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2:20 PM ET, February 24, 2024


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Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump says Black voters like him more because of his indictments and mug shot  —  The GOP candidate tells a group of Black conservatives: 'I'm being indicted for you, the Black population'  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Former President Trump sought to appeal to Black voters on Friday night …
Siddhartha Deb / New Republic:
They Came, They Saw, They Left Early: Trump Stumps in South Carolina … There are monsters to be found everywhere, even if they were not immediately visible outside Winthrop Coliseum in Rock Hill, South Carolina, at 10 am on a Friday morning.  It had been pouring on the drive from Columbia …
Discussion: WLT Report
Ryan Grenoble / HuffPost:
Trump Rambles His Way Through Incoherent Nashville Speech  —  “They want you to say what they want you, what they want to have you say.  And we're not gonna let that happen.”  —  LOADING  —  Former President Donald Trump delivered a whopper of a speech Thursday at the National Religious …
NBC News:
Trump says ‘the Black people’ like him because he's been ‘discriminated against’ in the legal system  —  In a speech to a group of Black conservatives, he also said Black Americans “embraced” his mug shot more than anyone else.  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Former President Donald Trump claimed …
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
How Democrats Could Disqualify Trump If the Supreme Court Doesn't
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: Raw Story, Axios and Washington Post
David Corn / Mother Jones:
The Smirnov Affair: MAGA Republicans Are Useful Idiots for Russian Intelligence
Discussion: Power Line
Kitty Donaldson / Bloomberg:
Anderson Suspended After Claim London Mayor Controlled by Islamists  — Conservative Lee Anderson suspended for refusal to apologize  — GB News presenter has history of controversial remarks  —  A former deputy chairman in Rishi Sunak's ruling Conservatives has been suspended …
Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
This week, we faced all that the Dobbs justices unleashed  —  The five justices of the U.S. Supreme Court who overturned Roe v. Wade 20 months ago Saturday gave a green light to a new brand of Republican extremism in hyperdrive — a hyperdrive that has been on full, frightening display this week.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive — Dark Trump at CPAC: “Biden's fast track to hell” … Senior campaign officials tell us Trump will lay out his general-election case against Biden in the 1 p.m. speech — flipping the “four more years” argument to a series of dire warnings about Biden's re-election.
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
Being Denied a Press Pass at CPAC Was the Best Way to Cover the Conference  —  This is what happened when MAGA people thought I was one of them.  —  I've attended the Conservative Political Action Conference almost yearly since 2009, always as a credentialed reporter.
Boris Kachka / Washington Post:
RFK Jr.'s comedy night: Barbs for Biden, but the joke may be on Trump  —  The L.A. fundraiser featuring Adam Carolla, Jeremy Piven and others seemed to appeal to Kennedy-curious voters who might otherwise support the Republican  —  LOS ANGELES — There were plenty of moments during …
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 …
Kelly McClure / Salon:
Oklahoma senator calls LGBTQ+ people “filth” while commenting on death of Nex Benedict  —  At a legislative forum on Friday, Sen. Tom Woods emphasized the moral and Christian fortitude he aims to represent  —  During a legislative forum in Oklahoma on Friday sponsored by the Tahlequah Area Chamber …
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
Vindman: Trump's NATO threat likely a ‘contributing factor’ in Navalny's death  —  Retired Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman argued that former President Trump's recent comments about NATO are likely a “contributing factor” in the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Arwa Mahdawi / The Guardian:
Anti-abortion extremists in the US are waging a holy war against women  —  Republicans aren't content with just forcing women to give birth, they are intent on controlling all facets of reproductive healthcare, as we're seeing in Alabama  —  The holy war on IVF
Canada Gives Ukraine $2.2 Billion Lifeline as Kyiv Awaits US Aid  — Funding for 2024 will boost Kyiv's military, economy  — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Ukraine on Saturday  —  Canada will provide Ukraine C$3 billion ($2.2 billion) in aid this year to prop up the war-ravaged economy …
Discussion: The Kyiv Independent and Reuters
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Phelim Kine / Politico:
Taiwan's leadership ‘extremely worried’ US could abandon Ukraine
Discussion: Reason and Reuters
Joe Schoffstall / Fox News:
Pelosi's husband made over $1.25 million on Nvidia stock bet in just three months
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Susie Blann / Associated Press:
Russia-Ukraine war anniversary: Western leaders in Kyiv as Russian drone hits Odesa
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
‘You must act fast:’ Katie Porter is selling her fundraising list — at a discount
Discussion: Political Wire
Bryan Metzger / Business Insider:
125 House Republicans — including Speaker Mike Johnson — back a ‘life at conception’ bill without any IVF exception
CBS News:
Military says high-altitude balloon detected over Western U.S. doesn't pose a threat