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6:45 PM ET, June 30, 2022


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Hutchinson was 1 of the witnesses Trump world sought to influence, sources say  —  Cassidy Hutchinson, a former Trump White House aide, told the House January 6 committee that she was contacted by someone attempting to influence her testimony, three sources familiar with the hearing presentation told CNN.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Former Trump Admin Official Alyssa Farah Stuns CNN's New Day With Revelation About Cassidy Hutchinson  —  Former Trump White House official Alyssa Farah astonished her colleagues on CNN by telling them she helped Cassidy Hutchinson break away from Donald Trump's sphere of influence before her January 6 Committee testimony.
Washington Post:
Hutchinson's testimony shatters any Trump defense of no criminal intent  —  If Donald Trump is ever criminally charged for his efforts to remain in power after losing the 2020 election, the central issue will be his state of mind: Did Trump act with criminal intent?
Esther Wickham / Washington Examiner:
Cassidy Hutchinson did not do her job
Libby Cathey / Good Morning America:
Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in as Supreme Court justice  —  With Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement at noon on Thursday, Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as the first Black woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Kelly Hooper / Politico:
Clarence Thomas suggests Covid vaccines are developed using cells of ‘aborted children’  —  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in a dissenting opinion Thursday suggested that Covid-19 vaccines were developed using the cells of “aborted children.”  —  The conservative justice's statement came …
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Clarence Thomas suggests COVID vaccines are created with cells from “aborted children”  —  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas suggested Thursday in a dissenting opinion that coronavirus vaccines were developed using cells from “aborted children.” … - “They object on religious grounds …
Discussion: Twitchy
Washington Post:
Supreme Court lets vaccine mandate stand, tosses rulings on guns, abortion
Discussion: Associated Press and RedState
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Live Updates: Supreme Court Curbs E.P.A.'s Authority to Address Climate Change  —  The decision was a blow to the Environmental Protection Agency's powers under the Clean Air Act.  It was the latest ruling by a court that has handed down significant decisions on abortion and guns.
R Street:
EPA decision has major legal ramifications, but minor climate impact
Washington Post:
‘My anxiety spikes’: Lawyers brace for Supreme Court climate ruling
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Will the ‘Pro-Life’ GOP Rep Who Paid for an Abortion Ever Tweet Again?  —  Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who claims to be “100 percent” anti-abortion even after his ex-wife had two abortions and he pressured his mistress to have one, has been silent for a week.  —  When the Supreme Court overturned …
Discussion: Raw Story
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:   ‘Calm down,’ libs! A look back at select pieces of Roe commentary
Morgan Phillips / Daily Mail:   Democratic Senators Manchin and Sinema WON'T back changing filibuster to codify abortion: Biden's plan to protect Roe in Congress looks dead in the water with moderates refusing to budge
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
Kentucky abortion law triggered by Supreme Court decision blocked by judge
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
A new Supreme Court case is the biggest threat to US democracy since January 6  —  Moore v. Harper is a grave threat to US democracy, and the fate of that democracy probably comes down to Amy Coney Barrett.  —  The Supreme Court's announcement on Thursday that it will hear Moore v. Harper …
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Breaking and Analysis: Supreme Court Will Hear Moore v. Harper, the Independent State Legislature Theory Case from North Carolina; This Case Could Severely Curtail the Ability of State Courts to Protect Voting Rights and Stop Partisan Gerrymandering  —  The Supreme Court today just agreed …
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
How the Supreme Court could radically reshape elections for president and Congress
Molly Ball / TIME:
The Education of Glenn Youngkin  —  Glenn Youngkin is the kind of person who, if you ask him if he knows how to nae nae, he's going to take it as a challenge.  On a Thursday afternoon in late April, the Republican governor of Virginia is touring CodeRVA, a diverse magnet high school …
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Buttigieg Under Fire From Capitol Hill Leaders  —  With July 4th flight cancellations approaching, the transportation secretary is faulted for having no remedial plan.  —  Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks during a briefing at the White House, May 16, 2022.
Discussion: HuffPost and Common Dreams
Ana Ceballos / Miami Herald:
See for yourself: the slides shown to teachers during Florida's civics training sessions  —  The Florida Department of Education's training of educators on new civics standards for K-12 public schools is underway and has prompted some critical comments.  —  When Gov. Ron DeSantis announced …
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 …
Casey Michel / The Bulwark:
Texas Republicans Get Deadly Serious About Secession  —  The Lone Star State's GOP plays with fire.  —  You may have seen headlines earlier this month about how the Republican Party of Texas, in its biennial convention with thousands of delegates from across the state …
Discussion: The Dispatch
Miles Parks / NPR:
Election deniers have taken their fraud theories on tour — to nearly every state  —  On a quiet Tuesday night in Howard County, Md., dozens of people gather in a community center and listen to Seth Keshel's 10-point plan.  —  “Captain K,” as he's known in election fraud circles …
Discussion: Raw Story
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
The Abortion Stories We Didn't Tell  —  How decades of silence left us unprepared for the post-Roe fight.  —  In 2004, I covered a pro-choice gathering of over a million people in Washington, D.C., called the March for Women's Lives.  I was 28, and most of the speakers and celebrities onstage …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department Announces Investigation Of New York City Police Department's Special Victims Division  —  Comprehensive Review of Policies, Procedures and Training, Including SVD's Investigations of Sexual Assault Crimes and Treatment of Survivors  —  The Justice Department announced today …
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Ryan Cooper / American Prospect:
‘Moderate’ Democrats Are Anything But
Discussion: Zipcode Zero
Alex Berenson / Unreported Truths:
Berenson v Twitter: “Whereas, the parties have reached a settlement in principle”
Discussion: Breitbart
How mercenary hackers sway litigation battles
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
MAGA World Freaks Out at Conservative D.C. Examiner for Calling Trump ‘Unfit’
Discussion: Raw Story, HuffPost and Breitbart
Jacob Rubashkin / Inside Elections:
The Congresswoman and the Taxpayer-funded TV Ads
The Guardian:
The killings of Black women: five findings from our investigation
Discussion: The Nation and The Root
Willful Blindness: Feds Ignore Illegal Alien ID Theft Plaguing Americans as U.S. Coffers Fill
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Biden sharply ramps up his response to ‘destabilizing’ abortion ruling
Greg Braxton / Los Angeles Times:
‘Friends’ lack of diversity ‘embarrassed’ its co-creator. So she made a $4-million decision
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court clears Biden to end Trump's ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy
Joel Gilbert / American Thinker:
Michelle Obama Is Running for President in 2024
Don Moynihan / Can We Still Govern?:
The rot runs deeper