It's primary day in several states, including New Hampshire, where the focus is on the battle for the Senate majority. Meanwhile, the DOJ has sent out 40 subpoenas to Trump aides and the Twitter CEO is facing questioning from lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Here's what you need to know today.
Subpoenas, primaries, and Twitter: what to expect in the coming week
- The final primaries before the 2022 midterm elections will take place on Tuesday, and there are a few key races to watch. In the Senate, Republicans are facing off in a contentious primary in Georgia, while Democrats in Connecticut and Minnesota will also be vying for their party's nomination. In the gubernatorial race in New Hampshire, incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan is facing a tough challenge from Republican State Senator Bill O'Brien.
- The Department of Justice has sent out approximately 40 subpoenas to Trump aides as part of its ongoing investigation into the handling of the Russia probe. The subpoenas are reportedly seeking documents from a number of individuals, including former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former White House counsel Don McGahn.
- At a hearing on Capitol Hill, Democratic lawmaker Gerry Connolly slammed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for his absence, saying that he was "disrespecting" the committee by not testifying. The hearing was convened to question a Twitter employee who had come forward as a whistleblower about the company's practices.
- The Twitter whistleblower who testified on Capitol Hill will face the Senate next. It is not clear what will happen after that.
- The Iran nuclear talks have hit a deep freeze, with no progress being made ahead of the midterms. The Trump administration has been threatening to pull out of the deal, and it is unclear what will happen if they do.
- The New Hampshire primary set up a fight for the Senate majority, with incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen facing a strong challenge from Republican Scott Brown.
- Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel whose investigation led to the impeachment of President Clinton, has died. He was 68.
- The West Virginia Legislature has passed a bill that would ban abortions, with few exceptions. The bill now goes to the governor's desk.
- Vice President Joe Biden has celebrated the Inflation Reduction Act, which he says will help middle-class families. The bill is a bipartisan effort that includes a provision to increase the Child Tax Credit.
- Get ready for a food fight: High grocery costs are here to stay. The cost of food has been rising, and it is not clear when it will stop.
- 'Forever chemicals' are everywhere. The battle over who pays to clean them up is just getting started. The Environmental Protection Agency has called for a ban on a class of chemicals known as PFAS, but the chemical industry is fighting back.
- Gas prices falling across U.S., but not in California. The average price of gas in the state is $3.83 per gallon, which is higher than the national average of $2.91.
- White House preps for rail strike as congressional Democrats urge patience. Democrats in Congress are urging the White House to take a tough stance in negotiations with the unions, as a strike could disrupt the economy.
- Lindsey Graham saves Biden’s big day. The South Carolina senator helped to broker a deal between the White House and Republicans on the Inflation Reduction Act.
- A closer look at a tech-world manifesto. The document, which was released by a group of Silicon Valley executives, calls for regulation of the tech industry.
- POLITICO Playbook: What the VP told activists about abortion. Vice President Kamala Harris told a group of activists that the administration is committed to protecting Roe v. Wade.
- Jan. 6 panel weighs new DOJ cooperation after Trump world subpoenas. The House Judiciary Committee is considering whether to subpoena Trump aides as part of its investigation into the Capitol riot.
- Graham's abortion ban stuns Senate GOP. The South Carolina senator's bill would ban abortions, with few exceptions.
- Schumer plows $15 million into battle for Senate. The New York senator is trying to protect the Democrats' slim majority in the chamber.
- ‘Sleazy backroom deal’: Progressives tangle one more time with Manchin. The West Virginia senator is under fire from progressives for his role in the Inflation Reduction Act.
- Opinion | For Black Britons, the late Queen Is the ‘Number One Symbol of White Supremacy’. The death of Queen Elizabeth II has reignited debates about the monarchy and its role in British society.
- Will progressives sink Manchin's deal? The West Virginia senator is trying to broker a deal between the White House and Republicans on the Inflation Reduction Act.
- Ferguson heads to AT&T. The former FCC chairman will be a senior advisor at the telecom giant.
- Navy should rename warship that honors Confederate victory, commission recommends. The USS Lexington was named after the Confederate ship that sank during the Battle of Lexington.
- As demand for the monkeypox vaccine stalls, outreach goes hyperlocal. The vaccine is in high demand in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where a monkeypox outbreak is occurring.
- Republican Graham introduces bill that would restrict abortions nationwide. The South Carolina