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Here are the headlines you Need2Know for Wednesday, June 22, 2022:


The fourth hearing from the House Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection focused on the harassment and pressure put on local and state officials in the aftermath of the 2020 election. Emotional testimony came from Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, an election worker in Fulton County, Georgia, who said she and her mother received violent and racist threats for months after being the target of a conspiracy theory spread by former President Donald Trump. State-level officials who offered live testimony included Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s top election official. They outlined how they verified the accuracy of the election results and recounted several instances of Trump trying to pressure officials to overturn the election results. Cheddar’s Ben Deeter provides a full breakdown of the testimony and takeaways from the fourth hearing. CHEDDAR

Probably safe to assume the Mar-a-Lago menus won’t ever feature a “Raffens-burger.”


A Donald Trump-endorsed candidate won the Republican primary runoff Tuesday for the U.S. Senate seat in Alabama but two others lost races in next-door Georgia. In Alabama, Trump-backed Katie Britt handily defeated Rep. Mo Brooks, who had earlier fallen out of favor with the former president, to replace the retiring Sen. Richard C. Shelby. In Georgia, two congressional candidates supported by Trump went down — Vernon Jones lost to Mike Collins in an especially nasty campaign, and Jake Evans fell to Rich McCormick. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser bested three opponents in her bid to win a third consecutive term. And in Texas, a Democratic runoff was finally called nearly a month after the vote, as moderate Rep. Henry Cuellar survived a challenge from progressive Jessica Cisneros. NEW YORK TIMES


Texas’ director of the Department of Public Safety, Steven McCraw, called the police response to the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde “an abject failure,” adding that the on-scene commander “decided to put the lives of officers ahead of the lives of children.” McCraw said law enforcement had enough officers on scene to have stopped the gunman three minutes after he entered the building, and they never checked to see if the classroom where the massacre took place was locked. McCraw testified that the door could only be locked from the outside, yet there is no indication officers even tried to open the door, even as police waited around for a key while the gunman was inside the classroom. CHEDDAR


Though no opinion was issued on Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court made several headline-making rulings yesterday. Most notably was its ruling that state programs providing money for public school tuition must also include funding for religious schools, which critics argue blurs the line that separates church and state. Next, the high court said the current conviction for attempted robbery does not fit the definition of a “crime of violence” and therefore does not prompt a longer sentence if a firearm is used. Lastly, the court rejected an appeal from Bayer AG, the company that owns Roundup, to dismiss thousands of lawsuits claiming the weed killer causes cancer. A lower court will make a judgment on whether $25 million in damages will be awarded to a California man whose lawsuit serves as a test case for the thousands of others. CHEDDAR

From grade school to the Supreme Court — cramming before summer break never goes out of style.


China and India are counteracting Western sanctions by purchasing Russian oil in mass amounts at a discount, which helps to stabilize Russia’s economy and improve its efforts to fund the war against Ukraine. Meanwhile, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland made a surprise visit to Ukraine, where he met with the prosecutor general, Iryna Venediktova, to discuss international efforts to prosecute those who have committed atrocities against Ukrainians. Garland launched a War Crimes Accountability Team, which will be led by famed “Nazi hunter” and DOJ veteran Eli Rosenbaum. And on the ground, Ukraine warned hundreds of thousands of its citizens to evacuate a Russian-occupied area in the south, as Ukrainian forces prepare a likely bloody counteroffensive. NY TIMES


Tesla CEO Elon Musk clarified previous comments that 10% of the company’s workforce would be laid off, instead saying layoffs will affect about 3.5% of employees. Musk said Tesla would reduce its salaried workforce by 10% in the next three months but would simultaneously grow the number of its hourly employees. Musk’s clarification comes two days after former Tesla employees filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that the EV maker failed to follow federal laws on “mass layoffs” that require a 60-day notification period. Meanwhile, Musk’s bid to acquire Twitter appeared to take a step forward. The social media company’s board of directors recommended to its shareholders that they approve Musk’s $44 billion dollar takeover, though the world’s richest man said there are still a few "unresolved matters" in his deal to buy Twitter. REUTERS

Side note: Musk tweeted about his love for cheese, which does in fact earn him instant brownie points from the folks here at Cheddar.


Another day, another blow-up in the decentralized finance (DeFi) world. Last week, Celsius, one of the biggest players in DeFi, made the controversial decision to suspend customer withdrawals as it dealt with a serious liquidity crisis. For context, Celsius is a quasi-bank, taking in customer deposits and lending them out on the back end. The problem is, the company isn't regulated like a bank, and now customers are paying the price. When the crypto bubble popped, Celsius' investments went sour, and it no longer had the funds to pay customers. Cheddar’s Alex Vuocolo looks at how Celsius’ implosion could affect decentralized finance moving forward. CHEDDAR


Food manufacturing giant Kellogg announced it will split into three different companies, each with a separate focus: cereal, snacks and plant-based foods. New names for the spinoffs — expected to be complete by 2023 — haven’t been announced yet. The largest of the three companies is likely to be the snack-centric one; last year, Kellogg brought in more than $11 billion in sales on snacks, 60% of which came from Pop-Tarts, Nutri-Grain, Pringles and Cheez-It. As for the plant-based company, it will be anchored by its MorningStar Farms brand, which raked in $340 million in sales last year. The new company expects to compete with struggling plant-based producer Beyond Meat, whose stock has dipped over 80% in the last year. Kellogg’s stock, meanwhile, elevated more than 8% immediately following news of its triple-split. CNBC

Still TBD which of the three will carry the plant-based cereal snack.


Ever been in an Uber and wished there was a stranger in the car with you? You’re in luck. Uber is bringing back shared rides after suspending the feature in March 2020 for social distancing purposes as the Covid-19 pandemic ramped up. With UberX Share — formerly UberPool — riders can catch an Uber at a discounted price by sharing the ride with strangers going in a similar direction. Uber is gradually rolling out UberX Share in major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, San Diego, Portland, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. In a new incentive, riders will receive an upfront 20% discount if they choose UberX Share. ENGADGET


WATSON SETTLEMENTS: Cleveland Browns star quarterback Deshaun Watson reached a confidential settlement with all but four of the 24 women who accused him of sexual misconduct during various massage sessions. Attorney Tony Buzbee said that Ashley Solis, the first woman to file a lawsuit against Watson and publicly identify herself as an alleged victim, is not one of the 20 to settle. An NFL spokesman said the recent settlements will not affect how the league might discipline Watson. ESPN

KOEPKA JOINS LIV: Golf’s latest star to leave the PGA Tour for the LIV Golf Invitational Series is four-time major champion Brooks Koepka. Currently ranked 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking, Koepka is expected to make his LIV debut at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon, on June 30. Koepka joins his brother Chase in bolting the PGA Tour for the lucrative Saudi-backed venue. CBS SPORTS

GRONK RETIRES: Legendary tight end Rob Gronkowski is calling it a career — again. Though you may know him for his appearances on Cheddar, Gronk leaves football as a guarantee to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Highlighting his decorated career are four Super Bowl victories and 92 career touchdowns — third in NFL history. Gronkowski retired once before after the 2018 season, and his agent said it’s possible that some guy named Tom Brady could convince the western New York native to make yet another comeback. YAHOO SPORTS

Be sure to Gronk Spike a football (or any object) with your loved ones today.


“I get to drive the boat into the iceberg while singing ‘I Drove All Night.’” 

— Actor Frankie Grande on the “kooky craziness” that is the musical comedy, “Titanique.” Grande joined Cheddar News to talk about starring in a “Titanic” parody play that uses the song catalog of Celine Dion. CHEDDAR