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6:50 PM ET, July 10, 2024

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George Clooney / New York Times:
I Love Joe Biden.  But We Need a New Nominee.  —  I'm a lifelong Democrat; I make no apologies for that.  I'm proud of what my party represents and what it stands for.  As part of my participation in the democratic process and in support of my chosen candidate, I have led some of the biggest fund-raisers in my party's history.
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Gavin Bade / Politico:
Biden says it's Dem ‘elites’ who are alarmed about his debate.  Voters in Wisconsin beg to differ.  —  There's little consensus, however, that Biden dropping out of the presidential race would improve the party's odds in November.  —  MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — Voters and local candidates …
Politico:
Jeffries plans to relay Dem concerns to Biden  —  House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries has told lawmakers in private meetings that he'll relay concerns regarding the president's electability to Joe Biden, according to two people familiar with the situation, as more Democrats call for him to step aside.
Nick Reisman / Politico:
Biden support slips in deep blue New York: 'We're a battleground state now'  —  Democrats are worried the president is taking New York for granted as the state becomes surprisingly competitive.  —  NEW YORK — President Joe Biden has a new problem: a competitive race in deep blue New York.
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Pelosi urges Biden to make decision on race, despite his insistence he will stay  —  “It's up to the president to decide if he is going to run.  We're all encouraging him to to make that decision, because time is running short,” former House speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.”
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Rep. Pat Ryan, Moderate Front-Liner, Calls on Biden to Step Aside
NBC News:
Election 2024 live updates: Biden faces pressure from growing list of donors and Democrats calling on him to step aside
David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:   Introducing the 2024 Cook Political Report Biden vs. Trump National Polling Average
Tim Alberta / The Atlantic:
Trump Is Planning for a Landslide Win  —  Sign up for The Decision, a newsletter featuring our 2024 election coverage.  —  The outcome of the presidential campaign, Republicans believed, was a fait accompli.  “Donald Trump was well on his way to a 320-electoral-vote win,” …
Discussion: Raw Story
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emptywheel:
The Lie David Sanger Told to Sustain NYT's Non-Stop Campaign against Joe Biden  —  Predictably, the NYT treated President Biden's speech to kick off NATO's 75th Anniversary as if Biden merely invented the date and the event and maybe even NATO itself to cover up a shoddy debate performance.
Discussion: Washington Post
Seth Abramson / Proof:
We Now Know What Really Happened in Atlanta  —  Media lied to voters about the cause …
Mark Leibovich / The Atlantic:   C'mon, Man  —  Never underestimate the destructive power of a stubborn old narcissist with something to prove.
Raw Story:
Trump's ‘secretary of retribution’ has a ‘target list’ of 350 people he wants arrested  —  Retribution is at the center of Donald Trump's third presidential election campaign.  —  “I am your warrior,” Trump proclaimed earlier this year.  “I am your justice, and for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution.”
Discussion: The Guardian and New Republic
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Kevin Manahan / New Jersey Online:
Trump's ‘Secretary of Retribution’ compiles hit list for ‘vigilante death warrant’: Who's on it?  —  Former president Donald Trump — convicted in criminal court, held liable in civil courts and facing other indictments — has told supporters, “I am your retribution,” and now it appears he has a “future secretary of retribution.”
Politico:
Judge signals he's likely to dismiss Rudy Giuliani's bankruptcy case  —  The judge said he intended to issue a final ruling by Friday.  —  A New York federal judge is poised to dismiss Rudy Giuliani's bankruptcy case, expressing concern Wednesday that Giuliani has used the proceedings …
Khaleda Rahman / Newsweek:
Project 2025 Reported to IRS Over ‘Violations’  —  TikTokers are urging people to report the conservative think tank behind Project 2025 to the Internal Revenue Service for allegedly violating the rules of its tax-exempt status.  —  Project 2025 is spearheaded by The Heritage Foundation …
Discussion: USA Today
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Edith Olmsted / New Republic:
Watch: Trump Fumbles Repeatedly in Terrifying Speech at Florida Rally  —  Donald Trump gave a particularly incoherent speech during a recent rally, as he rattled through a lengthy list of odd grievances that didn't quite ring true, devoid of some very necessary segues.
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Reuters:
Ocasio-Cortez seeks US House impeachment of Supreme Court's Thomas, Alito  —  Liberal Democratic U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has introduced articles of impeachment against conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, her office said on Wednesday.
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Maya Yang / The Guardian:
AOC launches effort to impeach Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito
Discussion: Balloon Juice
NBC News:
'It's already disastrous': Biden campaign fundraising takes a major hit  —  Sources close to Biden's re-election efforts say fundraising is set to drop possibly by half this month.  A campaign spokesperson pushed back, saying “grassroots” dollars were strong.
Anna Conkling / The Daily Beast:
Clarence Thomas Took Free Yacht Trip to Russia, Chopper Flight to Putin's Hometown: Dems  —  NYET  —  The allegedly secret gifts were disclosed in a letter from two Democratic senators that accused Thomas of potentially committing tax fraud.  —  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas …
Matt Dixon / NBC News:
Ron DeSantis will get an RNC speaking slot after a ‘change in schedule’  —  The Florida governor's team, however, says they always expected they would be invited to speak at the convention.  —  After initially being given no role at next week's Republican National Convention, Ron DeSantis …
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Zac Anderson / USA Today:
After challenging Trump, Haley and DeSantis denied speaking slots at RNC 2024
Cody Mello-Klein / Northeastern Global News:
Biden's poor debate performance had almost no impact on voter preference, new report says  —  Minor changes in voter preference after the debate don't mean the course of the presidential race has shifted, Northeastern expert says.  —  by Cody Mello-Klein  —  July 9, 2024  —  Share this story
AJ Vicens / CyberScoop:
Hacktivists release two gigabytes of Heritage Foundation data  —  A politically-oriented cybercrime group carried out the attack in response to Heritage's Project 2025.  —  An established cybercrime group with a track record of attacking political targets posted on Tuesday roughly two gigabytes …
Alex Thompson / Axios:
Exclusive: House Oversight subpoenas top Biden aides over his mental fitness … - Since Biden's weak performance at the June 27 debate ignited questions about his candidacy, some Democrats — including administration officials — have been bracing for potential congressional probes into his mental fitness, and what aides know about it.
 
