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In devotion to Trump, House GOP taps Stefanik for a top post
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans elevated Rep. Elise Stefanik to a leadership post Friday, highlighting how the party whose lodestar has long been conservative policies increasingly views allegiance to Donald Trump as its indispensable key to electoral success.

Rep. Greene’s combative behavior could spark ethics review - AP

Conservative group boasts of secret role in voting laws - AP

Gohmert from the House floor, falsely claiming 'no evidence' of armed insurrection - CNN

Gaetz associate agrees to cooperate in federal investigation - AP

Arizona's GOP-led ballot audit to be paused temporarily - CBS

Senior GOP senator on House Republicans downplaying Capitol attack: 'I'm offended by that' -CNN

Biden, GOP senators upbeat, plan more infrastructure talks - AP

Mueller prosecutor: Trump could be 'imprisoned' in FL if indicted in NY - Wash. Examiner

Democrat moves to censure three Republicans for downplaying Jan. 6 - The Hill

Critics on left and right bash Biden's response to Israel-Gaza violence - ABC

Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg admits to paying minor for sex with him and others - USA Today

Deleted video shows Greene taunting Ocasio-Cortez's office in 2019 - The Hill

'You left us': Proud Boys leader Ethan Nordean slams Trump in expletive-laden message - USA Today

Liz Cheney regrets voting for Trump in 2020 - ABC

Biden administration gives House panel documents related to Trump hotel - CNN

Greene may have violated Georgia tax exemption law - Wash. Examiner

West Bank erupts in protest amid more Israel-Hamas fighting - AP

Stefanik's win shows old GOP conservative purity tests replaced by a new one - NBC

Bernie Sanders: The U.S. must recognize that "Palestinian rights matter" - Axios

Biden lashed out at Becerra during Oval Office meeting on migrant kids...; reports - FOX

Maricopa demands retraction of 2020 audit deleted evidence claims - Wash. Examiner

Judge agrees to leave CDC eviction pause intact for now - The Hill

Activists and Ex-Spy Said to Have Plotted to Discredit Trump 'Enemies' in Government - NY Times

What is going on with Rep. Greene? Here is what we know - USA Today

Cheney says some GOP members voted against impeachment out of fear for their lives - CNN

Ivy League scientist says NASA may have accidentally spread life to Mars - The Hill

Netanyahu Vows Israel Isn't Done As Rockets And Clashes Ramp Up - NPR

Arizona secretary of state denounces "unprecedented" election audit - CBS

All House Republicans back effort to force floor vote on 'born alive' bill - The Hill

Biden's 'secret' Venmo account uncovered: Report - Wash. Examiner

Internal memo reveals Trump admin strategies to omit undocumented immigrants from census - NBC

House to vote soon on bills to protect Capitol after Jan. 6 - AP

US facing 'complex and volatile' threats from domestic extremism: DHS - ABC

Former aide says congressman recklessly exposed staff to coronavirus, let son live in Capitol basement - Wash. Post

Biden reverses Trump order barring immigrants who cannot afford healthcare - The Hill

Russia limits US & Czech embassy hires for “unfriendly” acts - AP

Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Cheney has few supporters in GOP - Yahoo

‘Doesn’t matter’: Democrats reject GOP’s debt limit demands - Politico

Biden's Israel support follows U.S. precedent — but his own party isn't satisfied - NBC

City Of Columbus To Pay $10 Million In Settlement With Family Of Andre Hill - NPR

California small businesses rip Newsom over more stimulus checks: 'We want to work' - FOX

US calls reports of migrant children in buses ‘unacceptable’ - AP

Afghan government and Taliban meet, discuss speeding up peace talks - The Hill

House Democrats unveil sweeping response to Jan. 6 attacks - Politico

Why is violence flaring up in Israel and Gaza? - CBS

House Democrats unveil $1.9 billion bill to increase security after January 6 Capitol attack - CNN

US warns extremists may strike as virus restrictions ease - AP

Next week will be major test in Biden’s quest for bipartisan infrastructure - CNBC

House Lawmakers Reach Bipartisan Deal On Panel To Investigate Jan. 6 Attack - NPR

Court summons issued for judge accused of almost hitting protester near Fayetteville Market House with SUV - USA Today

Poll: Majority view Biden as socially, fiscally liberal - The Hill

Some migrant children in HHS care left in buses without access to showers or beds - CNN

Eight-year-old, five teenagers shot within 11 hours in Chicago - Wash. Examiner

Deadly violence intensifies in Gaza and Israel as Biden urges de-escalation -CNBC

Turner to lead House GOP push for military sexual assault overhaul - Politico

Over 100 civilians killed as Israel intensifies attacks against Hamas - ABC

GOP senators asking religious groups to help craft Equality Act compromise, sources say - FOX

