Donald Trump challenged Joe Biden to another presidential debate “this week” and a golf match that he claimed would be “bigger than the Ryder Cup or even the Masters” during his latest campaign rally at his club.

The former president took to the stage at Trump National Doral Golf Club in Miami, Florida – which he described as “one of the greatest golf courses on Earth,” shortly after 8pm ET on Tuesday, in front of large cheering crowds.

“Let’s do another debate this week – so that sleepy Joe Biden can prove to everyone all over the world that he has what it takes to be president,” he said.

His appearance came as speculation around his vice presidential pick reaches fever pitch – with six days to go until the Republican National Convention. Trump has said he would likely make a decision on who his 2024 running mate will be “a little before” or during the convention, which kicks off on July 15.

One VP hopeful, Marco Rubio, appeared on stage before the former president on Tuesday, though sadly for him Trump made no announcement as to his decision.

It comes as a new poll showed Vice President Kamala Harris has a better shot than Biden at defeating Trump in November.

Key Points

  • Trump challenges Biden to another debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf

  • Kamala Harris pulls ahead of Joe in Trump matchup, but someone else does better…

  • Trump teases press over VP announcement at Florida rally

  • Trump attacked over ‘preposterous’ attempt to distance himself from Project 2025

  • Nato allies ‘not concerned’ by questions over president’s mental fitness ahead of major summit

  • Sixth House Democrat calls publicly for president to drop out

Trump says it’s ‘a lot of fun’ to be indicted

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Donald Trump told the cheering crowds at his golf course in Florida that it was “a lot of fun” to get indicted.

The former president was convicted of 34 felony counts of concealing hush money payments in May, and faces several more legal battles.

“Every time the radical left Democrats, Marxist communists and fascists indict me, I consider it a great badge of honor, I do, because I’m indicted for you,” he said.

“Never forget our enemies want to take away my freedom because I will never let them take away your freedom. It’s as simple as that.”

He added: “It’s a lot of fun. It’s a lot of fun being indicted.”

Watch: Trump challenges Biden to second debate… and round of golf

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Trump teases press over VP announcement

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Remarking on the amount of press attending his rally in Florida, Trump speculated that it was because of the anticipation surrounding his choice for vice president.

“I think they probably think I’m going to be announcing that Marco [Rubio] is going to be vice president, because that’s a lot of press. That’s a lot of press,” he said.

Florida Senator Rubio appeared ahead of Trump at the rally, which is taking place at the Trump National Doral Golf Club.

In pictures: Trump speaks at Florida golf course rally

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Trump challenges Biden to another debate… and 18 holes of golf

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Speaking by the 10th hole of the Trump National Doral Golf Club, which he described as “one of the greatest golf courses on Earth,” Donald Trump challenged Joe Biden to another presidential debate later this week.

The former president laid into Biden’s performance on June 27, and said he had scored “even according to the fake news media, the most decisive and overwhelming defeat in the history of presidential debates.”

”Even CNN said as I walked off the stage that it was one of the greatest performances they’ve ever seen. But it was sort of easy, if you want to know the truth,” he told the cheering crowds.

“But don’t feel sorry for he’s a very bad guy. He weaponized government. Remember that is a very bad guy. Don’t feel sorry for. So tonight, I’m officially offering, Joe, the chance to redeem himself in front of the entire world.

“Let’s do another debate this week so that sleepy Joe Biden can prove to everyone all over the world that he has what it takes to be president. But this time, it will be man to man, no moderators, no holes barred, just name the place, any time.”

Trump went on to challenge Biden to an 18 hole golf match, something the two men clashed over in bizarre fashion during the debate.

“It will be among the most watched sporting events in history, maybe bigger than the Ryder Cup or even the Masters,” Trump said.

“I will even give Joe Biden 10 strokes a side. 10 strokes, that’s a lot. That means 20 strokes in case you don’t play golf. I will give him 10 strokes a side and if he wins, I will give the charity of his choice, any charity that he wants, $1 million.”

Watch: Who will Trump’s running mate be?

Wednesday 10 July 2024 00:20 , Mike Bedigan

In pictures: Trump descend on Doral for rally

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What is Project 2025?

Tuesday 9 July 2024 23:50 , Oliver O’Connell

A 900-page plan drawn up by former Donald Trump aides and endorsed by a powerful right-wing think tank is giving the former president a roadmap for his second administration.

Project 2025 — a blueprint for Trump’s presidency spearheaded by the Heritage Foundation and more than a dozen former Trump administration officials — is essentially a wishlist for his administration with plans to expand his executive authority, replace civil servants with ideologically aligned appointees, crush abortion rights and impose an anti-immigrant agenda, among other policies.

But the former president is trying to distance himself from the plan, claiming that he knows “nothing” about it or “who is behind it,” despite its authors coming from Trump’s White House and the GOP’s close ties to the group that launched it.

Alex Woodward looks at the details.

What is Project 2025? The ‘dystopian’ manifesto for Trump’s second term

AOC: ‘[Biden] is in this race, and I support him’

Tuesday 9 July 2024 23:20 , Oliver O’Connell

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reaffirmed her commitment to President Joe Biden as the presumptive Democratic nominee on Monday evening amid heightened tensions within the party over his mental fitness.

“Joe Biden is our nominee, he is not leaving this race, he is in this race and I support him,” Ocasio-Cortez told a group of reporters outside of the Capitol.

The New York rep’s assertion comes as Democratic lawmakers scramble to find consensus on whether or not to support Biden, 81, as the presidential nominee.

Ariana Baio reports.

AOC backs Biden: ‘He is in this race, and I support him’

In pictures: Florida Senator Marco Rubio addresses rally in Doral

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What time with the Trump rally in Florida begin?

Tuesday 9 July 2024 23:05 , Mike Bedigan

Donald Trump is due to host a rally in the Miami suburb of Doral on Tuesday night following several days of relative silence, since going toe-to-toe with Joe Biden on June 27.

The rally is due to kick off at 7pm ET.

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Analysis: Trump lied and Biden got tongue tied at the first debate. So why is the world only focusing on one?

Tuesday 9 July 2024 22:50 , Oliver O’Connell

Kelly Rissman wonders where the scrutiny of Donald Trump is in comparison to that lumped on Joe Biden.

Biden had a bad debate night. That doesn’t mean we can ignore Trump’s lies

Junior Navy sailor tried to access President Biden’s medical records three times

Tuesday 9 July 2024 22:35 , Oliver O’Connell

A junior sailor tried to get hold of President Joe Biden’s restricted medical records three times in a single day in February “out of curiosity,” the Navy revealed Tuesday.

