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6:45 AM ET, July 1, 2022

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New York Times:
Trump Group Pays for Jan. 6 Lawyers, Raising Concerns of Witness Pressure  —  The former president's political organization and allies have paid for or promised to cover legal fees for witnesses, as the House inquiry suggests he is trying to influence testimony.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
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Politico:
New details of Jan. 6 panel's mystery messages emerge  —  The Jan. 6 select committee publicly pointed to two communications this week as potential evidence of Trump-world's efforts to influence witness testimony — without revealing their origin.  Both were detailed to the panel by Cassidy Hutchinson …
David Rohde / New Yorker:
A Potential Criminal Prosecution of Donald Trump Is Growing Closer  —  As evidence mounts, a rift has opened between the congressional committee investigating January 6th and the Department of Justice.  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland receives a briefing each week from senior Justice Department officials …
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Mark Meadows' associate threatened ex-White House aide before her testimony  —  It was the second warning Cassidy Hutchinson had received before her deposition, cautioning her against cooperating with the panel  —  Former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson received at least …
Washington Post:
How Trump World pressures witnesses to deny his possible wrongdoing  —  Trump and his allies shower potential witnesses with flattery privately while publicly blasting those who dare cross him  —  As rumors flew in the spring of 2018 that Donald Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen …
Discussion: CNN
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Anthony Ornato has repeatedly disputed key White House conversations  —  Cassidy Hutchinson isn't the only one whose version of events Ornato has disputed.  It's now happened publicly at least three times — with at least on person saying he lied, but another vouching for him.
ABC News:
Hutchinson's testimony raises fresh questions about Secret Service's handling of Jan. 6  —  The testimony “raises highly disconcerting questions,” says an ex-DHS official.  —  7:4  —  A video of President Trump's motorcade leaving the January 6th rally on the Ellipse is displayed as Cassidy Hutchinson …
Washington Post:
Hutchinson's testimony shatters any Trump defense of no criminal intent
Discussion: Mediaite
Sarah D. Wire / Los Angeles Times:
Meadows brought fraud allegation to Barr the day after 2020 election, records show
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Lopez / The Texas Tribune:
Texas educator group proposes referring to slavery as “involuntary relocation” in second grade curriculum  —  The Texas State Board of Education is fielding proposals to update the state's public school social studies curriculum this summer.  —  Copy link  —  A group of Texas educators …
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Associated Press:
Some Texas schools may call slavery ‘involuntary relocation’
Discussion: WTOP News
Hannah Fingerhut / Associated Press:
Abortion, women's rights grow as priorities: AP-NORC poll  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll finds a growing percentage of Americans calling out abortion or women's rights as priorities for the government in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, especially among Democrats and those who support abortion access.
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G. Elliott Morris / Democracy:
An analysis claiming one million voters switched to the GOP last year was fatally flawed  —  The authors misused voter file data, conflating estimates of party ID with real changes in registration.  The error was fixed by other analysts who find parity in party-switching since 2020
Melissa Amarawardana / Catalist:   Lead Author:  —  Justine D'Elia-Kueper, Senior Data Scientist  —  Coauthor:  —  Yair Ghitza, Chief Scientist
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Why Today Felt Like the Most Hopeless Day of the SCOTUS Term  —  No single day has better captured the current state of the Supreme Court than Thursday.  At 10 a.m., the court issued a devastating assault on the Biden administration's ability to regulate greenhouse gasses in a 6-3 ruling joined by all of the court's reactionary block.
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Blake Emerson / Slate:
The Real Target of the Supreme Court's EPA Decision
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NBC News:
Justice Thomas cites debunked claim that Covid vaccines are made with cells from ‘aborted children’
Will Doran / Raleigh News & Observer:
Supreme Court will hear NC case with 2024 presidential election implications  —  The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Thursday to hear a North Carolina case with nationwide implications — on whether state legislatures should be immune from judicial oversight in state court when it comes to setting election rules.
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Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
How the Supreme Court could radically reshape elections for president and Congress
Uriel J. García / The Texas Tribune:
“Nobody's giving us any answers”: Uvalde families demand details of shooting investigation at City Council meeting  —  Uvalde's mayor said city officials could be prosecuted for releasing details of the investigation.  Pete Arredondo, the City Council member and school district police chief, was absent for the second straight meeting.
Discussion: Off the Kuff
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CBS News:
Poll: Most Texans critical of law enforcement response to Uvalde massacre
Discussion: The Hill
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
White House press corps demands end to Biden event restrictions  —  A group of 66 journalists sent a rare protest letter to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Thursday asking that President Biden's staff abandon a mysterious pre-screening process for reporters and reopen large events to all journalists.
America's Frontline Doctors:
Dr. Vladimir ‘Zev’ Zelenko passes away  —  Dr Simone Gold: ‘We stand on his shoulders’ … It is with immense sorrow that we announce the passing of our founder Dr. Vladimir “Zev” Zelenko.  Dr. Zelenko was a physician, scientist, and activist for medical rights who touched the lives of millions of people.
Noa Hoffman / The Sun:
Tory whip RESIGNS after ‘groping 2 men’ & claims he ‘drank too much’  —  THE Tory deputy chief whip sensationally quit last night after allegedly groping two men while drunk.  —  In a bombshell resignation letter, Chris Pincher admitted he had “embarrassed myself and other people” after a boozy session on Wednesday night.
Variety:
Ezra Miller Accused of Harassing Woman in Germany, and Iceland Choking Victim Breaks Her Silence (EXCLUSIVE)  —  In the spring of 2020, as the COVID crisis was rapidly becoming a global pandemic, Ezra Miller began wearing out their welcome in Iceland.  —  The actor — best known for playing …
Associated Press:
McConnell warns Dems of fallout for reviving Biden bill  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell threatened Thursday to derail a bill designed to boost semiconductor manufacturing in the United States if Democrats revive their stalled package of energy and economic initiatives.
James Fallows / Breaking the News:
A Lucky Country, on Thin Ice  —  America prides itself on being a “young” country, which it certainly is in cultural terms and in demographics.  The median age in the U.S. is now just over 38—about a decade younger than Japan or Germany, many years below that of most European countries.
Rasmussen Reports:
Illegal Immigration Still Getting Worse, Most Voters Say  —  Illegal immigration will be an important issue in the midterm elections, according to most voters, who say the problem is getting worse.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% …
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Examiner
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New York Times:
Supreme Court Sides With Biden's Efforts to End ‘Remain in Mexico’ Program
 
 
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Brahm Resnik / 12news.com:
Arizona Senate president gets FBI subpoena for Trump-related records
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Liz Wolfe / Reason:
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Daniel Boguslaw / The Intercept:
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Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
The Abortion Stories We Didn't Tell
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Miles Parks / NPR:
Election deniers have taken their fraud theories on tour — to nearly every state
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Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Buttigieg Under Fire From Capitol Hill Leaders
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Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Will the ‘Pro-Life’ GOP Rep Who Paid for an Abortion Ever Tweet Again?
Discussion: Raw Story
Reuters:
How mercenary hackers sway litigation battles
U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department Announces Investigation Of New York City Police Department's Special Victims Division
Casey Michel / The Bulwark:
Texas Republicans Get Deadly Serious About Secession
Discussion: The Dispatch
Ana Ceballos / Miami Herald:
See for yourself: the slides shown to teachers during Florida's civics training sessions
Discussion: Tallahassee Democrat