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6:45 PM ET, February 12, 2024


 Top Items: 
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 …
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 …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court will soon decide whether to sabotage Trump's most important criminal trial  —  Trump wants the justices to delay his election theft trial forever.  —  The Supreme Court now has two Trump-sized problems to deal with.  —  Last Thursday, the justices heard oral arguments …
Discussion: Persuasion
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.
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.
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
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Trump faces deadline to ask for Supreme Court trial delay
Washington Post:
Unprecedented assignment: Defending Donald Trump in criminal court
Discussion: Raw Story and Atlanta Black Star
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Biden's border bind, in one chart
Discussion: Semafor
New York Times:
Trump Asks Supreme Court to Intervene Over Claim of Absolute Immunity
Trump attends closed-door hearing in Florida classified doc case
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Joint chiefs head says U.S. ‘credibility is at stake’ following Trump's NATO remarks
Avery Lotz / CNN:
Rubio dismisses concerns about Trump's NATO remarks as backlash mounts
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 …
Herbert Hoover stans fight back  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With help from producer Raymond Rapada.  —  President JOE BIDEN has a rotation of names for former President DONALD TRUMP (not all of which are appropriate in public).
Discussion: Fox News
Tarini Parti / Wall Street Journal:
Kamala Harris Says She Is Ready to Serve as Biden Faces Age Scrutiny
NBC News:
Biden disparages Netanyahu in private but hasn't changed U.S. policy toward Israel
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.
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.
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Tuberville appears willing to give Putin the benefit of the doubt
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo and RedState
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 …
New York Times:
Donald J. Trump is talking about endorsing Lara Trump for R.N.C. co-chair.  —  Elgin, S.C.  —  Orangeburg, S.C.  —  Conway, S.C.  —  Conway, S.C.  —  Sean Rayford for The New York Times
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Raw Story
Charan Ranganath / New York Times:
A Neuroscientist Weighs In On Biden's Cognitive Abilities  —  Special Counsel Robert K. Hur's report, in which he declined to prosecute President Biden for his handling of classified documents, also included a much-debated assessment of Mr. Biden's cognitive abilities.
Discussion: HotAir, Reason, Althouse, CBS News and Fox News
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
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 …
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Rasmussen Reports:
R-E-S-P-E-C-T? Trump Dominates Biden
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Examiner
Washington Post:
Trump plans to attend Georgia hearing on misconduct allegations against prosecutors
Sarah Fortinsky / The Hill:
Former aide to disgraced Illinois House Speaker sentenced to prison
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: Political Wire and New York Times
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
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Former RNC Chair Comes Up With Damning New Way To Describe Trump Supporters
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: The Guardian, CNN and Raw Story

From Mediagazer:

Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
A preview of the NetChoice cases to be argued at SCOTUS on February 26, about the constitutionality of Texas and Florida laws regulating social media content

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