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After Biden Presser, Dems Are Stuck in 'Special Layer of Hell'

President did ... OK, per reviews, but it may not be enough to stop the calls for him to leave the race

(Newser) - President Biden's "do or die" moment , the press conference in which he had to convince the world he's able to lead the US for four more years, has come and gone . So what's the verdict? It's a mixed bag, with praise for Biden's foreign...

As Some Democrats Bail on Biden, Fetterman Digs In

Senator defends president, mocks peers he sees as weak-kneed

(Newser) - The number of congressional Democrats calling for President Biden to step aside , either in public or in private, is growing. One person most definitely not in that camp is Sen. John Fetterman, who campaigned with the president across his home state of Pennsylvania on Sunday.
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Disney Heir: No More Donations Until Biden Goes

Abigail Disney says she'll halt funds out of 'realism, not disrespect'

(Newser) - As fallout continues over President Biden's weak debate performance against former President Trump, the turmoil has spread to top Democratic donors, including one particularly high-profile name who now says she'll halt the money flow until Biden is replaced. "I intend to stop any contributions to the party...

For Democrats, the Big Question: Now What?

For Democrats,
the Big Question:
Now What?
the rundown

For Democrats, the Big Question: Now What?

President Biden not signaling he is considering a withdrawal from race after debate

(Newser) - President Biden sought to ease concerns about his universally panned debate performance in remarks to supporters at a North Carolina rally on Friday. "I know I'm not a young man, to state the obvious," he said, per Axios . "I don't walk as easy as I...

Texas Democratic Rep Has Pancreatic Cancer

Sheila Jackson Lee says 'road ahead will not be easy'

(Newser) - Longtime US Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee announced that she has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and is undergoing treatment, reports the AP . The Texas Democrat, who's seeking a 16th term in the 18th District, said in a statement late Sunday that as a member of Congress, she has been...

AOC Slams Fetterman: 'I Stand Up to Bullies'

Congresswoman slams fellow Dem over his remarks on the previous day's fracas in the House

(Newser) - On Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez found herself in a verbal battle with colleague Marjorie Taylor Greene during a House Oversight Committee hearing, after MTG poked fun of Democratic Rep. Jasmine Crockett's "fake eyelashes" and suggested AOC lacked intelligence. On Friday, Ocasio-Cortez became mired in a new fight: this...

Congressman Cuellar Indicted on Bribery Charges

Texas Democrat and his wife accused of improper ties with Azerbaijan officials

(Newser) - Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas and his wife were indicted on conspiracy and bribery charges and taken into custody Friday in connection with a federal probe into ties between American business leaders and the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan, per the AP . From 2014 to 2021, Cuellar and his...

Biden's Young Dems Problem: 'They're Leaving in Droves'

President is getting pushback from junior members of his own party over Gaza deaths, Israel support

(Newser) - With the 2024 election just over six months away, President Biden is working with two big thorns in his side that threaten to damage his reelection bid: Israel's continued war against Hamas in Gaza, and the subsequent campus protests that are roiling colleges and universities across the US. Axios...

Menendez May Blame His Wife: Court Doc

Per unsealed filing, Dem senator may implicate Nadine Menendez in bribery trial set for May

(Newser) - Bob Menendez's bribery trial is looming in May, and a March court filing unsealed this week reveals what part of his defense may entail: throwing his wife, Nadine Menendez, under the bus. Politico reports that the court document released on Tuesday by order of Judge Sidney Stein sought to...

Democrats Lose Edge Over Republicans in Key Metric

GOP pulls roughly even in Pew survey on voter affiliation, erasing gap from 2020

(Newser) - By one basic metric of politics, Republicans have made gains against Democrats since the last presidential election: The Pew Research Center finds that the nation is roughly split between voters who identify as Democrats (49%) and Republicans (48%), reports the Hill . That's a contrast to the lead-up to the...

