Election 2024 live: Biden, Harris to meet separately with Netanyahu at fragile moment in US/Israel relationship

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are holding separate meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this afternoon in Washington, DC, at a fragile moment in US/Israeli relations over the ongoing war against Hamas in Gaza.

On Wednesday, Netanyahu addressed Congress as protests against the war raged near the Capitol. The president and prime minister will discuss progress toward a ceasefire and a plan for the release of hostages taken by Hamas during the October 7 attack on Israel.

On the campaign trail, Harris released her first presidential ad and addressed the American Federation of Teachers conference in Houston, where the crowd enthusiastically chanted “Bring it on!” in response to her speech about preserving hard-fought freedoms.

The vice president also praised Biden, the morning after he explained that he decided to “pass the torch to a new generation” for the sake of democracy and to “unite our nation” in his first speech since dropping out of the 2024 race.

In a reflective address to the nation, the president said he still believes he should seek a second term but “personal ambition” cannot stand in the way of democracy.

“I revere this office, but I love my country more,” he said.

Key Points

Where does Kamala Harris stand on key issues?

17:41 , Ariana Baio

Days after President Joe Biden announced his historic decision to withdraw from the 2024 race, it’s all eyes on Vice President Kamala Harris, who quickly emerged as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Though Harris has spent the last four years in the White House, her role as VP has largely centered around supporting the Biden administration’s initiatives. As she hits the campaign trail to raise cash and shore up support, the vice president will now have to present her vision of the US to potential voters, revealing how a Harris administration would handle key policies and issues.

While much remains unknown about Harris’s potential platform — and how it will differ from her predecessor’s — here is what we know about her take on several key policy issues.

Abortion, Israel, crime: Where does Kamala Harris stand on key issues?

Biden cements his legacy as a family man

17:35 , Oliver O'Connell

Photos of President Joe Biden’s family flanked him in the Oval Office as he delivered a solemn address to the nation about his decision to withdraw his 2024 presidential campaign on Wednesday evening.

While the president sat at his desk speaking to the American people, photos of the Bidens throughout the years sat on a narrow desk behind him – a reminder of Biden’s love and dedication to his family. His real-life relatives were also there, just off camera, listening as the 81-year-old detailed why he had ended his campaign.

Ariana Baio reports.

Biden cements his legacy as a family man with tribute in Oval Office speech

Jill Biden begins Paris Olympics trip celebrating the families of Team USA athletes

17:25 , Oliver O'Connell

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First Lady Jill Biden has begun three days of events as head of the US delegation to the Summer Olympics in Paris with an event at the US ambassador’s residence celebrating the families of Team USA.

Dr Biden spoke for just under six minutes, and praised the love and commitment of athletes’ families; she also stressed the unifying power of teamwork, with thematic echoes of President Joe Biden’s speech last night.

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“When Team USA glides through the Opening Ceremony tomorrow night, they carry more than just our flag. They carry our nation’s heart and our hopes with them, too. They show the world who we are as Americans: determined, optimistic and resilient. That our strength is found not only in our strides and swings but in our hearts and in our minds. That — with all our precious differences and infinite similarities — we are always one team. It’s what I love about our country: that we are united, and together we can reach for every possibility. President Biden has led our country with that hope always in his heart. As he says — “

And here the guests broke into applause. The First Lady looked grateful and perhaps wistful.

“Thank you,” she continued. “I’ll take that home to him. And as he says: There is nothing America can’t do when we do it together. And we see that especially now, at the Olympics. In this moment we are more than our cities or states or backgrounds. We are more than our jobs or our political parties. We are all, first and foremost, Team USA.” She enunciated U-S-A, and the guests cheered.

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‘Bring it on’: Harris comes out swinging against Trump’s attacks on ‘freedom’ in speech to teacher’s union

17:12 , Oliver O'Connell

Warning that America is in the midst of a “fight for our most fundamental freedoms,” Vice President Kamala Harris challenged a group of education and labor activists to join her against Republican “extremists” as she campaigns to deny Donald Trump a second term in the White House.

Andrew Feinberg reports on her remarks.

