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7:50 AM ET, February 28, 2024


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Washington Post:
Biden wins Michigan primary but faces notable showing by ‘uncommitted’  —  Activists urged Democrats to vote ‘uncommitted’ to register a protest of Biden's handling of the Gaza war  —  President Biden won Michigan's Democratic primary on Tuesday but faced a notable challenge from voters selecting …
Biden won the Michigan primary decisively — but not by enough to calm Democratic angst  —  President Joe Biden scored a decisive win in the Michigan primary on Tuesday evening, clearing an organized protest vote against his handling of the Israel-Hamas war though not necessarily by enough to calm Democratic jitters.
New York Times:
Michigan Primary Takeaways: ‘Uncommitted’ Makes Itself Heard  —  President Biden endured a protest vote, Donald Trump fended off Nikki Haley again, and both may face challenges with their party coalitions as they start to look toward November.  —  Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Donald J. Trump won …
Adam Wren / Politico:
Trump tried to ignore Haley.  He barely lasted a day.  —  The former president was back to his old ways in no time.  —  For a full 24 hours on Saturday, Donald Trump did not mention Nikki Haley by name, ignoring her both in a freewheeling address to the Conservative Political Action Conference …
Playbook: The message from Michigan  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE BIG CAMPAIGN NEWS YOU MISSED — “Super PAC supporting RFK Jr. says it has gathered enough signatures to put him on ballot in Arizona, Georgia,” by CNN's Aaron Pellish
David Lindsey / Axios:
Four big takeaways from Michigan's Democratic and GOP primaries
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Biden Faces ‘Uncommitted’ Vote in Michigan's Primary. Here's What to Watch.
Washington Post:   Return of the party boss: How Montana's Daines took charge of GOP Senate primaries
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Mike Johnson cornered at “intense” White House meeting … - Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Johnson “said unequivocally he wants to avoid a government shutdown.”  — “We made it clear that means not letting any of the ... appropriations bills lapse, which means you need some [stopgap bills],” Schumer added.
Justin Green / Axios:
It's all up to Mike Johnson now … - We've highlighted this point for weeks: It's ultimately Johnson's call whether to reach a deal with Democrats and avoid a shutdown or to follow the calls from his most conservative members and pick a shutdown fight.  — “It was an intense meeting …
Andrew Solender / Axios:
House Democrats fume at Mike Johnson as government shutdown threat grows
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
How the Senate G.O.P. Scored a Top Recruit and Widened Its Path to a Majority  —  The recruitment of Larry Hogan in Maryland served as a capstone to months of quiet success for Senate Republicans, after years of recruiting disappointments.  —  Larry Hogan might not be running for Senate …
Discussion: Plain Dealer
GOP senators signal that only way out of Ukraine-Russia war likely is ‘negotiated settlement’
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Examiner
Federal judge in Texas rules congressional passage of 2022 spending bill unconstitutional  —  The judge called the scope of his ruling “limited,” and said it did not block all of the spending law.  —  A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday ruled that a $1.7 trillion government funding bill …
Craig Mauger / The Detroit News:
Judge finds Kristina Karamo was removed as Michigan GOP chairwoman  —  Grand Rapids — A Kent County Circuit Court judge ruled Tuesday that Kristina Karamo had been removed as the Michigan Republican Party's chairwoman on Jan. 6 and barred her from continuing to assert that she holds the position.
Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
Judge rules against Kristina Karamo in messy Michigan GOP leadership dispute
Samantha Cole / 404 Media:
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Tori Otten / New Republic:
Trump Has a Hilarious New Excuse for Why He Can't Put Up Bond  —  Donald Trump is arguing that he shouldn't have to post the massive bond in E. Jean Carroll's defamation case against him ... because he's simply too rich.  —  Trump owes Carroll $83.3 million for defaming her in 2019 when she first accused him of sexual assault.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
This time, Trump's going to have to pay his own bills
Discussion: Raw Story
Senate GOP poised to block IVF protection bill  —  With assists from POLITICO's Congress team  —  SENATE GOP: WE SUPPORT IVF - BUT NOT FEDERAL PROTECTIONS FOR IT  —  Senate conservatives are signaling they'll block Wednesday's planned Democratic bid to enshrine protections for in-vitro fertilization …
Freddy Brewster / The Lever:
The Koch Network Is Killing Rail Safety  —  The billionaire-backed Koch network spent nearly $10 million stonewalling the bipartisan Railway Safety Act.  —  One year after a toxic train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, inspired bipartisan legislation that would have made the nation's railways safer …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple to Wind Down Electric Car Effort After Decadelong Odyssey  — Executives tell staff to end work on endeavor known as Titan  — Employees on some car teams will move to Apple's AI division  —  Apple Inc. is canceling a decadelong effort to build an electric car …
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Starbucks Stops Opposing Its Baristas' Union  —  In a historic breakthrough, Starbucks and its workers announce they've come together.  —  Starbucks Workers United buttons from a watch party of the first union election in Buffalo on December 9, 2021  —  “This is what we've always wanted …
Russell Contreras / Axios:
Poll: Most Americans cool to Christian nationalism as its influence grows … - This once-fringe ideology has become prevalent in some deeply red states at a time when the nation overall is increasingly diverse and less religious. … - In California, New York and Virginia …
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Controversial Ohio GOP congressional candidate considers dropping out (again)  —  House Republican leaders have been desperate to stop J.R. Majewski from winning the nomination to take on Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur, who defeated him in 2022.  —  J.R. Majewski, the controversial Ohio congressional candidate …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
AJ McDougall / The Daily Beast:
Florida Lawmakers Pump the Brakes on ‘Unborn Child’ Bill After Alabama IVF Decision  —  The bill, which would allow a claimant to sue over an unborn child's wrongful death, was yanked after critics pointed out that its language was dangerously broad.  —  Republican legislators have mothballed …
Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times:
How Visiting the U.S. Border Became a Potent Form of Political Theater  —  The 2,000-mile frontier has become a symbol in American politics as the debate over immigration grows increasingly polarized.  —  Vice President Kamala Harris went to the U.S.-Mexico border soon after she and President …
Discussion: USA Today and NBC News
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Hitler-praising Massachusetts GOP candidate pledges to ‘exile all Jews’  —  One of the candidates to represent a Boston-area district in the Massachusetts Republican Party's State Committee is an avowed neo-Nazi who has pledged the mass expulsion of Jews from the United States.
Discussion: Angry White Men and Universal Hub
Max Tani / Semafor:
ABC News president: Trump's comments on Black voters ‘as racist as they come’  —  The Scoop  —  Kimberly Godwin, the president of ABC News, said privately that recent comments by President Donald Trump about Black people were “as racist as they come.”  —  At the Black Conservative Federation Gala …
Trump voters tell NBC Reporter that ‘Russia is not our enemy’  —  Vaughn Hillyard, NBC News Correspondent joins Nicolle Wallace to discuss meeting with Trump voters who have started to echo the rhetoric from Putin and Russia when it comes to that country's war on Ukraine and how the base …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Dan Farber / Legal Planet:
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Discussion: Washington Post
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