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10:40 AM ET, February 26, 2024


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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Three Theories for Why Trump's Primary Results Are Not Matching Expectations  —  He has underperformed the polls in each of the first three contests.  —  It's still early in the primary season, but a whiff of a possible polling error is already in the air.
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Biden supercharged these Michigan unions.  Will workers return the favor?  —  LANSING, Mich. — Wearing a green beanie and leather work boots, Jakeob Carson walked into new member orientation on a recent Monday excited to earn nearly double what he did at his last job.
New York Times:
Biden Will Make Rare Visit to Southern Border on Same Day as Trump  —  The president, on the defensive over immigration, is planning to travel to Texas on Thursday, when Donald J. Trump is also set to visit a border city.  —  President Biden is planning to make a rare visit to the southern border …
Jay Kuo / The Status Kuo:
Status Report: Warning Signs for Trump
The prospect of a second Trump presidency has the intelligence community on edge  —  Trump sought major changes at the intel agencies in his first term; former officials say he could be more radical in a second.  —  Former top officials from Donald Trump's administration are warning …
NBC News:
Russia's 2024 election interference has already begun  —  Moscow is spreading disinformation about Joe Biden and other Democrats to lessen U.S. military aid to Ukraine and U.S. support for NATO, former U.S. officials and cyber experts say.  —  Russia is already spreading disinformation …
Playbook: Spending talks go off the rails  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  RUN IT BACK — “The prospect of a second Trump presidency has the intelligence community on edge,” by Erin Banco and John Sakellariadis: “Former top officials …
Seung Min Kim / Associated Press:
Biden is summoning congressional leaders to the White House to talk Ukraine and government funding
NBC News:
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel announces her resignation  —  Former President Donald Trump has already endorsed a new slate of leaders at the Republican National Committee ahead of the general election.  —  WASHINGTON — Ronna McDaniel said Monday that she will step down next month as chairwoman …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Ronna McDaniel, the R.N.C.'s Top Official, Plans to Step Down on March 8
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 …
Douglas E. Schoen / The Hill:
Trump's colossal legal fees are draining his campaign at the worst time
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
$1 Billion Donation Will Provide Free Tuition at a Bronx Medical School  —  Dr. Ruth Gottesman, a longtime professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is making free tuition available to all students going forward.  —  The 93-year-old widow of a Wall Street financier has donated $1 billion …
Liz Dye / Public Notice:
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Discussion: Washington Times and emptywheel
Just Security:
American Autocracy Threat Tracker  —  A Comprehensive Catalog Based on Donald Trump and His Associates' Plans, Promises, and Propositions  —  Former President Donald Trump has said he will be a dictator on “day one.”  He and his advisors and associates have publicly discussed hundreds …
Ibrahim Dahman / CNN:
Palestinian Authority prime minister and government resign  —  Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh and his government have submitted their resignations, he announced Monday.  —  “I would like to inform the honorable council and our great people that I placed …
Alex Thompson / Axios:
Exclusive: Hunter Biden sees his sobriety as key to keeping Trump from winning … - “Most importantly, you have to believe that you're worth the work, or you'll never be able to get sober. … “I have always been in awe of people who have stayed clean and sober through tragedies and obstacles few people ever face.
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Republican Opposition to Birth Control Bill Could Alienate Voters, Poll Finds  —  A survey conducted by Americans for Contraception shows the overwhelming popularity of birth control, and suggests voters are primed to punish Republicans for opposing a measure to protect access to it.
Riley Rogerson / The Daily Beast:
GOP Sen. Rick Scott Is Uniquely Unpopular in Florida.  Can Dems Capitalize?  —  In an exclusive interview, former Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) lays out her case for why she can beat Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) this year. … It's no secret that Florida Democrats hate Sen. Rick Scott.
Discussion: Raw Story
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Lawmakers fail to reach deal with partial shutdown looming  —  Congressional leaders are trading blame as both sides struggle to strike a bipartisan deal to stave off the threat of a partial government shutdown.  —  Lawmakers have until Mar. 1 to pass legislation to fund the departments of Agriculture …
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Tiana Lowe Doescher / Washington Examiner:
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Gavin Newsom faces another recall threat in California
Discussion: Washington Times and BizPac Review
House China committee demands Elon Musk open SpaceX Starshield internet to U.S. troops in Taiwan
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
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Hamilton Nolan / How Things Work:
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Leanne Italie / Associated Press:
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Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Democratic operative admits to commissioning fake Biden robocall that used AI