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12:10 PM ET, April 8, 2024


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Washington Post:
Trump says abortion should be left to states, declines to endorse national limit  —  Former president Donald Trump, who has wavered between highlighting and downplaying his role in curtailing abortion rights, suggested Monday that the politically volatile issue should be left to states, after months of mixed signals about his position.
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump says he'll announce his position on abortion Monday, a key moment in the presidential race
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.
Steven Pifer / The Hill:
It's time to put up on Ukraine, Speaker Johnson  —  The House of Representatives returns to session on Tuesday.  It faces no question more urgent than assistance for Ukraine, which is running low on the weapons it needs to defend against the invading Russian army.
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
Speaker Johnson's job is on the line as the House returns
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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” …
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
NBC News:
Biden to announce new plans to provide student debt relief for millions  —  More than 30 million Americans would benefit from the plans in combination with other actions the administration has taken, the White House said.  —  President Joe Biden on Monday is expected to announce revised plans …
Ramon Antonio Vargas / The Guardian:
House intelligence chair says Republicans are ‘absolutely’ repeating Russian propaganda  —  Mike Turner, the Ohio Republican, echoes a similar claim made recently by another rightwing American lawmaker  —  Mike Turner, the chairperson of the US House intelligence committee …
Traduzione in lingua inglese  —  Declaration “Dignitas Infinita”  —  on Human Dignity Presentation  —  During the Congresso of 15 March 2019, the then-Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith decided to commence “the drafting of a text highlighting the indispensable nature of the dignity …
Rachel Dobkin / Newsweek:
Trump's RNC Chair Includes Ukraine in List of US Adversaries  —  Michael Whatley, Donald Trump's hand-picked Republican National Committee (RNC) chair, lumped in Ukraine with China and Iran when listing the United States' “aggressive” adversaries on Fox News' Sunday Morning Futures.
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Trump's RNC takeover triggers strife and staff exits as purge partly backfires
Discussion: and Raw Story
Nick Mourtoupalas / Washington Post:
Trump's Cabinet was in flux.  Biden's has barely changed.  —  Former president Donald Trump saw more turnover in his Cabinet than any other recent president, and it's not close.  President Biden, on the other hand, has had relatively little change in his administration's top roles so far.
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
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian and RedState
Andrew Solender / Axios:
A “wonkish” professor is Democrats' big draw in the 2024 campaign … - “We're in the fight of our lives for democracy and freedom, and those are kind of my hobby horse,” said Raskin, a former Jan. 6 committee member and Trump impeachment manager who's the leading Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.
David Gilbert / Wired:
Inside the Election Denial Groups Planning to Disrupt November  —  Groups like True the Vote and Michael Flynn's America Project want to mobilize thousands of Trump supporters by pushing baseless claims about election fraud—and are rolling out new technology to fast-track their efforts.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Khaleda Rahman / Newsweek:
Melania's Appearance With Donald Trump Sparks Mockery: ‘Checking the Clock’  —  Melania Trump's appearance at a fundraiser with husband Donald Trump has prompted mockery on social media.  —  The former first lady has maintained a low profile as her husband seeks to reclaim the White House in 2024.
Peter Wade / Rolling Stone:
Trump Panders to Billionaires, Vows to Keep Their Taxes Low During Fundraiser
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Alex Thompson / Axios:
Biden lawyer, former Trump admin officials urge Insurrection Act reform
Discussion: New York Times
Meghan Blonder / Washington Free Beacon:
As a Principal, Jamaal Bowman Objected to Teaching About ‘White’ Figures Like George Washington, Honoring Cop-Killers Instead
Julia Reinstein / ABC News:
Southwest flight from Denver makes emergency landing after ‘mechanical issue,’ airline says
Ryan Tarinelli / Roll Call:
Senate Democrats look to close judicial confirmation gap
NBC News:
Livestreams and video playbacks: Democrats go all in on an unfiltered Trump
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Justin Green / Axios:
Boomers deliver surprise strength for Biden
Discussion: Roll Call
Erin Doherty / Axios:
Trump protest vote warnings
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Sanjana Karanth / HuffPost:
José Andrés Frustrated It Took Foreign Aid Workers' Deaths To Spark Global Outrage Over Gaza
Discussion: Associated Press and Rolling Stone
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
Why is the Press Making Trump Seem More Normal?