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9:45 PM ET, February 11, 2024

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Politico:
GOP senators defy Trump by advancing foreign aid bill  —  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, moving forward on a bill to send $95 billion in aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.
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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 …
Discussion: NBC News, The Mahablog and PoliticusUSA
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: Boston Herald and Vanity Fair
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 and MeidasTouch
Axios:
Inside Trump's plans to deport millions from the U.S. … - If elected, Trump wants to mobilize ICE agents — along with the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, federal prosecutors, the National Guard, and even state and local law enforcement officers — to carry out deportations …
Discussion: RedState, The Hill and Raw Story
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump meets with GOP megadonor Miriam Adelson
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Final Proof That Trump's Appeal Was Never About the Economy
Discussion: Benzinga
David Cohen / Politico:
Rubio declines to criticize Trump over comments on Haley's husband
Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
Trump Encourages Putin to Attack NATO Members
David Jackson / USA Today:
Donald Trump threatens NATO, says he would ‘encourage’ Russia to ‘do whatever the hell they want’
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Is Strongest GOP Leader Standing as Johnson, McConnell Take Flak
Discussion: Reuters and HuffPost
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
‘But His Memory’ and the slow train wreck of American democracy  —  Some night around the year 2064, when the ragtag children of the last historians huddle around a cave fire and mix up some berries and the blood of their groundhog dinner to paint crude images of what the heck ever happened …
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Miranda Nazzaro / The Hill:
Trump says 'there's no way' Taylor Swift will endorse Biden  —  Former President Trump on Sunday poured cold water on the idea global superstar Taylor Swift would endorse President Biden amid swirling speculation the incumbent's campaign team is trying to secure the endorsement of the pop singer.
Kelby Vera / HuffPost:
Donald Trump: Taylor Swift Is ‘Disloyal’ If She Endorses President Biden
Sarah Siock / The Hill:
Overwhelming majority think Biden is too old to serve following Hur report: Poll
Discussion: RedState, New York Post and Politico
FrameLab:
Is the press trying to help elect Trump?
Politico:
Playbook: ‘Wild’ and ‘dangerous’ Trump upstages ‘elderly’ Biden
U.S. Department of Defense:
Statement From Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder on Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Health Status  —  Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder provided the following statement:  —  Today, at approximately 2:20 pm, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III was transported …
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ABC News:
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin taken to hospital again, for potential ‘emergent bladder issue’  —  “The Secretary is retaining the functions and duties of his office.”  —  U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin delivers remarks during a meeting with Kenyan Defense Minister Aden Duale at the Pentagon on Feb. 07, 2024 in Arlington, Va.
Washington Post:
Biden moving closer to a breach with Netanyahu over war in Gaza  —  Some of Biden's aides are urging him to publicly criticize the Israeli prime minister as casualties mount  —  President Biden and his top aides are closer to a breach with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …
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The White House:
Readout of President Biden's Call with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel  —  President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke this morning with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.  The President reaffirmed our shared goal to see Hamas defeated and to ensure the long-term security of Israel and its people.
 
 
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