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Monitoring Biden and other Contemporary Events

 
 
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 9 Jul, 2024 11:12 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Walter Hinteler wrote:

A Moscow court has issued an arrest warrant for Yulia Navalny for alleged membership of an "extremist organisation". If Alexei Navalny's widow would return to Russia, she would face prison.


Hopefully, she's not as stupid and suicidal as her dead husband.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Tue 9 Jul, 2024 11:16 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Walter Hinteler wrote:

A Moscow court has issued an arrest warrant for Yulia Navalny for alleged membership of an "extremist organisation". If Alexei Navalny's widow would return to Russia, she would face prison.


If she returns to Russia...she should be tried for stupidity.
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Tue 9 Jul, 2024 11:56 am
@Lash,
So now you're using comedians for your sources. But, why not: you're always good for a laugh yourself.
glitterbag
 
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Reply Wed 10 Jul, 2024 12:40 am
@bobsal u1553115,
She does great research, starts with Bannon, then OAN, then Quanon, (sp) then Breitbart. All the good antiAmerican crazy pants sources.
roger
 
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Reply Wed 10 Jul, 2024 01:18 am
oic oic oic
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Lash
 
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Reply Wed 10 Jul, 2024 02:40 am
@bobsal u1553115,
A great source for a former die hard VBNMW—who has seen the handwriting on the wall.

An excellent source for public opinion outside your bubble—and now, increasingly inside it.

Cry more.
hightor
 
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Reply Wed 10 Jul, 2024 03:22 am
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In this morning’s Talking Points Memo, David Kurtz observed that “much of political journalism is divorced from policy and the substance of politics.” It’s all about a horse race, he wrote, while complex questions, competing public interests, and the history of an issue get distilled to “whether it’s good or bad politically.”

Today, he noted, that horse-race coverage means that “[a]n election about whether the United States will continue its two and half century long experiment in representative democracy, where a convicted felon is running to return to the office he tried to seize through extralegal means, where the specter of a new form of fascism looms on the horizon is suddenly consumed by a political death watch for the only person at present standing between democracy and another Trump term in the White House.”

Yesterday, President Joe Biden tried to quell that political death watch by sending a letter to congressional Democrats stating that “despite all the speculation in the press and elsewhere, I am firmly committed to staying in this race, to running this race to the end, and to beating Donald Trump.” He noted that 14 million voters in the Democratic primary chose him, rather than a challenger, adding, “It was their decision to make. Not the press, not the pundits, not the big donors, not any selected group of individuals, no matter how well intentioned…. How can we stand for democracy in our nation if we ignore it in our own party?”

In an apparent attempt to get beyond the horse-race politics Kurtz identified and to make clear the substance of this election, Biden explained: “We have an historic record of success to run on.” He cited his administration’s creation of more than 15 million jobs, leading to historic unemployment lows; revitalization of American manufacturing; expansion of affordable health care; rebuilding the country’s infrastructure; lowering the cost of prescription drugs; providing student debt relief; and making a historic investment in combating climate change.

That vision, Biden wrote, “soundly beats” that of Trump and the MAGA Republicans, who are “siding with the wealthy and big corporations,” while the Democrats are “siding with the working people of America.” Trump and his people want another $5 trillion in tax cuts for the rich, he noted, and they plan to cut Social Security and Medicare, as well as end the ability of the government to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to bring drug prices into line with prices in other countries. “We are the ones lowering costs for families,” he wrote, “from health care to prescription drugs to student debt to housing. We are the ones protecting Social Security and Medicare. Everything they’re proposing raises costs for most Americans—except their tax cuts which will go to the rich.”

He went on to note that the Democrats are “protecting the freedoms of Americans,” while Trump’s people are “taking them away.” He pointed to the right-wing attacks on abortion rights, IVF, contraception, and gay marriage. Biden reiterated that he will sign a law making Roe v. Wade the law of the land if the nation elects a Democratic House and Senate. Finally, he pointed out that Democrats are protecting the rule of law and democracy, while Trump is actively working to destroy both. Trump, he wrote, has proven himself “unfit ever to hold the office of President.” “My fellow Democrats,” Biden wrote, “we have the record, the vision, and the fundamental commitment to America’s freedoms and our Democracy to win.”

