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9:50 AM ET, April 17, 2024


 Top Items: 
Washington Post:
Momentum builds to oust Johnson from House speakership
Punchbowl News:
Johnson: I'm not resigning  —  Speaker Mike Johnson took the extraordinary step this morning …
Johnson makes his long-awaited move on Ukraine as House plans to vote on separate aid packages
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Rating Changes: Arizona Senate and AZ-6  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — We're making a couple of rating changes today, both in Arizona.  — The state's open-seat Senate race goes from Toss-up to Leans Democratic, and Rep. Juan Ciscomani (R, AZ-6) moves from Leans Republican to Toss-up.
Discussion: USA Today
Ry Rivard / Politico:
Sen. Bob Menendez may point the finger at his wife, newly unsealed documents show  —  In a mid-March legal filing, Menendez's legal team tried to keep those exact words under seal because they believed having that defense strategy public would taint the jury pool.
David Voreacos / Bloomberg:
Bob Menendez Poised to Blame His Wife in Bribe Case Defense
Discussion: ABC News and Talking Points Memo
Liz Goodwin / Washington Post:
Sheehy apologized and asked for leniency after alleged 2015 gun incident  —  The Montana GOP Senate candidate said this month that he lied about accidentally shooting himself at Glacier National Park  —  Republican Senate candidate Tim Sheehy apologized and asked for leniency in 2015 …
Alicia Montgomery / Slate:
NPR Is a Mess.  But “Wokeness” Isn't the Problem.  —  Yes, the broadcaster is a mess.  But “wokeness” isn't the issue.  —  NPR, the great bastion of old-school audio journalism, is a mess.  But as someone who loves NPR, built my career there, and once aspired to stay forever, I say with sadness that it has been for a long time.
New York Times:
Live Updates: Six Jurors Chosen for Trump Criminal Trial  —  The six were selected after lawyers picked through past social media postings about Donald J. Trump and argued over whether they reflected bias.  —  Here's what to know as Trump's criminal trial continues.
Reese Gorman / The Daily Beast:
Trump Forced to Skip Big-Money House GOP Fundraiser Thanks to NY Trial  —  SEND REGRETS  —  Trump was invited to headline the House GOP's big spring fundraiser in Dallas, but had to finally cancel because of his scheduled trial in Manhattan. … Former President Donald Trump was invited …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Examiner
Andrea Shalal / Reuters:
IMF calls for fiscal restraint in year with most elections ever  —  The International Monetary Fund urged countries on Wednesday to rein in fiscal spending and rebuild their buffers, but said that could prove difficult in the world's biggest-ever election year.
Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:
Why the Trump campaign is in deeper trouble than you think  —  Simon Rosenberg explains Trump's predicament and Biden's improving position.  —  ∙ Paid  —  🇺🇸 Subscribe to Public Notice 🇺🇸  —  I'm in Italy this week to speak on a panel about twitter …
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Supreme Court's Conservatives Just Took Direct Aim at Jack Smith's Trump Indictment.  Will They Go Through With It?  —  Will the Supreme Court jeopardize the prosecution of more than 350 defendants involved with Jan. 6, including Donald Trump, by gutting the federal statute that prohibits their unlawful conduct?
Brady Knox / Washington Examiner:
Arrest warrant issued for Democratic state Pennsylvania lawmaker  —  An arrest warrant was issued for Pennsylvania state Rep. Kevin Boyle, according to multiple reports, with the Democratic lawmaker having been in trouble with the law previously.  —  On Tuesday, an arrest warrant was issued …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Meet the people spending $800,000 or more to make Trump the next president  —  Donald Trump tried to overturn the 2020 presidential election, was recently found liable for sexual assault, and has been charged with 88 felonies.  Trump is currently spending four days a week at the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse.
The Daily Beast:
Wealthy GOP Senate Candidate Appears to Have Illegally Spent Donor Cash  —  TO HIS CREDIT  —  Dave McCormick gave more than $14 million to his own 2022 campaign, but he still spent tens of thousands of donor dollars he wasn't allowed to touch. … Multimillionaire Dave McCormick put …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Tax debt shadows Steve Garvey as he runs for Senate  —  Garvey, the Republican Senate hopeful and former baseball star, has amassed dozens of tax liens totaling millions of dollars since he left the diamond in 1987.  —  Steve Garvey, the Republican Senate candidate in California …
The White House:
Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Holding Iran Accountable for Unprecedented Attack on Israel  —  Following Iran's unprecedented air attack against Israel, President Biden is coordinating with allies and partners, including the G7, and with bipartisan leaders in Congress, on a comprehensive response.
NBC News:
Sen. Tom Cotton doubles down on comments urging people to ‘forcibly remove’ protesters blocking traffic  —  Cotton has repeatedly urged people delayed by traffic stemming from pro-Palestine demonstrations to take action against protesters.  —  Sen. Tom Cotton on Tuesday doubled …
Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Tom Cotton Doubles Down on Calls for Mob Violence Against Protesters
Josh Meyer / USA Today:
Exclusive: Mayorkas' newest weapon against the explosion of online child sex exploitation  —  Homeland Security Secy.  Alejandro Mayorkas, in exclusive interview, announces first-ever federal awareness campaign against the online sexual exploitation and abuse of children
Discussion: The Hill and CBS News
Zach Everson / Forbes:
Legal Defense Fund For Trump Allies Has Spent $478,000 This Year But Next To Nothing On Attorneys' Fees  —  The Patriot Legal Defense Fund, which launched in July 2023 to defray the legal expenses of Trump's allies, submitted its quarterly filing to the IRS on Tuesday.
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
Interior Department Rejects Ambler Road Project in Alaska  —  A mining company wants to build a 211-mile industrial road through Alaskan wilderness to reach a large copper deposit.  The Interior Department says it would harm wildlife and communities.  —  The Biden administration is expected …
Adam Federman / Politico:   Biden set to block Ambler mining road in Alaska wilderness
Guy Trebay / New York Times:
The Biden Guide to Dressing Younger  —  Though much has been made of the president's age, his tailoring tells another story.  There are lessons to be learned here.  —  Joe Biden is a dapper guy.  He always has been.  When he turned up decades ago for a first date with the woman …
Discussion: HuffPost, The Daily Beast and Mediaite
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Brianna Kraemer / Carolina Journal:
Student suspended for using term ‘illegal alien’ in English class
Discussion: Twitchy and The Gateway Pundit
Breccan F. Thies / Washington Examiner:
Biden administration finalizes pregnant workers' rule with abortion ‘political agenda’
Discussion: WGN-TV
 Earlier Items: 
Elizabeth Elkind / Fox News:
House resolution condemning ‘From the River to the Sea’ chant as antisemitic passes with 44 opposed
Discussion: The Hill
Summer Ballentine / Associated Press:
Draft report says Missouri's House speaker stymied ethics investigation into his spending
Romney open to voting with Democrats to dismiss Mayorkas impeachment
Pro-Trump network OAN and Smartmatic settle 2020 election defamation case

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Chattanooga Times Free Press:
Carpenter Media acquires 10 newspapers in Alabama and Georgia and a Georgia printing facility from Community Newspaper Holdings

Wall Street Journal:
Trump says that if he's elected, Russia would release WSJ reporter Evan Gershkovich; the Kremlin denies any contact between Putin and Trump on the matter

Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
UK passes the Media Bill, repealing the not-yet-enacted Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act, which required publishers to pay all court costs, win or lose

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