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Wednesday briefing: Cassidy Hutchinson’s explosive testimony; Plan B rationing; coronavirus vaccines; primary results; and more

(Jordan Robertson for The Washington Post)
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The Jan. 6 committee held an explosive public hearing yesterday.

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Some stores have started rationing emergency contraceptives.

  • CVS and RiteAid are temporarily limiting purchases of Plan B — a pill that can prevent pregnancy if taken within three days of unprotected sex — to three packs per customer.
  • Why? Demand has spiked since the Supreme Court got rid of the constitutional right to abortion, leaving states free to ban or limit the procedure.
  • What else to know: A court ruling in Texas has temporarily allowed abortions to resume for at least two weeks.

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Far-right Republicans had a rough time in yesterday’s primaries.

  • In Colorado: Voters chose more moderate candidates over three election deniers.
  • Across the U.S.: Many hard-right candidates lost to more traditional opponents, though not entirely. In Illinois, a Republican candidate backed by Trump will be on the ballot for governor.

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Experts said it’s time to update coronavirus vaccines.

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Finland and Sweden have been formally invited to join NATO.

  • Why this matters: It’s a strategic setback for Vladimir Putin. Finland’s membership will double the western military alliance’s land border with an increasingly isolated Russia.
  • Today: NATO leaders are also expected to sign off on plans for a new headquarters in Eastern Europe. The U.S. also announced plans to station more military in Europe.

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Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

  • Who is she? Jeffrey Epstein’s close friend and accomplice. She sex trafficked young women and girls for the financier for at least a decade between 1994 and 2004.
  • At the sentencing: The judge shot down Maxwell’s claim that she was being punished in place of Epstein, who died in jail in 2019 before his federal trial could take place.

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California is sending “inflation relief” checks to millions of residents.

  • The details: The size of the tax refunds will be based on income, tax-filing status and household size, with people earning $75,000 or less eligible for the maximum amount of $1,050.
  • Why? Prices are rising everywhere, but particularly in California, which has the most expensive gas in the U.S. The state is using a huge budget surplus to fund the program.

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