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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 …
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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 …
Rolling Stone:
‘What the F-ck Is This?’:  Team Trump Blindsided by Jan. 6 Committee Getting Doc Footage  —  Former administration and campaign officials tell Rolling Stone they had no idea a film crew had months of access to the former president and his family  —  The Jan. 6 committee …
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 …
CNN:
Frustrated with January 6 hearings, Trump turns ire toward his allies  —  (CNN)Donald Trump is growing increasingly irritated with the House panel investigating the January 6, 2021, riot as it lifts the curtain on some of its findings with public hearings that have garnered gavel-to-gavel cable coverage …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The attempted revolution was televised — and recorded  —  At least three documentarians were at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021  —  The House select committee investigating the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, began its recent calendar of public hearings with two witnesses.
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.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Pence says he won't let Dems use Jan. 6 ‘to distract’ from their ‘failed agenda,’ praises Trump record
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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Associated Press:
Texas top cop: Uvalde police response an ‘abject failure’  —  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Law enforcement authorities had enough officers on the scene of the Uvalde school massacre to have stopped the gunman three minutes after he entered the building, and they never checked a classroom door …
KVUE-TV:
First interior image released in Uvalde school shooting shows officers with more firepower than previously believed
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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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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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 …
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 …
Reuters:
Elon Musk's child seeks name change to sever ties with father  —  Elon Musk's transgender daughter has filed a request to change her name in accordance with her new gender identity and because “I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.”
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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
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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Yuliya Talmazan / NBC News:
Russia can't guarantee that American vets captured in Ukraine won't face the death penalty
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.
Shadi Hamid / The Atlantic:
The Liberals Who Won't Acknowledge the Crime Problem  —  On a recent June weekend, 10 people were killed in shootings across cities in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Tennessee, and South Carolina.  In Philadelphia, multiple active shooters fired into a crowd in the popular nighttime destination of South Street.
Discussion: Substance
Jerusalem Post:
Palestinians facing LGBTQ discrimination to receive special work visas  —  During a Knesset hearing, testimonies from several Palestinians from the LGBT community were heard.  —  The need for work visas for Palestinians from the LGBT community who were persecuted in the PA territories …
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 …
 
 
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