The name of the sailor has not been shared, but he was assigned to the Navy’s hospital corps and stationed at the major medical center that is Fort Belvoir in Virginia, a US official told CBS News.

Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.

Junior Navy sailor tried to access President Biden’s medical records three times

Pence: RNC platform ‘profound disappointment’ to pro-life movement

Tuesday 9 July 2024 22:20 , Oliver O’Connell

Former Vice President Mike Pence is not happy with the Republican Party platform for the 2024 election given its softened language regarding abortion. The platform was quickly pushed through the rules committee and will be voted at next week’s Republican National Convention.

Donald Trump congratulated the rules committee chair Marsha Blackburn and vice chari Mike Waltz for its quick passage.

Here’s in part what Pence had to say…

The RNC platform is a profound disappointment to the millions of pro-life Republicans that have always looked to the Republican Party to stand for life.

Now is not the time to surrender any ground in the fight for the right to life. The 2024 platform removed historic pro-life principles that have long been the foundation of the platform. I urge delegates attending next week’s Republican Convention to restore language to our party’s platform recognizing the sanctity of human life and affirming that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed.

The updated platform also cedes this fight to the states, leaving the unborn in California and Illinois to the far-left’s extremist abortion policies. The right to life is not only a state issue; it is a moral issue, and our party must continue to speak with moral clarity and compassion about advancing the cause of life at the federal, state and local level.

He concludes by describing the GOP platform as “retreating” but says the pro-life movement “never will” and then says:

My fellow Republicans, Stand firm for Life. Restore the RNC platform’s historic commitment to the sanctity of human life. Pro-Life Americans and generations born and unborn deserve nothing less.

Read his full statement here

Trump hits out at NATO as summit commences in Washington, DC

Tuesday 9 July 2024 22:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump has revived his criticism of NATO as the alliance’s summit gets underway in Washington, DC, marking its 75th anniversary.

If it weren’t for me as President, there probably would be no NATO by now. When I became President, I noticed that there were only 7 of the 28 Countries, that were then Members, who were paid up. Most Members were delinquent, some having paid very little, if anything. I found this unacceptable, and insisted that they pay if they wanted the protection of the U.S. Billions of Dollars came pouring in. No other President did anything about these long term delinquencies. The Secretary General of NATO said it was “incredible” what “President Trump had done.” It made NATO viable again. Now we have a similar problem. The U.S. is paying most of the money to help Ukraine fight Russia. Europe should at least EQUALIZE! They owe more than 100 Billion to do so. Crooked Joe has never even asked them to do so.

The former president often accuses member states of not paying up in some form — as he writes above on Truth Social — the reality is that each nation-state member is supposed to spend a minimum of two per cent of their GDP on defense. While most countries are indeed falling short of that amount, what Trump writes below is a mischaracterization.

Per the Associated Press, in response to earlier remarks by Trump on the topic:

NATO members don’t pay to belong and don’t owe the organization anything other than contributions to a largely administrative fund. Trump clearly wasn’t referring to those administrative payments.

His frequent complaint during his presidency, and now, has been how much NATO countries put into their own military budgets.

U.S. presidents before him raised that concern. In fact, it was in 2014, during the Barack Obama administration, that NATO members agreed to move “toward” spending 2% of GDP on national defense by 2024. Stoltenberg also has said members needed to invest more in their militaries.

At their last summit, in Lithuania in July, NATO leaders adjusted that pledge by agreeing to spend at least 2% of GDP on their military budgets. No target date was set for meeting the goal.

The 2% is a benchmark that each member should spend on its own defense in order to be able to contribute to the joint defense of the alliance. However, the goal is voluntary, and there is no debt or “delinquency” involved.

The countries don’t pay the money to NATO but invest it in their own armed forces.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine almost two years ago has given them further impetus to beef up their armies.

Rep Mikie Sherrill joins ranks of Democrats asking Biden not to run

Tuesday 9 July 2024 21:55 , Oliver O’Connell

New Jersey congresswoman Mikie Sherrill has joined the ranks of Democratic members of the House of Representatives asking Joe Biden not to run for reelection.

Here’s her statement:

NATO allies not concerned by questions over Biden’s mental fitness, says White House

Tuesday 9 July 2024 21:50 , Oliver O’Connell

With world leaders converging on Washington for the NATO annual summit, the White House’s top national security spokesperson isn’t aware of any concerns among members regarding President Biden’s capacity to serve amid questions over his performance at last month’s presidential debate.

National Security Communications Adviser John Kirby denied Biden’s condition is even a topic of conversation among NATO members when pressed on the matter on the eve of the alliance’s yearly gathering — one that will mark three-quarters of a century since the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty.

“I think the question presupposes the notion that they need to be reassured of American leadership and President Biden’s commitment, and I don’t believe that’s the case,” he said at a Monday briefing.

Andrew Feinberg reports.

White House says NATO allies not concerned by questions over Biden’s capacity

Trump’s oil baron lovefest wins over a Nikki Haley supporter and his cash

Tuesday 9 July 2024 21:35 , Oliver O’Connell

How does one draw a line between Donald Trump and higher gas prices?

The answer: through a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation — and a former Nikki Haley donor.

John Bowden explains.

Donald Trump’s oil baron lovefest wins over a Nikki Haley supporter and his cash

NATO summit offers Biden reprieve from campaign pressures

Tuesday 9 July 2024 21:20 , Oliver O’Connell

World leaders from NATO countries are set to descend on Washington, DC, this week for their annual meeting as President Joe Biden looks to quell fears and move past questions on his future.

Heads of state and government from 32 NATO nations — plus leaders of Ukraine, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea — began arriving at Joint Base Andrews on Monday for the annual gathering. Biden is scheduled to open the confab with a speech marking the 75th anniversary of the transatlantic alliance at 5pm ET.

Andrew Feinberg reports from the White House.

Biden hosts NATO members in DC as he looks for reprieve from campaign pressures

Federal judge rules protesters can’t march through RNC security zone

Tuesday 9 July 2024 21:00 , Oliver O’Connell

A federal judge ruled Monday that protesters can’t march through a security zone at the Republican National Convention, handing a defeat to liberals who had pushed to have closer access to where delegates will be gathering next week in Milwaukee.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Coalition to March on the RNC 2024 filed a lawsuit last month against the city of Milwaukee, alleging that the city’s plans for protesters violated their free speech rights.

Read on…

Federal judge rules protesters can’t march through Republican National Convention security zone

What is Project 2025? The ‘dystopian’ manifesto for Trump’s second term

Tuesday 9 July 2024 20:40 , Oliver O’Connell

A 900-page plan drawn up by former Donald Trump aides and endorsed by a powerful right-wing think tank is giving the former president a roadmap for his second administration.

