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10:20 AM ET, February 23, 2024

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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 …
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Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:
No one is replacing Joe Biden, ffs  —  The bed-wetting needs to stop. … New York Times columnist Ezra Klein argued last week that President Joe Biden should step aside and not run for another term.  Klein argues Biden is too old to successfully run for president, and that Democrats …
Jordain Carney / Politico:
Biden impeachment effort on the brink of collapse  —  A wide swath of House Republicans are acknowledging they likely won't have the votes, especially given their struggle to recommend booting Alejandro Mayorkas.  —  The House GOP's push to impeach Joe Biden appears close to stalling out for good.
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden's Terrible Student Loan Gamble … President Biden traveled to the West Coast this week to raise money for his campaign.  While there, he decided to spend some money, too.  Yours.  —  On February 21, Biden announced that he was canceling $1.2 billion in federal student loans for 153,000 borrowers.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
How a Bill Barr ‘assignment’ led to a Biden impeachment effort based on a lie  —  The Fact Checker  —  “We were not making a representation that everything in this 1023 [FBI report] was credible.”  — Former U.S. attorney Scott Brady in an interview with congressional investigators, Oct. 23
Discussion: emptywheel and The Daily Caller
Tori Otten / New Republic:
Guess What Just Disappeared From GOP's Biden Impeachment Website
Discussion: Raw Story
Eric Cortellessa / TIME:
'There's No Question This Is Dead': Biden Impeachment Inquiry Falls Apart
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
A New Orleans magician says a Democratic operative paid him to make the fake Biden robocall  —  Dean Phillips' presidential campaign denounced the alleged actions of one of its consultants and said it may take legal action against him.  —  NEW ORLEANS — A Democratic consultant who worked …
Discussion: The Guardian
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Politico:
Playbook: Nancy Mace's main character energy
Discussion: NBC News, Mediaite and WGN-TV
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.
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Brandon Gillespie / Fox News:
Ballot harvesting, poll watchers and more: Lara Trump reveals her plan to turbocharge RNC
Axios:
Scoop: Trump avoids precarious Maryland Senate race
Discussion: Bloomberg and Political Wire
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
How Trump is becoming more authoritarian
Discussion: PolitiFact
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
The Cash-Strapped Trump Campaign Is Trying to Get Away With a New Donor Loophole  —  As a cash crunch looms, Trump's campaign is miraculously not reporting donor refunds—an untested trick that makes it harder to tell how tired his donors really are. … Campaign donor refunds have been a part …
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive: Well-funded new super PAC joins Trumpworld
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
Washington Post:
Florida surgeon general defies science amid measles outbreak  —  As a Florida elementary school tries to contain a growing measles outbreak, the state's top health official is giving advice that runs counter to science and may leave unvaccinated children at risk of contracting …
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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Tommy Tuberville On Alabama Deeming Embryos Children: Great! Wait, Bad!
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Scoop: House GOP rushes to distance from Alabama IVF ruling
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Justice Who Ruled That Embryos Are ‘Children’ Appeared On QAnon Conspiracist's Show  —  Alabama Chief Justice Tom Parker indicated on the show he was a proponent of the “Seven Mountains Mandate,” an explicitly theocratic doctrine at the heart of Christian nationalism.
Discussion: Wonkette and Pharyngula
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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.
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Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling / New Republic:
Nikki Haley Desperately Tries to Walk Back Comment on Alabama Embryo Ruling  —  Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is frantically trying to quell the controversy over comments she made about IVF after an Alabama court's recent ruling that frozen embryos are children.
The Hill:
Rudy Giuliani bankruptcy shows Trump ally drowning in debt  —  Rudy Giuliani's bankruptcy filing, spurred by a multimillion-dollar verdict against him for defaming two Georgia election workers, has provided fresh insight into the former New York City mayor's finances.
Discussion: The Sun
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
CBS faces uproar after seizing investigative journalist's files  —  “Anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the situation.”  Those words, from CBS icon Edward R. Murrow, came to mind this week after I spoke with journalists at the network.  —  There is trouble brewing at Black Rock …
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The Hill:
GOP shutdown fears grow: ‘We could be in a world of hurt’  —  Leaders in both parties are racing to secure a deal on government spending as the negotiation window quickly closes and the fears of a shutdown grow more pronounced.  —  Congress returns to Washington next week facing a pair …
Ben Jacobs / Politico:
Bewildered Conservatives Greet a Fallen British Prime Minister  —  Former British Prime Minister Liz Truss spoke in a hotel conference room that was less than half full.  —  Former British Prime Minister Liz Truss speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. on Feb. 22, 2024.
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
You'll Never Guess Who Was Behind Those Fake Biden Robocalls!  —  Hint: It wasn't a Republican.  —  Video  —  Can you help us out?  —  For nearly 20 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies.
Jonathan Lemire / Politico:
Biden announces more than 500 new sanctions on Russia after Navalny's death  —  The new sanctions come as Russia's invasion into Ukraine reaches two-year anniversary  —  President Joe Biden on Friday announced more than 500 new sanctions on Russia and its war machine in the largest tranche …
 
 
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Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
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Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Kos
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