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07/19/2024 --axios
Former President Trump took the stage with a bandaged ear only days after surviving an attempted assassination in Pennsylvania to accept the GOP presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention Thursday night. He left it after roughly 90 minutes of a mostly familiar stump speech.Why it matters: While his speech — widely viewed as a test of his plea for unity — began on a personal tone, it soon returned to Trumpian talking points, misleading statements and lies.Trump has received a week of relatively positive press while his Democratic opponent President Biden faces mounting calls from his party to exit the race. The former president described the assassination attempt at the top of his speech, saying that it's the only time he'll talk about it, "because it's too painful to tell."State of play: He focused primarily on foreign policy, the economy and immigration.At on point, he described a "massive invasion at our southern border" and a planet "teetering on edge of World War III," a likely reference to the conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza that have begun since his successor took office. He pledged on Day One to "drill baby drill" and "close those borders."The big picture: The GOP tried to appear as a unified front this week, with many of Trump's onetime presidential rivals appearing as campaign surrogates. Democrats have been in disarray over the top of their ticket.Trump's running mate, Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), spoke Wednesday night, leaning into his personal story as a Rust Belt native — a signal of the campaign's strategy ahead to win vital swing voters in key states.Trump this year has been convicted of a felony, juggled multiple court cases with the campaign trail, and this week saw one of the federal cases against him dismissed.Go deeper: Behind the Curtain: "Getting shot in the face changes a man"Editor's note: This story was previously a live blog and has been updated with additional developments.Onetime Trump presidential rivals descend on GOP convention Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley at the RNC on Tuesday. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesThey sparred aggressively during the campaign and served as surrogates during the convention. Why it matters: Trump's onetime presidential rivals showed up at the Republican National Convention this week to rally behind the former president in a show of GOP unity, Erin Doherty writes.Former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, one of Trump's fiercest rivals on the trail, gave the former president her "strong endorsement" and told voters that "for the sake of our nation, we have to go with Donald Trump."Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy also spoke this week, kissing the ring of the man they tried to defeat in the GOP primary several months prior.Takeaways from Trump rivals' nightWhy Dana White is introducing Trump UFC president Dana White and former United States president Donald Trump in Las Vegas in December 2023. Photo: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty ImagesDana White, CEO of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), is expected to be the final speaker at RNC ahead of Trump.It's unusual for a presidential nominee not be introduced by a spouse or family member, Axios' Zach Basu writes.Both Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump, who introduced the former president in 2016 and 2020, respectively, have stepped back from the public eye.White was scheduled to introduce Trump even before the assassination attempt, which brought new meaning to a campaign centered on the theme of "Trump, the fighter."An outspoken and controversial promoter who continued putting on events throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, White says Trump is a genuine combat sports fan with a deep knowledge of the history of the sport.Read on.Influencers hit convention Former U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin and athlete Riley Gaines outside the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. Photo: J. Conrad Williams, Jr./Newsday RM via Getty ImagesMILWAUKEE — Nearly 100 conservative influencers swamped the convention, creating content aimed at engaging conservatives who typically don't pay much attention to politics, Axios' April Rubin, Sophia Cai and Stef Kight report.Why it matters: The GOP sees a slate of new, popular conservative influencers and a flood of viral pro-Trump content on social media as a promising way to reach hesitant or untrusting voters — and convince them to cast a ballot in November.The RNC influencer program, overseen by the convention's digital team, has about 75 participants.Between the lines: The embrace of social media is also aimed at winning younger voters, who are disillusioned going into the 2024 presidential election.Go deeper.What Trump is expected to say (and skip) Trump rewrote his speech in the wake of the Butler, Pennsylvania, shooting over the weekend to focus on unity, Axios' Avery Lotz writes.Why it matters: Trump, who usually does not shy away from personal attacks on his political rival, is not expected to mention President Biden by name, Trump campaign senior adviser Danielle Alvarez told CBS.The original text of the speech was intended to echo his characteristic campaign trail rhetoric slamming Biden's policies, the GOP nominee told the Washington Examiner the day after the attempted assassination."This is a chance to bring the whole country, even the whole world, together," he told the Examiner.According to excerpts, Trump will say: "As you already know, the assassin's bullet came within a quarter of an inch of taking my life.""Despite such a heinous attack, we unite this evening more determined than ever. Our resolve is unbroken, and our purpose is unchanged--to deliver a government that serves the American People," Trump is expected to say.Trump is still expected to draw a contrast with the current administration saying, "less than four years ago, we were a great nation, and we will soon be a great nation again."Hulk Hogan: "Trump is the toughest of them all" Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesHulk Hogan took the stage at the RNC tonight to endorse former President Donald Trump with the same charisma that made him the most recognizable wrestler in the world, Axios Crypto co-author Brady Dale writes.The big picture: Hulkamania lives on.Flashback: Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker