🇺🇸 Democratic Primary Widens
Plus, "Booty Patrol"
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Left: 'Great Trucking Recession' Is Warning Us About Economy Salena Zito, DC Examiner
Left: The Crisis of the West Revisited Daniel J. Mahoney, The American Mind
Left: Collapse of the Sanctuary City Dream: Self-Flagellation and the Great Liberal Death Wish Nicole Gelinas, UnHerd
Right: What Colleges Should Do When Protests Get Heated Jacques Berlinerblau, MSNBC
Right: Lockdowns Were a Giant Experiment. It Was a Failure Nocera & McLean, New York Magazine
Right: Wray, Mayorkas Squirm Over Biden Censorship Agenda Evita Duffy-Alfonso, The Federalist
Humanitarian Pause, DeSantis Snubbed, Russia Sanctioned
US: President Joe Biden calls for 'pause' in Israel-Gaza conflict (BBC)
US: Former Memphis police officer accused in death of Tyre Nichols pleads guilty (CNN)
US: Cornell University cancels classes Friday amid ‘extraordinary stress’ on campus after violent antisemitic threats led to the arrest of a student (CNN)
US: Trump’s sons distance themselves from financial statements in New York fraud trial testimony (The Hill)
US: FBI raids home of NYC Mayor Eric Adams' chief fundraiser Brianna Suggs, source says (FOX News)
US: Florida Sen. Rick Scott snubs Ron DeSantis, endorses Trump instead (Axios)
World: Putin revokes Russian ratification of global nuclear test ban treaty (Reuters)
World: Tension escalates on Lebanese frontier amid Hamas and Hezbollah barrages (The Guardian)
World: The US sanctions more foreign firms in a bid to choke off Russia’s supplies for its war in Ukraine (AP)
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Democratic Primary Widens
Last Thursday, Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips (D) launched a challenge to President Joe Biden for the party's 2024 presidential nomination. Phillips filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to officially set up his campaign. Multiple sources suggested Phillips believes Biden is too old and feels as though he has to run.
Reporting from the Left: Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips Will Challenge Joe Biden For Democratic Nomination (Huff Post)
Reporting from the Right: Rep. Dean Phillips launches 2024 Democratic presidential primary challenge against Biden (FOX News)
From The Flag: Phillips has a background in business and is one of the House's wealthiest members, with a net worth of roughly $123 million. Since winning his House seat in 2018, he has been known for his efforts to work across the aisle. Here’s what both sides have to say about the bid.
Mixed: It’s a Long Shot vs. It’s Strategic
Phillips’s strategy may not be as much a “long-shot” as it appears on the surface, and he may be instead playing the long game.
A Democratic strategist criticizes Phillips’s presidential bid as a fruitless endeavor that would only serve to benefit Republicans.
“The Minnesota representative’s presidential bid could jolt his party out of complacency — or gift the presidency to Donald Trump.”
There may be more to Dean Phillips’ ‘moon shot’ presidential bid than meets the eye Arick Wierson, CNN: “Despite the surfeit of disparaging headline descriptors that characterize Phillip’s bid as “long-shot,” “moon shot” or “the end of his political career,” there may be more to Phillips’ strategy than initially meets the eye. … Phillips, it would seem, is making a calculation that, despite the heartburn his candidacy is causing among fellow Democrats, the opening in New Hampshire is a “can’t miss” opportunity. … More likely, Phillips is looking to use the opening in New Hampshire to get his name in play for a 2028 presidential run, when Biden will either be at the end of his term-limits or too old to run again. … Moreover, by sliding into the challenger role, Phillips has adroitly positioned himself as a potentially viable alternative should Biden’s health — always a question given his age — deteriorate at some point between now and the Democratic National Convention. But no matter what the endgame of Phillips’ strategy may be, it will require mending some fences along the way.
