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07/21/2024 --pasadenastarnews
“There’s no one more seasoned. There’s no one tougher,” said Lateefah Simon, a superdelegate to the DNC who is running for Congress to fill Rep. Barbara Lee’s seat in Oakland.
07/21/2024 --timesherald
To her close friends and supporters, Harris is ready to lead the country.
07/21/2024 --necn
So ends the half-century career of a flawed but resilient politician who won the White House in a razor-thin election and lost it four years later in a debate: Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.Biden, 81, now eases into a lame-duck presidency for the next six months, as the party he once commanded abandoned him in the span of a few weeks for an as-yet-unnamed candidate to carry the fight against Donald Trump.Biden’s collapse began with a June 27 debate against Trump, when he turned in a disastrous performance from which he couldn’t recover. An elderly president with his mouth agape, he struggled to complete a sentence or finish a thought. One by one, Democratic leaders who watched in alarm broke their polite silence and openly called on him to step aside.Stunning as his fall may be, Biden may be better prepared than most to deal with repudiation. Few presidents in history have endured as much tragedy and disappointment as the 46th.Biden’s life has careened between unexpected triumph and unimaginable loss. He won elections and lost them. He built a family, lost part of it, rebuilt it, and lost part of it once more.Hardened by experience, Biden seems to grasp that political partnerships are transactional: they come with an expiration date.If you want a friend in Washington, “get a dog,” Biden said at an NAACP convention on July 16, invoking former Democratic President Harry Truman’s famous dictum.Delaware to WashingtonLong before he was considered too old to win, Biden was considered too young to serve.He won a U.S. Senate seat in 1972, ousting longtime Republican incumbent Caleb Boggs. Just 29 years old, Biden did not meet the Senate’s minimum age requirement of 30 at the time. He turned 30 a couple of weeks after his victory.He was young, handsome and his political future seemed limitless. Then his world cratered.Before he was sworn-in, his wife Neilia and their 13-month-old daughter, Naomi, died in a traffic accident. A tractor-trailer struck the family’s Chevy station wagon while they were out shopping for a Christmas tree. Biden’s two young sons, Beau and Hunter, were injured in the crash.Biden was so shaken by the accident that he nearly renounced his Catholic faith. He considered giving up the Senate seat he had just won.“The underpinnings of my life had been kicked out from under me,” Biden wrote in his memoir, “Promises to Keep.” “No words, no prayer, no sermon gave me ease. I felt God had played a horrible trick on me, and I was angry. I found no comfort in the Church.”One of the Senate’s giants, Democrat Mike Mansfield of Montana, called constantly, imploring him to fill the seat as Biden sat in the hospital room with his sons. He relented and agreed to serve, riding the Amtrak train home from Washington every day when the Senate was in session so that the boys would not be without a parent.He rebuilt his life with the help of a devoted family. After Neilia’s death, his sister Valerie and brother Jimmy stepped in to help raise his sons.In 1977, Biden remarried. Jill Biden would become a loving partner, stepmother, and community college teacher wrapped into one. She also showed political chops. When Biden mulled a presidential bid in 2004, a bikini-clad Jill walked into a room at their home as he met with advisers. On her stomach she had written the word, “No.”No it was.Biden spent 36 years in the Senate, gaining a national profile when he chaired the Judiciary Committee and presided over two of the most polarizing Supreme Court picks in U.S. history.In 1987, then-President Ronald Reagan nominated Robert Bork, an appeals court judge, to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Bork’s conservative approach to the law made him anathema to liberal Democrats.Biden led public hearings in which he zeroed in on Bork’s criticism of previous Supreme Court rulings establishing a constitutional right to privacy, a notion that underpinned the Roe v. Wade decision enshrining abortion rights.The Syracuse Law grad prepped mightily so that he could go head-to-head with Bork, a formidable legal mind who once taught at Yale Law School. He held mock hearings in which the respected constitutional law professor, Laurence Tribe, played Bork.When the hearings began, Biden made a point of giving Bork ample time to explain his abstruse judicial views. The strategy proved to be Bork’s undoing: The more Bork spoke, the less the public liked him. The Senate voted against confirmation that fall.Four years later, then-President George H.W. Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to the high court. Again, Biden led the confirmation hearing from his committee perch.This time, Biden ran afoul of the left and women voters in particular. A law professor named Anita Hill contended that Thomas had sexually harassed her when she worked for him at two federal agencies. The disclosure riveted the nation, making the Thomas hearings must-see TV.Biden and his committee did not allow other women to give in-person testimony that might have buttressed Hill’s contention of mistreatment. Though Biden voted against the nomination, he described Thomas as a person of “high character.”Thomas won confirmation and went on to anchor the high court’s conservative wing for the next three decades. He was part of the 6-3 majority that ruled on July 1 that Donald Trump enjoys some level of immunity for his acts as president, hindering special counsel Jack Smith’s effort to prosecute Trump on charges of interfering with the 2020 election.During his time in the Senate, Biden mounted two failed bids for president. The first, in 1988, ended in embarrassment. Biden dropped out of the race amid disclosures that in his campaign speeches, he had lifted passages first spoken by a British labor leader without attribution.Biden tried again in 2008 and quit the race shortly after finishing a distant fifth in the Iowa caucuses. The career pol from Delaware couldn’t compete against the eloquent young senator from Illinois, Barack Obama.Biden captured the ultimate consolation prize, though, when Obama chose him to be his running mate.Biden didn’t know Obama well at first, but soon became a friend and confidant. As vice president, he pushed to be the last person in the room when Obama faced the most consequential decisions.His old-school persona didn’t always mesh well with Obama’s tight-knit, disciplined operation. Aides chafed when Biden front-ran Obama by coming out in support of gay marriage in 2012.In his memoir, “Beautiful Things,” Hunter Biden wrote that he “didn’t hang around the [Obama] White House much; I didn’t want to be in the position of walking into a barbecue on a Sunday with the president and the White House staff after reading about someone throwing my dad under the bus.”The final years of Biden’s vice presidency were sad ones. His son Beau died in 2015 at the age of 46, cutting short a promising political career of his own. A former attorney general, Beau Biden was seen as a potential presidential aspirant. With his death, Biden lost his first-born and possible heir apparent whom he described as his “soul.”Grieving over the loss, Biden opted not to run for president in 2016. It’s doubtful he would have won anyway. Party leaders from Obama on down had aligned themselves with Hillary Clinton.She won the nomination, then went on to lose to Trump.Out of power, Biden decided to mount one more campaign in 2020. A catalyst, he said, was a searing clash between right-wing extremists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va. In 2017, white nationalists organized a rally to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general who led the South in the Civil War. Heather Heyer, 32, died when an avowed neo-Nazi plowed his car into her and others who came to protest the march.In a subsequent news conference, Trump said that between those who marched and the counter-protesters, there were “very fine people on both sides.”Appalled by the claim, Biden jumped into the 2020 race, saying nothing less than the “soul of the nation” was at stake. He floundered at first, losing badly in the Iowa and Hampshire Democratic primary contests.He recovered in South Carolina thanks to African-American voters and the endorsement of one of the state’s most influential figures, Democratic Rep. James Clyburn.“In case you didn’t notice, Jim turned it around for me in 2020,” Biden said on July 16 while speaking at an NAACP convention.Seeing Biden as the best bet to oust Trump, Democratic candidates, party leaders and rank-and-file voters quickly coalesced behind the former vice president.An electorate weary of Covid-19 lockdowns — and Trump as well — handed Biden the victory that had eluded him for much of the past half century.Biden engineered some surprising successes in his single term. With the slimmest of majorities in Congress, he passed substantial pieces of legislation aimed at upgrading the nation’s aging roads, bridges and ports; expanding sources of clean, renewable energy; and stimulating an economy that was in a tailspin due to the Covid-19 pandemic.“Presidents have been promising big infrastructure spending since I remember and no one has come through,” said Robert Reich, a former labor secretary in Bill Clinton’s administration.In deference to his age, Biden had hinted he would serve just one term and then step aside. He called himself a “bridge” to a younger generation of leaders during the 2020 race.A few things happened to derail those plans. Biden’s party exceeded expectations during the 2022 midterm elections, keeping the Senate and only narrowly losing the House.The absence of a predicted “red wave” seemed to validate Biden’s leadership. No major rival came forward to challenge him for the nomination.What’s more, Biden seemed smitten with the job. He believed that he had accomplished more in one term than Obama and Bill Clinton had achieved in two.Indeed, in an interview with NBC News anchor Lester Holt, Biden proclaimed his presidency to be “the most successful” of any “in modern history, maybe since Franklin Roosevelt.”