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5:45 PM ET, February 22, 2024

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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Tommy Tuberville On Alabama Deeming Embryos Children: Great!  Wait, Bad!  —  In the span of three minutes, the GOP senator said he was “all for it,” didn't agree with it, supports IVF and just needs to read the bill.  (There is no bill.)  —  LOADING  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. …
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Natalie Allison / Politico:
Biden ties Trump tight to the Alabama court's IVF ruling  —  The ruling has scrambled GOP politics.  And the ex-president has, so far, not commented on it.  —  President Joe Biden's reelection campaign is trying to pin the blame for the Alabama court ruling jeopardizing access …
Kelly Garrity / Politico:
‘Assholes come and go’: Trump isn't the future, Sununu says  —  “It won't be his party forever. ...  It just won't,” Sununu said.  —  The future of the Republican Party isn't Donald Trump, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said Thursday.  —  “It won't be his party forever.  Right?  It just won't.
NBC News:
Trump seeks 30-day delay in enforcement of damages in New York civil fraud case  —  Judge Arthur Engoron ordered the former president and the Trump Organization to pay over $354 million in damages.  —  An attorney for Donald Trump has asked New York Judge Arthur Engoron for a 30-day delay …
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Jordy Meiselas / MeidasTouch:
Judge Engoron Denies Trump's Attempt To Stay $350+ Million Judgment  —  The short ruling came in the form of an email  —  That was quick!  Despite Donald Trump's attempt to delay the enforcement of the $350+ million civil fraud judgment, Judge Arthur Engoron has denied Trump's request in a short email to his attorney Clifford Robert.
Nathan Layne / Reuters:
Lara Trump says RNC needs to raise $500 million, sees interest in paying Trump legal fees
Michelle L. Price / Associated Press:
Lara Trump says she thinks GOP voters would like to see RNC pay Donald Trump's legal fees
Al Weaver / The Hill:
Fetterman to Democrats criticizing Biden: ‘Get your MAGA hat’  —  Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) panned Democrats who are upping their criticisms of President Biden ahead of the November election, saying they might as well don a “MAGA hat.”  —  Fetterman noted during an interview an uptick …
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
Michigan may soon show just how badly Biden's cease-fire stance is hurting him
Tara Suter / The Hill:
Hillary Clinton warns birth control is ‘next’ after Alabama IVF ruling  —  Hillary Clinton is warning about the legality of birth control in the wake of a decision by the Alabama Supreme Court that found frozen embryos created through fertility treatments are children under state law.
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Alabama's I.V.F. Ruling Shows Our Slide Toward Theocracy
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Tuberville acknowledges ‘hard’ situation for women after Alabama IVF ruling
Edith Olmsted / The Daily Beast:
Biden Pledges Sanctions on Russia During Meeting With Navalny's Widow, Daughter  —  Joe Biden announced during the meeting that he planned to announce major new sanctions on Russia following Navalny's death.  —  President Joe Biden met with Yulia and Dasha Navalnaya, Alexei Navalny's widow and daughter on Thursday.
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Laura Kelly / The Hill:
Biden meets Alexei Navalny's widow and daughter in California
Discussion: Fox News
NBC News:
President Biden to meet with Alexei Navalny's widow and daughter
Discussion: Politico, Wonkette, ABC13 and Political Wire
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
‘More than stupidity’: Analyst claims Comer was willing to use Russian lies against Biden  —  House Oversight Chair James Comer's seeming lack of embarrassment after his key witness in the drive to impeach President Joe Biden turned out to be a now-accused liar who the Department of Justice claims …
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Ron Filipkowski / MeidasTouch:
House GOP Quietly Deletes Russian Disinformation from Impeachment Website
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
‘Morning Joe’ Mocks Fox News ‘Liberal’ Pundit's ‘Both Sides’ BS  —  The razzing had a little more bite considering Ford was once a fixture on the MSNBC morning show.  —  The Morning Joe crew on Thursday took some potshots at Fox News “liberal” pundit Harold Ford Jr. over his tendency to agree …
Discussion: Newsbusters, Mediaite and Raw Story
Brandi Buchman / Law & Crime:
To collect $1.5B from Alex Jones, Sandy Hook families vote to liquidate assets  —  In order to collect on the $1.5 billion in defamation judgments they won against Alex Jones, the families of the victims of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut have voted to liquidate the far-right conspiracy theorist's assets.
