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5:50 PM ET, February 20, 2024


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Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Why Nikki Haley isn't dropping out of the GOP presidential race  —  Nikki Haley's team is bracing for a home state embarrassment in South Carolina's Republican presidential primary on Saturday.  Conventional wisdom suggests she'll be forced to drop out.  But that may not apply in 2024.
MJ Lee / CNN:
Biden instructed aides to dial up attacks on Trump's wild comments  —  President Joe Biden personally directed his senior campaign aides in recent days to focus more aggressively on former President Donald Trump's inflammatory comments, according to two sources familiar with the president's edict.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Home sweet home? Donald Trump trounces Nikki Haley in exclusive South Carolina poll
Associated Press:
Nikki Haley hasn't yet won a GOP contest. But she's vowing to keep fighting Donald Trump
Trump allies prepare to infuse ‘Christian nationalism’ in second administration  —  Spearheading the effort is Russell Vought, president of The Center for Renewing America, part of a conservative consortium preparing for Trump's return to power.  —  Russell Vought is president of The Center …
Asawin Suesbang / Rolling Stone:
Trump's Final Hours in Office Were Consumed With Fury at Snoop Dogg  —  Trump's rage at Snoop Dogg created “chaos” in his administration's last moments — and nearly killed clemency for Harry-O … The source of the then-outgoing president's anger had nothing to do with his failed attempts …
Discussion: New Republic, Raw Story, UPROXX and Wonkette
Brianna Herlihy / Fox News:
Alito issues fiery 10-page dissent as Supreme Court declines to review elite high school admissions case  —  Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas said the high court should have heard a case challenging admissions program of elite Virginia high school  —  Join Fox News for access to this content
Camille Mumford / Emerson Polling:
California 2024 Poll: Schiff Continues to Lead U.S. Senate Primary with 28%  —  Home Polls California 2024 Poll: Schiff Continues to Lead U.S. Senate Primary with 28%  —  A new Emerson College Polling/Inside California Politics/The Hill survey finds Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff maintaining …
What's missing from the Senate ad blitz
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Daily Kos
Igor Derysh / Salon:
“That makes him a mark”: Experts warn Trump could get desperate as his fraud appeal appears doomed  —  Experts worry what Trump may do as he is “scrambling to pay his bills” after $400+ million in judgments  —  Former President Donald Trump faces long odds if he tries to appeal the $355 fraud ruling against him, legal experts say.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Fani Willis turns the tables on her attackers  —  Fulton County, Ga., District Attorney Fani Willis took the stand last week under attack from Michael Roman, former henchman 0f four-times-indicted former president Donald Trump, and many in the media and legal community.
NBC News:
Global law enforcement takes down ransomware group that targeted U.S. hospitals and schools
Judge threatens ex-Trump aide Navarro with contempt in records fight  —  Trump's former trade adviser has claimed the documents were personal, but a federal judge says at least some of them must be returned to the government.  —  A federal judge threatened Tuesday to hold former Trump White …
John Fritze / CNN:
Supreme Court won't review sanctions against pro-Trump lawyers who filed frivolous 2020 election suits  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to revisit sanctions levied against two pro-Trump attorneys who filed frivolous lawsuits challenging the outcome of the 2020 election in Michigan.
Randall Sarafa / Signal Messenger:
Keep your phone number private with Signal usernames  —  Signal's mission and sole focus is private communication.  For years, Signal has kept your messages private, your profile information (like your name and profile photo) private, your contacts private, and your groups private - among much else.
María Luisa Paúl / Washington Post:
Clarence Thomas has 30 days to resign if he wants millions from John Oliver  —  When it comes to Supreme Court reform, John Oliver is tired of just talking about term limits and ethics codes.  Instead, the late-night talk-show host said he's taking a page out of the playbook used by the rich and powerful …
How Google is killing independent sites like ours  —  And why you shouldn't trust product recommendations from big media publishers ranking at the top of Google  —  Big media publishers are inundating the web with subpar product recommendations you can't trust
M.L. Nestel / Raw Story:
'You're both traitors': Speaker Johnson's thumbs-up photo-op with Trump doesn't go well  —  House Speaker Mike Johnson made his pilgrimage to Mar-a-Lago for a photo-op with former President Donald Trump — but when he took it X Monday, it didn't get the kind of reception he'd hoped.
Kelly Garrity / Politico:
Russia adds Lindsey Graham to list of ‘terrorists’ after he pushes consequences for Navalny's death  —  The South Carolina Republican has publicly blamed Vladimir Putin for the Russian dissident's death.  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham has been added to Russia's list of “extremists and terrorists” …
Discussion: The Guardian
Matt Berg / Politico:
US to announce ‘major sanctions package’ on Russia following Navalny death
Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Kari Lake can't say who ‘stole’ her election, says criticism of McCain was meant as a joke  —  In a radio interview, Lake also said she wouldn't support a federal abortion ban and characterized Ukraine's war against Russia as a lost cause.  —  A defensive Kari Lake acknowledged …
Maureen Groppe / USA Today:
Alito says he was right to fear that opponents of gay marriage would be treated as bigots  —  The justice raised that complaint about a trial judge's dismissal of potential jurors in a workplace discrimination case.  —  WASHINGTON − Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito attempted an …
Bevan Hurley / The Independent:
Oklahoma banned trans students from bathrooms.  Now a bullied student is dead after a fight  —  Nex Benedict died one day after a fight in a school bathroom.  Their mother Sue Benedict tells Bevan Hurley that the gender fluid teenager endured more than a year of abuse simply for being who they were
Brandi Buchman / Law & Crime:
‘What you are seeing is done in third-world countries’: Librarians, schoolteachers could become felons as censorship law advances  —  As book bans continue to sweep the United States, public librarians, educators, schools and museums could soon be exposed to criminal prosecution for showing children …
The Daily Beast:
Trump's RNC Takeover Is on the Brink of Becoming a ‘Purge’  —  From top to bottom, the national GOP organization could soon be rid of anyone seen as insufficiently MAGA.  —  First came the internal grumbling about Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.
Associated Press:
Biden wants people to know most of the money he's seeking for Ukraine would be spent in the US  —  At a bustling construction site outside of Dallas, there are hopes that Congress can finally pass nearly $95 billion in foreign aid including funding for Ukraine — because factory jobs in the United States depend on that money.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Lee Moran / HuffPost:
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Oops! DeSantis says book challenges have gone too far
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Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff / Washington Post:
Frozen embryos are children, Ala. high court says in unprecedented ruling
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