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9:40 AM ET, February 26, 2024


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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  —  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.
Kierra Frazier / Politico:
Ronna McDaniel to step down as RNC chair next week  —  “The R.N.C. has historically undergone change once we have a nominee, and it has always been my intention to honor that tradition,” McDaniel said.  —  Ronna McDaniel announced Monday she will step down from her role …
Discussion: The Hill and NPR
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel to resign after Super Tuesday
Discussion: ABC News and USA Today
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Hear Free Speech Challenges to Social Media Laws  —  The tech industry argues that laws in Florida and Texas, prompted by conservative complaints about censorship, violate the First Amendment.  The court's decision could fundamentally alter the nature of speech on the internet.
Liz Dye / Public Notice:
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Discussion: emptywheel and Washington Post
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.
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 …
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 …
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Riley Rogerson / The Daily Beast:
GOP Sen. Rick Scott Is Uniquely Unpopular in Florida. Can Dems Capitalize?
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Baker / New York Times:
As the Election Comes Into Focus, Pressure Builds in the West Wing
Former CIA Director explains how Russia is using ‘Republican lawmakers as tools’
Discussion: Raw Story and Euromaidan Press
Hamilton Nolan / How Things Work:
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Leanne Italie / Associated Press:
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Discussion: NPR, PBS NewsHour and PIX11
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Helen Pidd / The Guardian:
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Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Fiona Hill: Trump comparison to Navalny ‘brazen’ and ‘shameful’
Discussion: CBS News, Raw Story and HuffPost