Project 2025 — a blueprint for Trump’s presidency spearheaded by the Heritage Foundation and more than a dozen former Trump administration officials — is essentially a wishlist for his administration with plans to expand his executive authority, replace civil servants with ideologically aligned appointees, crush abortion rights and impose an anti-immigrant agenda, among other policies.

But the former president is trying to distance himself from the plan, claiming that he knows “nothing” about it or “who is behind it,” despite its authors coming from Trump’s White House and the GOP’s close ties to the group that launched it.

Alex Woodward has the details.

What is Project 2025? The ‘dystopian’ manifesto for Trump’s second term

Trump family and Rubio to attend tonight’s rally in Florida

Tuesday 9 July 2024 20:32 , Oliver O’Connell

Many of the Trump family will be in attendance at Trump National Doral for this evening’s rally. Jake Traylor of NBC News saw seat assignments for all three sons — Don Jr, Eric, and Barron — amongst others.

Notably, still no Melania Trump.

However, potential running mate Senator Marco Rubio is set to attend alongside his wife.

Watch: Fox News report on latest polling concerning Kamala Harris that had Trump fuming

Tuesday 9 July 2024 20:27 , Oliver O’Connell

The nuclear option Democrats could take to replace Biden: An open convention

Tuesday 9 July 2024 20:20 , Gustaf Kilander

President Joe Biden’s disastrous debate performance in Atlanta last month has opened the door in many Democratic minds that the best option might be to find a new nominee during an open convention.

But Biden has so far resolutely refused to even entertain the idea of stepping aside, challenging any possible candidates to take him on at the convention during a recent fiery interview on MSNBC. The White House and the Biden campaign are now scrambling to reassure voters, elected Democrats, donors, and activists that the president is up to the job for another four years.

Meanwhile, a growing number of Democratic members of Congress have publicly called on Biden to step aside and some Senate Democrats reportedly believe that the party needs a new nominee.

So how would that actually happen?

What is an open convention? The nuclear option Democrats could take to replace Biden

Some House Democrats have rallied round Biden. It’s a different game in the Senate

Tuesday 9 July 2024 20:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Eric Garcia writes:

President Joe Biden seemed to stem his bleeding support among some Democrats in the House of Representatives, particularly progressives. Meanwhile, the Senate continues to have lingering questions, following the president’s disastrous debate performance last month.

On Monday, the president sent a letter to congressional Democrats saying he is “firmly committed” to staying in the presidential race against Donald Trump.

During votes on Monday evening, many House Democrats — specifically members of the Congressional Black Caucus — reiterated their support for Biden.

Continue reading…

Some House Democrats have rallied round Biden. It’s a different game in the Senate

Trump’s VP decision draws near as former president prepares for tonight’s Florida rally

Tuesday 9 July 2024 19:46 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump will get back on the campaign trail this evening in Doral, Florida this evening for the first time in a week as the decision about who will join him on the Republican ticket draws nearer.

The former president has said he would announce his pick for vice president ahead of next week’s Republican National Convention in Milwaukee.

It is widely believed that the main two contenders are Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who once ran against Trump in the 2016 GOP primary, and Senator JD Vance of Ohio, who was also once not a fan of the former president.

Here’s Rubio backing up Trump’s efforts to distance himself from Project 2025:

Rubio puts distance between Project 2025 and Trump as VP audition ramps up

And here’s Vance calling Trump “clearly a good husband”:

Trump VP hopeful JD Vance claims ex-president is ‘clearly a good husband’

Democrats in Congress say mood is grim as a ‘funeral’ as Biden refuses to drop out

Tuesday 9 July 2024 19:40 , Oliver O’Connell

There was very little enthusiasm visible from members of President Joe Biden’s party as they continued to trickle back onto Capitol Hill this week for the return of business in the House and Senate.

Congressional Democrats who emerged from meetings on Tuesday indicated two main sentiments to reporters: that Joe Biden would not be getting out of the race; and that no progress has been made in convincing even some of his own supporters that he is up to the task of running for president and serving another four years in the White House.

Even those who have urged Biden to make the hard choice and withdraw from the race — like ranking Judiciary member Jerry Nadler — admitted to reporters on Tuesday that they were at an impasse.

John Bowden reports from Washington, DC.

‘He has to step down’: Democrats in Congress say mood is grim as a ‘funeral’

Repost – Watch LIVE: White House briefing with Karine Jean-Pierre

Tuesday 9 July 2024 19:36 , Oliver O’Connell

Bit of a late start due to a conversation with the president in the Oval Office concerning Hurricane Beryl in Texas.

Trump hits out at Fox News over polls (again)

Tuesday 9 July 2024 19:34 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump has once again hit out at Fox News over polls they have shown during their daytime news programming.

The former president wrote on Truth Social:

FoxNews will never take great polls, from reputable pollsters, where I’m beating Crooked Joe, the worst President in history, by a lot, but will take FAKE confidential Democrat polls, that they leaked to Fox, and go up big with them. John Roberts, a real heavyweight, was the “anchor.” I’ll be releasing REAL POLLS shortly!

We wait with bated breath…

Democrat senators call for special counsel probe of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

Tuesday 9 July 2024 19:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), chairman of the Judiciary subcommittee on federal courts, and Ron Wyden (D-OR), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland last week requesting the appointment of a special counsel to investigate potential violations of ethics, false statement, and tax laws by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and the benefactors who have supplied him with undisclosed gifts.

Whitehouse and Wyden write in their letter that the full pattern of Justice Thomas’s omissions of outside income and luxury gifts from his legally required financial disclosures warrant criminal investigation by the Department of Justice.

Here’s Ariana Baio reporting from June on some of Thomas’s undeclared trips:

Clarence Thomas took three more undeclared trips on his billionaire buddy’s jet

Missouri AG candidate tries to out-MAGA his rival by blowing up Trump evidence

Tuesday 9 July 2024 19:20 , Oliver O’Connell

Clad in a fleece sweater vest, Will Scharf, an attorney for Donald Trump who wants to be Missouri’s next attorney general, fires a grenade launcher at a stack of evidence boxes and indictments in his latest campaign ad.

“Joe Biden and his corrupt allies are wrecking our legal system, doing everything they can to stop President Trump and the MAGA agenda,” he says in the ad. “It’s time for a Missouri attorney general who will return fire.”

He then cocks his firearm, and the stack of boxes explodes.

Alex Woodward reports.

