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12:40 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.
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Exclusive: Extremism is US voters' greatest worry, Reuters/Ipsos poll finds  —  Worries about political extremism or threats to democracy have emerged as a top concern for U.S. voters and an issue where President Joe Biden has a slight advantage over Donald Trump ahead of the November election, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll showed.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Biden Faces ‘Uncommitted’ Vote in Michigan's Primary. Here's What to Watch.
Playbook: What Joe Biden has to fear from Michigan
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 …
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.
Discussion: Newsweek, The Mahablog and Forbes
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
This time, Trump's going to have to pay his own bills
Discussion: Raw Story
Tatyana Tandanpolie / Salon:
Trump throws Truth Social tantrum demanding all cases against him “must be immediately halted”
Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
Judge rules against Kristina Karamo in messy Michigan GOP leadership dispute  —  An order from a county judge prohibits Karamo from conducting party business.  It's a victory for Pete Hoekstra, who has been recognized as the new state chair.  —  A Michigan court has thwarted Kristina Karamo's efforts …
Craig Mauger / The Detroit News:
Judge finds Kristina Karamo was removed as Michigan GOP chairwoman
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Raw Story and The Hill
Sarah Lipton-Lubet / Slate:
Republicans' Absurdist Reproductive Policies Are Coming for Us All  —  When I first heard Roe v. Wade would be overturned, I knew I had to move my embryos out of a red state.  The past few weeks have proven why.  —  Nearly two years ago, late into the night on a Monday …
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: Universal Hub and Angry White Men
Praveena Somasundaram / Washington Post:
Man pleads guilty to threatening Michigan official over 2020 election  —  An Indiana man pleaded guilty Tuesday to threatening to kill a Michigan elections clerk after the November 2020 election, federal prosecutors announced.  —  A week after Joe Biden was elected president …
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
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
Trans Virginia lawmaker storms out of chamber after being called ‘sir’ by Lt Gov Winsome Sears  —  Virginia state Sen Danica Roem is state's first transgender legislator  —  A transgender lawmaker stormed out of the Virginia Senate chamber in protest after Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears referred to the lawmaker as “sir” on Monday.
Fatima Hussein / Associated Press:
Yellen urges world leaders to ‘unlock’ frozen Russian Central Bank assets and send them to Ukraine  —  Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Tuesday offered her strongest public support yet for the idea of liquidating roughly $300 billion in frozen Russian Central Bank assets and using them for Ukraine's long-term reconstruction.
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 …
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Who Paid For Sarah Sanders' Six Figure Super Bowl Extravaganza?  —  A TPM investigation.  —  Taylor Swift was not the only high profile Kansas City chiefs fan to enjoy incredible access to the Super Bowl in Las Vegas earlier this month.  Like the pop megastar, Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Raw Story
Garance Burke / Associated Press:
Chatbots' inaccurate, misleading responses about US elections threaten to keep voters from polls  —  With presidential primaries underway across the U.S., popular chatbots are generating false and misleading information that threatens to disenfranchise voters, according to a report published Tuesday based …
Discussion: Proof
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 …
Jason Gale / Bloomberg:
A Spike in Heart Disease Deaths Since Covid Is Puzzling Scientists  —  Mortality data of the past four years show a wave of deadly cardiovascular and metabolic illness.  —  Almost three weeks before Covid-19 was reported to be spreading in the US, Patricia Cabello Dowd dropped dead in the kitchen of her San Jose, California, home.
Discussion: Washington Post
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: U.S. wants Israeli written assurances on using U.S. weapons in Gaza by mid-March … - It also stresses that a country that uses U.S. weapons in conflict areas needs to provide “credible and reliable written assurances” that it will “facilitate and not arbitrarily deny, restrict …
Discussion: Political Wire
Office of the Texas Governor:
Governor Abbott Issues Disaster Declaration For Texas Wildfires  —  Governor Greg Abbott today issued a disaster declaration for 60 Texas counties in response to widespread wildfire activity throughout the state.  Additional counties may be added if conditions warrant.
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