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12:20 PM ET, June 19, 2022

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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.
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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” …
Sergio Martínez-Beltrán / KUT Radio …:
Texas Republican Party includes anti-LGBT ideology in its new platform
Discussion: Insider and The Ugly Duckling
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 …
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 …
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Salvador Rodriguez / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Employees at Maryland Store Vote to Unionize
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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” …
Discussion: Insider, RedState and Mediaite
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 …
Kelly Livingston / ABC News:
Recession isn't ‘inevitable’ but inflation remains ‘unacceptably high’: Janet Yellen  —  The treasury secretary expects “the economy to slow” to more “stable growth.”  —  Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen arrives to testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee at a hearing …
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ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 6-19-22: Secretary Janet Yellen & Rep. Adam Kinzinger
Discussion: Insider
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
UPDATES: Dan Crenshaw & Staff Assaulted by Right Wingers Shouting ‘Eyepatch McCain’ and Saying He Should be ‘Hung for Treason’  —  Rep. Dan Crenshaw and his staff were violently confronted at the Republican Party of Texas convention a short time ago, when far-right social media activist Alex Stein …
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 …
 
 
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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
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Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
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Adrian Florido / NPR:
Former federal judge warns of danger to American democracy
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CNBC:
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Politico:
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Michael Msika / Bloomberg:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
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