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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.
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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.
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Fani Willis slammed with harassing calls after Trump lawyer puts contact info in court doc  —  Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade were slammed with harassing phone calls over the weekend after one of former President Donald Trump's attorneys put …
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.
New York Times:
In Trump Criminal Case, Manhattan D.A. Asks for Gag Order Before Trial
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.
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New York Times:
The Back Channel Talks to Secure McConnell's Endorsement of Trump  —  The conversations between the Trump and McConnell camps have been happening between key advisers to both men.  —  Donald J. Trump and Mitch McConnell haven't said a word to each other since December 2020.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Jack Smith says Trump's handling of classified docs was far worse than Biden's  —  In a new filing in Trump's Florida case, Smith cited Robert Hur's report on Joe Biden's retention of classified material.  —  Special counsel Jack Smith said Monday that President Joe Biden's handling …
CNN:
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 …
Elizabeth Crisp / The Hill:
Rep. Perry says House GOP should cancel Biden's SOTU address  —  Former House Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) is calling on Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) to stop President Biden from giving his annual State of the Union address next month.  —  Perry said during an appearance Monday …
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New York Times:
Biden Will Make Rare Visit to Southern Border on Same Day as Trump
Yasmeen Abutaleb / Washington Post:
Biden says temporary cease-fire in Gaza could come next week  —  Negotiators have been working for months to secure a deal to release more than 100 Israeli hostages  —  President Biden on Monday said he hoped a deal between Israel and Hamas could emerge as soon as next week …
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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.
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Svante Myrick / The Hill:   The MAGA enemies list is growing, and so are the odds that you're on it
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.
Washington Post:
Judge orders Biden informant Alexander Smirnov to remain in jail  —  The former FBI informant is accused of lying when he claimed that Joe and Hunter Biden took bribes to shield a Ukrainian energy company  —  LOS ANGELES — A former FBI informant pleaded not guilty Monday to charges …
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Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
Justices question Texas and Florida efforts to restrict social media companies  —  On Monday, over nearly four hours of oral arguments, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court debated whether Florida and Texas can — with slightly different laws — mandate that social media companies change …
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Washington Post:
Live updates Justices appear skeptical of Texas, Florida social media laws
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 …
The Independent:
Letitia James live tweets $114,000 daily interest charges on Trump's $464m fraud ruling  —  New York Attorney General trolls former president as interest starts accruing on monster judgment  —  Trump says his $355m fraud penalty is ‘a form of Navalny’  —  A $455m judgment against Donald Trump …
Discussion: HuffPost and Breitbart
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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 …
Moira Donegan / The Guardian:
Alabama is using the notion that embryos are people to surveil and harass women  —  Even before the court ruled in favor of this vulgar fiction, state authorities relied on the concept to intimidate and jail women  —  Something that's important to remember about last week's ruling …
Discussion: Slate
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: The Daily Caller
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NBC News:
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel announces her resignation
Reese Gorman / The Daily Beast:
Letter With White Powder Mailed to Donald Trump Jr.'s Florida Home: Sources  —  Multiple fire trucks and men in hazmat suits were spotted outside Donald Trump Jr.'s home in Jupiter, Florida, on Monday evening. … Multiple fire trucks and men in hazmat suits were spotted outside Donald Trump Jr.'s home …
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 …
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Russia looms over yet another Trump presidential campaign  —  New praise of Moscow, and a refusal to condemn Putin, underscore the former president's persistent admiration of the country  —  In February alone, Donald Trump encouraged Russia “to do whatever the hell they want” …
Discussion: The Hill
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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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