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6:30 PM ET, July 13, 2024


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Bernie Sanders / New York Times:
Joe Biden for President  —  I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected.  Why?  Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and pathological liar.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
The unusual legal risk Trump will have to navigate at the RNC  —  There's a high likelihood that others involved in Trump's alleged crimes could be in Milwaukee.  —  Donald Trump will be rubbing elbows in Milwaukee with a crowd that may include dozens of witnesses and alleged co-conspirators …
Discussion: HotAir, Raw Story and
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Peter Navarro, Trump ex-aide jailed for contempt of Congress, will address RNC, AP sources say
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Trump skeptics planning to skip the GOP convention
Discussion: NBC News and Democrats
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump heads to Pennsylvania for pre-convention rally as VP announcement looms  —  Donald Trump will have one last chance Saturday to unveil his vice presidential pick on a rally stage before the Republican National Convention kicks off in Milwaukee next week.
Inside Ziklag, the Secret Organization of Wealthy Christians Trying to Sway the Election and Change the Country  —  Co-published with Documented  —  A network of ultrawealthy Christian donors is spending nearly $12 million to mobilize Republican-leaning voters and purge more than a million people …
Discussion: Diane Duane
New York Times:
Unbowed by Jan. 6 Charges, Republicans Pursue Plans to Contest a Trump Defeat … Nearly four years ago, Mr. Trump's attempt to challenge the election results was chaotic and improvised.  This year, his allies are systematically searching for any vulnerability in the nation's election system.Scott McIntyre for The New York Times
Kyler Alvord / People:
What Is Project 2025?  Inside the Far-Right Plan Threatening Everything from the Word ‘Gender’ to Public Education  —  Trump's allies started Project 2025 as a blueprint for marrying church and state at the highest levels of government if he's elected  —  A sweeping proposal for how Donald Trump …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:   A Second Term for Trump Could Go 4 Different Ways
Cate McCusker / WMTW-TV:
Sen. Susan Collins will vote for Haley over Trump and Biden in November  —  At an event in Limerick this afternoon, Sen. Susan Collins said she will write in Nikki Haley for president this November.  —  “I will not be voting for either candidate.  I am going to write in Nikki Haley's name …
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
UAW Chief Suggests Trump Is Headed for Victory Over Biden
Discussion: Semafor, IJR and New Republic
Inside Biden's sputtering campaign to restore Dems' confidence  —  Senate Democrats are sitting on their hands as the Biden campaign sputters.  —  Three of Joe Biden's senior aides entered a Senate Democratic lunch on Thursday armed with internal and external polls showing …
Discussion: Business Insider and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Biden's path to victory narrows in wake of damaging debate performance
Discussion: New York Times
Alice Herman / The Guardian:
‘Rule of the lawless’: what does the authoritarian playbook look like?  —  Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a historian and professor, speaks to the Guardian about the contemporary threat of authoritarianism in the US  —  Donald Trump has glibly remarked that he would be “a dictator on day one” …
Mark Kennedy / Associated Press:
Dr. Ruth Westheimer, America's diminutive and pioneering sex therapist, dies at 96  —  Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the diminutive sex therapist who became a pop icon, media star and best-selling author through her frank talk about once-taboo bedroom topics, has died.  She was 96.
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
U.S. set to see another deadly year for mass shootings … - “Regardless of what the numbers say — whether they are trending upwards or downwards — we have really good research and we know that these are preventable,” Kelly Drane, Giffords Law Center's research director, told Axios.
Adrienne Westenfeld / Esquire:
The 75 Best Sci-Fi Books of All Time  —  See if your favorites made our expanded list.  —  Since time immemorial, mankind has been looking up at the stars and dreaming, but it was only centuries ago that we started turning those dreams into fiction.  And what remarkable dreams they are …
Discussion: Space, Whatever and Mashable
Can Biden run out the clock?  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  —  As Democrats frantically debate whether President JOE BIDEN should be the party's nominee, they're racing against an uncomfortable — and uncertain — deadline.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jerusalem Post:
Israeli strike on Gaza targets, likely kills, Hamas leader Mohammad Deif  —  The IDF said that dozens of those killed in the strike on Deif were active Hamas terrorists.  —  Mohammad Deif, the leader of the Izzadin al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's military wing, was targeted in an airstrike …
Ben Krauss / Slow Boring:
What happens when party leaders step aside?  —  International case studies to inform our current political misfortune  —  Imagine President Biden acquiesces to the wishes of his fellow elected Democrats, millions of hand-wringing voters, the illustrious George Clooney, and decides to step aside.
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Joseph R. Biden Jr / The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden on S. 138, the “Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Dispute Act”
Discussion: SWAMY WORLD, The Hill and Reuters
Lloyd Lee / Business Insider:
Elon Musk donated to a pro-Trump super PAC, Bloomberg reported
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Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
Moms for Liberty seeks order blocking federal LGBTQ school protections nationwide