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February 23, 2016

Donald Trump will not be crossed. During a Monday night rally in Las Vegas, the Republican frontrunner announced that he wished to punch a protester "in the face," saying he thought the guards were "being very gentle with him."

Trump told the audience the protester had been "throwing punches," although a Politico reporter on site said that by the time he reached the spot where the protester was being removed, "the man was not throwing punches." Later, South Point security personnel admitted the man hadn't thrown punches at all and that Trump was "just over-exaggerating."

"We're not allowed to punch back anymore," Trump said. "You know what they used to do to a guy like that in a place like this? They'd be carried out on a stretcher, folks."

Watch below. Jeva Lange

2:24 p.m. ET
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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) may have ended his presidential run months ago, but he's still paying off the costs of the campaign — thanks, in part, to his music choice for one of his rallies. CNN reported Monday that the failed presidential candidate was slapped with a $25,000 payment by the band Survivor for playing its "Eye of the Tiger" without permission at a rally Huckabee held last year for Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Huckabee initially tried to defend his use of the song by saying the event was religious in nature, CNN reports:

In court, Huckabee argued that the anti-gay rights rally was a "religious assembly ... signifying joy and praise at the release of Mrs. Davis" from jail. A religious event would classify the act of playing the song as "noncommercial" and allow him to cite "fair use" — letting him play part of the song without paying for it. [CNN]

However, Huckabee ended up agreeing to a confidential settlement out of court with the company Rude Music, which is owned by one of the song's cowriters.

The former governor's federal election records filed June 20 indicate that he paid half of the $25,000 in May, listed as an "itemized disbursement." The remaining half was listed as "debts and obligations."

Huckabee has yet to say whether the "thrill of the fight" was worth that chunk of change. Becca Stanek

11:58 a.m. ET
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) ruthlessly attacked Donald Trump in her first joint appearance with Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail Monday in Ohio. "Great for who?" Warren asked of the presumptive GOP nominee's slogan, "Make America Great Again," before joking that she could attack Trump "all day."

Warren was as flattering to Clinton as she was damaging to Trump. "She's been on the receiving end of one right-wing attack after another for 25 years," Warren said of the presumptive Democratic nominee. "But she has never backed down. She doesn't whine. She doesn't run to Twitter to call her opponents fat pigs or dummies. No, she just remembers who really needs someone on their side. And she gets up and keeps right on fighting for the people who need her most."

Clinton was equally pleased with Warren, praising her for "how she gets under Donald Trump's thin skin."

Their joint appearance came amid rumors that Warren is being considered as Clinton's running mate. Becca Stanek

11:56 a.m. ET
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British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Monday that it would be up to the country's next prime minister to negotiate Britain's post-Brexit relationship with the European Union. In the first meeting of Parliament since Britain voted Thursday to exit the EU and Cameron announced his resignation, Cameron said the British government would first assess plans for its future relationship with the EU before beginning the exit process.

He advised that Britain "not turn our back on Europe or the rest of the world," and that the country "hold fast to a vision that wants to be respected abroad, tolerant at home, engaged in the world, and working with our international partners to advance security and prosperity of the nation for generations to come."

Despite his opposition to the referendum, Cameron said the vote must be upheld and implemented "in the best way possible." Becca Stanek

10:36 a.m. ET
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In a win for pro-choice advocates, the Supreme Court on Monday struck down two parts of a Texas law restricting abortion clinics. The provisions in question were a requirement that abortion facilities meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers, and a second mandate that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The justices ruled 5-3 that the Texas law violates the Constitution by placing an "undue burden" on women's right to abortion.

Women's groups said that the restrictions would have caused "more than three-quarters of the state's clinics to shut down," NBC News reports. The number of clinics in the state has already dropped from 42 to 19 since the law was passed in 2013, and would have likely dropped to just 10 if law had been upheld.

The state of Texas argued that the law was enacted to "ensure patient safety and raise standards of care." Becca Stanek

9:48 a.m. ET

In a heated segment on CNN on Sunday, former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) slammed both President Obama and Hillary Clinton for constantly "calling names." "With President Obama and Hillary Clinton, every time you disagree with them, it doesn't matter which subject it is, you're a bigot or you're a racist," Brewer said, responding to Obama's remarks Friday that we "don't have time for charlatans," "bigotry," and "flim-flam."

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) was quick to point out that, actually, Obama wasn't saying that about all Republicans. "But he does say rightly that Donald Trump is a bigot, Donald Trump is a racist, Donald Trump is, in fact, making fascist appeals," the one-time Democratic presidential candidate said. "That's why many self-respecting Republicans are not supporting Donald Trump."

Brewer responded by saying she wasn't all that concerned when Trump said things she "wasn't comfortable with" because Trump, unlike Obama, is "new to the political arena." "But dang it," Brewer said, "I get fed up that we hear over and over and over and over again from the president of the United States that every time somebody wants to support the Constitution and the rule of law that we are out there because we are racist and bigots."

Watch the debate play out, below. Becca Stanek

9:16 a.m. ET

For Corey Lewandowski, it's always just been a simple matter of respecting the rules.

The newly minted CNN contributor appeared Monday morning on the network's New Day with Alisyn Camerota, who asked Lewandowski about his fraught relationship with the press and the backlash that followed the announcement of his hiring at CNN.

"Well look, there are rules to follow," Lewandowski said in defense of his sometimes aggressive attitude toward the media. "We asked people to respect those rules." Lewandowski went on to defend his tactic of blacklisting certain reporters and news outlets from Trump events, but said he has "a great relationship with the press" and "a lot of friends at all the networks." Watch the whole segment below. Kimberly Alters

8:54 a.m. ET

With a candidate like Donald Trump, a little disorganization is no big problem — at least that's what Trump's new campaign chair, Paul Manafort, said Sunday on Meet the Press. "The good thing is, we have a candidate who doesn't need to figure out what's going on in order to say what he wants to do," Manafort said, admitting that Team Trump is still "getting organized."

Though it may seem like Trump lags far behind rival Hillary Clinton in terms of fundraising and operation size, Manafort insisted that was not the case. "They're muscle-bound. We're not," Manafort said, pointing out that the Trump campaign actually has "thousands of people in the battleground states, political organizers who are now in place, we have state organizations that are in place, we have our campaign plans in place, we have our budgets in place."

Manafort's TV appearance followed a rough week for the Trump campaign, during which former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was fired and a Federal Election Commissions report revealed that Trump had just $1.29 million on hand to Clinton's $42.5 million.

Watch Manafort's full defense of the Trump campaign, below. Becca Stanek

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