Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley has created a billboard attacking the ages of her presidential rivals, Former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden.

The billboard was spotted in Ms Haley’s home state of South Carolina this week. Mr Trump is currently set to beat Ms Haley in the election primary election at the end of the month.

The video is part of Ms Haley’s campaign series called “Grumpy Old Men,” according to The Hill. Ms Haley has previously questioned Mr Trump’s mental competency after he confused her with Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“We can’t have someone else that we question whether they’re mentally fit to do it,” she said after Mr Trump made the remarks.

In an ad that ran in December, Haley was blunt about her opinions regarding Biden’s age: “I’ll just say it: Biden’s too old”. The next primary elections are in South Carolina on 24 February and Michigan on 27 February.

Key Points

  • Super Tuesday: When is it, which states are participating and how many delegates are at stake?

  • How Trump soured on Ronna McDaniel after seven years of loyalty

  • Former governor Larry Hogan announces run for Senate in Maryland

  • Haley lays into Trump and Biden’s ages again after disastrous night in Nevada

  • So Long, Marianne: Williamson suspends presidential campaign

Nikki Haley pokes fun at Mr Trump’s age in new ad

23:13 , Michelle Del Rey

Ms Haley has poked fun at Mr Trump’s age in a new campaign ad in which she rented a billboard to criticize his age. The video is a part of the former UN ambassador’s “Grumpy Old Men” series, which is part of her campaign.

See one of the videos below:

Biden launches task force to prevent future classified document mishaps

21:00 , Andrew Feinberg

President Joe Biden will soon name a high-level task force to recommend procedures that will prevent classified materials from being mishandled or inadvertantly lost during presidential transitions in the future, White House spokesperson Ian Sams said on Friday.

Mr Sams, who serves as a spokesperson for the White House Counsel’s Office, was addressing reporters at the daily White House press briefing following the release of a report from Special Counsel Robert Hur in which Mr Hur, a Republican who served in the Trump administration, assailed Mr Biden’s memory while declining to charge him with any crime stemming from the discovery of classified materials at his Wilmington, Delaware home.

He told reporters that the National Archives has found that the misfiling of classified materials during transitions has been a common occurrence which Mr Biden believes should be fixed.

“What we’re going to do is the President’s going to appoint a task force to review how transitions look at classified material to ensure that there are better processes in place so that when … staffs around the building are roughly packing up boxes to try to get out during a transition … at the same time … they’re still governing and doing matters of state,” he said.

He added that the task force would “try to make recommendations” to prevent such things from happening, and said it would be led by a “senior government leader”.

Mr Hur’s report stated that Mr Biden had, in his estimation, “wilfully” kept classified notebooks containing handwritten diaries he’d taken during his time as vice president, but he did not recommend that Mr Biden face criminal charges, citing what he described as significant “mitigating factors” which led him to state that charges were not warranted and would not have been warranted even if Mr Biden were not president and barred from being prosecuted by Department of Justice policy.

Kamala Harris tears into Biden special counsel report

18:00 , Rhys Jones

Kamala Harris defended Joe Biden after an unflattering report on his conduct was released by a Republican special prosecutor.

The report from Robert Hur, the former Maryland U.S. Attorney, questioned the President’s ability to remember key moments and facts.

The Vice-President said the report and the comments made about the President’s age and memory were “gratuitous, inaccurate, and inappropriate.”

Ms Harris remarked on her own experience as a prosecutor when discussing the report and called it “clearly politically motivated.”

“And so, I will say that when it comes to the role and responsibility of a prosecutor in a situation like that, we should expect that there would be a higher level of integrity than what we saw,” she added.

VIDEO: Donald Trump wins Nevada’s Republican caucus

16:00 , Gustaf Kilander

Who is running for president in 2024? Meet the candidates

14:00 , Andrew Feinberg, Ariana Baio

With less than 9 months remaining until US voters decide who will serve as president of the United States from January 2025 to January 2029, a number of outspoken Republicans have already fallen by the wayside in the hunt for the GOP presidential nomination, while at least two Democrats have challenged President Joe Biden in a Democratic primary.

Democrats share Mike Johnson’s Iran-Israel gaffe in bid to take heat off Biden

11:00 , Martha McHardy

Democrats are rushing to defend President Joe Biden after he appeared to confuse Mexico with Egypt during a press conference called to refute claims about his poor memory.

Following the release of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report on Thursday – which claimed Mr Biden’s memory was “significantly limited” – Democratic lawmakers pointed to House Speaker Mike Johnson’s own gaffe, where he confused Iran with Israel last week.

“Let me be clear… we passed the support for Iran many months ago. Immediately after I became Speaker we set the necessary resources there,” Mr Johnson said while appearing live on Meet the Press last week, referring to an aid package passed by Congress for Israel.

Democrats and commentators quickly took to X to point out the House speaker’s gaffe, accusing Republicans of hypocrisy and double standards.

“Speaker Johnson must resign. I’m worried about his memory. How can he lead the Congress?” Rep Eric Swalwell wrote.

“Oh the Irony about bad memory. Let me help him out. Iran: Bad Israel: Good,” congressman Jared Moskowitz added.

“If you are calling out Biden for referring to Egypt as Mexico but didn’t have a problem with Trump calling Nikki Haley Nancy Pelosi, then you are disingenuous,” social media commentator Brian Krassenstein chimed in.

Trump called January 6 beautiful. His lawyer called it ‘criminal’

08:00 , Alex Woodward

It took roughly one hour into an historic US Supreme Court hearing on Thursday for the justices to get to a question at the heart of Donald Trump’s disqualification from Colorado’s ballots.

Was the attack on the US Capitol on January 6 – mounted by a mob by the former president’s supporters, fuelled by his ongoing election lies and his call to “fight like hell” on his behalf – an act of insurrection, and was then-president Trump responsible?

The former president has flatly rejected the word and downplayed the attack as he paints himself as a victim of political persecution. In front of the Supreme Court, one of his lawyers rejected the term. But he called it “criminal”.

Section 3 of the 14th Amendment holds that “no person” who swore an oath to uphold the Constitution can hold any office, “civil or military, under the United States,” if they “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same”.

Last year, a Colorado judge determined that Mr Trump not only “engaged” with insurrection, he also “acted with the specific intent to incite political violence and direct it at the Capitol with the purpose of disrupting the electoral certification”.

Colorado’s Supreme Court later affirmed that his actions “constituted overt, voluntary, and direct participation in the insurrection,” rendering him ineligible for office under the scope of the 14th Amendment.

On Thursday, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson pressed the former president’s attorney for his “position” on the events of that day.

January 6 was a “riot,” according to attorney Jonathan Mitchell. An insurrection, he said, “needs to be an organised, concerted effort” to overthrow the government.

“A chaotic effort to overthrow the government is not an insurrection?” Justice Jackson fired back.

