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5:00 PM ET, February 26, 2024


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Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Donald Trump appeals $454 million judgment in New York civil fraud case  —  Donald Trump has appealed his $454 million New York civil fraud judgment, challenging a judge's finding that Trump lied about his wealth as he grew the real estate empire that launched him to stardom and the presidency.
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:   Russia looms over yet another Trump presidential campaign
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Trump has kept up his old, creepy affections for Putin
Discussion: Raw Story
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Trump's plan to use Judge Cannon to block Judge Chutkan and avoid trial  —  Former President Donald Trump's lawyers see a major opportunity this week to use his criminal document mishandling case in Florida to create an impasse on his calendar for the two federal judges overseeing his major criminal cases.
ABC News:
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg asks for gag order in Trump hush money case after dozens of threats  —  Trump is charged with falsifying records related to a hush money payment.  —  Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg speaks during a news conference at his office in New York City, February 22, 2024.
The Hill:
Trump seeks to block Stormy Daniels, Michael Cohen from testifying at NY hush money trial  —  Former President Trump's lawyers in his hush-money case on Monday demanded a New York judge block key witnesses from testifying in Trump's first criminal trial set to begin next month.
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
In Trump Criminal Case, Manhattan D.A. Asks for Gag Order Before Trial
Exclusive: Key figure in fake electors plot concealed damning posts on secret Twitter account from investigators  —  Kenneth Chesebro, the right-wing attorney who helped devise the Trump campaign's fake electors plot in 2020, concealed a secret Twitter account from Michigan prosecutors …
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Trump's CPAC speech showed clear signs of major cognitive decline — yet MAGA cheered  —  A confused Donald Trump kept up his threats of retribution during this weekend's conservative confab  —  Donald Trump was in his full glory over the weekend at the annual Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conference.
Svante Myrick / The Hill:
The MAGA enemies list is growing, and so are the odds that you're on it  —  As the Republican primaries slog toward the climax of a likely Trump nomination, I can't help thinking that we as a country are still dramatically underreacting to the MAGA threat.  The fact that Trump has even made it this far is proof of that.
Just Security:
American Autocracy Threat Tracker
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Biden tops Trump by 4 points in new survey of young voters  —  President Biden is narrowly leading former President Trump by 4 points in a new survey of young voters — a key demographic Biden carried in 2020.  —  The new Axios-Generation Lab survey of 18- to 34-year-old voters found …
New York Times:
Biden Will Make Rare Visit to Southern Border on Same Day as Trump
Shannon Rousseau / The Hill:
Pregnant women can't get divorced in Missouri.  Here's why  —  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (WDAF) - As it stands, Missouri judges cannot legally finalize a divorce if a woman is pregnant.  —  Three other states have similar laws: Texas, Arizona, and Arkansas.  While a pregnant woman can still file …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Michael Whatley officially announces for RNC Chair  —  The announcement comes after Ronna McDaniel announced she would depart the committee.  —  North Carolina GOP Chair Michael Whatley announced his candidacy to lead the Republican National Committee on Monday.
Discussion: Mediaite
NBC News:
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel announces her resignation
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 …
Adam Rubenstein / The Atlantic:
I Was a Heretic at The New York Times  —  I did what I was hired to do, and I paid for it.  —  On one of my first days at The New York Times, I went to an orientation with more than a dozen other new hires.  We had to do an icebreaker: Pick a Starburst out of a jar and then answer a question.
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.
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 …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Gavin Newsom faces another recall threat in California  —  Activists who successfully placed a recall on California's ballot in 2021 and forced the Democratic governor to spend tens of millions are trying to oust him again.  —  SACRAMENTO, California — Conservative activists …
Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
Police Bodycam Shows Sheriff Hunting for ‘Obscene’ Books at Library  —  Body camera footage from Idaho reveals a sheriff hunting for a YA book he could use for a political stunt.  —  Sheriff Robert Norris is speaking into his body camera.  “Today's date is April 20, approximately 7 a.m …
Mariana Alfaro / Washington Post:
Republicans who say they support IVF backed a bill protecting life ‘at conception’  —  The antiabortion bill in the House has no provisions for processes like in vitro fertilization  —  Prominent congressional Republicans are coming out in support of in vitro fertilization days …
Tracey Tully / New York Times:
Andy Kim Sues to Block Preferential Treatment on Ballots in Senate Race  —  The federal lawsuit is seen as a direct challenge to Tammy Murphy, Mr. Kim's chief rival in New Jersey, who stands to benefit most from the current ballot layout.  —  Representative Andy Kim, a Democrat running …
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Challenges Kroger's Acquisition of Albertsons  —  Largest supermarket merger in U.S. history will eliminate competition and raise grocery prices for millions of Americans, while harming tens of thousands of workers, FTC alleges  —  The Federal Trade Commission today sued to block …
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New York Times:
Ex-F.B.I. Informant to Be Held in Custody Indefinitely, Judge Says
Miranda Nazzaro / The Hill:
Charles Koch group boosts GOP Senate candidates in Pennsylvania, Nevada
Elizabeth Elkind / Fox News:
House Republican critical of Biden impeachment push demands his removal via 25th Amendment
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Trump and his favorite fundraising platform both face donor problems
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Live updates Justices appear skeptical of Texas, Florida social media laws
The Media Will Do Anything to Twist a Narrative
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's rhetoric about immigrant crime has finally convinced his party
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline Haskins / The Guardian:
A new tool targets voter fraud in Georgia - but is it skirting the law?
Discussion: Raw Story
Mark Jacob / Stop the Presses:
Does the candidate who generates the most clicks win?
Maureen Groppe / USA Today:
Beep! Beep! Supreme Court rejects case of woman ticketed for honking her horn
Discussion: The Hill and Mercury News
Justin Spike / Associated Press:
Hungary's parliament ratifies Sweden's NATO bid, clearing the final obstacle to membership
Tiana Lowe Doescher / Washington Examiner:
The vibes veepstakes  —  In an alternate universe, Donald Trump's choice for running mate would be obvious enough.

From Techmeme:

Daniel Wiessner / Reuters:
Google scraps a 2019 policy requiring US suppliers and staffing firms to pay their employees $15 an hour and provide health insurance and other benefits

Gaby Del Valle / The Verge:
The US Senate reauthorizes FISA's Section 702; some communication service providers had threatened to stop cooperating with the US government in case of a lapse

Kate Rogers / CNBC:
A look at Los Angeles' Homelessness Prevention pilot program, which uses AI to identify those at risk of becoming homeless, offering aid to keep them housed

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