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2:45 PM ET, April 18, 2024


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CBS News:
2 members of Trump jury excused, including woman who feared being identified  —  Two people who were selected to serve on the jury in former President Donald Trump's criminal trial in New York were excused on Thursday, including one woman who expressed concerns about being identified publicly and her ability to remain impartial.
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.
Erum Salam / The Guardian:
Second Trump trial juror dismissed as setbacks grow during selection process - live
The Hill:
Momentum grows to remove Johnson over potential change to ouster rule  —  Momentum is growing quickly behind the effort to remove Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) from power if he moves to alter the motion to vacate rule as part of a package of foreign aid that's expected to pass through the House this weekend.
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 …
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.
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Top Democrat in fiery speech says House ‘diddling around’ while people ‘dying in Ukraine’  —  Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, delivered a fiery speech during a debate on foreign aid Thursday, accusing the lower chamber of “diddling around” …
Washington Post:   Johnson's Chamberlain-or-Churchill moment
New York Times:
House Moves Toward Bundling TikTok Bill With Aid to Ukraine and Israel
Washington Post:
Speaker Johnson moves on foreign aid, possibly triggering vote to oust him
Ivana Saric / Axios:
RFK Jr. gains ballot access in Michigan, campaign says … - Kennedy has been waging an uphill battle to get his independent presidential bid on the ballot in states across the country.  — He had already officially qualified to appear on the presidential ballot in Utah …
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.
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:   Kennedy family members will endorse Biden at Philadelphia event
The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden on Iran Sanctions  —  Less than a week ago, Iran launched one of the largest missile and drone attacks the world has ever seen against Israel.  Together with our allies and partners, the United States defended Israel.  We helped defeat this attack.
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
Andrew Solender / Axios:
36-year-old joins wave of House Republican retirements … - Two House Republicans told Axios they expect more retirement announcements in the coming weeks. … - “It is time to pursue other opportunities and have the benefit of spending more time with my family,” he said.
Discussion: The Hill, Kansas Reflector and KSNT-TV
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 …
Thomas Barrabi / New York Post:
Google fires 28 employees involved in sit-in protest over $1.2B Israel contract  —  Google has fired 28 employees over their participation in a 10-hour sit-in at the search giant's offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, to protest the company's business ties with the Israel government, The Post has learned.
Freedom Caucus on alert for possible moves against it by GOP leaders  —  The Floor Action Response Team, shorthanded as “FART,” aims to guard against an unannounced request to pass resolutions that would limit the group's leverage.
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
WaPo Gives Bill Barr Platform to Attack Joe Biden without Mentioning Barr's Role in Framing Biden  —  WaPo wrote a story on Bill Barr's statement on Fox News that he would support Trump over Biden because Biden would represent a “continuation of the Biden administration is national suicide.”
Hannah Devlin / The Guardian:
Risk of bird flu spreading to humans is ‘enormous concern’, says WHO  —  Chief scientist voices fears about H5N1 variant that has ‘extraordinarily high’ mortality rate in humans  —  The World Health Organization has raised concerns about the spread of H5N1 bird flu, which has an “extraordinarily high” mortality rate in humans.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and STAT
Andrew Freedman / Axios:
Climate change may cost $38 trillion a year by 2049, study says … - The study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, shines a new light on the patterns and severity of climate change's economic impacts while bolstering key conclusions from other research.  — The $38 trillion figure is given in 2005 dollars.
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: College News & Media and CBS News
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