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12:35 PM ET, February 23, 2024

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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
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MSNBC:
Trump's takeover of the RNC will destroy it from within  —  His hand-picked candidates to lead the party don't show an understanding of what the job actually entails, and the GOP will pay the price.  —  As a real estate developer, Donald Trump loved to put his name on other people's buildings.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
PG A.M.: Marjorie Taylor Greene wants top Homeland Security job under Trump
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Times
emptywheel:
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
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New York Times:
A Trump Judge Under Scrutiny
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
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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
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 …
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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 …
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
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Michael Gold / New York Times:
Trump Frames Election as Battle Against ‘Wicked’ System Bent on Attacking 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 …
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Politico:
Playbook: Nancy Mace's main character energy
Discussion: Mediaite, NBC News and WGN-TV
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 …
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Andrew Solender / Axios:
Scoop: House GOP rushes to distance from Alabama IVF ruling
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.
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Jonathan Lemire / Politico:
Biden announces more than 500 new sanctions on Russia after Navalny's death
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 …
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive: Well-funded new super PAC joins Trumpworld
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
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
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 …
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
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
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” …
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Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
CBS faces uproar after seizing investigative journalist's files
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.
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Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
Democratic Presidential Candidate Dean Phillips Says He's Open to Being Nikki Haley's Running Mate on a ‘Unity Ticket’  —  Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) said on Thursday he would be open to becoming Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley's running mate on a …
 
 
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Timothy Nerozzi / Fox News:
Kristi Noem offers 5 requirements to serve as Trump's VP
Discussion: IJR and Washington Examiner
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
You'll Never Guess Who Was Behind Those Fake Biden Robocalls!
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