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12:05 PM ET, February 25, 2024


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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
3 takeaways from the South Carolina GOP primary  —  Donald Trump has swept the traditional early states in the Republican presidential nominating contest after defeating Nikki Haley on Saturday in South Carolina.  —  News organizations called the race shortly after polls closed …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Trump's request to suspend E. Jean Carroll's $83M verdict swiftly denied by judge  —  U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan declined a request to grant a stay after a jury ordered Donald Trump to pay writer E. Jean Carroll over $83 million for defamation.  —  “Twenty-five days …
Beyond shock and awe: Inside Trump's potential second-term agenda  —  From nationwide abortion bans to classroom culture wars, assaults on climate science and political weaponization of the military, his return to the White House could make Trump 1.0 seem tame.
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 …
Adam Wren / Politico:
Republicans Are Done With Mike Pence — Except Trump's VP Contenders  —  Intermediaries for Elise Stefanik, Kristi Noem and Tim Scott have been asking questions about how Pence handled the vetting gauntlet in 2016.  —  With the GOP presidential primary over in all but name …
Discussion: The Guardian and Washington Times
Washington Post:
Trump and his allies scramble to close fundraising gap with Biden
Olivia Rinaldi / CBS News:
Draft RNC resolution would block payment of candidate's legal bills
Discussion: HotAir
NBC News:
Fewer grievances, more policy: Trump aides and allies push for a post-South Carolina ‘pivot’
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump says South Carolina is a ‘bigger win than we anticipated,’ looks forward to saying 'Joe, you're fired'
Cheyanne M. Daniels / The Hill:
Black leaders, DNC blast Trump for ‘racist’ comments
NBC News:
Climate change is throwing the water cycle into chaos across the U.S.  —  As the planet continues to warm, this cycle is expected to be increasingly stretched, warped and broken.  —  The water cycle that shuttles Earth's most vital resource around in an unending, life-giving loop is in trouble.
One of the world's biggest cities may be just months away from running out of water  —  Mexico City CNN —  Alejandro Gomez has been without proper running water for more than three months.  Sometimes it comes on for an hour or two, but only a small trickle, barely enough to fill a couple of buckets.
The Hill:
Biden's frustration with the media boils over  —  Months out from November's high-stakes election, the White House and the Biden campaign are going public with growing frustration over how the president is being portrayed in the media.  —  Biden's camp is taking swings over press coverage …
Discussion: RedState
Brian Karem / Salon:
Joe Biden gives the media a desperately needed lesson about Donald Trump
Business Insider:
Congressman presses Elon Musk to provide SpaceX satellite services for US defense forces in Taiwan, report says  — A Congressman is urging Elon Musk to give SpaceX Starshield access to US forces in Taiwan.  — Refusal could breach SpaceX's contractual obligations with the US government, Forbes reported.
David Jeans / Forbes:
Exclusive: Lawmakers Demand Elon Musk Provide SpaceX Internet To US Military In Taiwan
Abbie VanSickle / New York Times:
Justice Thomas Hires Law Clerk Accused of Sending Racist Text Messages  —  Crystal Clanton, who is close with the Thomas family, has said she does not remember sending the messages, which emerged in 2017.  —  Justice Clarence Thomas recently hired a law clerk who was previously accused …
Discussion: Washington Post and Vanity Fair
How Johnson wooed Trump to back a GOP congressman targeted by Gaetz  —  Watch CNN's coverage of Donald Trump's involvement in key House Republican primaries on ‘Inside Politics Sunday with Manu Raju’ at 11 a.m. ET.  —  Speaker Mike Johnson and his top lieutenants had a mission …
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
Gov. Gavin Newsom's super PAC launches TV ad targeting GOP on abortion  —  Campaign for Democracy will run TV ads in Tennessee targeting two state bills that would restrict minors traveling out of state for abortion care.  —  California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom's super PAC is launching …
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
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.
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Adriana Gomez Licon / Associated Press:
Trump exchanges a close hug with Argentine President Javier Milei at conservative summit
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Filip Timotija / The Hill:
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Discussion: Fox News
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
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Discussion: Washington Examiner

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