Kamala Harris comes out swinging against Trump in latest campaign speech

In pictures: Kamala Harris address American Federation of Teachers

17:09 , Oliver O'Connell

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Watch: ‘Bring it on!’ crowd chants in support of Harris

17:02 , Oliver O'Connell

Harris: ‘We want to ban assault weapons.... they want to ban books'

16:51 , Oliver O'Connell

Watch: Harris tells AFT 'when unions are strong, America is strong’

16:49 , Oliver O'Connell

Harris reminds teachers she is ‘proud product of public education'

16:47 , Oliver O'Connell

Vice President Kamala Harris, the presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee, tells a pumped-up audience at the American Federation of Teachers convention: “As you may know, I am a proud product of public education.”

She goes on to say: “Today we face a choice between two very different visions for our nation one focused on the future and the other focused on the past and we are fighting for the future.”

Harris pays tribute to Biden in remarks to American Federation of Teachers

16:35 , Andrew Feinberg

Kamala Harris began her remarks to the AFT by paying tribute to President Joe Biden following his address to the nation last night.

The vice president said Biden’s address “showed once again what true leadership looks like”.

“He thinks and talks about his work and our country, understanding what it means in terms of what we do now and how that will impact the future. He thinks about our history in the context of the importance of the work we do now, and over the past three and a half years, and over his entire career, Joe has led with grace and strength and bold vision and deep compassion.”

Watch: Six Democrats join Republicans in condemning Biden-Harris administration handling of border

16:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Kamala Harris condemns ‘unpatriotic protesters’ and ‘hate-fueled rhetoric’ at DC Netanyahu protests

16:06 , Oliver O'Connell

Statement by Vice President Kamala Harris

Yesterday, at Union Station in Washington, DC we saw despicable acts by unpatriotic protestors and dangerous hate-fueled rhetoric.

I condemn any individuals associating with the brutal terrorist organization Hamas, which has vowed to annihilate the State of Israel and kill Jews. Pro-Hamas graffiti and rhetoric is abhorrent and we must not tolerate it in our nation.

I condemn the burning of the American flag. That flag is a symbol of our highest ideals as a nation and represents the promise of America. It should never be desecrated in that way.

I support the right to peacefully protest, but let’s be clear: Antisemitism, hate and violence of any kind have no place in our nation.

Watch LIVE: Kamala Harris addresses teachers after landmark first union endorsement

16:01 , Oliver O'Connell

Watch live as Kamala Harris delivers the keynote speech at the American Federation of Teachers’ 88th national convention in Houston, Texas, on Thursday (25 July).

The vice president is propelling her presidential push by speaking to the first labor union to formally endorse her candidacy.

It comes after Joe Biden dropped out of the 2024 race and endorsed Ms Harris at the top of the party ticket.

AFT, which has 1.8 million members, has backed Ms Harris and her pro-union agenda on the premise that a second Donald Trump term could result in restrictions on organized labor and a potential loss of funding for education.

The AFL-CIO, which represents 60 labor unions including the AFT, has backed Ms Harris.

Watch live: Kamala Harris addresses teachers after landmark first union endorsement

Biden’s address to nation as ‘like meeting for coffee after a break-up’, says Fallon

15:21 , Oliver O'Connell

Jimmy Fallon has likened President Joe Biden’s address to the nation explaining his exit from the 2024 race to an awkward meet-up after a break-up.

OnThe Tonight Show, Fallon discussed Biden’s announcement on Sunday – where he said he was dropping his reelection bid and endorsing Vice President Kamala Harris – followed by his first public comments about his decision in a speech on Wednesday night.

Amelia Neath has the story.

Jimmy Fallon describes Biden’s speech as ‘like meeting for coffee after a break-up’

Biden hails ‘robust’ economic growth in second quarter

14:50 , Oliver O'Connell

Statement from President Joe Biden on Second Quarter 2024 GDP

When I took office, we were in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Today’s GDP report makes clear we now have the strongest economy in the world. Thanks to my and Vice President Harris’s economic agenda, our economy grew a robust 2.8% over the last quarter, based on strong American consumers and business investment. We’ve created nearly 16 million jobs, wages are up, and inflation is coming down. We’re rebuilding the Nation and bringing manufacturing back to America.\

But we have more to do. Over the next six months, I will continue doing my job as President: lowering costs for hardworking families and growing our economy. Congressional Republicans have a different plan—which would drag our country backward by putting special interests first. The Vice President and I will keep fighting for America’s future—a future of promise and possibilities, of ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things.

