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11:55 PM ET, February 29, 2024


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Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Trump pushes Steve Daines to succeed McConnell as GOP's Senate leader … - Trump, is consolidating his power over the GOP and Republicans in Congress, and his blessing — along with a triumphant November election — could position Daines for the Senate leadership job when the new Congress starts in January.
Kathleen Culliton / Raw Story:
‘Visible cringe’: Serviceman scowls amid Trump rant on 'people who don't speak languages'  —  A serviceman standing behind Donald Trump at a border town press conference Thursday was seen scowling as the former president ranted against “people who don't speak languages.”
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
Thoughts on the Supreme Court's Massive Gift to Trump  —  Delaying the January 6th trial means Trump may never face accountability for his crimes  —  Thanks to the shenanigans of Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump appointed three justices to the Supreme Court.  Yesterday, the MAGA justices thanked Trump …
Juliegrace Brufke / Axios:
Scoop: GOP Rep. Mark Green reverses decision to retire after Trump pressure … - “While my strong desire was to leave Congress at the end of this year, since my announcement, I have received countless calls from constituents, colleagues, and President Trump urging me to reconsider,” he said in a statement.
Robert Reich:
Goodbye, Mitch: You were the worst  —  But the Republicans might find someone even worse to replace you  —  He will be remembered as one of the most dangerous politicians in living memory.  He helped transform the Republican Party into a cult, worshiping at the altar of authoritarianism.
Justin Green / Axios:
“Join me,” Biden tells Trump … - “Instead of telling members of Congress to block this legislation, join me,” Biden said in Brownsville, Texas.  — Biden prodded House Republicans to “show a little spine” and take up the Senate border deal they helped torpedo earlier this year.
NBC News:
Trump's claims of a migrant crime wave are not supported by national data
Associated Press:
In Dual Border Visits, Biden and Trump Try to Score Points at a Political Hot Spot
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court narrows the lens as it takes up Trump's immunity claim  —  In agreeing to hear the case, the court made it clear that it will focus on specifics of when a former president might be able to claim immunity for official acts taken in office.  —  WASHINGTON — As former President …
Lee Kovarsky / New York Times:
Trump Should Lose.  But the Supreme Court Should Still Clarify Immunity.  —  The Supreme Court has never squarely resolved whether a president's in-term conduct is immune from criminal prosecution because, before Donald Trump, there were no indicted ex-presidents.
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Why Is Trump Trying to Make Ukraine Lose?  —  The former president isn't in office—but is still dictating U.S. policy.  —  Nearly half a year has passed since the White House asked Congress for another round of American aid for Ukraine.  Since that time, at least three different legislative efforts …
The Hill:
House passes short-term funding bill to avert shutdown
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Democratic leader shoots down discharge petition on Ukraine-border bill
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Fox News
NBC News:
Republican senator blocks bill to protect IVF  —  Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., blocked the bill brought by Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., who used IVF to have her daughters.  —  WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi blocked passage of legislation Wednesday that would protect access to in vitro fertilization.
Ryan Krull / News, Riverfront Times:
Missouri GOP Candidate for Governor Was Only ‘Honorary’ KKK Member  —  The name of “Pro-White man” Darrell Leon McClanahan III sits atop Missouri's gubernatorial ballot  —  These photos tweeted yesterday by former Missouri Representative Shamed Dogan first appeared on the website …
Matt Cohen / Democracy Docket:
Arizona Senate Passes Bill Preventing Presidents From Ballot Removal Under 14th Amendment  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As states eagerly await the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on if former President Donald Trump should be allowed on the ballot for supporting an insurrection, Arizona Republicans took …
Discussion: Chicago Tribune and Fox News
Rachel Leingang / The Guardian:
Trump appeals Illinois judge's ruling removing him from primary ballot
Kara Scannell / CNN:
E. Jean Carroll tells judge to reject Trump's request to delay $83 million judgment, calling him the ‘least trustworthy of borrowers’  —  E. Jean Carroll said Donald Trump should not be given more time to post the $83.3 million she was awarded in her defamation trial against the former president …
Trump's mounting court fines make him an even bigger threat to national security
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Journalist Catherine Herridge held in contempt for not revealing source  —  The veteran correspondent for CBS and Fox News was ordered to pay $800 a day in a case that had triggered alarm for press advocates  —  In a case that has worried press advocates, veteran journalist Catherine Herridge …
Chris Perez / Denver Westword:
Details Emerge About Arrest and Charges Against Lauren Boebert's Son  —  Investigators say Tyler Boebert and three underage pals swiped credit cards from people's cars and tried using them at gas stations and other places. … The felony charges that Representative Lauren Boebert's eighteen-year-old son …
Nidal Al-Mughrabi / Reuters:
More than 100 killed while seeking aid in Gaza, overall death toll passes 30,000  —  Gaza health authorities said Israeli forces on Thursday shot dead more than 100 Palestinians as they waited for an aid delivery, but Israel blamed the deaths on crowds that surrounded aid trucks, saying victims had been trampled or run over.
Associated Press:
Israel-Hamas war: Gaza Health Ministry says over 30,000 Palestinians killed
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Washington State's largest labor union endorses ‘uncommitted’ over Biden  —  The biggest state chapter of the United Food and Commercial Workers suggested it is concerned about Joe Biden's ability to defeat Donald Trump.  —  The biggest labor union in Washington State endorsed voting …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Hunter Biden gives House Republicans the rebuttal they didn't want  —  Hunter Biden's appearance in front of investigators and members of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees unfolded a bit like a Bruce Lee movie.  —  Republican legislators and interviewers challenging the president's son …
Kanishka Singh / Reuters:
Former US ambassador to plead guilty for spying for Cuba over decades  —  A former U.S. ambassador will plead guilty to charges of spying for Cuba for decades, court records showed on Thursday, in what the Justice Department described as one of the highest-reaching and longest-lasting infiltrations …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The overlap of Trumpism and Christian nationalism  —  Shortly after the 2020 election, the research organization PRRI released a fascinating set of data showing just how closely support for Donald Trump was linked to religion.  The higher the percentage of White Christian residents in a county …
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
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NYPD's new political strategy: Attacking judges on social media.
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Pentagon leak suspect Jack Teixeira to plead guilty
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Britt to deliver GOP response to Biden State of the Union address
Sylvia Goodman / Louisville Public Media:
Another bill to strip Kentucky worker protections advances in legislature
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