Happy Wednesday! Midwesterners in the room: Reporters crunched the numbers, and apparently your biggest cultural touchstone is the “toothy, googly-eyed” walleye fish. Congrats?
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
Kansas voters on Tuesday rejected a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would have specified it doesn’t provide the right to an abortion—allowing lawmakers to pass an abortion ban. The red state is the first to vote on abortion since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, but Kentucky will consider a similar measure in November, while Vermont and likely Michigan will vote on adding a right to abortion to their constitutions.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan yesterday, becoming the highest-ranking United States politician to visit the island since the 1990s. China considers the self-governed island part of its territory and announced plans for live-fire military exercises surrounding the island once Pelosi leaves. It also announced import bans on citrus and some fish products from Taiwan.
A new lawsuit alleges the Department of Defense wiped the phones of departing high-level Pentagon officials at the end of the Trump administration, erasing any Jan. 6-related texts, CNN reports. That makes the DOD the third federal agency accused of improperly removing records. Jan. 6 committee chair Bennie Thompson and House Oversight chair Carolyn Maloney suggested in a Monday letter to Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Joseph Cuffari that there is evidence of a cover-up in his investigation into missing Secret Service text messages from Jan. 6. Meanwhile, a federal grand jury has subpoenaed former White House counsel Pat Cipollone for its investigation into the events of Jan. 6, ABC reports.