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12:15 PM ET, April 18, 2024


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Playbook: Why Biden world has gone quiet on the Trump trial  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE BUZZ OF THE LEGAL WORLD — “2 of Trump's jurors are lawyers.  Would they acquit on a technicality?” by Betsy Woodruff Swan …
Kennedy family to endorse Biden in show of force against RFK Jr. … - With a substantial number of voters telling pollsters they are dissatisfied with both Biden and Trump, Democrats are increasingly petrified that a Kennedy name on the ballot will throw the election to Trump.
Biden camp decides not to take the bait on Trump's stormy trial  —  The president and his team plan a judicious approach to the courtroom drama engulfing their opponent.  —  The Biden campaign has a straightforward strategy for navigating former President Donald Trump's time in the courthouse.
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Targets Iranian UAV Program, Steel Industry, and Automobile Companies in Response to Unprecedented Attack on Israel  —  New Industries Targeted Generate Billions of Dollars in Annual Revenue  —  WASHINGTON — Today, in response to Iran's unprecedented attack on Israel on April 13 …
Andrew McDonald / Politico:
US and UK impose fresh Iran sanctions in wake of Israel attack  —  Most of the sanctions are linked to Iranian drone production  —  LONDON — The United States and United Kingdom unveiled fresh sanctions in the wake of Iran's attack on Israel.  —  The U.S. Treasury Department announced Thursday …
New York Times:
Miscalculation Led to Escalation in Clash Between Israel and Iran  —  Israeli officials say they didn't see a strike on a high-level Iranian target in Syria as a provocation, and did not give Washington a heads-up about it until right before it happened.  —  Israel was mere moments away …
USA Today:
Trump is funneling campaign money into cash-strapped businesses.  Experts say it looks bad.  —  Donald Trump's main 2024 White House campaign fundraising operation sharply increased spending at the former president's properties in recent months, funneling money into his businesses …
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
GOP makes weak pitch as Senate rejects Mayorkas impeachment articles  —  Republicans are pretending that Democrats set a dangerous precedent by discarding Alejandro Mayorkas' impeachment without a trial.  They have it backwards.  —  More than a month after House Republicans impeached …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate dismisses Mayorkas impeachment without trial
Arizona Republic:
Senate kick-starts Arizona abortion ban repeal after House Republicans block similar bill
Washington Post:
Johnson's Chamberlain-or-Churchill moment  —  Good morning, Early Birds.  A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election was released publicly five years ago today.  Tips:  Was this forwarded to you?  Sign up here.
Washington Post:
Speaker Johnson moves on foreign aid, possibly triggering vote to oust him
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Complaint Asks the FBI to Probe Trump Claims on a $50 Million Loan  —  GIMME SHELTER  —  A government watchdog group is filing a complaint about a $50 million loan that Trump claimed for years on government disclosure forms but which may have never existed.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Live Updates: One Juror Dismissed as Selection Continues in Trump Trial  —  The third day of Donald J. Trump's criminal trial began with the dismissal of one of the seven jurors who had already been seated.  The former president is accused of falsifying business records to cover up a sex scandal.
Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Jawbone of Long Dead U.S. Marine Found in Kid's Rock Collection  —  ‘UNEXPECTED’  —  He was laid to rest at a cemetery in Missouri back in 1951, and there had reportedly never been any inkling that the grave did not contain all of his remains.  —  Capt. Everett Leland Yager of the U.S. Marine Corps …
Discussion: CBS News and College News & Media
New York Times:
Chinese Exports Are Threatening Biden's Industrial Agenda  —  The president is increasingly hitting back with tariffs and other measures meant to restrict imports, raising tensions with Beijing.  —  President Biden's trillion-dollar effort to invigorate American manufacturing and speed …
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
Kennedy family members will endorse Biden at Philadelphia event  —  The move is a rebuke of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is pursing the White House as an independent  —  Several Kennedy family members plan to endorse President Biden for reelection at a campaign event in Philadelphia on Thursday …
Emily Matesic / KECI:
Rep. Mike Gallagher hints death threats may be behind his early resignation  —  GREEN BAY, Wisc.  (WLUK) — With just days until he leaves his seat in Congress, Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisc., could be shedding some light on the reasoning behind his early resignation
Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:
The two-party system isn't the problem  —  See: Netanyahu, Benjamin.  —  ∙ Paid … The US two-party system is a perennial punching bag.  —  “Can the US ever break the two-party binary?”  Al Jazeera asked earlier this year.  “How to fix democracy: Move beyond the two-party system …
Filip Timotija / The Hill:
Pelosi memoir ‘The Art of Power’ planned for August release  —  A new memoir penned by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will be available later this year, according to publisher Simon & Schuster.  —  In the book, titled “The Art of Power,” Pelosi details her years in public service …
‘Banned in the USA’  —  America's right-wing forces would have you believe that they are the courageous entities standing up for free speech.  —  But, as they try to claim that mantle, many of those same forces in media and politics are behind a disturbing wave of book bans sweeping the nation.
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Our Uniquely American Drug Shortages  —  More drugs are in short supply than ever before.  We've known the reason why for a long time: monopolistic middlemen.  —  Last week, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) announced that the United States has the largest number …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Senate nominee bankrolled by far-right activist trashing MLK and the Civil Rights Act  —  Judd Legum, Tesnim Zekeria, and Rebecca Crosby  —  Last month, Bernie Moreno won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Ohio.  Moreno benefited from an early endorsement from Turning Point Action …
Discussion: Spreaker
Sarah Fortinsky / The Hill:
Raskin: Greene ‘recycling direct Russian propaganda’  —  Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said on Wednesday that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is “recycling” Russian propaganda in falsely saying Ukraine is a Nazi state.  —  In an interview on MSNBC's “The Reid Out,” Raskin noted concerns …
NBC News:
Biden chokes up while talking about deceased son and Trump's disparaging remarks about service members  —  “That man doesn't deserve to have been the commander in chief for my son, my uncle,” he said, referring to Beau Biden and Ambrose Finnegan, who both served in the military.
Discussion: Politico, Twitchy and CNBC
Brett Murphy / ProPublica:
Blinken Is Sitting on Staff Recommendations to Sanction Israeli Military Units Linked to Killings or Rapes  —  A special State Department panel told Secretary of State Antony Blinken that the U.S. should restrict arms sales to Israeli military units that have been credibly accused of human rights abuses.
Sylvia Westall / Bloomberg:
Russia to Hire Contract Soldiers in Bid to Avoid Unpopular Draft  — Kremlin anxious not to stir fears that triggered 2022 exodus  — Ukraine has faced delays in Western aid and personnel shortage  —  Russia is preparing to enlist more contract soldiers as it presses its invasion of Ukraine …
Brady Knox / Washington Examiner:
Biden suggests unfounded idea about his uncle and ‘cannibals’ in World War II  —  President Joe Biden appeared to suggest that cannibals ate his uncle after he was shot down during World War II, though military records say otherwise.  —  Speaking with reporters on Wednesday in Scranton …
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Democracy Now:
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump campaign asks for cut of candidates' fundraising when they use his name and likeness
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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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