Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (2024)

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Key Points Democrats in Congress say mood is grim as a ‘funeral’ as Biden refuses to drop out Trump challenges Biden to another debate this week and golf match during Florida rally Florida rally a Trump family affair Trump says it’s ‘a lot of fun’ to be indicted Watch: Trump challenges Biden to second debate... and round of golf Trump teases press over VP announcement In pictures: Trump speaks at Florida golf course rally Trump challenges Biden to another debate... and 18 holes of golf Watch: Who will Trump's running mate be? In pictures: Trump descend on Doral for rally What is Project 2025? AOC: '[Biden] is in this race, and I support him’ In pictures: Florida Senator Marco Rubio addresses rally in Doral What time with the Trump rally in Florida begin? Analysis: Trump lied and Biden got tongue tied at the first debate. So why is the world only focusing on one? Junior Navy sailor tried to access President Biden’s medical records three times Pence: RNC platform ‘profound disappointment’ to pro-life movement Trump hits out at NATO as summit commences in Washington, DC Rep Mikie Sherrill joins ranks of Democrats asking Biden not to run NATO allies not concerned by questions over Biden’s mental fitness, says White House Trump’s oil baron lovefest wins over a Nikki Haley supporter and his cash NATO summit offers Biden reprieve from campaign pressures Federal judge rules protesters can’t march through RNC security zone What is Project 2025? The ‘dystopian’ manifesto for Trump’s second term Trump family and Rubio to attend tonight’s rally in Florida Watch: Fox News report on latest polling concerning Kamala Harris that had Trump fuming The nuclear option Democrats could take to replace Biden: An open convention 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 Democrats in Congress say mood is grim as a ‘funeral’ as Biden refuses to drop out Repost - Watch LIVE: White House briefing with Karine Jean-Pierre Trump hits out at Fox News over polls (again) Democrat senators call for special counsel probe of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Missouri AG candidate tries to out-MAGA his rival by blowing up Trump evidence Watch: Nikki Haley releases GOP delegated ahead of convention, but will not attend Watch LIVE: White House briefing with Karine Jean-Pierre Trump bizarrely claims ‘Hunter is calling the shots' ICYMI: Harris avoids all mention of Biden campaign crisis while wooing Black voters AOC backs Biden after speaking with president

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

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

04:30 , 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.

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (1)

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

Trump challenges Biden to another debate this week and golf match during Florida rally

04:26 , Mike Bedigan

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.

Trump said he wanted to take on Biden in a debate that would be “man to man, no moderators, no holds barred.”

Read more here:

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (2)

Trump challenges Biden to debate this week and golf match during Florida rally

03:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Florida rally a Trump family affair

02:30 , Mike Bedigan

During his rally Trump made a point to shout out his various members of family, including his sons, who he described as “my boys”.

A special introduction was made to 18-year-old Barron Trump, who made his political rally debut.

The youngester, echoing his father’s showmanship, rose to his feet, waved to the crowd and pumped his fist – prompting cheers from the crowd.

“That’s the first time he’s done it … He might be more popular than Don and Eric,” Trump said.

“Welcome to the scene, Barron, I don’t know. He had such a nice, easy life. Now it’s a little bit changed. Special guy, right?”

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

02:15 , Mike Bedigan

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

02:00 , Mike Bedigan

Trump teases press over VP announcement

01:45 , Mike Bedigan

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

01:35 , Mike Bedigan

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (3)

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

01:12 , Mike Bedigan

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

Wednesday 10 July 2024 00:05 , Mike Bedigan

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (7)

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (8)

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (9)

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (10)

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.

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (11)

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.

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (12)

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

In pictures: Florida Senator Marco Rubio addresses rally in Doral

Tuesday 9 July 2024 23:14 , Mike Bedigan

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (13)

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (14)

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (15)

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.

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (16)

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.

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (17)

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.

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (18)

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:

I know President Biden cares deeply about the future of our country.

That's why I am asking that he declare that he won't run for reelection.

My full statement: pic.twitter.com/rR2rmZ1ewN

— Mikie Sherrill (@MikieSherrill) July 9, 2024

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.

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (19)

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.

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (20)

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.

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (21)

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...

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (22)

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.

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (23)

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.

In attendance at tonight’s Trump rally: Barron, Eric, Don Jr. and more. Notably still no Melania. pic.twitter.com/prd0eN8wO0

— Jake Traylor (@jake__traylor) July 9, 2024

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

Also in attendance at the Trump rally this evening will be Rubio, his wife, and two Rubio guests. pic.twitter.com/iXBOEq47MO

— Jake Traylor (@jake__traylor) July 9, 2024

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

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

Trump seems to be mad that Fox News acknowledged a poll showing Kamala Harris beating him https://t.co/02lXrChGzx pic.twitter.com/UO5ZMVTOJo

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 9, 2024

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?

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (24)

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...

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (25)

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:

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (26)

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

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

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (27)

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.

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (28)

‘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:

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (29)

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 co*cks his firearm, and the stack of boxes explodes.

Alex Woodward reports.

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (30)

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

BREAKING: Nikki Haley is not invited to the 2024 RNC Convention, but has released 97 delegates. pic.twitter.com/gDsi1cy30M

— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 9, 2024

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 challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (31)

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.

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (32)

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.

Trump challenges Biden to debate ‘this week’ and 18 holes of golf: Live updates (33)

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

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Name: Nicola Considine CPA

Birthday: 1993-02-26

Address: 3809 Clinton Inlet, East Aleisha, UT 46318-2392

Phone: +2681424145499

Job: Government Technician

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