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8:40 AM ET, June 30, 2022


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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 …
Former prosecutors say blockbuster January 6 testimony increases Trump's criminal exposure  —  (CNN)Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony before the House select committee this week increased the criminal exposure former President Donald Trump faces in the Justice Department's ongoing January 6, 2021, investigation.
ABC News:
Rep. Liz Cheney ‘confident’ in Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony  —  Her interview will air in full Sunday on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”  —  Republican Rep. Liz Cheney told “This Week” co-anchor Jonathan Karl in an exclusive interview that she has full faith and confidence …
Discussion: The Hill, The Federalist and IJR
Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee subpoenas former White House counsel Pat Cipollone  —  The panel has been ramping up the pressure, believing his testimony about former president Donald Trump could be explosive  —  The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection issued a subpoena …
Melanie Zanona / CNN:
Liz Cheney says US is ‘confronting a domestic threat’ in Donald Trump  —  (CNN)GOP Rep. Liz Cheney delivered a searing rebuke of former President Donald Trump and GOP leaders at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Wednesday night, recounting some of the damning details …
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
Are we supposed to believe the Republicans didn't know?
Secret Service: Jan. 6 panel didn't reach out before Hutchinson's explosive Trump testimony
Christi Carras / Los Angeles Times:
‘Trump tantrum’: Late-night hosts recap Cassidy Hutchinson's ‘wild’ Jan. 6 testimony
Discussion: USA Today
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
Jan. 6 Poll: 52% already say Trump should be prosecuted. How that number could grow after Cassidy Hutchinson's bombshells.
Discussion: Mediaite
First on CNN: Cassidy Hutchinson stands by her testimony amid pushback
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Senate Democrats see ‘major progress’ on Biden agenda bill, hope for July vote  —  Schumer and Manchin are close to a deal on prescription drug savings, new details obtained by NBC News show.  They're also negotiating energy and tax provisions in the bill.  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Punchbowl News:
Discussion: Bloomberg
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Democrats forge ahead on drug pricing, eyeing wider deal with Manchin
Politico:   What Dems can — and might — do in Congress to fight the end of Roe
Associated Press:
Putin: Western leaders would look ‘disgusting’ topless  —  MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin shot back at Western leaders who mocked his athletic exploits, saying they would look “disgusting” if they tried to emulate his bare-torso appearances.
Discussion: New York Post, Fox News and
‘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 …
New York Times:
Israel's Spies Have Hit Iran Hard. In Tehran, Some Big Names Paid the Price.
Discussion: The Times of Israel
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
Arielle Mitropoulos / ABC News:
Fauci says he's taking 2nd course of Paxlovid after experiencing rebound with the antiviral treatment
Washington Examiner:
There's no foreign oil bailout for Joe Biden  —  Reporters were sitting a bit too close by when French President Emmanuel Macron broke the bad news to President Joe Biden.  —  “I had a call with [Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan],” Macron said to Biden, referring to the leader of the United Arab Emirates.
Discussion: Townhall
Associated Press:
Russia and China slam NATO after alliance raises alarm  —  MADRID (AP) — NATO faced rebukes from Moscow and Beijing on Thursday after it declared Russia a “direct threat” and said China posed “serious challenges ” to global stability.  —  The Western military alliance was wrapping up a summit in Madrid …
New York Times:
A More Muscular NATO Emerges as West Confronts Russia and China
Lateshia Beachum / Washington Post:
Two workers fired for not attending company's prayers, lawsuit says  —  Two North Carolina workers allege they were fired for not participating in daily company prayer sessions, according to a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Monday.
Andy Meek / Forbes:
The Daily Wire, Which Now Boasts 890,000 Paid Subscribers, Signs Jordan Peterson To Its New DailyWire+  —  Over the past three months, The Daily Wire has added tens of thousands of new paying subscribers — pushing the overall subscriber number for the conservative news and media empire founded …
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Forensic News:
Multimillionaire American Podiatrist Co-Owns Pro-Kremlin Propaganda Website  —  The podiatrist, Dr. Vladimir Zeetser, owns a minority share of DRN Media, the company behind the Duran, a website promoting false conspiracy theories echoing Russian state messaging.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Fox News and Twitchy
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: Raw Story,, Insider and The Hill
Laura Bassett / Jezebel:
Biden Reportedly Plans to Appoint Anti-Abortion Kentucky Judge to Lifetime Seat  —  Biden reportedly made a deal with Mitch McConnell to screw over pregnant people less than a week after Roe v. Wade was overturned.  —  Alerts  —  Less than a week after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade …
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Sean Mathews / Middle East Eye:
Lobbyists sense new opening with Biden trip to Saudi Arabia
Marcel Plichta / The Daily Beast:
Putin Should Be Very Worried About Ukraine's New Kamikaze Drone
Lisa Kashinsky / Politico:
Democrats push for campaign reset in the most pro-abortion rights swing state
Meena Venkataramanan / Washington Post:
Men rush to get vasectomies after Roe ruling
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
‘Ordinary self-defense’ doesn't exactly apply to Black people
Discussion: Marijuana Moment
 Earlier Items: 
Emma Colton / Fox News:
Cornell University removes Gettysburg Address, Lincoln bust from library after alleged complaint
Discussion: National Review
Jordan Uhl / I Hate It Here And Never Want To Leave:
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Public Policy Polling:
Masters Leads by Double Digits in Arizona Senate Primary
NBC News:
R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison in sex trafficking case