Who is Jonathan Mitchell? The conservative lawyer arguing for Trump at Supreme Court

05:00 , Ariana Baio

Jonathan Mitchell, a well-known conservative lawyer, led arguments on behalf of Donald Trump at the Supreme Court on 8 February – as the former president seeks to convince the nation’s highest court to strike down a ruling that has kicked him off Colorado’s presidential primary ballot.

Mr Mitchell, 47, is a law professor, legal theorist and the former solicitor general of Texas known for finding loopholes to aggressively litigate in favour of his clients – often with conservative agendas.

He has submitted more than 20 amicus briefs to the Supreme Court, notably advocating for overturning Roe v Wade and urging them to declare affirmative action as unlawful. He’s also argued five cases before the justices.

But Mr Mitchell is most well-known for helping develop Texas’s strict anti-abortion law, SB 8. Specifically, he devised the “novel enforcement mechanism” that enables private citizens to bring private lawsuits against those who violate the statute rather than against government officials.

Now, Mr Mitchell is tasked with defending the former president against challenges to his ballot eligibility in Colorado.

In December, the Colorado Supreme Court removed Mr Trump from its primary ballot due to his alleged involvement in the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

On 8 February, the Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments in the case of Trump v Anderson.

Donald Trump wins uncontested Nevada caucuses after Nikki Haley is beaten by ‘no one’

03:00 , John Bowden

Donald Trump won the Nevada caucuses on Thursday, a victory even less surprising than his repeat performances in Iowa, New Hampshire, and earlier in the evening on the US Virgin Islands.

The former president was going to end the evening with more than 90 per cent of the vote, his highest margin of victory by far, thanks to his lone competitive rival Nikki Haley choosing to participate in a state-sanctioned primary on Tuesday which did not award any delegates. As a result, Mr Trump will leave the state with 26 more delegates to add to his total as he builds up his support for the Republican National Convention this summer.

Mr Trump’s lone challenger Thursday evening in Nevada was Ryan Binkley, a Texas-based preacher who is running on a conservative Christian-centric message. He was sitting at just nine votes when the race was called just after 8.00 pm local time.

The former president is now headed, like his only remaining real challenger, to South Carolina. The Palmetto State is set to be a showdown between Mr Trump and his onetime UN ambassador, who is desperate for a real victory against her opponent as she seeks to convince Republicans that the 2024 primary isn’t over. A defeat in her home state would certainly make that argument a lot harder to make.

Nevada’s split caucus-and-primary system in 2024 came about as the result of a battle between the state’s Republicans and Democrats over whether to shift the state away from a caucus system. The state legislature passed a law doing so which was signed by the governor, but after a court battle the Republicans decided to hold their own unsanctioned caucus and award the state’s delegates to the RNC to the victor of that contest.

Ms Haley declined to participate, calling the process “rigged” in Mr Trump’s favour. It also was a strategic choice, as the Haley campaign sees her home state and the states which make up the next contests on Super Tuesday, 5 March, as friendlier territory.

She continues to make the argument that Mr Trump’s significant legal issues will be overburdensome and render him unelectable and at a financial disadvantage to the incumbent president in the fall. But Republican voters have yet to signal that they agree or even care about those concerns, and have delivered Mr Trump victories in every nominating contest so far. On Tuesday, Ms Haley even lost to “none of these candidates” in the Nevada state-sanctioned primary where Donald Trump was not on the ballot.

Her campaign did manage to pull out a suprisingly competitive showing in New Hampshire, the second nominating contest, but even in the Granite State failed to come within 10 points of the frontrunner.

South Carolina’s Republicans will head to the polls on 24 February.

VIDEO: Trump Wins 2024 Nevada Republican Caucuses

01:00 , Gustaf Kilander

Trump judge slammed by Jack Smith for causing ‘significant risks of threats’ to witnesses

00:00 , Gustaf Kilander

Special Counsel Jack Smith has slammed the judge overseeing the classified documents case against former president Donald Trump for causing “significant risks of threats” to witnesses.

Florida Judge Aileen Cannon has rejected calls to recuse herself from the case due to her appointed by Mr Trump to the bench.

On Thursday, the special counsel criticised her for ordering prosecutors to submit documents in the case without redacting names and other information about witnesses that could lead to “significant and immediate risks of threats, intimidation, and harassment”.

In a court filing, the government prosecutors argued that the reasons to make the information public isn’t strong enough to outweigh the risk to potential witnesses in the case.

The information in question includes names of FBI agents who took part in the raid on the former president’s private Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, details regarding the layout of the facility, such as the location of the bedroom of Mr Trump’s youngest son Barron Trump, as well as information garnered from interviews with witnesses.

It also includes reports on interviews with witnesses such as civil servants and “former close advisors to defendant Trump”.

The special counsel noted that one of the documents also includes information about “uncharged potentially obstructive conduct by a defendant, and speculation about witness tampering by an uncharged individual”.

In a filing against Mr Trump and his staffers Walt Nauta and Carlos De Oliveira, the office of the special counsel noted that in two recent orders, “the Court has denied the Government’s request to seal or redact certain material that was provided to the defendants in discovery”.

New poll shows tight race to take over disgraced congressman George Santos’s seat

Friday 9 February 2024 23:30 , Julia Reinstein

A new poll shows a tight race between the two New York candidates running to replace disgraced former Rep. George Santos in Congress.

According to the Newsday/Siena College poll put out on Thursday, 48 per cent of likely voters support former Democratic Rep Tom Suozzi, and 44 per cent support Republican candidate Mazi Melesa Pilip. Another 7 per cent are undecided.

The neck-and-neck findings come days before the special election on 13 February, for which early voting has already begun.

Mr Suozzi, a moderate Democrat, previously held the seat from 2017 to 2023. Ms Pilip, a conservative, currently serves in the Nassau County Legislature.

The special election comes after Mr Santos was expelled from Congress in December. Weeks after winning his race, the Republican lawmaker was revealed to have lied about large swaths of his life and resume, including about his education, Wall Street career, and even about his mother surviving the September 11 attacks.

He also faces federal fraud charges, with prosecutors accusing him of “stealing people’s identities and making charges on his own donors’ credit cards without their authorization, lying to the FEC and, by extension, the public about the financial state of his campaign.”

“Santos falsely inflated the campaign’s reported receipts with non-existent loans and contributions that were either fabricated or stolen” US Attorney Breon Peace said in a statement. “This Office will relentlessly pursue criminal charges against anyone who uses the electoral process as an opportunity to defraud the public and our government institutions.”

Seth Meyers calls out Trump’s hypocrisy on Supreme Court ballot eligibility hearing

Friday 9 February 2024 23:00 , Amelia Neath

Seth Meyers reacts to the “convenient loophole” that Donald Trump’s lawyer was arguing in court for his client to stay in the presidential race – the same lawyer who also admitted in the same hearing that the insurrection was “criminal”.

