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12:15 PM ET, March 2, 2024


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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Voters Doubt Biden's Leadership and Favor Trump, Times/Siena Poll Finds  —  The share of voters who strongly disapprove of President Biden's handling of his job has reached 47 percent, higher than in Times/Siena polls at any point in his presidency.  —  President Biden is struggling …
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Closing This Gap May Be Biden's Key to a Second Term  —  The president still has time to improve his standing on the economy, but that time isn't unlimited.  —  Just since last November, the most closely watched measure of consumer confidence about the economy has soared by about 25 percent.
Discussion: Fox News
Jonathan V. Last / The Atlantic:
Biden Is Still the Democrats' Best Bet for November  —  Let's start with the obvious.  The concerns about Joe Biden are valid: He's old.  He talks slowly.  He occasionally bumbles the basics in public appearances.  —  Biden's age is so concerning that many Biden supporters now believe …
Discussion: Forbes, HotAir and HuffPost
New York Times:10 minutes ago
Israel Helped Organize Convoy That Ended in Disaster  —  It was one of four convoys organized by local Palestinian businessmen this week at the behest of Israeli officials, who promised to provide security.  —  Here's what we're covering:  —  Gaza aid convoy that ended in death was part of a new Israeli operation.
NBC News:
Israel-Hamas war live updates: Injured from aid convoy violence had gunshot wounds, U.N. says
New York Times:
Questions still surround the convoy disaster as clamor grows for a cease-fire.
New York Times:
As Trump's Criminal Trial Approaches, He May Be His Own Worst Enemy  —  In civil cases, Donald J. Trump has ordered attorneys around from the defense table and insisted on testifying.  The stakes will get higher March 25, when his first criminal case begins.
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
Nikki Haley's pitch to donors has everything but a plan to defeat Trump
Discussion: RedState
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House Republicans often vote no on spending, but love to add pet projects  —  Of the four congressional caucuses, House GOP has most money set aside for members' earmarks  —  Despite their public posture of advocating for lower government spending, House Republicans have billions more at stake …
Discussion: KSDK-TV
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Lawmakers eye looming ‘problematic’ funding bills
Stephanie Jones / Stephanie Says:
Yes, the Supreme Court COULD have declined the case, but then what?  —  “They could have just declined the case” is the overly simplistic but misleading version of Supreme Court law and practice being fed to laypersons by many celebrity television commentators who were rushed on air …
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
Supreme Court Picks Up Where the Jan. 6 Mob Left Off
Discussion: ABC News
Kelly McClure / Salon:
Protester thrown to the ground after calling Joe Manchin “a sick f**k” to his face  —  Things got heated at a Harvard Institute of Politics event on Friday, with Manchin himself squaring up  —  During a Harvard Institute of Politics event held on Friday morning, a man described by some outlets …
Discussion: New York Post and BizPac Review
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:20 minutes ago
Offensive comments by N.C. Republican stand out even in Trump's party  —  Mark Robinson is favored to win the Republican nomination for governor in a battleground state, even as some see serious liabilities for November.  —  OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. — Surrounded by fans at a beach town bar, Mark Robinson addressed his absent critics.
Discussion: NC Newsline
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Scoop: Biden's migrant backlog to hit 8 million by October, data reveal … The backlog has left millions of people living in uncertainty about whether they'll be allowed to stay in the U.S. — or facing deportation — often for years.  — The data show that while the backlog has exploded …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
The Fani Willis Evidentiary Hearing Was a Joke  —  The hearing to determine whether the Fulton County DA should be disqualified is literally is a product of one of the people under indictment.  —  (Permanent musical accompaniment to the last post of the week from the shebeen's favourite living Canadian.)
Federal Trade Commission:
Price fixing by algorithm is still price fixing  —  Landlords and property managers can't collude on rental pricing.  Using new technology to do it doesn't change that antitrust fundamental.  Regardless of the industry you're in, if your business uses an algorithm to determine prices …
Shauneen Miranda / Axios:
“Department of Life”: Trump allies plot abortion crackdown for second term … - Heritage's detailed plans underscore conservatives' long-held grievances toward the Department of Health and Human Services — at a time when they are well-positioned to sway abortion policy if Trump wins again.
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
“Like someone pulled the metaphorical plug”: Dr. John Gartner on Trump's “accelerating dementia”  —  “Trump looks blank, stops in mid-sentence (or mid-word), his jaw goes a little slack”  —  Since at least 2016, some of the world's leading mental health professionals have been sounding …
Kiara Alfonseca / ABC News:
University of Florida eliminates all DEI positions due to new state rules  —  The memo cites recent state restrictions on the use of public funds.  —  University of Florida Century Tower and University Auditorium, Gainesville, Florida.  —  The University of Florida has eliminated all diversity …
Lillian Lawson / USA Today:
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion employees will no longer have a job at University of Florida
Washington Post:
Appeals court ruling means over 100 Jan. 6 rioters may be resentenced  —  More than 100 people convicted of participation in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol may have to be resentenced after a federal appeals court Friday overturned a sentencing enhancement used to help determine their punishments.
Alanna Durkin Richer / Associated Press:
Appeals court ruling that vacates Capitol rioter's sentence could impact dozens of Jan. 6 cases
US Department of Justice:
Activists Charged in Red Powder Attack on U.S. Constitution at the U.S. Archives  —  For Immediate Release  —  U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia  —  Defendants Caused More Than $50,000 in Damage Within the Rotunda  —  WASHINGTON - Donald Zepeda, 35, of Maryland, and Jackson Green …
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Hill
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Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
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Peter Stone / The Guardian:
A far-right US youth group is ramping up its movement to back election deniers
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Thompson / High Country News:
The West's hazardous highways
The Hill:
Biden tightens chemical safety rule loosened by Trump
Discussion: New York Times and US EPA
Brooke Migdon / The Hill:
New York AG Letitia James threatens ‘decisive legal action’ over county's transgender athlete ban
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander J. Motyl / The Hill:
Both heroes and mediocrities will decide the fate of Ukraine
Thomas Zimmer / Democracy Americana:
What “Project 2025” Would Do to America  —  What would a second Trump presidency look like?
Brenda Goodman / CNN:
CDC drops 5-day isolation guidance for Covid-19, moving away from key strategy to quell infections
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Joe Biden got $40K from China funds, brother James admits in bombshell impeachment interview
Wall Street Journal:
Businessman Pleads Guilty to Bribing Sen. Bob Menendez
Michael Hill / Associated Press:
New York man who killed a woman after a wrong turn in his driveway gets 25 years to life