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10:00 AM ET, February 26, 2024


 Top Items: 
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 …
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 …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Ronna McDaniel, the R.N.C.'s Top Official, Plans to Step Down on March 8  —  The chairwoman of the Republican National Committee said on Monday that she would step down in just over a week, as former President Donald J. Trump seeks to install a new handpicked leader for the national party ahead of the general election this fall.
Playbook: Spending talks go off the rails
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel to resign after Super Tuesday
Discussion: ABC News, USA Today and WAGA-TV
Kierra Frazier / Politico:
Ronna McDaniel to step down as RNC chair next week
Discussion: The Hill, NPR and UPI
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.
Jay Kuo / The Status Kuo:
Status Report: Warning Signs for Trump
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 …
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 …
Seung Min Kim / Associated Press:
Biden is summoning congressional leaders to the White House to talk Ukraine and government funding  —  President Joe Biden will convene the top four congressional leaders at the White House on Tuesday to press lawmakers on passing an emergency aid package for Ukraine and Israel …
Liz Dye / Public Notice:
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Discussion: emptywheel and Washington Post
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Zelensky: JD Vance must understand ‘millions will be killed’ without US aid to Ukraine  —  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday that “millions will be killed” in his country's war with Russia without additional funding from the United States.  —  CNN's Kaitlan Collins asked Zelensky …
Discussion: CNN, The Kyiv Independent and Breitbart
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
Kavitha Surana / ProPublica:
Inside the Internal Debates of a Hospital Abortion Committee  —  Post-Roe America: Abortion Access Divides the Nation  —  After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending nearly 50 years of federal protection for abortion, some states began enforcing strict abortion bans while others became new havens for the procedure.
Discussion: The Hill and New Yorker
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.
Hamilton Nolan / How Things Work:
Stupid Power  —  Deluding ourselves about America's delusions.  —  In all my years as someone spouting opinions about public affairs, I have never been more wrong than when I predicted that something could not happen because it was just too stupid.  My first distinct memory of this phenomenon came …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Hear Free Speech Challenges to Social Media Laws
Peter Baker / New York Times:
As the Election Comes Into Focus, Pressure Builds in the West Wing
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Leanne Italie / Associated Press:
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Discussion: NPR, PBS NewsHour and PIX11
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What Is Christian Nationalism, Exactly?
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New York Times:
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Helen Pidd / The Guardian:
Hobbycraft refused to sell paint to black man as ‘he may use it for graffiti’
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Fiona Hill: Trump comparison to Navalny ‘brazen’ and ‘shameful’
Discussion: CBS News, Raw Story and HuffPost

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