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12:55 PM 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
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 and The Federalist
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.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Documentary Filmmaker Emerges as Potentially Key Jan. 6 Witness  —  Alex Holder is testifying behind closed doors to the House committee about hours of footage he shot before and after the 2020 election with President Donald J. Trump and his family.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
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
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Strikes Down New York Law on Concealed Weapons  —  In the widest expansion of gun rights in a decade, the decision puts in question similar laws in at least eight other states and the District of Columbia  —  The Supreme Court struck down New York state's system …
Discussion: NBC New York and The Daily Wire
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 …
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Supreme Court shoots down NY rule that set high bar for concealed handgun licenses
Discussion: Forbes and ABC13
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court says Second Amendment guarantees right to carry guns in public
Discussion: and Bloomberg
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 …
POLITICO Playbook: The Trump plot to subvert the DOJ
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
US Food and Drug Administration:
FDA Denies Authorization to Market JUUL Products  —  Currently Marketed JUUL Products Must Be Removed from the US Market  —  For Immediate Release:  —  Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued marketing denial orders (MDOs) to JUUL Labs Inc. for all of their products currently marketed in the United States.
Jeremiah Poff / Washington Examiner:
Education Department releases long-expected rollback of DeVos-era Title IX regulation  —  The Department of Education Thursday released a long-anticipated proposal revising its regulations on the enforcement of Title IX, taking aim at former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos's signature policy achievement.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Politico
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Ken Griffin Moving Citadel From Chicago to Miami Following Crime Complaints  —  Hedge-fund founder has had long-running feud with Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker over crime, other issues  —  Billionaire Ken Griffin is relocating his big hedge-fund firm Citadel from Chicago to Miami …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Bloomberg
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 …
Glenna Li / American Prospect:
President Biden's Best Agency Is Starved for Cash  —  The National Labor Relations Board is protecting the labor rights of American workers, but it's been underfunded for a decade.  —  Members of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 555 went on a one-week unfair labor practices strike …
Discussion: Jacobin
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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Emma Hurt / Axios:
Exclusive: Stacey Abrams wants to fund the police
Discussion: The Hill, RedState and Townhall
Jill Lawrence / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney understand the stakes of democracy
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
Jan. 6 committee members to get personal security details as threats escalate
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Luc Cohen / Reuters:
Trump fundraiser Barrack loses bid to dismiss UAE lobbying charges
Jake Zuckerman / Ohio Capital Journal:
State health department fires employee over abortion drug reference in newsletter
Discussion: Plain Dealer
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
Shoplifter who even DA Alvin Bragg wanted locked up is let go after 122nd arrest — thanks to bail laws
Discussion: HotAir
Jessica Chasmar / Fox News:
EPA spends millions from Biden's COVID bill on climate change programs, EV Rideshares, ‘pruning workshops’
Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Sen. Tina Smith unveils bill to codify abortion pill access
Dave Boucher / Detroit Free Press:
Michigan GOP lawmakers propose 10-year prison sentence for abortion providers
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Don't blame Biden for higher gas prices
Discussion: NBC News and Twitchy
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Sen. Ron Johnson under fire over fake-electors disclosure at hearing
Discussion: Salon, HuffPost and Truthout