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8:05 AM ET, February 12, 2024

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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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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
Bloomberg:
In Trump-Biden Rematch, the Only Sure Loser Is China  —  Trump vows massive tariffs that could shrink US-China trade to practically nothing — and Biden has new restrictions ready to roll before election day  —  Donald Trump's China trade war frayed economic ties between the two global superpowers.
Discussion: National Review and Political Wire
Kelby Vera / HuffPost:
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Final Proof That Trump's Appeal Was Never About the Economy
Discussion: Benzinga
Sarah Siock / The Hill:
Overwhelming majority think Biden is too old to serve following Hur report: Poll
Politico:   Playbook: ‘Wild’ and ‘dangerous’ Trump upstages ‘elderly’ Biden
Adam Durbin / BBC:
Nato chief says Donald Trump comments ‘undermine all of our security’  —  Watch: Trump would not protect countries from attack by Russia if they do not pay enough into Nato  —  Donald Trump's suggestion the US would not protect Nato allies failing to spend enough on defence …
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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.
James FitzGerald / BBC:
Trump says he would ‘encourage’ Russia to attack Nato allies who do not pay their bills
David Cohen / Politico:
Rubio declines to criticize Trump over comments on Haley's husband
Kelly Garrity / Politico:
‘Enough to make Reagan ill’: Trump's NATO remarks under fire
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.
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 …
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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.
Axios:
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 …
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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 …
 
 
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