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5:00 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 …
Stephen Fowler / NPR:
Republicans play cleanup on aisle Trump after former president's NATO comments  —  One of the things I'm not going to do any longer is respond to every comment Donald Trump makes and say ‘Do you still support him?’  I do and I support him because Joe Biden's a disaster.  —  Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Trump seeks Supreme Court intervention in election interference case  —  Former President Donald Trump is turning to the justices in a last-ditch effort to prevent his prosecution in the federal election interference case from moving closer to trial.  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump …
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.
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Haley: ‘Rogue golf ball’ is closest Trump has come to combat  —  GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley again slammed former President Trump for his comments mocking her deployed husband, saying a “rogue golf ball” is the closest the former president has ever come to combat.
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court will soon decide whether to sabotage Trump's most important criminal trial
Discussion: Persuasion
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Two Weeks of Chaos  —  Donald Trump's months-long effort to overturn his defeat …
Discussion: Election Law Blog and CBS News
Washington Post:
Unprecedented assignment: Defending Donald Trump in criminal court
Discussion: Raw Story and Atlanta Black Star
Avery Lotz / CNN:
Rubio dismisses concerns about Trump's NATO remarks as backlash mounts
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
‘Anti-CPAC’ summit planned with prominent GOP Trump critics
Discussion: RedState and Washington Examiner
ABC News:
Trump arrives for hearing in classified docs case being held in special secure facility
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.
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: Public Notice
Tarini Parti / Wall Street Journal:
Kamala Harris Says She Is Ready to Serve as Biden Faces Age Scrutiny
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: The Mahablog and Washington Post
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.
U.S. Department of Defense:
Statement From Walter Reed Military Medical Center Officials on Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Health Status  —  Dr. John Maddox, Trauma Medical Director, and Dr. Gregory Chesnut, Center for Prostate Disease Research of the Murtha Cancer Center Director, at Walter Reed National …
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had non-surgical procedure for bladder issue, remains in hospital
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 …
Ed White / The Independent:
Republican Michigan lawmaker loses staff and committee assignment after online racist post  —  A Republican lawmaker in Michigan has lost his committee assignment and staff, days after posting an image of a racist ideology on social media  —  For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight …
Discussion: The Detroit News and Raw Story
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 …
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New York Times:
Donald J. Trump is talking about endorsing Lara Trump for R.N.C. co-chair.
Elizabeth Crisp / The Hill:
Reagan's daughter says he wouldn't want to be in GOP today
Discussion: HuffPost
Cheyanne M. Daniels / The Hill:
Georgia's Black churches unite for voter engagement campaign
Discussion: New York Times and Political Wire
Oriana González / NOTUS:
Heritage Action Scorecards Used to Strike Fear in Republicans. Not Anymore.
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Trump and the GOP's Fascist Rhetoric Has Broad Appeal: Poll
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Gil Duran / New Republic:
The Tech Plutocrats Dreaming of a Right-Wing San Francisco
Discussion: FrameLab
Violent crime is dropping fast in the U.S. — even if Americans don't believe it
Ivana Saric / Axios:
“lol hey guys”: Biden campaign joins TikTok to reach young voters
Stephanie van den Berg / Reuters:
Dutch court orders halt to export of F-35 jet parts to Israel
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Jack Smith's Subtle Shot at Trump Mar-a-Lago Judge Aileen Cannon
Discussion: Raw Story

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A look at Apple's hubris that doomed the electric car project, spring hardware updates without a dedicated event, and Dan Riccio's retirement plans

Sharon Goldman / VentureBeat:
Legal experts say Musk's lawsuit against OpenAI is a stretch because handshakes and expectations are hard to enforce, but it does make a strong policy argument

Matt Burgess / Wired:
Researchers create an AI worm that can spread between generative AI agents via an “adversarial self-replicating prompt”, which can steal data or spread malware

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