‘We choose freedom’: Kamala Harris launches first presidential campaign ad

14:34 , Oliver O'Connell

Kamala Harris has launched her first official campaign video as she vies to officially secure the Democratic presidential nomination and defeat Donald Trump – just days after Joe Biden announced he was abandoning his reelection bid.

The 59-year-old vice president’s campaign team released the clip across her social media channels on Thursday morning, touching on key messages of abortion rights, tackling gun violence and LGBT+ rights – as well as preventing the “chaos” of a second Trump term.

James Liddell reports.

Kamala Harris launches first presidential campaign ad: ‘We choose freedom’

ICYMI: Biden defends passing the torch to Harris as he gives first speech since dropping out of race

14:00 , Josh Marcus

President Joe Biden told Americans he chose to drop out of the 2024 presidential race in order to unite the nation.

“I have decided the best way forward is to pass the torch to a new generation,” Biden said Wednesday in his first official address to the nation since announcing his campaign withdrawal. “That is the best way to unite our nation.”

More details in our full story.

Biden defends passing the torch to Harris in first speech since dropping out of race

VOICES: Biden’s farewell speech was all about America choosing between democracy – and a dictator

13:40 , Rachel Sharp

For all its historical significance, President Joe Biden’s address to the nation last night regarding his decision not to stand in this year’s presidential election held no real surprises – but that’s no bad thing. His official “farewell” has been a long time coming and was much needed – for Biden himself, as well as the US.

Sitting behind the desk of the Oval Office, the president placed himself squarely in that historical context by quoting other great Americans. He reminded us that “George Washington showed us that presidents are not kings” – a none-too-subtle jab at Trump, who has previously said that he plans to be a dictator on “day one” of his next term in office.

In fact, the entire address was one long, fairly obvious jab at Biden’s boisterous, tangerine forebear/potential successor: “America is at an inflection point”, he said, and must choose whether it is to “move forwards or backwards”.

Ryan Coogan writes:

Biden’s farewell speech was about America choosing between democracy – and a dictator

Prepare to hear a lot more about immigration now that Harris is at top of the ticket

13:20 , Josh Marcus

Former president Donald Trump and his Republican allies are planning to go all-in on attacking Vice President Kamala Harris on immigration as she becomes the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

Harris has seen overwhelming support from Democratic elected officials, activists and labor leaders after President Joe Biden announced he would not see re-election and endorsed her.

But the Trump campaign has sought to hit Harris for her record and tie her to Biden’s immigration policies, which polling showed voters overwhelmingly trust Trump to handle more than Democrats. Specifically, Trump has pointed to the fact that Biden gave Harris the task of handling the influx of migrants at the US-Mexico border early in his presidency.

Eric Garcia and Andrew Feinberg report.

Trump and Republicans prepare to attack Harris on the border and immigration

‘He fell on his sword’: Democrats, Republicans and media figures react to Biden’s address to nation

13:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Democrats, Republicans and talking heads have lead reaction to President Joe Biden’s address to the nation on Wednesday night, with supporters saying he “fell on his sword” while critics blasted it as “barely understandable”.

Speaking from the Oval Office, Biden explained his rationale behind withdrawing from the 2024 election, saying that he decided to “pass the torch to a new generation” because he cannot let his “personal ambition” stand in the way of democracy.

Biden also thanked Kamala Harris, whom he endorsed on Sunday to replace him on top of the Democratic party ticket.

Harris was among those who praised Biden and thanked him for his five-decade long service to the American people following his speech.

“President @JoeBiden has profound compassion for the people of our country. We are all deeply, deeply grateful for his service to our nation. Thank you, Mr. President,” she wrote on X.

Read the full story:

‘He fell on his sword’: Reaction to Biden’s address to nation

WATCH: Kamala Harris releases first campaign ad

12:52 , Rachel Sharp

Jimmy Fallon describes Biden’s address to nation as ‘like meeting for coffee after a break-up’

12:40 , Rachel Sharp

Jimmy Fallon has likened President Joe Biden’s address to the nation explaining his exit from the 2024 race to an awkward meet-up after a break-up.

OnThe Tonight Show, Fallon discussed Biden’s announcement on Sunday – where he said he was dropping his reelection bid and endorsing Vice President Kamala Harris – followed by his first public comments about his decision in a speech on Wednesday night.

