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Democrats going wobbly on Biden
What’s happening: Top Democrats are increasingly alarmed about Biden’s re-election chances after taking stock of a recent slate of dismal polls. Some key allies are publicly calling for the president to drop out of the race. Still, others are laying the groundwork for a possible successor.
The concerns: David Axelrod, a former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, declared on X that “the stakes of miscalculation here are too dramatic to ignore.” Washington congresswoman Pramila Jayapal recently told MSNBC anchor Jen Psaki that Biden’s 2024 campaign was “in great trouble.”
Making moves: Rumors about Biden stepping aside in 2024 have been swirling for months. Last week, however, Axios noted a number of high-profile Democrat lawmakers have begun quietly taking steps “to boost their national profiles and position themselves to run for president in 2028 — or in 2024,” if Biden steps aside.
Governors: California governor Gavin Newsom, Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, and Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker have each launched their own national political groups in recent months.
Congress: New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and California Congressman Ro Khanna have been establishing connections in early-voting states like New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Plus, Dean Phillips, a Democrat congressman from Minnesota, recently stepped down from a spot in House Democrat leadership to launch a long-shot primary challenge against Biden.
Just in case: With the exception of Phillips, the ambitious lawmakers on the Democrat bench insist they are all-in for Biden in 2024. But the behind-the-scenes maneuvering suggests some Democrats acknowledge the need for a contingency plan.
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WHAT WE'RE WATCHING
📈 Indictments continue to help Trump’s campaign. An anti-Trump PAC tested four political ads focused on the criminal and civil cases against the former president. The group found that all the ads “failed to move support away from Trump,” so it never aired them. Three of them even increased support, playing into the anti-establishment themes of Trump’s campaign.
📜 Republicans push for border security. Senate Republicans unveiled border security proposals to bargain for in exchange for Ukraine aid, including a focus on overhauling the asylum system. They want to expand the threshold that migrants must reach to be eligible for asylum and codify Trump-era policies that required migrants to wait outside of the U.S. while applying for asylum. The move is timely as thousands of Venezuelan migrants head toward America.
🤰 Ohio voters approve a right to abortion. Yesterday, Ohio residents passed a state constitutional amendment granting a “right to one’s own reproductive medical treatment, including … abortion.” Now, the state may only restrict abortion if an unborn child is “viable” — but the vague text of the amendment protects abortion after this point when doctors consider it necessary for a mother’s “health.”
A bad night for the GOP
What’s happening: Tuesday proved to be yet another disappointing night for Republicans, as the Grand Old Party came up short in key races across the country.
In Kentucky, Democrat incumbent governor Andy Beshear won reelection, beating Trump-endorsed challenger Daniel Cameron by a comfortable five percentage points.
In Pennsylvania, Democrats won a state supreme court race, giving them a 5-2 majority on a court that could rule on crucial election law cases in 2024.
In Ohio, voters approved a constitutional amendment effectively legalizing abortion up to the moment of birth, as well as removing parental consent requirements for minors who undergo gender transition surgeries.
In Virginia, Democrats retained control of the state senate and flipped the House of Delegates, giving them complete control of the legislature. This didn’t help incumbent Republican governor Glenn Youngkin, who wasn’t on the ballot, but some believed could have been a dark horse alternative to Trump in 2024.
Money talks: This marks the second election cycle in a row where Democrats heavily outspent Republicans, and GOP candidates suffered the consequences.
The buzz: Some say the GOP’s dismal showing is due to the unpopularity of abortion bans, the influence of Trump, turnout problems, or some combination of all of the above.
Canada shows signs of a rightward shift
Canadians are increasingly souring on the government of Justin Trudeau.
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POLL RESULTS FROM YESTERDAY
Is transgender extremism a valid threat to America?
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👍 Yes: “These people are mentally disturbed on many levels. Combine this with the victim mentality/no consequences for your actions that seem to pervade a lot of this country and you get this kind of violence.” — Anonymous
👎 No: “You’re talking about an extremely small fringe percentage of the population. Statistically speaking, this is rare. We are more at risk of white supremacists, who unlike trans people, actually, by definition, hate non-white people. Trans people don’t hate non-trans people by default.” — Sarah
IN THE LOOP
U.S. Capitol police arrested a 21-year-old man with a criminal record in Georgia who carried an AR-15 near the Senate building yesterday.
House Republicans held a press conference with family members of Hamas’s hostages, who asked for America’s help in an emotional display.
The death of a Jewish man struck by a pro-Palestinian protester was a homicide, according to a California medical examiner.
U.S. troops have been attacked at least 40 times in the Middle East since Hamas’s attack on Israel, the Pentagon says.
New research links marijuana use with a greater risk of heart and brain problems.
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