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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 …
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: Vox, HuffPost, Puck and Occupy Democrats
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 …
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 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
Discussion: NRCC and Caterpillar Steps
Jim Newell / Slate:
Democrats Finally Figured Out Their Post-Dobbs Message
Julia Ioffe / Puck:
The G.O.P. Inside Conversation on Roe
Discussion: WWLP-TV
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 and
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Democrats forge ahead on drug pricing, eyeing wider deal with Manchin  —  Democratic leaders hope a new proposal can spur agreement on a broader spending package that has been stalled since last year  —  Democratic leaders have finalized a revised proposal to lower prescription drug prices for seniors …
Discussion: Data For Progress
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.
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Arielle Mitropoulos / ABC News:
Fauci says he's taking 2nd course of Paxlovid after experiencing rebound with the antiviral treatment
New York Times:
Israel's Spies Have Hit Iran Hard. In Tehran, Some Big Names Paid the Price.
Discussion: SpyTalk and The Times of Israel
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
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 …
 Earlier Items: 
NATO leaders approve new Strategic Concept
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Euractiv
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.