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3:55 PM ET, February 12, 2024


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J.D. Vance / The American Conservative:
The Republican Plot Against Donald Trump  —  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) …
New York Times:
G.O.P. Officials, Once Critical, Stand by Trump After NATO Comments  —  Defending Donald Trump or deflecting his statements, some top G.O.P. officials reflected the trajectory of a party that the former president has largely bent to his will.  —  After Donald J. Trump suggested he had threatened …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
‘Wow!’  Morning Joe Crew Stunned By Montage of Trump Repeated Gaffes from Weekend Rallies  —  Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were equally stunned by a montage of confusing gaffes by former President Donald Trump over a weekend of political rallies, each exclaiming “wow!” coming out of the montage aired on Monday's Morning Joe.
Heather Digby Parton / Salon:
Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson gave Putin exactly want he wants  —  It is no coincidence that Trump made his biggest threat against NATO right after Tucker Carlson sat with Putin  —  As we all know, the biggest story in the world is the breaking news that President Joe Biden is old.
New York Times:
Trump Faces Supreme Court Deadline on Claim of Absolute Immunity  —  A federal appeals court gave the former president until Monday to ask the justices to pause its ruling while he pursues an appeal.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump is expected to file a last-ditch effort on Monday …
Discussion: The Weekly Sift
Rachael Bade / Politico:
‘We have to get this done’: A top House Republican pushes for Ukraine aid, stat  —  Intel Chair Mike Turner says he's confident Speaker Mike Johnson will allow a vote on a Senate aid package.  —  The chair of the House Intelligence Committee is warning that time is running out for Ukraine …
Avery Lotz / CNN:
Rubio dismisses concerns about Trump's NATO remarks as backlash mounts
New York Times:
Trump Faces Fraud Trial Ruling and Criminal Trial Hearing in NY Next Week
Discussion: The Guardian and Reason
Sam Meredith / CNBC:
Trump's NATO comments stir up a political storm as Russia keeps quiet
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
‘Anti-CPAC’ summit planned with prominent GOP Trump critics
Discussion: Washington Examiner and RedState
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
Washington Post:
Unprecedented assignment: Defending Donald Trump in criminal court
Discussion: Raw Story and Atlanta Black Star
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.
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
‘But His Memory’ and the slow train wreck of American democracy
Police have identified the woman who opened fire in a Houston megachurch.  Here's what we know  —  A woman who walked into a popular Texas megachurch Sunday afternoon with a long gun and a young child opened fire before she was killed by law enforcement officers on scene.
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Bibi protests to Biden, criticizes order targeting Israeli settler violence  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his call with President Biden on Sunday protested and criticized Biden's recent executive order that paved the way for sanctions on Israeli settlers involved …
NBC News:
Biden disparages Netanyahu in private but hasn't changed U.S. policy toward Israel
Lynn Neary / NPR:
‘The voice we woke up to’: Bob Edwards, longtime ‘Morning Edition’ host, dies at 76  —  Bob Edwards, the veteran broadcaster and longtime host of Morning Edition who left an indelible mark on NPR's sound, has died.  He was 76 years old.  —  NPR's Susan Stamberg says Edwards' voice became part …
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 …
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 …
Call and Response: Putin Demanded Greater Russia and Trump Agreed  —  Over the weekend, Putin and Donald Trump seem to have come to public agreement that, if elected in November, Trump would help Putin pursue Greater Russia.  —  In his session with Tucker Carlson, after all …
Discussion: Washington Post
Gil Duran / New Republic:
The Tech Plutocrats Dreaming of a Right-Wing San Francisco  —  On a Friday night in late January, the leader of a famed San Francisco venture capital firm got drunk and launched into a profanity-laced tirade on social media.  Garry Tan, the Y Combinator CEO currently spearheading …
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 …
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Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Two Weeks of Chaos  —  Donald Trump's months-long effort to overturn his defeat …
Discussion: CBS News
Ed White / The Independent:
Republican Michigan lawmaker loses staff and committee assignment after online racist post
Discussion: The Detroit News
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Trump and the GOP's Fascist Rhetoric Has Broad Appeal: Poll
Discussion: Raw Story
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Stephanie van den Berg / Reuters:
Dutch court orders halt to export of F-35 jet parts to Israel
In Trump-Biden Rematch, the Only Sure Loser Is China