CREW has sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy: Republican Madison Cawthorn should be stripped of his committee assignments "following his recent statements calling for violence and undermining our democracy." bit.ly/39lXOgt
Tens of thousands of LGBT veterans forced from the military for their sexual orientation and given other-than-honorable discharges will be able to receive full Veterans Affairs benefits under a new move from the Biden admin set to be announced Monday.
New: Beto O'Rourke is preparing to run for governor of Texas in 2022, with an announcement expected later this year. axios.com/scoop-beto-pla…
The Biden admin says, in light of the Texas abortion ban, it will fortify enforcement of existing federal laws requiring hospitals to take care of pregnant people and protect health care workers who've performed abortions from employment discrimination. bit.ly/3CmG9Sc
Trump gave six months extra Secret Service protection to his kids, three officials. It cost taxpayers $1.7 million.
The FEC unanimously rejected Matt Gaetz's complaint against Twitter over an alleged 2018 'shadow ban'.
NBC News: The U.S. has exceeded 42 million COVID cases since the start of the pandemic.
One million new cases in 7 days. @NBCNews @MSNBC
A Texas doctor says he performed an abortion that violated the state's ban: 'I had a duty of care to this patient.'
"I wanted to make sure that Texas didn't get away with its bid to prevent this blatantly unconstitutional law from being tested."
In a letter obtained by @playbookdc, 21 former House Democrats who lost their seats in 2010 amid GOP attacks over their support for the Affordable Care Act are asking Biden to use reconciliation to shore up the legislation that ended their careers. politi.co/39hEVer
Georgia criminal investigators are quietly conducting interviews, collecting documents, and working to build a line of communication with congressional investigators as they aim to build a case against Trump for his attempts to overturn election results. cnn.it/3AlbgNs
Swing state by swing state, Trump is trying to get people who tried to overturn the 2020 election chosen to be in charge of the 2024 election.
"It suggests that they might be willing to bend or break the rules when it comes to running elections." cnn.it/3tN3zxb
A double lung transplant recipient encourages people to get the vaccine after a bout with COVID-19:
"It's not always about yourselves, it's about the people around us." bit.ly/3AfHb1L
New CREW complaint: The Office of Government Ethics should investigate Mike Pence's ex-chief of staff Marc Short for apparent violations of the Ethics in Government Act and OGE regulations by failing to file a termination public financial disclosure report when he left the W.H.
89% of active-duty troops have received at least their first COVID vaccine dose, according to the White House.
Just three weeks ago, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that number was 76%. @playbookdc
Democrats' expansion of the Child Tax Credit, which Republicans opposed, has disproportionately benefited states that voted for Trump.
The top 10 states by average monthly payments in August were: UT, ID, SD, AK, NE, WY, ND, IA, KS, MT. All voted Trump.
Every Senate Democratic candidate running in an open-seat race or looking to unseat a sitting Republican senator has embraced filibuster reform in some fashion.
Supporting filibuster reform is now a must-have position in a Democratic primary. bit.ly/3zlGEtZ
WASHINGTON (AP) -- FDA advisory panel endorses COVID-19 booster shots only for Americans 65 and over or at high risk for severe disease.
The far-right, anti-Muslim, anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer says she's tested positive for the coronavirus, after suffering from severe symptoms that she wrote left her feeling like she "got hit by a bus."
WaPo Ed Board: "Personal freedom does not give an individual the right to hurt others. Those not wearing masks and refusing to get vaccinated are spreading the virus and overcrowding the nation's hospitals ... This is not freedom; it is recklessness."
It's the first day of voting in the Virginia gubernatorial race.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's latest photo voter identification struck down as racially biased by state judges.
A boy went to a COVID-swamped ER. He waited for hours. Then his appendix burst.
Non-COVID patients are paying a price as delta and low-vaccination rates overwhelm hospitals across the country. "Wait times can now be measured in days," said an expert. bit.ly/2YY7RpU
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, the first openly gay male governor in the U.S., married his longtime partner Marlon Reis this week.
It marked the first same-sex wedding of a sitting U.S. governor. bit.ly/3nFBJSv
Los Angeles County is requiring that guests attending large events like outdoor concerts and ballgames show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test from the past 72 hours, saying the change is needed to coax residents into getting their shots. bloom.bg/2Xpjhmp
Idaho has activated 'crisis standards of care' across the state due to an influx of COVID patients, allowing facilities to ration treatment.
"The situation is dire — we don’t have enough resources to adequately treat the patients in our hospitals." nyti.ms/3tKIe7w
A warning: A doctor called coronavirus vaccines 'fake.' Now he sits on an Idaho regional health board. wapo.st/3Cs4LJv
14 Pennsylvania Republicans want a judge to strike down a law that allows no-excuse mail-in voting in the Commonwealth.
Of note: 11 of those state Republicans voted for that law when it passed.
Max Rose is officially plotting a comeback bid.
The Staten Island Democrat is preparing to launch a rematch as soon as this fall against Nicole Malliotakis — and Rose may get a leg up, given the seat will likely become far more favorable in redistricting. politi.co/3Cix0Kr
Mississippi now has the highest COVID death rate in the U.S.—and one of the highest in the world.
About 1 in every 326 Mississippi residents has died from the virus.
Majorities of Americans say white supremacist groups (59%), Donald Trump (56%), and conservative media platforms that spread conspiracies and misinformation (55%) shoulder a lot of responsibility for the violent actions of the Jan. 6 rioters.