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8:00 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: New York Times, Raw Story and IJR
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 …
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Fox News co-host ‘surprised’ by GOP's ‘threshold for humiliation’ in Biden probe  —  Fox News co-host Jessica Tarlov mocked House Republicans on Wednesday for their pursuit of impeachment charges against President Biden.  —  “This is the path that they've chosen to take …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
10 Republicans who treated the Biden bribery claim like gospel  —  When we learned last week that the Justice Department had indicted the informant behind the severest claims against President Biden for allegedly lying about those claims, the House GOP impeachment leader, Rep. James Comer (Ky.), downplayed the news.
Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
Jim Jordan Is in Deep Trouble  —  Ohio congressman Jim Jordan could face major repercussions over the Republican attempt to impeach Joe Biden after a former FBI informant charged with making false bribery claims against the president was accused of using Russian intelligence, legal experts suggest.
Mike Wendling / BBC:
Alexander Smirnov: FBI source accused of Biden lies ‘linked to Russian intelligence’
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:   Republicans rush to delete any reference to Biden impeachment informant accused of lying
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Republicans Delete Reference To FBI Informant From Impeachment Interview Request Letter
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. …
Washington Post:
Shock, anger, confusion grip Alabama after court ruling on embryos  —  Alabama doctors are puzzled over whether they will have to make changes to in vitro fertilization procedures.  Couples have crammed into online support groups wondering if they should transfer frozen embryos out of state.
Amy Yurkanin /
Fearing prosecution, UAB pauses in vitro fertilization after Alabama embryo court ruling  —  The University of Alabama at Birmingham health system has paused in vitro fertilization procedures following an Alabama Supreme Court decision due to fear of criminal prosecution and lawsuits, a spokeswoman said.
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:   ‘Another hot potato’: Alabama's IVF ruling risks political, legal backlash
Washington Post:
Trump and allies plotting militarized mass deportations, detention camps  —  As president, Trump sought to use military planes and bases for deportation.  Now, he and his allies are talking about a new effort that current and former officials warn could be impractical and dangerous.
Scoop: NRSC pushes Senate GOP candidates on Mayorkas impeachment
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump says long VP shortlist includes Tim Scott, Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy
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
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 …
Discussion: TASS and Political Wire
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
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.
Associated Press:
Biden is showcasing student loan relief efforts as he campaigns in California
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.”
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Josh Fiallo / The Daily Beast:
Florida School Rocked by More Cases of Measles as Parents Skip Vax  —  Eleven other states have reported measles cases this year, but no area has been hit as hard as South Florida.  —  An elementary school in Florida has been hit with a measles outbreak that's made six students sick …
Kevin Collier / NBC News:
West Virginia's top election official embraces conspiracy theories and election denial  —  Mac Warner's peers said politics could be motivating his embrace of conspiracy theories, as he is running for the Republican nomination for governor.  —  WASHINGTON — The National Association …
Brian Cheung / NBC News:
Consumers are tired of price increases.  Big brands are paying attention.  —  Even Walmart lowered the price of its French bread back to $1, but consumers shouldn't expect broad-based cuts across the economy.  —  Until recently, Brooke Benson considered herself a Panera Bread loyalist.
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 …
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Donald Trump may not believe in God, but he still plans to turn America into a Christian theocracy  —  Like any cult leader, Trump's goal is to get power — and the religious right is ready to take advantage  —  If there were only some way to prove it, I would happily bet everything I own that Donald Trump does not believe in God.
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
Sidney Powell and Other Trump-Aligned Lawyers Will Face Legal Penalties  —  The Supreme Court declined to take up an appeal by a group of lawyers who challenged the 2020 election results in Michigan.  —  Sidney Powell, L. Lin Wood and several other lawyers who advanced former President …
Dasha Litvinova / Associated Press:
How the Kremlin weaponized Russian history — and has used it to justify the war in Ukraine  —  Earlier this month, when Tucker Carlson asked Vladimir Putin about his reasons for invading Ukraine two years ago, Putin gave him a lecture on Russian history.  The 71-year-old Russian leader spent …
Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
Newsmax Trashes Florida GOP Bills Targeting the ‘Liberal Media’  —  The cable channel joins a growing list of right-wing outlets bashing Florida GOP legislation that takes square aim at the news media. … Newsmax has joined the legions of conservative media outlets and figures who have trashed …
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Associated Press:
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Charles Hilu / Washington Free Beacon:
California Dem Introduces Bill To Divert Surplus Funds to Reparations Amid Historic Budget Deficit
Discussion: RedState
Ukraine, IMF Near $900 Million Payment Amid Stalled US Aid
Discussion: Reuters
NBC News:
Republican dysfunction drives a wave of House retirements
Discussion: Raw Story
KFF Health Tracking Poll February 2024: Voters on Two Key Health Care Issues: Affordability and ACA
Discussion: UPI, Daily Kos and The Hill
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
James Biden says his brother ‘has never had any involvement’ or any ‘financial interest’ in business ventures
Molly Hennessy-Fiske / Washington Post:
Okla. nonbinary teen died after school fight amid reported bullying
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Appeals court tosses Obama-era federal coal leasing moratorium
Discussion: NPR, Fox News and Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Sean Hannity and the case of the sawdust ‘cocaine’
Brandi Buchman / Law & Crime:
Mar-a-Lago judge denies Trump's request to file briefs together in documents case, orders slower, one-by-one pace instead
Discussion: Raw Story and Above the Law
Harvard University President:
The Antisemitic Cartoon  —  Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Chicago sues oil companies for impacts of climate change
Lauren Weber / Washington Post:
Tax records reveal the lucrative world of covid misinformation
Discussion: Bloomberg

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Michael Msika / Bloomberg:
PE firm Blackstone offers ~$1.5B to purchase Hipgnosis, about 7% higher than the bid made earlier this week by Concord to which Hipgnosis' board had agreed

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