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10:30 PM ET, February 26, 2024


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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.
Discussion: WLT Report
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.
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.
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 …
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.
The Independent:
Letitia James live tweets $114,000 daily interest charges on Trump's $464m fraud ruling
Discussion: Breitbart and HuffPost
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 …
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 …
NBC News:
Donald Trump Jr. receives death threat and white powder in envelope at Florida home  —  A spokesperson for the former president's son said that test results of the substance were inconclusive, but that authorities did not believe it was deadly.  —  Authorities in Palm Beach County responded …
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 …
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 …
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.
Zelensky says Trump doesn't understand Putin because he has never fought him  —  Former US President Donald Trump will be “against Americans” if he chooses to support Russia over Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky told CNN Sunday, in a stark warning as his country enters a third year of full-scale war.
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Russia looms over yet another Trump presidential campaign
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Live updates Justices appear skeptical of Texas, Florida social media laws
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: News Not Noise, and Slate
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.
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Trump's CPAC speech showed clear signs of major cognitive decline — yet MAGA cheered
Liz Dye / Above the Law:
Trump Says He's Too Rich To Post Bond In Carroll Defamation Case  —  Bitch better have my money.  —  E. Jean Carroll would like her $83 million dollars, please.  —  On January 26, a jury in Manhattan returned its verdict in the advice columnist's second defamation trial against the former president.
Discussion: Raw Story
Dasha Litvinova / Associated Press:
Navalny aides say the Russian opposition leader was close to being freed before his death  —  Associates of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Monday that talks were underway shortly before his death to exchange him for a Russian imprisoned in Germany.  —  “Alexei Navalny could have been sitting here now, today.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jo Yurcaba / NBC News:
Oklahoma students walk out after trans student's death to protest bullying policies  —  After the death of Nex Benedict, classmates at Owasso High School say bullying often goes unpunished, causing students to feel like there's no point asking for help.  —  OWASSO, Okla. …
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 …
Juliegrace Brufke / Axios:
Scoop: GOP fears snowballing shutdown … - “I think it could whet their appetite,” one House Republican member said about how the House Freedom Caucus would feel about a partial shutdown starting this weekend.  — “We feel like there's no plan, morale is really low,” the House Republican told Axios.
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