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4:35 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?
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
GOP megadonors turn on Trump after Jan. 6 hearings, set sights on DeSantis, Pence and other 2024 hopefuls  — Despite a lack of support from corporate leaders, Trump has maintained a massive campaign war chest thanks largely to small-dollar donors.  — His political action committee …
Esther Wickham / Washington Examiner:
Cassidy Hutchinson did not do her job  —  The Jan. 6 House committee held a last-minute hearing on Tuesday, again attempting to distract people from other disastrous events unfolding in the country.  Unfortunately for them, their “star witness” didn't do her job in helping with that distraction — she merely exposed it.
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 …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court to review state legislatures' power in federal elections
Kelly Hooper / Politico:
Clarence Thomas suggests Covid vaccines are derived from the 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 …
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Supreme Court lets vaccine mandate stand without religious exemption  —  Three conservative justices, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas, objected to their colleagues' refusal to review the state's requirement  —  Over the objection of three justices, the Supreme Court …
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Jackson sworn in, becomes 1st Black woman on Supreme Court
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court clears Biden to end Trump's ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy
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.
Washington Post:
‘My anxiety spikes’: Lawyers brace for Supreme Court climate ruling
John F. Harris / Politico:
Trump Is in Trouble and He Knows It  —  At first blush, the Supreme Court's decision striking down Roe v. Wade doesn't have much to do with the startling revelations produced by the Jan. 6 select committee.  —  Thanks, then, to Donald Trump for helping us get quickly to second blush …
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  — Biden said he would support a filibuster carve-out to pass legislation protecting abortion rights
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 …
Don Moynihan / Can We Still Govern?:
The rot runs deeper  —  What the actions of an obscure Wisconsin political appointee tell us about GOP democratic backsliding  —  The January 6th hearings have illustrated the deep threats to American democracy such that only the most die-hard Trumpists can deny them.
Michael Wines / New York Times:   Wisconsin Court Validates a Republican Strategy to Preserve Power
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Filmmaker who gave footage to Jan. 6 committee: Trump is ‘dangerous,’ living in ‘cloud cuckoo land’  —  American businessman and philanthropist  —  A British documentary filmmaker who recently testified behind closed doors to the House Jan. 6 select committee said that former President Donald Trump …
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.
Greg Fox / WESH-TV:
Florida judge rules 15-week abortion ban is unconstitutional  —  Hide Transcript Show Transcript  —  Circuit Judge John Cooper announced Thursday he will be issuing a temporary injunctive order after determining the state's 15-week abortion ban is unconstitutional.
Jacob Rubashkin / Inside Elections:
The Congresswoman and the Taxpayer-funded TV Ads  —  “I'm Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, Democrat for Congress, and I approve this message.”  —  In 2021, it was a difficult refrain to escape in South Florida; Cherfilus-McCormick's advertisements, each ending in that disclosure, aired hundreds of times on TV.
Joel Gilbert / American Thinker:
Michelle Obama Is Running for President in 2024  —  It was the gasp heard round the world.  “They could run Michelle Obama, and if they do ...” said Monica Crowley before the CPAC 2022 audience reeled audibly in shocked recognition, cutting her off in mid-sentence.
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
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Buttigieg launches $1B pilot to build racial equity in roads  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Thursday launched a $1 billion first-of-its-kind pilot program aimed at helping reconnect cities and neighborhoods racially segregated or divided by road projects …
Willful Blindness: Feds Ignore Illegal Alien ID Theft Plaguing Americans as U.S. Coffers Fill  —  The historic surge of illegal immigrants across America's southern border is fueling a hidden crime spree few in Washington seem willing or able to address: widespread identity theft by migrants who need U.S. credentials to work.
Financial Times:
China lured graduate jobseekers into digital espionage  —  FT investigation reveals student translators were targeted by front company for Beijing-backed hacking group APT40  —  Chinese university students have been lured to work at a secretive technology company that masked the true nature of their jobs …
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