New polls showing President Biden tied or trailing several GOP presidential candidates and deep concerns among voters over his age are stoking Democratic angst about third-party candidates “stealing” a victory in November 2024.
Democrats have long been worried that in a close race, a third-party candidate could be the difference between winning and defeat in hard-fought states such as Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin or even Florida.
But the new polling is exacerbating unease that liberal candidate Cornel West or a centrist contender backed by No Labels could end up being spoilers for Biden.
Groups on the left are among those expressing discontentment, arguing that the only candidates who will have a chance to actually win the White House are Biden and the eventual Republican nominee.
As US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced over $1 billion in aid for Ukraine during a surprise visit to the country’s capital, he said Washington had noticed "good progress" in Kiev’s counteroffensive, despite all facts pointing to the opposite.
“Tony, look at a map,” and just look at the progress that “has not been made by Ukraine,” said the retired CIA intelligence officer and State Department official, as he commented on recent remarks made by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Kiev.
During his unannounced visit to the Ukrainian capital, Blinken, standing alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, touted that the Ukrainian military had made “real progress” in its counteroffensive in the “last few weeks.” The Ukrainian president’s assessment of the battlefront developments “matches our own,” continued Blinken, who went over to Kiev to pledge a new aid package for Ukraine worth over $1 billion.
In fact, “Russia has been steadily pushing to the [west],” Johnson said, pointing out that the battle of Artemovsk was the “last big conflict” on the battlefront that Ukraine’s military was engaged in.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, issued an emergency public health order on Friday, temporarily suspending both open and concealed carry of firearms in Albuquerque, the state’s largest city, for a duration of 30 days.
Now she’s being threatened with impeachment over her suspension of constitutional rights in the state.
The decision by the Democratic governor was prompted by the recent tragic killing of an 11-year-old boy in a road rage incident involving gun violence. Governor Grisham cited this incident as the basis for declaring the emergency, acknowledging that she anticipates legal challenges but stating her belief that action was necessary due to the escalating gun-related crimes in the city.
In addition to the order, Lujan Grisham penned a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, seeking federal assistance. The governor disclosed that she had been requesting federal aid since June 2022, emphasizing the need for federal resources to combat the “escalating violence and drug and human-trafficking activity that is ravaging our great state,” she said.
Early in the summer, Kyiv began to strike at Russia's defensive lines, intending to reach the Sea of Azov to split Ukrainian territory held by Russia into two.
Gains were small to begin with – in areas that the Russians had spent a year laying mines – but a week ago Ukrainian generals reported they had broken through the first lines.
General Milley said: 'It has gone slower than the planners anticipated. But that is a difference between... war on paper and real war. So these are real people in real vehicles that are fighting through real minefields, and there's real death and destruction, and there's real friction. And there's still a reasonable amount of time – probably about 30 to 45 days' worth of fighting weather left.'
Last week, Joe Biden canceled all drilling in Alaska on federal land. Separate from the fact that no president should have that kind of power over the American economy and lifestyle, he paired it with another executive order that will make fuel more expensive than Americans have ever imagined.
Joe Biden promised during his basement campaign for the presidency that he was going to “end fossil fuel”:
The former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate made the comment Friday after a New Hampshire environmental activist challenged him for accepting donations from the co-founder of liquified natural gas firm.
Biden denied the donor’s association to the fossil fuel industry before calling the young woman “kiddo” and taking her hand. He said, “I want you to look at my eyes. I guarantee you. I guarantee you. We’re going to end fossil fuel.”
Geologists have uncovered what they believe could be the world's largest lithium deposit inside an ancient supervolcano along the Nevada-Oregon border in the US.
Clay containing up to 40 million metric tons of lithium was identified throughout the 600-mile-wide McDermitt Caldera - nearly double what has been found in Bolivia's salt flats that have long held the record for the most lithium deposits.
While the amount of lithium is based on estimates - no drilling has taken place - scientists have found high concentrations of lithium in the caldera since the 1970s
As of 2022, the average battery-grade lithium carbonate price was $37,000 per metric ton, meaning the volcano is potentially sitting on $1.48 trillion worth of the precious metal.
Lithium is a critical component for batteries that power everything from smartphones to electric vehicles and solar panels - and China has dominated the market for decades because 90 percent of the metal mined is refined in the nation.
Canada-based Lithium Americas Corporation plans to begin mining as early as 2026, mine the region for the next 40 years, and then backfill the pit.
However, the plan has been criticized due to the environmental impact of mining and claims that the site is on sacred Native American land.
Another day, another wildly inappropriate drag show…but wait! This one’s somehow worse. At a drag-themed fundraiser for a Democratic senate candidate in California, Burbank city mayor Konstantine Anthony got SPANKED by a drag queen. And kids were present.
Amid refinery maintenance and rising domestic fuel prices, Russia is set to cut its diesel exports from its ports on the Baltic and Black Seas by nearly 25% in September compared to the export plans for August, Bloomberg reported on Friday, quoting industry data it had seen.
