Super Tuesday preview and Supreme Court's Trump ballot ruling: Morning Rundown

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Donald Trump is expected to proceed his way to nan GOP statesmanlike information coming arsenic 16 states and 1 territory ballot successful nominating contests. Jury action originates successful nan proceedings of nan Michigan schoolhouse shooter’s father. And a ample number of salmon died successful California aft their release. 

Here’s what to cognize today.

What to watch for connected Super Tuesday: Haley faces agelong likelihood against Trump

The cold, difficult realities of delegate mathematics are catching up pinch erstwhile U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley. The Republican statesmanlike campaigner has won conscionable 1 superior — nan title successful Washington, D.C. — and had a beardown showing successful New Hampshire. But today, connected Super Tuesday, she faces 2 mighty headwinds. 

The first: Numerous contests are successful states pinch demographic profiles decidedly unfavorable to Haley but correct successful Donald Trump’s white, working-class wheelhouse — specified arsenic Alabama and Oklahoma. Second: In states pinch Haley-friendly demographics (primarily affluent, college-educated suburbanites), specified arsenic California, statement rules limit non-Republicans' information and each but require outright majorities to cod delegates. 

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So, what would it return for Haley to slow nan erstwhile president’s way toward nan Republican statesmanlike nomination? Political analogous Steve Kornacki crunched nan numbers for each GOP superior taking spot coming and successful nan adjacent activity of contests this month, assessing Haley’s best-case script and Trump’s. 

Even if Haley sees immoderate successes, Kornacki notes, it seems apt that by nan extremity of nan night, Trump will find himself closing successful connected 1,215 delegates — nan magic number he needs to officially extremity nan contest.

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More 2024 predetermination coverage: 

  • Super Tuesday, explained: Which states are holding contests and what’s astatine stake.
  • Who will switch nan precocious Sen. Dianne Feinstein? Whom will Texas voters take to return connected Sen. Ted Cruz? Here are 10 races (other than nan statesmanlike race) that our authorities squad is watching closely.
  • Trump defeated Haley yesterday successful the North Dakota Republican caucuses.
  • A group of nan GOP’s astir salient megadonors is pouring millions of dollars into a fistful of primaries, targeting candidates who mightiness subordinate nan far-right House Freedom Caucus aliases would align pinch nan group. See who has caught donors’ attention.
  • Michelle Obama’s agency says nan erstwhile first lady will not tally for president this year.

The portion of nan Trump ballot ruling that caught ineligible experts’ attention 

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that states cannot footwear Trump disconnected nan ballot complete his actions starring up to nan Jan. 6 riot astatine nan Capitol, bringing a swift extremity to cases that had large implications for nan 2024 election. The determination reversed Colorado’s ruling and brought swift ends to cases successful Maine and Illinois. The Supreme Court said that Congress, not nan states, has to group nan rules connected really a proviso successful nan Constitution’s 14th Amendment tin beryllium enforced. 

One condemnation successful nan Supreme Court’s ruling, astir Congress’ domiciled successful certifying statesmanlike predetermination results, caught predetermination ineligible experts’ attraction because they fearfulness it whitethorn now beryllium harder for Congress to footwear “oathbreaking insurrectionists” from ballots. Supreme Court newsman Lawrence Hurley explains their thinking.

Administration watered down Kamala Harris' Gaza speech

The National Security Council watered down overmuch of Vice President Kamala Harris’ reside complete nan play astir nan request for an contiguous cease-fire, according to 3 existent U.S. officials and a erstwhile U.S. charismatic acquainted pinch nan speech. Harris’ agency denied nan allegation.

The original draught of Harris’ speech, erstwhile it was sent to nan National Security Council for review, was harsher connected Israel astir nan dire humanitarian business successful nan Gaza Strip and nan request for much assistance than were nan remarks she yet delivered, according to 1 of nan existent officials and nan erstwhile official.

More connected nan Israel Hamas war: 

  • A United Nations squad recovered “reasonable grounds” to judge that intersexual violence, including rape and pack rape, occurred during nan Hamas-led onslaught astatine nan Nova euphony show and astatine slightest 2 different locations successful Israel, according to a study released yesterday. Follow our unrecorded blog for nan latest.

Michigan schoolhouse shooter's begetter goes to trial

Jury action originates this greeting successful nan proceedings of James Crumbley — nan begetter of nan teen who opened occurrence successful 2021 astatine Oxford High School, sidesplitting 4 classmates. Last month, nan shooter's mother, Jennifer Crumbley, was recovered blameworthy of involuntary manslaughter, marking nan first clip successful nan United States that a genitor was recovered criminally responsible for a schoolhouse shooting carried retired by their child.

James Crumbley astatine Oakland County CourthouseJames Crumbley astatine Oakland County Courthouse connected Feb. 21, successful Pontiac, Michigan.Clarence Tabb Jr. / Detroit News via AP

A Detroit lawyer not affiliated pinch nan lawsuit says that prosecutors are apt to usage nan aforesaid “playbook” against James Crumbley because it worked against Jennifer Crumbley. But there are a fewer evident differences between each lawsuit that a caller group of jurors will person to wade through.

Fentanyl-detecting machines are sitting unused

The U.S. has spent millions connected caller scanners that tin thief observe fentanyl arsenic it crosses into nan country, but galore of them are sitting unused successful warehouses because Congress hasn’t appropriated costs to instal them, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Troy Miller said. During NBC News’ caller circuit of nan Nogales, Arizona, larboard of entry, he explained that nan money to instal nan screeners had been successful nan supplemental backing petition that Republicans blocked. Now, CBP must hold for nan estimated $300 million it would request to instal nan technology. 

Miller said nan screeners, called nonintrusive inspection, would let agents to X-ray cars and trucks without drivers having to exit their vehicles — a process that could make nan screening process much efficient, particularly arsenic agents proceed to trust connected their ain intuition erstwhile thing seems wrong.

California wildlife officials study ample die-off of salmon fry

The first merchandise of Chinook salmon fry successful bluish California didn’t spell according to plan. According to a connection from California Fish and Wildlife, galore of nan astir 830,000 salmon fry released past week into nan Klamath River are believed to person died aft suffering state bubble disease, a information that is caused by a terrible alteration successful pressure. The nonstop number of food that person died is unknown, but wildlife officials described it arsenic a “large mortality.”

Politics successful Brief

Immigration and nan border: The Supreme Court blocked a caller Texas migration law, freezing a little court’s determination that allows constabulary to apprehension migrants suspected of crossing nan separator illegally.

First-of-its-kind event: A fundraiser featuring 3 Democratic presidents this period is shaping up to beryllium among nan astir lucrative successful statement history, according to a cardinal organizer. Here’s what we cognize truthful far.

Trump trials: An lawyer for 1 of Trump’s co-defendants successful Georgia seeks to participate grounds from a caller witness in nan ongoing effort to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

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Staff Pick: Where a six-figure net isn’t capable for a home

This communicative starts connected a head-turning note: The metropolis of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, can’t find personification to capable a occupation that offers a $167,000 net because it’s not capable to spend a spot to live. I’ve heard astir places wherever nan costs of surviving has risen dramatically since nan pandemic, but I still recovered myself shocked while reference this story from elder argumentation newsman Shannon Pettypiece. The metropolis has projected a measurement to adhd low-cost lodging to nan area, but a conflict is brewing betwixt officials and residents. — Elizabeth Robinson, newsletter editor

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