(Scholars disagree. Evaluating the nation’s presidents earlier this year, political scientists and historians ranked Biden 14th, below Clinton (12) and Obama (7).)Perhaps the biggest inducement to run again was his once-and-future opponent. Having beaten Trump once, Biden saw himself as best positioned to defeat him again and quash a MAGA political movement that he sees as a mortal threat to the nation’s democratic order. Biden formally announced his reelection campaign in April 2023, pledging to “finish this job.”Washington back to DelawareHeartbreak accompanied Biden at every stage of his political ascent. Even after reaching the White House, he couldn’t escape it.His son Hunter struggled with drug addiction and legal troubles that resulted in his conviction in June on three felony gun charges. Hunter Biden faces another criminal trial in September on allegations that he failed to pay taxes. He has pleaded not guilty.Biden has called Hunter his “heart.” He kept him close throughout the term, inviting him to official state dinners even as some advisers cast Hunter as a political liability.“He’s one of the most decent people in politics,” William Daley, a former Obama White House chief of staff, said of Biden.One senior White House official recalls entering the Oval Office on a hot summer day to brief the president, only to see Biden missing and his jacket draped over his chair behind the Resolute Desk.A few minutes later, a sweat-soaked Biden stepped back inside and apologized for being late. He had gone out to the South Lawn to thank the gardeners working that day.“His sleeves were rolled up and his tie was undone,” the official recalled.” He came in looking like s— and sweating like a pig, but he wanted to go out there and thank those guys. That’s the Joe Biden I know.”When his term ends on Jan. 20, Biden will retreat home to Delaware, ceding his leadership position to a younger generation.If given a chance, he believed he could beat Trump a second time. Now he’ll never know.This article first appeared on Read more from NBC News here:With Biden’s backing, Kamala Harris leads the pack in bid to replace him on the ticketPresident Joe Biden drops out of 2024 presidential raceHarris’ 2020 campaign was a mess. If she ends up atop the ticket, this time could be a lot different.
07/20/2024 --rawstory
A Donald Trump ally is under fire after calling Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who served her Houston district for nearly 3 decades before dying of cancer at the age of 74, a "ghetto b----."Raw Story reported on Friday that Lee, who shared publicly in June she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, had died. Laura Loomer, who has been repeatedly praised by the former president for digging up dirt on his political enemies, seized on the unfortunate development."Even on her death bed, this ghetto b---- couldn’t keep President Trump’s name out of her disgusting mouth. I’d say rest in peace, but we all know lying democrats who have destroyed our country are going to hell," Loomer said Friday. "Sheila Jackson Lee will be remembered as a destructive force in America and one of the most low IQ members of Congress in the history of our nation."ALSO READ: How much access did $50,000 buy someone at the Republican National Convention?She concluded, "Today she died. Instead of spending her final moments with her family, she was talking shit about Trump on X and spewing more lies. She won’t be missed. But, I’m sure she will still be voting Democrat this November. Good riddance!"N.Y. congressman Ritchie Torres called Loomer out Saturday."Laura Loomer, a Donald Trump supporter, refers to a Black Congress Member who passed away as a “ghetto b----.”"These are the words of rabid racist who represents everything that is rancid and rotten about the far right," the lawmaker added. "There is a special place in hell for Laura Loomer."Republicans Against Trump said, "Trump ally Laura Loomer celebrates the death of Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who died last night from cancer, calling her a "ghetto b----" and saying, "good riddance.""Loomer, is a major figure in the MAGA world and well connected to Donald Trump," the account added. "Following his speech at the RNC Convention, Trump blew her a kiss from the stage. She is not fringe. This is MAGA!"Former GOP lawmaker Adam Kinzinger said, "I don’t think 'heaven bound' people tweet things like this."For her part, Loomer said she stands by her controversial online comments.