The shipments of diesel out of Russia’s western ports, including some exports from Belarus, are planned at 1.874 million tons in September, or 466,000 barrels per day (bpd), down from about 600,000 bpd planned for August exports, according to Bloomberg’s calculations.
The plan for diesel exports in September lays out the lowest shipments since May this year when spring refinery maintenance was in place.
Now the autumn refinery maintenance is also slashing diesel exports out of Russia.
The primary oil refining capacity that will be offline in Russia is set to soar by 44% in September compared to August amid seasonal maintenance, according to Reuters estimates based on data from industry sources.
As much as 4.635 million metric tons of Russia’s refining capacity is expected to be offline this month, industry sources have told Reuters.
Russia’s authorities are also recommending refineries curb exports and sell more fuel domestically to meet local demand, but the recommendation is not legally binding, according to Bloomberg.
President Biden is taking heat from some families of 9/11 victims for departing from tradition and becoming the first U.S. president in 22 years to neither spend the day at an attack site nor the White House.
"It's no surprise to me that he's not coming to Ground Zero or any of the 9/11 sites," Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Donald Arias, who lost his brother Adam during the attacks, told "Fox & Friends First" Monday.
"And quite frankly, I prefer he stay away anyway. We will be spared one of his stories of how he can relate, like he did with the people of Lahaina, how he can relate because of a kitchen fire. We can do without that."
On Saturday, progressive anti-gun activists came out against Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) after she issued an emergency order suspending the constitutional right to carry firearms in public throughout Albuquerque and surrounding counties for at least 30 days following an uptick in gun violence.
As previously reported by the DC Enquirer, the "ban attacks open and concealed carry in public places like parks or sidewalks but will not apply to certain places such as private property, gun stores, or shooting ranges. New Mexico citizens aren’t entirely banned from transporting guns within the state but will need to keep the weapon in a trigger lock or other container, or else they will face a fine of up to $5,000."
In response to the blatant attempt to outlaw a constitutional right, anti-gun activist David Hogg took to X to point out the glaring problem in Grisham's order.
"I support gun safety but there is no such thing as a state public health emergency exception to the U.S. Constitution," Hogg wrote.
The Justice Department will argue in court Thursday for lifting an order banning the government from coordinating with social media companies to censor Americans.
In the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the DOJ will ask the court to block a July 4 order issued by federal Judge Terry A. Doughty which prevents White House officials and federal agencies from meeting with tech companies about social media censorship, arguing such actions likely violated the First Amendment.
Doughty’s order came down on July 4 in a legal battle brought by Republican state attorneys general from Missouri and Louisiana that accused high-ranking government officials of working with giant social media companies "under the guise of combating misinformation" that ultimately led to censoring speech on topics, including Hunter Biden’s laptop, COVID-19 origins and the efficacy of face masks.
A renowned criminology professor who "proved" that racism is systemic in America’s law enforcement and American society has been fired for faking data and his studies have now been retracted.
Eric Stewart, 51, a now former criminology professor atFlorida State University in Tallahassee, is now out of work due to “extreme negligence” in his research. According to Google Scholar, Stewart and his work were cited over 8,500 times by other researchers.
Now, the WEB DuBois fellow at the National Institute of Justice is out of a job on account of “extreme negligence and incompetence.”
Retraction Watch obtained the termination letter from the university, which said that due to Stewart’s conduct “decades of research” previously thought “to be at the forefront” of the field of criminology has “been shown to contain numerous erroneous and false narratives.”
In the July 13 letter that informed Stewart of his termination, FSU Provost James J. Clark wrote, “The details of problematic data management, false results, and the numerous publication retractions have negatively affected the discipline on a national level.”
Fox News’ Peter Doocy told viewers that staffers to President Joe Biden flubbed their explanation of his decision to skip the 9/11 ceremony in New York City.
Speaking from Hanoi, Vietnam, site of the president’s recent overseas visit, Doocy said he was given the analogy by White House staff of Pearl Harbor. After 22 years, they claimed, the attack site was no longer worthy of the president’s attention.
“When I asked a White House official why it is that President Biden was here and missing the 9/11 commemorations at the attack sites, the analogy that I was given is that 22 years after Pearl Harbor, U.S. presidents were not still going to visit Hawaii,” said Doocy.
Shortly after watching the second tragedy, I heard jet engines pass our building, which, being so close to the airport is very common. But I thought the airport was closed. I figured it was a plane coming in for landing. A few moments later, as I was looking down at my desk, the plane caught my eye. It didn't register at first. I thought to myself that I couldn't believe the pilot was flying so low. Then it dawned on me what was about to happen. I watched in horror as the plane flew at treetop level, banked slightly to the left, drug it's wing along the ground and slammed into the west wall of the Pentagon exploding into a giant orange fireball. Then black smoke. Then white smoke.
