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New details of Jan. 6 panel's mystery messages emerge  —  The Jan. 6 select committee publicly pointed to two communications this week as potential evidence of Trump-world's efforts to influence witness testimony — without revealing their origin.  Both were detailed to the panel by Cassidy Hutchinson …
Hutchinson was 1 of the witnesses Trump world sought to influence, sources say  —  Cassidy Hutchinson, a former Trump White House aide, told the House January 6 committee that she was contacted by someone attempting to influence her testimony, three sources familiar with the hearing presentation told CNN.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Anthony Ornato has repeatedly disputed key White House conversations  —  Cassidy Hutchinson isn't the only one whose version of events Ornato has disputed.  It's now happened publicly at least three times — with at least on person saying he lied, but another vouching for him.
Washington Post:
How Trump World pressures witnesses to deny his possible wrongdoing  —  Trump and his allies shower potential witnesses with flattery privately while publicly blasting those who dare cross him  —  As rumors flew in the spring of 2018 that Donald Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen …
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Former Trump Admin Official Alyssa Farah Stuns CNN's New Day With Revelation About Cassidy Hutchinson  —  Former Trump White House official Alyssa Farah astonished her colleagues on CNN by telling them she helped Cassidy Hutchinson break away from Donald Trump's sphere of influence before her January 6 Committee testimony.
David Rohde / New Yorker:25 minutes ago
A Potential Criminal Prosecution of Donald Trump Is Growing Closer  —  As evidence mounts, a rift has opened between the congressional committee investigating January 6th and the Department of Justice.  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland receives a briefing each week from senior Justice Department officials …
Discussion: ABC News and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Hutchinson's testimony shatters any Trump defense of no criminal intent  —  If Donald Trump is ever criminally charged for his efforts to remain in power after losing the 2020 election, the central issue will be his state of mind: Did Trump act with criminal intent?
Jenny Goldsberry / Washington Examiner:
WATCH: Megyn Kelly says ‘law student’ could see ‘holes’ in Hutchinson's testimony  —  Reporter Megyn Kelly pointed out the holes in former White House staffer Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony during her show Thursday.  —  Hutchinson appeared before the House Jan. 6 committee during a Tuesday hearing …
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Times and TheBlaze
Esther Wickham / Washington Examiner:
Cassidy Hutchinson did not do her job
Mead Gruver / Washington Post:
Cheney to debate Wyoming GOP foes after Jan. 6 hearings
Discussion: HotAir, Just The News and Oil City News
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Clarence Thomas suggests COVID vaccines are created with cells from “aborted children”  —  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas suggested Thursday in a dissenting opinion that coronavirus vaccines were developed using cells from “aborted children.” … - “They object on religious grounds …
Discussion: Twitchy
Libby Cathey / Good Morning America:
Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in as Supreme Court justice  —  With Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement at noon on Thursday, Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as the first Black woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Kelly Hooper / Politico:
Clarence Thomas suggests Covid vaccines are developed using cells of ‘aborted children’  —  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in a dissenting opinion Thursday suggested that Covid-19 vaccines were developed using the cells of “aborted children.”  —  The conservative justice's statement came …
Steven Contorno / CNN:
Judge says Florida's 15-week abortion law is unconstitutional
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
How the Supreme Court could radically reshape elections for president and Congress
Greg Fox / WESH-TV:
Florida judge rules 15-week abortion ban is unconstitutional
Blake Emerson / Slate:
The Real Target of the Supreme Court's EPA Decision  —  In yet another major blow to democratic constitutionalism, the Supreme Court ruled in West Virginia v. EPA that the Clean Air Act does not give EPA authority to regulate the power grid as a whole.  The decision will likely limit …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Live Updates: Supreme Court Curbs E.P.A.'s Authority to Address Climate Change
R Street:
EPA decision has major legal ramifications, but minor climate impact
Molly Ball / TIME:
The Education of Glenn Youngkin  —  Glenn Youngkin is the kind of person who, if you ask him if he knows how to nae nae, he's going to take it as a challenge.  On a Thursday afternoon in late April, the Republican governor of Virginia is touring CodeRVA, a diverse magnet high school …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
‘Calm down,’ libs!  A look back at select pieces of Roe commentary  —  Lisa Blatt, an attorney who has argued more than 40 cases before the Supreme Court, wrote an opinion piece for Politico Magazine after the nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to serve as a Supreme Court justice.
Brian Lopez / The Texas Tribune:
Texas educator group proposes referring to slavery as “involuntary relocation” in second grade curriculum  —  A group of eight public school educators and one university professor have suggested the change to the Texas State Board of Education, which is considering social studies curriculum revisions this summer.
Ezra Miller Accused of Harassing Woman in Germany, and Iceland Choking Victim Breaks Her Silence (EXCLUSIVE)  —  In the spring of 2020, as the COVID crisis was rapidly becoming a global pandemic, Ezra Miller began wearing out their welcome in Iceland.  —  The actor — best known for playing …
G. Elliott Morris / Democracy:
An analysis claiming one million voters switched to the GOP last year was fatally flawed  —  The authors misused voter file data, conflating estimates of party ID with real changes in registration.  The error was fixed by other analysts who find parity in party-switching since 2020
Melissa Amarawardana / Catalist:
Lead Author:  —  Justine D'Elia-Kueper, Senior Data Scientist  —  Coauthor:  —  Yair Ghitza, Chief Scientist
Discussion: Roll Call
Ana Ceballos / Miami Herald:
See for yourself: the slides shown to teachers during Florida's civics training sessions  —  The Florida Department of Education's training of educators on new civics standards for K-12 public schools is underway and has prompted some critical comments.  —  When Gov. Ron DeSantis announced …
Anders Hagstrom / Fox Business:30 minutes ago
Biden repeats false claim that US has lower inflation than rest of world  —  Inflation in the U.S. is higher when compared to many countries in the world  —  President Joe Biden once again falsely claimed that inflation in the U.S. is lower than the rest of the world during a Thursday press conference.
Washington Post:
Biden sharply ramps up his response to ‘destabilizing’ abortion ruling
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
White House press corps demands end to Biden event restrictions  —  A group of 66 journalists sent a rare protest letter to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Thursday asking that President Biden's staff abandon a mysterious pre-screening process for reporters and reopen large events to all journalists.
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Supreme Court will hear NC case with 2024 presidential election implications   Find
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David Rohde / New Yorker:
A Potential Criminal Prosecution of Donald Trump Is Growing Closer   Find
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Anders Hagstrom / Fox Business:
Biden repeats false claim that US has lower inflation than rest of world   Find
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Blake Emerson / Slate:
The Real Target of the Supreme Court's EPA Decision   Find
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Jenny Goldsberry / Washington Examiner:
WATCH: Megyn Kelly says ‘law student’ could see ‘holes’ in Hutchinson's testimony   Find
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Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
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Sarah D. Wire / Los Angeles Times:
Meadows brought fraud allegation to Barr the day after 2020 election, records show
Discussion: Raw Story
CBS News:
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Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
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Miles Parks / NPR:
Election deniers have taken their fraud theories on tour — to nearly every state
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Berenson / Unreported Truths:
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Discussion: Breitbart
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Buttigieg Under Fire From Capitol Hill Leaders
Discussion: HuffPost
U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department Announces Investigation Of New York City Police Department's Special Victims Division
Casey Michel / The Bulwark:
Texas Republicans Get Deadly Serious About Secession
Discussion: The Dispatch
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
MAGA World Freaks Out at Conservative D.C. Examiner for Calling Trump ‘Unfit’
Discussion: Daily Kos, Raw Story and HuffPost
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