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9:45 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
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: Insider
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Who is Jeffrey Clark? Jan. 6 panel seeks to make Trump's man at DOJ famous.
Discussion: Vox and WHYY
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
McCarthy-Trump relationship strains over Jan. 6 hearings
Discussion: Raw Story
ABC News:
After Thursday, Jan. 6 hearings pushed for ‘several weeks’ as committee considers new evidence
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Politico:   Book bombs: Trump aide tell-alls fail to sell
Politico:   Biden's TikTok dance
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
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 …
John C. Eastman / Wall Street Journal:   The Vice President's Electoral Count Powers
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.
Washington Post:
As Biden touts gas tax pause, even some of his own officials balk
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
New York Times:
As Midterms Loom, Mark Zuckerberg Shifts Focus Away From Elections  —  Mark Zuckerberg, who once said securing elections was “the most important thing,” has shifted Meta's focus to the metaverse.  That may have real-world implications.  —  Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive …
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.
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.
Census Bureau: ‘LGBT Adults...Reported Roughly Twice the Rate of Mental Health Challenges as Non-LGBT Adults’  —  ( - Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults in the United States are about twice as likely as non-LGBT adults to suffer from “mental health challenges,” according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
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
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Lee Drutman / FiveThirtyEight:
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New York Times:
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Rebecca Tan / Washington Post:
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Alex Roarty / Miami Herald:
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Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
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Meredith Lee / Politico:
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Discussion: HuffPost
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Herschel Walker Says There Are 52 States