MAGA candidate for Missouri attorney general blows up Trump evidence in campaign ad

Watch: Nikki Haley releases GOP delegated ahead of convention, but will not attend

Tuesday 9 July 2024 19:14 , Oliver O’Connell

Watch LIVE: White House briefing with Karine Jean-Pierre

Tuesday 9 July 2024 19:02 , Oliver O’Connell

Trump bizarrely claims ‘Hunter is calling the shots’

Tuesday 9 July 2024 19:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump suggested that Hunter Biden is “calling the shots” behind the scenes, and that the president’s ongoing refusal to drop out of the race for the White House was due to his “ego”.

Speaking to Fox News, the former president said that he was “prepared” to face Biden in November, but that it “wasn’t going to matter” if his rival stepped down or not.

“They cover for him, and they still are sort of covering, but now it’s getting very difficult to do that,” he told Sean Hannity. “I think Jill [Biden] would like to see him stay, she’s having a good time. I noticed she seems to be having a good time, and I’m hearing that Hunter is calling the shots.”

Mike Bedigan reports.

Trump says Biden’s ‘ego’ wont let him quit White House race in Hannity rant

ICYMI: Harris avoids all mention of Biden campaign crisis while wooing Black voters

Tuesday 9 July 2024 18:40 , Oliver O’Connell

Vice President Kamala Harris barely mentioned her own running mate on Saturday as she spoke to Black voters and talked about the 2024 race at the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans.

The nation’s first Black vice president has been seen by many Democrats as the obvious choice to pick up the mantle of the party’s 2024 nomination should Joe Biden step aside in the coming days — a proposition the president has firmly denied will take place.

But, on Saturday, she clearly appeared ready to take on that role regardless as she hammered former president Donald Trump and sought to lay out the stakes of the election.

John Bowden reports.

Kamala Harris avoids all mention of Biden’s flubs at Essence Festival

AOC backs Biden after speaking with president

Tuesday 9 July 2024 18:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reaffirmed her commitment to President Joe Biden as the presumptive Democratic nominee on Monday evening amid heightened tensions within the party over his mental fitness.

“Joe Biden is our nominee, he is not leaving this race, he is in this race and I support him,” Ocasio-Cortez told a group of reporters outside of the Capitol.

The New York rep’s assertion comes as Democratic lawmakers scramble to find consensus on whether or not to support Biden, 81, as the presidential nominee.

Ariana Baio has the story.

AOC backs Biden: ‘He is in this race, and I support him’

How did late-night hosts react to Biden debate flub?

Tuesday 9 July 2024 18:20 , Oliver O’Connell

Maira Butt reports on what the big late-night talk show hosts had to say about Joe Biden’s prospects following the disastrous debate performance against “pathological liar” Donald Trump.

What Late Night hosts say on Biden as he faces calls to stand down from election race

Trump wants to distance himself from far-right Project 2025 plan, his PAC has other ideas…

Tuesday 9 July 2024 18:05 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump wants to distance himself from Project 2025, the blueprint for his administration drawn up by his former officials and backed by an influential Republican-aligned think tank.

Project 2025’s 900-page manifesto for nearly every detail of a second Trump presidency was drawn up by more than a dozen former Trump administration officials and advisers, who have planned to “integrate” the document into the campaign’s platform in the coming months.

But on Friday, as his Democratic rivals use Project 2025 as shorthand for his agenda, Trump claimed that the proposal is news to him.

Alex Woodward has the details.

Trump distances himself from Project 2025 while his PAC pushes ads promoting it

Kamala Harris pulls ahead of Joe in Trump matchup, but someone else does better…

Tuesday 9 July 2024 17:50 , Oliver O’Connell

A new poll shows Vice President Kamala Harris has a better shot than President Joe Biden at defeating Donald Trump in the 2024 election — but someone else has the edge on both of them, as Gustaf Kilander reports.

Kamala Harris pulls ahead of Joe in Trump matchup — but Hillary beats them both

‘Big boy press conference’?

Tuesday 9 July 2024 17:40 , Oliver O’Connell

The White House has been roasted for promising President Joe Biden will give a “big boy press conference” as part of the three-day Nato summit of world leaders beginning Tuesday in Washington DC.

In Monday’s White House press briefing, John Kirby, the White House’s national security communications adviser, raised eyebrows with his choice of phrase – coming at a time when the embattled president is facing growing calls to quit the 2024 race.

Joe Sommerlad reports on this completely unforced error as the world questions the physical and mental abilities of the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue…

White House roasted for saying Biden will give a ‘big boy press conference’

Rubio tries to put distance between Project 2025 and Trump

Tuesday 9 July 2024 17:20 , Oliver O’Connell

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a possible contender for Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick, went to bat for the former president on Sunday by trying to distance the presumptive Republican nominee from Project 2025.

“Think tanks do think tank stuff they come up with ideas, they say things,” Rubio told CNN’s State of the Union when asked if he was “comfortable” with the policies outlined in the project headed by the conservative Heritage Foundation.

Ariana Baio reports.

Rubio puts distance between Project 2025 and Trump as VP audition ramps up

‘Uneasiness’ permeates White House as Biden enters critical week

Tuesday 9 July 2024 17:00 , Oliver O’Connell

There’s a general sense of “uneasiness” spreading through President Joe Biden’s White House as the future of his re-election campaign enters a critical week.

Biden’s terrible debate performance in Atlanta on June 27, when he appeared frail with a raspy voice and made several blunders as he lost his train of thought, has set off a crisis within the Democratic Party as senior elected officials call for the president to step aside.

Many in the White House are now in a somber mood and struggling with anxiety and unease regarding whether Biden, 81, will carry on with his campaign for another four year-term, according to CNN.

Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.

‘Uneasiness’ permeates White House as Biden enters critical week

Watch: NATO summit test for Biden

Tuesday 9 July 2024 16:40 , Oliver O’Connell

What has Biden said to Democrat lawmakers?

Tuesday 9 July 2024 16:30 , Oliver O’Connell

President Joe Biden attempted to head off calls for him to step aside with a defiant letter to congressional Democrats on Monday, in which he says exiting the race would be an affront to democracy.

Andrew Feinberg filed this report from the White House.

Biden refuses to stand down in letter to Congress: ‘Voters have spoken’

Clyburn: ‘We are riding with Biden’

Tuesday 9 July 2024 16:12 , Oliver O’Connell

South Carolina Rep Jim Clyburn — a key Biden supporter in the 2020 primary — was succinct when leaving the meeting: “We are riding with Biden.”

Lauren Boebert attacks ‘Sleepy Joe’ after Trump debate

Tuesday 9 July 2024 16:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Here’s Sheila Flynn on the MAGA firebrand finding herself in rare agreement with her political nemesis, Democrat Adam Frisch, regarding the commander-in-chief.

