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12:50 PM ET, June 19, 2022

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Cathy Young / Morning Shots:
Has the Tide Really Turned in Ukraine?  —  Plus: It's all about the gays  —  In the past month or so, the dominant Ukraine narrative in the media has shifted from “heroic Ukrainians repelling a mismanaged Russian invasion” to “badly outgunned Ukrainians unable to hold back Russian advances in the East” …
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The Texas Tribune:
Texas Republican Convention calls Biden win illegitimate and rebukes Cornyn over gun talks  —  Some 5,100 delegates and alternates voted on a party platform that also calls for ending the federal income tax, requiring education about fetal gestation and limiting the Legislature's right to regulate guns.
Sergio Martínez-Beltrán / KUT Radio …:
Texas Republican Party includes anti-LGBT ideology in its new platform
Discussion: Insider and The Ugly Duckling
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Republican Drive to Tilt Courts Against Climate Action Reaches a Crucial Moment  —  A Supreme Court environmental case being decided this month is the product of a coordinated, multiyear strategy by Republican attorneys general and conservative allies.  —  WASHINGTON — Within days …
Brian Chasnoff / San Antonio Express-News:
Source: Police never tried to open door to classrooms where Uvalde gunman had kids trapped  —  Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate  —  Surveillance footage shows that police never tried to open a door to two classrooms at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde in the 77 minutes between …
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Teresa Velasco / kens5.com:
Uvalde police never tried to open doors to classrooms where shooter was inside, Express-News reports  —  A source told the San Antonio Express-News that police may have assumed the doors were locked, according to a new report.  —  SAN ANTONIO — According to a new report by the San Antonio Express-News …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Meredith Deliso / ABC News:
6 in 10 Americans say Trump should be charged for Jan. 6 riot: POLL  —  A majority of Americans also think the Jan. 6 committee has been fair.  —  Former President Donald Trump gives the keynote address at the Faith & Freedom Coalition during their annual “Road To Majority Policy Conference” …
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Salvador Rodriguez / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Employees at Maryland Store Vote to Unionize
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Fox News paid $15 million to former host who filed pay disparity claim  —  Melissa Francis alleged her male colleagues made far more than women.  She won an unusually large settlement, according to documents viewed by The Post.  —  Fox News agreed to a roughly $15 million settlement …
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Peter Thiel helped build big tech.  Now he wants to tear it all down.  —  Inside the billionaire investor's journey from Facebook board member to an architect of the new American right  —  On a summer morning in 2019, Rep. Matt Gaetz was having breakfast at the Los Angeles mansion …
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Expect Joe Biden to Run in 2024.  They're Less Sure If He Should.  —  Vice President Kamala Harris is seen as early front-runner should the president decide not to seek re-election  —  in Columbia, S.C.  —  Democratic insiders in Washington and key primary states expect President Biden …
Discussion: Fox News
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
An Elite Christian College Has Become The Latest Battleground In America's Culture Wars  —  The saga that unfolded after a professor officiated a same-sex wedding has exposed deep rifts over how the school treats members of the LGBTQ community — and how its church interprets the Bible.
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 6-19-22: Secretary Janet Yellen & Rep. Adam Kinzinger  —  A rush transcript of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” airing on Sunday, June 19, 2022 on ABC News is below.  This copy may not be in its final form, may be updated and may contain minor transcription errors.
Discussion: Insider
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Glen Owen / Daily Mail:
WHO chief ‘believes Covid DID leak from Wuhan lab’ after a ‘catastrophic accident’ in 2019 despite publicly maintaining ‘all hypotheses remain on the table’  — Director-general Tedros Adhanom confided to a senior European official: source  — The Mail on Sunday first revealed concerns about Wuhan's Institute of Virology
Matt Dixon / Politico:
DeSantis draws huge cash haul from Trump donors  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As Ron DeSantis gears up for a likely 2024 White House bid — with or without Donald Trump in the race — the Florida governor is winning over some of the former president's biggest benefactors.
Discussion: Raw Story
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Texas AG Paxton's shameful Uvalde cop-out: ‘God always has a plan’  —  When thoughts and prayers seem inadequate in the wake of a tragedy, you can always blame God.  —  That would seem to be how Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) sees it after a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde …
Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
Why a Rhodes Scholar's Ambition Led Her to a Job at Starbucks  —  Jaz Brisack became a barista for the same reasons that talented young people have long chosen their career paths: a mix of idealism and ambition.  — Give this article- - - Read in app  —  Most weekend mornings …
Discussion: WBOY-TV
Zack Colman / Politico:
Justice or overreach?:  As crucial test looms, Big Greens are under fire  —  When Aaron Mair ascended to the board presidency of the Sierra Club, he brought a new mission to the century-old environmental group: Where once it devoted itself solely to conservation issues …
Wall Street Journal:
Recession Probability Soars as Inflation Worsens  —  Economists see interest-rate increases raising likelihood of recession to 44% in coming 12 months  —  Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal have dramatically raised the probability of recession, now putting it at 44% in the next 12 months …
New York Times:
Despite Growing Evidence, a Prosecution of Trump Would Face Challenges  —  As House hearings highlighted testimony that could create more pressure to pursue a criminal case, the former president tried out a defense that strained credulity.  —  As new questions swirled this past week …
Caitlin Flanagan / The Atlantic:
Sheryl Sandberg and the Crackling Hellfire of Corporate America  —  In publishing, there are some books that are too big to fail.  Very early on you get the message that this is a Major and Very Important Book.  In 2013, that book was Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead …
NBC News:
Heat waves and high energy costs are hitting some communities hard  —  High temperatures and humidity hitting large parts of the U.S. last week collided with the ongoing challenges many people face from inflation and high energy costs.  —  In Macon, Georgia, where temperatures were expected …
Manu Raju / CNN:
Arizona House speaker, who resisted Trump pressure campaign, testifying at January 6 hearing Tuesday  —  (CNN)Rusty Bowers, a Republican and Arizona state House speaker, will testify at a Tuesday hearing focusing on former President Donald Trump's pressure on state officials to overturn Joe Biden's victory …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Long Deliberations Over Some Key Policy Decisions Frustrate Democrats
William Boston / Wall Street Journal:
Germany Steps Up Measures to Conserve Gas as Russia Slows Supply to Europe
Discussion: Bloomberg
Jeremy Beaman / Washington Examiner:
Defense Production Act: How Biden is using emergency powers for green energy
The Hill:
Midwest Democrats jockeying to come out on top in primary calendar shakeup
Discussion: Political Wire
Gideon Levy / Haaretz:
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Adrian Florido / NPR:
Former federal judge warns of danger to American democracy
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“We Have to Get Out of This Phase”: Ashish Jha on the Future of the Pandemic
CNBC:
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