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10:05 PM ET, February 21, 2024


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Jay Kuo / The Status Kuo:
It's Even Worse Than We Imagined  —  Just when you thought it couldn't be worse, here we are.  —  As I reported last week, a star witness for the GOP-led impeachment inquiry, someone Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) had called a “highly credible human source,” was indicted for making false statements and reports.
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Russia's Staggering Success In Duping Willing Republicans And Right Wing Media  —  A lot of things happened.  Here are some of the things.  This is TPM's Morning Memo.  —  The Plot Thickens  —  The former FBI informant charged with fabricating the Burisma bribery story about President Biden …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Another GOP Biden ‘informant.’ Another indictment and link to Russia.  —  It's been the story of many of those from whom Republicans have sought information  —  In one way, it's shocking that a key person in the GOP's efforts to dig up dirt on the Bidens has been indicted and accused of “extensive” ties to Russian intelligence.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
Jim Jordan Is in Deep Trouble
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Republicans Delete Reference To FBI Informant From Impeachment Interview Request Letter
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:   Republicans rush to delete any reference to Biden impeachment informant accused of lying
Mike Wendling / BBC:
Alexander Smirnov: FBI source accused of Biden lies ‘linked to Russian intelligence’
NBC News:
Nikki Haley sides with Alabama Supreme Court on IVF ruling: ‘Embryos, to me, are babies’  —  The Alabama court's recent ruling raised concerns among doctors and patients worried that classifying embryos as children could restrict in-vitro fertilization.  —  NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. …
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
‘Another hot potato’: Alabama's IVF ruling risks political, legal backlash
Discussion: Advocate
Amy Yurkanin /
Fearing prosecution, UAB pauses in vitro fertilization after Alabama embryo court ruling
Washington Post:
Shock, anger, confusion grip Alabama after court ruling on embryos
Mike Johnson invoked God in a GOP presentation on keeping the majority.  It didn't land well.  —  The speaker delivered a presentation that, while ostensibly about holding the majority this fall, took a notably moral turn, according to two people in the room.
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Troy Matthews / MeidasTouch:
Republicans Furious as Speaker Johnson Turns GOP Leadership Meeting Into Religious Revival  —  They just wanted to hear plans for keeping their extremely slim House majority  —  Members of House Republican leadership expressed frustration at Speaker Mike Johnson after a GOP leadership retreat …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
Ron DeSantis shares his concerns about Trump in a private call with supporters  —  The Florida governor, who endorsed Trump after ending his own White House bid last month, said the former president should not use “identity politics” to pick a running mate.  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told backers …
Washington Post:
Trump and allies plotting militarized mass deportations, detention camps
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
Trump confirms names on VP shortlist: 'They're all good, they're all solid'
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Younger people are less likely to express worry about American democracy
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and Fox News
KFF Health Tracking Poll February 2024: Voters on Two Key Health Care Issues: Affordability and ACA
Discussion: The Hill, UPI and Daily Kos
Myah Ward / Politico:
Biden considering major new executive actions for migrant crisis  —  The policies under consideration include changes to asylum standards and stricter points of entry.  —  The Biden administration is considering a string of new executive actions and federal regulations in an effort …
Steve Karnowski / Associated Press:
Federal judge affirms MyPillow's Mike Lindell must pay $5M in election data dispute  —  A federal judge on Wednesday affirmed a $5 million arbitration award against MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell in favor of a software engineer who challenged data that Lindell said proves China interfered …
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Arizona prosecutor refuses to extradite murder suspect to New York  —  An Arizona prosecutor said she will not extradite a New York murder suspect to the state on Wednesday, claiming Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg could not be trusted to keep the man behind bars.
David Ingram / NBC News:
Elon Musk quietly visited the Biden White House in September  —  Musk and President Joe Biden, who didn't meet during the visit, have had a frosty relationship driven by differing views on labor unions and more.  —  Tech billionaire Elon Musk quietly visited the White House in September …
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Cancels Student Debt for more than 150,000 Student Loan Borrowers Ahead of Schedule  —  Today, President Biden announced the approval of $1.2 billion in student debt cancellation for almost 153,000 borrowers currently enrolled in the Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) repayment plan.
Michael Stratford / Politico:
Biden will email 153,000 student loan borrowers: I'm canceling your debt
Associated Press:
Biden is showcasing student loan relief efforts as he campaigns in California
Nick Penzenstadler / USA Today:
Commander, Biden's banished German shepherd, had at least 25 biting incidents in a year  —  President Biden's now-banished German shepherd Commander inflicted more damage with bite incidents than previously known.  —  Newly released records from the United States Secret Service to USA TODAY reveal …
Bidens' dog, Commander, bit Secret Service personnel in at least 24 incidents, records show
US Department of Justice:
U.S. Attorney Announces Nuclear Materials Trafficking Charges Against Japanese Yakuza Leader  —  For Immediate Release  —  U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York  —  Takeshi Ebisawa of Japan, Leader Within the Yakuza Transnational Organized Crime Syndicate …
Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
Amy Brown, wife of GOP Senate candidate Sam Brown, opens up about her abortion for the first time publicly  —  Sam Brown is running for Senate in Nevada, and he told NBC News that his wife's experience has helped show him politicians have to “lead with compassion.”
Associated Press:
US man pleads not guilty after two-year-old daughter accidentally shoots herself  —  Michael Tolbert, 44, of Flint becomes first person charged under Michigan's new law requiring safe storage of guns  —  A Michigan man whose two-year-old daughter shot herself in the head with his revolver …
Lauren Kaori Gurley / Washington Post:
Teamsters give GOP first major donation in years with $45,000 to RNC  —  The Teamsters' political committee has given $45,000 to the Republican National Committee, according to federal records, a significant departure for a powerful organized labor group that has more recently supported Democrats …
David Corn / Mother Jones:
The Great Forgotten Betrayal of the Trump Years  —  Donald Trump's weird relationship with Vladimir Putin and Russia is back in the news.  But something big is missing.  —  After his remarks earlier this month encouraging the Russian leader/war criminal to invade NATO countries …
Discussion: Slate and Digby's Hullabaloo
Kevin Breuninger / NBC News:
'Who's going to do that?':  Trump faces hurdles in securing appeal bond for fraud case  —  Former President Donald Trump will need to secure a massive bond as he appeals the ruling ordering him to pay more than $450 million in penalties and interest.  —  Former President Donald Trump …
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Shan Wu / The Daily Beast:
Alvin Bragg's Case Against Trump Is Stronger Than You Think
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
Kevin Collier / NBC News:
West Virginia's top election official embraces conspiracy theories and election denial
Brian Cheung / NBC News:
Consumers are tired of price increases. Big brands are paying attention.
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
Sidney Powell and Other Trump-Aligned Lawyers Will Face Legal Penalties
Discussion: Reuters and The Daily Beast
Molly Hennessy-Fiske / Washington Post:
Okla. nonbinary teen died after school fight amid reported bullying
 Earlier Items: 
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Appeals court tosses Obama-era federal coal leasing moratorium
Discussion: NPR, Fox News and Associated Press
Josh Fiallo / The Daily Beast:
Florida School Rocked by More Cases of Measles as Parents Skip Vax
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Sean Hannity and the case of the sawdust ‘cocaine’
Harvard University President:
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