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9:45 AM ET, April 8, 2024


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Katherine Swartz / NOTUS:
Congress Has a Lot to Do and No Time to Do It … House Speaker Mike Johnson could get ousted at any moment.  The Senate needs to deal with incoming articles of impeachment for the Homeland Security secretary and confirm more of President Joe Biden's judicial nominees.
Washington Post:
It's Johnson's decision time on Ukraine  —  Good morning, Early Birds.  There's a solar eclipse today — which means eclipse mania is almost over.  Tips:  Was this forwarded to you?  Sign up here.  Thanks for waking up with us.  —  In today's edition …
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump's $175 Million Bond Is Even Shadier Than It Looks  —  BOILERPLATE  —  New information shows that the insurance company that swooped in and bailed out Trump with a $175 million bond isn't on a list of vetted companies—and wrote a bizarre contract.
Discussion: Raw Story and
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Cruz's corrupt bargain  —  After the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United, there are few restrictions on spending money in federal elections.  But Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) may have violated one of the last legal guardrails to secure hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of his reelection campaign.
Discussion: CNN
Jessica Piper / Politico:   Super PACs keep testing the limits of campaign finance law
USA Today:
Biden promises student loan relief as early as this fall through new plan  —  The president, vice president and others plan to fan out across the country this week to trumpet the administration's boldest student debt relief plan since the Supreme Court's rebuke last summer.  —  Zachary Schermele Alia WongUSA TODAY
Lexi Lonas / The Hill:
Biden announces new student debt relief plan for millions of borrowers  —  The Biden administration on Monday announced new student loan plans that would provide relief to millions of Americans if finalized.  —  The proposed plans would largely affect those with “runaway interest” …
Fox News:
Trump says abortion should be decided by the states, ‘will of the people’  —  Trump vows support for IVF, abortion laws should be decided by the people and the states  —  Former President Donald Trump on Monday announced his position on whether abortion should be banned …
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump says he'll announce his position on abortion Monday, a key moment in the presidential race
Liz Dye / Public Notice:
Judge Cannon's ticking time bomb jury instructions  —  She's got a lot of ways to blow up this case, and appears to be trying this one on for size. … Last week we got an alarming look at a potential route for Judge Aileen Cannon to ruin the case against Donald Trump for stealing government documents …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Stephen Neukam / Axios:
Scoop: Trump, GOP plot 2025 criminal probe of Bidens … - A source close to the Trump campaign said that “everything you have seen from the Biden DOJ,” in terms of the charges against Trump, “you can expect to see from the Trump DOJ.”  — One Trump ally argued that there is precedent …
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Nation's leading anti-abortion group rebukes Trump  —  “We are deeply disappointed in President Trump's position,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.  —  One of the nation's most prominent anti-abortion groups rebuked former President Donald Trump Monday …
Discussion: Rolling Stone, Raw Story and The Hill
Erin Doherty / Axios:
Trump protest vote warnings … - In 10 recent primary contests, more than one-quarter of GOP primary voters cast a ballot for a non-Trump candidate.  — “Joe Biden has a real golden opportunity to capture all those disaffected people who voted for Nikki Haley,” said Arizona-based GOP strategist Barrett Marson.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
NBC News:
Livestreams and video playbacks: Democrats go all in on an unfiltered Trump  —  After the 2016 election, many Democrats pushed networks and social media companies to give Trump less airtime.  Now they're saying voters should get to hear from him more.  —  There was a time when Democratic groups howled …
Changing Israel positions test NY House race  —  A fiery House primary in New York highlights the Democratic divide over Israel.  —  ALBANY, New York — Rep. Jamaal Bowman, an outspoken Israel critic, has made calls to end the war in Gaza a central theme of his House primary near New York City.
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Joyce Vance / Civil Discourse with Joyce Vance:
Judge Cannon rules are not the rules lawyers are used to seeing applied in a courtroom. …
Discussion: Raw Story
Justin Green / Axios:
Boomers deliver surprise strength for Biden
Discussion: Politico
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Associated Press:
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