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Secret Service: Jan. 6 committee didn't reach out before Hutchinson's explosive Trump testimony  —  The Jan. 6 committee didn't reach out to the Secret Service in the days before it aired explosive testimony about an alleged physical altercation between Donald Trump and his security detail …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Cassidy Hutchinson's Testimony against Trump Is Devastating  —  Things will not be the same after this.  —  Cassidy Hutchinson, a top aide to Trump's White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, provided compelling testimony Tuesday that former president Donald Trump is singularly culpable for the Capitol riot.
Christi Carras / Los Angeles Times:
‘Trump tantrum’: Late-night hosts recap Cassidy Hutchinson's ‘wild’ Jan. 6 testimony  —  Warning: Some of the videos below contain profanity.  —  Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's stunning testimony in the Jan. 6 hearings was the talk of late-night TV on Tuesday.
First on CNN: Cassidy Hutchinson stands by her testimony amid pushback  —  (CNN)Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, released a new statement Wednesday provided exclusively to CNN standing by her blockbuster testimony revealed in a hearing …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's silly new ‘defense’ against Hutchinson is full of holes  —  Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony about Jan. 6 continues to drive brutal headlines for Donald Trump across the country.  Leading analysts are describing her revelations as alternately devastating, emotionally powerful and historic.
POLITICO Playbook: Jan. 6 panel may have found its ‘smoking gun’
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
The Secret Service's Denial Won't Erase Damning Jan. 6 Testimony on Trump
David Frum / The Atlantic:   Kevin McCarthy, Have You No Sense of Decency?
Morgan Phillips / Daily Mail:
Secret Service lead and presidential driver are prepared to testify under oath that Trump did NOT grab steering wheel or lunge at agents to drive himself to Capitol on January 6
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
Are we supposed to believe the Republicans didn't know?
Discussion: HuffPost, Puck and Occupy Democrats
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Pro-Trump web raced to debunk Jan. 6 testimony. Then they got confused.
New York Times:
The Vanishing Moderate Democrat  —  Their positions are popular.  So why are they going extinct?  —  Early last year, as Democrats were preparing to control the White House and Congress for the first time in a decade, Josh Gottheimer met with Nancy Pelosi to discuss their party's message.
Discussion: NRCC and Caterpillar Steps
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
The fall of Roe is the culmination of the Democratic establishment's failures  —  The overturning of Roe v. Wade, and the underwhelming reaction from senior Democratic leaders to that huge defeat, make the case even clearer that the party's too-long-in-power leaders — including President Biden — need to move aside.
Julia Ioffe / Puck:
The G.O.P. Inside Conversation on Roe  —  During the past few days, I've been talking to Republican operatives across D.C. They were all careful not to gloat, but they've also been shocked at how little the Democratic Party is doing to fight back. … And yet, when it happened …
Discussion: The Forum, WWLP-TV and Very Serious
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
12-Year-Old Incest Victims Should Birth Dad's Child, House Speaker Gunn Says  —  Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn says abortion should be illegal even for a 12-year-old rape victim carrying her father or uncle's child.  He made the remark to reporters in the hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck …
Discussion: The Hill
Sean Coughlan / BBC:
Charles charity cash donation ‘would not happen again’  —  The cash donation accepted by the Prince of Wales for his charity would not happen now, a royal source says.  —  “That was then, this is now,” the source said, following reports Prince Charles had accepted around £2.5m in cash in a suitcase and carrier bags.
Discussion: The Guardian
NBC News:
R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison in sex trafficking case  —  R. Kelly, the disgraced R&B superstar, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison, months after he was convicted on all nine counts against him in a high-profile sex trafficking case.  —  U.S. District Court Judge Ann …
Troy Closson / New York Times:
R. Kelly Is Sentenced to 30 Years for Scheme to Lure Children Into Sex
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Ketanji Brown Jackson to be formally sworn in as Supreme Court justice Thursday  —  Ketanji Brown Jackson will be sworn in Thursday to formally become a Supreme Court justice, officially making her the nation's first Black woman to serve in the role.  —  She will fill the seat being vacated …
Discussion: WCDC-TV
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Breyer makes it official: He's leaving the Supreme Court on Thursday at noon
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Stacey Abrams outlines stance on abortion limits
Discussion: Fox News
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
Scott Pruitt, Trump's Disgraced Former EPA Chief, Gets Crushed In Senate Primary  —  The Republican had a history of electoral success in Oklahoma and widespread name recognition, but didn't get out of single digits on Tuesday.  —  Despite a history of winning statewide contests and a star turn …
Pppadmin / Public Policy Polling:   Masters Leads by Double Digits in Arizona Senate Primary
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Pelosi receives Communion in Vatican amid abortion debate  —  ROME (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Pope Francis on Wednesday and received Communion during a papal Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, witnesses said, despite her position in support of abortion rights.
