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7:25 AM ET, April 20, 2024


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Nora Eckert / Reuters:
UAW clinches watershed union victory at Volkswagen Tennessee factory  —  Workers at Volkswagen's (VOWG_p.DE) Tennessee plant have voted to join the United Auto Workers, in a seismic victory for the union as it drives beyond its Detroit base into the U.S. South and West.
Discussion: Payday Report and WTOP News
Washington Post:
Volkswagen workers in Tennessee pass historic vote to unionize  —  Victory marks the first win in the United Auto Workers campaign to organize the Southern factories of a dozen automakers  —  Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tenn., passed a historic vote to join the United Auto Workers on Friday …
Ella Lee / The Hill:
NY AG asks Trump civil fraud judge to declare $175M bond ‘without effect’  —  The New York attorney general's office has asked a judge to void the $175 million bond former President Trump secured to put off paying the larger monetary damage award in his civil fraud case.
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
New York AG says $175 million Trump fraud bond isn't properly backed, should be voided … Former President Donald Trump returns from a lunch break at Manhattan criminal court as jury selection continues in New York, NY on Thursday, April 18, 2024. … - CNBC Councils  — CNBC on Peacock
New York Times:
Man Sets Himself on Fire Near Courthouse Where Trump Is on Trial  —  Onlookers screamed as fire engulfed the man, who had thrown pamphlets in the air before he set himself aflame.  A police officer tried to extinguish the flames before the man was taken away in an ambulance.
Kaitlin Lewis / Newsweek:
Read Max Azzarello Manifesto About Lighting Himself on Fire at Trump Trial  —  The man who set himself on fire outside former President Donald Trump's criminal trial in Manhattan wrote an online manifesto before self-immolating Friday afternoon.  —  Law enforcement officers told Newsweek …
ABC News:
House Democrats help Johnson avoid defeat on foreign aid bills, despite GOP defections  —  Final votes are set for Saturday, but a third Republican threatened to oust him.  —  U.S. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol April 16, 2024 in Washington, DC.
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Ukraine Aid Bill Clears Critical Hurdle in the House as Democrats Supply the Votes
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Third Republican joins motion to remove Mike Johnson
The Hill:
House advances Ukraine, Israel aid as Dems help Speaker Johnson, GOP
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Twitter alternative Post News is shutting down … Post News, a Twitter alternative that emerged in the wake of Elon Musk's takeover, is shutting down.  Noam Bardin, the platform's founder and former CEO of Waze, writes that Post News “is not growing fast enough to become a real business or a significant platform.”
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Judge locks up ‘Three Percenter’ militia members in Jan. 6 obstruction case  —  The obstruction of an official proceeding charge is in jeopardy before the Supreme Court, meaning that some of the defendants could ultimately only serve a year in prison.  —  WASHINGTON — Three California men …
Discussion: Raw Story and Plain Dealer
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Whiplash as Russia Toasts Derided Marjorie Taylor Greene as Their Top New Hero  —  FROM FOOL TO TOOL  —  Speaker Mike Johnson is no longer Russia's No.1 favorite, he's been replaced by a congresswoman who was once roundly mocked on Russian TV.  —  In recent years, clips from Tucker Carlson's shows …
Molly Ball / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Trial and Campaign Collide as Historic Prosecution Begins  —  Former president and critics agree New York hush-money case is about more than his alleged crimes; ‘Democracy is on trial’  —  NEW YORK—As he walked into court for the first day of his first criminal prosecution …
U.S. Department of the Interior:
Biden-Harris Administration Takes Critical Action to Protect Alaska Native Subsistence, Lands and Wildlife  —  Publishes final rule to maximize protections for more than 13 million acres in the western Arctic, invites input on additional Special Area protections
New York Times:
This G.O.P. Senate Candidate Says He Grew Up on a Family Farm.  Not Exactly.  —  David McCormick has often spoken about his modest upbringing on a farm in Pennsylvania.  A close look at his past tells a different story.  —  David McCormick's origin story goes something like this …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Citadel Securities blasts Trump Media CEO Devin Nunes over DJT short-selling letter … Devin Nunes, chief executive officer of Truth Social, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, US, on Thursday, March 2, 2023.
Rebecca Kern / Politico:
An updated TikTok bill changes the game in Washington  —  As soon as next week, the Senate could be forced to confront a controversial bill it's been sitting on for a month — and open a new front in a geopolitical argument.  —  A bill to potentially ban TikTok could be passed and signed …
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Thomas Catenacci / Fox News:
Biden's Title IX rules are a victory for powerful teachers unions fueling Dem campaigns
Josh Fiallo / The Daily Beast:
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