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5:25 PM ET, March 2, 2024

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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Voters Doubt Biden's Leadership and Favor Trump, Times/Siena Poll Finds  —  The share of voters who strongly disapprove of President Biden's handling of his job has reached 47 percent, higher than in Times/Siena polls at any point in his presidency.  —  President Biden is struggling …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
For Democrats Pining for an Alternative, Biden Team Has a Message: Get Over It  —  A new poll shows that nearly two in five Democrats say that the president should not be their nominee.  But no one who matters to the president seems willing to suggest he step aside.
Discussion: El País and The Hill
Jonathan V. Last / The Atlantic:
Biden Is Still the Democrats' Best Bet for November  —  Let's start with the obvious.  The concerns about Joe Biden are valid: He's old.  He talks slowly.  He occasionally bumbles the basics in public appearances.  —  Biden's age is so concerning that many Biden supporters now believe …
Discussion: Forbes, HotAir and HuffPost
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Closing This Gap May Be Biden's Key to a Second Term
Discussion: Fox News
Associated Press:
Israel has agreed to the framework for a Gaza cease-fire, the US says.  Hamas now must decide  —  (March 1) (AP Video by Mohammad Hajjar, production by Wafaa Shurafa)  —  Biden approves military air drops of aid into Gaza after chaotic encounter left more than 100 dead
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Associated Press:
US military aircraft airdrop thousands of meals into Gaza in emergency humanitarian aid operation  —  U.S. military C-13 cargo planes dropped food in pallets over Gaza on Saturday in the opening stage of an emergency humanitarian assistance authorized by President Joe Biden after more than 100 Palestinians …
New York Times:
Israel Helped Organize Convoy That Ended in Disaster
NBC News:
Israel-Hamas war live updates: Injured from aid convoy violence had gunshot wounds, U.N. says
New York Times:
Questions still surround the convoy disaster as clamor grows for a cease-fire.
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
“Better than Jesus”: How far will the cult of Trump go?  —  MAGA has “been persuaded,” Katherine Stewart tells Salon, “that Trump is the savior who will face down the demons”  —  Donald Trump is a human chaos engine.  It is a function of both his personality and his politics.
Discussion: Raw Story and Digby's Hullabaloo
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Chauncey DeVega / Salon:   “Like someone pulled the metaphorical plug”: Dr. John Gartner on Trump's “accelerating dementia”
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
Offensive comments by N.C. Republican stand out even in Trump's party  —  Mark Robinson is favored to win the Republican nomination for governor in a battleground state, even as some see serious liabilities for November.  —  OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. — Surrounded by fans at a beach town bar, Mark Robinson addressed his absent critics.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
The Fani Willis Evidentiary Hearing Was a Joke  —  The hearing to determine whether the Fulton County DA should be disqualified is literally is a product of one of the people under indictment.  —  (Permanent musical accompaniment to the last post of the week from the shebeen's favourite living Canadian.)
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Chris Hayes Hits Fox For ‘Deluge’ Of Fearmongering Over Manufactured Crisis  —  Fox does this every time there's an election coming up.  Good for Chris Hayes for pointing out just how manipulative and cynical they are.  —  Can you help us out?  —  For nearly 20 years we have been exposing Washington lies …
Shauneen Miranda / Axios:
“Department of Life”: Trump allies plot abortion crackdown for second term … - Heritage's detailed plans underscore conservatives' long-held grievances toward the Department of Health and Human Services — at a time when they are well-positioned to sway abortion policy if Trump wins again.
Federal Trade Commission:
Price fixing by algorithm is still price fixing  —  Landlords and property managers can't collude on rental pricing.  Using new technology to do it doesn't change that antitrust fundamental.  Regardless of the industry you're in, if your business uses an algorithm to determine prices …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House Republicans often vote no on spending, but love to add pet projects  —  Of the four congressional caucuses, House GOP has most money set aside for members' earmarks  —  Despite their public posture of advocating for lower government spending, House Republicans have billions more at stake …
Discussion: KSDK-TV
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Aris Folley / The Hill:
Lawmakers eye looming ‘problematic’ funding bills
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Trump wins Michigan GOP convention  —  Former President Trump is projected to win the Michigan Republican convention after winning the state's GOP primary earlier this week, according to results from Decision Desk HQ (DDHQ).  —  The numbers deliver another, albeit expected, blow to rival Nikki Haley …
Tara Suter / The Hill:
Vindman: Trump has ‘every intention’ to undo American democracy if reelected  —  Retired Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman suggested Friday that President Trump has “every intention” to undo American democracy if reelected, as concerns rise over whether the former president would launch revenge campaign in a second term.
Discussion: The Federalist and MSNBC
New York Times:
As Trump's Criminal Trial Approaches, He May Be His Own Worst Enemy  —  In civil cases, Donald J. Trump has ordered attorneys around from the defense table and insisted on testifying.  The stakes will get higher March 25, when his first criminal case begins.
NBC News:
Nikki Haley's pitch to donors has everything but a plan to defeat Trump  —  Even behind closed doors, Haley isn't sharing details for how she gets to the general election.  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nikki Haley has crisscrossed the country in the days leading up to Super Tuesday with a private pitch …
Discussion: RedState and Vanity Fair
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Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Scoop: Biden's migrant backlog to hit 8 million by October, data reveal
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Peter Stone / The Guardian:
A far-right US youth group is ramping up its movement to back election deniers
Discussion: Raw Story
Kelly McClure / Salon:
Protester thrown to the ground after calling Joe Manchin “a sick f**k” to his face
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The Hill:
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