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Biden goes on attack against Trump, media in Detroit amid calls to drop out

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DETROIT — President Joe Biden rejected speculation about the future of his reelection campaign and criticized the media for giving Republican Donald Trump what he labeled a "free pass" during a raucous rally Friday night in a Detroit high school gymnasium.

As some members of the Democratic Party have argued that Biden should step aside as ...Read more

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Democratic challenger calls for probe into NY Rep. Malliotakis' financial dealings

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NEW YORK — Andrea Morse, the Democratic challenger running against Rep. Nicole Malliotakis for her Staten Island congressional seat, formally demanded Friday that the House of Representatives launch an investigation into a “highly suspicious” stock purchase Malliotakis made in 2023.

As reported last year in The Wall Street Journal, ...Read more

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Old Rubio confidante accused of acting as Venezuela agent can go to RNC, judge says

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A federal judge is allowing beleaguered former U.S. Rep. David Rivera to travel to Wisconsin for the Republican National Convention. The question is: Does U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio want him there?

Rivera, who’s charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agent for Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro’s government, has a decades-long personal ...Read more

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Musk donates to Trump, tapping vast fortune to swing 2024 race

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WASHINGTON — Billionaire Elon Musk has donated to a super political action committee working to elect Donald Trump to the White House, a major gambit by the world’s richest person to make his imprint on the U.S. political landscape.

Musk has contributed to a low-profile group called America PAC, according to people familiar with the matter,...Read more

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California Democratic Rep. Mike Levin tells President Biden directly he should exit race

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SANTA ANA, Calif. — Rep. Mike Levin, D-Calif., joined the growing chorus of Democrats who are asking President Joe Biden to forgo his reelection bid and told Biden how he felt directly in a virtual meeting Friday.

Levin said Friday after that meeting that he was “naturally concerned” following Biden’s debate performance last month, and ...Read more

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Biden's campaign held an event at a Philly church. Was that allowed?

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PHILADELPHIA — President Joe Biden chose to hold one of first public appearances after his disastrous June debate performance at a Philadelphia church. There, he received a much-needed and widely broadcast morale boost as part of his campaign's media offensive.

But the Internal Revenue Service, which provides tax exemptions to houses of ...Read more

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Rep. Jeffries tight-lipped after meeting Biden to convey concerns

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House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries on Friday said he met with President Biden to convey Democratic lawmakers’ concerns about him continuing in the race for the White House.

In a letter to Democratic colleagues, the Brooklyn lawmaker said little about what he told Biden at the face-to-face closed doors meeting after the president’s press ...Read more

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President Biden promises crowd in Michigan he's 'OK'

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NORTHVILLE, Mich. — President Joe Biden promised a crowd during a stop at a restaurant in suburban Detroit on Friday that he was "OK" amid attempts to find new momentum for his reelection campaign and some in his own party say he should step aside as the Democratic nominee.

Biden is expected to speak Friday evening at Renaissance High School ...Read more

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The Philly DA's office is building a team to target serious election interference crimes

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner's office is in the beginning stages of creating an "elite team" to target election interference crimes surrounding the 2024 election, should they occur.

Matthew Stiegler, senior adviser to the DA, has been tasked with launching, building, and leading a team that aims to identify and ...Read more

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President Biden back in Michigan seeking to re-energize his campaign

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DETROIT — President Joe Biden landed back in Michigan Friday afternoon ahead of a rally where he'll try to find momentum for his reelection campaign, as some in his own party say he should step aside as the Democratic nominee.

Biden is expected to speak later Friday at Renaissance High School in Detroit, the same venue he campaigned at ahead ...Read more

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Counterprogramming: Biden's campaign to hold Georgia event at RNC start

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ATLANTA — President Joe Biden’s campaign plans a rally featuring Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, and actor BD Wong in Gwinnett County on Monday to coincide with the launch of the Republican National Convention.

The rally will also feature local Democrats targeting the state’s growing Asian-American population ...Read more

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News conference gives Biden a lifeline and Democrats a dilemma

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WASHINGTON — Many Democrats are now in a perverse position in which seemingly good news for Joe Biden — a decent news conference Thursday and a good poll Friday — feels like bad news for the prospects of winning the election.

“He did as well as he could do last night and, on the foreign policy stuff, was very strong,” David Axelrod, ...Read more

Biden isn’t the first to struggle to pop the presidential bubble that divides him from the public

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President Joe Biden’s at-times incoherent debate performance against Donald Trump in June has prompted growing pressure from donors, some Democratic politicians and voters for Biden to withdraw from the race.

But Biden, in an “ABC News” interview on July 5, 2024, questioned whether people are, in fact calling for him to step ...Read more

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Biden admits other Democrats could beat Trump, but sends potential rivals a message

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has a message for other Democrats who might be mulling a bid for the party’s presidential nomination: He’s sitting on a massive campaign war chest.

But amid some Democratic lawmakers’ calls for him to drop out of the race over worries about his cognitive health and stamina, the embattled president also ...Read more

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Orlando attorney Dan Newlin launches '$1M+' Trump billboard campaign

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Drivers on I-4 passing the inescapable billboards for law firms are getting an additional message in between clients touting seven-figure jury awards: ads for Donald Trump.

Orlando attorney Dan Newlin has doubled down on his firm’s controversial Super Bowl commercial, in which he wore a red “Make America Great Again” hat...Read more

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Biden opens 2 front fight in bid to save 2024 reelection bid

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President Joe Biden is forging ahead with a political war on two fronts: against skeptics from his own party and against Republican challenger Donald Trump.

A high-stakes press conference on Thursday evening that began with a major gaffe — his second in as many hours — saw the incumbent 81-year-old Democrat flatly insist he was keeping his ...Read more

How Rubio went from 'Little Marco' to Trump VP contender

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Donald Trump crushed Marco Rubio’s White House aspirations in 2016, besting “Little Marco” in a vicious contest notable for crude insults and arguments over who was more dependent on makeup and tanning beds.

Eight years later, the 53-year-old senator from Florida is on the short list to be Trump’s vice president, along with North Dakota...Read more

Commentary: What should Democrats do now? Two columnists slug it out

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It seems as though we’re at a hinge point in our country’s history.

Or, at the least, living through some very strange and scary times.

A former president who talks about suspending the Constitution and criminally prosecuting his foes is again knocking at the White House door. The current occupant is facing unprecedented calls within his ...Read more

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Orban meets Trump as allies condemn diplomatic freelancing

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban traveled to Florida to meet Donald Trump in the latest stop on his self-styled “peace mission” to resolve the war in Ukraine, which has angered Western allies.

Orban posted a photo with the Republican nominee and former U.S. president at his Mar-a-Lago resort, showing the pair giving a thumbs up, in a ...Read more

Donald Trump wants to reinstate a spoils system in federal government by hiring political loyalists regardless of competence

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If elected to serve a second term, Donald Trump says he supports a plan that would give him the authority to fire as many as 50,000 civil servants and replace them with members of his political party loyal to him. Under this plan, if he eventually deemed those new employees disloyal, he claims he could fire them too.

The United States...Read more