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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.
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
A lawyer for Virginia Thomas said she would not testify to the House panel.  —  A lawyer for Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and a supporter of President Donald J. Trump's efforts to stay in power after the 2020 election, told the House select committee investigating …
Discussion: Forbes
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Will the Jan. 6 Committee Finally Bring Down the Cult of Trump?  —  There's a saying among cult experts: Nobody ever joins a cult.  —  Of course, people join what, to outsiders, certainly appear to be cults — the Branch Davidians, the Moonies, the Peoples Temple and so on.
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Kevin McCarthy, Have You No Sense of Decency?  —  In the last few minutes of today's January 6 committee hearing, Representative Liz Cheney presented evidence of possible witness intimidation.  Several witnesses, she reported, had received messages from shadowy persons purportedly close …
CBS News:
Secret Service plans to respond to Jan. 6 committee regarding Trump's actions, after Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony  —  The U.S. Secret Service will have more to say to the Jan. 6 House select committee after former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony Tuesday regarding former …
ABC News:
Trump White House attorney disputes Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony about handwritten note  —  Hutchinson testified before the House Jan. 6 committee Tuesday.  —  Former Trump White House lawyer Eric Herschmann is claiming that a handwritten note regarding a potential statement …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Pro-Trump web raced to debunk Jan. 6 testimony.  Then they got confused.  —  The former president's supporters quickly spun an online conspiracy theory that he couldn't have possibly lunged for his driver's steering wheel on Jan. 6, 2021.  When evidence suggested otherwise, they tried other routes to distract from the truth.
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
The optimistic melancholy of Bennie G. Thompson  —  The witness called him “sir.”  When Cassidy Hutchinson, the former White House aide, testified before the Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday afternoon, she addressed Chairman Bennie G. Thompson with a word that afforded him respect as a man, not merely as an official.
Discussion: Fox News
POLITICO Playbook: Jan. 6 panel may have found its ‘smoking gun’  —  With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  It's hard to imagine how Tuesday's surprise hearing of the House Jan. 6 committee could've been more damning for President DONALD TRUMP.
New York Times:
Trump Aides Watch Testimony and Brace for Damage  —  A “stunning two hours” raises fears of political and legal consequences for the former president.  — Give this article- - - Read in app  —  WASHINGTON — Devastating new testimony by a former White House aide describing …
Discussion: Insider, Mediaite and PoliticusUSA
Washington Post:
Ginni Thomas balks at invitation to talk to Jan. 6 committee
Discussion: Raw Story and Balloon Juice
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
January 6 testimony puts Donald Trump in even greater legal peril
Washington Post:
Cassidy Hutchinson's path from trusted insider to explosive witness
Discussion: UPI, NewsNation and New York Times
Jamie McIntyre / Washington Examiner:
NATO poised to take historic action on strategy, enlargement, and Ukraine  —  ‘A HISTORIC AND TRANSFORMATIVE SUMMIT’: Leaders of the 30 NATO nations gathered in Madrid, Spain, are transforming the alliance to focus on the threat from Russia, preparing to add two new members on Russia's periphery …
Aaron Zitner / Wall Street Journal:
In New Poll, 89% of Ukrainians Reject Ceding Land to Reach Peace With Russia
Discussion: NATO, Politico and Associated Press
Associated Press:
US to boost military presence in Europe for Russia threat
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Narrows Ruling for Tribes in Oklahoma  —  The decision followed a landmark 2020 ruling that said much of eastern Oklahoma falls within Indian reservation lands, limiting the authority of state prosecutors.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Examiner:
High court allows Oklahoma to prosecute non-Indian criminal offenders on tribal lands
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
Travis Waldron / HuffPost:
GOP Election Denier Tina Peters Loses Colorado Secretary Of State Primary  —  The Mesa County clerk who was under indictment for tampering with voting machines lost to a Republican who acknowledged the 2020 vote was legitimate.  —  Pam Anderson, a Republican who acknowledged that Joe Biden …
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Illinois Governor's Race Shows G.O.P.'s Lurch to Right (With Nudge From Left)
Kyle Morris / Fox News:
Rep. Sean Casten defeats AOC ally Rep. Marie Newman in Illinois Democratic congressional primary
Brad Dress / The Hill:
Boebert says she is ‘tired’ of separation between church and state: ‘The church is supposed to direct the government’  —  Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) says she is “tired” of the long-standing separation between church and state in the U.S., adding that she believes “the church is supposed to direct the government.”
Discussion: RedState
Peter Canellos / Politico:
When the Supreme Court Makes a Mistake  —  What happens when the Supreme Court gets it wrong?  —  Misguided court decisions have altered the path of the nation in sadly demonstrable ways.  And the question arises again from the series of sharply divisive rulings by the current court.
Police arrest San Antonio man who threatened to commit a mass shooting  —  Rodolfo Valdivia Aceves, 19, is charged with terroristic threat  —  Julie Moreno, Executive Producer/Digital Content  —  SAN ANTONIO - Police arrested a man who told a coworker at an Amazon delivery facility that he planned to commit a mass shooting.
Discussion: IJR and The Hill
Marquise Francis / Yahoo News:   Man, 19, allegedly threatened mass shooting at Amazon facility, called Uvalde shooter an ‘idol’
Ariana Garcia / Houston Chronicle:
Attorney General Ken Paxton says he will defend Texas sodomy law if Supreme Court revisits Lawrence vs. Texas  —  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week seemingly expressed support for the Supreme Court potentially overturning past rulings on cases involving the LGBTQ community following the downfall of Roe v. Wade on Friday.
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Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Pelosi receives Communion in Vatican amid abortion debate
Rita Omokha / Vanity Fair:
Val Demings Is on a Mission
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Luc Cohen / Reuters:
Ex-Giuliani associate to be sentenced for campaign finance violations
Discussion: Washington Examiner and abc7NY
Troy Closson / New York Times:
Saudi Man Bullied Dissidents via Instagram and Lied to F.B.I., U.S. Says
VP Harris calls for abortion-rights supporters to channel frustration into action
Discussion: Bloomberg and Althouse
Washington Post:
Journalists in Uvalde are stonewalled, hassled, threatened with arrest
 Earlier Items: 
David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:
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Discussion: The Hill
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‘New York’ Mag Had Good Reason to Cancel the ‘Canceled Teen’ Story
New York Post:
Eric Adams says Rudy Giuliani may have filed a phony report in SI ‘assault’ — ex-mayor responds: ‘go f-k’ yourself
Discussion: New York Times