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High-profile Republicans head for the exits amid House GOP dysfunction

(CNN) House Republicans were shocked by some of the recent high-profile retirements announced by their colleagues, which have included powerful committee chairs and rising stars inside the GOP. But given the miserable state of affairs inside the House right now, they also weren’t exactly surprised. “They’ve signed up to do serious things. And we’re not doing serious things,” said Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado, a conservative who is retiring after bucking his party on several key issues. Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska, a moderate who represents a key swing seat, pointed to his party’s struggle to govern as driving the departures.


Schumer demands Johnson, House GOP pass foreign aid bill

(CNN) Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday demanded Speaker Mike Johnson and House Republicans pass a foreign aid bill following the death of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin “is watching.” Schumer’s pressure on Johnson comes after President Joe Biden, in a call Saturday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, directly tied Ukraine’s withdrawal from the key town of Avdiivka to Congress’ inability to pass further aid for the country’s effort to fend off Russia’s invasion.

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Liz Cheney: 'Moses' Mike Johnson Taking 'Path Of Cowardice' With Trump

(Crooks & Liars) Former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on Sunday blasted House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) for following Donald Trump's "path of cowardice" on Russia. Cheney appeared on CNN following the death of Alexei Navalny, a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. "He has said, and I take him at his word, that he believes that God has told him that he's called to be Moses, and I think Mike Johnson ought to look at whether or not this is actually that moment," she continued.


Alabama Supreme Court Rules That Frozen Embryos Are 'Children'

(Huff Post) The Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday that frozen embryos are children, which pro-choice rights groups have warned could have dangerous implications for fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization. The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday reversed Mobile County Circuit Court Judge Jill Parrish Phillips’ decision to dismiss a lawsuit in which a couple sued an Alabama fertility clinic and hospital for the “wrongful death” of their frozen embryos in a ruling that was riddled with theology.

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'They have bled that list of people dry': Conservative Rick Wilson says Trump voter pool is tapped out

(Raw Story) Donald Trump has so far been able to fund his legal bills using small-dollar donations from his loyal fan base, but that time may be coming to an end after the ex-president's latest legal blunder, according to conservative Rick Wilson.

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Russian State TV Mocks Donald Trump Supporters As 'Not Very Smart Primitive People'

(Newsweek) Donald Trump supporters have been brutally mocked on Russian state-controlled TV, with one commentator branding them "not very smart primitive people." The comments were made during Friday's edition of the primetime Meeting Point show which is broadcast by NTV, a network owned by state-controlled energy giant Gazprom. In the video, Maxim Yusin, a Russian journalist and political commentator, says: "The majority of people who vote for Trump are not very smart primitive people with whom you need to talk like this, with cliches and dumb slogans."


Sinclair's recipe for TV news: Crime, homelessness, illegal drugs

(Washington Post) Every year, local television news stations owned by Sinclair Broadcasting conduct short surveys among viewers to help guide the year’s coverage. ... A key question in each poll, according to David Smith, the company’s executive chairman: “What are you most afraid of?” The answers are evident in Sinclair’s programming. Crime, homelessness, illegal drug use, failing schools and other societal ills have long been core elements of local TV news coverage. But on Sinclair’s growing nationwide roster of stations, the editorial focus reflects Smith’s conservative views and plays on its audience’s fears that America’s cities are falling apart.


Wisconsin 'fake elector' Andrew Hitt says he was tricked into signing document claiming Trump won in 2020

(The Hill) The former chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party said Sunday he was “tricked” into signing documents alleging former President Trump won the 2020 election as part of the state’s “fake elector” scheme. “We got specific advice from our lawyers that these documents were meaningless, unless a court said they had meaning,” he said. He added that he felt pressured into signing the document, fearful that he would be held responsible in the situation that the Trump suit won and the electors were not prepared.

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Denmark to give Ukraine all of its artillery

(Business Insider) Denmark is sending its "entire artillery" to Ukraine, the Danish prime minister has said. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Mette Frederiksen appealed to other European nations to do more to help Ukraine in its fight against Russian President Vladimir Putin's invading forces. "They are asking us for ammunition now. Artillery now. From the Danish side, we decided to donate our entire artillery," she said.

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Space Satellite weighing as much as adult rhino to crash through Earth's atmosphere this week

Monday - February 19, 2024 / 3:48 PM EST A satellite will likely make an uncontrolled return through Earth's atmosphere on Wednesday, according to the latest estimates from the European Space Agency. ERS-2, which weighs about as much as an adult male rhinoce ... (CBS News)

Ukrainian intelligence: Russian pilot who defected to Ukraine found dead in Spain

Monday - Maksim Kuzminov, a Russian helicopter pilot who has defected to Ukraine, was found shot dead in Spain, Ukrainska Pravda and other outlets reported on Feb. 19, citing the press service of Ukraine's military intelligence. Kuzminov made headlines in Aug ... (Kyiv Independent)

NASA's Voyager 1 probe could soon go silent forever

Monday - Published February 19, 2024 2:32PM (EST) A space probe nearing its 50th birthday has stopped contacting Earth and soon communications could be ceased entirely. Launched by NASA in 1977, Voyager 1 is one of the longest continually-running spacecraft ... (Salon)

