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10:40 PM ET, February 20, 2024


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Sareen Habeshian / Axios:
DOJ: FBI informant said Russian intelligence involved in Hunter Biden story … - Smirnov was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Central District of California after being arrested at the Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada.  — Prosecutors alleged Smirnov falsely told FBI agents …
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
Ex-FBI informant charged with lying about Bidens had Russian intelligence contacts, prosecutors say  —  A former FBI informant charged with making up a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden, his son Hunter and a Ukrainian energy company had contacts …
Robert Legare / CBS News:
Man accused of lying to FBI about Hunter Biden claimed he got fake information from Russian intelligence
Discussion: Forbes and Raw Story
Dan Morrison / USA Today:   Indicted Biden accuser had ‘extensive’ contacts with Russian intel, prosecutors say
Edith Olmsted / The Daily Beast:
GOP's Biden Impeachment Witness Told Feds He Got Stories From Russian Officials
Discussion: Raw Story
Hannah Rabinowitz / CNN:
Indicted ex-FBI informant told investigators he got Hunter Biden dirt from Russian intelligence officials
ABC News:
Letitia James says she's prepared to seize Trump's buildings if he can't pay his $354M civil fraud fine  —  The New York attorney general made the remarks in an interview with ABC News.  —  Attorney General Letitia James arrives for a press conference following a verdict …
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.
Trump calls his civil fraud verdict a ‘form of Navalny’  —  The former president compared his own legal entanglements to the death of the Russian opposition leader.  —  Former President Donald Trump likened the $355 million judgment against him in a New York civil trial to the death …
Haley vows not to drop out, calls Trump ‘meaner and more offensive by the day’  —  The former South Carolina governor says she isn't going anywhere, will stay in “until the last person votes.”  —  GREENVILLE, S.C. — Nikki Haley cast herself on Tuesday as a steadfast candidate of last resort …
Melanie Mason / Politico:
Trump backs McCarthy's chosen successor for House seat
MJ Lee / CNN:
Biden instructed aides to dial up attacks on Trump's wild comments
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
Alito renews criticism of Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling in rejecting Missouri jury case  —  Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito renewed his criticism Tuesday of the high court's landmark same-sex marriage ruling, addressing it in a five-page statement as part of an order explaining …
Maureen Groppe / USA Today:
Alito says he was right to fear that opponents of gay marriage would be treated as bigots
Discussion: New Republic, Slate and NBC News
Abbie VanSickle / New York Times:
Justice Alito Renews Criticism of Landmark Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage
Discussion: Raw Story and Los Angeles Blade
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
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 …
Aileen Cannon Might Actually Get Herself Kicked Off the Trump Classified Docs Case  —  The recent news about possible Russian space nukes reminds us that we live in a very insecure world.  That is why perhaps none of Donald Trump's four criminal cases is more troubling than the federal prosecution brought …
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan subpoenas HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra  —  The Ohio Republican is seeking case files for unaccompanied child migrants who have been charged with crimes.  HHS says the committee is seeking “protected health information”  —  WASHINGTON — House Judiciary …
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Biden admin hit with subpoena on illegal immigrants charged with violent crimes, murder
Discussion: Breitbart
Mark Jacob / Stop the Presses:
Is the New York Times neutral on the future of democracy?  —  Does the New York Times care if democracy survives?  —  I ask this question sincerely, because the Times' political coverage sometimes makes me wonder.  —  On most subjects, the Times' values are transparent.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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.
Alex Wolf / Bloomberg Law:
Alex Jones Estate Liquidation Gets Sandy Hook Families' Vote  —  Search by Law Firm Search by Topic  —  The families of Sandy Hook school shooting victims voted overwhelmingly in favor of a plan to wrap up Alex Jones' bankruptcy proceedings by liquidating the right wing talk show host's assets.
NBC News:
Global law enforcement takes down ransomware group that targeted U.S. hospitals and schools  —  At least five alleged members of the group were named or arrested as part of the action.  —  A coalition of international law enforcement agencies has disrupted one of the most destructive strains …
Alex Gangitano / The Hill:
White House: Johnson not serious about backing allies after he claimed Biden called for cease-fire  —  The White House called Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) not serious about backing the United States' allies after the speaker released a statement claiming the President Biden called for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war.
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.
Trump leadership PAC spent nearly $3M on legal bills in January  —  Legal costs have dogged Trump, and Tuesday's filings with the Federal Election Commission show they continue.  —  Former President Donald Trump's leadership PAC spent another $2.9 million on legal expenses in January …
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Supreme Court allows elite high school to adopt admissions plan aimed at boosting racial diversity  —  The court's majority did not explain its decision; Thomas and Alito dissented.  —  In this Feb. 4, 2024 file photo, the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington.
Brianna Herlihy / Fox News:
Alito issues fiery 10-page dissent as Supreme Court declines to review elite high school admissions case
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 …
NBC News:
Hunter Biden asks judge to dismiss tax charges, arguing that prosecutors bowed to political pressure  —  President Joe Biden's son pleaded not guilty to nine tax-related charges during his arraignment in January.  —  Hunter Biden's attorneys filed nine motions on Tuesday asking a judge …
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
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Allison Hantschel / Dame Magazine:
Media Can't Stop Stoking Outrage
Juliegrace Brufke / Axios:
Scoop: GOP privately expects government shutdown
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Times
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Trump's G.O.P. Is a Confederacy of Fakers
Discussion: Vanity Fair, DCCC and Washingtonian
Steven Shepard / Politico:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Border Patrol's second-highest official opts to retire amid sexual misconduct allegations
 Earlier Items: 
ABC News:
Swing state Republican parties are in chaos. That could matter in November.
Discussion: Associated Press and
John Fritze / CNN:
Supreme Court won't review sanctions against pro-Trump lawyers who filed frivolous 2020 election suits
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Scoop: Mayorkas impeachment sparks new Senate GOP fight