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1:25 PM ET, February 23, 2024


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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
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.
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Biden's cheat sheets at fundraisers worry donors … - The staged Q&A sessions have left some donors wondering whether Biden can withstand the rigors of a presidential campaign, let alone potential debates with former President Trump, 77.  —  Biden advisers say the president is given notecards …
Patrick Marley / Washington Post:
Wisconsin ethics commission refers Trump fundraising arm for prosecution  —  The bipartisan body recommended felony charges against Donald Trump's Save America committee as well as other Republicans  —  MADISON, Wis. — Bipartisan ethics regulators in Wisconsin have recommended felony charges …
Discussion: WisPolitics and Axios
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
PG A.M.: Marjorie Taylor Greene wants top Homeland Security job under Trump
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Times
Troy Matthews / MeidasTouch:
Confused Tuberville Isn't Sure If He Supports IVF Or Opposes it, Or What It Is, In Rambling Response To Reporters  —  Alabama Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville seemed a little confused Thursday when questioned by reporters during the CPAC Conference about his stance on IVF …
Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling / New Republic:
Nikki Haley Desperately Tries to Walk Back Comment on Alabama Embryo Ruling
Alabama IVF ruling a political gift for Democrats, headache for Republicans
Trump's Defense: He Intended to Steal Boxes and Boxes of Classified Documents  —  As I have been noting for months, in all of Jack Smith's rebuttals to Trump's claims that Presidents have absolute immunity, he floated scenarios that are pretty similar to stuff that Trump is known or suspected of doing.
Discussion: Fox News
Trump moves to dismiss classified documents case  —  In a series of seven motions, he argued that the criminal charges against him in Florida are flawed.  —  Donald Trump is asking a federal judge in Florida to throw out his criminal case for hoarding classified secrets at his Mar-a-Lago estate …
Joe Sommerlad / The Independent:
Trump struggles to say ‘evangelical’ and muddles up Israel in wild, incoherent speech at Christian event  —  Republican candidate arrived late to Nashville speech looking flushed and exhausted to rant about Democrats, the Department of Education, the Capitol riot and the ‘silencing’ of religious groups
Discussion: Raw Story and MeidasTouch
Michael Gold / New York Times:
Trump Frames Election as Battle Against ‘Wicked’ System Bent on Attacking Christians  —  Speaking at a Christian media convention in Nashville, former President Donald J. Trump claimed that a “radical left, corrupt political class” was persecuting Christians.
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 …
Playbook: Nancy Mace's main character energy
Discussion: NBC News, Mediaite and WGN-TV
Matt Simon / Wired:
What Would Happen if Every American Got a Heat Pump  —  Getting these climate superheroes into more US homes would massively cut emissions, and it would be cost-effective.  Here's how the revolution would play out.  —  One of the most powerful weapons you can wield to fight climate change is ... an appliance.
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 …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive: Well-funded new super PAC joins Trumpworld
Discussion: New York Times and
The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden Ahead of the Two-Year Anniversary of Russia's Brutal Assault Against Ukraine  —  Two years ago tomorrow, shortly before dawn, Russian missiles began exploding near the capital city of Kyiv.  Russian troops marched across the border into Ukraine.
Jonathan Lemire / Politico:
Biden announces more than 500 new sanctions on Russia after Navalny's death
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Scoop: Top House Democrats warn Mike Johnson on Freedom Caucus fight … - “Clean funding bills - free of contentious poison pill riders that members of both parties oppose - represent the best path forward,” they continued.  — The letter also pushed back on the Freedom Caucus' demands …
Greg Sargent / New Republic:
How No Labels' Spoiler Bid Suddenly Entered Full Meltdown Mode  —  Around six months ago, when speculation raged that Senator Joe Manchin might join a third-party presidential ticket on behalf of the centrist group No Labels, he privately consulted with Richard Gephardt …
Discussion: Save Our Republic
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
The Americans Who Need Chaos  —  They're embracing nihilism and upending politics.  —  Several years ago, the political scientist Michael Bang Petersen, who is based in Denmark, wanted to understand why people share conspiracy theories on the Internet.  He and other researchers designed …
Discussion: The Bulwark
Caroline Kitchener / Washington Post:
An ectopic pregnancy put her life at risk.  A Texas hospital refused to treat her.  —  The 25-year-old woman and her mother blame the state's abortion ban for a delay in care that doctors say put her “in extreme danger of losing her life”  —  ARLINGTON, Tex. — Kelsie Norris-De La Cruz tried …
Discussion: Eschaton and Political Wire
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
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Discussion: Off Message
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 …
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
CBS seizes confidential files of fired reporter pursuing Hunter Biden laptop story in ‘unprecedented’ move: sources  —  The acclaimed CBS reporter who was investigating the Hunter Biden laptop scandal before she was fired last week had her personal files seized by the network in an “unprecedented” …
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
CBS faces uproar after seizing investigative journalist's files
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Ken Vogel Covers Up Rudy Giuliani and His Alleged Russian Spies
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Cellphone data raises questions about start of Willis-Wade relationship
ABC News:
Ex-Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson says photo refutes Biden impeachment witness's claims
Discussion: Raw Story
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Biden's Job Approval Edges Down to 38%
Discussion: Fox News, USA Today and The Hill
Biden planning to hit food ‘shrinkflation,’ corporate greed in SOTU
Discussion: BizPac Review
 Earlier Items: 
Timothy Nerozzi / Fox News:
Kristi Noem offers 5 requirements to serve as Trump's VP
Discussion: Washington Examiner and IJR
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
You'll Never Guess Who Was Behind Those Fake Biden Robocalls!
The Hill:
Rudy Giuliani bankruptcy shows Trump ally drowning in debt
Discussion: The Sun
Talking Points Memo:
Can DC Reporters Overcome Their Trumper Shock-Training?
Hannah Rabinowitz / CNN:
Ex-FBI informant charged with lying about the Bidens is re-arrested as prosecutors fight to keep him behind bars

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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

Ruth La Ferla / New York Times:
Graydon Carter opens a physical store called Air Mail Newsstand in NYC, as an extension of his digital newsletter Air Mail, selling books, magazines, and more

Todd Spangler / Variety:
Filing: Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav's 2023 compensation package was worth $49.7M, up 26.5% from the year prior, with $23.1M in stock awards

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