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7:05 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 …
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.
Talking Points Memo:
Can DC Reporters Overcome Their Trumper Shock-Training?
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.
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 …
Scoop: Trump avoids precarious Maryland Senate race … - Hogan is a formidable candidate for Republicans, but he's already facing a tough issue on abortion, and his two gubernatorial wins came in years where Trump wasn't also on the ballot.  — Hogan told CNN that having Trump on the ballot would be a …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Political Wire
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
How Trump is becoming more authoritarian
Discussion: PolitiFact
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. …
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Scoop: House GOP rushes to distance from Alabama IVF ruling … - “We should do everything we can to protect IVF for women everywhere,” Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) told Axios. … - Mace has variably criticized and supported her party's pro-life positions, often warning that overly strict policies will cost the GOP key elections.
Playbook: Nancy Mace's main character energy  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  YOUR MOMENT OF WONDER — “A U.S.-Built Spacecraft Lands on the Moon for the First Time Since 1972,” by NYT's Kenneth Chang  —  THE HARD RIGHT'S NEW POWER COUPLE …
Discussion: NBC News and WGN-TV
Tara Suter / The Hill:
Hillary Clinton warns birth control is ‘next’ after Alabama IVF ruling
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Biden targets Trump on IVF ruling, as GOP scrambles
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
NBC News:
Schumer leads Democratic delegation to Ukraine amid standoff over military aid  —  The Senate majority leader and four other Democratic senators plan to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, marking the second anniversary of the war.  —  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer …
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.
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.
Mike Hixenbaugh / NBC News:
Alabama justice who ruled embryos are people says American law should be rooted in the Bible  —  Tom Parker, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, expressed his support for the Seven Mountains Mandate, a once-fringe philosophy that calls on evangelical Christians to reshape American law and society based on their beliefs.
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.
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.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Avast fined $16.5 million for ‘privacy’ software that actually sold users' browsing data … Avast, the cybersecurity software company, is facing a $16.5 million fine after it was caught storing and selling customer information without their consent. … This allowed it to collect data …
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Court battle reveals effort to undermine No Labels presidential bid  —  Liberal activists took over the website with plans for mischief.  The group sees a larger conspiracy.  —  WILMINGTON.  — Political operatives opposed to No Labels' potential 2024 presidential ticket took …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
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