During a Supreme Court oral arguments hearing on Thursday over whether Mr Trump should be allowed to stay on 2024 ballot papers based on the 14th Amendment’s insurrectionist clause, his lawyer, Jonathan Mitchell, dismissed that January 6 was an insurrection but did admit that it was a “riot” and called it “criminal.”

“We didn’t concede that it’s an effort to overthrow the government,” Mr Mitchell said during the hearing.

“This was a riot. It was not an insurrection. The events were shameful, criminal, violent, all of those things. But it did not qualify as insurrection.”

“Something tells me Trump isn’t exactly going to be thrilled with that argument,” Mr Meyers reacted. “It doesn’t really fit on a baseball cap: shameful, criminal, violent, but still eligible!”

The race for George Santos’ congressional seat could offer clues to how suburbs will vote this year

Friday 9 February 2024 22:30 , Anthony Izaguirre

A special election in the suburbs of New York to replace disgraced former Rep. George Santos could offer clues about the mindset of suburban voters everywhere as 2024 election contests ramp up across the country.

The Tuesday contest for the House seat held by Santos until his recent expulsion is shaping up to be a bellwether in the fight for control of Congress, as candidates test political messages their parties hope will appeal to suburban voters in the fall. It not only could subtract one more vote from Republicans’ narrow majority in the short run but will be monitored carefully for any signals it sends about what suburban voters elsewhere may be thinking entering the highly volatile 2024 election year.

The Long Island race pits former U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi, a Democrat who represented the district for three terms before quitting to run for governor, against Republican nominee Mazi Pilip, a county legislator.

The seat, which represents suburbs just east of New York City plus a small part of Queens, became vacant after Santos was expelled from the House late last year after getting charged with multiple counts of fraud and stealing from donors.

While the Santos scandal gives the race a unique backstory, the candidates have campaigned on issues that could be aimed at suburban voters anywhere, with Republicans hammering away on immigration and crime while Democrats cast themselves as the last line of defense on abortion rights.

Tuesday’s special election gives both parties an opportunity to assess strategies for November’s general election, when New York is expected to be a battleground in the fight for control of the House, where Republicans now hold a thin majority.

“It’s a bellwether for the rest of the country, in that candidates and political operatives are looking at the strategies and tactics and the messaging to see how it’ll play out in their swing suburbs,” said Larry Levy, dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University on Long Island. “February 13th is really about November 5th, and swing suburban districts all over the country.”

Matt Rosendale announces Senate run in Montana, setting up a Maga civil war

Friday 9 February 2024 22:00 , Eric Garcia, Katie Hawkinson

Congressman Matt Rosendale, one of the eight Republicans who voted to oust Kevin McCarthy, announced he will run for the Republican nomination for Senate in Montana to challenge incumbent Democrat Jon Tester.

Mr Rosendale made the announcement in a video on Friday after much speculation that he would do so. Mr Rosendale ran for Senate against Mr Tester in 2018 and narrowly fell short even in a year when many incumbent Democrats lost re-election in states that Donald Trump run.

Mr Rosendale called out his rival for the Republican nomination, Tim Sheehy, whom Republicans including Montana Senator Steve Daines, who runs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, have praised. He also called out Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“This Republican primary race is the people of Montana versus Mitch McConnell, Joe Biden and the Washington insiders,” Mr Rosendale said in his announcement video. “Mitch McConnell knows that I won’t support him for Republican leader, so he’s trying to keep me out of the Senate.”

Mr Rosendale bragged that he voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election on January 6 and contrasted it with how Mr Sheehy gave money to Nikki Haley, Mr Trump’s sole remaining opponent in the GOP primary.

But Mr Tester told The Independent that he did not care who would be the nominee.

“Well, I mean, look, I don’t have much reaction, but frankly, I don’t really think it matters who comes out of the primary,” he said. “This is going to be the same race.”

Tracking the 2024 Republican delegates

Friday 9 February 2024 21:00 , Ariana Baio

With the Iowa caucus kicking off the 2024 Republican presidential primary season, candidates are campaigning in the hope of picking up as many delegates as possible to secure the Republican National Committee (RNC) nomination.

Delegates are individuals who represent the majority of voters in their state or district. They can be party leaders, activists, volunteers, legislators or other people who approve of the party’s platform.

Each state is given a specific number of Republican or Democratic delegates. This year, Republicans have allocated 2,429 delegates. A candidate needs approximately 1,215 to secure a nomination.

How delegates are given to each candidate depends on the state. Some states, like Iowa and New Hampshire, award delegates proportionally to the amount of support they get. Other states, like Nevada, have a winner-take-all method in which the candidate with the most votes gets all the delegates.

Former president Donald Trump is currently the Republican frontrunner with the most amount of delegates so far. Former UN ambassador Nikki Haley is in second place.

Our map will be updated as the results of primaries or caucuses come in. You can scroll over the states in red to see how delegates have been allocated to each candidate so far.

2024 Republican delegate tracker

Super Tuesday: When is it, which states are participating and how many delegates are at stake?

Friday 9 February 2024 20:13 , Joe Sommerlad

Super Tuesday, the biggest day of the US presidential primary season, arrives early next month and promises to have a decisive if perhaps somewhat anticlimactic impact on the respective Republican and Democratic races.

As it stands, Donald Trump looks all but certain to be the GOP’s presidential candidate once again in 2024, having already chalked up big wins in the Iowa and US Virgin Islands caucuses and the New Hampshire and Nevada primaries.

All but one of his challengers have fallen away, leaving only the well-funded but under-performing ex-UN ambassador Nikki Haley still swinging.

But even she may not make it to Super Tuesday (although she has promised she will), as the next Republican primary takes place in her home state of South Carolina and current polling indicates the Palmetto State’s former governor could be in for another trouncing on her home turf, a further humiliation after she scored fewer votes than the “none of these candidates” box on Nevada ballot papers.

“Is there any way we can call the election for next Tuesday?” a cocky Mr Trump gloated on stage in Las Vegas after that result.

“That’s all I want. I want to call the election for next Tuesday.”

However, if Ms Haley can somehow conjure a surprise victory in either South Carolina on 24 February or Michigan on 27 February, it will be game on for Super Tuesday and we could find ourselves with a very interesting evening indeed.

The Democratic contest is looking equally one-sided, with President Joe Biden seemingly nailed-on to be his party’s candidate again as he seeks a second term in the White House, despite concerns about his advanced age and consistently poor polling.

Following the withdrawal of Marianne Williamson, Minnesota congressman Dean Phillips remains the president’s last remaining rival and is surely too low-profile to make an impact, President Biden having comfortably won the New Hampshire primary without even appearing on Granite State ballots thanks to a grassroots write-in campaign.

