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6:10 AM ET, February 24, 2024


 Top Items: 
New York Times:
Alabama Lawmakers Move to Protect I.V.F. Treatments
Troy Matthews / MeidasTouch:
Confused Tuberville Isn't Sure If He Supports IVF Or Opposes it, Or What It Is, In Rambling Response To Reporters
Associated Press:
Trump says he ‘strongly supports’ IVF and calls on Alabama lawmakers to protect access
Senate GOP urges its candidates to support IVF after Alabama ruling
Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling / New Republic:
Jim Jordan Offers Startling Confession on Indicted Biden Informant  —  After trying and failing to salvage Republicans' crumbling impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan at last, finally, conceded on Friday that Alexander Smirnov's story might not be totally accurate.
New York Times:
Ignoring Warnings, G.O.P. Trumpeted Now-Discredited Allegation Against Biden  —  Republicans in Congress built their impeachment case against President Biden around a bribery accusation that the F.B.I. had warned them was uncorroborated.  —  In May 2023, Senator Charles E. Grassley …
Discussion: Axios, New Republic and The Hill
David Corn / Mother Jones:
The Smirnov Affair: MAGA Republicans Are Useful Idiots for Russian Intelligence
Discussion: Salon
ABC News:
Jury finds NRA liable for mismanagement, says Wayne LaPierre violated duties  —  LaPierre and an NRA executive must pay a combined $6.35 million, the NY AG said.  —  Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, leaves New York State Supreme Court, Feb. 23, 2024, in New York.
Jury finds NRA, Wayne LaPierre liable in civil corruption case  —  A Manhattan jury found three top executives of the National Rifle Association liable Friday in a lengthy civil trial that focused on alleged corruption and the misspending of millions of dollars.
Mike Spies / New Yorker:
Even Before His Trial, the N.R.A.'s Wayne LaPierre Was a Fraud  —  The pro-gun group's former leader used the organization's funds to enrich himself and those close to him.  But the deception went much deeper.  —  In early January, Wayne LaPierre, the longtime head of the National Rifle Association …
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Judge formally says Trump owes $454 million in civil fraud case, countdown starts for him to put up the money for appeal  —  A New York judge on Friday formally ordered Donald Trump to pay $454 million, including interest, a move that will give the former president one month to post nearly half …
Discussion: Deadline and Above the Law
Michael Tomasky / New Republic:
Imagine a President Trump Who Owes Saudi Arabia $540 Million  —  Donald Trump is attempting to appeal and delay having to pay that whopping fine that New York Judge Arthur Engoron laid on him earlier this month in the Trump Organization fraud suit brought by state Attorney General Letitia James.
Discussion: NBC News and CLAYTOONZ
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
How Democrats Could Disqualify Trump If the Supreme Court Doesn't  —  Without clear guidance from the Court, House Democrats suggest that they might not certify a Trump win on January 6.  —  Near the end of the Supreme Court's oral arguments about whether Colorado could exclude former President Donald Trump …
Gabe Roth / Fix the Court:
Dozens of Previously Unreported SCOTUS Trips in New Marshals Documents — But Justice Thomas and the Chief Justice Are Nowhere to be Found  —  Ditching deputy marshals at the gates of Bohemian Grove.  An extravagant birthday party at Lincoln Center.  Religious services at a Brooklyn theater.
Molly Redden / HuffPost:   New Records Show Supreme Court's Sonia Sotomayor Took Unusual Step Of Traveling With A Medic
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Nex Benedict's mom raises doubts about police statements: It's a “big cover”  —  The mother of Nex Benedict — the non-binary Oklahoma teen who was assaulted in a school bathroom and died the following day — is raising doubts about statements released by the local police.
Discussion: Advocate
ABC News:
Ex-Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson says photo refutes Biden impeachment witness's claims  —  Her attorney shared a photo he says refutes a claim by witness Tony Bobulinski.  —  In this Oct. 30, 2023, file photo, Cassidy Hutchinson attends an event in New York.
NBC News:
Speaker Mike Johnson unveils plan to avert shutdown next week  —  The House will vote on four funding bills next week to stave off a partial government shutdown, the speaker told House Republicans on a conference call Friday night.  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker Mike Johnson on Friday night unveiled …
Ethics Commission alleges Trump joint fundraising committee, Brandtjen involved in campaign finance scheme to benefit Vos challenger  —  Home » WisPolitics News » Ethics Commission alleges Trump joint fundraising committee, Brandtjen involved in campaign finance scheme to benefit Vos challenger
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Jeet Heer / The Nation:
Hit Trump on Theocracy, Not Hypocrisy
Discussion: CNN, Right Wing Watch and NBC News
Mattathias Schwartz / Business Insider:
Exclusive: Russia-linked smear campaign against Hunter Biden began earlier than previously thought
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
Two dead after military helicopter crashes during training flight in Mississippi
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
‘You must act fast:’ Katie Porter is selling her fundraising list — at a discount
Discussion: Political Wire
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
Ex-ambassador to Russia on new sanctions: Why did it take an assassination?
Discussion: Reuters
CBS News:
Military says high-altitude balloon detected over Western U.S. doesn't pose a threat
 Earlier Items: 
Elaina Plott Calabro / The Atlantic:
The Return of the John Birch Society
Emily Goodin / Daily Mail:
Biden, 81, says the key to his marriage is ‘good sex’: How Joe infuriates Jill, his wife of 47 years, with VERY risqué joke to staff about their private life …
Ken Vogel Covers Up Rudy Giuliani and His Alleged Russian Spies
Discussion: Washington Post
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Cellphone data raises questions about start of Willis-Wade relationship
Greg Sargent / New Republic:
How No Labels' Spoiler Bid Suddenly Entered Full Meltdown Mode
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
The Americans Who Need Chaos
Discussion: The Bulwark