“Earlier tonight, President Biden gave a prime-time address from the Oval Office about his decision to drop out of the race,” Fallon said.

“Basically, on Sunday, he broke up with the country over text, and tonight, he met us for coffee to explain,” he joked.

Read the full story:

Jimmy Fallon describes Biden’s speech as ‘like meeting for coffee after a break-up’

DC protests over Netanyahu are reminder of Israel’s central status as 2024 issue

12:20 , Rachel Sharp

Thousands of Palestinians and critics of the Israeli war in Gaza descended on Washington DC to protest Benjamin Netanyahu’s congressional address on Wednesday, with US flags set alight and pepper spray deployed during clashes.

“The crowd failed to obey our order to move back from our police line,’’ Capitol Police said X during the protest. “We are deploying pepper spray towards anyone trying to break the law and cross that line.’’

Several hundred protesters at the city’s Union Station Plaza replaced US flags with Palestinian ones, and it was the site of the burning of the US flag.

The visit of Israel’s controversial leader on Capitol Hill drew thousands to the streets, shutting down several blocks while a smaller group led a march around the vicinity.

The ongoing Israel-Hamas war is likely to weigh on the minds of voters in November.

John Bowden reports from Washington.

Thousands take to streets to protest Netanyahu and Gaza conflict

Kamala Harris’ timeline for announcing running mate revealed

12:09 , Rachel Sharp

Kamala Harris is set to announce her vice presidential pick within just two weeks – despite her late entry into the race.

The presidential candidate has until August 7 to select her running mate to make sure that the two candidates appear on the ballot in every state.

The shortlist is said to include: Senator Mark Kelly of Arizona, Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.

Trump claimed Kamala Harris is ‘more liberal than Bernie Sanders’: See how Sanders responded

11:40 , Rachel Sharp

Deconstructing the meaning behind Kamala Harris’s campaign logo

11:20 , Josh Marcus

At Kamala Harris’ first event as a 2024 presidential candidate on Monday, the signs bearing the “Harris for President” logo were so fresh the Advance team had to run the still-wet placards straight from the printers to the Wilmington campaign headquarters.

The design was nearly as new. Less than an hour after Joe Biden announced his departure from the presidential race on Sunday afternoon, the redesign began with a call out on Slack to see which staff were available.

“The Harris for President creative and web teams sprang into action, rebranded the entire campaign overnight, and launched a new website in just 26 hours,” Harris for President Creative Director Kate Conway told The Independent. “There’s really no overselling how difficult a task that is.”

The creative team — mostly made up of women and led by women — designed six different new logo options. They narrowed it down to two, and then shared it with Harris’ team for final sign off.

Isaac Lozano reports.

Political graphic designers review Kamala Harris’ new logo

WATCH: Maggots and worms released at Netanyahu’s Washington hotel by protesters as he prepares to meet Biden, Harris and Trump

11:00 , Rachel Sharp

Cardi B weighs in on personal attacks against Kamala Harris

10:40 , Rachel Sharp

Cardi B has called out the Kamala Harris detractors who have used the Vice President’s dating history as a means to question her qualifications.

Since Harris, 59, was endorsed by President Joe Biden to be his replacement in the 2024 presidential race, she has faced increased scrutiny from her conservative opponents.

From complaints about her laugh to targeting her race and gender, Harris is now facing attacks from some Donald Trump supporters who have accused her of sleeping her way to the top.

“What does Kamala Harris husband or relationships have to do wit [sic] her credentials?” Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B tweeted on Tuesday (July 23). “Do y’all hire people based on who they f***ing??”

Cardi B defends Kamala Harris against criticism over Vice President’s dating history

Doug Emhoff’s ex-wife fiercely defends Kamala Harris over JD Vance’s sexist ‘childless cat ladies’ attack

10:20 , Rachel Sharp

Doug Emhoff’s ex-wife has fiercely defended Kamala Harris over JD Vance’s sexist comments, after a video of him branding her and other women “childless cat ladies” resurfaced in recent days.

Kerstin Emhoff was married to the second gentleman for 16 years and they had two children – Ella and Cole – together.

