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8:40 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: 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 …
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: CNN, Politico and Bloomberg
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  —  A quick check-in on the state of affairs on the other side of the campaign aisle.  For some time now, it's been down to two people, Trump and Haley, and yesterday the GOP primary contest was in Haley's home state of South Carolina.  —  Newsflash: Trump won.
ABC News:
South Carolina Republicans see Trump as more electable, more fit than Haley: Preliminary exit polling
Ali Sawafta / Reuters:
Palestinian Prime Minister Shtayyeh resigns  —  Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Monday he was resigning to allow for the formation of a broad consensus among Palestinians about political arrangements following Israel's war against the Islamist group Hamas in Gaza.
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 …
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: 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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Fox News, Mediaite and JONATHAN TURLEY
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Riley Rogerson / The Daily Beast:
GOP Sen. Rick Scott Is Uniquely Unpopular in Florida. Can Dems Capitalize?
Discussion: Raw Story
The prospect of a second Trump presidency has the intelligence community on edge
Discussion: The Dispatch and Political Wire
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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What Is Christian Nationalism, Exactly?
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
Abbie VanSickle / New York Times:
Justice Thomas Hires Law Clerk Accused of Sending Racist Text Messages
Adam Wren / Politico:
Republicans Are Done With Mike Pence — Except Trump's VP Contenders
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story

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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
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