VIDEO: Former governor Larry Hogan announces run for Senate in Maryland

Friday 9 February 2024 20:00 , Gustaf Kilander

How Trump soured on Ronna McDaniel after seven years of loyalty

Friday 9 February 2024 19:00 , Joe Sommerlad

Here’s Gustaf Kilander on how the former president’s friendship with the Republican National Committee chair finally fell apart despite years of dogged lapdog obedience on her part.

How Trump soured on Ronna McDaniel after seven years of unyielding loyalty

Haley lays into Trump and Biden’s ages again after disastrous night in Nevada

Friday 9 February 2024 18:00 , Joe Sommerlad

Despite a disastrous result in the Nevada primary this week where she was beaten by “None of these candidates” in a race in which Donald Trump did not participate, Nikki Haley continues to lay into the former president and current occupant of the Oval Office, Joe Biden, over their respective ages.

The former UN ambassador is focusing all of her energy on her home state of South Carolina where she served as governor for two terms, and has vowed to stay in the race for the Republican Party presidential nomination even after Tuesday’s embarrassing outcome in the Silver State.

Her campaign pitch against both Trump and President Biden is that they are both too old to lead the country, aged 77 and 81 respectively, and that it is time for generational change.

Haley is 52.

Oliver O’Connell has this one.

Nikki Haley lays into Trump and Biden’s ages again after disastrous night in Nevada

Voices: Biden’s gaffes are a gift to Trump – but it’s still not too late to get rid of him

Friday 9 February 2024 17:00 , Joe Sommerlad

For Independent Premium, Jon Sopel looks at a week of unforced errors from the president and reports that Democrats are still quietly hoping a replacement candidate will emerge to run in his place.

Biden’s recurring gaffes are a gift to Trump… but it’s not too late to get rid of him

Trump wants election held next week after Nevada win

Friday 9 February 2024 16:00 , Joe Sommerlad

A jubilant Donald Trump told a crowd of supporters in Las Vegas on Thursday night that he wants the election held next week after he claimed another caucus victory in Nevada.

Appearing onstage at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino he said: “Is there any way we can call the election for next Tuesday? That’s all I want. I want to call the election for next Tuesday.”

The former president also gloated about rival Republican candidate Nikki Haley losing to “none of these candidates” in the state’s primary earlier in the week.

As we saw earlier, Trump got confused about the days of the week in his remarks, saying that the primary was “last night” when it was actually on Tuesday.

“And last night, and you know what happened last night, none of the above,” he said.

“I would like to congratulate none of the above. I was one of those none of ever aboves, and they won by 44 points.”

Haley calls lack of charges for Biden a ‘double standard’

Friday 9 February 2024 15:00 , Joe Sommerlad

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley released a statement about the special counsel’s report on X yesterday, calling out what she felt was a double standard:

Here’s Eric Garcia, Andrew Feinberg and Alex Woodward to explain why Biden was not charged for holding onto classified documents but Trump was.

Why Trump’s being charged over classified papers and Biden is not

Biden comes out fighting after classified documents report questions his memory

Friday 9 February 2024 14:00 , Joe Sommerlad

An angry and animated President Joe Biden hit back at a Republican prosecutor’s claim that his memory is faulty in last-minute remarks to reporters on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, the Department of Justice released a report by special counsel Robert Hur, the former Maryland US attorney that attorney general Merrick Garland charged with probing how classified documents ended up at Biden’s home in Delaware and former office in Washington.

Hur did not recommend that Biden face criminal charges, citing what he described as significant “mitigating factors” that led him to state that charges were not warranted and would not have been warranted even if Biden were not president and barred from being prosecuted by Department of Justice policy.

More contentiously, the Republican prosecutor noted that Biden’s memory about the documents was “significantly limited” during his interviews with investigators and included details in the report about Biden’s presentation during interviews that appeared tailor-made to fit claims by former president Donald Trump and his allies that the president is not mentally competent.

At one point, he claimed that Biden did not remember what year his late son, Beau Biden, had died from brain cancer, and he described part of an interview in which the president, in his telling, had trouble keeping track of the years during which he served as vice president.

Responding, the president was having none of it.

Here’s Andrew Feinberg’s report.

Biden comes out fighting over claims about his memory at surprise press conference

So Long, Marianne: Williamson suspends presidential campaign

Friday 9 February 2024 13:00 , Joe Sommerlad

The self-help guru has announced she is ending her long-shot run to unseat Joe Biden from the Democratic nomination, which comes as not a huge surprise after she was only able to chalk up two lacklustre primary performances at great expense.

Here she is signing out in typically idiosyncratic fashion.

Here’s more on her exit.

Marianne Williamson suspends long shot Democratic presidential campaign

What is the 14th Amendment and why should Trump be concerned?

Friday 9 February 2024 12:00 , Joe Sommerlad

Trump may be the current 2024 Republican frontrunner but his mounting legal problems are threatening his chance of even appearing on the presidential election ballot in some states.

Political activists and government watchdog organisations have pushed for states to bar the former president from being an option for voters by invoking a little-known provision of the 14th Amendment.

Section 3 of the amendment prohibits those who take part in insurrections or who aided enemies of the United States government from taking office and the Supreme Court convened on Thursday to hear arguments raised by the states of Colorado and Maine that it should be used to block Trump from running in 2024 in light of the Capitol riot.

John Bowden and Ariana Baio take a look at the amendment and its significance today.

Why does the 14th Amendment bar Trump from Colorado’s election ballot?

Trump wins uncontested Nevada caucus

Friday 9 February 2024 11:00 , Joe Sommerlad

The Republican front-runner also won the Nevada caucuses on Thursday, a victory even less surprising than his repeat performances in Iowa, New Hampshire and, earlier in the evening, in the US Virgin Islands.

Here he is in Las Vegas, gloating over Haley’s primary loss, which was in fact on Tuesday night, not Wednesday.

John Bowden has this one.

Donald Trump wins uncontested Nevada caucuses after Nikki Haley is beaten by ‘no one’

Trump clinches win at US Virgin Islands caucus, which defied Republican Party rules

Friday 9 February 2024 10:17 , Joe Sommerlad

You Know Who amassed another win at a Republican caucus held on Thursday in the US Virgin Islands, where officials flouted several GOP party rules, including holding the contest earlier than allowed.

The caucus is the third Republican contest held this election season with delegates at stake, with Trump receiving 73.98 per cent of the votes and Nikki Haley 26.02 per cent.

Here’s more.

Donald Trump clinches win at US Virgin Islands caucus, which defied Republican Party rules

2024 Republican delegate tracker

Friday 9 February 2024 09:00 , Mike Bedigan

Here’s something to bookmark going forward — our delegate tracker map for the Republican primaries.

Our map will be updated as the results of primaries or caucuses come in. You can scroll over the states in red to see how delegates have been allocated to each candidate so far.

