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5:15 PM ET, June 21, 2022

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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 …
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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 …
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:
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 …
Eric Cortellessa / TIME:
As More Information Comes In, Jan. 6 Panel Plans at Least One Additional Hearing  —  The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol will have at least one more hearing than the six originally planned, and committee members are considering holding even more hearings beyond that …
Politico:
Ron Johnson tried to hand fake elector info to Mike Pence on Jan. 6, panel reveals  —  A top aide to Sen. Ron Johnson attempted to arrange a handoff of false, pro-Trump electors from the senator to Mike Pence just minutes before the then-vice president began to count electoral votes on Jan. 6, 2021.
Rolling Stone:
Exclusive: Trump's Team Setting Up Eastman to Take Blame for Jan. 6
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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
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 …
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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Washington Post:
Gun deal in Senate moves closer to reality after key snags resolved  —  A tentative deal in the Senate that would toughen federal gun laws and provide billions of dollars in new money to prevent future mass shootings moved closer to reality Tuesday after negotiators settled key disagreements …
Discussion: Reuters and Political Wire
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
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Katie Britt on cusp of comeback win vs. Mo Brooks in Alabama Senate GOP runoff  —  MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Katie Britt conceded that few Republicans thought she could win the Republican nomination for Senate in the ruby-red state of Alabama after former President Donald Trump endorsed Rep. Mo Brooks early in the campaign.
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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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 …
Tim Graham / Newsbusters:
Colbert Spins Staff Arrests by Capitol Police as ‘First-Degree Puppetry,’ Blames 'Putin's Puppet'  —  Text to Speech Font Size  —  On Monday's Late Show, CBS host Stephen Colbert addressed the arrest of seven staffers filming after-hours in the Longworth House Office Building in his opening monologue.
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 …
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
Laurie McGinley / Washington Post:
Biden administration is expected to move to cut nicotine in cigarettes  —  The FDA is expected to say it will work on a proposal to lower nicotine to minimally or nonaddictive levels  —  The Biden administration is expected as soon as Tuesday to announce it intends to issue …
Matthew Cunningham-Cook / The Lever:
Biden Taps Anti-Social Security Ideologue To Oversee Program  —  Biden nominated Andrew Biggs, a think tank denizen with a history of slamming Social Security, to oversee government retirement benefits for 66 million Americans.  —  Last month, President Joe Biden nominated a longtime advocate …
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
Microsoft Plans to Eliminate Face Analysis Tools in Push for ‘Responsible A.I.’  —  The technology giant will stop offering automated tools that predict a person's gender, age and emotional state and will restrict the use of its facial recognition tool.  —  For years, activists and academics …
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 …
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.
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
 
 
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David Gilbert / VICE:
American Grifters: Meet the MAGA Army Profiting Off Trump's Election Lies
Discussion: Raw Story
Brent Schrotenboer / USA Today:
Browns QB Deshaun Watson settles all but four of 24 lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct
Arizona Daily Independent:
Scottsdale Unified School District Records Raise Questions About Hormone Therapy For Students
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Visits Ukraine, Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Help Identify, Apprehend, and Prosecute Individuals Involved in War Crimes and Atrocities
Jerusalem Post:
Palestinians facing LGBTQ discrimination to receive special work visas
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
AARP launches ads in W. Va. urging Manchin to support reconciliation bill
Discussion: The Hill
Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
Biden administration to reverse Trump-era rules on landmines
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Tampon shortage: Yet another ‘War on Women’
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
What a Disturbing New Film Reveals About Modi's India
Sophia Cai / Axios:
A record number of LGBTQ candidates are running for Congress
Politico:
New York GOP roiled by feud with Stefanik at the center
Discussion: Raw Story
 

 
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Survey: 52% of US and 63% of UK respondents say they would be uneasy with news produced mostly using AI; 59% worry about false news content online, up 3% YoY

Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
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