‘How is he even able to carry on as President’: Boebert attacks Biden after debate

‘Sadness’ at Democrat meeting

Tuesday 9 July 2024 15:50 , Oliver O’Connell

CNN’s Lauren Fox says one Democratic lawmaker described a sense of “sadness” in the room as some members solidly made the case for Joe Biden to step aside.

They said it was sad “talking about someone you love who is in obvious decline”.

Democrat meeting ‘felt like a funeral’

Tuesday 9 July 2024 15:40 , Oliver O’Connell

Jake Sherman of Punchbowl News reports one Democrat lawmaker as saying the atmosphere in the caucus meeting “felt like a funeral”.

No consensus appears to have been reached and there was a lot of talk about how difficult the situation is for party members.

Lincoln Project imagines dystopian US in devastating new ad

Tuesday 9 July 2024 15:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Anti-Trump conservative group The Lincoln Project has launched its latest ad imagining a dystopian American under a second Donald Trump presidency based many of the aims stated by Project 2025.

Chilling stuff…

‘I shared my position and how I came to it’

Tuesday 9 July 2024 15:25 , Oliver O’Connell

Massachusetts rep Seth Moulton, one of the six Democrat lawmakers who publicly called on Joe Biden to step aside from the ticket, told CNN’s Annie Grayer of the party meeting: “I shared my position and how I came to it.”

He added: “Everyone was listening very carefully to a variety of positions in the room.”

Biden hosts NATO members in Washington as he looks for reprieve from campaign pressures

Tuesday 9 July 2024 15:21 , Oliver O’Connell

Andrew Feinberg writes:

World leaders from NATO countries are set to descend on Washington, DC, this week for their annual meeting as President Joe Biden looks to quell fears and move past questions on his future.

Heads of state and government from 32 NATO nations — plus leaders of Ukraine, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea — began arriving at Joint Base Andrews on Monday for the annual gathering. Biden is scheduled to open the confab with a speech marking the 75th anniversary of the transatlantic alliance.

Continue reading…

Biden hosts NATO members in DC as he looks for reprieve from campaign pressures

Watch: Illinois Democrat says Biden can’t win

Tuesday 9 July 2024 15:17 , Oliver O’Connell

Rep Mike Quigley of Illinois says Joe Biden “can’t win” and needs to step down.

Chicago, his home city, hosts the Democratic Convention next month…

Watch: Rep Cohen says Democrats not on same page or even book

Tuesday 9 July 2024 15:12 , Oliver O’Connell

Tennessee Democrat representative Steve Cohen told reporters outside the party’s meeting that rather than being on the same page regarding support for President Joe Biden, they are not even on the same book.

Which Democrat lawmakers have said Biden needs to step aside?

Tuesday 9 July 2024 14:55 , Oliver O’Connell

Eleven House Democrats – six publicly, five privately – have so far called on the president to drop out of the race for the White House, as of Tuesday — though Jerry Nadler appears to have walked back on his alleged comments made during a private crisis call.

James Liddell reports.

The eleven House Democrats who say Biden needs to step aside

Democrats conclude meeting

Tuesday 9 July 2024 14:54 , Oliver O’Connell

Democrat lawmakers have concluded their meeting about support for President Joe Biden after around 45 minutes.

Democrat meeting ends

Tuesday 9 July 2024 14:52 , Oliver O’Connell

Democrat lawmakers have concluded their meeting over support for President Joe Biden.

Biden hails ‘historic’ NATO summit

Tuesday 9 July 2024 14:49 , Oliver O’Connell

Trump begins day with wild election conspiracy

Tuesday 9 July 2024 14:45 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump has begun his day by posting a wild conspiracy theory that Democrats are cheating in elections as according to him they cannot win on their policies — “That’s how they get an incapacitated moron like Joe Biden elected,” he writes on Truth Social, while also accusing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg of helping and apparently threatening him with jail, for something…

Here’s the rant in full:

Republicans must pass the Save Act, or go home and cry yourself to sleep. Non citizen Illegal Migrants are getting the right to vote, being pushed by crooked Democrat Politicians who are not being stopped by an equally dishonest Justice Department. Our whole voting system is under siege. Harmeet and David, go to court and get this stopped, NOW. The Dems can’t win on their policies, the only way they can win is to CHEAT. They do it at every level of government, and they do it well. That’s how they get an incapacitated moron like Joe Biden elected. Get tough RNC (Michael W!), Speaker Johnson, and all State and Local Republican politicians. The Justice Department is CORRUPT and won’t do a thing to help. They have no shame! All I can say is that if I’m elected President, we will pursue Election Fraudsters at levels never seen before, and they will be sent to prison for long periods of time. We already know who you are. DON’T DO IT! ZUCKERBUCKS, be careful!

Jon Stewart destroys Biden campaign’s ‘blatant BS’ claims about debate disaster and future of 2024 race

Tuesday 9 July 2024 14:30 , Joe Sommerlad

After a brief hiatus, The Daily Show host was back on screens last night to say he’s sick of Biden’s “get onboard or shut the f*** up” rhetoric about his future in the presidential race.

“For a campaign based on honesty and decency, the spin about the debate appears to be blatant bulls***,” the host observed.

Here’s James Liddell with more on what the influential Stewart had to say.

Jon Stewart destroys Biden campaign’s ‘blatant BS’ claims about debate

Watch: Nadler says party must support Biden

Tuesday 9 July 2024 14:15 , Oliver O’Connell

New York Rep Jerry Nadler has told reporters outside of the Democratic Party meeting today that they must support President Joe Biden who has made it clear that he is running this November.

Nadler was one of several congressional Democrats who reportedly said on a private call over the weekend that Biden should step aside.

Watch his remarks below:

Biden had a bad debate. That doesn’t mean we can ignore Trump’s lies

Tuesday 9 July 2024 14:00 , Joe Sommerlad

As most of the media – and the United States – remains laser-focused on the president’s poor debate performance, a handful of outspoken analysts have wondered: Where is the same scrutiny of Trump?

Kelly Rissman reports.

Biden had a bad debate night. That doesn’t mean we can ignore Trump’s lies

Trump attacked over ‘preposterous’ attempt to distance himself from Project 2025

Tuesday 9 July 2024 13:46 , Joe Sommerlad

Donald Trump’s recent denial that he knows anything about Project 2025, a 900-page proposal by the Heritage Foundation think-tank for a radical reconfiguring of the US federal government to suit hard-line conservatives, has been ridiculed by one of his former Republican allies.

“This is preposterous if you look at the collaborators and the authors of this plan,” commented ex-Mike Pence adviser Olivia Troye on CNN.

“A lot of these people… served in Trump’s cabinet during his administration. There are people that I worked with. I sat in those policy meetings with them.”

