What to expect January 6 hearings day 5:

CNN — Thursday’s hearing before the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection turns the panel’s focus toward how former President Donald Trump tried to use the Justice Department to bolster his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Three top officials who led the Justice Department in the final days of the … Read more

Microsoft says Russia has stepped up cyber espionage against the US and Ukraine allies

Washington CNN — Russian intelligence agencies have increased their efforts to hack US and allied government computer networks to gather intelligence since the war in Ukraine began, Microsoft said in new findings published Wednesday. American organizations were the top target of the Russian hacking attempts outside of Ukraine, according to Microsoft, but the alleged Russian … Read more

5 things to know for June 20: Travel chaos, Covid-19, Ukraine, January 6, Colombia

CNN — Juneteenth – the federal holiday which commemorates the end of slavery in the US – was celebrated on Sunday, but will be observed in many places today, June 20. Non-essential federal, state and city government offices will be closed, along with most banks , schools, post offices, and stock markets. Here’s what you … Read more

Production team with ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ arrested in House building

CNN — Members of a production team for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” were arrested earlier this week by police as they filmed a comedy segment at the US Capitol, in an incident that was used by prominent right-wing voices to assail the probe into the January 6 insurrection. US Capitol Police said in … Read more

Bannon and DOJ don’t want to talk politics or January 6 specifics at contempt trial

CNN — Longtime Trump political adviser Steve Bannon wants to block prosecutors from exploring the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol before the jury at his criminal contempt trial next month. At the same time, prosecutors are trying to prevent Bannon from turning his trial into a “circus atmosphere,” they said Friday. Bannon’s … Read more

Election standoff ends in New Mexico county after false fraud claims threw primary certification into question

CNN — The majority of a county commission in a rural swath of New Mexico on Friday voted to certify the results of the June 7 primary, ending a standoff with state officials that had set off national alarms about potential election subversion. The Otero County Commission voted 2-1, with one of the central figures … Read more

Couy Griffin: New Mexico county commissioner who refuses to certify recent election results sentenced for role in January 6 attack

CNN — Couy Griffin, a New Mexico county commissioner, ardent election-fraud conspiracy theorist and founder of “Cowboys for Trump,” avoided more jail time on Friday for his role in the January 6, 2021, US Capitol attack. He was sentenced to 14 days with time served, fined $3,000 and given one year supervised release with the … Read more

January 6 committee has emails between Ginni Thomas and John Eastman

CNN — The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, US Capitol attack is in possession of email correspondence between conservative attorney John Eastman and Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, a conservative activist who’s the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a source familiar with the committee’s investigation told CNN. The source who spoke with … Read more

Capitol Police say ‘there is no evidence’ of reconnaissance tour by GOP lawmaker before January 6

CNN — US Capitol Police have concluded after reviewing security footage that “there is no evidence” GOP Rep. Barry Loudermilk led a reconnaissance tour with Trump supporters trying to learn more about the Capitol complex the day before the deadly January 6 insurrection. The House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, raised the issue publicly … Read more

10 states hit hardest by Social Security staffing cuts

Piksel | Istock | Getty Images States most hurt by Social Security staffing cuts Some states have been more affected by those budget cuts than others, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found. Social Security’s staff was reduced by 15% between 2010 and 2021. Ten states lost more than 20% of their Social Security … Read more