a rare cuneiform tablet bearing a portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh, a Sumerian poem considered one of the world's oldest works of literature.
Discussion: WINK NEWS
 
 
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
Adam Kinzinger: Republicans Are ‘Frigging Crazy’
Discussion: Raw Story and Bulwark+
Dan Friedman / Mother Jones:
K Street Firm Finally Cuts Ties With Saudi Office Implicated in Khashoggi Murder
Discussion: MoveOn
 Earlier Items: 
Pew Research Center:
Americans who relied most on Trump for COVID-19 news among least likely to be vaccinated
Valerie Bauerlein / Wall Street Journal:
The Unraveling of the Murdaugh Dynasty: Unsolved Murders, Insurance Fraud and Missing Millions
David Karpf:
An Open Letter to the American Political Science Association regarding John Eastman and the Claremont Institute
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
The new big lie Republicans want you to believe? That there's a puppeteer at the White House.
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Times
Mattathias Schwartz / Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: New emails reveal Hunter Biden asked for $2 million plus ‘success fees’ to help unfreeze Libyan assets