Hours later, the New York Times joined the tabloid New York Post in noting that visitor logs showed that Dr. Kevin Cannard, an expert on Parkinson’s disease, visited the White House eight times between July 2023 and March 2024. After pressing White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre for information beyond her statements that Biden is not being, and has not been, treated for Parkinson’s and that he sees a neurologist as part of his annual physical exams, a CBS News White House reporter accused Jean-Pierre of deliberately withholding information. Jean-Pierre pointed out that “personal attacks” are not appropriate from the press corps and that the press team does its best to give the information they have. She said she took offense at the reporter’s tone.

Last night, White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor sent to Jean-Pierre a letter clarifying that the White House Medical Unit serves thousands of patients, many of whom are military personnel with neurological issues related to their service. Cannard was one of the team of specialists that annually examine the president. O’Connor’s office released the results of that examination in a letter dated February 28, he pointed out. It said, “An extremely detailed neurologic exam was again reassuring in that there were no findings which would be consistent with any cerebellar or other central neurological disorder, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s or ascending lateral sclerosis, nor are there any signs of cervical myelopathy.” The president does have “peripheral neuropathy in both feet. No motor weakness was detected. He exhibits no tremor, either at rest or with activity.”

As media attention remains focused on Biden, a Supreme Court decision from last week that upends the modern American state and another that overturns the central concept of our democracy have disappeared from public discussion. In Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, the court overruled the longstanding legal precedent establishing that courts should defer to a government agency’s reasonable interpretation of a law. Instead, it said, judges themselves will decide on the legality of an agency’s actions.

In Public Notice, Lisa Needham noted that right-wing judges have already blocked Biden administration rules that protect overtime pay for workers, prohibit noncompete clauses for truckers, and prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. As right-wing plaintiffs launch suits challenging rules they dislike, she notes, we should expect to see many more federal judges “deploying junk science and personal opinions to get to their preferred conclusion while ignoring the expertise of agency employees.”

Loper Bright was a slashing blow at the federal regulations that make up the framework of today’s government, but it paled in comparison to the Supreme Court’s decision in Donald J. Trump v. United States. In that stunning decision, the six right-wing justices—three of whom Trump himself appointed—declared that a president is immune from prosecution for crimes committed as part of his “official duties.”

This astonishing decision overturned the bedrock principle of the United States of America: that no one is above the law. But to be clear, the court did not give this power to Biden. Because it is not clear what official acts are—since no one has ever before made this distinction—it claimed for itself the right to decide what illegal behaviors are official acts and which are not. Since at least one of the justices (Samuel Alito) has flown flags demonstrating support for overthrowing Biden’s government and putting Trump back into office, and the wife of another (Clarence Thomas) worked with those trying to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, it seems likely that their decisions will reinforce Trump’s immunity alone.

An extraordinary effort to use the courts to set up a Trump dictatorship appears largely to have been hidden under the horse race.

And now that this scaffolding is in place, Trump’s team has begun to try to make him look more moderate than he is. On July 5, Trump claimed not to know anything about the extremist Project 2025, which calls for an authoritarian leader to impose Christian nationalism on the United States, despite the fact that his own appointees wrote it, his own political action committee advertised it as his plan, and his name appears in it 312 times.

Agenda 47, the official Trump campaign website, has offered more information about how he will wield the absolute power he now claims. As Judd Legum pointed out today in Popular Information, a key author of Project 2025, Christian nationalist Russell Vought, has advanced a plan for killing any aspects of government his people dislike, and Trump has adopted that plan, vowing to cancel agencies or laws he dislikes by refusing to spend money Congress appropriates. This is known as “impoundment,” and Congress made it illegal in 1974 after President Richard Nixon used it to try to bend the government to his will. Trump says the 1974 Impoundment Control Act is unconstitutional because it interferes with the power of the presidency. He promised to use it to “crush the Deep State.” First on the chopping block will be the Department of Education.