07/20/2024 --rawstory
Donald Trump's own campaign staff members were likely "cringing" after the former president's remarks at the Republican National Convention, according to someone who worked in his White House.Former Mike Pence Homeland Security staffer Olivia Troye appeared on MSNBC, and was asked about Trump going "off the rails" in his RNC speech and repeating many of his regular talking points.Troye said a tiger doesn't change its stripes, and then she described what it was like working at the White House under Trump.ALSO READ: How much access did $50,000 buy someone at the Republican National Convention?"I will say this, his speech started off and went off the rails like it usually does. I was picturing, honestly, Alex, the staff, we have all been there as we have worked at the White House, I was imagining the staff cringing, no, no, no, here he goes," she said. "And then sitting there going and shaking our heads. The reality is, the message that came across during that entire week was it is not the party of unity. It is the party of unifying between and behind an agenda to suit them, an extreme agenda."Watch below or click the link.
07/20/2024 --theadvocate
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07/20/2024 --rawstory
On Saturday morning on MSNBC, former prosecutor Katie Phang and ex-RNC chair Michael Steele both suggested there was more than a hint of collusion that led to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Judge Aileen Cannon to issue her ruling dismissing the obstruction of justice charges filed against Donald Trump on the same day the Republican National Convention convened.Phang, appearing on Steele's "The Weekend," said the timing was very suspicious coming from a judge most famous for dragging her feet on the DOJ case filed against the man who placed her on the bench with a lifetime appointment.Noting that Cannon's opinion that special counsel Jack Smith was unconstitutionally appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland was the basis for the dismissal of the case related to stolen government documents hoarded at Mar-a-Lago, ex-prosecutor Phang said everything about Cannon's performance deserves scrutiny.RELATED: 'Judicial malpractice': Judge Cannon accused of boosting 'wacky or unfounded arguments'Add to that, the timing of the dismissal."Why not dispose of that issue in February? We hear the oral argument including friends of the court which never happens," she began. "This is at the end of June, the beginning of July and then she sits on a 93-page opinion for that long?""But the reality is once [Supreme Court Justice] Clarence Thomas gave her the green light to file her dismissal, that is when she did it," she added. "And for her to drop that on the first day of the RNC stinks. Something is rotten in Denmark, and I'm going to say it is Aileen Cannon."Host Steele agreed, interjecting, "I am with you on that one because the timing and the process, the level of, you know, coordination is the only word that comes to mind."Watch below or at the link. MSNBC 07 20 2024 09 42
07/19/2024 --axios
Former President Trump took the stage with a bandaged ear only days after surviving an attempted assassination in Pennsylvania to accept the GOP presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention Thursday night. He left it after roughly 90 minutes of a mostly familiar stump speech.Why it matters: While his speech — widely viewed as a test of his plea for unity — began on a personal tone, it soon returned to Trumpian talking points, misleading statements and lies.Trump has received a week of relatively positive press while his Democratic opponent President Biden faces mounting calls from his party to exit the race. The former president described the assassination attempt at the top of his speech, saying that it's the only time he'll talk about it, "because it's too painful to tell."State of play: He focused primarily on foreign policy, the economy and immigration.At on point, he described a "massive invasion at our southern border" and a planet "teetering on edge of World War III," a likely reference to the conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza that have begun since his successor took office. He pledged on Day One to "drill baby drill" and "close those borders."The big picture: The GOP tried to appear as a unified front this week, with many of Trump's onetime presidential rivals appearing as campaign surrogates. Democrats have been in disarray over the top of their ticket.Trump's running mate, Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), spoke Wednesday night, leaning into his personal story as a Rust Belt native — a signal of the campaign's strategy ahead to win vital swing voters in key states.Trump this year has been convicted of a felony, juggled multiple court cases with the campaign trail, and this week saw one of the federal cases against him dismissed.Go deeper: Behind the Curtain: "Getting shot in the face changes a man"Editor's note: This story was previously a live blog and has been updated with additional developments.Onetime Trump presidential rivals descend on GOP convention Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley at the RNC on Tuesday. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesThey sparred aggressively during the campaign and served as surrogates during the convention. Why it matters: Trump's onetime presidential rivals showed up at the Republican National Convention this week to rally behind the former president in a show of GOP unity, Erin Doherty writes.Former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, one of Trump's fiercest rivals on the trail, gave the former president her "strong endorsement" and told voters that "for the sake of our nation, we have to go with Donald Trump."Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy also spoke this week, kissing the ring of the man they tried to defeat in the GOP primary several months prior.Takeaways from Trump rivals' nightWhy Dana White is introducing Trump UFC president Dana White and former United States president Donald Trump in Las Vegas in December 2023. Photo: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty ImagesDana White, CEO of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), is expected to be the final speaker at RNC ahead of Trump.It's unusual for a presidential nominee not be introduced by a spouse or family member, Axios' Zach Basu writes.Both Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump, who introduced the former president in 2016 and 2020, respectively, have stepped back from the public eye.White was scheduled to introduce Trump even before the assassination attempt, which brought new meaning to a campaign centered on the theme of "Trump, the fighter."An outspoken and controversial promoter who continued putting on events throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, White says Trump is a genuine combat sports fan with a deep knowledge of the history of the sport.Read on.Influencers hit convention Former U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin and athlete Riley Gaines outside the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. Photo: J. Conrad Williams, Jr./Newsday RM via Getty ImagesMILWAUKEE — Nearly 100 conservative influencers swamped the convention, creating content aimed at engaging conservatives who typically don't pay much attention to politics, Axios' April Rubin, Sophia Cai and Stef Kight report.Why it matters: The GOP sees a slate of new, popular conservative influencers and a flood of viral pro-Trump content on social media as a promising way to reach hesitant or untrusting voters — and convince them to cast a ballot in November.The RNC influencer program, overseen by the convention's digital team, has about 75 participants.Between the lines: The embrace of social media is also aimed at winning younger voters, who are disillusioned going into the 2024 presidential election.Go deeper.What Trump is expected to say (and skip) Trump rewrote his speech in the wake of the Butler, Pennsylvania, shooting over the weekend to focus on unity, Axios' Avery Lotz writes.Why it matters: Trump, who usually does not shy away from personal attacks on his political rival, is not expected to mention President Biden by name, Trump campaign senior adviser Danielle Alvarez told CBS.The original text of the speech was intended to echo his characteristic campaign trail rhetoric slamming Biden's policies, the GOP nominee told the Washington Examiner the day after the attempted assassination."This is a chance to bring the whole country, even the whole world, together," he told the Examiner.According to excerpts, Trump will say: "As you already know, the assassin's bullet came within a quarter of an inch of taking my life.""Despite such a heinous attack, we unite this evening more determined than ever. Our resolve is unbroken, and our purpose is unchanged--to deliver a government that serves the American People," Trump is expected to say.Trump is still expected to draw a contrast with the current administration saying, "less than four years ago, we were a great nation, and we will soon be a great nation again."Hulk Hogan: "Trump is the toughest of them all" Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesHulk Hogan took the stage at the RNC tonight to endorse former President Donald Trump with the same charisma that made him the most recognizable wrestler in the world, Axios Crypto co-author Brady Dale writes.The big picture: Hulkamania lives on.Flashback: Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker Media, which resulted in a $140 million verdict in 2016, ultimately proved to have been funded by venture investor Peter Thiel.Years later, Thiel would back the Senate race of J.D. Vance, who went on last night to accept the nomination to be Trump's running mage."I've been in the ring with some of the biggest, some of the baddest dudes on the planet," Hogan said. "I know tough guys, but let me tell you something, brother, Donald Trump is the toughest of them all." VP nominee Vance name-checks Rust Belt in speech Photo: Hannah Beier/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesSen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) spoke on Wednesday night at the RNC, his first speech as former President Trump's running mate, leaning heavily into his personal background to appeal to Rust Belt voters.Why it matters: It's a sign that Vance, a Rust Belt native himself, will be zeroed in on winning these voters in the crucial swing states ahead of November. "I promise you one more thing, to the people of Middletown, Ohio and all the forgotten communities in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio ... I will be a vice president who never forgets where he came from," Vance said.Zoom in: Vance's personal bio is one of the factors that appealed to Trump as he made his VP selection, Axios' Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei reported.Takeaways from Vance's speechPics: Trump family at RNC Melania Trump made a surprise appearance. Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and Tiffany Trump. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski / AFPTrump opens with rally recap: "Too painful to tell"Trump began his RNC speech describing in vivid detail his experience surviving the attempted assassination at his campaign rally, saying that he won't tell it again because it's "too painful to tell," Axios' Erin Doherty writes."I heard a loud whizzing sound and felt something hit me, really really hard on my right ear. I said to myself, 'Wow, what was that? It can only be a bullet,'" Trump said to a captivated audience, some with tears streaming down their faces."My hand was covered with blood, just absolutely blood all over the place," he said."I immediately knew it was very serious that we were under attack and in one movement proceeded to drop to the ground. Bullets were continuing to fly as very brave Secret Service agents rushed to the stage.""I'm not supposed to be here tonight," Trump said, prompting a chant from the crowd: "yes you are," the crowd said.Trump applauds Secret Service agents Photo: Stephanie Keith/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesTrump described the way "very brave" Secret Service agents rushed to his side after the Pennsylvania rally shooting, Axios' Avery Lotz writes. The big picture: The agency has come under harsh scrutiny for their role in securing the site of Saturday's shooting, with Republican leadership calling on Secret Service director Kimberly Cheatle to resign in the wake of the attempted assassination.Wednesday evening, GOP lawmakers furiously confronted Cheatle at the convention — sharing videos on social media."They really did, they rushed to the stage," Trump said of the agents. "These are great people, at great risk, I will tell you."He continued: "Bullets were firing over us, yet I felt serene. But now, the Secret Service agents were putting themselves in peril."Trump said with "one bullet used," a Secret Service sniper killed Thomas Matthew Crooks, the 20-year-old gunman.Trump praises "highly respected" Judge Aileen CannonTable: Axios Visuals. Note: The Aug. 5 trial date in Georgia was proposed by the prosecution, while the Florida and New York dates were set by judges.Trump praised the Florida judge who dismissed his classified documents case earlier this week, handing him his latest legal win as his other two criminal cases remain in limbo. Smith's office appealed Cannon's decision.Why it matters: Trump, the first-ever U.S. president to become a convicted felon, has all but guaranteed that his criminal indictments outside New York are delayed beyond November, Axios' Erin Doherty writes.Zoom in: Judge Aileen Cannon, who was appointed by Trump, ruled on Monday that the classified documents case was dismissed because of the "unlawful appointment and funding of special counsel Jack Smith."Cannon, a relatively novice judge, has come under fire from critics who've accuse her of intentionally delaying proceedings in the case.Go deeper: Trump trial tracker."Two smart people": Trump praises J.D. and Usha Vance Usha Vance and J.D. Vance with members of the Trump family. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon / AFP via Getty ImagesTrump applauded J.D. Vance, his newly official running mate, and his wife Usha, a highly accomplished attorney, as "two smart people," Axios' Avery Lotz writes.The GOP nominee said it was an "honor to select" Vance, a Trump critic turned fierce MAGA ally, to accompany him on the Republican ticket.What they're saying: Trump praised Vance and his wife, Usha Vance, for their Yale educations, characterizing each of them as a "great student." Usha Vance spoke briefly ahead of her husband on Wednesday night."J.D., you're going to be doing this for a long time," Trump added. "Enjoy the ride."Biden mentioned at least onceWhile he wasn't expected to mention Biden's name, Trump criticized the president by name about 40 minutes into his remarks.The former president appeared to go off script when criticizing Biden's foreign policy."I'm only going to say his name once," Trump said."I'm not going to use the name anymore — just one time. The damage that he's done to this country is unthinkable. It's unthinkable," he said of Biden.Trump's "greatest hits" Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesTrump spent the majority of his convention speech railing about usual targets: illegal immigration, electric vehicles and election integrity— and zeroed in on China, Axios' Erin Doherty writes.Why it matters: He primarily echoed many of the grievances that have defined his political career across three consecutive presidential runs.He baselessly accused Democrats of "cheating" in elections and criticized former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.What they're saying: "Donald Trump is just the greatest hits from 2016," Biden campaign director of rapid response Ammar Moussa wrote on X."He has not changed. He has not moderated. He has gotten worse - except now he talks about the "late, great, Hannibal Lecter."
07/18/2024 --nbcnews
President Joe Biden is facing mounting pressure to exit the 2024 race while Donald Trump prepares to accept the Republican nomination at the convention.
07/18/2024 --foxnews
WWII veteran Sgt. William Pekrul gives emotional speech on the third night of the Republican National Convention, which was themed 'Make America Strong Once Again'
07/18/2024 --newsadvance
Eight years ago, Wes Bellamy and Zyahna Bryant stood shoulder to shoulder. Now they're on opposite sides of the picket line.