US investigating after drone crashed in Yemen, officials say

Monday - Published 11:33 AM EST, Mon February 19, 2024 CNN — The US is investigating after an unmanned US drone crashed near Hodeidah in Yemen early Monday morning, two US officials told CNN. It’s unclear if the Air Force ... (CNN Politics)

Exclusive: IAEA chief says Iran's nuclear enrichment activity remains high

Monday - February 19, 2024 12:45 PM EST BRUSSELS, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Iran continues to enrich uranium well beyond the needs for commercial nuclear use despite U.N. pressure to stop it, IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said on Monday, adding he wanted to visit Tehran ... (Reuters)

Ancient lake that reemerged at Death Valley National Park is here to stay -- for now, rangers say

Monday - February 19, 2024, 2:47 PM An ancient lake that reemerged at Death Valley National Park last year will stick around for longer than initially expected now that several rounds of extreme rain have poured through Southern California, according to offic ... (ABC News)

John Bolton Issues Warning Over Donald Trump's Legal Debts And Foreign Autocrats

Monday - Feb 19, 2024, 05:15 AM EST John Bolton, who served as a national security adviser to Donald Trump, on Sunday suggested the former president may be targeted by America’s foreign adversaries because of the amount of money he now owes ... (Huff Post)

Bipartisan lawmakers urge colleagues to back bill combining Ukraine aid, border security

Monday - 02/19/24 3:48 PM ET A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging their colleagues to back a modified version of a foreign aid and border security package it unveiled last week. In a “Dear Colleague” letter sent Sunda ... (The Hill)

Idaho asks Supreme Court to let it enforce ban on transgender care

Monday - Published 2:58 PM EST, Mon February 19, 2024 Washington CNN — Idaho officials asked the Supreme Court to let the state enforce a strict ban on gender-affirming treatments for minors in an emergency request made public Monday by one ... (CNN Politics)

U.S. proposes UN Security Council oppose Rafah assault, back temporary Gaza ceasefire

Monday - Published Mon, Feb 19 2024 3:20 PM EST The United States has proposed an alternative draft United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a temporary ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war and opposing a major Israeli ground offensive in Rafah in ... (CNBC/Reuters)

Apple reportedly faces its first EU antitrust fine

Monday - Feb 19, 2024, 7:17 AM EST Apple is expected to be fined by the European Union for the first time, according to reports by the Financial Times and Bloomberg. The EU is set to impose a penalty of about 500 million euros ($539 million) in early March, t ... (Business Insider)

Biden says GOP making 'big mistake' on Ukraine aid, willing to meet with Johnson

Monday - February 19, 2024, 11:35 AM President Joe Biden, in the wake of the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, said congressional Republicans are "making a big mistake" by not passing additional aid to Ukraine. Biden, returning to the White H ... (ABC News)

Trump breaks silence on Navalny, casts no blame on Putin

Monday - WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Donald Trump, who drew criticism as U.S. president for his praise of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, made his first public comment on the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Monday in a social media post ... (Reuters)

Capital One Is Buying Discover Financial

Monday - FINANCE Capital One Is Buying Discover Financial Deal would combine two of the largest credit-card companies in the U.S. By AnnaMaria Andriotis https://twitter.com/AAndriotis annamaria.andriotis@wsj.com and Lauren Thomas https://twitter.com/laurenth ... (The Wall Street Journal.)

Utah's new 'Sovereignty Act' sets up a process to overrule the federal government. But is it constitutional?

Monday - A bill recently signed into law in Utah sets up a process for the state to overrule or otherwise ignore federal rules and decisions, the latest move in a Republican-led push against what they see as federal overreach. The Utah bill, introduced as the ... (CNN)

Wisconsin adopts new legislative maps, giving Democrats chance to win state

Monday - The Wisconsin governor, Tony Evers, has signed into law a pair of new state legislative maps, undoing a Republican gerrymander that has shaped Wisconsin politics for more than a decade and giving Democrats a chance at winning control of the state in ... (The Guardian)

New York Archdiocese denounces transgender activist's funeral, holds Mass of Reparation

Monday - By BRIAN P. D. HANNON Updated 12:59 AM CST, February 19, 2024 The funeral of a renowned transgender activist in a New York cathedral elicited a denunciation of the event by a senior church official, who called the mass a scandal within one of the pre ... (AP)

Israeli minister says ground offensive in Rafah will begin by Ramadan if hostages aren't returned

Monday - Israel will expand military operations in the southernmost Gazan city of Rafah if hostages held by Hamas are not returned by the start of Ramadan, war cabinet minister Benny Gantz has warned. “The world must know, and Hamas leaders ... (CNN)

'China has a lot more to lose': U.S. considering sanctioning Chinese firms aiding Russia's war

Monday - Published Mon, Feb 19 2024 7:09 AM EST Munich, GERMANY — The U.S. is considering slapping sanctions on Chinese companies it believes are helping Russia fuel its war in Ukraine, members of Congress told CNBC, marking the first direct ... (CNBC)

'Staff started breaking down': top US care non-profit accused of reducing workers to tears

Monday - Mon 19 Feb 2024 07.00 EST Former employees of Caring Across Generations, a high-profile caregivers association run by one of the US’s leading labor activists, and backed by celebrities including Megan Thee Stallion and Bradley Coope ... (The Guardian)


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