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1:30 PM ET, June 21, 2022

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Rolling Stone:
Exclusive: Trump's Team Setting Up Eastman to Take Blame for Jan. 6  —  Trump in recent weeks has told confidants that he sees no reason to defend the lawyer who tried to help him overturn the 2020 election, sources tell Rolling Stone  —  With the Justice Department and Jan. 6 committee taking …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: SCOOP: Jan. 6 panel subpoenas unseen Trump tapes  —  With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SCOOP: The House select committee investigating Jan. 6 sent a subpoena last week to ALEX HOLDER, a documentary filmmaker who was granted extensive access …
Politico:
Jan. 6 committee to highlight Trump's state-level pressure to overturn the 2020 election  —  Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the 2020 election depended on one key thing that he never received: the blessing of Republican-controlled state legislatures.  But it wasn't for a lack of trying.
Amanda Carpenter / The Triad:
Trump Proves the Jan. 6th Committee's Point  —  He's basically a witness against himself.  —  We're taking turns subbing for JVL while he is out, and I wanted to use my turn at bat to talk about something that struck me over the weekend: Former President Donald Trump is responding to the case …
Terri Langford / The Texas Tribune:
“If there's kids in there, we need to go in”: Officers in Uvalde were ready with guns, shields and tools — but not clear orders  —  The Texas Tribune has reviewed law enforcement transcripts and footage that federal and state investigators are examining after the May 24 tragedy.  —  Copy link
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J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Head of State Police Calls Response to Uvalde Shooting an ‘Abject Failure’  —  The director of the Department of Public Safety said that police officers wasted time looking for a classroom door key that was “never needed.”  —  AUSTIN, Texas — The head of the Texas State Police offered …
Discussion: HotAir, Wall Street Journal and abc7NY
KVUE-TV:
First interior image released in Uvalde school shooting shows officers with more firepower than previously believed
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court says Maine cannot deny tuition aid to religious schools  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended a recent streak of victories for religious interests, striking down a Maine tuition program that does not allow public funds to go to schools that promote religious instruction.
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The corporations backing the Texas Republican Party  —  The Texas Republican Party is one of the largest and most influential state parties in the nation.  But it is also among the most radical.  Successful candidates nominated by the Texas GOP have implemented a near-total abortion ban …
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Laura Bassett / Jezebel:
Elon Musk's Trans Daughter Files to Change Her Name, No Longer ‘Wishes to Be Related’ to Him  —  She cited 'Gender Identity and the fact that I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.  Alerts  —  Elon Musk, the world's richest man …
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Jared Malsin / Wall Street Journal:
Turkish Defense Industry Grows Cautious Over Selling Weapons to Ukraine  —  Caution over weapons sales illustrates how Turkey has catered to both sides in the Russia-Ukraine war  —  ANKARA, Turkey—The head of Turkey's weapons-production agency said the country must be cautious about delivering …
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Bobby Caina Calvan / Associated Press:
Nobel sold for Ukrainian kids shatters record at $103.5M
ProPublica:
Meet the Billionaire and Rising GOP Mega-Donor Who's Gaming the Tax System  —  The Secret IRS Files … One day in July 1985, three young men from Philadelphia, their lawyer and a burly Pinkerton guard arrived at a horse track outside Chicago carrying a briefcase with $250,000 in cash.
Discussion: Truthout
Jacob Factor / Tulsa World:
Broken Arrow open-carry incident raises law enforcement questions  —  An incident in Broken Arrow a week ago raised fresh questions about how witnesses and law enforcement should respond when people walk around in public armed with assault-style rifles.  —  A man in a tactical vest …
Jason Karaian / New York Times:
The Russian ruble keeps rising, hitting a seven-year high.  —  A combination of capital controls, rising exports and falling imports have strengthened the Russian currency since it plunged in the weeks after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.  —  The ruble cemented its unlikely status …
John Hudson / Washington Post:
As businesses flee Russia, a New York model returns to Moscow  —  Model and reality TV personality Kira Dikhtyar seeks a reinvention in Vladimir Putin's Russia  —  As Western businesses fled Russia following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, Kira Dikhtyar, a 33-year-old model in New York City, traveled in the opposite direction.
Politico:
New York GOP roiled by feud with Stefanik at the center  —  Bad blood is brewing between Rep. Elise Stefanik and the head of her home-state GOP.  And the hotter it runs, the more it threatens to monopolize a Republican primary in her backyard.  —  The tiff between Stefanik …
Discussion: Raw Story
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
What a Disturbing New Film Reveals About Modi's India  —  “The Kashmir Files” depicts the decades-old exodus of Hindus from the Muslim-majority region.  For nationalists, it's perfect propaganda.  —  Earlier this year, “The Kashmir Files”—a blood-soaked historical drama with a nearly three-hour run time …
Anchorage Daily News:
Al Gross withdraws from Alaska's U.S. House campaign  —  Independent Al Gross said Monday he was withdrawing as a candidate from both the special and general elections for U.S. House in Alaska, and urged supporters to consider voting instead for Democrat Mary Peltola or Republican Tara Sweeney.
Trone Dowd / VICE:
Buffalo Is Still Reeling From Mass Shooting: 'They Already Don't Care'  —  East Buffalo, already devastated by decades of neglect and disinvestment, shows how a city heals after after the cameras—and the country—have moved on.  —  TD  —  BUFFALO, N.Y. — Ten days after a white supremacist walked …
Josh Blackman / Reason:
Tentative Thoughts On The Jewish Claim To A “Religious Abortion”  —  Recently, Congregation L'Dor Va-Dor, a synagogue in Palm Beach County, Florida, challenged the constitutionality of Florida's new abortion restriction.  I think there are many procedural problems with the complaint …
 
 
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Shadi Hamid / The Atlantic:
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
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NBC News:
Texas Gov. Abbott vowed to offer mental health help for all in Uvalde, but residents point to roadblocks.
Foreign Affairs:
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Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
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Sophia Cai / Axios:
A record number of LGBTQ candidates are running for Congress
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Caroline O'Donovan / Washington Post:
Amazon drones are coming to town. Some locals want to shoot them.
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Trump Says Jan. 6 Rally-Goers ‘Were Well-Behaved’
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Pence says he won't let Dems use Jan. 6 ‘to distract’ from their ‘failed agenda,’ praises Trump record
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How Colbert show staffers got themselves hurled out of two House office buildings