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6:10 PM ET, April 17, 2024


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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.
AJ McDougall / The Daily Beast:
Arizona Republicans Fend Off Another Effort to Repeal 1864 Abortion Ban  —  BLOCKED  —  The 160-year-old near-total ban is set to take effect in the coming weeks.  —  For the second time in as many weeks, Arizona Republicans thwarted an attempt to kill a Civil War-era law that is poised …
New York Times:
Arizona Republicans Again Block Effort to Repeal 1864 Abortion Ban  —  The state has been in turmoil since its Supreme Court upheld a near-total abortion ban dating back to the Civil War.  —  House Republicans in Arizona on Wednesday scuttled another effort to repeal the state's 1864 law banning abortion …
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Incensed Democrats stoke GOP revolt against Mike Johnson … - Johnson “needs to make a decision,” one House Republican warned, adding that there is “a lot of frustration” in the GOP conference. … - Clark pointed to increasing indications from Republicans that they are prepared to start signing …
Biden gets behind Johnson's foreign aid plan  —  Passage would mark a major win for the president, who is desperate to get munitions to Ukraine.  —  President Joe Biden urged the House and Senate to quickly approve Speaker Mike Johnson's multi-part plan to get aid to Israel, Ukraine and the Indo-Pacific.
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Johnson Needs Democrats on Ukraine, Handing Them Power to Shape Aid Plan
Johnson moving forward with Ukraine aid bill amid pressure from hardliners
Discussion: NPR and The Hill
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive - MTG on Mike Johnson Speakership: 'It's Over - He's Just the Only One Who Hasn't Acknowledged It'
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Senate convenes Mayorkas impeachment trial as Democrats will seek a quick dismissal  —  The Senate on Wednesday opened the impeachment trial of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his handling of the U.S.-Mexico border, swearing in senators as jurors while Democrats said they wanted …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate votes to effectively dismiss first Mayorkas charge  —  The Senate voted along party lines Wednesday to sustain a point-of-order objection raised by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), effectively dismissing the first article of impeachment approved by the House accusing …
Senate conservative wades into House GOP's foreign aid mess
Spencer Brown / Townhall:
BREAKING: Senate Dems Torpedo Mayorkas Impeachment
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump campaign asks for cut of candidates' fundraising when they use his name and likeness  —  The campaign sent the letter as the former president is struggling to close a fundraising gap with Biden.  —  Former President Donald Trump's campaign has found a new way to press for badly needed cash.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump could have helped response to Jan. 6 riot — but didn't — per new testimony  —  Two senior leaders of the D.C. guard at the time of the Capitol attack painted a picture of the boost that never came, according to transcripts reviewed by POLITICO.  —  Donald Trump could have cleared …
J.D. Wolf / MeidasTouch:
Trump Alters National Review Article, Deletes That Affair Allegations Could Have “Torpedoed” His Campaign  —  Trump's manipulated article also attacks star witness Michael Cohen, a potential gag order violation  —  Trump has posted yet another one of his manipulated articles to Truth Social.
Catherine Belton / Washington Post:
Secret Russian foreign policy document urges action to weaken the U.S.  —  Russia's Foreign Ministry has been drawing up plans to try to weaken its Western adversaries, including the United States, and leverage the Ukraine war to forge a global order free from what it sees as American dominance …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Digby's Hullabaloo
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The Trump GOP's inverted perception of crime in America  —  During a visit to a small convenience store in Upper Manhattan on Tuesday, Donald Trump distilled his party's approach to crime — and, really, everything else.  —  Trump had come directly from the courthouse where …
New York Post:
Trump vows to ‘straighten New York out’ while visiting bodega where clerk Jose Alba was hit with murder charge for stabbing an ex-con in self-defense
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 …
CBS News:
Arrest warrant issued for Rep. Kevin Boyle; family working to treat “serious” mental health condition  —  PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — An arrest warrant has been issued for Pennsylvania State Rep. Kevin Boyle, Philadelphia police said on Tuesday, April 16.  —  The warrant is for a violation of a protection from abuse order, police said.
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
John Leguizamo on Trump's Latino support: 'He doesn't like us, and he doesn't want us here'  —  Actor John Leguizamo obliterated a small horse piñata while reciting a thorough catalogue of Spanish-language profanities on “The Daily Show” Tuesday in response to a New York Times/Siena poll …
Trump Pushed to Embrace 17% Income Tax for All  — Trump has not endorsed flat tax, but has called for levy cuts  — Conservative economists regularly pitch Trump on tax ideas  —  Donald Trump is under pressure from economists in his circle to embrace a flat tax rate …
Carl Gibson /
'I don't think you're fit for this job': GA senator gives USPS chief DeJoy an ultimatum  —  U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was raked over the coals on Tuesday in a hearing conducted by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, particularly by Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Georgia).
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Israel considered striking Iran on Monday but decided to wait, officials say … - “We are not sure why and how close it was to an actual attack,” a U.S. official said. … - A third U.S. official said a “small Israeli strike” inside Iran would likely trigger an Iranian retaliation.
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Former ‘Real Housewives’ star Siggy Flicker's stepson arrested on Jan. 6 charges  —  Tyler Campanella, the stepson of “Siggy” Flicker, was arrested more than three years after the reality star posted images that Campanella apparently shot inside the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Discussion: The Daily Beast, The Hill and
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Jamie Dettmer / Politico:
Why Ukraine is losing the war with Russia
Discussion: The Bulwark, Human Events and Reuters
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Brianna Kraemer / Carolina Journal:
Student suspended for using term ‘illegal alien’ in English class
Liz Goodwin / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Business Insider and Raw Story
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Steve Garvey's tax debt dogs Senate bid
Discussion: Raw Story
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