2024 Republican delegate tracker

Analysis: Haley just lost Nevada to ‘no one’. Why her campaign says it doesn’t matter

Friday 9 February 2024 08:01 , Mike Bedigan

Republican voters turned out to vote against Nikki Haley in Nevada on Tuesday, delivering the sole remaining challenger to Donald Trump’s bid for the GOP nomination an embarrassing night of headlines.

The night was essentially a worst-case scenario for Ms Haley; her campaign chose not to compete in Nevada’s caucuses, set for Thursday, and instead put Ms Haley up against three rivals who had already departed the primary before Tuesday. The result? Instead of losing to Donald Trump in a contest her team blasted as “rigged”, the former governor found herself finishing second behind “none of these candidates” as vote totals came in.

Her campaign, with apparent knowledge of how the state was trending, reminded reporters in a memo earlier this week that the campaign had not run ads or invested any serious effort in Nevada; Ms Haley herself hasn’t been in the state this year, and has instead focused her energy on campaigning in her home state of South Carolina.

“Nevada is not and has never been our focus,” Haley campaign manager Betsy Ankey had said on Monday. “I’m truly not sure what the Trump team is up to out there but they seem pretty spun up about it.”

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Haley just lost Nevada to ‘no one’. Why her campaign says it doesn’t matter

RNC chair to step down following Trump criticism, reports say

Friday 9 February 2024 07:30 , Mike Bedigan

Two days after Donald Trump told a news channel that he would be recommending changes at the Republican National Committee, it appears that chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel will be heading for the exit.

The New York Times reported the news on Tuesday evening, as voters in Nevada participated in Democratic and Republican contests that were largely meaningless, albeit for different reasons. President Joe Biden coasted to another victory while Nikki Haley embarrassingly lost a primary – to “none of these candidates” – that would have netted her zero delegates anyway in her race against Donald Trump for the GOP nomination.

One of Ms McDaniel’s former rivals, Vivek Ramaswamy, had publicly called for her firing onstage at a Republican debate before his own departure from the 2024 race.

John Bowden reports:

GOP chair Ronna Romney McDaniel to step down, reports say

Where is Trump facing attempts to remove him from the ballot?

Friday 9 February 2024 06:45 , Mike Bedigan

Lawsuits challenging Donald Trump’s eligibility to appear on the 2024 presidential primary ballots have sprung up in several states.

Individuals and left-wing organisations have claimed that Mr Trump violated Section Three of the 14th Amendment – known as the insurrection clause – citing his involvement in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

Section Three of the amendment prohibits those who take part in insurrections or aid enemies of the US government from taking office.

To date, formal challenges to Mr Trump’s candidacy have been filed in at least 35 states.

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Where is Donald Trump facing attempts to remove him from the ballot?

How is Nikki Haley polling in her home state?

Friday 9 February 2024 06:15 , Mike Bedigan

Donald Trump gained further ground in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, a race that increasingly appears to be of the one-horse variety.

With the South Carolina Republican primary at the end of this month, poll watchers are waiting to see if his only significant rival Nikki Haley proves to be triumphant in her home state, where she also served as governor.

According to a poll from Monmouth University in New Jersey, it appears as though 58 per cent say they support Mr Trump, while only 32 per cent support Haley.

The South Carolina GOP primary will take place on 24 February.

Haley: ‘Nevada caucus is rigged’

Friday 9 February 2024 05:45 , Mike Bedigan

Prior to Donald Trump’s decisive victory in the Nevada caucus, his main presidential rival Nikki Haley had declined to participate, calling the process “rigged” in the former president’s favour.

It also was a strategic choice, as the Haley campaign sees her home state and the states which make up the next contests on Super Tuesday, 5 March, as friendlier territory.

She continues to make the argument that Mr Trump’s significant legal issues will be overburdensome and render him unelectable and at a financial disadvantage to the incumbent president in the fall.

But Republican voters have yet to signal that they agree or even care about those concerns, and have delivered Mr Trump victories in every nominating contest so far. On Tuesday, Ms Haley even lost to “none of these candidates” in the Nevada state-sanctioned primary where Donald Trump was not on the ballot.

Her campaign did manage to pull out a suprisingly competitive showing in New Hampshire, the second nominating contest, but even in the Granite State failed to come within 10 points of the frontrunner.

Analysis: Joe Biden just denied he was mentally unfit – then made things even worse

Friday 9 February 2024 05:15 , Mike Bedigan

As Donald Trump and Nikki Haley thrash it out in Nevada, president Joe Biden faces his own troubles.

In the wake of the classified documents report from Special Counsel Robert Hur, the president sought to convince voters there were no problems with his memory.

Instead, he did exactly what his team had been hoping to avoid, writes John Bowden in Washington DC.

Joe Biden just tried to deny he was mentally unfit – but he made a glaring mistake

Primary vs Caucus: What’s going on in Nevada?

Friday 9 February 2024 04:50 , Mike Bedigan

Some have been confused as to why Nevada has held both a state-run primary, and a caucus.

The state’s split caucus-and-primary system in 2024 came about as the result of a battle between the state’s Republicans and Democrats over whether to shift the state away from a caucus system.

The state legislature passed a law doing so which was signed by the governor, but after a court battle the Republicans decided to hold their own unsanctioned caucus and award the state’s delegates to the RNC to the victor of that contest.

Donald Trump wins Nevada caucus, unsurprisingly

Friday 9 February 2024 04:11 , Mike Bedigan

Donald Trump has won the Nevada caucuses on Thursday, a victory even less surprising than his repeat performances in Iowa, New Hampshire, and earlier in the evening on the US Virgin Islands.

The former president was going to end the evening with more than 90 per cent of the vote, his highest margin of victory by far, thanks to his lone competitive rival Nikki Haley choosing to participate in a state-sanctioned primary on Tuesday which did not award any delegates.

As a result, Mr Trump will leave the state with 26 more delegates to add to his total as he builds up his support for the Republican National Convention this summer.

Trump mocks Haley after humiliating Nevada primary defeat

Friday 9 February 2024 04:00 , Mike Bedigan

Ever the gallant victor, Trump has taken to social media to deride his rival for the Republican presidential nomination after she lost, humiliatingly, to “none of the above” in the state’s primary yesterday.

The loss did not cost Nikki Haley any delegates (Trump is likely to pick up all 26 of those in the Silver State’s competing GOP caucus tomorrow) but does nothing for her claims to be able to mount a serious challenge to the front-runner.

Here’s John Bowden with the full story.

Nikki Haley loses Trump-less Nevada primary to ‘none of these candidates’

Meanwhile, in Russia…

Friday 9 February 2024 03:40 , Mike Bedigan

As the caucus gets underway in Nevada, many expect that Donald Trump will walk the competition.

