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5:45 AM ET, February 29, 2024


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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court will hear Donald Trump immunity arguments in April  —  The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to decide whether former President Donald Trump can be prosecuted on charges he interfered with the 2020 election, calling into question whether his case could go to trial before the November election.
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Supreme Court Just Gave Trump Exactly What He Wanted  —  The Supreme Court has all but guaranteed that Donald Trump will not face trial for his efforts to subvert the 2020 election before this November's presidential election.  On Wednesday, after more than two weeks' delay …
Take Back the Court:
The Supreme Court just handed Trump a win  —  Although I think the direction the Supreme Court will take America on any number of matters is extremely predictable as a general matter, I do not like making predictions about specific cases.1 And so I won't predict the Court's ultimate decision …
Discussion: Vox, HuffPost and Los Angeles Times
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court to decide Trump's immunity claim in election interference case
Miranda Nazzaro / The Hill:
Ted Cruz hopes ‘Supreme Court puts a stop’ to Trump case
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Supreme Court to weigh Trump's immunity claim in D.C. 2020 election trial
Luttig: There was no reason for SCOTUS to take Trump's case.  Today's decision is momentous.  —  Judge Michael Luttig and Andrew Weissmann join Nicolle Wallace on Deadline White House with reaction to the breaking news that the Supreme Court will hear Donald Trump's claim that he has Presidential Immunity on the week of April 22.
New York Times:
Trump Rebuffed After Asking a Judge to Delay His $454 Million Penalty  —  The former president, who is appealing the penalty in his civil fraud case, offered a bond of only $100 million to pause the judgment.  —  Donald J. Trump on Wednesday lost his initial bid for a New York appeals court …
Trump must come up with the full bond amount to cover the $454 million civil fraud trial judgment, appeals court judge rules  —  Former President Donald Trump must come up with the full bond amount to cover the $454 million verdict in the civil fraud trial, an appeals court judge ruled Wednesday.
CBS News:
Judge declines to pause Trump's $454 million fraud penalty, but halts some sanctions  —  A New York appellate judge on Wednesday refused to halt collection of Donald Trump's $454 million civil fraud penalty while he appeals, rejecting the former president's request that he be allowed to post …
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump Wants a Break on $464 Million Judgment. The AG Says Trump Is Sneaking Assets to Florida.
Discussion: Deadline
ABC News:
Court denies Trump's bid to freeze $464M judgment, after his lawyers say he'd have to sell properties to pay
Trump loses bid to pause $454.2 million judgment in NY civil fraud case
Discussion: New Republic, Mediaite and Raw Story
Michael Tackett / Associated Press:
McConnell will step down as the Senate Republican leader in November after a record run in the job  —  Mitch McConnell's legacy as the longest-serving leader of Senate Republicans  —  Mitch McConnell, the longest-serving Senate leader in history who maintained his power in the face …
Jonathan Nicholson / HuffPost:
Waiting In The Senate GOP Leadership's Wings: The Three Johns
Trump Taken Off Illinois Ballot by Judge Over Insurrection  — Illinois becomes third state to block Trump from ballot  — Trump called the move ‘unconstitutional’ and plans to appeal  —  An Illinois judge barred Donald Trump from appearing on the Republican presidential primary ballot …
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Illinois judge removes Trump from ballot because of ‘insurrectionist ban’  —  In a surprise move, an Illinois judge has removed former President Donald Trump from the state's ballot based on the 14th Amendment's so-called “insurrectionist ban.”  —  The decision is paused, giving Trump a short period of time to appeal.
Associated Press:
Republicans block Senate bill to protect nationwide access to IVF treatments  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans have blocked legislation that would protect access to in vitro fertilization, objecting to a vote on the issue Wednesday even after widespread backlash to a recent ruling …
Jacob Shamsian / Business Insider:
Hackers threaten to release Trump documents from Georgia case if they don't get a ransom by Thursday  — Hackers set a ransom deadline of Thursday morning to release Fulton County court documents.  — They claim the documents include files related to the criminal case against Donald Trump.
The Hill:
Biden ‘fit for duty,’ doctor writes after latest physical exam  —  President Biden is “fit for duty” and does not have any new health concerns, his doctor wrote after a physical exam conducted Wednesday that was closely watched amid voter concerns about Biden's age while seeking reelection.
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
RFK Jr. says Biden needs to prove his ‘mental acuity’
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
Stephanie Lai / Bloomberg:
Trump Plans to Meet With Hungary's Orban at Mar-a-Lago Next Week  — Populist premier considered a superstar by American right-wing  — Orban, Trump hold similar views on immigration, the media  —  Donald Trump plans to host Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at his Mar-a-Lago resort …
Discussion: MeidasTouch
New York Times:
Trump to Meet Next Week With Orban, Hungary's Leader
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
Jason Easley / PoliticusUSA:
Supreme Court Shows How Corrupt It Is By Hearing Trump Immunity Claim  —  There is no reason for the Supreme Court to hear Trump's immunity claim, but four probably conservative justices decided to set fire to the court's remaining credibility by agreeing to hear the case.
Discussion: Raw Story
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Hunter Biden asks GOP: What about Jared Kushner?  —  As Republicans grilled Hunter Biden about his business deals overseas, the president's son turned the question back on his interrogators.  —  He asked GOP lawmakers about foreign investments secured by Jared Kushner …
An invisible chemical is poisoning thousands of unsuspecting warehouse workers  —  Medical supply warehouses can be a significant source of cancer-causing ethylene oxide emissions.  Only one state is doing anything about it.  —  The bruises on Alexandria Pittman's body wouldn't go away.
Discussion: CBS News and US Food and Drug …
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Associated Press:
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