March 04, 2024

Happy Monday afternoon! Today's newsletter, edited by Sam Baker, is 426 words, a 1.5-min. read. Thanks to Sheryl Miller for copy editing.

1 big thing: Courts won't save Democrats

Photo of Donald Trump
Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Democrats are starting to come to grips with a clear reality:

  • They'll have to defeat former President Trump without much help from the courts, Axios' Zachary Basu writes.

The Supreme Court today rejected Colorado's effort to keep Trump off the ballot in its GOP primary β€” which will also halt similar efforts in other states.

  • Just last week, the high court gave Trump the delay he wanted in the federal trial over his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
  • The case against him in Georgia is in limbo as a judge decides whether to remove the lead prosecutor. The classified documents case in Florida is unlikely to go to trial any earlier than this summer.

⚑️ The big picture: All formal efforts to hold Trump accountable for Jan. 6 β€” through impeachment, criminal prosecution or the 14th Amendment's insurrection clause β€” have run aground or been frozen.

  • It'll still be a major focus of Democrats' 2024 campaigns. But they'll have to win the argument there, rather than in court.

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2. ❄️ Snow so bad it shut ski resorts

A Union Pacific worker shovels snow near the railroad tracks on March 2 in Truckee, Calif. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images
A Union Pacific worker shovels snow near the railroad tracks Saturday in Truckee, Calif. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The fierce blizzard that battered California's Sierra Nevada mountains for four days dropped more than 100 inches of snow in some locations, Axios extreme-weather expert Andrew Freedman reports.

  • Why it matters: The extreme snow totals cut off some mountain towns and shut down I-80 for days, but the snow will greatly improve summer water resources.

Palisades Tahoe, the largest resort on the north end of Tahoe and the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, closed its chairlifts because of snow, wind and low visibility, per AP.

🌨️ What's next: More snow is expected in the Sierra through Wednesday. But it'll be far less intense than the blizzard, with 1 to 2 feet falling from a weaker storm system.

3. Catch me up

Spirit and JetBlue planes at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023. The US crackdown on airline consolidation faces a new test this week with the trial of a government lawsuit claiming the $3.8 billion takeover of Spirit Airlines Inc. by JetBlue Airways Corp. would reduce competition and boost fares for passengers. Photographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Planes in Fort Lauderdale. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images
  1. πŸ›¬ JetBlue is officially giving up its bid to buy Spirit Airlines, a month after a judge blocked the deal. Go deeper.
  2. 🎧 European regulators fined Apple $2 billion in a dispute with Spotify, which alleged that Apple unfairly suppressed competition among music-streaming apps. Go deeper.
  3. βš–οΈ Allen Weisselberg, the former CFO of the Trump Organization, pleaded guilty to committing perjury in Trump's civil fraud case. Details.

4. 🍿 1 film thing

New Yorker cover
Photo: Courtesy of The New Yorker

Barry Blitt's New Yorker cover for Oscars week, "Slappenheimer," transposes this year's biggest movie drama β€” the competition between "Oppenheimer" and "Barbie" β€” onto Will Smith's slap of Chris Rock.