The vice president turned presidential candidate embraced the role of stepmother when she wed Emhoff in 2014 and is famously close to the children, co-parenting them with Kerstin. Harris has even previously revealed that Ella and Cole gave her the affectionate moniker: “Momala.”

In a statement to CNN, Kerstin branded Vance’s attack on Harris as “baseless”, calling her a “loving, nurturing, fiercely protective, and always present” co-parent.

“These are baseless attacks,” she said.

“ For over 10 years, since Cole and Ella were teenagers, Kamala has been a co-parent with Doug and I. She is loving, nurturing, fiercely protective, and always present.”

Kerstin added: “I love our blended family and am grateful to have her in it.”

Netanyahu speech is a reminder of how Israel has divided the Democrats

10:00 , Josh Marcus

For the past few days, Democrats have been euphoric. Many clearly feel like they finally have a shot at winning the presidential election, now that President Joe Biden has announced he will not seek re-election.

The president gave an Oval Office address this evening explaining his decision.

Vice President Kamala Harris has been on a blitz, swiftly earning numerous endorsements from every wing of the Democratic Party.

But on Wednesday, Democrats got a snapback to reality when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an address to Congress.

Eric Garcia has the story.

Democrats have had to snap back to reality with Netanyahu

Jennifer Aniston criticises JD Vance’s sexist ‘childless cat ladies’ comments

09:40 , Rachel Sharp

Jennifer Aniston has criticised Donald Trump’s vice-presidential candidate JD Vance for resurfaced comments calling Democrat women a “bunch of childless cat ladies with miserable lives” who are making “the country miserable too”.

On Wednesday (25 July), the Friends star shared a clip of Vance making the comments on her Instagram story, writing: “‘I truly can’t believe that this is coming from a potential VP of the United States.”

Aniston took the opportunity to address Vance directly and criticise his stance on IVF.

“All I can say is… Mr Vance, I pray that your daughter is fortunate enough to bear children of her own one day. I hope she will not need to turn to IVF as a second option,” she wrote. “Because you are trying to take that away from her, too.”

Jennifer Aniston responds on Instagram (Instagram via @jenniferaniston)
Jennifer Aniston responds on Instagram (Instagram via @jenniferaniston)

Kamala Harris responds to Biden’s speech to nation

09:20 , Rachel Sharp

Kamala Harris has responded to Joe Biden’s speech to the nation thanking him for his “service” and “profound compassion”.

“President @JoeBiden has profound compassion for the people of our country. We are all deeply, deeply grateful for his service to our nation. Thank you, Mr. President,” she wrote.

Biden didn’t mention Trump by name in speech – but warned nation

09:00 , Rachel Sharp

In his address to the nation, Joe Biden stopped short of mentioning Donald Trump by name – but made several references to the former president’s time in office and the dangers of a potential second term.

He referenced the January 6 attack on the US Capitol and warned Americans that the nation is at an “inflection point” where voters must decide: “Do we still believe in honesty, decency, respect, freedom, justice and democracy.”

“You know, we’ve come so far since my inauguration. On that day, I told you as I stood in that winter — we are stood in a winter of peril and winter of possibilities. Peril and possibilities. We are in the group of, we were in the group of the worse pandemic in the century,” he said.

“The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War. We came together as Americans. We got through it. We emerged stronger, more prosperous and more secure.”

Later in the speech, Biden hinted toward his longtime Republican foe as he told Americans they must choose “the course of America’s future” and heaped praise on Kamala Harris.

“Now the choice is up to you, the American people. When you make that choice, remember the words of Benjamin Franklin hanging on my wall here in the Oval Office, alongside the busts of Dr. King and Rosa Parks and Cesar Chavez,” he said.

“When Ben Franklin was asked, as he emerged from the convention going on, whether the founders have given America a monarchy or a republic, Franklin’s response was: “A republic, if you can keep it.” A republic, if you can keep it. Whether we keep our republic is now in your hands. My fellow Americans, it’s been the privilege of my life to serve this nation for over 50 years.

“The great thing about America is, here kings and dictators do not rule — the people do. History is in your hands. The power’s in your hands. The idea of America lies in your hands. You just have to keep faith — keep the faith — and remember who we are. We are the United States of America, and there are simply nothing, nothing beyond our capacity when we do it together. So let’s act together, preserve our democracy.”

