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2:50 PM ET, February 11, 2024

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Kelly Garrity / Politico:
‘Enough to make Reagan ill’: Trump's NATO remarks under fire  —  “Honestly this seems kinda important,” said Sen. Brian Schatz.  —  Democrats and some Republicans were quick to condemn Donald Trump after the former president said Saturday night he would “encourage” Russia to attack …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Favoring Foes Over Friends, Trump Threatens to Upend International Order  —  Former President Donald J. Trump suggested that he would incite Russia to attack “delinquent” U.S. allies, foreshadowing potentially far-reaching changes in the world order if he wins the White House again.
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Chicago Tribune
Edward Helmore / The Guardian:
Trump says he would encourage Russia to attack Nato allies who pay too little  —  Republican senator Marco Rubio seeks to downplay meaning of remarks as White House describes them as ‘unhinged’  —  A Republican senator has sought to calm rising European security anxieties created by Donald Trump …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump meets with GOP megadonor Miriam Adelson  —  The former president had dinner with the casino executive on Thursday.  —  Former President Donald Trump dined with casino executive Miriam Adelson in Las Vegas on Thursday, his latest indication he is moving to consolidate the support of the Republican donor class.
Discussion: Political Wire
Stephen Fowler / NPR:
Trump says he wouldn't defend NATO allies from Russia if they're ‘delinquent’  —  CONWAY, S.C. - Former President Donald Trump said America would not defend NATO allies against Russia if they did not meet his definition of contributing enough defense spending, threatening to upend the alliance if elected president again in 2024.
Discussion: UPROXX
Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
Trump Encourages Putin to Attack NATO Members  —  At a rally on Saturday, the former president announced he would tell the Russians “to do whatever the hell they want” to states delinquent in their bills.  —  Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States and the presumptive Republican nominee …
James FitzGerald / BBC:
Trump says he would ‘encourage’ Russia to attack Nato allies who do not pay their bills  —  Watch: Trump would not protect countries from attack by Russia if they do not pay enough into Nato  —  Donald Trump has said he would “encourage” Russia to attack any Nato member that fails to pay …
Michael Gold / New York Times:
Trump Says He Gave NATO Allies Warning: Pay In or He'd Urge Russian Aggression  —  Speaking in Conway, S.C., Donald J. Trump said as president he'd told NATO allies that he would urge Russian aggression against countries that owed the military alliance money.
Politico:
GOP senators defy Trump by advancing foreign aid  —  The vote was a decisive 67-27.  —  Donald Trump spent the weekend telling senators they should not pass more unconditional U.S. foreign aid.  More than a dozen Republicans ignored him Sunday, again advancing a bill to send $95 billion in aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.
David Cohen / Politico:
Rubio declines to criticize Trump over comments on Haley's husband  —  “It's just part of these campaign cycles,” he said.  —  Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday declined to condemn former President Donald Trump for his rhetoric Saturday about the husband of Republican rival Nikki Haley, a National Guard officer now deployed overseas.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Final Proof That Trump's Appeal Was Never About the Economy
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Is Strongest GOP Leader Standing as Johnson, McConnell Take Flak
Discussion: Reuters and HuffPost
Marianne LeVine / Washington Post:
Trump suggests he'd disregard NATO treaty, urge Russian attacks on allies
CNN:
Trump attacks Haley for absence of her husband, who is deployed
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Says He'd Encourage Russia to Attack NATO Allies Who Don't Pay
Discussion: New York Times
Ron Filipkowski / MeidasTouch:   Trump Says He Will Refuse to Honor NATO Treaty
Meredith Deliso / ABC News:
Overwhelming majority of Americans think Biden is too old for another term: POLL  —  A majority also think Trump is too old for a second term.  —  President Joe Biden delivers remarks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 6, 2024.
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Sarah Siock / The Hill:
Overwhelming majority think Biden is too old to serve following Hur report: Poll
Discussion: Politico and Washington Times
Politico:   Playbook: ‘Wild’ and ‘dangerous’ Trump upstages ‘elderly’ Biden
FrameLab:
Is the press trying to help elect Trump?
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
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The White House:
Readout of President Biden's Call with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel
Discussion: The Hill and Reuters
CNN:
McCarthy foes face blowback as primary threats grow and GOP donors shut their wallets  —  Watch CNN's coverage of the eight House Republicans who voted to oust former Speaker Kevin McCarthy on “Inside Politics Sunday with Manu Raju” at 11 a.m. ET.  —  CNN —  Donors no longer want to contribute to their campaigns.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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