The effort to make Trump sound more moderate continued yesterday, when the Republican National Committee released the party’s 2024 platform, in which it tried to fudge the issue of abortion while leaving language that supported a national abortion ban. The New York Times published an article reinforcing the idea that Trump is moderating, reporting: “Following Trump’s Lead, Republicans Adopt Platform That Softens Stance on Abortion.”

In the midst of this political coverage, a key story has been largely overlooked. Not only does the stock market continue to set record highs, but also, as Jim Tankersley of the New York Times reported, the so-called left-behind counties, distressed after the collapse of manufacturing in them, have “added jobs and new businesses at their fastest pace since Bill Clinton was president.” “That turnaround,” he notes, “has shocked experts.” More than 1,000 counties, mostly in the Southeast and Midwest, that grew at less than half the national rate in terms of both people and income from 2000 to 2016, have surged. From 2016 to 2019—mostly during Trump’s administration—those rural left-behind counties, which make up about 18% of the U.S. population, added 10,000 jobs. In 2023 alone, they added 104,000.

Tankersley notes that Trump overwhelmingly won the support of voters in these counties, but their circumstances did not improve during his administration. Under Biden, they added jobs five times faster than they did under Trump. Still, voters there appear to continue to back Trump.

Now that’s a story. Are they backing Trump because they care more about culture wars than their economic security? Or are they ill informed?

Meanwhile, Republicans in the House today passed the Refrigerator Freedom Act and the Stop Unaffordable Dishwasher Standards (SUDS) Act, prohibiting the Secretary of Energy from prescribing or enforcing energy efficiency standards for residential refrigerators, freezers, and dishwashers.

After noting that the average monthly cost of operating a dishwasher is two to four dollars, and establishing that the people pushing this measure had no idea how much a dishwasher costs, Representative Katie Porter (D-CA) said: “This bill… Congress at its worst. A bunch of people who haven’t unloaded a dishwasher ever telling the American people what dishwashers they should or should not have.”

hcr
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 10 Jul, 2024 03:55 am
@tsarstepan,
I think her husband was a very brave and principled man.

Just because someone dies for a cause doesn't mean they're stupid.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 10 Jul, 2024 04:16 am
@izzythepush,
izzythepush wrote:
I think her husband was a very brave and principled man.
The penal colony where Navalny was being held said he had fallen unwell after a walk and lost consciousness. He had died of natural causes, they said.
He died a slow death, beginning with his poisoning with the deadly nerve agent Novichok by the Russian Federal Security Service in 2020.

Nevertheless, he was never suicidal but fought Putin to the bitter end within the scope of his possibilities.
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Wed 10 Jul, 2024 05:50 am
@Lash,
Why would I cry? You're the one reduced to quoting comedians.
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Wed 10 Jul, 2024 05:53 am
@glitterbag,
You notice she never ever comments on Mango jebuses non stop displays of mindless crazy talk. She never boosts her Green-ness or Socialism.
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hightor
 
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Reply Wed 10 Jul, 2024 06:43 am
US dismantles Russian government-backed AI disinformation campaign

U.S. officials said the scheme was organized in 2022 after a senior editor at RT, a Russian-state-funded media organization, helped develop technology for a so-called social media bot farm

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A Russian propaganda campaign backed by the Kremlin that spread online disinformation in the United States and was boosted by artificial intelligence has been disrupted, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

U.S. officials described the internet operation as part of an ongoing effort to sow discord in the U.S. through the creation of fictitious social media profiles that purport to belong to authentic Americans but are actually designed to advance the aims of the Russian government, including by spreading disinformation about its war with Ukraine.

U.S. officials said the scheme was organized in 2022 after a senior editor at RT, a Russian-state-funded media organization that has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent, helped develop technology for a so-called social media bot farm. It received the support and financial approval of the Kremlin, with an officer of Russia's Federal Security Service — or FSB — leading a private intelligence organization that promoted disinformation on social media through a network of fake accounts.

The RT press office did not respond directly to a question about the allegations.

