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9:40 AM ET, April 18, 2024


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Washington Post:
Speaker Johnson moves on foreign aid, possibly triggering vote to oust him  —  The House Freedom Caucus has already panned the proposal, which includes a separate vote on border security that was intended to mollify hard-right members  —  House Speaker Mike Johnson is plowing ahead …
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 …
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.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate dismisses Mayorkas impeachment without trial  —  The Senate voted Wednesday to dismiss two articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, shutting down the possibility of a lengthy Senate trial, which Republicans had demanded to bring attention …
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 …
Arizona Republic:
Senate kick-starts Arizona abortion ban repeal after House Republicans block similar bill
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate votes to effectively dismiss first Mayorkas charge
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 …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Kennedy family to endorse Biden in Philadelphia in latest rebuke to RFK Jr.
Discussion: NBC News, UPI, New York Times and WSYR
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
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Biden says Trump 'doesn't deserve to be the Commander in Chief for my son'
Discussion: Twitchy
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.
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 …
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:
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Washington Post:
Red states threaten librarians with prison — as blue states work to protect them  —  Sam Lee, a leader of the Connecticut Library Association, heads to work these days torn between hope and fear.  —  She's encouraged because legislators in her state proposed a bill this year making it harder for school boards to ban library books.
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Fox News:
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Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
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