Media, which resulted in a $140 million verdict in 2016, ultimately proved to have been funded by venture investor Peter Thiel.Years later, Thiel would back the Senate race of J.D. Vance, who went on last night to accept the nomination to be Trump's running mage."I've been in the ring with some of the biggest, some of the baddest dudes on the planet," Hogan said. "I know tough guys, but let me tell you something, brother, Donald Trump is the toughest of them all." VP nominee Vance name-checks Rust Belt in speech Photo: Hannah Beier/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesSen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) spoke on Wednesday night at the RNC, his first speech as former President Trump's running mate, leaning heavily into his personal background to appeal to Rust Belt voters.Why it matters: It's a sign that Vance, a Rust Belt native himself, will be zeroed in on winning these voters in the crucial swing states ahead of November. "I promise you one more thing, to the people of Middletown, Ohio and all the forgotten communities in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio ... I will be a vice president who never forgets where he came from," Vance said.Zoom in: Vance's personal bio is one of the factors that appealed to Trump as he made his VP selection, Axios' Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei reported.Takeaways from Vance's speechPics: Trump family at RNC Melania Trump made a surprise appearance. Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and Tiffany Trump. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski / AFPTrump opens with rally recap: "Too painful to tell"Trump began his RNC speech describing in vivid detail his experience surviving the attempted assassination at his campaign rally, saying that he won't tell it again because it's "too painful to tell," Axios' Erin Doherty writes."I heard a loud whizzing sound and felt something hit me, really really hard on my right ear. I said to myself, 'Wow, what was that? It can only be a bullet,'" Trump said to a captivated audience, some with tears streaming down their faces."My hand was covered with blood, just absolutely blood all over the place," he said."I immediately knew it was very serious that we were under attack and in one movement proceeded to drop to the ground. Bullets were continuing to fly as very brave Secret Service agents rushed to the stage.""I'm not supposed to be here tonight," Trump said, prompting a chant from the crowd: "yes you are," the crowd said.Trump applauds Secret Service agents Photo: Stephanie Keith/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesTrump described the way "very brave" Secret Service agents rushed to his side after the Pennsylvania rally shooting, Axios' Avery Lotz writes. The big picture: The agency has come under harsh scrutiny for their role in securing the site of Saturday's shooting, with Republican leadership calling on Secret Service director Kimberly Cheatle to resign in the wake of the attempted assassination.Wednesday evening, GOP lawmakers furiously confronted Cheatle at the convention — sharing videos on social media."They really did, they rushed to the stage," Trump said of the agents. "These are great people, at great risk, I will tell you."He continued: "Bullets were firing over us, yet I felt serene. But now, the Secret Service agents were putting themselves in peril."Trump said with "one bullet used," a Secret Service sniper killed Thomas Matthew Crooks, the 20-year-old gunman.Trump praises "highly respected" Judge Aileen CannonTable: Axios Visuals. Note: The Aug. 5 trial date in Georgia was proposed by the prosecution, while the Florida and New York dates were set by judges.Trump praised the Florida judge who dismissed his classified documents case earlier this week, handing him his latest legal win as his other two criminal cases remain in limbo. Smith's office appealed Cannon's decision.Why it matters: Trump, the first-ever U.S. president to become a convicted felon, has all but guaranteed that his criminal indictments outside New York are delayed beyond November, Axios' Erin Doherty writes.Zoom in: Judge Aileen Cannon, who was appointed by Trump, ruled on Monday that the classified documents case was dismissed because of the "unlawful appointment and funding of special counsel Jack Smith."Cannon, a relatively novice judge, has come under fire from critics who've accuse her of intentionally delaying proceedings in the case.Go deeper: Trump trial tracker."Two smart people": Trump praises J.D. and Usha Vance Usha Vance and J.D. Vance with members of the Trump family. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon / AFP via Getty ImagesTrump applauded J.D. Vance, his newly official running mate, and his wife Usha, a highly accomplished attorney, as "two smart people," Axios' Avery Lotz writes.The GOP nominee said it was an "honor to select" Vance, a Trump critic turned fierce MAGA ally, to accompany him on the Republican ticket.What they're saying: Trump praised Vance and his wife, Usha Vance, for their Yale educations, characterizing each of them as a "great student." Usha Vance spoke briefly ahead of her husband on Wednesday night."J.D., you're going to be doing this for a long time," Trump added. "Enjoy the ride."Biden mentioned at least onceWhile he wasn't expected to mention Biden's name, Trump criticized the president by name about 40 minutes into his remarks.The former president appeared to go off script when criticizing Biden's foreign policy."I'm only going to say his name once," Trump said."I'm not going to use the name anymore — just one time. The damage that he's done to this country is unthinkable. It's unthinkable," he said of Biden.Trump's "greatest hits" Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesTrump spent the majority of his convention speech railing about usual targets: illegal immigration, electric vehicles and election integrity— and zeroed in on China, Axios' Erin Doherty writes.Why it matters: He primarily echoed many of the grievances that have defined his political career across three consecutive presidential runs.He baselessly accused Democrats of "cheating" in elections and criticized former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.What they're saying: "Donald Trump is just the greatest hits from 2016," Biden campaign director of rapid response Ammar Moussa wrote on X."He has not changed. He has not moderated. He has gotten worse - except now he talks about the "late, great, Hannibal Lecter."
