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10:25 AM ET, February 27, 2024


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Washington Post:
The economy is roaring.  Immigration is a key reason.  —  Momentum in the job market picked up aggressively over the past year — all while Washington is deadlocked on a border deal.  —  Immigration has propelled the U.S. job market further than just about anyone expected …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
The House GOP's defense against hardliners is about to get weaker  —  If Republicans can hold the majority, they'll likely have to wrangle a bloc of even more emboldened conservatives who made their name by fighting their own party.  —  House Republicans are facing a growing exodus …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP fears Speaker Johnson headed toward shutdown wreck  —  Senate Republicans are trying to wave their House GOP counterparts away from blundering into a partial government shutdown at week's end, something that looks increasingly likely given Speaker Mike Johnson's (R-La.) unstable grip on power over a narrow majority.
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 …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Jack Smith Pounds Trump For His Unprecedented Conduct In MAL Case  —  INSIDE: Fani Willis ... Alvin Bragg ... Alexander Smirnov … No One Has Ever Done What Trump Did  —  Special Counsel Jack Smith unleashed a tight, targeted fusillade in the Mar-a-Lago case, making the convincing argument …
ABC News:
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg asks for gag order in Trump hush money case after dozens of threats
Jonathan Mattise / ABC News:
Pride flags would be largely banned in Tennessee classrooms in bill advanced by GOP lawmakers  —  The GOP-led Tennessee House has passed a bill that would largely ban displaying pride flags in public school classrooms  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A bill that would largely ban displaying pride flags …
Discussion: Fox News and Political Wire
Associated Press:
Tennessee House advances bill to ban reappointing lawmakers booted for behavior  —  One of the Legislature's staff attorneys expressed concerns about the bill last week, telling House lawmakers during a committee hearing that it raises constitutional questions.
Discussion: Tennessee Lookout
Dave Infante / Popular Information:
Kroger's “nefarious bargain”  —  This is a special joint edition of Popular Information and Fingers, a newsletter about drinking in America by journalist Dave Infante.  Fingers is a must-read for anyone who cares about the business, culture, and chaos of booze.  Sign up HERE.
Patrick Smith / NBC News:
Mouse-infested warehouse lands Family Dollar Stores with record $41M fine  —  An investigation found “live rodents, dead and decaying rodents, rodent feces, urine and odors,” at a warehouse in Arkansas.  —  Family Dollar Stores was this week ordered to pay $41.6 million for using …
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.
Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
Democrats intensify their IVF messaging in new billboards, tying Trump to the Alabama ruling  —  Democrats are attacking Trump on the Alabama IVF decision in new billboard ads across eight battleground states that launch Tuesday.  —  Democrats are ramping up their messaging around …
Discussion:, Florida Politics and CBS News
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
DC court backs Clark's bid to block subpoena from bar investigators  —  Clark, who backed Trump's efforts to contest the 2020 election, is trying to avoid being disbarred.  —  An attempt by D.C. bar authorities to force former Justice Department attorney Jeff Clark to fork over documents …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Federalist
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Jack Smith says Trump's handling of classified docs was far worse than Biden's
John Hendrickson / The Atlantic:
A Wild and Dangerous 2024 Experiment  —  “We are in this to win it,” No Labels' chief strategist, Ryan Clancy, told me one morning earlier this month.  Clancy and 16 other representatives of the beleaguered centrist group were staring at me through their respective Zoom boxes during a private briefing …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Zeeshan Aleem / MSNBC:
Nazis at CPAC is a frog-in-boiling-water moment for the right  —  The white supremacist right is penetrating the mainstream right with increasing ease.  —  The Conservative Political Action Conference is the premier gathering of right-wing activists and politicians in America every year …
Josephine Harvey / HuffPost:
Trump's Ex-Press Aide Makes Surprising Admission About How She Voted In 2016  —  “I think I knew full well what kind of man he was when I went to go work for him,” Sarah Matthews told MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace.  —  LOADING  —  Sarah Matthews said Monday she did not vote for Donald Trump …
Discussion: USA Today, The Wrap, Raw Story and The Hill
Washington Post:
Airman who set self on fire grew up on religious compound, had anarchist past  —  Less than two weeks before Aaron Bushnell walked toward the gates of the Israeli Embassy on Sunday, he and a friend talked by phone about their shared identities as anarchists and what kinds of risks and sacrifices were needed to be effective.
Marc A. Caputo / The Bulwark:
'The numbers right now aren't good.'  —  Why Trump is fundraising more than ever.  —  FOR YEARS, DONALD TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN STAFF struggled to get him to make donor calls and take fundraising seriously.  —  But that was before Trump faced an incumbent president and a primary opponent who was outraising him.
William Vaillancourt / The Daily Beast:
GOP Rep. Scott Perry Wants to Cancel Biden's SOTU Address Over Border  —  “There's no reason that we need to invite him to get more propaganda,” Perry said, even though Biden accepted the House Speaker's invitation seven weeks ago.  —  Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) suggested Monday …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Democrats Reject Bipartisan Map and Will Redraw N.Y. House Districts  —  With the battle for House control likely to run through New York, Democrats in the State Legislature voted down a plan drawn by a bipartisan commission.  —  Democrats seized control over drawing New York's congressional districts …
NBC News:
For the first time in years, Sen. Graham hasn't introduced a national abortion ban  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham has introduced a federal abortion ban bill every Congress since 2013.  As Republicans scramble on abortion messaging, his legislation is conspicuously absent.
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.
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Sophie Gardner / Politico:
The Top Muslim State Lawmaker in Michigan Wants You to Turn on Joe Biden
Yasmeen Abutaleb / Washington Post:
Biden says temporary cease-fire in Gaza could come next week
Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
Justices question Texas and Florida efforts to restrict social media companies
Washington Post:
Judge orders Biden informant Alexander Smirnov to remain in jail
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