Naming ex-Trump administration figures John McEntee, Stephen Miller, Ben Carson and Ken Cuccinelli, Troye added: “I think what this is telling us is that Donald Trump knows that what is written in this plan is so extreme that it is damaging to his possibility of getting elected, and that’s what he’s concerned about.”

If you’re not familiar with Project 2025, it is deeply sinister and proposes replacing US civil servants with Trump loyalists, eliminating the Education Department, placing the Justice Department at the president’s whim and banning the abortion pill.

Here’s Alex Woodward’s introduction.

How Demsts are plotting against Project 2025, the manifesto for Trump’s second term

Whitmer rules out running for president – even if Biden does step aside

Tuesday 9 July 2024 13:30 , Joe Sommerlad

Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer has ruled out running for the Democratic nomination for president this year, even if Biden does cave into pressure and step aside.

“It’s a distraction more than anything,” Whitmer told the AP in an interview to promote her excellently-titled new memoir, True Gretch, which just so happens to be out next week.

“I don’t like seeing my name in articles like that because I’m totally focused on governing and campaigning for the [Biden-Kamala Harris] ticket,” she said flatly.

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Gretchen Whitmer (Getty)

Republicans drop federal abortion limits from GOP platform

Tuesday 9 July 2024 13:00 , Joe Sommerlad

The Republican National Committee (RNC) will drop abortion limits from its current platform as the party conforms to the whims of Donald Trump.

While Trump has been concerned about the political impact that the issue may have on Republicans, the platform change is a move that anti-abortion activists have been arguing against.

An RNC committee adopted a draft platform on Monday that states “Republicans will protect and defend a vote of the people, from within the states, on the issue of life.”

The platform will be finalized next week following a vote of the full convention.

Gustaf Kilander has more.

Republicans drop federal abortion limits from GOP platform

Sanders complains media has turned politics into a ‘beauty contest’

Tuesday 9 July 2024 12:30 , Joe Sommerlad

The popular Vermont senator, himself no spring chicken, sat down with CNN’s Kaitlan Collins last night to discuss the Biden furore and offered some sharp critiques of the media and the “donor class” over their outsized influence.

His more youthful ally Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has also belatedly come out in support of Biden.

Democrats plot ‘blitz primary’ to replace Biden with help from Taylor Swift

Tuesday 9 July 2024 12:00 , Joe Sommerlad

As Biden struggles to convince his fellow Democrats that he remains the right man to take on Trump in November following his disastrous debate performance in Atlanta last month, two party insiders have proposed a novel “blitz primary” process for choosing his successor.

Rosa Brooks and Ted Dintersmith, a Georgetown University law professor and venture capitalist respectively, began circulating a memo to wealthy party donors and members of the Biden administration and campaign on July 2 in which they outline their plan for replacing the 81-year-old president as the Democratic nominee.

Here’s a look at what precisely they are proposing.

Dems pitch ‘blitz primary’ to replace Biden with help from Taylor Swift and Oprah

Schumer and Jeffries walk a tightrope as Democrats agonize over Biden’s future

Tuesday 9 July 2024 11:30 , Joe Sommerlad

More than 15 years ago, the late Senate majority leader Harry Reid defiantly declared: “I don’t work for Barack Obama. I work with him.”

Blunt as that may be, Reid explained something few people understand about politics: Even if members of Congress share a party with the president, they are not his employees.

They are his partners and, sometimes, their interests may diverge.

Now, Reid’s successor in that role Chuck Schumer and House minority leader Hakeem Jeffries are living the lesson, as President Joe Biden faces mounting calls from congressional Democrats to step aside in favor of a potentially more viable candidate in the 2024 election.

Here’s Eric Garcia’s report.

Biden’s stumbles have Schumer, Jeffries walking tight rope over Dems split on future

Sixth House Democrat calls publicly for president to drop out

Tuesday 9 July 2024 11:00 , Joe Sommerlad

Washington representative Adam Smith yesterday became the sixth congressional Democrat to call publicly for Biden to step aside and let a younger candidate challenge Trump for the presidency.

Here’s James Liddell with a look at the sextet – and the five more who have made the same appeal behind the scenes.

The eleven House Democrats who say Biden needs to step aside

Truth Social: Trump enlists liberal commentators in latest Biden attacks ahead of Florida rally

Tuesday 9 July 2024 10:30 , Joe Sommerlad

Over on his social media hellscape (arguably the real “poison” afflicting the nation), Trump has begun quoting the likes of MSNBC’s Joy Reid and CNN’s Van Jones in his latest attacks on the president.

He has also been busy promoting his Hannity interview and his latest campaign rally later today in Doral, Florida.

Here’s Gustaf Kilander on the blustering businessman’s disappearing act since the debate as he allows Biden to struggle to escape a net of his own making.

Trump in hiding for 10 days while Biden makes 18 post-debate appearances

Trump says ‘Hunter is calling the shots’ and Biden’s ‘ego’ won’t let him quit 2024 race

Tuesday 9 July 2024 10:00 , Joe Sommerlad

Away from all that, Biden’s Republican rival Donald Trump (remember him?) told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday evening that he does not believe the president will drop out of the 2024 race despite the intense pressure to do so from his own side, saying his “ego” will not let him.

He also claimed that the president’s son Hunter Biden was “calling the shots” behind the scenes, was uncharacteristically gracious about CNN’s debate moderators Jake Tapper and Dana Bash and then launched into his familiar anti-immigrant hysteria.

Mike Bedigan was watching.

Trump says Biden’s ‘ego’ wont let him quit White House race in Hannity rant

Biden spokesman promises ‘big boy press conference’

Tuesday 9 July 2024 10:11 , Joe Sommerlad

Speaking of Kirby, he also made the following promise on the president’s behalf…

Kirby was actually responding to Bloomberg journalist Justin Sink using that phrase earlier in a question to Karine Jean-Pierre that brought much mirth in the press room but his doing so has inevitably invited plenty of ridicule from the right, with Sky News host Gabriella Power, for one, huffing that such talk is “not making it any easier” for voters to take the administration seriously.

Nato allies ‘not concerned’ by questions over Biden’s mental fitness ahead of major summit

Tuesday 9 July 2024 09:30 , Joe Sommerlad

The eyes of the world will be on the president again on Tuesday as he hosts a Nato summit in Washington DC with his fellow heads of state, an event that also marks new British prime minister Sir Keir Starmer’s debut on the international stage.

Asked about whether the American’s present difficulties will be a distraction, national security communications adviser John Kirby assured the press Biden’s fellow leaders were not worried.

Here’s more from Andrew Feinberg.

White House says NATO allies not concerned by questions over Biden’s capacity

White House shoots down Biden Parkinson’s speculation with explanation of specialist doctor’s visits

Tuesday 9 July 2024 09:00 , Joe Sommerlad

Good morning!

