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Amy Walter / Cook Political Report:
Six States Move Toward Trump in Electoral College Ratings  —  As of July 9, the Democratic Party is living in a state of suspended animation.  Despite growing calls from many in his party to leave the contest, President Joe Biden has made clear he has no intention of dropping out.
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Andrew Solender / Axios:
Scoop: Biden rebels in Congress see their revolt crumbling … - One shell-shocked lawmaker who was present at the meeting would offer only one word to characterize it: “Intense.”  — Another described the mood as “pretty much unanimous” that Biden has “got to step down,” adding …
The Hill:
Democrats lose ground in 6 states with election forecaster's postdebate shift  —  Former President Trump is gaining ground in key swing states and could threaten to take states once considered to be safe for Democrats, as President Biden struggles to regain ground after a shaky debate performance …
Discussion: Axios
Stephen Neukam / Axios:
Trio of Senate Democrats doubt Biden can win
Nancy Vu / Washington Examiner:
House passes measures targeting Biden appliance regulations
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Scoop: Senate GOP sees deep blue Maryland seat within reach
Discussion: The Federalist
Benjy Sarlin / Semafor:
Biden's last line of defense: Mutually assured destruction
Politico:
House Dems' ‘sad’ venting session yields no clear path forward on Biden's future
Politico:
Biden aimed to prove US and global doubters wrong with NATO speech  —  Biden's high-profile address served as both a political and geopolitical test for the president.  —  With the eyes of the world on him, President Joe Biden delivered a forceful speech to open the NATO summit in Washington …
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Barak Ravid / Axios:
Biden's dual NATO mission: Reassure America and the world
The White House:
Joint Statement on Strengthening Ukraine's Air Defenses by U.S. President Joseph R. Biden, Dutch Prime Minister Dick Schoof, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz …
TMZ.com:
George Stephanopoulos Says Biden Can't Serve Another 4 Years  —  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS BIDEN CAN'T SERVE 4 MORE YEARS … 6:28 PM PT — George Stephanopoulos tells TMZ, “Earlier today, I responded to a question from a passerby.  I shouldn't have.”  An ABC spokesperson tells TMZ …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Member of Justice Sotomayor's security detail shoots armed carjacker near her home
Daily Mail:
Sonia Sotomayor saved from danger: Supreme Court Justice's bodyguard shoots gun-wielding suspect who tried to steal his car outside her DC home
CBS News:
Navy sailor tried to access Biden's medical records multiple times  —  A junior Navy sailor attempted to access the medical records of President Biden from a military medical database three times in February but was unable to do so, the U.S. Navy confirms to CBS News.
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Slate:
There's a Reason Trump Is Suddenly Lying About Project 2025  —  With all the focus in recent weeks on President Joe Biden's age-related limitations, it's worth remembering that Donald Trump's incessant falsehoods and self-proclaimed desire to be a dictator on Day 1 make him far more unfit for the presidency.
Discussion: Alternet.org, WVEC and New Republic
Dan De Luce / NBC News:
Russia aims to undermine Biden in November election, intel officials say  —  Previous U.S. intelligence assessments dating to 2016 concluded that Russia sought to weaken support for the Democratic Party and boost Donald Trump's candidacy.  —  Russia's efforts to influence …
Reuters:
US Justice Department says it disrupted Russian social media influence operation  —  The U.S Justice Department said on Tuesday that it disrupted a Russian operation that used fake social media accounts enhanced by artificial intelligence to covertly spread pro-Kremlin messages in the United States and abroad.
Discussion: NPR
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US Department of Justice:
Justice Department Leads Efforts Among Federal, International, and Private Sector Partners to Disrupt Covert Russian Government-Operated Social Media Bot Farm
Seung Min Kim / Associated Press:
President Joe Biden saw neurologist at White House for Jan. 17 exam, press secretary says  —  President Joe Biden saw a neurologist at the White House on Jan. 17 for a neurological exam, the results of which were later reported as part of his annual physical more than a month later, the White House said on Tuesday.
Discussion: CNN and RedState
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The Biden-Parkinson's mini-controversy, explained
Ken Miller / Associated Press:
Former US Sen. Jim Inhofe, defense hawk who called human-caused climate change a ‘hoax,’ dies at 89  —  OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Sen. Jim Inhofe, a conservative firebrand known for his strong support of defense spending and his denial that human activity is responsible for the bulk of climate change, has died.
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Bonchie / RedState:
Chuck Schumer Has a New Plan to Throw Donald Trump in Jail  —  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has a new plan to ensure Donald Trump spends the rest of his days in prison.  Amid the battle over Joe Biden's senility among Democrats, Schumer moved to a different topic …
Owen Lavine / The Daily Beast:
MAGA Senator Josh Hawley Advocates for Being a Christian Nationalist  —  MASK OFF  —  The Missouri senator and his wife, Erin, have been pretty naked about their beliefs.  —  Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) assured the National Conservatism conference on Monday that he is a “Christian Nationalist.”
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Bob Norman / Florida Trident:
Trident Exclusive: Trump VP hopeful Byron Donalds' ex-wife shares her story, says what he's doing is “super-dangerous”  —  When Bisa Hall met fellow Florida A&M University freshman Byron Donalds on campus in 1996, she believed the future Congressman and Donald Trump vice-presidential short-lister was from another country.
Leslie Kaufman / Bloomberg:
Biden Administration Raises FEMA Bar for Flood Resilience  —  With a new rule, the agency integrates future as well as current flood risk into standards for construction and repair projects.  —  The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has finalized a rule mandating that projects built using …
Discussion: Grist and Daily Press
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Senators file official demand for criminal investigation of Clarence Thomas  —  Democratic senators are calling for the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate allegations that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas violated federal ethics and tax laws.
Kierra Frazier / Politico:
Pence slams RNC platform as ‘a profound disappointment’  —  Pence took aim at Trump's abortion stance in the statement Tuesday without mentioning him directly.  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence slammed the updated Republican National Committee platform Tuesday after GOP leaders abandoned …
Bloomberg:
Trump Teases Rubio at Miami Rally as VP Announcement Nears  — Rubio on shortlist, along with Burgum, Scott and Vance  — Trump seeks to gin up interest in selection before convention  —  Donald Trump injected reality television-level drama into his Miami rally, repeatedly teasing …
 
 
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Emine Yücel / Talking Points Memo:
Lies, Lewd Texts, ‘Sexualized Relationship’ At Center Of Trump-Appointed Fed Judge's Abrupt Resignation
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
House passes GOP bills aiming to block dishwasher and fridge efficiency standards
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Don't Fall for the GOP's Platform Lie
Peter McHugh / Washington Examiner:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Steve Kornacki / NBC News:
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The Hill:
Trump rips Fox News over ‘fake’ polls: ‘I do better with CNN’
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Reuters:
US economy no longer overheated, Fed's Powell tells Congress
Michael Sheldon / bellingcat:
Russian Missile Identified in Kyiv Children's Hospital Attack
Camille Mumford / Emerson Polling:
July 2024 National Poll: Trump 46%, Biden 43%