Still buddies? Mideast violence tests Biden and Netanyahu’s friendship - Politico

Oklahoma bucks red-state trend, extends early voting - AP

Biden senior Covid advisor Andy Slavitt leaving White House next month - CNBC

Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo - The Hill

Fact-check: Stefanik wrongly says US recently saw 'worst jobs report in over 20 years' - CNN

GOP-led states are cutting $300 weekly federal unemployment benefits. Here are the 17 states making the cut this summer. - BI

US sending new aid to Palestinians as conflict intensifies - AP

Cities are getting a windfall from Biden's COVID relief bill. Now how are they going to spend it? - USA Today

Psaki denies Israeli defense overreacted, says 'no justification' for 1,500+ rockets from Hamas - FOX

What is Biden doing differently at US border? - BBC

Three arrested after pig head left at former home of expert who testified for Chauvin - Wash. Examiner

Plea negotiations underway in some Capitol riot cases, but the magnitude of evidence has complicated efforts to secure guilty pleas - CBS

Body camera footage shows 'horrific' in-custody death of Black man - ABC

Facebook meets with Israeli and Palestinian officials to discuss online hate speech, threats as violence escalates - Politico

California governor proposes record wildfire spending - NBC

Medina Spirit cleared to run in Preakness Stakes after passing three rounds of drug tests - USA Today

Lone wolf actors post greatest domestic terror threat, FBI, DHS conclude - The Hill

Proposed bipartisan probe of deadly U.S. Capitol attack wins support - Reuters

Granholm: Normal service at gas pump likely by late Sunday - AP

Ex-Green Beret sentenced to over 15 years for conspiring to provide US intel to Russians - CNN

Biden revokes Trump order to punish statue vandals - BBC

Teachers' union president under fire for rebranding as school-reopening supporter - FOX

'The long-term implications for our country are profound': Government looks to disrupt ransomware business - Yahoo

Biden kills Trump’s sculpture garden of ‘American heroes’ - Politico

Federal judge orders DOJ to set up media access to Capitol riot video after CNN and other outlets sued - CNN

China lands on Mars in latest advance for its space program - AP

Federal arraignment set for 3 ex-cops charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights - NBC

Russian bailiffs show up at US broadcaster’s office - AP

Neera Tanden will join White House as senior adviser after failed OMB nomination - NBC

IRS starts sending refunds to those who overpaid taxes on unemployment benefits - CBS

Biden meets DACA recipients in immigration overhaul push - AP

Maxine Waters among lawmakers accused of abusing privilege of air marshals on flights - FOX

Ransomware group says it released 'full data' on DC police department - CNN

Facebook tightens grip on WhatsApp user data as U.S. lags on privacy - Politico

Gay Iranian man allegedly killed by family days before seeking asylum - ABC

MIT graduate accused of murdering Yale student is arrested in Alabama by US Marshals - ABC

Texas passes "heartbeat" abortion ban that could lead to flood of lawsuits - CBS

Water crisis ‘couldn’t be worse’ on Oregon-California border - AP

Blinken heads to Iceland meeting with Russia on his mind - AP

Crisis and loss in the House of Windsor - CBS

Coronavirus News and Updates:

States, business sort out what new CDC mask guidance means - AP

Just 12 People Are Behind Most Vaccine Hoaxes On Social Media, Research Shows - NPR

Surprise! CDC reversal on masks leaves states, businesses scrambling - ABC

Americans have few options to prove they're fully vaccinated - CBS

Is The Variant From India The Most Contagious Coronavirus Mutant On The Planet? - NPR

Which states still require masks after CDC update? - ABC

U.S. restaurant association to nix indoor mask suggestion per CDC - Reuters

Some states loosen mask policies immediately after CDC guidance. But not all of them. - NBC

Walmart to allow vaccinated shoppers, workers to go maskless - ABC

CDC director: Mask-wearing will ‘be hard to let go’ despite new guidance - Politico

Fauci: COVID-19 vaccine could lead to 'breakthrough' in HIV fight - The Hill

‘New chapter’ in coronavirus pandemic, but potential for setbacks ahead, CDC director says - KC Star

In India, even those negative for COVID-19 teeter on the brink - USA Today

Jen Psaki insists new guidance on mask-wearing comes from CDC, not Biden - FOX

Vaccination police? New mask guidance could put grocery workers at risk, labor advocates warn - NBC

UPDATE 1-Italy lifts COVID quarantine for EU, UK and Israel from Sunday - Reuters

They didn't want a COVID vaccine. Now they've changed their minds. - ABC

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