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8:01 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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CNN:
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Insider, Raw Story and ABC17NEWS
Washington Post:
As Jan. 6 committee targets Trump, his consternation at McCarthy grows
Discussion: Insider
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  —  The president on Wednesday urged Congress to suspend the federal gas tax to cut prices for consumers.  Privately, some officials doubted it would work.  —  President Biden appealed to Congress on Wednesday to suspend the federal gas tax …
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 …
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Marc Caputo / NBC News:
Andrew Gillum, DeSantis' 2018 opponent, accused in indictment of wire fraud, false statements
John C. Eastman / Wall Street Journal:
The Vice President's Electoral Count Powers  —  There was substantial legal scholarship and historical support for my argument long before I advanced it in 2020.  —  1x  —  Regarding “The Jan. 6 Committee's Missing Reform” (Review & Outlook, June 17): The Wall Street Journal editorial board endorses …
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William Saletan / The Bulwark:
John Eastman's Phony “Plenary Authority” Theory
Discussion: Morning Shots, Overtime and CNN
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 …
Discussion: ABC17NEWS, Bloomberg and WTOP News
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: RedState
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
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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Zogby Analytics:
The Zogby Poll®: Trump remains in control of the Republican presidential nomination; Pence making his move! If Trump bows out it is between Pence and DeSantis
Discussion: Townhall and Washington Examiner
University of New Hampshire Scholars' Repository:
DeSantis Tied With Trump for 2024 GOP Presidential Nomination in NH; Runs Better Against Biden Than Trump 6/22/2022
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall Are Said to Be Divorcing  —  The media mogul's fourth divorce is unlikely to change the ownership structure of Mr. Murdoch's empire, but it could reverberate through companies such as Fox News and The Wall Street Journal.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
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 …
Meredith Lee / Politico:
GOP senator considering blocking school meal funding deal over transgender policy fight  —  A Republican senator is thinking about blowing up a bipartisan deal to extend school meals funding because of a Biden administration policy banning discrimination against LGBTQ students who participate in lunch programs that receive the money.
Discussion: HuffPost
 
 
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