ABC News:
AT&T outage prompts urgent investigation into possible cyberattack: Sources  —  AT&T says their network is now 75% restored.  —  FILE PHOTO: The company logo for AT&T is displayed on a screen on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., September 18, 2019.
Tesfaye Negussie / ABC News:
School punishment for Black student's hair is legal in CROWN Act lawsuit, judge rules  —  The CROWN Act prohibits race-based hair discrimination.  —  In this Sept. 18, 2023, file photo, Darryl George, a 17-year-old junior, walks across the street to go into Barbers Hill High School after serving …
Tessa Stuart / Rolling Stone:
Journalist Tim Burke Indicted For Leaking Tucker Carlson Clips That Embarrassed Fox News  —  The clips, which included unaired, antisemitic remarks by Kanye West, were published by Vice and Media Matters  —  TIM BURKE, A freelance journalist and media consultant, has been charged with 14 federal crimes, including conspiracy.
David Sirota / The Lever:
Sirota's Signals: Yes, $13,000 Per Hour  —  How does the fine print of a government report expose the real reason billionaires hate the IRS?  What are regulators telling us about our credit card bills?  Why is dopamine ruining our society?  Where are lawmakers refusing to ban assault weapons, but looking into banning cold beer?
Praveena Somasundaram / Washington Post:
Mike Lindell must pay man $5M in ‘Prove Mike Wrong’ challenge, judge says  —  In 2021, MyPillow founder Mike Lindell offered $5 million to anyone who could disprove his claim that he had data showing voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.  —  Now, he must pay a 64-year-old from Nevada that award …
Wendy Williams:
Wendy Williams Diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia and Dementia  —  On behalf of Wendy Williams Hunter, her care team is sharing this very personal update with her cherished fans, friends, and supporters to correct inaccurate and hurtful rumors about her health.
Robert Frank / CNBC:
Tax evasion by millionaires and billionaires tops $150 billion a year, says IRS chief  — The nation's millionaires and billionaires are evading more than $150 billion a year in taxes, according to the head of the Internal Revenue Service.  — The IRS, with billion of dollars in new funding …
Washington Post:
Former House speaker Paul Ryan on what's at stake in 2024 presidential election  —  Paul Ryan, former House speaker and vice presidential nominee, has long championed a brand of conservatism that is at odds with today's Republican Party.  Ryan joins The Post's Paul Kane to discuss …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
A Bigger Story Than You Can Possibly Imagine  —  I know that's a big headline that promises a lot.  But I think it's true.  David has a good rundown of the events in the Morning Memo.  But I want to do my best to set them out on a larger canvas that goes back to the “Hunter Biden laptop” …
The Guardian:
US intelligence casts doubt on Israeli claims of UNRWA-Hamas links, report says  —  Intel report says some accusations that aid workers participated in Hamas attacks credible but could not be independently verified  —  A US intelligence assessment of Israel's claims that UN aid agency staff …
Edith Olmsted / The Daily Beast:
Ken Buck Says Republicans Ignored Warning About Biden Impeachment Witness  —  ‘WE WERE WARNED’  —  Representative Ken Buck (R-CO) said that the testimony of the FBI's now-discredited star witness in Joe Biden's impeachment came with a disclaimer—one which many Republicans ignored, according to The Hill.
Mia McCarthy / Politico:
Polis won't rule out a 2028 presidential bid  —  “I'm focused on being governor of Colorado,” Polis said.  —  Colorado Democratic Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday did not rule out a 2028 presidential bid when pressed about his future plans during POLITICO's Governors Summit.
 
 
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Stephen Robinson / Public Notice:
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Mike Allen / Axios:
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
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