The disruption of the bot farm comes as U.S. officials have raised alarms about the potential for AI technology to impact this year's elections and amid ongoing concerns that foreign influence campaigns by adversaries could sway the opinions of unsuspecting voters, as happened during the 2016 presidential campaign when Russians launched a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

“Today’s actions represent a first in disrupting a Russian-sponsored Generative AI-enhanced social media bot farm,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement. “Russia intended to use this bot farm to disseminate AI-generated foreign disinformation, scaling their work with the assistance of AI to undermine our partners in Ukraine and influence geopolitical narratives favorable to the Russian government.”

Among the fake posts, according to the Justice Department, was a video that was posted by a purported Minneapolis, Minnesota resident that showed Russian President Vladimir Putin saying that areas of Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania were “gifts” to those countries from liberating Russian forces during World War II.

In another instance, the Justice Department said, someone posing as a U.S. constituent responded to a federal candidate's social media posts about the war in Ukraine with a video of Putin justifying Russia's actions.

As part of the disruption, the Justice Department seized two domain names and searched 968 accounts on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

According to a joint cybersecurity advisory released Tuesday by U.S., Dutch and Canadian authorities, the software was used to spread disinformation to countries including Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Ukraine and Israel.

The advisory said that as of last June, the software — known as Meliorator — only worked on X but that its functionality probably could be expanded to other social media networks.

nbcwashington
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 10 Jul, 2024 11:17 am
Moscow has escalated a campaign against independent media and reporting since it launched its full-scale military offensive on Ukraine in February 2022.

https://i.imgur.com/wjPE5Tul.png

Now, Russia has classed The Moscow Times as an “undesirable organisation”, outlawing its activities inside Russia and leaving anybody who cooperates with it open to criminal prosecution.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 10 Jul, 2024 11:26 am
For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the USA wants to station conventional long-range weapons in Germany that can hit targets deep in the Russian heartland.

According to a White House statement published during the ongoing NATO summit, so-called "long-range fire capabilities" are to be stationed in Germany from 2026. According to the joint statement from the USA and Germany, the deployment will initially be temporary and then later become permanent.

However, as the plans of the current US government are only aimed at 2026, they are to a certain extent subject to change. If Donald Trump were to become the next US president after the election in November, he could reverse the decision at any time.

During his last term in office, Trump had always been particularly critical of Germany.


US to start deploying long-range weapons in Germany in 2026 (Reuters)
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 10 Jul, 2024 01:50 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
This is the level of malicious dictatorship that Trump supporters want to get if Trump is elected this November. It's not much of a stretch to see Trump copy and paste Putin's terror tactics like arresting and even political assassinations of his opponents.
A Russian court has ordered the arrest of Alexei Navalny's widow, who lives abroad

The only way Yulia Navalnaya will be free of a potential political assassination is the removal of Vladimir Putin, either by coup or death.
vikorr
 
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Reply Wed 10 Jul, 2024 05:19 pm
@tsarstepan,
My opinions:
- Trump made it clear in his previous term that the number 1 quality he values is - Loyalty to Trump
- he made it clear that he is petty and vindictive, and perfectly willing 'do what it takes' to get his way.

With an almost blanket immunity, the US simply needs someone with the will, or the childish ego without adult boundaries, to remake the US into a dictatorship.
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hightor
 
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Reply Thu 11 Jul, 2024 02:42 am
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“In 1949, when leaders of 12 countries, including President Truman, came together in this very room, history was watching,” President Joe Biden said yesterday evening at the opening of the 2024 NATO Summit, being held from July 9 through July 12, in Washington, D.C.

“It had been four years since the surrender of the Axis powers and the end of the most devastating world war the world had ever, ever known,” Biden continued.

“Here, these 12 leaders gathered to make a sacred pledge to defend each other against aggression, provide their collective security, and to answer threats as one, because they knew to prevent future wars, to protect democracies, to lay the groundwork for a lasting peace and prosperity, they needed a new approach. They needed to combine their strengths. They needed an alliance.”

That alliance was the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the “single greatest, most effective defensive alliance in the history of the world,” as Biden said.

