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9:10 PM ET, February 22, 2024


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New York Times:
A Trump Judge Under Scrutiny  —  Aileen Cannon is facing a series of tests in the classified documents case.  —  When Judge Aileen Cannon was handed the job last spring of overseeing Donald Trump's prosecution on charges of mishandling classified documents, she was already under fire.
Fox News:
Judge in Trump civil fraud case denies request to delay $355 million penalty  —  A New York judge presiding over former President Donald Trump's civil fraud case has denied his legal team's request to avoid paying a $355 million penalty in the case.  —  Trump lawyers had asked Judge Arthur Engoron …
Peter Nicholas / NBC News:
Fight or flight: Fearful Trump critics weigh the risk of retribution if he's re-elected  —  Some are considering leaving the country if Trump returns to the White House or saving money to handle the expected legal costs.  —  WASHINGTON — If Donald Trump stood no chance of becoming president again …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Raw Story
NBC News:
Trump seeks 30-day delay in enforcement of damages in New York civil fraud case
Peter Charalambous / ABC News:
Judge denies Trump's request to delay enforcement of $355M fraud case penalties
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
The Hunter Biden story has done a total 180 but the MSM is in denial  —  The Hunter Biden impeachment drama has been transformed by the revelation that the most essential witness for the GOP is a pathological liar and Russian intelligence asset.  —  The story is no longer whether Joe Biden …
Eric Cortellessa / TIME:
'There's No Question This Is Dead': Biden Impeachment Inquiry Falls Apart  —  House Republicans reached a critical point this week in their bid to impeach Joe Biden: a closed-door interview with the President's younger brother James.  But the coveted testimony was dramatically overshadowed …
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 …
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. …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Alabama's I.V.F. Ruling Shows Our Slide Toward Theocracy  —  If you don't think this country is sliding toward theocracy, you're not paying attention.  —  The drumbeat of incidents moving us ever closer to the seemingly inescapable future is so steady and frequent that we've developed outrage fatigue — we've grown numb.
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.
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Biden targets Trump on IVF ruling, as GOP scrambles
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Tuberville acknowledges ‘hard’ situation for women after Alabama IVF ruling
Days after Alabama's Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos are children, a second clinic pauses IVF treatment
Hannah Rabinowitz / CNN:
Ex-FBI informant charged with lying about the Bidens is re-arrested as prosecutors fight to keep him behind bars  —  Alexander Smirnov, the former FBI informant indicted for lying about President Joe Biden's family and their alleged dealings in Ukraine, has been re-arrested in Nevada.
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.
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.
New York Times:
Inside the G.O.P.'s State Party Problem  —  Financial woes and other issues in state parties in crucial swing states such as Arizona and Michigan have caused deepening concern among top Republican officials.  —  State Republican parties in roughly half of the most important battleground states …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Raw Story
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 …
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bidenomics Is Still Working Very Well  —  The economic news in 2023 was almost miraculously good.  Not only did America's economy defy widespread predictions of recession, it also defied claims that only a significant rise in unemployment could bring inflation under control.
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.
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
Tess Owen / VICE:
Inside the Christian Nationalist Church Where Proud Boys Go to be Baptized  —  Southern California pastor Hansel Orzame leads an “unwoke church” where he prepares his followers to wage “spiritual warfare.”  —  On a recent Sunday, a man dressed in basketball shorts and a black and yellow T-shirt that read …
Discussion: Raw Story and Right Wing Watch
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 …
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
How everything became a ‘psyop’ for conservative media  —  It's not just Taylor Swift.  Right-wing pundits are branding everything from climate change to the Hunter Biden case a ‘psyop,’ though the conspiracy-tinged phrase is losing grip on an actual definition
Matt Lavietes / NBC News:
New Tennessee law allows officials to refuse to perform same-sex marriages  —  The law, less than half a page long, states that a person “shall not be required to solemnize a marriage,” but does not specify grounds for refusal.  —  Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a new law Wednesday …
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