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2:55 PM ET, June 13, 2022


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New York Times:
Election Night Scenes Show Trump Rejecting Advice About Chances for Victory  —  William P. Barr, the former attorney general, said in a recorded deposition that claims of widespread electoral fraud were nonsense.  As the hearing closed, Rep. Zoe Lofgren said Mr. Trump used lies about fraud as a fund-raising tool.
Washington Post:
Trump pushed ‘big lie’ despite being told election fraud claims were false, aides testify … The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection opened its second hearing Monday with assertions that the Capitol attack was the direct result of Donald Trump's repeated baseless claims …
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Ex-Trump campaign manager pulls out of Jan. 6 hearing  —  Former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien will not testify before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot on Monday due to a “family emergency,” the panel announced. … The committee will also show footage …
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
No, Bill Stepien, You Weren't On “Team Normal.”  You Were On “Team Coup.”  —  On the self-delusion that led a Trump accomplices to believe he was one of the good coupers.  —  Donald Trump's campaign manager is convinced he was one of the normal ones.  —  Day two of the January 6th …
Discussion: The Hill
Jan. 6 panel makes case election fraud claims were Trump vs. ‘Team Normal’  —  The Jan. 6 select committee's case that former President Donald Trump stoked a violent insurrection rests on a fundamental premise: Trump was endlessly told, over and over, that his claims of election fraud were false.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Zeeshan Aleem / MSNBC:
Jan. 6 hearings: Day two of House committee's presentation begins
What to watch for at Monday's January 6 committee hearing
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Herschel Walker claimed to be in law enforcement when he wasn't.  —  U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker regularly praises police officers.  But was Walker in law enforcement himself?  In at least three speeches delivered before he entered politics, Walker claimed he was, the AJC's Shannon McCaffrey reports.
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Andrew Giuliani's Vaccination Status Will Bar Him From Debate Studio  —  The Republican candidate for governor of New York is unvaccinated and says he has “natural immunity” to the coronavirus.  — Give this article- - - Read in app  —  ALBANY — With the first Republican debate …
New York Times:
The Editorial Board  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views …
Discussion: Althouse
Fox News:
Supreme Court extends wait for decision in case that could overturn Roe v. Wade  —  The Supreme Court did not issue a decision in the case expected to overturn Roe v. Wade on Monday  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for June 13  —  The Supreme Court Monday again prolonged the wait …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Townhall
Chris Stirewalt / The Dispatch:
The January 6 Committee and Me  —  Why I'm testifying before Congress today.  —  In America, we once thought of political courage as being willing to do something at one's own expense.  —  At the pointy end of that consideration are instances when people risk their lives or freedom to do the right thing.
Max Boot / Washington Post:
We can't let Ukraine lose.  It needs a lot more aid, starting with artillery.  —  The battle of Donbas — with momentous implications for the future of Ukraine and the entire postwar world — is poised on a knife edge.  —  The Ukrainians are resisting bravely, but they are suffering terrible casualties and slowly losing ground.
Discussion: The New Freedom and Twitchy
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
The End of the Millennial Lifestyle Subsidy  —  Sign up for Derek's newsletter here.  —  Several weeks ago, I needed a ride home after some late-night drinks about two miles from my place in Washington, D.C. I pulled up the Uber app and entered my address.
Thomas Lecaque / The Bulwark:
Patriot Front and the Next Stage of the Culture War  —  The militias have a plan.  —  The 20 million people who tuned in to the prime-time January 6 Committee hearing last week saw proof that right-wing extremist groups played an essential role in planning and executing the attack …
Discussion: Idaho Capital Sun, Townhall and
Tom Phillips / The Guardian:
Two bodies found in search for Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira, Brazilian embassy says  —  Aide to Brazil's ambassador to UK tells family bodies discovered tied to a tree, but police appear to deny ambassador's remarks  —  Bodies feared to be those of the British journalist Dom Phillips …
Greg Bishop / Sports Illustrated:
A High School Football Coach, His Covenant and the Separation of Church and State  —  The Supreme Court is expected to side with a public school football coach who prayed on the field.  Many fear the decision will erode a bedrock of American democracy.  —  The shriek of a whistle sounded an end and a beginning.
Haroon Siddique / The Guardian:
Arron Banks loses libel action against reporter Carole Cadwalladr  —  Guardian journalist was being sued for defamation over Brexit backer's ‘covert relationship’ with Russia  —  The multimillionaire Brexit backer Arron Banks has lost his libel action against the Observer …
Robert Reich:
Liz Cheney for President?  —  Is she the person America will need? … Friends,  —  I trust Joe Biden's steadiness and judgment, and if he runs again, I'll probably back him in 2024.  But today I want to suggest someone who isn't even a Democrat, and whose positions on many issues I …
Asawin Suebsaeng / Rolling Stone:
Taking Aim at DeSantis, Spooked Trump Considers Launching 2024 Bid in Florida  —  Sources tell Rolling Stone that the former president has been asking if anyone has venues near the governor's mansion in Tallahassee  —  Donald Trump in recent months has been telling confidants that he may launch …
Mike Allen / Axios:
American gerontocracy  —  The likeliest matchup for the 2024 election pits President Biden, who'll be 81, against former President Trump, who'll be 78. … That can leave geriatric leadership of government out of step with everyday life in America — and disconnected from the voters who give them power.
Discussion: Breitbart, Vanity Fair, WOOD-TV and RedState
Jason Koebler / VICE:
Texas Police Want Uvalde Bodycam Footage Suppressed Because It Could Expose Law Enforcement ‘Weakness’  —  The Texas Department of Public Safety asked the state's Attorney General to prevent the public release of body camera footage in response to a public records request from Motherboard.
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Washington Free Beacon:
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Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
Susannah George / Washington Post:
Afghans go hungry as U.S. and Taliban officials blame each other
Jay P. Greene, Ph.D. / Heritage Foundation:
Puberty Blockers, Cross-Sex Hormones, and Youth Suicide
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Julia Rock / The Lever:
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 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Just 5 Months Into His Term, Adams Is Busy Raising Money to Win Another
Discussion: BizPac Review
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Rubio embraces his low-key side
Bill Chappell / NPR:
In Texas, Moms Demand Action got more than 20,000 new supporters after Uvalde
Discussion: NBC 6 South Florida
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Michael Avenatti offers to plead guilty in remaining criminal case
Discussion: National Review and Political Wire
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon Digs Into Roger Clemens' Playbook to Try to Beat Congress
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew Perrone / Associated Press:
Many baby formula plants weren't inspected because of COVID
Financial Times:
US set for recession next year, economists predict