Joe Biden’s physician Dr Kevin O’Connor has moved to dispel media speculation that the president is suffering from Parkinson’s disease with a letter explaining why movement disorder specialist Dr Kevin Cannard repeatedly visited the White House earlier this year.

In a memorandum to Biden’s press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre released late on Monday, Dr O’Connor wrote that Dr Cannard’s visits were part of his duties as the neurological expert responsible for the “extremely detailed neurological examination” that the president underwent during his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland in February.

Earlier, Jean-Pierre had endured a tense press briefing, sparring with CBS reporter Ed O’Keefe after he suggested she was not being entirely forthcoming about the president’s health.

Here’s the very latest from Andrew Feinberg and Gustaf Kilander.

White House shoots down Parkinson’s speculation with explanation of doctor visits

Kamala Harris avoids all mention of Biden campaign crisis

Tuesday 9 July 2024 06:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Vice President Kamala Harris barely mentioned her own running mate on Saturday as she spoke to Black voters and talked about the 2024 race at the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans.

The nation’s first Black vice president has been seen by many Democrats as the obvious choice to pick up the mantle of the party’s 2024 nomination should Joe Biden step aside in the coming days — a proposition the president has firmly denied will take place.

But, on Saturday, she clearly appeared ready to take on that role regardless as she hammered former president Donald Trump and sought to lay out the stakes of the election.

John Bowden reports.

Kamala Harris avoids all mention of Biden’s flubs at Essence Festival

Trump predicts Kamala Harris would take over from Biden if he stood aside

Tuesday 9 July 2024 02:44 , Graeme Massie

“Well, I think that it will be her. I think they are very concerned about the vote. If it’s not her, they are very, very, I mean, they’re gun shy. They don’t want to do it any other way.

“She didn’t do a good job, and she hasn’t done a job on a lot of things so but it would seem to me that from a political standpoint, that’s who they’re going with. They’re not even talking about alternatives. And it seems that if, if he gets out for whatever reason, and I don’t think he wants to get out, but if he gets out, it will be her.

“Interestingly, he’s got a lot of power, because he’s got the delegates. You know, when you have the delegates, unless he says, I’m getting out, they can’t do anything to get him out, other than the 25th amendment.

“Would be the 25th amendment, but let’s assume, with not very much time left, you know, there’s not much time left, and then we can straighten out our country…But there’s not a lot of time left. But I think unless they use the 25th Amendment, which they’d use in a different sense, he has all the power. He has the delegates. He doesn’t have to get out. There’s nothing they can do to get him out. So he’ll get the nomination.”

Trump says he is ‘prepared’ to face Biden

Tuesday 9 July 2024 02:39 , Graeme Massie

“Well, we prepared for him, but I don’t think it’s going to matter,” said Trump before listing off his supposed successes during his time in office.

Trump describes ‘strange’ debate with Biden

Tuesday 9 July 2024 02:38 , Graeme Massie

“It was a strange evening. I will tell you it was a strange debate, because within a couple of minutes, the answers given by him were they didn’t they, they didn’t make a lot of sense,” Trump told Sean Hannity on Fox News.

“And I don’t know, maybe it was a good makeup job, or maybe it wasn’t, but he was a very pale looking man, and when he started to speak, I don’t know, I thought his voice was weak

Trump told Hannity that he could not really understand what Biden was saying.

“They weren’t even answers. They were just words put together that had no meaning, or sense. But for the most part, I didn’t really look over.”

Trump claims there will ‘100%’ be a terrorist attack in US

Tuesday 9 July 2024 02:34 , Graeme Massie

Trump praised CNN debate hosts

Tuesday 9 July 2024 02:33 , Graeme Massie

Biden says ‘voters have spoken’ and refuses to consider standing down

Tuesday 9 July 2024 02:30 , Oliver O’Connell

President Joe Biden is attempting to head off calls for him to step aside with a defiant letter to congressional Democrats, in which he says exiting the race would be an affront to democracy.

Biden’s missive, which he released publicly on his X account on Monday ahead of Congress’s return to Washington, opens with a declaration that he is “firmly committed” to remaining a candidate in this year’s presidential election and to “running this race to the end, and to beating Donald Trump”.

Andrew Feinberg reports from the White House.

Biden refuses to stand down in letter to Congress: ‘Voters have spoken’

Trump claims Hunter Biden is ‘calling the shots’

Tuesday 9 July 2024 02:27 , Mike Bedigan

Speaking to Fox News, Donald Trump claimed Hunter Biden was “calling the shots,” and those around the president were “covering for him”.

In an interview on Monday, the former president was asked about how he would feel about the possibility of Biden dropping out of the presidential race.

“Well, we prepared for him, but I don’t think it’s going to matter,” he told Fox News’ Hannity.

“They cover for him, and they still are sort of covering, but now it’s getting very difficult to do that. And you know, it looks to me like he may very well, and he doesn’t want to quit. He doesn’t want to do that.

“I think Jill [Biden] would like to see him stay she’s having a good time. I noticed she seems to be having a good time, and I I’m hearing that Hunter is calling the shots.

“So this isn’t necessarily a very positive thing for our country, but I think he might very well stay in… you really have to speak to his doctors. But obviously he’s been sheltered by the fake news media.”

Biden doctor’s letter published

Tuesday 9 July 2024 02:23 , Mike Bedigan

On Monday night the White House published a note from Joe Biden’s physician, doctor Kevin O’Connor.

The note shared details from a long-time neurological consultant to the White House, Dr Kevin Cannard.

It reiterated the White House’s previous statements that following the president’s most recent physical exam, there were “no findings which would be consistent with any cerebellar or other central neurological.”

This included conditions including stroke, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s, the letter added.

Watch: ‘Challenge me at the convention’

Tuesday 9 July 2024 02:00 , Oliver O’Connell

ICYMI: Several top House Democrats call for Biden to step aside

Tuesday 9 July 2024 01:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Several influential House Democrats joined a growing list of party members calling on Joe Biden to step aside and let someone else run in 2024 in a weekend crisis call, according to reports.

The House Democratic caucus convened for crisis talks with Hakeem Jeffries, the chamber’s minority leader, late Sunday afternoon as lawmakers prepare to face the media on Capitol Hill when Congress returns to business the next day.

John Bowden reports from Washington, DC.

Several top Democrats call for Biden to step aside in weekend ‘crisis talks’

Watch: ‘I beat him last time. I will beat him this time’

Tuesday 9 July 2024 01:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Schiff says Kamala would be ‘phenomenal’ president

Tuesday 9 July 2024 00:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Democratic Representative Adam Schiff has said that Vice President Kamala Harris would be a “phenomenal” president and could “overwhelmingly” beat Donald Trump in the 2024 race – as he revealed which of Joe Biden’s comments he was most “concerned” by in the president’s make-or-break ABC News interview.

