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7:35 PM ET, February 25, 2024


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David Smith / The Guardian:
‘My ultimate and absolute revenge’: Trump gives chilling CPAC speech on presidential agenda  —  Unbound and unhinged, ex-president vilifies immigrants before devolving into bizarre riffs, including calling himself ‘total genius’  —  Donald Trump styled himself as a “proud political dissident” …
ABC News:
South Carolina Republicans see Trump as more electable, more fit than Haley: Preliminary exit polling  —  Sixty-two percent also falsely think Biden didn't legitimately win in 2020.  —  Voters cast their ballot at Kilbourne Park Baptist Church during the Republican presidential primary in Columbia, South Carolina, Feb. 24, 2024.
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 …
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: Raw Story and The Guardian
Politico:   Beyond shock and awe: Inside Trump's potential second-term agenda
Jennifer M. Wood / The Daily Beast:
‘SNL’ Shames Terrified Republicans for Surrendering to Trump
Washington Post:
Trump and his allies scramble to close fundraising gap with Biden
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Lawmakers fail to reach deal with partial shutdown looming  —  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday blasted Republicans over for threat of what he called “a harmful and unnecessary government shutdown” as Congress struggles to strike a bipartisan deal days out from a key funding deadline.
Discussion: Politico
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Koch network stops spending on Nikki Haley's presidential campaign  —  Americans for Prosperity Action said it had to “take stock” after Haley's loss in South Carolina.  —  Americans For Prosperity Action, the powerful conservative group supporting Nikki Haley in the Republican presidential primary …
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Democratic operative admits to commissioning fake Biden robocall that used AI  —  Steve Kramer acknowledged Sunday that he created the fake Joe Biden robocall at the center of a multistate investigation after NBC News reported about his involvement.  —  Steve Kramer, a veteran political consultant working …
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 …
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 …
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Fiona Hill: Trump comparison to Navalny ‘brazen’ and ‘shameful’
Discussion: Raw Story, CBS News and Mediaite
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
Discussion: UPI
Helen Pidd / The Guardian:
Hobbycraft refused to sell paint to black man as ‘he may use it for graffiti’  —  Louis Gray says he was racially profiled after trying to buy spray paint to make over his son's bicycle helmet  —  A black man shopping for paint with his four-year-old son says he was racially profiled …
Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Newsom launches abortion ads in Republican states to fight ‘war on women’  —  Series of new advertisements target Republican efforts to criminalize abortions and a ‘war on travel’ for reproductive care  —  California's governor, Gavin Newsom, is launching a series of new advertisements …
Frank Figliuzzi / MSNBC:
Republicans need to explain when they learned the truth about Alexander Smirnov  —  Were GOP lawmakers played the fool by Russia, or were they in on their “informant's” claims?  —  “Russia, Russia, Russia” is Donald Trump's mocking mantra whenever someone raises the myriad investigative findings …
Kathryn Armstrong / BBC:
Ukraine war: Zelensky says 31,000 troops killed since Russia's full-scale invasion  —  Volodymyr Zelensky says 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed during Russia's full-scale invasion.  —  The Ukrainian president said he would not give the number of wounded as that would help Russian military planning.
Sarah Fortinsky / The Hill:
No Labels director says Nikki Haley 'somebody we'd definitely be interested in'  —  Joe Cunningham, national director for the political organization No Labels, said on Sunday that Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is “somebody we'd definitely be interested in” …
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