Dean Phillips’s vibe-killing presidential bid only benefits Republicans Tim Hogan, The Hill: “With no new policy proposals, a message mirroring the White House and a weak contrast with Biden, Phillips is recreating the uneventful Republican-primary-about-nothing for Democrats. Note: It’s hard to run against someone you have voted with 100 percent of the time. Despite Phillips’s belief in the need for a competitive primary (sidebar: he will not provide one), the lack of a robust Democratic challenge to Biden isn’t historically surprising or concerning. As the sitting president, Biden leverages the advantage of his incumbency, a previous win over Donald Trump and a thorough vetting stemming from his long political career. A sitting Democratic president has not faced a serious challenge since Jimmy Carter in 1980. In contrast, Dean Phillips is a two-and-a-half-term congressman, arguably the eighth most recognizable Democrat in Minnesota on a good day. He even admitted he is “not well-positioned” for a presidential run.
One more opinion piece from the Left: Dean Phillips Has a Warning for Democrats Tim Alberta, The Atlantic
It Will Hold Democrats and Biden Accountable
Whether he has a real shot, “the Minnesota Democrat is pointing out some big problems with Biden's 2024 reelection plans.”
Phillips may present himself as a moderate and champion of bipartisanship, but he is solidly a left-wing, Democrat’s Democrat.
Phillips is unlikely to win, but the competition he presents will force Biden to run a real campaign instead of coasting into the nomination.
Three ways Biden challenger Dean Phillips is sending Democrats valuable advice Liz Peek, FOX News: “Phillips is certainly not the only Democrat worried about the 2024 election. But he is one of the few to push for a primary contest, which he has done for months, to no avail. In the wake of Phillips’ entry into the race, Democrats have (predictably) circled the wagons, with many rebuking him for suggesting voters look for alternatives to Joe Biden. While the Republican caucus is seriously divided and almost impossible to manage (see: House Speaker battles), Democrats adhere like Gorilla Glue to the party line. They rarely stray off message and generally show tremendous loyalty to their party’s leaders. That monoculture is useful when trying to pass controversial bills in Congress, but that same rigidity could bite them next year if Biden’s prospects continue to decline. Phillips is responding to polling that shows not only Republicans and Independents losing confidence in the president, but Democrats as well. An NBC poll shows 60% of Democrats would welcome a primary challenger to Biden.”
Biden Challenger Dean Phillips Touts Bipartisan Cred, but Is a Solid Democrat Vote Ryan Mills, National Review: “While Phillips may talk a good game about being a voice of moderation and bipartisanship, he has consistently voted like a left-wing Democratic partisan. A FiveThirtyEight tracker from 2021-22 found that Phillips voted with Biden’s preferred position on issues 100 percent of the time, including on things like collective bargaining rights, expanded firearms regulations, out-of-state abortion service access, and funding for the war in Ukraine. … In 2021, he voted to pass the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package with no Republican support. He also supported federalizing elections with the For the People Act, a Democratic wish list of voting changes opposed by all House Republicans. He’s also refused to work with Republicans who he believes ‘bear responsibility’ for the January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol because he believes they are ‘dangerous, plain and simple.’ Minnesota Republicans have called Phillips’ claims of bipartisanship disingenuous and fraudulent.
One more opinion piece from the Right: Here’s to You, Cornel West and Dean Phillips! Scott McKay, The American Spectator
Biden Isn’t Democrats’ First Choice
A CNN poll asked Democrats and Democratic-leaning independent voters who the party should nominate as its 2024 presidential candidate. Only 33% chose Biden. 67% said they wanted a different candidate as the party's nominee.
However, when those respondents were asked who the party's 2024 nominee should be, no other person polled above 3%. The overwhelming majority of Democrat-leaning voters who said they were against a 2nd term for Biden — 82% — said they want "just someone besides Joe Biden" (Axios).
Do you believe Biden should remove himself from contention for other Democrat candidates?
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One World, Weird Grammar, Dino-Chickens
On This Day in 2014: One World Trade Center officially opens in Manhattan. The new tower, along with the rest of the World Trade Center complex, replaced the Twin Towers and surrounding complex, which were destroyed by terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Today I learned that by suppressing the expression of certain genes specifically for beak development, scientists were able to grow a chicken embryo with a dinosaur-like snout instead of a beak.