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5:45 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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Andrew Solender / Axios:
Trump's abortion stance soothes vulnerable House Republicans … - That gives Republicans further down the ballot room to break with anti-abortion groups by supporting exceptions and later cutoffs for abortion restrictions without opposing their party's likely nominee.
Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
Biden slams Trump abortion comments: ‘simply lying’  —  President Biden slammed former President Trump on Monday for saying he thinks abortion policies are best left to the states, and for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee's role in overturning Roe v. Wade.
Kierra Frazier / Politico:
Pence slams Trump's abortion stance as a ‘slap in the face’
ABC News:
Trump says abortion should be a states' rights issue, Republicans ‘must also win elections’
SBA Pro-Life America:
Leading Pro-Life Group Responds to President Trump on Abortion
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
Washington Post:
Trump says abortion should be left to states, declines to endorse national limit
New York Times:
Appeals Court Denies Another Trump Attempt to Delay Trial  —  Donald J. Trump's lawyers sought to pause his Manhattan criminal trial as they argued that it should be moved, but a judge rejected their appeal.  —  One week before Donald J. Trump is set to go on trial for criminal charges in Manhattan …
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, New York Times and Daily Kos
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.
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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NBC News:
Biden to announce new plans to provide student debt relief for millions
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.
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: RedState, The Daily Caller and Twitchy
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.
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Elon Musk Didn't Want His Latest Deposition Released.  Here It Is.  —  Musk is being sued for falsely suggesting a 22-year-old Jewish man was part of a neo-Nazi brawl.  —  Elon Musk was deposed last month over his role in allegedly promoting a false conspiracy theory that a 22-year-old Jewish man participated in a neo-Nazi brawl.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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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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
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
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, Raw Story and Democrats
Kelly Garrity / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren says she believes Israel's war in Gaza will legally be considered a genocide  —  “If you want to do it as an application of law, I believe that they'll find that it is genocide, and they have ample evidence to do so,” Warren said of the case before the ICJ.
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: LGBTQ Nation and 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.
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
McConnell urges action on bill to restrict TikTok … - “America's greatest strategic rival is threatening our security right here on U.S. soil in tens of millions of Americans homes,” McConnell said from the Senate floor on Monday afternoon.  — “I'm speaking of course of TikTok,” he continued.
 
 
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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
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Scoop: Democrats eye 2025 comeback for Congress' diversity office
Discussion: The Hill
Politico:
San Francisco's sticky stolen-goods dilemma
Discussion: Washington Examiner
 Earlier Items: 
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
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Cruz's corrupt bargain
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David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

 
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