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4:15 PM ET, April 8, 2024

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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Graham breaks with Trump on national abortion ban  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) broke with former President Trump Monday over Trump's decision to back away from endorsing a national 15-week abortion ban, declaring that leaving the issue entirely to the states “runs contrary to an American consensus …
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Kierra Frazier / Politico:
Pence slams Trump's abortion stance as a ‘slap in the face’  —  Pence has largely kept his distance from Trump since leaving office and declined to endorse the former president in the 2024 race.  —  Mike Pence slammed his former boss' abortion stance Monday by calling it a “slap in the face” …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
‘Donald Trump did this’: New Biden abortion ad features a woman who says she almost died because of the Texas ban  —  The ad was released hours after Trump said that he believes abortion laws should be left to the states, sidestepping the national ban that some of his supporters want.
Discussion: Axios
ABC News:
Trump says abortion should be a states' rights issue, Republicans ‘must also win elections’  —  Trump said what individual states decide “must be the law of the land.”  —  After months of dodging questions about his abortion position, former president Donald Trump rejected calls to endorse …
SBA Pro-Life America:
Leading Pro-Life Group Responds to President Trump on Abortion
Washington Post:
Trump says abortion should be left to states, declines to endorse national limit
NBC News:   Livestreams and video playbacks: Democrats go all in on an unfiltered Trump
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump says he'll announce his position on abortion Monday, a key moment in the presidential race
Fox News:
Trump says abortion should be decided by the states, ‘will of the people’
New York Times:
Trump to Sue Judge in Last-Ditch Attempt to Avert Manhattan Trial  —  Donald J. Trump's lawyers indicated they would file an action asking an appeals court to delay the first prosecution of a former president.  The move is unlikely to succeed.  —  Donald J. Trump, a week away from standing trial …
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.
Sarah Fortinsky / The Hill:
Jamie Dimon on Ukraine: Staying on sidelines not an option  —  JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, a key voice in U.S. business and finance circles, said the U.S. cannot stand on the sidelines in Ukraine's fight against Russia, pushing back on calls from some in the GOP to pull back from the war.
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Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
Speaker Johnson's job is on the line as the House returns
Discussion: Raw Story, The Hill and Politico
The White House:
President Joe Biden Outlines New Plans to Deliver Student Debt Relief to Over 30 Million Americans Under the Biden-Harris Administration  —  Today, Biden-Harris Administration leaders will fan out across the country as President Biden announces his Administration's new plans to cancel student debt for tens of millions of Americans.
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Lexi Lonas / The Hill:
Biden announces new student debt relief plan for millions of borrowers
CNN:
RFK Jr.'s New York state director says her ‘No. 1 priority’ is preventing a Biden victory  —  A New York-based campaign official for Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is pitching Republican voters to support his independent presidential bid by arguing that Kennedy will help Donald Trump defeat Joe Biden if he's on the ballot in New York.
Kate Plummer / Newsweek:
Donald Trump Fundraiser May Have Broken the Law  —  A fundraising event hosted by a charitable organization and linked to Donald Trump may have broken the law if it explicitly benefited his campaign, as an IRS rule bars charities from endorsing candidates for elections.
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Men punching random women in NYC: A desperate last gasp of the male rage fueling MAGA  —  Random NYC attacks are an extreme manifestation of men feeling entitled to women's time and attention  —  Men are punching random women on the streets of New York City.
Discussion: Twitchy
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Trump's RNC takeover triggers strife and staff exits as purge partly backfires  —  Presumptive Republican nominee installed allies to run party but loyalty tests have led to weakening of certain areas, including data  —  Donald Trump's allies installed to run the Republican National Committee …
Discussion: Alternet.org, Democrats and Raw Story
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Rachel Dobkin / Newsweek:
Trump's RNC Chair Includes Ukraine in List of US Adversaries
press.vatican.va:
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 …
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Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Vatican blasts gender-affirming surgery, surrogacy and gender theory as violations of human dignity
Zachary Halaschak / Washington Examiner:
West Virginia bans four more financial institutions over ESG policies  —  West Virginia is banning four more banks from state contracts over their ESG policies and “boycotts” of fossil fuel companies.  —  Riley Moore, the West Virginia state treasurer, made the announcement on Monday.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Fox Business
Will Carless / USA Today:
Saying prosecutors should focus on Antifa, judge frees white supremacist in beating  —  In his sentencing memo Thursday, U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney made it clear why he was letting Tyler Laube off lightly.  —  It wasn't just because of what Laube did or didn't do …
Discussion: Raw Story
Chris Truax / The Hill:
Trump's presidential immunity claim is an obvious loser  —  In his brief in the immunity case that the Supreme Court will hear on April 25, Donald Trump argues that criminal immunity for ex-presidents raises a huge separation of powers issue.  He's absolutely right.
 
 
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Kelly Garrity / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren says she believes Israel's war in Gaza will legally be considered a genocide
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
DOJ will not turn over Biden's recorded interview with Special Counsel Hur, risking contempt of Congress
Michael Lee / Fox News:
‘Death to America,’ ‘Death to Israel’ chants pour out of Muslim protesters in Michigan on last day of Ramadan
Politico:
San Francisco's sticky stolen-goods dilemma
Discussion: Washington Examiner
 Earlier Items: 
David Gilbert / Wired:
Inside the Election Denial Groups Planning to Disrupt November
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and Raw Story
Nick Mourtoupalas / Washington Post:
Trump's Cabinet was in flux. Biden's has barely changed.
Alex Thompson / Axios:
Biden lawyer, former Trump admin officials urge Insurrection Act reform
Discussion: New York Times
Andrew Solender / Axios:
A “wonkish” professor is Democrats' big draw in the 2024 campaign
Liz Dye / Public Notice:
Judge Cannon's ticking time bomb jury instructions
Discussion: New York Magazine
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Cruz's corrupt bargain
Discussion: CNN and Politico
 

 
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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough says that he was “surprised” and “disappointed” after NBC leadership pulled his show on Monday

Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Six journalists who worked at DCist, closed by WAMU earlier in 2024, launch the 51st, a worker-run local news site for DC, and a $250K fundraising campaign

Gabrielle Russon / Poynter:
A look at Fresh Take Florida, a University of Florida-run news service that shares content by its student journalists for free with ~100 outlets like CNN and AP

 
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