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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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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 …
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’  —  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.
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
The Secret Service's Denial Won't Erase Damning Jan. 6 Testimony on Trump
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
David Frum / The Atlantic:   Kevin McCarthy, Have You No Sense of Decency?
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Pro-Trump web raced to debunk Jan. 6 testimony. Then they got confused.
New York Times:
Key Questions Posed by Cassidy Hutchinson's Testimony
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
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 …
Quinnipiac University Poll:
GA Senate Race: Warnock Opens Up 10 Point Lead Over Walker, Quinnipiac University Georgia Poll Finds; Kemp And Abrams Locked In Dead Heat In Governor's Race  — mail_outline  —  In the race for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock leads 54 …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Stacey Abrams outlines stance on abortion limits
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
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 …
Fox News:
Republican 2024 hopefuls say Republicans are ‘eager to show up’ for midterms after SCOTUS abortion ruling  —  2024 White House hopefuls said the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will energize GOP voters in the midterm elections  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for June 29
Discussion: NBC News and National Review
Gloria Steinem, the Duchess of Sussex, and Jessica Yellin on Abortion Rights, the ERA, and Why They Won't Give Up Hope
Catherine Pearson / New York Times:
What Is Ectopic Pregnancy?  —  Some women and health care providers have concerns …
Discussion: Slate and New Scientist
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: Just The News
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Breyer makes it official: He's leaving the Supreme Court on Thursday at noon
Jennifer Benz / AP-NORC:
Bipartisan dissatisfaction with the direction of the country and the economy  —  Nearly all Republicans feel the country and economy are headed in the wrong direction.  Three-quarters of Democrats agree. … Americans remain deeply pessimistic about the state of the country and the economy.
Associated Press:   Most say nation on wrong track, including Dems: AP-NORC poll
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: NPR and Forbes
Section 230 Is a Last Line of Defense for Abortion Speech Online  —  Dobbs should be a wake-up call for anyone seeking to undercut the immunity protections afforded by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.  —  Forced-birth extremists are not satisfied with shutting down abortion clinics.
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.
J.D. Morris / San Francisco Chronicle:
San Francisco plans to end single-family zoning.  Here's why housing advocates aren't happy with the law  —  San Francisco plans to get rid of single-family zoning and instead allow fourplexes in every neighborhood and six-unit homes on all corner lots, a change long sought by housing development advocates.
Discussion: Reason and Breitbart
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NATO leaders approve new Strategic Concept
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Madison Alder / Bloomberg Law:
Midterms Pressure Senate, Biden on Circuit Court Appointments
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
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Amy Howe:
After releasing three decisions on Monday, only four cases remain undecided
Discussion: HotAir
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
Peter Canellos / Politico:
When the Supreme Court Makes a Mistake
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