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WASHINGTON, DC ‐ July 12, 2022: A visual of President Donald Trump is shown as the House select committee holds a public hearing investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2022. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post)

Today, jury selection began in the federal trial of Stephen K. Bannon, the former Trump adviser charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about his actions ahead of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. It’s the start of what is shaping up as a week of reckoning for former president Donald Trump and those around him.

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On Thursday, in a prime-time hearing, the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection will put a spotlight on what Trump did — and didn’t do — on that deadly day. And on Friday, Trump plans to campaign in Arizona in a GOP gubernatorial primary in which he and former vice president Mike Pence are backing opposing candidates.

Meanwhile, in a speech to the NAACP on Monday, Vice President Harris drew a connection between slavery and the denial of abortion rights, saying that “our country has a history of claiming ownership over human bodies.” Harris accused “extremist so-called leaders” of “punishing women for making health-care decisions for themselves.”

President Biden, after returning this weekend from a controversial trip to the Middle East, had no public events on his schedule.

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  • 11:30 a.m. Eastern time: Harris addressed the NAACP convention in Atlantic City. Watch here.
  • 3:15 p.m. Eastern time: White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre briefed reporters. Watch here.

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