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8:35 AM ET, June 23, 2022

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CNN:
DOJ subpoenas Georgia Republican Party chairman as it expands Trump fake elector probe  —  (CNN)Federal investigators subpoenaed the Georgia Republican Party chairman for information related to the fake elector scheme there — as the Justice Department has issued a fresh round of subpoenas …
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David Charns / KLAS:
I-Team sources: FBI seizes Nevada GOP chairman's phone as part of fake elector investigation  —  LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — FBI agents served a search warrant Wednesday on Nevada's top GOP official, sources told the 8 News Now I-Team's George Knapp.  —  Agents seized the cell phone …
Washington Post:
Jan. 6 probe expands with fresh subpoenas in multiple states  —  Prosecutors appear focused on how pro-Trump activists tried to use invalid electors to thwart Joe Biden's 2020 victory  —  Federal agents investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday dropped subpoenas …
Washington Post:
Did Trump believe his big lie?  It's irrelevant to proving his guilt.  —  Regardless of whether he thought the election was stolen, the place to look for “criminal intent” is in any illegal acts in the aftermath.  —  Former prosecutors and other experts essentially agree …
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Sen. Ron Johnson under fire over fake-electors disclosure at hearing  —  Weeks before the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) held a hearing on election fraud in an attempt to legitimize former president Donald Trump's false allegations of voting irregularities.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The Trump plot to subvert the DOJ  —  With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Our very own Playbook co-author Rachael Bade and Alex Bishop, a mechanical engineer turned stay-at-home dad, welcomed Skyla Ann Bishop on Wednesday.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
Jan. 6 Panel Says It Has New Evidence of Trump's Pressure on Justice Dept.  —  A hearing at 3 p.m. Thursday will feature the former acting attorney general and other top officials at the department during the Trump era as witnesses.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Washington Post:
As Jan. 6 committee targets Trump, his consternation at McCarthy grows  —  The former president has grown increasingly irate with what he views as the lack of defense by his Capitol Hill allies.  —  On the morning the House Jan. 6 committee held its second public hearing …
Discussion: Insider
NBC News:
Trump fumes as Republicans ignore Jan. 6 panel
ABC News:
After Thursday, Jan. 6 hearings pushed for ‘several weeks’ as committee considers new evidence
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Don't blame Biden for higher gas prices  —  Presidents have little control over gas prices, but that hasn't stopped angry motorists from blaming President Joe Biden for the record highs they are paying.Current pump prices are due largely to the basic economics of supply and demand.
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Washington Post:
As Biden touts gas tax pause, even some of his own officials balk
ABC News:
Democrat Joe Manchin signals he won't support Biden's call for a gas tax holiday
Kyle Stewart / NBC News:
Covid task force members worried about ‘misinformation’ being shared with Trump  —  WASHINGTON — Members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force during the Trump administration expressed concerns with each other about “misinformation” being shared with the president, according to emails obtained …
William Saletan / The Bulwark:
John Eastman's Phony “Plenary Authority” Theory  —  How the Trump lawyer and Claremont scholar tried to convince Republicans they could overturn the 2020 election.  —  A curious and damning phrase has surfaced in the Jan. 6th hearings.  The phrase is “plenary authority.”
Discussion: Morning Shots, Overtime and CNN
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John C. Eastman / Wall Street Journal:   The Vice President's Electoral Count Powers
Wall Street Journal:
Germany Looks at Potential Rationing of Natural Gas After Russia Cuts Supply  —  The potential move could push Europe's biggest economy into a recession  —  BERLIN—The German government moved closer to rationing natural gas on Thursday after Russia cut deliveries to the country last week …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The Comment That Reveals the Depths of the Republican Party's Moral Collapse  —  Finding signs to worry about the future of American democracy is not hard, but few are quite so painful and acute as the cognitive dissonance displayed by Rusty Bowers this week.
Leighton Woodhouse / Common Sense:
They Questioned Gender-Affirming Care.  Then Their Kids Were Kicked Out of School.  —  Paul and Beka Sinclair didn't like that their kids' pricey private school was teaching first graders about ‘deconstructing the gender binary.’  —  On May 25, Paul and Rebeka Sinclair pulled their minivan …
Alex Roarty / Miami Herald:
Help wanted: Democratic campaigns cite labor shortages as Election Day approaches  —  Democratic candidates nationwide are struggling mightily to hire enough qualified people to run their campaigns, according to interviews with party political operatives, a staff shortage many of them say is the worst …
Discussion: Campaigner
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Herschel Walker Says There Are 52 States  —  There are 50.  —  There are 50 states in the United States of America.  —  But in an interview Tuesday, Georgia GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker said there were 52.  —  Walker was going after Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Coalition behind gun bill reveals a sharp Senate Republican split  —  Tuesday's Senate vote to advance a narrow bipartisan deal to toughen federal gun laws was, on one level, a political miracle, with 14 Republicans joining Democrats to defy the National Rifle Association and vocal conservative critics — in an election year, no less.
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and Insider
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
What Turkey Wants to Let Finland and Sweden Into NATO  —  Finnish and Swedish hopes of being accepted as applicants by next week's NATO summit meeting have been dashed by a Turkish government that says it is in no hurry.  —  BRUSSELS — Spurred by Russia's invasion of Ukraine …
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
Andrew Gillum, DeSantis's 2018 Rival, Is Charged With Conspiracy and Fraud  —  The former Democratic nominee for Florida governor was indicted in a criminal case stemming from his time as Tallahassee mayor and statewide candidate.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Wall Street Journal:
A Sensible Senate Gun Deal  —  The bill focuses on denying guns to those who pose a serious risk, offering money to states for red-flag laws.  —  1x  —  The Senate voted 64-34 late Tuesday to debate a bipartisan gun violence bill, and its principal virtue is that it focuses on the source …
Christopher O'Donnell / Tampa Bay Times:
Publix won't give COVID vaccine to children under 5  —  The Lakeland grocery chain said it will not explain its decision “at this time.”  —  Since COVID-19 vaccines first became available, Publix has played a major role in tackling the public health emergency in Florida by offering vaccines to adults and …
Rebecca Tan / Washington Post:
A trans 24-year-old finds his voice — and ignites a union effort at his Starbucks  —  “This new generation is going to be the one to bring unions back”  —  Ian Miller walks quickly when he is irritated.  —  He picked up his stride one recent morning as he approached the polling location …
NBC News:
Uvalde school district puts embattled Police Chief Pete Arredondo on leave  —  State officials have said Arredondo was the incident commander during the May 24 massacre at Robb Elementary School.  He has said otherwise.  —  Pete Arredondo was put on administrative leave Wednesday …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
More troubling signs for Trump 2024  —  What Georgia and New Hampshire may have in common when it comes to the future of the GOP  —  There's little doubt that Donald Trump remains in charge of the Republican Party.  But we continue to see signs of slippage — including two new ones this week …
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Ken Klippenstein / The Intercept:
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