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11:45 AM ET, February 12, 2024


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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Media creates Biden “fitness” crisis  —  Robert Hur, the Republican special prosecutor assigned to investigate President Biden, is a lawyer, not a doctor.  On Thursday, Hur issued a lengthy report that came to the legal conclusion that charges against Biden for mishandling classified materials were not warranted.
Discussion: New York Times and CBS News
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 …
Michael Tomasky / New Republic:
The Only Mental Acuity I'm Questioning These Days Is the Mainstream Media's  —  Well, of course both The New York Times and The Washington Post led with stories Saturday morning about Joe Biden's age and mental acuity.  The story of special counsel Robert Hur's report and its petty rhetoric …
Lisa Needham / Public Notice:
Why the Hur report triggers bad 2016 flashbacks  —  This free edition of PN is made possible by paid subscribers.  If you aren't one, please click the button below to support our independent journalism.  —  🏛️ Subscribe to Public Notice 🏛️
In Trump-Biden Rematch, the Only Sure Loser Is China
Discussion: National Review and Political Wire
Kelby Vera / HuffPost:
Donald Trump: Taylor Swift Is ‘Disloyal’ If She Endorses President Biden
Miranda Nazzaro / The Hill:
Trump says 'there's no way' Taylor Swift will endorse Biden
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Jack Smith's Subtle Shot at Trump Mar-a-Lago Judge Aileen Cannon  —  Federal prosecutors working on the Donald Trump Mar-a-Lago documents case are trying to convince Judge Aileen Cannon by pointing to cases she worked on at the DOJ.  —  Faced with a federal judge in the Donald Trump Mar …
Discussion: Raw Story and Business Insider
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump attends Florida hearing in special counsel classified documents case  — Former President Donald Trump arrived at a federal court in Florida for a sealed hearing.  — The Republican is charged in a criminal case there with retaining classified government documents are leaving the White House.
New York Times:
Trump Faces Fraud Trial Ruling and Criminal Trial Hearing in NY Next Week  —  Donald Trump faces a ruling in a civil fraud case that could drain his cash coffers.  He may also receive a court date for what would be the first criminal trial of a former U.S. president.
Discussion: The Hill and The Guardian
Exclusive: How Biden botched the border  —  Aboard Air Force One en route to tour the southern border in January 2023, President Biden sat at the head of his conference table and exploded with fury.  — The president lit into his team, which included then-Deputy Chief of Staff Jen O'Malley Dillon …
Discussion: Fox News, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Tarini Parti / Wall Street Journal:
Kamala Harris Says She Is Ready to Serve as Biden Faces Age Scrutiny  —  In a recent interview, the vice president cites her ‘capacity to lead’ after stops on her abortion-rights tour  —  Vice President Kamala Harris was detailing her priorities for the campaign during a flight on Air Force …
NBC News:
Biden disparages Netanyahu in private but hasn't changed U.S. policy toward Israel  —  As the reported Palestinian death toll in Gaza reaches 28,000, the president continues to believe that unequivocally supporting Israel is the right policy.  —  WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has been venting …
The White House:
Readout of President Biden's Call with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Former RNC Chair Comes Up With Damning New Way To Describe Trump Supporters  —  Michael Steele asked why some voters don't just get what the former president is about.  —  LOADING  —  Michael Steele, a former chair of the Republican National Committee, on Sunday, ripped Donald Trump supporters as …
Sam Meredith / CNBC:
Trump's NATO comments stir up a political storm as Russia keeps quiet  —  @WWW.LINKEDIN.COM/IN/SAMUELMEREDITH @SMEREDITH19  — The Kremlin on Monday declined to comment on Donald Trump's remarks about not wanting to protect a NATO country from a future attack by Moscow, if they were behind on their payments.
Adam Durbin / BBC:
Nato chief says Donald Trump comments ‘undermine all of our security’
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Favoring Foes Over Friends, Trump Threatens to Upend International Order
Kelly Garrity / Politico:
‘Enough to make Reagan ill’: Trump's NATO remarks under fire
Ivana Saric / Axios:
“lol hey guys”: Biden campaign joins TikTok to reach young voters  —  President Biden's re-election campaign officially launched its TikTok account on Sunday with a Super Bowl-themed video. … - By Monday morning, the video had 3.9 million views.  — “In a media ecosystem that is more fragmented …
Tara Copp / Associated Press:
Defense Secretary Austin is hospitalized with bladder issue, transfers powers to his deputy  —  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was hospitalized again Sunday to address a bladder issue as he continues to recover from prostate cancer and has transferred authorities to his deputy, the Pentagon said.
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
J.D. Vance / The American Conservative:
The Republican Plot Against Donald Trump  —  The inside story of how Congress is pursuing endless war in Ukraine—and trying to stop a Trump election.  —  This weekend, Senate Democrats (joined by a few Republicans, including most Republican leadership) forced through a “security supplemental” …
GOP senators defy Trump by advancing foreign aid bill
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