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7:50 PM ET, June 20, 2022

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Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: The insurrection won't end until Trump is prosecuted and disqualified from future office  —  In a powerful warning Thursday, the patron saint of the conservative legal movement, former federal appellate Judge J. Michael Luttig, testified before the Jan. 6 Committee and pronounced former President Trump …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and John's Newsletter
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Jack Goldsmith / New York Times:
Prosecute Trump?  Put Yourself in Merrick Garland's Shoes  —  The evidence gathered by the Jan. 6 committee and in some of the federal cases against those involved in the Capitol attack pose for Attorney General Merrick Garland one of the most consequential questions that any attorney general has ever faced …
National Review:
The January 6 Show  —  As has been true of so many things surrounding Donald Trump's career in politics, many more people have come out of the January 6 committee hearings looking worse than looking better.  Most importantly, the whole tawdry spectacle reminds us: As many good things …
Zach Hirsch / NPR:   Elise Stefanik's defense of Trump around Jan. 6 clouds her pro-democracy work abroad
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Texas's new secessionist platform exposes a big GOP scam  —  Of all the lies that Republicans have told about the 2020 election, one of the most insulting is the “election integrity” ruse.  In this telling, GOP state legislatures passed restrictions on voting across the country not to make it harder …
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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
GOP Senate candidate releases ‘RINO hunting’ ad aimed at fellow Republicans
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Trump Knocks ‘Foolish’ Kevin McCarthy for Not Having Anyone on Jan 6 Committee: ‘Bad Decision Was Made’  —  Former President Donald Trump called it a “bad decision” by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to completely withdraw from the January 6 Committee.  —  Trump railed against the …
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Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
Can Ron DeSantis Displace Donald Trump as the G.O.P.'s Combatant-in-Chief?  —  A fervent opponent of mask mandates and “woke” ideology, the Florida governor channels the same rage as the former President, but with greater discipline. … One Sunday afternoon in September, 2020, Jay Bhattacharya …
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court rushes to end a term like no other  —  (CNN)Because of a blockbuster docket, an unprecedented leak, a fraught political atmosphere and Covid, everything has changed at the Supreme Court.  —  Under normal circumstances on decision days at the end of June, the Supreme Court emerges …
Discussion: RedState
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
What a Roberts compromise on abortion could look like
Discussion: IJR
TMZ.com:
Elon Musk's Transgender Daughter Files to Change Her Name, Dropping Musk  —  ELON MUSK DAUGHTER FILES TO CHANGE LAST NAME ... No Longer Wants to ‘Be Related’ to Him  —  EXCLUSIVE DETAILS  —  One of Elon Musk's children wants nothing to do with him, and has filed legal docs to drop his famous last name …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Biden says he's nearing decisions on gas tax holiday and student loans as he tries to tame costs  —  Granholm: Biden evaluating whether to lift federal gas tax 02:19  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden said Monday he hopes to decide soon whether to support a temporary pause in the federal gasoline tax …
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Associated Press:
Biden says decision on gas tax holiday may come this week
Fred Lambert / Electrek:
Tesla lays off head of LGBTQ+ and diversity lead amid Musk's ‘woke mind virus’ concerns  —  Tesla has laid off both the president of its LGBTQ+ community and a lead involved in diversity and inclusivity programs at the company.  —  While they were let go as part of a broader wave of layoffs …
Austin American-Statesman:
Exclusive: Officers arrived at Uvalde school with rifles, ballistic shield 19 minutes after gunman  —  Tony Plohetski Chuck LindellAustin American-Statesman  —  Multiple police officers stood in a hallway at Robb Elementary School armed with rifles and at least one ballistic shield within 19 minutes …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Caroline Kitchener / Washington Post:
This Texas teen wanted an abortion.  She now has twins.  —  Brooke Alexander found out she was pregnant 48 hours before the Texas abortion ban took effect  —  CORPUS CHRISTI, Tex. — Brooke Alexander turned off her breast pump at 6:04 p.m. and brought two fresh bottles of milk over to the bed …
Discussion: LifeNews.com
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
Despite Another Covid Surge, Deaths Stay Near Lows  —  Most Americans now carry some immune protection, experts said, whether from vaccines, infection or both.  —  For two years, the coronavirus killed Americans on a brutal, predictable schedule: A few weeks after infections climbed so did deaths …
Discussion: Common Dreams
David Reaboi / Late Republic Nonsense:
Why Did the Justice Department Cover Up John Allen's Illegal Lobbying for Qatar?  —  The DOJ seems irreparably corrupt and politicized.  But the extent to which he's been protected—and the reasons why—can provide some lessons.  —  A few weeks ago, someone close to the Justice Department …
Associated Press:
Wife of WNBA's Griner tells AP scheduled call never happened  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — WNBA star Brittney Griner tried to call her wife nearly a dozen times through the American embassy in Russia on the couple's fourth anniversary Saturday, but they never connected since the phone line at the embassy …
The Guardian:
Russian emails appear to show ‘network’ holding $4.5bn assets linked to Putin  —  Exclusive: Questions over palaces, vineyards and yachts run by entities that appear to be part of a cooperative  — Russian palaces, villas and yachts linked to Putin by email leak - in pictures, maps and video
Discussion: OCCRP and Hackwhackers
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Reason:
Senators Want To Control Google Search Results About Abortion  —  Democrats ask Google to “limit the appearance” of anti-abortion clinic results.  It would be good if people searching Google for information on abortion were presented with the most relevant and scientifically rigorous information …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Trump campaign documents show advisors knew fake-elector plan was baseless  —  A review of emails and memos shows that lawyers advising the former president knew the plan was baseless but pursued it anyway  —  The convening of the electoral college on Dec. 14, 2020, was supposed to mark the end of the wild …
New York Times:
The Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh: Tracing a Bullet to an Israeli Convoy  —  A New York Times investigation found that the bullet that killed a Palestinian-American journalist was fired from the approximate position of an Israeli military vehicle.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Discussion: The Times of Israel and Al Jazeera
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
PRIDE MONTH: Here's How the Navy Is Training Sailors on Proper Gender Pronouns  —  The Navy is training its members to create a “safe space” by using proper gender pronouns in a new instructional video modeled after a children's show.  —  “Hi!  My name is Jony, and I use he/him pronouns …
Discussion: Twitchy
Frederic J. Frommer / Washington Post:
The 13th Amendment nearly preserved slavery — with Lincoln's support  —  In a last-ditch effort to prevent Southern states from seceding on the eve of Abraham Lincoln's presidential inauguration in 1861, Congress passed a constitutional amendment that would have prevented Congress …
Elizabeth Chuck / NBC News:
Self-proclaimed ‘sovereign citizens’ arrested in California after deputies allegedly find explosives  —  Three people claiming to be “sovereign citizens” were arrested Saturday morning after live ammunition and explosives were found in a vehicle they were driving and at their remote compound …
 
 
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