Joe Biden refuses to drop out of presidential race

President Joe Biden has written to congressional Democrats insisting he will remain in the race for the White House after more members of the party added their voices to calls for him to step aside on Sunday – an unwelcome distraction as the president prepares to host a major Nato summit in Washington DC this week.

In behind-closed-door crisis talks convened by House minority leader Hakeem Jeffries, several representatives including Jerry Nadler, Susan Wild, Adam Smith, and Mark Takano suggested it was time for Biden, 81, to make way following his disastrous debate performance against Donald Trump in Atlanta last month.

Five Democrats have now come forward publicly to say the same, with vice president Kamala Harris tipped to take over as the party’s 2024 nominee and praised by the influential Adam Schiff yesterday.

But the president insisted in an ABC interview on Friday that only “the Lord Almighty” could persuade him to go, saying he remains convinced he is the right man to challenge Trump. He also remained defiant in a call to the hosts of Morning Joe on Monday morning.

Biden spent his weekend on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania, speaking at a church in Philadelphia yesterday before briefly meeting with campaign staff, union members and local Democrats, including senator John Fetterman.

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Jason Miller: Trump will have VP picked out by Monday

Trump adviser Jason Miller tells Fox News that Donald Trump will have his running mate picked out by this time next week.

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Watch: John Kirby says Biden debate performance not reflective of leader he knows

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Schumer: ‘I’m for Joe’

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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre says the president has a “check-in” with his doctor a couple of times a week while he is exercising. She adds that he had such a check-in today.

Regarding reports that neurologist and specialist in Parkinson’s Disease, Dr Kevin Cannard visited the White House a reported eight times from Walter Reed Medical Center, the press secretary would not be led on any further information citing security reasons.

Jean-Pierre said that the president does not have Parkinson’s and does not take medication for it.

Oliver O’Connell8 July 2024 20:06

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Rob Reiner urges Biden ‘to step down’ in unexpected statement

Joe Biden has lost crucial support in the form of Hollywood star – and Democratic donor – Rob Reiner, who has urged him to step down from his presidential re-election bid.

On Sunday (7 July), the director of films including Stand by Me, This is Spinal Tap and When Harry Met Sally shared his unexpected and candid view on the party leader, whose capability has been thrown into question in recent months.

Jacob Stolworthy has the story.

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Kirby says he has seen no reason to doubt Biden lucidity

The White House’s John Kirby was asked about Joe Biden’s mental capability at the press briefing and said that the debate performance of the president was “not reflective of the man, and the leader, and the commander in chief’

He added: “In my experience — the last two and a half years — I have not seen any reason whatsoever to question or doubt his lucidity, his grasp of context, his probing nature, and the degree to which he is completely in charge of facts and figures.”

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‘Uneasiness’ permeates White House as Biden enters critical week

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‘Bob’s Burgers’ actor pleads guilty to interfering with police during Capitol riot

An actor who played a street-brawling newsman in the movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and a pizzeria owner in the television series Bob’s Burgers pleaded guilty on Monday to interfering with police officers trying to protect the US Capitol from a mob’s attack.

Jay Johnston, 55, of Los Angeles, faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison after pleading guilty to civil disorder, a felony. US District Judge Carl Nichols is scheduled to sentence Johnston on October 7.

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Full story: House GOP postpone hearing with Manhattan prosecutors on Trump’s hush money trial

Manhattan prosecutors will not be testifying this week in front of a House Republican-controlled committee investigating what they believe is the “weaponization” of federal law enforcement against Donald Trump and his allies.

New York County District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Assistant District Attorney Matthew Colangelo were set to be grilled by House Judiciary Committee chair Jim Jordan and other GOP lawmakers on July 12, the day after Trump was scheduled to be sentenced for 34 counts of falsifying business records.

Alex Woodward was following the trial for The Independent and filed this report:

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Watch LIVE: White House Press Briefing

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