The NATO collective defense agreement has stabilized the world for the past 75 years thanks to its provision in Article 5 that each of the NATO allies will consider an attack on one as an attack on all, and respond accordingly.

Biden looked back at the alliance’s 75 years. “Together, we rebuilt Europe from the ruins of war, held high the torch of liberty during long decades of the Cold War,” he said. “When former adversaries became fellow democracies, we welcomed them into the Alliance. When war broke out in the Balkans, we intervened to restore peace and stop ethnic cleansing. And when the United States was attacked on September 11th, our NATO Allies—all of you—stood with us, invoking Article 5 for the first time in NATO history, treating an attack on us as an attack on all of us—a breathtaking display of friendship that the American people will never ever, ever forget.”

Biden celebrated that the alliance has continually adapted to a changing world and noted that it has changed its strategies to stay ahead of threats and reached out to new partners to become more effective. Biden noted that leaders from countries in the Indo-Pacific region had joined the leaders of the 32 NATO countries at this year’s summit. So did the leaders of NATO’s partner countries, including Ukraine, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, and the European Union. “They’re here because they have a stake in our success and we have a stake in theirs,” Biden said.

The promise of collective defense was daunting for opponents in 1949, when the treaty had 12 signatories: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States. It is even more daunting now that there are 32, with both Finland and Sweden having joined the alliance after Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine. Together, the NATO countries can marshal about 3,370,000 active-duty military personnel and have a collective defense budget of more than $1.2 trillion.

In addition, as Jim Garamone of Department of Defense News noted, the NATO countries share intelligence, training, tactics, and equipment, as well as agreements for permitting the use of airspace and bases. “[O]ur commitment is broad and deep,” Biden said. “[W]e’re willing, and we’re able to deter aggression and defend every inch of NATO territory across every domain: land, air, sea, cyber, and space.”

When NATO formed, the main concern of the countries backing it was resisting Soviet aggression, but with the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of Russian president Vladimir Putin, NATO turned to resisting Russian aggression. “[H]istory calls for our collective strength,” Biden said. “Autocrats want to overturn global order, which has by and large kept for nearly 80 years and counting.”

Biden called out Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine and recalled that NATO had built a global coalition to stand behind Ukraine, providing weapons and aid while also moving troops into the surrounding NATO countries. He announced that the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, and Italy are donating more air defense equipment.

“All the Allies knew that before this war, Putin thought NATO would break,” Biden said. “Today, NATO is stronger than it’s ever been in its history.” Biden noted that the world is in a pivotal moment, and reminded his listeners: “The fact that NATO remains the bulwark of global security did not happen by accident. It wasn’t inevitable. Again and again, at critical moments, we chose unity over disunion, progress over retreat, freedom over tyranny, and hope over fear.

Again and again, we stood behind our shared vision of a peaceful and prosperous transatlantic community.”

He assured the attendees that an “overwhelming bipartisan majority of Americans understand that NATO makes us all safer…. The American people know that all the progress we’ve made in the past 75 years has happened behind the shield of NATO,” understanding that without it, we would face “another war in Europe, American troops fighting and dying, dictators spreading chaos, economic collapse, catastrophe.” He assured allies that Americans understand our “sacred obligation” to NATO, and quoted Republican president Ronald Reagan, who said: “If our fellow democracies are not secure, we cannot be secure. If you are threatened, we are threatened. And if you are not at peace, we cannot be at peace.”

And then Biden surprised NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, the former Norwegian prime minister who is stepping down from his NATO position after serving since 2014, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. “Today, NATO is stronger, smarter, and more energized than when you began,” Biden said. “And a billion people across Europe and North America and, indeed, the whole world will reap the rewards of your labor for years to come in the form of security, opportunity, and greater freedoms.”

Today, Biden reiterated the theme that alliances happen not “by chance but by choice.” Before the attendees got to work, he explained that the NATO countries must strengthen their home industrial bases and capacity in order to produce critical defense equipment more quickly, a deficiency made clear in the struggle to get armaments to Ukraine. Such readiness will strengthen security, he said, as well as creating “stronger supply chains, a stronger economy, stronger military, and a stronger nation.”

