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12:30 AM ET, April 24, 2024


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Al Weaver / The Hill:
10 senators helped advance Ukraine aid after voting against it  —  Nine Republicans and one Democrat in the Senate voted Tuesday to advance a package that includes aid for Ukraine and Israel, after opposing the legislation in a vote earlier this year.  —  The package advanced toward a final vote Tuesday in an 80-19 procedural vote.
NBC News:
McConnell says Tucker Carlson and Trump's waffling delayed crucial Ukraine aid  —  The Senate Republican leader pointed to Carlson's “demonization of Ukraine,” along with Trump's “mixed views” and resistance to additional aid as reasons it's taken so long to pass.
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Senate sends sweeping foreign aid package to Biden's desk
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate passes Ukraine, Israel funding after months-long stalemate
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Announces Rule Banning Noncompetes  —  FTC's final rule will generate over 8,500 new businesses each year, raise worker wages, lower health care costs, and boost innovation  —  Today, the Federal Trade Commission issued a final rule to promote competition by banning noncompetes nationwide …
Andrea Hsu / NPR:
U.S. bans noncompete agreements for nearly all jobs  —  The Federal Trade Commission narrowly voted Tuesday to ban nearly all noncompetes, employment agreements that typically prevent workers from joining competing businesses or launching ones of their own.  —  The FTC received …
Discussion: Semafor, The Hill and CBS News
Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
Federal Trade Commission Approves Ban Of Noncompete Agreements  —  Commissioners approved the historic regulation on the grounds that noncompetes stifle competition for workers.  A legal challenge is all but certain.  —  LOADING  —  The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday voted 3-2 …
Trump fumes while Biden hits the trail  —  No day demonstrated the extreme asymmetry of the unfolding campaign more than Tuesday.  —  In New York on Tuesday, Donald Trump suffered through a hearing on whether he should be held in contempt of court and testimony from a tabloid publisher on a …
Discussion: The Hill and CBS News
S.V. Date / HuffPost:
Biden To Florida Voters: Six-Week Abortion Ban Is Trump's Fault
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
FBI director rejects Trump's vow to investigate political rivals  —  In a wide-ranging interview with NBC News, Christopher Wray also broke with Trump over the former president's characterization of Jan. 6 defendants as “hostages.”  —  Reacting for the first time to former President Donald Trump's vow …
Discussion: HotAir, Fox News, Raw Story and Breitbart
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
National Enquirer made up the story about Ted Cruz's father and Lee Harvey Oswald, former publisher says  —  The Texas senator told NBC News that he's “not interested in revisiting ancient history.”  —  David Pecker, the former publisher of the National Enquirer, testified at Donald Trump's trial Tuesday …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz spotted the Trump-National Enquirer alliance in 2016  —  Eight years ago this month, Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) was in the waning days of his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, watching Donald Trump scoop up increasing shares of delegates on his way to becoming the presumptive nominee.
Washington Post:
Bird flu virus found in grocery milk as officials say supply still safe  —  Viral fragments of bird flu have been identified in samples of milk taken from grocery store shelves in the United States, a finding that does not necessarily suggest a threat to human health but indicates the avian flu virus …
US Food and Drug Administration:
Updates on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)
Discussion: The Hill, Ars Technica and NBC Bay Area
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
The media should be celebrating college protesters instead of demonizing them  —  Mainstream-media reporters covering the growing wave of college protests against Israel's war in Gaza have adopted an overwhelmingly negative tone about something they should be celebrating …
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
In Columbia chaos, student journalists stand tall
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
Pro-Palestinian protests sweep US college campuses following mass arrests at Columbia
New York Times:
Live Updates: Prosecutors Say Trump's Attacks Are Threat to Trial  —  Prosecutors in Donald J. Trump's criminal trial want him held in contempt for attacking witnesses and others close to the case, which centers on a hush-money payment to a porn star.  Testimony is set to resume later Tuesday morning.
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
George Santos drops independent House bid  —  Former Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) announced Tuesday that he was suspending his independent House bid, just over a month after entering the race.  —  “I have [met] with leaders and with constituents and I have made the decision to hang it up here and stop [pursuing] this race, THIS YEAR!”
UN News:
Mass graves in Gaza show victims' hands were tied, says UN rights office  —  Disturbing reports continue to emerge about mass graves in Gaza in which Palestinian victims were reportedly found stripped naked with their hands tied, prompting renewed concerns about possible war crimes amid ongoing …
The Tennessean:
Tennessee House passes bill allowing armed teachers, sending measure to the governor  —  Melissa Brown Angele LathamNashville Tennessean  —  Tennessee House Republicans on Tuesday passed legislation to allow some trained teachers and school staff to carry handguns despite pleas from Democrats …
Nick Mordowanec / Newsweek:
Migrants Get Visas for Being ‘Victims’ of Ron DeSantis  —  The roughly four dozen migrants that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis helped fly from Texas to Martha's Vineyard about a year and a half ago have been granted legal designations due to the Republican's crimes against the “victims.”
Alex Tabet / NBC News:
Kari Lake says ‘unfortunately’ Arizona isn't enforcing 1864 abortion ban, flipping again  —  The Senate candidate supported the 19th-century ban in 2022, came out against it this month, and now appears to be backing it again in a new interview.  —  Arizona GOP Senate candidate Kari Lake …
Angela V. Olinto /
Guidelines for Teaching, Student Accommodations, and Staff on Campus  —  Dear members of the Columbia community:  —  We are writing to share guidelines for teaching for the remainder of the semester.  Safety is our highest priority as we strive to support our students' learning and all the required academic operations.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / CNN:
Biden scores major union backing as its leaders attack Trump  —  Joe Biden will land a major union endorsement Wednesday from North America's Building Trades Unions, whose leaders say the president has his infrastructure bill largely to thank for it.  —  In making one of their earliest ever …
Discussion: Plain Dealer
Daniel Wiessner / Reuters:
Biden rule grants overtime pay to 4 million US workers  —  The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled a rule extending mandatory overtime pay to an estimated 4 million salaried workers, going even further than an Obama-era rule that was struck down in court.
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Dasha Burns / NBC News:
Secretive conservative donor group meets to draw up 2024 plans — with a call-in from Trump
Anjali Huynh / New York Times:
Summer Lee, ‘Squad’ Member, Wins Democratic House Primary in Pennsylvania
Discussion: NBC News and Vox
Washington Post:
Progressives stare down primary challengers
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Top tech companies seek more cash for the lab keeping AI safe
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Watchdog asks for investigations of crisis pregnancy centers' practices in five states
Appeals court greenlights release of secret Trump battles to block aides from testifying
Discussion: Raw Story
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
Minnesota state senator arrested on burglary charge
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
You don't want immigrants? Then tell grandma she can never retire.
Julie Ray / Gallup:
No Soft Power Shake-Ups for Now