07/18/2024 --nbcnews
President Joe Biden is facing mounting pressure to exit the 2024 race while Donald Trump prepares to accept the Republican nomination at the convention.
07/18/2024 --foxnews
WWII veteran Sgt. William Pekrul gives emotional speech on the third night of the Republican National Convention, which was themed 'Make America Strong Once Again'
07/18/2024 --newsadvance
Eight years ago, Wes Bellamy and Zyahna Bryant stood shoulder to shoulder. Now they're on opposite sides of the picket line.
07/18/2024 --axios
Angry GOP lawmakers confronted Secret Service director Kimberly Cheatle at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Wednesday evening.The big picture: Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) posted video to X of her confronting Cheatle as the federal agency has been under intense scrutiny after the assassination attempt on former President Trump. 🚨FULL VIDEO: Secret Service Director REFUSES to answer to the American people.— Marsha Blackburn (@VoteMarsha) July 18, 2024Republican senators were already fuming about the lack of answers following their briefing with Cheatle earlier Wednesday, a GOP aide said. Once they found out she was at the RNC, Blackburn and Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) organized a group to ask her questions in a suite at the RNC. She refused to answer and left.Also seen confronting Cheatle were Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.).Zoom in: Senate Republican Conference Chair Barrasso said in a video shared with Axios that he and Blackburn "went face to face" with the Secret Service chief to seek answers on what happened at the Butler, Pennsylvania, rally with GOP nominee Trump.Specifically, they wanted answers on "how that shooter was able to get off a clear shot when the FBI and the Secret Service knew that there was a suspicious person an hour in advance of when the shooting occurred and they identified a potential threat," he said, in reference to reports that emerged Wednesday.Blackburn said that Cheatle "would not answer our questions and wanted to say it was not the time nor place."This is after we've been through a conference call today. ... She can run but she cannot hide because the American people want to know how an assassination attempt was carried out on former President Donald Trump," Blackburn added.State of play: Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) called for Cheatle's resignation and announced plans for a bipartisan task force to investigate Saturday's shooting.Cheatle told House lawmakers earlier Wednesday that the agency "failed" at its "no-fail mission" to protect GOP nominee Trump at Saturday's rally shooting in Pennsylvania that left one spectator dead. Both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) called for Cheatle's resignation following the briefing.Lee criticized both Cheatle and the Biden administration in a series of posts to X, including one that asked "why hold the briefing if they weren't going to tell us anything?"What they're saying: A USSS spokesperson said early Thursday that continuity of operations was "paramount during a critical incident" and Cheatle "has no intentions" of stepping down. "She deeply respects members of Congress and is fiercely committed to transparency in leading the Secret Service through the internal investigation and strengthening the agency through lessons learned in these important internal and external reviews," the spokesperson added in the emailed statement.More from Axios: Donald Trump Jr. at RNC: "America is Trump tough"In photos: Trump bandage "newest fashion trend' at RNCTrump's granddaughter speaks to the GOP nominee's softer sideVance repeatedly name checks Rust Belt in VP acceptance speechEditor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.
07/17/2024 --dailycaller
Mike Lee responds to Biden's plans to support changes to the Supreme Court
07/17/2024 --kron4
Senators were told during a briefing call Wednesday that the Secret Service had flagged Thomas Crooks as suspicious more than an hour before he shot from a rooftop at former President Trump, and that a counter-sniper spotted him as a potential threat 19 minutes before the shooting, according to a person familiar with the call. [...]
11/11/2023 --politico
It already seems unlikely the spending plan could pass the House, with the new speaker saying they would need Democrats to support it.
11/09/2023 --politico
Speaker Mike Johnson is trying to navigate an intra-party divide over the future of the country’s leading anti-hunger program.
11/02/2023 --theguardian
Economic ties are expected to feature heavily during the first visit by an Australian PM since 2016, amid a gradual easing of export restrictionsGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastAnthony Albanese’s upcoming China visit will be the first by an Australian prime minister since Malcolm Turnbull in 2016.Much of the media attention will be on irritants in the relationship, such as the four-year detention of the Australian writer Yang Hengjun and rising tensions in the South China Sea. Continue reading...
11/02/2023 --politico
The new speaker is a proponent of more hard-line GOP efforts to overhaul the country’s largest anti-hunger program.
10/31/2023 --mercurynews
Despite growing questions about the Ukraine aid within the Republican conference, Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell has forcefully advocated tying the aid for Ukraine and Israel together. He hosted Oksana Markarova, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States, at an event in Kentucky on Monday and told the audience, "this is a moment for swift and decisive action."
10/31/2023 --eastbaytimes
Despite growing questions about the Ukraine aid within the Republican conference, Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell has forcefully advocated tying the aid for Ukraine and Israel together. He hosted Oksana Markarova, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States, at an event in Kentucky on Monday and told the audience, "this is a moment for swift and decisive action."