Jill Biden shares handwritten letter thanking those ‘who always believed’

08:40 , Rachel Sharp

First Lady Jill Biden has shared a handwritten letter thanking those “who always believed” after her husband delivered his first address to the nation explaining why he had decided to “pass the torch” to Kamala Harris.

“To those who never wavered, to those who refused to doubt, to those who always believed, my heart is full of gratitude,” she said in the letter posted on X.

“Thank you for the trust you put in Joe—now it’s time to put that trust in Kamala.

“Love, Jill”

Highlights from Biden’s Oval Office address:

08:20 , Rachel Sharp

Biden says he’s stepping aside ‘in the defense of democracy’:

– I revere this office, but I love my country more. It’s been the honor of my life to serve as your president. But in the defense of democracy, which is at stake, I think it’s more important than any title.

– I believe my record as president, my leadership in the world, my vision for America’s future, all merited a second term. But nothing, nothing can come in the way of saving our democracy. That includes personal ambition.

I’ve decided the best way forward is to pass the torch to a new generation. It’s the best way to unite our nation. I know there was a time and a place for long years of experience in public life. There’s also a time and a place for new voices, fresh voices, yes, younger voices. And that time and place is now.

Nation is at ‘inflection point,’ he warns:

– I’ve made it clear that I believe America is at an inflection point... We have to decide: Do we still believe in honesty, decency, respect, freedom, justice and democracy. In this moment, we can see those we disagree with not as enemies but as, I mean, fellow Americans — can we do that? Does character in public life still matter? I believe you know the answer to these questions because I know you the American people

Biden vows to continue job president over next six months as he speaks about his record in office:

Over the next six months, I will be focused on doing my job as president. That means I will continue to lower costs for hard-working families, grow our economy. I will keep defending our personal freedoms and civil rights, from the right to vote to the right to choose. I will keep calling out hate and extremism, making it clear there is no place, no place in America for political violence or any violence ever, period. I’m going to keep speaking out to protect our kids from gun violence, our planet from climate crisis as an existential threat.

– Biden spoke about his record including his Cancer Moonshot program; support of Ukraine; work to end war in Gaza, bring hostages home and bring peace to Middle East; violent crime now being at a 50-year low; creating the “strongest economy in the world” with nearly 16 million new jobs; appointing the first Black woman to the Supreme Court; introducing burn pits legislation to help sick and dying veterans; introducing the first major gun safety law in 30 years; and lowering healthcare costs.

Biden pledges aim to implement Supreme Court reform before he leaves office:

– I’m going to call for Supreme Court reform because this is critical to our democracy — Supreme Court reform. You know, I will keep working to ensure American remains strong, secure and the leader of the free world.

President praises Kamala Harris:

In just a few months, the American people will choose the course of America’s future. I made my choice. I’ve made my views known. I would like to thank our great vice president, Kamala Harris. She is experienced, she is tough, she is capable. She’s been an incredible partner to me and a leader for our country.

Future of nation is now in Americans’ hands, he says:

History is in your hands. The power’s in your hands. The idea of America lies in your hands. You just have to keep faith — keep the faith — and remember who we are. We are the United States of America, and there are simply nothing, nothing beyond our capacity when we do it together. So let’s act together, preserve our democracy.

Trump slams Biden’s Oval Office address as ‘sooo bad!’

08:00 , Rachel Sharp

Donald Trump wasted no time in attacking Joe Biden’s Oval Office address, slamming the president as “barely understandable” and “a great embarrassment to America.”

Despite holding a campaign rally in North Carolina, which ended less than 30 minutes before the president’s address, Trump was quick to blast Biden on his social media platform Truth Social.

“Crooked Joe Biden’s Oval Office speech was barely understandable, and sooo bad!” he said of the address, which lasted roughly 10 minutes.

Mike Bedigan has the story:

Trump slams Biden’s Oval Office address as ‘sooo bad!’

How Biden’s historic speech to the nation was a family affair

07:40 , Rachel Sharp

Joe Biden’s historic speech to the nation, where he spoke for the first time about his decision to drop out of the 2024 race, was very much a family affair.

The president’ loved ones joined him in the Oval Office, looking on as he delivered the address promising to “pass the torch” for the sake of “saving democracy”.

In the room was wife Jill Biden, son Hunter Biden and his wife Melissa Biden, daughter Ashley Biden and her husband Howard Krein and his granddaughter Finnegan Biden.

