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12:35 PM ET, June 28, 2022


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Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
January 6 committee focuses on phone calls among Trump's children and aides  —  Footage captured by documentary film-maker understood to show ex-president's children privately discussing election strategies  —  The House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack …
What the Jan. 6 committee's star witness knows  —  With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  HEARING NUMBER SIX — On Monday afternoon, the House Jan. 6 committee, which was supposed to be on a hiatus for the next two weeks, abruptly announced it would be holding …
Harriet Alexander / Daily Mail:
Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger - who was in charge of Capitol security on January 6 and who blamed ‘professional agitators’ - dies suddenly, hours before TODAY's surprise hearing moved up because of ‘safety concerns’ for Mark Meadows' top aide  — Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger, 71, died suddenly on Monday
New York Times:
Federal Agents Seized Phone of John Eastman, Key Figure in Jan. 6 Plan  —  The action suggests that the criminal inquiry is accelerating into the efforts to help overturn the results of the 2020 election.  — Give this article- - - Read in app  —  Federal agents armed with a search warrant …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Ron Johnson lied  —  Text messages released by the January 6 Committee last week revealed that Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) tried to deliver a list of fake electors directly to former Vice President Mike Pence.  This was part of a broader scheme to use Pence's ceremonial role overseeing …
Former Meadows aide will testify before January 6 committee on Tuesday, sources say
Washington Post:
Who is Cassidy Hutchinson?  —  Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to Trump White House chief …
New York Times:
Live Updates: At Least 46 Migrants Found Dead in San Antonio  —  Three people were detained in what appeared to be one of the worst episodes of migrant death in recent years on the southern border.  A heat wave in Texas has brought record temperatures and drought.
Fox News:
Texas-Mexico border chaos: 46 migrants found dead in San Antonio inside 18-wheeler, reports say
Washington Post:
Frustration, anger rising among Democrats over caution on abortion  —  A growing number of Democrats are voicing anger at what they see as the passivity of Biden and other party leaders in the face of hard-hitting GOP tactics on abortion and other issues.  —  Just hours after the Supreme …
Ben Goggin / NBC News:
Instagram restricts some abortion resource posts and hashtags  —  Instagram has deleted some posts and limited at least two hashtags related to abortion services, according to some of the platform's users and warnings that have been added to certain topics.  —  The platform also briefly suspended …
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Democrats Press the White House for a More Assertive Response to Roe's Fall
Rasmussen Reports:
Abortion: Half of Voters Approve Supreme Court Ruling
Discussion: Althouse
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Lessons From the Terrible Triumph of the Anti-Abortion Movement
Discussion: Morning Consult, CNN and ABC17NEWS
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Mitch McConnell's Court Delivers
Ben Jacobs / New Republic:
How Iowa Fell in Love With the Republican Party  —  Back in 2014, Iowa politics were at an inflection point, though it wasn't yet apparent at the time.  Back then, Iowa was still one of the quintessential purple states.  Barack Obama had won two years prior, but longtime Democratic Senator Tom Harkin …
Adela Suliman / Washington Post:
GOP Rep. Boebert: 'I'm tired of this separation of church and state junk'  —  Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), who faces a primary election Tuesday, says she is “tired” of the U.S. separation of church and state, a long-standing concept stemming only from a “stinking letter” penned by one of the Founding Fathers.
Discussion: YouTube, Mercury News and Mediaite
Josh Sweigart London Bishop / dayton-daily-news:
Tears, confusion at abortion provider after ‘Heartbeat Bill’ becomes law  —  The parking lot of Dayton Women's Med Center in Kettering was busier than usual Monday as patients inside tried to understand their options now that abortions are banned in Ohio after the detection of a fetal heartbeat — about six weeks into pregnancy.
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Samuel Alito: The 21st-Century Roger Taney  —  The author of ‘Dred Scott’ and the author of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization stripped fundamental rights from Blacks and women, respectively.  And sundered their nation in the process.  —  Associate Justice Samuel Alito sits during …
Discussion: BizPac Review
Julie Turkewitz / New York Times:
Live Updates: Colombia Panel Will Issue Report on Decades-Long Civil War  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  A truth commission is set to publish the most comprehensive account yet of Colombia's war.  —  BOGOTÁ, Colombia — It was a 58-year-conflict, involved almost every sector …
Associated Press:
G-7 leaders end summit pledging to hurt Russia economically  —  ELMAU, Germany (AP) — Leaders of the world's biggest developed economies said Tuesday they would explore far-reaching steps to cap Russia's income from oil sales that are financing its invasion of Ukraine and struck a united stance …
NBC News:
Biden to announce extension of U.S. troop presence in Poland
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Biden aides seek to unlock Afghan reserves without enriching Taliban  —  After earthquake, aid groups warn of humanitarian crisis if the U.S. keeps Afghanistan cut off from the global economy  —  Senior Biden administration officials are working with Taliban leadership on a mechanism …
Washington Examiner:
A supreme win for football, faith, and democracy  —  The secular Left's campaign to purge the public sphere of all religious practice suffered a major defeat Monday when the Supreme Court ruled that a public high school violated a coach's First Amendment right to exercise his religion when it fired him for praying after a football game.
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court hands the religious right a big victory by lying about the facts of a case
Ariel Shapiro / The Verge:
Podcasters are organizing to support abortion rights after Roe is overturned  —  Plus, Howard Stern runs for president, Slate reminds people of life before Roe, and SCOTUS leaves libel law alone (for now)  —  I hope you all had a good weekend.  I certainly wasn't huddled in a ball of anxiety …
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
Historic West Virginia Catholic Church burned to ground by arsonist, police say  —  St. Colman Catholic Church is only the most recent church to face an arson attack  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for June 27  —  A historic Catholic Church in West Virginia burned to the ground this weekend …
New York Post:
Judge throws out NYC law allowing non-citizens to vote in local elections  —  A New York City law allowing non-citizens to vote in local elections was struck down Monday by a judge who said it violated both the state constitution and various provisions of state law.
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Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Ex-Sen. Alan Simpson appears in new ad backing Cheney
Discussion: Political Wire
Katherine Tully-McManus / Politico:
Jan. 6 surprise witness is Meadows aide
Nick Wilson / Center for American Progress:
Weak Gun Laws Are Hurting Police Officers
Lloyd Billingsley / American Greatness:
Thomas Derangement Syndrome
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Missouri declines to extend postpartum health care, but moms say ‘we need more time’
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Thomas: When oh when will we finally revisit Sullivan?
New York Post:
Harry Wilson calls Lee Zeldin, aide ‘scumbags’ in mistakenly sent text
Discussion: Mediaite and Deseret News
New York Times:
Biden Irked by Democrats Who Won't Take ‘Yes’ for an Answer on 2024
Discussion: The Bulwark