Anlauf was watching TV coverage of the Trade Center burning shortly before 9:30 a.m. when she decided to return to her 14th-floor room from another part of the hotel. Once in her room, she heard a "loud roar" and looked out the window to see what was going on. "Suddenly I saw this plane right outside my window," Anlauf said during a telephone interview from her hotel room this morning. "You felt like you could touch it; it was that close. It was just incredible. "Then it shot straight across from where we are and flew right into the Pentagon. It was just this huge fireball that crashed into the wall (of the Pentagon). When it hit, the whole hotel shook."
Motor 11: There is visible smoke coming from that area...high, visible smoke. Dispatcher: Motor 11 direct. Motor 14: Motor 14, it was an American Airlines plane, uh, headed eastbound over the Pike (Columbia Pike highway), possibly toward the Pentagon. Dispatcher: 10-4. Cruiser 50 direct.
Sky News host Rita Panahi couldn’t contain her laughter over “dimwitted lefties” on The View discussing the influx of illegal migrants in New York City.
“But what is the Biden administration, which has overseen record numbers crossing that southern border illegally, millions every year, what are they going to do?” Ms Panahi said.
“Well, this is their latest genius idea, no they’re not going to complete the wall, they’re not going to implement tough border protection policies, they’re going to try to keep the illegal migrants in Texas.”
The LA Times reported the Biden administration was considering a plan to force illegal immigrants to remain in Texas while awaiting asylum screenings.
“Genius, genius – why should Texans have to deal with this crisis, they aren’t the ones voting for sanctuary city mayors and governors,” Ms Panahi said.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis isn’t afraid to handle a confrontation. He made it clear this week that he’s not going to let people get away with spreading false information about him.
The 2024 Republican presidential candidate took on a heckler on Thursday during a press conference in Jacksonville, Florida. The heckler tried to blame him for a shooting in the city last month saying the governor allowed it to happen. DeSantis strongly condemned the shooting at the time.
From The Daily Wire:
“First of all, I did not allow anything with that,” DeSantis said. “I’m not going to let you accuse me of committing criminal activity. I am not going to take that. I am not going to take that.”
DeSantis had to talk over the protester who continued to heckle him during the public event. The governor made it clear that the alleged shooter had been “Baker Acted” – referencing a prior incident when law enforcement officials had placed the suspect on a mental health hold years before the tragedy.
That first act, DeSantis explained, should have ruled the alleged shooter ineligible to buy a gun. Since law enforcement didn’t involuntarily commit him, he said, because of the first incident the alleged shooter was able to buy a gun before the Jacksonville shooting.
DeSantis continued his confrontation with the heckler by challenging the claim that the heckler was speaking his “truth.” The governor said, “…everyone doesn’t have their own truth,” but, “There is the truth.”
According to reports, Joe Biden has spent over 360 days of his three years in office… on vacation. The man blamed for rampant inflation and countless other problems has spent over a year of his four-year term not doing his job. Even while Maui burned, Biden was seen relaxing on the beach. Days later, he went on another vacation in Nevada.
This last weekend, he was seen again–not in D.C.–but enjoying another trip to Rehoboth Beach. Reporters spotted him and seemed suddenly defensive. He made claims about his current weekend getaway and then said something that will really chafe suffering Americans’ hides.
From Fox News:
President Biden said Sunday during his visit to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, that he was not on vacation and has no home to go to for the time being…
The president, who has two homes in Delaware, lives at the White House but spends most of his weekends in the First State…
A Hollywood skateboarding event descended into chaos Saturday as crowds ignited fires, vandalized vehicles and set off fireworks.
F***ing Awesome World Entertainment partnered with Adidas Skateboarding to host their second annual Skate Jam in Hollywood, which began peacefully with skaters performing stunts over what appeared to be an old LAPD cop car.
But the event erupted into disorder around 7:22 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) told KTLA.
Crowds grew violent, setting trash cans on fire, throwing bottles, lighting fireworks and spraying graffiti on a Los Angeles Fire Department vehicle.
Video shows attendees jumping on the cop car as small fires start to grow. Eventually the car was completely overtaken by flames and photos of the aftermath show it completely burnt out.
Super Bowl Champion head coach Tony Dungy corrected ESPN's mischaracterization of 19-year-old tennis star Coco Gauff's reaction after winning her first U.S. Open title – making her the youngest American woman to win the U.S. Open since Serena Williams in 1999.
The father of a Virginia student who was sexually assaulted in her high school bathroom has been pardoned after his arrest two years ago. He had protested during a school board meeting, which represented an important moment in a conservative push to increase parental engagement in public education.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Sunday granted an “absolute pardon” to the father who was arrested at a school board meeting after the superintendent lied about his daughter’s rape by a skirt-wearing boy.
California Governor Gavin Newsom suggested in an interview that aired over the weekend that if for some reason President Joe Biden does not run for re-election in 2024 that Vice President Kamala Harris will be the person who represents the Democrat Party at the top of the ticket.