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5:45 PM ET, April 15, 2024


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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
A Weary Trump Appears to Doze Off in Courtroom Ahead of Criminal Trial  —  The former president flashed signs of irritation at times, but also seemed to fall asleep, before jolting back awake.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump seemed alternately irritated and exhausted Monday morning …
New York Times:
Live Updates: Trump Trial Poised to Begin, a Criminal Case Without Precedent  —  Jury selection is set to start as Donald J. Trump faces charges he faked business records to cover up a sex scandal before winning the presidency.  The judge declined Mr. Trump's request to recuse himself.
Washington Post:
As hush money trial begins, Trump's sex life emerges as key theme  —  Before jurors are questioned, judge spends hours hashing out what a jury should know about allegations involving women other than Stormy Daniels  —  NEW YORK — The opening day of Donald Trump's criminal trial delved deep …
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
I Was a Skeptic of the Stormy Daniels Prosecution.  I Was Wrong.  —  The prosecution of Donald Trump starting in New York this week is on firm legal ground.  —  When Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg brought criminal charges against Donald Trump in 2023, I was highly skeptical of his decision.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
How to pick a jury that can judge Donald Trump  —  Tailoring questions to probe prospective jurors' political biases and opinions of the former president is more art than science.  —  Former President Donald Trump's criminal trial in New York begins Monday with an immediate and fundamental challenge …
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
It's Time to Play to Win
Discussion: Vox, The Atlantic and The Hill
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Trump rages at judge hours before hush money case begins
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump Media closes down more than 18% after filing plans to issue more DJT stock … This photo illustration shows an image of former President Donald Trump reflected in a phone screen that is displaying the Truth Social app, in Washington, DC, on February 21, 2022.
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court effectively abolishes the right to mass protest in three US states  —  It is no longer safe to organize a protest in Louisiana, Mississippi, or Texas.  —  The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it will not hear Mckesson v. Doe.  The decision not to hear Mckesson leaves …
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Justice Clarence Thomas misses Supreme Court arguments  —  The conservative justice was not present for oral arguments on Monday, but the court did not provide a reason why.  —  WASHINGTON — Conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was not present at the court for oral arguments on Monday …
Associated Press:
Justice Thomas misses Supreme Court session Monday with no explanation  —  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was absent from the court Monday with no explanation.  Thomas, 75, also was not participating remotely in arguments, as justices sometimes do when they are ill or otherwise can't be there in person.
Discussion: Business Insider, Axios and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Biden counsels Netanyahu to ‘slow things down’ after Iranian attack  —  Administration officials said the U.S. would not join any response to Tehran's assault, and suggested Israel ‘take the win’ and avoid escalation  —  The Biden administration on Sunday congratulated Israel …
Iranian notice of attack may have dampened escalation risks
Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:
Israel Repelled Iran's Huge Attack. But Only With Help From U.S. and Arab Partners.
Washington Post:
Federal criminal investigation opened into Key Bridge crash  —  The FBI has opened a criminal investigation focusing on the massive container ship that brought down the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore last month — a probe that will look at least in part at whether the crew left …
Associated Press:
FBI opens criminal investigation into Baltimore bridge collapse, AP source says
Victoria Waldersee / Reuters:
Tesla lays off more than 10% of staff globally as sales fall  —  Tesla (TSLA.O) told staff it is laying off more than 10% of its global workforce, an internal memo seen by Reuters on Monday shows, as it grapples with falling sales and an intensifying price war for electric vehicles (EVs).
Nikki Haley Joins Hudson  —  WASHINGTON—Hudson Institute today announced that Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and US ambassador to the United Nations, will be the next Walter P. Stern Chair.  —  “When our policymakers fail to call out our enemies or acknowledge the importance …
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Haley joining conservative think tank
Discussion: Fox News
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Freedom Caucus: Iran attack on Israel sets up ‘bogus’ reason to pass Ukraine aid  —  The House Freedom Caucus is warning GOP leadership not to use Iran's attack on Israel over the weekend as “justification” to send additional aid to Ukraine, as lawmakers in both parties and chambers call …
Punchbowl News:
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Discussion: HotAir and Slate
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Swalwell accuses Clay Travis of jury tampering in Trump trial  —  Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) accused conservative media personality Clay Travis of jury tampering as former President Trump heads to trial this week in New York regarding an alleged hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
Jessica Piper / Politico:
Santos' threatened comeback bid hasn't raised a single dime  —  The former House member announced last month he planned to challenge Rep. Nick LaLota.  —  A new campaign committee from disgraced former Rep. George Santos raised no money and reported no activity in March, calling into question his plans to return to Congress.
Discussion: The Hill and New York Daily News
Reese Gorman / The Daily Beast:
George Santos Explains Why He's Raised $0 for Return Congressional Bid
Dan Morrison / USA Today:
Supreme Court snubs House Republicans who dodged metal detectors in Congress after Jan. 6  —  What happens in Congress stays in Congress, the Supreme Court signaled on Monday, as it turned away an appeal by three Republican congressmen who were fined $5,000 each by the House …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and RedState
Associated Press:
Former Trump staffer who said to ‘fan the flame’ after 2020 loss hired to lead Wisconsin GOP  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The director of Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign in Wisconsin, who pushed allegations of widespread fraud that were ultimately debunked, has been hired to run …
Discussion: Democrats
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Trump's right to fear Stormy Daniels — she could be a devastating witness  —  Women have consistently offered the most compelling testimony against Trump — now it's Stormy's turn  —  As a lifelong lover of the English language, I'm being slowly driven mad by one word that haunts the news coverage these days: “affair.”
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rick Scott supports 15-week Florida abortion ban over 6-week limit  —  Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) says he would support replacing Florida's six-week state abortion ban with a 15-week statewide ban that he believes would reflect broader consensus within the Sunshine State over how to protect unborn life.
Discussion: Florida Politics
Gavin Bade / Politico:
Trump trade advisers plot dollar devaluation  —  Advisers close to the former president — particularly his former trade chief Robert Lighthizer — are considering policies that would weaken the dollar relative to other currencies, which could juice U.S. exports but also fuel inflation.
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Ashley Zavala / KQCA-TV:
Purchasing a child for sex is a misdemeanor in California, lawmakers to debate classifying it as a felony
Discussion: Washington Examiner and RedState
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Kelly Clarkson tells Hillary Clinton: Arizona abortion ruling is ‘insane to me’
Discussion: HuffPost and Fox News
Aishvarya Kavi / New York Times:
Transgender Veterans Sue V.A. Over Gender-Affirming Surgeries
Discussion: The Hill and RedState
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Californians are buying up guns after Border Patrol starts dumping thousands of migrants on streets
Discussion: Breitbart
Maureen Groppe / USA Today:
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a Trump ally, has his phone seizure case rejected by Supreme Court

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