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9:55 AM ET, March 3, 2024


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Alexandra Marquez / NBC News:
Nikki Haley says she's no longer bound by RNC pledge to endorse Trump if he wins  —  In an interview with “Meet the Press,” Haley dodged, saying, “When you all ask Donald Trump if he would support me, then I will talk about that.”  —  Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley no longer feels bound …
Todd C. Frankel / Washington Post:
Haley hints she isn't bound by loyalty pledge to support GOP nominee  —  Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley said Sunday that she no longer feels bound by the earlier pledge made by her and other presidential hopefuls to support the GOP's eventual nominee — widely expected to be former president Donald Trump.
Discussion: Bloomberg, NBC News and The Guardian
Associated Press:
Trump escalates his immigration rhetoric with baseless claim about Biden trying to overthrow the US  —  Former President Donald Trump on Saturday further escalated his immigration rhetoric and baselessly accused President Joe Biden of waging a “conspiracy to overthrow the United States of America” …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
McConnell and Haley fight losing battles against Trump's ‘America First’ worldview  —  Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley have spent the first months of this election year fighting losing battles — separate but related.
NBC News:
Trump warns of ‘languages coming into our country’ that ‘nobody’ has heard of  —  Trump's warnings about words add to a pattern of stoking fear around migrants coming into the United States.  —  Warning about the dangers of illegal immigration at the southern border has long …
Discussion: The Post Millennial
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Biden to hostage-ceasefire negotiators: Get me a deal … - Biden wants the Qataris and the Egyptians — the key mediators in the hostage talks — to get the terror group to agree to a deal before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which starts March 10.
Associated Press:
US says Israel has agreed to the framework for a Gaza cease-fire. Hamas must now decide
New York Times:
Israel Helped Organize Convoy That Ended in Disaster
Alexandra Marquez / NBC News:
The turnout gap between white and Black voters is growing, study finds  —  A report by the Brennan Center for Justice studied nearly a billion voter files and found that white voters turn out at higher rates than Black voters — and the gap is growing.  —  The difference in turnout between white …
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Associated Press:
Vice President Kamala Harris to join in marking anniversary of Bloody Sunday on Alabama bridge  —  SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris is expected to be among those marking the 59th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the day Alabama law officers attacked Civil Rights demonstrators …
Discussion: Political Wire
Donald Padgett / Advocate:
Georgia Senate passes bill banning American Library Association from state libraries  —  Republican state senators in Georgia on Thursday passed a bill that would force state libraries to cut ties with the American Library Association.  Senate Bill 390 was passed by a vote of 33-20 vote with no support from Democratic senators.
Russia-Ukraine war: Zelensky appeals to West over deadly Russian drone attack on Odesa  —  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had called on Western allies to deliver more air defence systems after at least eight people were killed in a Russian drone strike on Odesa.
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: MSNBC and The Federalist
Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Trump Casts Aside Repeated Scandals To Endorse Lauren Boebert Again  —  Boebert is currently running to represent Colorado's 4th congressional district.  —  LOADING  —  Former President Donald Trump once again threw his support behind Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert, whose three-year tenure …
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
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 …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
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Kari Lake clarifies her stance on abortion
Discussion: Daily Kos, Raw Story and Arizona Mirror
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
Offensive comments by N.C. Republican stand out even in Trump's party
Shauneen Miranda / Axios:
“Department of Life”: Trump allies plot abortion crackdown for second term
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