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7:15 AM ET, February 25, 2024


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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Prominent Republican Seeks to Shield the Party From Paying Trump's Legal Bills  —  Henry Barbour, a veteran R.N.C. member, is mounting a long-shot bid to keep the former president from taking control of the committee in order to block it from paying for his lawsuits.
Cheyanne M. Daniels / The Hill:
Black leaders, DNC blast Trump for ‘racist’ comments  —  Black leaders are condemning former President Trump's recent comments about Black voters as “racist.”  —  Speaking at the Black Conservative Federation (BCF) annual gala in South Carolina on Friday, Trump said his legal woes have earned …
Jennifer M. Wood / The Daily Beast:
‘SNL’ Shames Terrified Republicans for Surrendering to Trump  —  The latest “SNL” cold open featured Jim Risch, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and Tim Scott saying out loud what everyone is already thinking.  —  Saturday Night Live put up its best cold open in quite a while this week …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Deadline
Olivia Rinaldi / CBS News:
Draft RNC resolution would block payment of candidate's legal bills  —  Two draft resolutions circulated by a member of the Republican National Committee call on the party to adopt proposals that would keep it from having to pay for any presidential candidate's legal fees and would also make it party policy …
Discussion: HotAir
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump says South Carolina is a ‘bigger win than we anticipated,’ looks forward to saying 'Joe, you're fired'  —  Trump won the South Carolina GOP Primary Saturday night shortly after polls closed  —  Former President Trump touted a “bigger win than we anticipated” in the South Carolina …
NBC News:
Fewer grievances, more policy: Trump aides and allies push for a post-South Carolina ‘pivot’  —  In his victory speech Saturday night, Trump notably did not mention Nikki Haley, instead talking about GOP unity and focusing on the general election.  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — A growing chorus …
NBC News:
Draft RNC resolution would slow the party's embrace of Trump as the nominee  —  A second resolution would bar the RNC from paying the former president's legal bills.  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — A prominent Republican National Committee member is proposing two resolutions that would put …
Michael C. Bender / New York Times:
Kristi Noem and Vivek Ramaswamy Are CPAC's Choices for Trump's Running Mate  —  The conservative gathering's straw poll is hardly predictive, but it can show which way political winds are gusting on the far right.  —  Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota and the entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy tied …
Ben Goggin / NBC News:
Nazis mingle openly at CPAC, spreading antisemitic conspiracy theories and finding allies  —  The presence of the individuals has been a persistent issue at CPAC, and in previous years, conference organizers have ejected well known nazis and white supremacists, such as Nick Fuentes.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Brian Karem / Salon:
Joe Biden gives the media a desperately needed lesson about Donald Trump  —  The president has to break the news to journalists that Trump plans to jail us  —  The most disturbing thing I've ever heard a president say did not come from Donald Trump.  —  It came from Joe Biden.
Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
How ‘Libs of TikTok’ became a powerful presence in Oklahoma schools  —  The owner of the far-right social media account, who sits on a state advisory panel, has drawn attention since the death of a nonbinary student near Tulsa  —  LOS ANGELES — Far-right activist Chaya Raichik splits …
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
‘Trump appears to be showing gross signs of dementia’: Expert points to new evidence  —  According to psychologist Dr. John Gartner, formerly of Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Donald Trump's slurring and inability to sometimes formulate complete sentences appears to be a sign …
Rebecca Rommen / Business Insider:
Warren Buffett's son Howard has given $500M to Ukraine — he warns the US is making a historic mistake by pulling its support  — Business Insider interviewed Warren Buffett's son about his support for Ukraine.  — Howard Buffett's foundation has given $520 million to Ukraine in humanitarian aid.
Discussion: The Kyiv Independent
David Jeans / Forbes:
Exclusive: Lawmakers Demand Elon Musk Provide SpaceX Internet To US Military In Taiwan  —  Rep. Mike Gallagher, who led a delegation to Taiwan this week, said in a letter to Musk that SpaceX could possibly be in breach of its “contractual obligations with the U.S. government.”
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