 
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Victoria Taft / PJ Media:
Hail to the Chick: Dirty Jill Is at it Again
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Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Act of Desperation? Biden's Team Checks Delegates for Loyalty
Qasim Rashid / Let's Address This with Qasim Rashid:
Project 2025 Attacks Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Haley Byrd Wilt / NOTUS:
Is This House Republican Calling for Armed Rebellion? He Won't Say.
Discussion: New Republic and Raw Story
Politico:
F-16s head to Ukraine to begin flights this summer
 Earlier Items: 
Media Matters for America:
Newsmax's Sebastian Gorka on Kamala Harris: “She's a DEI hire. She's a woman. She's colored.”
Discussion: Mediaite and HuffPost
Josephine Harvey / HuffPost:
‘Deranged’: Critics React To Trump's ‘Fat Pig’ Rally Rant
Discussion: Raw Story
Deirdre Walsh / NPR:
Bipartisan Senate group pushes ban on lawmaker stock trading
Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:
Margaret Sullivan on how the media normalizes Trump
Jake Lahut / The Daily Beast:
Trump Donors on the Brink of Civil War Over J.D. Vance for VP
 

 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Kim Zetter / ZERO DAY:
Kaspersky plans to close its US business and eliminate US-based positions, following the country's ban on the sale of its antivirus tool starting July 20

Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Researchers: hackers have exploited a Squarespace flaw to hijack domains, apparently mostly from crypto businesses, that were migrated from Google Domains

 
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