New Polling Shows The Dobbs Decision Won't Save State Democrats in November  —  TO: State Legislative Candidates and Elected Officials  —  RE: New Polling Shows The Dobbs Decision Won't Save State Democrats in November  —  The Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision …
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra:
California Department of Justice Alerts Individuals Impacted by Exposure of Personal Information from 2022 Firearms Dashboard  —  Contact: (916) 210-6000,  —  SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Justice has announced that personal information was disclosed …
Diana Glebova / National Review:
Kamala Harris Backtracks after Guaranteeing Biden Will Run in 2024  —  After guaranteeing that President Joe Biden will run for reelection in 2024, Vice President Kamala Harris appeared to walk back the statement on Wednesday, introducing some doubt as to whether the elderly president will attempt to remain in office.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Indicted Election Denier Tina Peters Loses Her Own Election—and Denies She Lost  —  “It's not over,” Tina Peters said, as she was down by 15 percentage points.  —  Tina Peters, the Colorado county clerk who flogged election conspiracy theories and was then indicted for allegedly breaching …
Associated Press:
1955 warrant in Emmett Till case found, family seeks arrest  —  JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A team searching a Mississippi courthouse basement for evidence about the lynching of Black teenager Emmett Till has found the unserved warrant charging a white woman in his 1955 kidnapping …
Discussion: SuperTalk Mississippi
Nick Papantonis / WFTV:
Teachers voice concerns after Orange County previews 'Don't Say Gay' impact to classrooms  —  VIDEO: Teachers voice concerns after Orange County previews 'Don't Say Gay' impact to classrooms Teachers voice concerns after Orange County previews 'Don't Say Gay' impact to classrooms
Discussion: Breitbart and Raw Story
Brandon Garcia / WEHOville:
WeHo defunds the sheriff  —  West Hollywood City Council voted to reduce funding to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department at their meeting Monday night despite a fierce public backlash, ending a long-simmering debate about the future of public safety in the city.
Tessa Weinberg / Missouri Independent:
Missouri AG says state abortion ban does not prohibit Plan B or contraception  —  Attorney General Eric Schmitt's office clarified Wednesday that contraception is not prohibited under state law (photo courtesy of the Missouri Attorney General's Office).  —  After at least one hospital system …
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Justice News:
Lev Parnas Sentenced To 20 Months In Prison For Campaign Finance, Wire Fraud, And False Statements Offenses
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and UPI
Jordan Uhl / I Hate It Here And Never Want To Leave:
Rent Prices Growing Four Times Faster Than Income
Allison McCann / New York Times:
How the Overturning of Roe v. Wade Might Affect Abortion Access in Illinois
Discussion: Common Dreams and HuffPost
America First Legal:
AFL's Center for Legal Equality Files Blockbuster Lawsuit Against Loudoun County Public Schools For Promoting Secret Gender Transitions, Distributing Pornographic Books …
NATO leaders approve new Strategic Concept
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Euractiv
Section 230 Is a Last Line of Defense for Abortion Speech Online
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Madison Alder / Bloomberg Law:
Midterms Pressure Senate, Biden on Circuit Court Appointments
Discussion: The Sun and Common Dreams
Cynthia McFadden / NBC News:
In Texas, state-funded crisis pregnancy centers gave medical misinformation to NBC News producers seeking counseling
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
Senate Democrats Weigh Paring Biden Tax Hike to Win Over Manchin
Discussion: Niskanen Center
Isabella Simonetti / New York Times:
Over 360 newspapers have closed since just before the start of the pandemic.
Adam Piore / Columbia Journalism Review:
Insiders  —  A Friday morning last fall, in the subterranean labyrinth of the Capitol building …
Rita Omokha / Vanity Fair:
Val Demings Is on a Mission