Capital One-Discover Deal Faces 'Gale-Force Headwinds'
Capital One-Discover Deal
Seen as 'Dangerous'

Capital One-Discover Deal Seen as 'Dangerous'

Sen. Elizabeth Warren leads charge against $35B merger, saying it will hurt 'working people'

(Newser) - Capital One announced on Monday that it was buying Discover Financial Services, in a $35 billion deal to combine two of the nation's largest credit-card firms. But experts say it will take at least a year for the merger to be completed, and there's already pushback from advocacy...

Biden Wins New Hampshire on Write-In Votes

President's name wasn't actually on the ballot

(Newser) - The showdown between Donald Trump and Nikki Haley in New Hampshire on Tuesday got most of the attention— Trump won —but Democrats also had a primary. It was, however, a little unusual. President Biden will win based on write-in votes, projects the AP . The president's name wasn't...

Election Oddity: Biden Camp Rooting for Trump in NH

Axios reports they want him to lock up nomination and thus energize Democrats

(Newser) - Updated with comments from the Haley campaign. Primary day has arrived in New Hampshire, and it's widely been depicted as do-or-die for Nikki Haley if she's to have any hope of defeating Donald Trump for the GOP nomination. However, Haley's campaign made clear on Tuesday that she...

Fetterman: Both Right and Left 'Are Hoping That I Die'

Democratic senator takes flak over pro-Israel stance, balks at 'progressive' label for himself

(Newser) - John Fetterman has been a staunch, vocal supporter of Israel since the Oct. 7 terrorist attack by Hamas, advocating for the return of Israeli hostages, slamming calls for a ceasefire in Gaza, even draping himself in the Israeli flag on occasion. Thanks to this stance, 16 former campaign staffers have...

California Senate Candidate Wants to 'Unlock the Economy'
Former Google Exec
Drops Senate Bid

Former Google Exec Drops Senate Bid

Democrat Lexi Reese calls for campaign finance reform

(Newser) - A former California tech executive is ending her longshot campaign for the US Senate seat once held by the late Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, she announced Tuesday. Democrat Lexi Reese said she has been unable to raise the many millions of dollars needed for a first-time candidate to introduce herself...

Only One Part of Polls Should Worry Democrats

Only One
Part of Polls
Should Worry

Only One Part of Polls Should Worry Democrats

It's how Americans view the economy, writes pollster Mileah Kromer

(Newser) - Like a lot of political observers, Mileah Kromer doesn't think Democrats should be too worried about what Kromer calls "horse race polls" showing Donald Trump ahead of President Biden a year out from the election. But Kromer, who's director of the Sarah T. Hughes Center for Politics...

Support for Political Violence in America Is Kind of Shocking

Poll finds 23% of Americans believe it could be necessary 'to save our country'

(Newser) - Nearly one in four Americans support political violence in a new national survey that pollsters say is likely to indicate a "challenging election season." Some 75% of Americans surveyed by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution—including 84% of Democrats, 77% of Republicans, and 73%...

Iowa Democrats Reveal Their Caucus Compromise

They propose releasing presidential caucus results on Super Tuesday

(Newser) - That Iowa Democratic Party says it's "definitely a compromise": It announced Friday that while it will caucus on Jan. 15, it won't reveal results until Super Tuesday. The AP calls it an attempt "to retain their state's leadoff spot on the presidential nominating calendar without...

Silenced Member of 'Tennessee Three' Sues State

State Rep. Justin Jones accuses Republican House speaker of 'discrimination and censorship'

(Newser) - Tennessee Rep. Justin Jones, a young Democrat who has for months been a target of state House Republicans, has had enough. The 28-year-old filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the state, House Speaker Cameron Sexton, and House administrative officials, alleging Republicans have repeatedly violated his constitutional rights by blocking him...

Inside California Dems' Effort to Boot Trump From Ballot

Group asks state attorney general to expedite court ruling on former president's eligibility

(Newser) - Nine Democrats in California are seeking an expedited court ruling that could bar former President Donald Trump from the March 5 presidential primary ballot, claiming he's ineligible to resume office. The lawmakers—who echo conservative law scholars in arguing Trump may have violated Section 3 of the 14th Amendment,...

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