The Washington Summit Declaration released today reaffirms NATO as “the unique, essential, and indispensable transatlantic forum to consult, coordinate, and act on all matters related to our individual and collective security,” saying “[o]ur commitment to defend one another and every inch of Allied territory at all times, as enshrined in Article 5…is iron-clad.”

It warns that “Russia remains the most significant and direct threat to Allies’ security” and pledges “unwavering solidarity” with Ukraine. It says that “Ukraine’s future is in NATO” and calls out Belarus, North Korea, Iran, and China for enabling Putin’s war. Indeed, the declaration calls out China even more directly, warning that it “continues to pose systemic challenges to Euro-Atlantic security,” especially by flooding other countries with disinformation.

Russian aggression is a deep concern for NATO countries; so is Trump, who worked to take the U.S. out of NATO when he was in office, vowed he will accomplish that in a second term, and in February 2024 told an audience that if he thought NATO countries weren’t contributing enough to their own defense he would tell Russia to “do whatever the hell they want.” (Biden noted yesterday that when he took office, only nine NATO countries met their target goal of spending 2% of their gross domestic product on their defense, while this year, 23 will.)

Biden was key to rebuilding the NATO alliance after Trump weakened it, and the leaders at the NATO summit told foreign policy journalist for The Daily Beast David Rothkopf that they were “not concerned with Biden’s ability to play a leading role in NATO during his second term.” They “express confidence in his judgment” and “have a great deal of confidence in the foreign policy team around him.” But they worry about Trump.

Shortly after Biden gave his powerful speech opening the summit, Trump had his first public event since the June 27 CNN event, at his Doral golf club. It was a wandering rant packed, as usual, with wild lies, but he did touch on the topic of NATO. “I didn’t even know what the hell NATO was too much before, but it didn’t take me long to figure it out, like about two minutes,” he said. Trump’s former national security advisor John Bolton told a reporter that Trump’s willingness to undermine NATO is “a demonstration of the lack of seriousness of the way Trump treats the alliance, because he doesn't understand it."

Following the NATO summit, Hungary’s right-wing prime minister, Viktor Orbán, who remains an ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin, will visit former president Trump at Mar-a-Lago, just days after meeting with Putin in Moscow and with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Beijing. There is speculation that Orbán is acting as an intermediary between Trump and Putin, for whom the destruction of NATO is a key goal.
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Lash
 
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Reply Thu 11 Jul, 2024 06:45 am
Biden declared unfit for office.
Sort of difficult to argue since they basically used incompetence to help him avoid testifying in one of Hunter’s ‘selling influence’ cases.

Seems like Israel is running this attack on Biden with their paid proxies in Congress. Wonder who AIPAC & the Zionist oligarchs will select to replace him. Considering Trump’s chummy relationship with Adelson’s widow, it might not really matter.

But, Jaime Harrison’s poorly conceived and executed Twitter feud with Jill Stein and a Senator finally admitting Biden was selected to beat Bernie, not Trump—has people thinking the Democrat Party won’t survive this mess.

The mess that Joe made.

https://punchbowl.news/article/washington/joe-biden-democrats-mess-inside-the-party/

July 10, 2024
Joe Biden has made a mess of the Democratic Party
We’re now just short of two weeks since President Joe Biden’s disastrous presidential debate performance in Atlanta. And Biden has succeeded where no other politician has these last few years — making Republicans look both competent and unified.

Biden’s catastrophic showing and the ensuing drama have turned the Democratic Party on Capitol Hill completely upside down.

Democrats spent much of this Congress watching from the sidelines as Republicans tore themselves apart over former Speaker Kevin McCarthy and the return of former President Donald Trump.

The president’s party liked and respected Biden for leading them to a series of big legislative wins over the last few years. There was definitely angst over Biden’s reelection chances, but it was manageable. The brutal war in Gaza and the White House’s failure to find an effective message on immigration and inflation were serious problems. Yet there was a sense that maybe Biden was turning the corner as the summer began and he’d be able to hammer Trump for the rest of the campaign, especially after Trump’s conviction in the New York hush-money case.

