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10:25 PM ET, June 29, 2022


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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 …
NBC News:
Cassidy Hutchinson's Jan. 6 testimony comes under increased scrutiny  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans and other sources are rebutting elements of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony before the Jan. 6 committee, handing Donald Trump and his allies ammunition as they seek …
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 …
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.
Discussion: CBS News, New York Times and USA Today
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
Are we supposed to believe the Republicans didn't know?  —  Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony casts new light on the Republicans who chose to defend and protect an enemy of the Constitution.  —  T  —  Liz Cheney, the vice chairwoman of the J6 commitment, knows that powerful eyewitness testimony …
Discussion: HuffPost, Vox, Puck and Occupy Democrats
Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee subpoenas former White House counsel Pat Cipollone
Nomaan Merchant / Associated Press:
Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Pat Cipollone, former WH counsel
Discussion: PoliticusUSA, CNN and CBS News
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
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.
New York Times:
The Vanishing Moderate Democrat
Julia Ioffe / Puck:
The G.O.P. Inside Conversation on Roe
Discussion: WWLP-TV
Jim Newell / Slate:
Democrats Finally Figured Out Their Post-Dobbs Message
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: and The Hill
Washington Post:
Antiabortion lawmakers want to block patients from crossing state lines  —  Some advocacy groups and their allies are crafting legislative language that could be adopted in Republican-led state capitals.  —  Several national antiabortion groups and their allies in Republican-led state legislatures …
Pppadmin / Public Policy Polling:
Masters Leads by Double Digits in Arizona Senate Primary  —  PPP's newest poll of the Republican primary for the Senate in Arizona finds a clear leader- Blake Masters tops the field at 29% to 15% for Mark Brnovich, 10% for Jim Lamon, and 5% for Michael McGuire.  This represents quite a shift in the field compared to March.
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
Scott Pruitt, Trump's Disgraced Former EPA Chief, Gets Crushed In Senate Primary
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
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 and New York Times
Emma Colton / Fox News:
Cornell University removes Gettysburg Address, Lincoln bust from library after alleged complaint  —  A biology professor says the display was removed after ‘someone complained’  —  Lincoln Memorial celebrates 100th anniversary  —  A bust of President Abraham Lincoln and a plaque …
Discussion: National Review
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
Karine's tough debut  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  —  It's been a rocky first month for White House press secretary KARINE JEAN-PIERRE.  —  Her answers have baffled reporters, and even made some of her White House colleagues wince.
Discussion: Twitchy
‘Italygate’ Conspiracy Pusher Was Fired by CIA  —  SpyTalk's new ‘Live Drop’ feature highlights on Bradley Johnson and other intelligence items of interest  —  The Live Drop  —  Bradley Johnson, Agent 006  —  The former CIA man at the heart of “Italygate,” the pro-Trump …
Discussion: Global Times and Washington Post
New York Times:
Israel's Spies Have Hit Iran Hard. In Tehran, Some Big Names Paid the Price.
Discussion: The Times of Israel
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 …
New York Times:
Behind the Scenes, McKinsey Guided Companies at the Center of the Opioid Crisis  —  The consulting firm offered clients “in-depth experience in narcotics,” from poppy fields to pills more powerful than Purdue's OxyContin.  —  In patches of rural Appalachia and the Rust Belt …
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.
Kimberly Leonard / Insider:
Sen. Marco Rubio supported banning almost all abortions in a newly uncovered 2010 questionnaire  — Marco Rubio has never shied away from calling himself “pro-life.”  — But as he seeks reelection he hasn't said which abortion ban a GOP-majority Senate should pursue.
Discussion: Reason
Rita Omokha / Vanity Fair:
Val Demings Is on a Mission
Anna Peele / Washington Post:
The Pandemic Is Waning.  Anthony Fauci Has a Few More Lessons to Share.  —  America's most famous doctor on mitigating covid, giving your adversaries the benefit of the doubt and working way too much  —  You gotta f—ing suck it up," Anthony Fauci tells me from the deck of his home in Washington …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Jordan Uhl / I Hate It Here And Never Want To Leave:
Rent Prices Growing Four Times Faster Than Income  —  The median national rent exceeded $2,000 in May for the first time ever. … Housing is a human right.  The idea that only people with sufficient income should be able have a place to live, let alone live comfortably, is ludicrous.
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CBS News:
A “coin flip”: Nearly half of U.S. murders go unsolved as cases rise
Discussion: Breitbart
Arielle Mitropoulos / ABC News:
Fauci says he's taking 2nd course of Paxlovid after experiencing rebound with the antiviral treatment
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Democrats forge ahead on drug pricing, eyeing wider deal with Manchin
Discussion: Data For Progress
Karina Elwood / Washington Post:
Montgomery County super PAC launches attack ad against Marc Elrich
Jackson to join U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday as Breyer departs
 Earlier Items: 
NATO leaders approve new Strategic Concept
Discussion: Euractiv and Washington Examiner
Section 230 Is a Last Line of Defense for Abortion Speech Online
Isabella Simonetti / New York Times:
Over 360 newspapers have closed since just before the start of the pandemic.