• Federal authorities identified the suspect in what the FBI is considering an "assassination attempt" of former President Trump early Sunday.Driving the news: The FBI named Thomas Matthew Crooks, a 20-year-old Bethel Park, Pa., resident, as the as the gunman involved in the attack at a rally that left Trump's face bloodied and killed at least […]
  • Former President Trump urged Americans to "stand United, and show our True Character" in an early Saturday morning post after surviving an assassination attempt at a Pennsylvania rally the night before.Why it matters: Trump has often resorted to violent language against his political opponents but was more measured in his Truth Social post, invoking religious […]
  • America is reeling. The attempted assassination of Donald Trump has ushered in a dark new chapter of political violence — and redefined an election campaign already packed with historic firsts.Why it matters: On the eve of a Republican National Convention built on themes of victimhood and political persecution, Trump came inches — literally — from […]
  • After two weeks on the political sidelines amid Democratic panic over President Biden's candidacy, Republicans were thrust back into the spotlight on Saturday when former President Trump was shot in the ear.Zoom in: The incident has made a party already bullish about its chances in November even more confident going into next week's Republican National […]
  • For President Biden, it was an easy decision to reach out to former President Trump, pull down his political ads and return to the White House.Why it matters: How he restarts his campaign is a much harder call.Advisers say that Biden's response to the shocking assassination attempt gives him an opportunity to appear presidential and […]


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  • Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell, CNN Senior Political Commentator Scott Jennings, Democratic Strategist Doug Thornell and CNN Political Commentator Shermichael Singleton join CNN's Dana Bash to preview Trump's looming VP announcement at next week's Republican National Convention.
  • Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell tells CNN's Dana Bash that she's heard from some people who think Biden should stay in the 2024 race and some who think he should drop out.
  • Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy tells CNN's Dana Bash that Biden "needs to do more" to reassure voters and says "this is going to be a really important and vital week for the country and for the president."
  • Biden insists he is staying in the race and will win. But, says CNN's Michael Smerconish, Biden's behind in all six swing states and losing ground in blue ones. Donors have frozen $90 million in pledged donations if he remains atop the ticket. House members are asking him to step down, and 56% of Democrats […]

The Guardian

  • Families cannot afford to wait until UK government says there is money to spare to make such a decisionThe first real test of Labour’s hardline approach to public spending has surfaced within a week of the party taking office – and it is a big one.The issue is child poverty and in particular the two-child […]
  • Houchen says party is well aware of likely candidates and lengthy search for next leader would be ‘waste of time’The Conservatives should not spend too long on a protracted leadership debate that would be a “waste of time” and could risk appearing self-indulgent, the Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen has said.Houchen, who is now the […]
  • The focus on growth to ease the UK’s economic ills will not be nearly enough, but there is a way to raise the sums neededNever let your opponents define the terms of a debate. All too often, Labour has allowed the Conservatives and the billionaire press to demonise the notion of “tax and spend”. It […]
  • Politicians from across spectrum who lost seats reflect on work they are proudest of from time in CommonsAfter last week’s general election, which returned Keir Starmer as prime minister in a Labour landslide, parliament looks like a very different place.The country returned more new MPs than existing ones on Thursday, with 335 successful candidates taking […]
  • Ed Davey, Jo Swinson and Vince Cable all held coalition posts at the time of the Post Office scandal, but Tory ex-ministers will be subject to hardest questionsEd Davey hit the headlines for falling off a paddleboard, bungee jumping and Zumba dancing as part of his unconventional election campaign. But the Liberal Democrat leader’s attention-grabbing […]


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The Hill

  • The FBI has identified a suspect in the Saturday shooting at former President Trump’s rally in Butler, Pa. The FBI, in a statement obtained by The Hill, said 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks of Bethel Park, Pa., is the suspect involved in the incident. “The FBI has identified Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania,…
  • The shooting at former President Trump’s rally in Butler, Pa., is being investigated as an attempted assassination of the ex-president. In a press conference late on Saturday night, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was calling the shooting "an assassination attempt" against former president Donald Trump. Kevin Rojek, special agent in charge of FBI…
  • Former President Trump was rushed off stage after shots rang out at his rally in Butler, Pa., on Saturday, an incident that plunged the election into uncharted territory just days before the Republican National Convention. The FBI has identified the suspect involved in what it called an assassination attempt against Trump as Thomas Matthew Crooks,…
  • Congressional Republicans are pledging investigations into and at least one hearing about the apparent assassination attempt against former President Trump at a Pennsylvania rally on Saturday, with attention directed mostly at the Secret Service. “THE HOUSE WILL CONDUCT A FULL INVESTIGATION OF THE TRAGIC EVENTS TODAY,” Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) wrote in a post on…
  • Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) said Saturday that his nephew had been grazed with a bullet while attending former President Trump’s rally. “My nephew was at the event tonight,” Jackson told Fox News’s Sean Hannity, explaining he was in the “friends and family pen.” “They heard the shots, and everybody dropped to the ground,” Jackson explained….

Five Thirty Eight

  • Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly-ish polling roundup. It’s officially impeachment season again. On Tuesday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced that he’s directing three House committees to start investigating whether President Biden benefited from his son Hunter’s business dealings overseas. McCarthy accused the Biden family of “a culture of corruption,” saying that the Biden administration […]
  • The second Republican presidential primary debate is less than two weeks away, so time is running out for GOP contenders to meet the Republican National Committee’s qualification criteria. To make the Sept. 27 debate, each candidate must have at least 3 percent support in two qualifying national polls, or at least 3 percent in one […]
  • On Wednesday, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney announced he would not run for reelection in 2024. On the surface, the electoral impact of Romney’s decision is minimal — his seat should stay safely in Republican hands. But it’s still notable because it represents the departure of one of the few remaining Republican senators who had a […]
  • Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited. nrakich (Nathaniel Rakich, senior elections analyst): For a long time, the economy has been seen as a big liability for President Biden in his reelection bid. Inflation soared in 2021 and 2022, culminating at a rate of 9.1 percent last June. The same […]
  • Among the most politically tuned-in, last week saw the kind of hand-wringing and accusations of bias surrounding the polls that you’d usually expect from the final two months of a campaign, not the final year and two months of a campaign. The focus was largely on general election polls: Whether a Wall Street Journal poll […]

Political Wire

  • President Biden spoke with Donald Trump after a shooter apparently tried to assasinate the former president at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, a White House official told ABC News. Biden […]
  • “Congressional Republicans already believed Donald Trump was headed back to the White House. Some of them think the Saturday night rally shooting has made his path even easier,” Politico reports. […]
  • “The tech billionaire Elon Musk endorsed former President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign mere minutes after Mr. Trump was rushed from the stage at his rally in Pennsylvania,” the New York […]
  • “The Democrats have to stop their grossly irresponsible talk about Trump being an existential threat to democracy. He is not.” — Former Attorney General Bill Barr, quoted by Fox News.
  • “A man with a rifle was seen on a rooftop minutes before shots were fired at a Donald Trump rally in Pennsylvania,” a witness told the BBC. “Greg, the witness, […]