On Thursday, over 4,000 miles away in Moscow, former Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson sat down with Russian president Vladimir Putin, a one-time ally and even friend of Mr Trump.

Check out The Indepedent’s coverage here:

Putin rants about Ukraine, US reporter, and history in Tucker Carlson interview: Live

Trump trolls Haley over Nevada primary loss

Friday 9 February 2024 03:15 , Mike Bedigan

Donald Trump has trolled Nikki Haley after her loss in the Nevada primary to “none of these candidates”.

The former UN ambassador and two-term governor of South Carolina did not campaign in the state, instead focusing on her home state which votes next.

She ran against “none of these candidates” and some notable names that had already dropped out of the race.

Here’s what the former president had to say:

Trump trolls Haley over Nevada primary loss: ‘She’ll soon claim victory’

US Supreme Court likely to reject attempts to kick Trump off 2024 ballot

Friday 9 February 2024 02:51 , Mike Bedigan

The Supreme Court is likely to reject attempts that would remove former President Donald Trump from the 2024 ballot. According to the Associated Press, the conservative and liberal justices appear to be in agreement over the case.

If the judges choose to reject the efforts, it would put an immediate stop to measures in Colorado and Maine, where judges have ruled to keep Trump off the ballot, arguing that he is ineligible to run in accordance with the US Constitution’s insurrection clause.

Haley just lost Nevada to ‘no one’. Why her campaign says it doesn’t matter

Friday 9 February 2024 02:05 , Mike Bedigan

It certainly didn’t cost her any delegates but it wasn’t a great look, with late night host Seth Meyers joking on Wednesday night that it revealed the candidate as having “the opposite of momentum”.

Here’s John Bowden on how Team Haley has responded.

Haley just lost Nevada to ‘no one’. Why her campaign says it doesn’t matter

And what about South Carolina?

Friday 9 February 2024 01:45 , Mike Bedigan

With Nikki Haley not on the ballot for the Nevada caucus on Thursday, a victory for Donald Trump is a pretty much foregone conclusion.

But looking ahead to the next major battle ground of South Carolina – previously governed by Ms Haley, how are the standings?

A GOP primary poll by FiveThirtyEight currently shows the former president storming ahead once again, commanding 65.3 per cent of the vote, as of Thursday.

Ms Haley has 31.8 per cent of the vote, leaving her much work to do ahead of the primary on 24 February.

You may have heard that Nevada’s primary doesn’t matter — here’s why…

Friday 9 February 2024 01:00 , Mike Bedigan

Nevada is the next state to vote for the Republican nominee for president but you could be forgiven for missing that fact, given the lack of media attention.

Both Nikki Haley and Donald Trump, the only two prominent contenders remaining in the fight for their party’s nomination, are technically on the ballot in Nevada.

But they are on different ones — Ms Haley has already competed in the state’s primary, losing embarrassingly on Tuesday to “none of these candidates”, while Mr Trump is running in Thursday’s caucus, his sole remaining challenger being the obscure Texas pastor Ryan Binkley.

That means the front two will not actually be “against” each other in the Silver State because while Republican voters can choose to participate in both the primary and the caucus, the candidates cannot.

It is a bewildering system that has almost entirely sapped the state’s political relevance for the 2024 primary season.

John Bowden explains:

Nevada is the next contest of the 2024 GOP primary. Here’s why it doesn’t matter

Biden delivers remarks at the House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference

Friday 9 February 2024 00:35 , Mike Bedigan

Watch: Supreme Court Justice Kagan questions Colorado ruling to disqualify Trump

Friday 9 February 2024 00:15 , Mike Bedigan

Nikki Haley says Trump should ‘hire Biden’s lawyers’ after classified documents ruling

Thursday 8 February 2024 23:12 , Michelle Del Rey

“The double standard is glaring,” the presidential candidate posted to X, formerly Twitter. “Both Joe Biden and Donald Trump were reckless with classified documents. If Biden’s defence is old age and forgetfulness, Trump can easily make the same claim.

“Trump should quickly hire Biden’s lawyers.”

Read more about the case here:

Special counsel says Joe Biden ‘wilfully’ held on to classified material

How late night mocked Nikki Haley’s loss

Thursday 8 February 2024 22:54 , Mike Bedigan

Here are the punchlines on former UN ambassador Nikki’s Haley’s upsetting defeat to “none of these candidates,” an option voters are unable to select if they’re not happy with the other options on the ballot.

“Nikki Haley’s campaign message is ‘Nobody’s better than me,’ and Nevada agreed,” said Stephen Colbert. “She also lost to Nevada candidates ‘Not feelin’ it today’ and ‘Gonna be a no from me, dawg.’”

Jimmy Kimmel stated on his show, “You know how they say, ‘You’re second to none?’ She finished second to none.” He added, “I like the idea that people took time to wait in line to vote for ‘None of these candidates.’ That’s like going to the Wendy’s drive-through and yelling, ‘Nothing for me, thanks!’”

Seth Meyers rounded out the group with his remarks: “I don’t know what the opposite of momentum is, but I know Haley’s got it,” he said. “Even worse, she actually came in third behind ‘None of these candidates’ and ‘No, seriously, not you, Nikki.’”

Trump flying to Nevada (and speaking to patriots in the US Virgin Islands)

Thursday 8 February 2024 22:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Rove blasts ‘lunacy’ of ‘conspiratorial right’ claiming Michelle Obama will replace Biden

Thursday 8 February 2024 22:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Republican strategist Karl Rove blasted the “lunacy” of the “conspiratorial right” for bizarre theories that Michelle Obama would replace Joe Biden as the Democratic Party’s 2024 candidate.

Mr Rove, former deputy chief of staff to George W Bush, was being interviewed by Stuart Varney on Fox Business when the host brought up the idea of the former first lady replacing the incumbent president on the ticket ahead of November’s election.

The conspiracy is not new, having been floated as recently as last month by Georgia Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene, and surfacing ahead of other recent elections.

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Karl Rove blasts ‘lunacy’ of claims Michelle Obama will replace Biden

Developing story: Special counsel says Joe Biden ‘wilfully’ held on to classified material

Thursday 8 February 2024 21:15 , Andrew Feinberg

President Joe Biden “wilfully” held on to classified materials that were discovered at his home in Delaware and the office of a think tank in Washington DC, but should not face criminal charges for doing so, a special prosecutor appointed by the attorney general found in a report released on Thursday.

The prosecutor, former Trump appointee and ex-Maryland US Attorney Robert Hur, did not recommend that Mr Biden face criminal charges, citing what he described as significant “mitigating factors” which led him to state that charges were not warranted and would not have been warranted even if Mr Biden were not president and barred from being prosecuted by Department of Justice policy.

In a statement, Mr Biden said he was “pleased” that Mr Hur decided that there would be no charges against him and said that was the outcome he’d been expecting “all along”.

