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February 27, 2024 09:18 PM
February 27, 2024 04:22 PM
Rep. Rashida Tlaib said she cast her ballot on Tuesday for “uncommitted” rather than voting for President Joe Biden in the Michigan Democratic primary — part of a broader push to send a message to Biden about the Israel-Hamas war. “I was proud today to walk in and pull a Democratic ballot and vote uncommitted,” she said in a video posted on X by the Listen to Michigan campaign.
February 27, 2024 12:47 PM
A second Zoom session for anyone interested in applying to the Allbritton Journalism Institute fellowship will take place on Wednesday, February 28, from 12pm to 1pm ET. It will be an opportunity to hear from AJI staff and current fellows about the program — which pays fellows $60,000 per year to take classes with some of the country’s best journalists and to write for NOTUS. RSVP for the session here. (Fellowship applications are due March 4.)
February 27, 2024 12:28 PM
Congressional leaders met with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday as the deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown approaches. “I think that it’s Congress’ responsibility to fund the government. We’ve got to get about doing it,” Biden said. On Monday, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer each spoke about the need to avoid a shutdown. Speaker Mike Johnson, meanwhile, said Tuesday he believes a shutdown can be prevented.
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February 27, 2024 09:41 AM
The president said Monday that a cease-fire could be imminent in the Israel-Hamas war, hopefully by next Monday. “Ramadan’s coming up and there has been an agreement by the Israelis that they would not engage in activities during Ramadan as well, in order to give us time to get all the hostages out,” he said. However, officials from both Israel and Hamas downplayed the idea that they were close to a deal.
February 26, 2024 02:29 PM
Prosecutors have asked the judge in Donald Trump’s criminal case over hush money payments to impose a gag order that would prevent the former president from publicly commenting on “jurors, witnesses, lawyers, and court staff.”
February 26, 2024 01:01 PM
President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump both plan to visit the southern border in Texas on Thursday. Biden plans to discuss the need for border legislation in Brownsville, while Trump will hammer Biden on his immigration policy in Eagle Pass, a key site in the fight between Texas and the feds on border policy. The Trump campaign called Biden’s trip an “Attempt to Chase President Trump to the Southern Border.”
February 26, 2024 07:40 AM
Days away from a partial government shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said leaders were still negotiating a funding package. He squarely blamed House Republicans for the delay who he said have “shown they’re more capable of causing chaos than passing legislation.”
February 26, 2024 07:35 AM
The RNC chair officially said Monday she would step down March 8. An election to pick a new chair will take place, but Donald Trump has already backed North Carolina GOP chair Michael Whatley to replace McDaniel and his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, to serve as vice chair of the organization.
February 23, 2024 02:54 PM
Donald Trump says he supports IVF in light of the Alabama state Supreme Court ruling that embryos are “children”: “Today, I am calling on the Alabama Legislature to act quickly to find an immediate solution to preserve the availability of IVF in Alabama,” Trump posted on Truth Social. Trump has repeatedly bragged about bringing about the end to Roe v. Wade, a ruling Democrats warned could eventually lead to restrictions on fertility treatments.
February 23, 2024 01:45 PM
As the Alabama state Supreme Court ruling upends access to in vitro fertilization treatment in the state, the national campaign arm for Senate Republicans released a memo telling GOP candidates to “express support for IVF,” “oppose restrictions on IVF” and “campaign on increasing access” for fertility treatments, CNN reports. The memo, written by NRSC Executive Director Jason Thielman, acknowledged the ruling was “fodder for Democrats” to campaign on reproductive rights.
February 23, 2024 12:31 PM
The Defense secretary is listed as a witness in the House Armed Services Committee’s hearing next Thursday billed as a “Review of Defense Secretary Austin’s Unannounced Absence.” Republican Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers said the panel will hear testimony from Austin. Several Republicans have called for Austin, who is undergoing cancer treatment, to resign over his failure to inform the president of his medical absence in January.
February 23, 2024 09:23 AM
Sen. Tommy Tuberville said the state Supreme Court was right to rule that embryos are “children” and people could be held liable for the accidental destruction of them. “That’s a situation that you never would really think about,” he told Semafor’s David Weigel. “But when you start hearing about that, you’ve got to say — wait a minute. That can’t be happening.” Asked about the implications for in vitro fertilization, Tuberville said: “I don’t know enough about how that works.” Two fertility clinics in Alabama have paused IVF treatments out of legal concerns.
February 22, 2024 03:41 PM
Alabama Fertility Specialists has paused in vitro fertilization treatments “due to the legal risk to our clinic and our embryologists,” the clinic posted on Facebook. This is the second clinic in the state, after the health system at University of Alabama at Birmingham, to put a hold on IVF in light of the state Supreme Court ruling that embryos are “children” and people can be held liable for destroying them.
February 22, 2024 02:58 PM
The president met with Yulia Navalnaya and daughter Dasha Navalnaya in San Francisco Thursday, less than one week after the Russian opposition leader’s death in a Russian prison, the White House said in a readout of the meeting. During the meeting, which was not listed on the official White House’s schedule, Biden reaffirmed forthcoming sanctions against Russia. Biden called Vladimir Putin a “crazy SOB” in remarks at a fundraiser Wednesday.
February 22, 2024 02:04 PM
Amid reports that the president is considering regulations and executive orders that would limit asylum seeking, the Republican speaker, who opposed the White House-backed bipartisan immigration deal, said in a statement that Joe Biden needs to act on more than just asylum policy. Johnson said he had previously asked Biden to take executive action on the border.
February 22, 2024 12:01 PM
Donald Trump’s defense team is trying to delay enforcement of penalties in his New York civil fraud case, which include a $354 million fine. The state’s attorney has opposed the request. Trump will have 30 days to pay the fine once the judge signs the order. Meanwhile, pretrial motions are due in Trump’s criminal classified documents case in Florida, where his lawyers are trying to get Judge Aileen Cannon to toss out the case.
February 21, 2024 05:32 PM
The Biden administration is considering enacting executive orders and regulations that would make it harder for migrants to seek asylum, including a trigger mechanism that would bar asylum seeking between ports of entries, as well as raising standards to qualify for asylum, Politico reports. These reported considerations come after the White House’s efforts to negotiate a bipartisan bill on Capitol Hill fell apart in the Senate.
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