Read more…

Schiff says Kamala would be ‘phenomenal’ president as he slams Biden interview answer

Republicans drop abortion limits from platform — after seeing it being used against GOP candidates

Tuesday 9 July 2024 00:00 , Oliver O’Connell

The Republican National Committee will drop abortion limits from its current platform as the party conforms to the whims of former President Donald Trump.

While Trump has been concerned about the political impact that the issue may have on Republicans, the platform change is a move that anti-abortion activists have been arguing against.

Gustaf Kilander has the details.

Republicans drop abortion limits from its platform

Monday 8 July 2024 23:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Biden’s stumbles have Schumer and Jeffries walking a tight rope

Monday 8 July 2024 23:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Eric Garcia writes:

More than 15 years ago, the late Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid defiantly said, “I don’t work for Barack Obama. I work with him.” Blunt as that may be, Reid explained something few people understand about politics: Even if members of Congress share a party with the president, they are not his employees. They are his partners, and sometimes, their interests may diverge.

Now, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries are living that lesson, as President Joe Biden faces mounting calls from congressional Democrats to step aside in favor of a potentially more viable candidate in the 2024 election.

Continue reading…

Biden’s stumbles have Schumer, Jeffries walking tight rope over Dems split on future

New poll: Biden narrows Trump’s lead in key swing states despite debate fallout

Monday 8 July 2024 22:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Joe Biden has narrowed Donald Trump’s lead in crucial swing states including Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and North Carolina in spite of his disastrous debate performance fallout, according to a new poll.

In the new Morning Consult and Bloomberg survey, Trump holds only a three-point lead over Biden in Arizona, Nevada and North Carolina and a one-point lead over Biden in Georgia.

The former president holds a more significant lead over Biden in Pennslyvania.

Ariana Baio reports.

Biden narrows Trump’s lead in swing states despite debate fallout, new poll finds

Monday 8 July 2024 22:25 , Oliver O’Connell

Monday 8 July 2024 22:15 , Oliver O’Connell

All the celebrities who have called for Joe Biden to step down

Monday 8 July 2024 22:00 , Oliver O’Connell

President Joe Biden continues to lose crucial support from his colleagues, big-name celebrities and donors.

Last month, Biden’s shaky performance at the first presidential debate against the Republican nominee, former president Donald Trump, led to questions about his capability to run for reelection.

Despite several major voices urging Biden to step aside, the incumbent president is insistent about his ability to run and win again.

Inga Parkel reports.

Celebrities who’ve called for Joe Biden to step down, from Stephen King to Rob Reiner

Trump thanks RNC rules committee for approving GOP platform

Monday 8 July 2024 21:57 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump writes:

The 2024 GOP Platform to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN was overwhelmingly approved by the Rules Committee – Thank you to Chairwoman Marsha Blackburn and Vice Chair Michael Waltz for their tireless work to PUT AMERICA FIRST. Ours is a forward-looking Agenda with strong promises that we will accomplish very quickly when we win the White House and Republican Majorities in the House and Senate. We are, quite simply, the Party of Common Sense! America needs determined Republican Leadership at every level of Government to address the core threats to our very survival: Our disastrously Open Border, our weakened Economy, Inflation, crippling restrictions on American Energy Production, our depleted Military, attacks on the American System of Justice, the Weaponization of Politics, and much more….

….To make clear our commitment, we offer to the American People our plan to restore our Country to Greatness – It will be approved next week at the GOP Convention. The Forgotten Men and Women of this Country will be forgotten no longer. MAGA!

DNC says Trump desperate to distance himself from Project 2025

Monday 8 July 2024 21:52 , Oliver O’Connell

DNC national press secretary Emilia Rowland released the following statement:

“Trump is so desperate to distance himself from Project 2025 as the American people are grappling with the terrifying truth about his second term agenda that he and his team overhauled the Republican platform process to keep the public and the press in the dark, all caps-ed 20 bullet points behind closed doors, and blasted it out to divert attention from his real plans: a national abortion ban, handouts for his billionaire donors on the backs of middle-class Americans, cuts to Medicare and Social Security, and to be a dictator on “day one.” The reality is that Trump literally put architects of Project 2025 in charge of the Republican platform, and the result is not only the most extreme platform in GOP history but one containing lie after lie after lie. The American people know that Trump wants a nationwide abortion ban and they know the only thing standing in the way of Trump’s terrifying second term agenda is reelecting President Biden and Vice President Harris in November.”

Here’s what you need to know about Project 2025, from Alex Woodward:

Trump distances himself from Project 2025 while his PAC pushes ads promoting it

Nato Summit: Keir Starmer to face first international test as he meets Biden

Monday 8 July 2024 21:45 , Oliver O’Connell

Keir Starmer will face his first international test just days after becoming prime minister as he meets President Joe Biden and other world leaders at the Nato summit in Washington.

The Labour leader will try to reassure the nuclear alliance of his party’s “unshakeable” support under his leadership.

Kate Devlin reports from London.

Starmer to face first international test as he meets Biden and other leaders at Nato

NATO allies not concerned by questions over Biden’s capacity, says White House

Monday 8 July 2024 21:33 , Oliver O’Connell

With world leaders converging on Washington for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s annual summit, the White House’s top national security spokesperson isn’t aware of any concerns among NATO members regarding President Biden’s capacity to serve amid questions over his performance at last month’s presidential debate.

National Security Communications Adviser John Kirby denied that Biden’s condition is even a topic of conversation among NATO members when pressed on the matter on the eve of the alliance’s yearly gathering — one that will mark three-quarters of a century since the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty — during a briefing with White House reporters on Monday.

Andrew Feinberg reports.

White House says NATO allies not concerned by questions over Biden’s capacity

Rep Smith says Biden should step aside

Monday 8 July 2024 21:29 , Oliver O’Connell

Democratic Washington congressman Adam Smith calls on President Biden to “step aside” during an interview on CNN on Monday afternoon.

“I think it’s become clear that he’s not the best person to carry the Democratic message. … It hasn’t gotten better since the debate.”

Smith had shared his reservations about Biden privately over the weekend, before going public today.

Thompson throws support behind Biden

Monday 8 July 2024 21:27 , Oliver O’Connell

Democrat Mississippi Rep Bennie Thompson, who chaired the January 6 select committee, has made it clear that he is backing Joe Biden.

Biden to meet with Congressional Black Caucus

Monday 8 July 2024 21:18 , Oliver O’Connell

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