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4:55 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.
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.
Al Weaver / The Hill:
Cornyn launches bid to succeed McConnell as GOP leader  —  Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) on Thursday officially announced a run to replace Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as Republican leader, setting up what is expected to be a hotly contested race for the top spot in the conference.
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Texas Sen. Cornyn announces run for GOP leader as scramble to succeed McConnell begins in the Senate
Mariana Alfaro / Washington Post:
Here's who could replace Mitch McConnell as Senate's top Republican
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 …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Democratic leader shoots down discharge petition on Ukraine-border bill  —  The head of the House Democratic Caucus wasted no time Thursday shooting down a bipartisan proposal linking Ukraine aid to border security.  —  Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) said the supporters of that plan are “well-meaning” and “thoughtful” lawmakers.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Andrew Solender / Axios:
House Republican prepares “discharge petition” on Ukraine aid … - “We have to get something done,” said Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), co-chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, who is leading the push.  — “It's existential, it's time sensitive.
Discussion: Fox News
The Hill:
House passes short-term funding bill to avert shutdown
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
House passes bill to extend government shutdown deadlines
Rachel Leingang / The Guardian:
Trump appeals Illinois judge's ruling removing him from primary ballot  —  Judge Tracie Porter had ordered Trump's removal from presidential ballot for his role in the US Capitol attack  —  Donald Trump has appealed a decision from an Illinois state judge who decided he should be removed …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Pace of Supreme Court Immunity Case Shadowed by Looming Election  —  In an ordinary case, the justices' decision to hear arguments in April might seem a sober compromise.  But the electoral calendar and Donald J. Trump's hope for delays prompt questions.  —  “There comes a point,” …
Discussion: The Message Box and Bloomberg
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
In Taking Up Trump's Immunity Claim, Supreme Court Bolstered His Delay Strategy  —  By scheduling a hearing for late April on the former president's assertion that he cannot be prosecuted for his actions in office, the justices increased the chances that he will not face trial by Election Day.
Kim Wehle / The Bulwark:
Justice Delayed: Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Trump's Immunity Case
Luttig: There was no reason for SCOTUS to take Trump's case. Today's decision is momentous.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Gregory Korte / Bloomberg:
Biden Is Too Old But Trump Is Dangerous, Swing-State Poll Shows
New York Times:
Live Updates: Biden and Trump in Texas for Dueling Border Visits
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Revealed: ‘extremist’ Trump economist plots rightwing overhaul of US treasury  —  Stephen Moore, who withdrew from Fed consideration after sexist remarks were uncovered, is co-author of radical Project 2025 effort  —  Stephen Moore, a conservative economist whose controversial remarks …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
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 …
Associated Press:
Israel-Hamas war: Gaza Health Ministry says over 30,000 Palestinians killed  —  Israeli strikes over central Gaza late Wednesday killed at least 20 people, including five women and two children.  Dozens of men held prayers for the deceased, wrapped traditionally in white shrouds, outside al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah.
Acacia Coronado / Associated Press:
Judge blocks Texas law that gives police broad powers to arrest migrants who illegally enter US  —  A federal judge on Thursday blocked a new Texas law that gives police broad powers to arrest migrants suspected of illegally entering the U.S., dealing a victory to the Biden administration …
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Raging wildfire now largest in Texas history with deteriorating conditions expected  —  A raging wildfire that tore across the Texas Panhandle this week has now become the largest in state history, and deteriorating conditions are expected to continue in the state.
Robert B. Hubbell / Today's Edition Newsletter:
The courts aren't coming to save us—and that's okay.  —  Audio playback is not supported on your browser.  Please upgrade.  —  On Wednesday, the Supreme Court granted review of Trump's presidential immunity defense.  The surprise grant of review felt like a gut punch.
Discussion: Raw Story and USA Today
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Sylvia Goodman / Louisville Public Media:
Another bill to strip Kentucky worker protections advances in legislature
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Wiessner / Reuters:
Tesla must face race bias class action by 6,000 Black US workers
Discussion: Ars Technica and Raw Story
Oliver Milman / The Guardian:
US spends billions on roads rather than public transport in ‘climate time bomb’
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Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
How we got here  —  Democrats are still suffering from their misinterpretation of the 2016 election
Discussion: Washington Examiner
The White House:
Statement from President Biden on Addressing National Security Risks to the U.S. Auto Industry
Judges in Trump-related cases face unprecedented wave of threats
Exclusive: Texts reveal shadowy role witness played in defense attorney's push to disqualify Willis from Trump case