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1:10 PM ET, April 9, 2024

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Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
Don't fall for Trump's new abortion position claims  —  While once again taking credit for the end of Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to an abortion, Donald Trump nonetheless tried to distance himself on Monday from the most extreme anti-abortion positions of his party in an explicit effort to “win elections.”
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Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Evangelicals won't be bothered by Trump's abortion gambit — they know he's lying  —  Project 2025 makes it clear: The plan is a national abortion ban, even if by executive order  —  On Monday, with great fanfare, Donald Trump released his “plan” on abortion in a video posted to Truth Social.
Rebecca Crosby / Popular Information:
What Trump really said about abortion  —  During the 2024 presidential campaign …
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Graham says Trump is making ‘a mistake’ on abortion, vows to push forward with nationwide restrictions
Ella Lee / The Hill:
Trump hush money jurors will be asked about QAnon, not political affiliation  —  Prospective jurors in former President Trump's hush money trial can expect to be asked about QAnon and Antifa — but not their political party affiliation.  —  The New York judge overseeing Trump's criminal trial …
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Associated Press:
Donald Trump asks appeals court to intervene in last-minute bid to delay hush-money criminal case
Uri Berliner / The Free Press:
I've Been at NPR for 25 Years.  Here's How We Lost America's Trust.  —  Uri Berliner, a veteran at the public radio institution, says the network lost its way when it started telling listeners how to think.  —  You know the stereotype of the NPR listener: an EV-driving, Wordle-playing, tote bag-carrying coastal elite.
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Ken Buck knocks ‘Moscow Marjorie’ Taylor Greene  —  Former Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) took shots at Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) Monday, attacking his former GOP colleague as “Moscow Marjorie.”  —  The jab comes after former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called Greene a …
Georgina Rannard / BBC:
European court rules human rights violated by climate inaction  —  A group of older Swiss women have won the first ever climate case victory in the European Court of Human Rights.  —  The women, mostly in their 70s, said that their age and gender made them particularly vulnerable to the effects of heatwaves linked to climate change.
Summer Concepcion / NBC News:
Trump says Jews who vote for Biden do ‘not love Israel’ and ‘should be spoken to’  —  The presumptive Republican presidential nominee repeated an antisemitic trope he has pushed suggesting American Jews have dual loyalties to the U.S. and Israel.  —  Former President Donald Trump on Monday …
New York Times:
As Kushner's Investment Firm Steps Out, the Potential Conflicts Are Growing  —  Jared Kushner's Affinity Partners has invested more than $1.2 billion, much of it in firms abroad, drawing new scrutiny as his father-in-law, Donald Trump, again seeks the presidency.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Watts / The Guardian:
Tenth consecutive monthly heat record alarms and confounds climate scientists  —  If the anomaly does not stabilise by August, ‘the world will be in uncharted territory’, says climate expert  —  Another month, another global heat record that has left climate scientists scratching their heads …
Discussion: The Hill, UPI, Raw Story and Al Jazeera
The Daily Beast:
The Ugly Truth Behind Ted Cruz's Super PAC Podcast  —  CRUZ CONTROL  —  Ted Cruz is once again pushing the bounds of campaign finance laws, this time with his super PAC pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars for his podcast appearances. … In recent weeks, a number of news reports …
M.D. Kittle / The Federalist:
Biden's Latest Student Loan Bailout Has Election-Year Bribe Written All Over It  —  The Democrat's election-year bribe would be paid for by taxpayers forced to shoulder an ever-expanding national debt.  —  President Joe Biden campaigned in swing-state Wisconsin on Monday to sell …
Bob Lord / Mother Jones:
Who Wants to Be a Trillionaire?  —  Don't laugh.  That's exactly where America's oligarchic policies are taking us.  —  Forbes' annual list of the 400 richest Americans debuted in 1982 with shipping magnate Daniel Ludwig in the top slot.  Ludwig's wealth, the magazine reported, was $2 billion (about $6.3 billion in today's dollars).
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Is Spending $1 Trillion to Fight Climate Change.  Voters Don't Care.  —  President's campaign is promoting the effort, hoping to attract young people  —  President Biden has done more to address climate change than any of his predecessors.  So far, voters don't seem to care.
Wall Street Journal:
The Black Market That Delivers Elon Musk's Starlinks to U.S. Foes  —  The satellite-internet devices are helping Russian fighters in Ukraine and paramilitary forces in Sudan; SpaceX hasn't shut them off  —  A salesman at Moscow-based online retailer shopozz.ru has supplemented his usual business …
US Department of Justice:
Idaho Man Arrested for Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS  —  For Immediate Release  —  Alexander Scott Mercurio, 18, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, was arrested Saturday, April 6, 2024, in Coeur d'Alene for attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS.
Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
Smartphones in schools are bad  —  The narrow case against phones in school is clearly right  —  Like many people my age, I had a TI-86 programmable graphing calculator in high school.  —  It was quite useful for learning high school math.  But even though the device is built specifically for math use …
Discussion: Louisiana Illuminator
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Which Trump lies stick?  Republicans believe some falsehoods more than they did six years ago, our poll finds.  —  Fictions, misleading claims, wild exaggerations, lies — former president Donald Trump dispenses untruths of one variant or another relentlessly.
Emmet Lyons / CBS News:
ISIS stadium threat puts UEFA Champions League soccer teams on alert for quarterfinals  —  London — Anonymous online supporters of the Islamic terror group ISIS have issued a threat to soccer stadiums across Europe ahead of major games in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League — European soccer's biggest club competition.
Ron Filipkowski / MeidasTouch:
MAGA Operatives Ordered to Pay $1.25M for Scheme Targeting Black Voters  —  NY AG announced settlement today.  —  New York Attorney General Letitia James announced today that right-wing operatives and conspiracy theorists Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman have agreed to pay up to $1.25 million …
Discussion: The Hill and KDFX-TV
Molly Jong-Fast / Vanity Fair:
None of This Is Normal  —  Donald Trump's 2024 bid is an antidemocratic revenge fantasy being treated like a conventional political campaign.  —  On Monday morning, Axios's Mike Allen blasted out his early morning email with the subject line: “Scoop: Trump's retaliation plan.”
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
US transfers seized Iranian weapons to Ukraine  —  .  —  The United States transferred military equipment seized from Iran to Ukraine earlier this month, according to U.S. Central Command.  —  On April 4, the U.S. provided Ukraine with over 5,000 AK-47s, machine guns, sniper rifles …
Washington Post:
How Donald Trump's mug shot became a defiant and divisive 2024 symbol  —  CONWAY, S.C. — After Quinzell Williams stepped out of an Uber near a campaign rally featuring Donald Trump, a passing couple did a double take.  —  “Aren't you embarrassed to be wearing that?” they asked, Williams recalled.
 
 
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
SCOOP: McConnell-aligned groups set election year fundraising record in battle for Senate majority
Discussion: RedState and Washington Post
Jamie Joseph / Fox News:
Public safety group finds FBI violent crime data is higher than initially reported
Kate McKenna / CBC News:
CSIS warned Prime Minister's Office in 2023 that China ‘clandestinely and deceptively’ interfered in elections
Discussion: Reuters
David Goldman / CNN:
Tesla settles with Apple engineer's family who said Autopilot caused his fatal crash
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Nate Silver / Silver Bulletin:
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Brandi Buchman / Law & Crime:
‘Profoundly ahistorical’: 4-star generals side with Jack Smith, tell Supreme Court Trump's immunity claims are ‘assault’ on democracy
 

 
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