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11:25 AM ET, June 23, 2022


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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
NBC News:
Trump fumes as Republicans ignore Jan. 6 panel  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans in Washington are betting that the televised Jan. 6 hearings aren't breaking through, that voters are more worried about gas prices and inflation and that — basically — no one cares.  —  But one man is paying attention: Donald Trump.
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
A Year Later, Some Republicans Second-Guess Boycotting the Jan. 6 Panel  —  The decision by Representative Kevin McCarthy not to appoint Republicans to the committee has given Democrats the chance to set out an uninterrupted narrative.  — 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: The Federalist and Insider
Rep. Mo Brooks says he's willing to testify in public as Jan. 6 committee prepares to reissue him a subpoena  —  Rep. Mo Brooks - one of the Republican lawmakers facing calls from the January 6 committee to testify about his interactions with former President Donald Trump …
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Who is Jeffrey Clark? Jan. 6 panel seeks to make Trump's man at DOJ famous.
Discussion: New York Post and Vox
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 …
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 …
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:   FBI Seizes Nevada GOP Chairman's Phone in Fake-Elector Investigation: Report
POLITICO Playbook: The Trump plot to subvert the DOJ
Discussion: Associated Press
Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:
Senate bill would imprison Supreme Court leakers and impose $10K fine  —  EXCLUSIVE — Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) unveiled new legislation Thursday that would hold future Supreme Court leakers accountable with a $10,000 fine and 10 years in prison for releasing information about pending decisions …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Live Updates: Supreme Court Ruling Limits Local Ability to Restrict Guns Outside the Home
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Strikes Down New York Law on Concealed Weapons
Discussion: NBC New York
Book bombs: Trump aide tell-alls fail to sell  —  A year after Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, his former chief of staff Mark Meadows released a tell-all book about his 10 months in the White House that promised to be a “frank, candid account” of running Trump's chaotic West Wing.
Discussion: Insider
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 …
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Newly elected GOP congresswoman spread Capitol riot conspiracies and QAnon hashtags in now-deleted tweets  —  Newly elected Republican Congresswoman Mayra Flores spread conspiracies on social media that the January 6 riot at the US Capitol was caused by members of the far-left group Antifa …
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
Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
GOP Lawmaker Can Run for Re-Election Despite Oath Keepers Membership  —  STILL ELIGIBLE  —  A Republican lawmaker in Alaska who was outed as a “lifetime member” of the Oath Keepers last year will be allowed to run for re-election despite challenges to his candidacy over his ties to the far-right group.
Discussion: Anchorage Daily News and Raw Story
Jill Tucker / San Francisco Chronicle:
Lowell High School admissions will return to merit-based system after S.F. school board vote  —  Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate  —  After nearly two years of intense and bitter debate, test scores and grades will once again determine which San Francisco students are admitted …
Discussion: National Review
Washington Post:
Biden wants new protections for trans students, sexual assault survivors  —  His Title IX revisions would recognize that transgender students are covered by the law and undo rules devised during the Trump administration  —  On the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the Biden administration …
Discussion: Associated Press, ED News and Jezebel
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Ron DeSantis Can Beat Trump in 2024 … If you want to get a sense of which way the Republican Party is headed in 2024, here are two straws in the wind.  First, Gary Fineout reported that Ron DeSantis might not seek Donald Trump's endorsement in his reelection contest for governor …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Is It Last Call for Lauren Boebert's Gun Restaurant?  —  Lauren Boebert ascended into the political spotlight partially because of her gun-themed restaurant.  It may now be closing its doors soon. … The institution at the center of Rep. Lauren Boebert's origin story now appears to face an uncertain future.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Greitens's violent ad sets off GOP scramble to stop his Senate bid  —  State and national Republicans are feverishly shopping super PACs, planning an independent candidate and lobbying Trump, hoping to sink the scandal-ridden ex-governor's comeback  —  Republican operatives and donors …
Marie Daouda / Telegraph:
Why does the authoritarian Left refuse to cancel Belgium?  —  When Congo suffered under the brutal rule of King Leopold II, Britain and America rallied against the horrors of what was unfolding there  —  While our lives are organised and scrutinised by the modern empires of Amazon …
Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Sen. Tina Smith unveils bill to codify abortion pill access  —  Advocates believe the medications will face restrictions across the country after an anticipated decision on the future of Roe v. Wade.  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., will introduce a new bill Thursday that aims …
Rose Horowitch / Reuters:
Biden approval falls fourth straight week, tying record low - Reuters/Ipsos  —  U.S. President Joe Biden's public approval rating fell for a fourth straight week to 36% matching its lowest level last seen in late May, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll completed on Wednesday.
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 …
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 …
Dave Boucher / Detroit Free Press:
Michigan GOP lawmakers propose 10-year prison sentence for abortion providers  —  A handful of House Republican lawmakers want to create lengthy new prison sentences for Michigan abortion providers and those creating or distributing abortion-inducing medication, filing legislation Wednesday …
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 …
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Jake Zuckerman / Ohio Capital Journal:
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Discussion: Plain Dealer
New York Post:
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
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Discussion: Politico
Jessica Chasmar / Fox News:
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Lee Drutman / FiveThirtyEight:
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New York Times:
As Midterms Loom, Mark Zuckerberg Shifts Focus Away From Elections
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Alex Roarty / Miami Herald:
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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Don't blame Biden for higher gas prices
Discussion: NBC News and Twitchy
Wall Street Journal:
A Sensible Senate Gun Deal
Discussion: The Hill and KSNG-TV
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The Comment That Reveals the Depths of the Republican Party's Moral Collapse
Christopher O'Donnell / Tampa Bay Times:
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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
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