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7:30 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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Lee Kovarsky / New York Times:
Trump Should Lose. But the Supreme Court Should Still Clarify Immunity.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:   Pace of Supreme Court Immunity Case Shadowed by Looming Election
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
In Taking Up Trump's Immunity Claim, Supreme Court Bolstered His Delay Strategy
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: Fox News and Washington Examiner
The Hill:
House passes short-term funding bill to avert shutdown
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 …
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Missouri GOP moves to toss ‘honorary’ member of Ku Klux Klan from governor's race  —  The candidate, Darrell Leon McClanahan III, said a picture of him apparently giving a Nazi salute was from “a religious Christian Identity Cross lighting ceremony,” not a cross burning.
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: NPR, Truthout and Mother Jones
Gregory Korte / Bloomberg:
Biden Is Too Old But Trump Is Dangerous, Swing-State Poll Shows
NBC News:
Trump's claims of a migrant crime wave are not supported by national data  —  An NBC News review of available 2024 crime data shows overall crime levels dropping in those cities that have received the most migrants.  —  WASHINGTON — When Donald Trump speaks at the southern border in Texas on Thursday …
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Britt to deliver GOP response to Biden State of the Union address  —  Sen. Katie Britt (R-Ala.) will deliver the Republican response to President Biden's State of the Union address next week.  —  “I am truly honored and grateful for the opportunity to speak directly to my fellow Americans on March 7.
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
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 …
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
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Trump Media co-founders sue company, alleging a scheme to dilute shares  —  The case could complicate a long-delayed bid by the owner of Truth Social to go public — and deliver former president Donald Trump a financial lifeline  —  The co-founders of former president Donald Trump's media company filed …
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.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The overlap of Trumpism and Christian nationalism
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Tesla must face racism class action from 6,000 Black workers, judge rules
Discussion: Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
Sylvia Goodman / Louisville Public Media:
Another bill to strip Kentucky worker protections advances in legislature
Discussion: Raw Story
Acacia Coronado / Associated Press:
Judge blocks Texas law that gives police broad powers to arrest migrants who illegally enter US
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Raging wildfire now largest in Texas history with deteriorating conditions expected
Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
How we got here  —  In the immediate aftermath of Barack Obama's 2012 re-election …
Discussion: Washington Examiner

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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

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