That all vanished in 90 minutes on June 27. Rank-and-file Democrats now find themselves caught between a president who says he isn’t going anywhere — and who’s working hard to stamp down dissent — and their own political futures.

Consider this:

— In a closed-door Senate Democratic Caucus meeting Tuesday, Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) expressed doubts about Biden’s prospects given the current situation.

Appearing on CNN with Kaitlan Collins Tuesday night, Bennet said Trump “is on track, I think, to win this election and maybe win it by a landslide and take with him the Senate and the House.” Bennet added: “The White House has done nothing since the debate to demonstrate they have a plan to win this election.” Watch the video here.

— Senate Democrats were far from united about whether Biden is the best person to defeat Trump. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told us that Biden needs to “continue to aggressively make his case” to his fellow Democratic senators in order to “earn full support.”

— New Jersey Democratic Rep. Mikie Sherrill issued a statement Tuesday afternoon calling on Biden to step aside in favor of another Democratic candidate.

ecause I know President Biden cares deeply about the future of our country, I am asking that he declare that he won’t run for reelection and will help lead us through a process toward a new nominee.”

Fellow New Jersey Democratic Rep. Andy Kim — who’s running for Senate — walked right up the line of whether Biden should get out.

“I’m still thinking this through,” Kim told reporters. “What steps can we actually take right now [to replace Biden.] That’s where some of the confusion is. Especially with all the talk of what are the actual deadlines. It’s hard to kind of make a decision without fully understanding that. We need to get a better grasp on it.”

— House Democratic leaders met privately with some of their most vulnerable members Tuesday morning. As we reported in our PM edition, the conversation about Biden’s viability was “honest, brutal and intense.” Some members were crying, according to sources with knowledge of the meeting.

— Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) still won’t say whether she backs Biden staying on the ticket. Jayapal said she has a sense of where her caucus is but isn’t ready to reveal it. The top progressive in the Senate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), is sticking with Biden.

— Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have griped to us that their leaders, Reps. Nanette Barragán (D-Calif.) and Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), issued a statement expressing support for Biden without the full buy-in from their entire membership. Now other members are complaining that BOLD PAC, the CHC’s political arm, hasn’t issued its endorsement of Biden.

— George Stephanopoulos, the ABC News anchor who interviewed Biden last week, said in a TMZ video that he doesn’t think the president can serve for another four years. ABC News later said Stephanopoulos was reflecting his view, not the network’s. Stephanopoulos told Puck’s Dylan Byers he shouldn’t have answered the question.

— Biden’s defenders, especially those in the Senate, are fretting that their colleagues criticizing Biden are engaging in a “circular firing squad” that’s not only weakening the president but hurting Democrats down the ballot. This was a central pitch of Biden’s allies during the Senate Democratic lunch.

Some White House officials thought they had turned a corner after the House and Senate Democratic caucus sessions on Tuesday. There was a lot of venting and complaining during those gatherings, but no stampede to dump Biden. The leadership is sticking with Biden. The CBC and CHC largely back the president, which is especially important in the House.

But every new statement or bad poll is another brick pulled from the foundation. Biden is seemingly being undermined by a thousand small cuts from members of his own party.

— Jake Sherman, John Bresnahan, Melanie Zanona and Andrew Desiderio

Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 11 Jul, 2024 07:17 am

Prices fell in June for first time since start of pandemic
(cnn)
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Thu 11 Jul, 2024 07:39 am
@Lash,
Finally you picked a good news source.

However, you missed some things from your own article, like:

Some White House officials thought they had turned a corner after the House and Senate Democratic caucus sessions on Tuesday. There was a lot of venting and complaining during those gatherings, but no stampede to dump Biden. The leadership is sticking with Biden. The CBC and CHC largely back the president, which is especially important in the House.

But every new statement or bad poll is another brick pulled from the foundation. Biden is seemingly being undermined by a thousand small cuts from members of his own party.

More importantly, a small minority of his party. Twenty or so people want to take away the President that we the people overwhelmingly elected.

Where's your concerns on Mango jebuses mental problems?
 

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