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9:25 AM ET, February 29, 2024


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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 …
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.
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 …
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Supreme Court to weigh Trump's immunity claim in D.C. 2020 election trial
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court to decide Trump's immunity claim in election interference case
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite, CNBC and Raw Story
Trump must come up with the full bond amount to cover the $454 million civil fraud trial judgment, appeals court judge rules
Scott McKay / The American Spectator:
Goodbye and Good Riddance, Morphine Mitch
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Examiner
Michael Tackett / Associated Press:
McConnell will step down as the Senate Republican leader in November after a record run in the job
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Mitch McConnell Surrenders to Trump
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.
Miranda Nazzaro / The Hill:
Ted Cruz hopes ‘Supreme Court puts a stop’ to Trump case
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Trump's pick for chair of the Republican Party opposes “the destruction of human embryos”  —  Former president Trump has endorsed Michael Whatley, a corporate lobbyist and chair of the North Carolina Republican Party, as the next chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC).
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Gregory Korte / Bloomberg:
Biden Is Too Old But Trump Is Dangerous, Swing-State Poll Shows  —  Trump leads Biden in seven key states, with perceptions of an improving national economy failing to translate into a significant increase in support for the incumbent.  —  Swing-state voters across every major demographic …
Bill Scher / Washington Monthly:   “Nightmare in America”: How Biden's Ad Team Should Attack Trump
The Hill:
Biden ‘fit for duty,’ doctor writes after latest physical exam
The Daily Beast:
Republicans Are Tired of Mike Johnson ‘Kicking the Can Down the Road’  —  For the third time, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) is turning to a short-term spending extension to stall a government shutdown.  —  Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has once again found himself in a familiar position: in trouble.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press
Stephanie Lai / Bloomberg:
Trump Plans to Meet With Hungary's Orban at Mar-a-Lago Next Week
Discussion: New York Times and MeidasTouch
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.
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
Alexander Martin / The Record:
Ransomware gang seeks $3.4 million after attacking children's hospital  —  A ransomware gang is seeking $3.4 million after attacking a children's hospital in Chicago, forcing staff to resort to manual processes to provide care to patients.  —  The attack on Lurie Children's Hospital …
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George Steer / Financial Times:
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