07/18/2024 --axios
Angry GOP lawmakers confronted Secret Service director Kimberly Cheatle at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Wednesday evening.The big picture: Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) posted video to X of her confronting Cheatle as the federal agency has been under intense scrutiny after the assassination attempt on former President Trump. 🚨FULL VIDEO: Secret Service Director REFUSES to answer to the American people.— Marsha Blackburn (@VoteMarsha) July 18, 2024Republican senators were already fuming about the lack of answers following their briefing with Cheatle earlier Wednesday, a GOP aide said. Once they found out she was at the RNC, Blackburn and Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) organized a group to ask her questions in a suite at the RNC. She refused to answer and left.Also seen confronting Cheatle were Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.).Zoom in: Senate Republican Conference Chair Barrasso said in a video shared with Axios that he and Blackburn "went face to face" with the Secret Service chief to seek answers on what happened at the Butler, Pennsylvania, rally with GOP nominee Trump.Specifically, they wanted answers on "how that shooter was able to get off a clear shot when the FBI and the Secret Service knew that there was a suspicious person an hour in advance of when the shooting occurred and they identified a potential threat," he said, in reference to reports that emerged Wednesday.Blackburn said that Cheatle "would not answer our questions and wanted to say it was not the time nor place."This is after we've been through a conference call today. ... She can run but she cannot hide because the American people want to know how an assassination attempt was carried out on former President Donald Trump," Blackburn added.State of play: Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) called for Cheatle's resignation and announced plans for a bipartisan task force to investigate Saturday's shooting.Cheatle told House lawmakers earlier Wednesday that the agency "failed" at its "no-fail mission" to protect GOP nominee Trump at Saturday's rally shooting in Pennsylvania that left one spectator dead. Both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) called for Cheatle's resignation following the briefing.Lee criticized both Cheatle and the Biden administration in a series of posts to X, including one that asked "why hold the briefing if they weren't going to tell us anything?"What they're saying: A USSS spokesperson said early Thursday that continuity of operations was "paramount during a critical incident" and Cheatle "has no intentions" of stepping down. "She deeply respects members of Congress and is fiercely committed to transparency in leading the Secret Service through the internal investigation and strengthening the agency through lessons learned in these important internal and external reviews," the spokesperson added in the emailed statement.More from Axios: Donald Trump Jr. at RNC: "America is Trump tough"In photos: Trump bandage "newest fashion trend' at RNCTrump's granddaughter speaks to the GOP nominee's softer sideVance repeatedly name checks Rust Belt in VP acceptance speechEditor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.
07/17/2024 --dailycaller
Mike Lee responds to Biden's plans to support changes to the Supreme Court
07/17/2024 --kron4
Senators were told during a briefing call Wednesday that the Secret Service had flagged Thomas Crooks as suspicious more than an hour before he shot from a rooftop at former President Trump, and that a counter-sniper spotted him as a potential threat 19 minutes before the shooting, according to a person familiar with the call. [...]
11/11/2023 --politico
It already seems unlikely the spending plan could pass the House, with the new speaker saying they would need Democrats to support it.
11/09/2023 --politico
Speaker Mike Johnson is trying to navigate an intra-party divide over the future of the country’s leading anti-hunger program.
11/02/2023 --theguardian
Economic ties are expected to feature heavily during the first visit by an Australian PM since 2016, amid a gradual easing of export restrictionsGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastAnthony Albanese’s upcoming China visit will be the first by an Australian prime minister since Malcolm Turnbull in 2016.Much of the media attention will be on irritants in the relationship, such as the four-year detention of the Australian writer Yang Hengjun and rising tensions in the South China Sea. Continue reading...
11/02/2023 --politico
The new speaker is a proponent of more hard-line GOP efforts to overhaul the country’s largest anti-hunger program.
10/31/2023 --mercurynews
Despite growing questions about the Ukraine aid within the Republican conference, Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell has forcefully advocated tying the aid for Ukraine and Israel together. He hosted Oksana Markarova, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States, at an event in Kentucky on Monday and told the audience, "this is a moment for swift and decisive action."
10/31/2023 --eastbaytimes
Despite growing questions about the Ukraine aid within the Republican conference, Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell has forcefully advocated tying the aid for Ukraine and Israel together. He hosted Oksana Markarova, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States, at an event in Kentucky on Monday and told the audience, "this is a moment for swift and decisive action."