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Special counsel says Joe Biden ‘wilfully’ held on to classified material

Election issue — Immigration: ‘Popular commentator’ threatened to ‘destroy’ Lankford for efforts to solve border crisis

Thursday 8 February 2024 20:45 , Oliver O’Connell

James Lankford is having a bad week.

The senator from Oklahoma was once his party’s lead negotiator with the Democratic majority as his party sought a compromise on border security which led to a framework that included concessions the party previously never even dreamed of winning from their political rivals.

It wasn’t enough. As the legislation’s text was finally unveiled over last weekend, it became clear that a deal that once looked like it had a promising chance of passing the evenly divided upper chamber with 60 votes was going to fail, and fail spectacularly. The bill did so on Wednesday, with Mr Lankford, a handful of his GOP colleagues, and most of the chamber’s Democrats losing a procedural vote to begin debate on the legislation.

The bill’s fate came as little surprise: Donald Trump and his loyalists had come out against a compromise with Democrats, calling the legislation insufficient to manage the situation on the US-Mexico border and furious that Republicans would hand President Joe Biden another policy achievement to tout to voters this fall. Despite hemming and hawing from Republicans who denounced Mr Trump’s efforts to kill the legislation to help his campaign, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and virtually all of his conference voted down the legislation he had once urged senators to support.

And Mr Lankford is now at the centre of a firestorm on the right, hung out to dry by his party’s leaders in the upper chamber and the target of vitriol from hardline Trump loyalists.

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Lankford says ‘popular commentator’ threatened to ‘destroy’ him over border crisis

Trump pushes Nevada Voter ID amendment petition

Thursday 8 February 2024 19:28 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump is pushing a Nevada petition to include a voter ID amendment on the ballot in the state for the 5 November presidential election.

“This is a very ‘Big Deal’,” he wrote on Truth Social.

FCC makes AI-generated voices in robocalls illegal

Thursday 8 February 2024 19:15 , AP

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday outlawed robocalls that contain voices generated by artificial intelligence, a decision that sends a clear message that exploiting the technology to scam people and mislead voters won’t be tolerated.

The unanimous ruling targets robocalls made with AI voice-cloning tools under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, a 1991 law restricting junk calls that use artificial and prerecorded voice messages.

The announcement comes as New Hampshire authorities are advancing their investigation into AI-generated robocalls that mimicked President Joe Biden’s voice to discourage people from voting in the state’s first-in-the-nation primary last month.

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AI-generated voices in robocalls can deceive voters. The FCC just made them illegal

Marianne Williamson suspends long shot Democratic presidential campaign

Thursday 8 February 2024 18:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Oprah Winfrey, has announced that she is suspending her bid to challenge Joe Biden for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination after a disappointing start to primary season.

Ms Williamson, 71, had said she was determined to offer voters an alternative to a second term for President Biden, 81, but picked up only 5,000 votes in New Hampshire, and then just 2 per cent of the vote in South Carolina, and around 3 per cent in Nevada on Tuesday.

“I hope future candidates will take what works for them, drinking from the well of information we prepared,” she wrote as she announced the end of her campaign.

“My team and I brought to the table some great ideas, and I will take pleasure when I see them live on in campaigns and candidates yet to be created.”

Joe Sommerlad reports:

Marianne Williamson suspends long shot Democratic presidential campaign

Michigan governor’s budget promises free education and lower family costs, but GOP says it’s unfair

Thursday 8 February 2024 16:15 , AP

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday presented a $80.7 billion budget Wednesday that aims to boost education spending and deliver on her promise to provide students free education from preschool through community college.

The second-term Democratic governor unveiled her budget proposal in a joint session between the House and Senate appropriations committees. It follows a State of the State speech last month where Whitmer concentrated on initiatives such as free community college for all high school graduates, free preschool for 4-year-olds and continuing a free breakfast and lunch program for all students.

“My budget today will deliver on the vision I outlined a couple weeks ago,” Whitmer told lawmakers. “Lowering costs, improving education and ensuring that anyone and everyone can make it here in Michigan.”

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Michigan governor’s budget promises free education and lower family costs, but GOP says it’s unfair

How Trump soured on Ronna McDaniel after seven years of unyielding loyalty

Thursday 8 February 2024 15:15 , Joe Sommerlad

The chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) has told Trump that she’s planning on leaving her role after the South Carolina GOP primary on 24 February.

The front-runner is set to push for the chair of the North Carolina Republican Party, fellow election denier Michael Whatley, to replace her, according to The New York Times.

McDaniel has been under pressure for several months to step down as Trump’s allies have attempted to push her out amid concerns about the RNC’s finances ahead of the general election campaign.

After years of dogged loyalty on her part, her tenure looks send to end on a decidedly sour note.

Gustaf Kilander looks at what went wrong.

How Trump soured on Ronna McDaniel after seven years of unyielding loyalty

Another European leader, another gaffe for Biden

Thursday 8 February 2024 14:45 , Amelia Neath & Martha McHardy

In his second blunder of the week, President Joe Biden has now claimed he spoke to another dead European politician in a campaign event speech.

The 81-year-old president appeared at a series of campaign fundraiser events in New York on Wednesday, where he declared that he had discussed the January 6 Capitol riots with Chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl, during a G7 meeting in the UK in 2021.

“And then Helmut Kohl turned to me and said, ‘What would you say, Mr President, if you picked up the London Times and learned that a thousand people had broken down the doors of the British Parliament, killed some bobbies on the way in, to deny the prime minister to take office,”’ Mr Biden said.

He echoed the blundering story at another event the same day.

The only issue is that Kohl had already been dead for four years at that point, passing away in 2017 after retiring from active politics in 2002.

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Biden claims he spoke to second dead European leader in latest gaffe

Karl Rove blasts ‘lunacy’ of ‘conspiratorial right’ claiming Michelle Obama will replace Biden

Thursday 8 February 2024 14:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Republican strategist Karl Rove has blasted the “lunacy” of the “conspiratorial right” over its bizarre theories that former first lady Michelle Obama would replace Joe Biden as the Democratic Party’s 2024 candidate.

Rove, former deputy chief of staff to George W Bush, was being interviewed by Stuart Varney on Fox Business when the host brought up the idea of Ms Obama replacing the incumbent president on the ticket ahead of November’s election.

Here’s Oliver O’Connell on his response.

Karl Rove blasts ‘lunacy’ of claims Michelle Obama will replace Biden

Trump set to cruise to victory in Nevada caucus

Thursday 8 February 2024 10:45 , Joe Sommerlad

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is expected to cruise to victory in Nevada’s GOP-organised caucus today, where his only challenger is Texas pastor Ryan Binkley, picking up a further 26 delegates and further cementing his dominance in the race to secure the party’s presidential nomination.

However, Trump’s mind is likely to be elsewhere today given that the US Supreme Court will also begin hearing opening arguments on Thursday as it considers whether he should be allowed to remain on 2024 ballot papers at all.

The states of Colorado and Maine have moved to have Trump removed citing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, which argues that anyone found to have “engaged in insurrection” after swearing a loyalty oath should not be allowed to return to public office.

The highest court in the land, which has a conservative majority, will now consider whether that applies to Trump in relation to the Capitol riot of 6 January 2021, when his supporters stormed the legislative complex in an attempt to stop the formal certification of the 2020 election results, erroneously believing the vote to have been “rigged” in Joe Biden’s favour, as the then-president and his allies had repeatedly claimed.

Trump is not expected to attend this hearing but will instead stay at his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida before jetting out to Nevada later.

Here’s Ariana Baio on his plans for the day.

Trump plans to skip SCOTUS hearing on ballot eligibility

No, Biden’s inauguration was not an insurrection…

Thursday 8 February 2024 05:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Twitter had to explain this to Marjorie Taylor Greene:

Marjorie Taylor Greene slammed for claiming Biden’s inauguration was an insurrection

Election issue: Trump and China tariffs

Thursday 8 February 2024 02:15 , AP

For the first time in more than two decades, Mexico last year surpassed China as the leading source of goods imported to the United States. The shift reflects the growing tensions between Washington and Beijing as well as US efforts to import from countries that are friendlier and closer to home.

Mexico overtakes China as the leading source of goods imported to US

GOP senators block Ukraine-border bill after Donald Trump opposes it

Wednesday 7 February 2024 22:35 , Oliver O’Connell

Senate Republicans blocked the path forward on a security package that included restrictions to immigration in exchange for aid to Ukraine, Israel and allies in the Indo-Pacific.

The legislation—which Senators James Lankford of Oklahoma, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Chris Murphy of Connecticut—failed 49-50 as a majority of Republican senators voted against the legislation. Speaker Mike Johnson and the rest of Republican leadership in the US House of Representatives opposed it as well.

Many Republicans came out with their opposition after former President Donald Trump condemned the legislation.

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Republican senators block Ukraine-border bill after Donald Trump opposes it

Tucker Carlson’s Putin interview will ‘blow up’ US election, according to Russian propaganda

Wednesday 7 February 2024 21:15 , Oliver O’Connell

A Russian propagandist working for Kremlin-controlled state TV has claimed that Tucker Carlson’s interview with President Vladimir Putin is set to “blow up” the upcoming US election.

The Kremlin confirmed on Wednesday that the interview took place on Tuesday, and it is believed to be set for broadcast on Thursday.

Gustaf Kilander reports:

Putin propagandists claim Tucker Carlson interview will ‘blow up’ US election

After Nevada defeat, Haley again lays into Trump and Biden’s ages

Wednesday 7 February 2024 20:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Despite a disastrous result in the Nevada primary where she was beaten by “None of these candidates” in a race in which Donald Trump did not participate, Nikki Haley continues to lay into the former president and current occupant of the Oval Office, Joe Biden, over their respective ages.

The former UN ambassador is focusing all of her energy on her home state of South Carolina where she served as governor for two terms, and has vowed to stay in the race for the Republican Party presidential nomination even after Tuesday’s embarrassing outcome in the Silver State.

Her campaign pitch against both Mr Trump and President Biden is that they are both too old to lead the country, aged 77 and 81 respectively, and that it is time for generational change. Ms Haley is 52.

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Nikki Haley lays into Trump and Biden’s ages again after disastrous night in Nevada

GOP chair Ronna McDaniel to step down following Trump criticism, reports say

Wednesday 7 February 2024 19:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Two days after Trump told Newsmax that he would be recommending changes at the Republican National Committee, it appears that chairwoman Ronna McDaniel will be heading for the exit.

John Bowden has the story.

GOP chair Ronna Romney McDaniel to step down, reports say

Trump will be a no-show at tomorrow’s Supreme Court hearing

Wednesday 7 February 2024 18:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Donald Trump is not expected to appear at the Supreme Court on Thursday for oral arguments in the case challenging his presidential primary ballot eligibility in Colorado, a case that could have a huge bearing on this year’s election.

Despite the former president using his recent trials and court proceedings as media coverage to promote his 2024 presidential campaign, the arguments in Trump v Anderson will apparently not serve as such.

Instead, Trump will stay at his home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, before heading to Nevada for Thursday’s Republican caucus.

Ariana Baio reports.

Trump plans to skip SCOTUS hearing on ballot eligibility

Haley hits out at Republican chaos: ‘The definition of insanity’

Wednesday 7 February 2024 17:15 , Joe Sommerlad

The candidate is continuing to ramp up her criticism of Maga Republican dysfunction as her flailing campaign enters its “nothing to lose” phase.

She’s completely right here, the libs will love it but will her message appeal to moderate conservatives in sufficient quantities to make any kind of a difference in South Carolina?

Trump adviser posts meme mocking Haley’s habit of claiming victory even in defeat

Wednesday 7 February 2024 16:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Because Dan Scavino doesn’t know anyone else who would behave in such a manner, now does he?

Fake Biden AI calls traced to Texas company, says New Hampshire AG

Wednesday 7 February 2024 15:15 , Joe Sommerlad

New Hampshire officials say they have found the source of an illegal voter suppression campaign that used an AI-generated imitation of President Biden’s voice.

State attorney general John Formella has named two Texas companies as the entities responsible for the fake calls.

He ordered Life Corporation, the alleged creator of the messages, and Lingo Telecom, the alleged service provider, to immediately cease all violations of New Hampshire election law and cooperate with an investigation.

Io Dodds has more.

Fake Joe Biden AI calls traced to mysterious Texas company, says New Hampshire AG

Biden wins Nevada primary as he keeps focus on Trump for 2020 rematch

Wednesday 7 February 2024 14:15 , Joe Sommerlad

President Joe Biden won an easy victory in Nevada’s Democratic primary on Tuesday over his lone prominent rival in the state, eccentric self-help author Marianne Williamson.

Congressman Dean Phillips, another Democrat running for the party’s nomination, did not participate in the state.

President Biden is all but guaranteed to win the nominating contest out right, having now won Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

John Bowden has this report.

Biden wins Nevada primary as he continues to focus on Trump for 2020 rematch

Biden lambasts Trump ‘for trying to divide’ US

Wednesday 7 February 2024 12:15 , Namita Singh

After his victory in the Nevada primary, Joe Biden immediately set his sights on Donald Trump, saying that the former US president “is trying to divide us, not unite us; drag us back to the past, not lead us to the future.”

Biden appeared on the ballot along with self-help author Marianne Williamson and other lesser-known Democratic challengers but Minnesota congressman Dean Phillips missed the filing deadline so could not take part.

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