During the final weeks of his campaign – while pressure was mounting from members of his own party, donors and public figures to drop out of the race – Jill and Hunter Biden had privately encouraged him to carry on, according to reports.

Following Wednesday night’s speech, the family members embraced Biden, many of them tearful.

Joe Biden, accompanied by his son, Hunter Biden, Hunter's daughter Finnegan Biden, Howard Krein, and Ashley Biden during address to the nation (Getty Images)
Joe Biden, accompanied by his son, Hunter Biden, Hunter's daughter Finnegan Biden, Howard Krein, and Ashley Biden during address to the nation (Getty Images)
Joe Biden hugs family members after addressing the nation from the Oval Office. His granddaughter Finnegan Biden is seen wiping away tears (Getty Images)
Joe Biden hugs family members after addressing the nation from the Oval Office. His granddaughter Finnegan Biden is seen wiping away tears (Getty Images)

Barack Obama thanks Biden for ‘lifetime of service to the American people’

07:20 , Rachel Sharp

Barack Obama has taken to social media to thank the President Joe Biden for “a lifetime of service to the American people” following his address to the nation on Wednesday night.

“’The sacred cause of this country is larger than any one of us.’ Joe Biden has stayed true to these words again and again over a lifetime of service to the American people. Thank you, @POTUS,” the former president said in a post on X.

Biden’s speech transcript: Read the president’s address to the nation in full

07:00 , Rachel Sharp

“My fellow Americans, I’m speaking to you tonight from behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. In this sacred space, I’m surrounded by portraits of extraordinary American presidents. Thomas Jefferson wrote the immortal words that guide this nation. George Washington showed us presidents are not kings. Abraham Lincoln implored us to reject malice. Franklin Roosevelt inspired us to reject fear.

“I revere this office, but I love my country more. It’s been the honor of my life to serve as your president. But in the defense of democracy, which is at stake, I think it’s more important than any title. I draw strength and find joy in working for the American people. But this sacred task of perfecting our union is not about me, it’s about you. Your families, your futures...”

Read the rest of the speech at the link below:

Joe Biden’s full remarks from the White House about ending his campaign

Piers Morgan reacts to Biden’s speech saying he didn’t ‘pass the torch’ but his presidency was ‘torched by Democratic arsonists’

06:40 , Rachel Sharp

Piers Morgan has reacted to President Biden’s speech saying he didn’t “pass the torch” but his presidency was “torched by Democratic arsonists”.

“Joe Biden didn’t ’pass the torch’ to Kamala Harris as he so disingenuously claimed in his sad, uninspiring address tonight. He had his presidency & career torched by Democrat arsonists Obama, Pelosi, Schumer, Clooney etc,” he said in a post on X following the address.

IN PICTURES: Biden’s first address to the nation since quitting presidential race

06:20 , Rachel Sharp

President Joe Biden delivers his speech from the Oval Office:

President Joe Biden delivers his speech from the Oval Office (EPA)
President Joe Biden delivers his speech from the Oval Office (EPA)

Biden’s family members join him in the Oval Office for the speech:

Biden’s family members join him in the Oval Office for the speech (EPA)
Biden’s family members join him in the Oval Office for the speech (EPA)

Biden is joined by First Lady Jill Biden after the speech as he thanks the camera crew:

Biden is joined by First Lady Jill Biden after the speech as he thanks the camera crew (Getty Images)
Biden is joined by First Lady Jill Biden after the speech as he thanks the camera crew (Getty Images)

Biden hugs his son Hunter Biden following the speech:

Biden hugs his son Hunter Biden following the speech (Getty Images)
Biden hugs his son Hunter Biden following the speech (Getty Images)

Family photos including of his late son Beau Biden are on display behind the president:

Family photos including of his late son Beau Biden are on display behind the president (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Family photos including of his late son Beau Biden are on display behind the president (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

A preview of Trump 2024: ‘Not going to be nice'

06:00 , Josh Marcus

Donald Trump ditched his short-lived call for unity and declared he was “not going to be nice” at his first campaign rally since Joe Biden dropped out of the presidential race.

The former president turned his attacks to Kamala Harris, his new presumptive rival come November, following her endorsement by Biden – who he claimed to have “defeated.”

The event in North Carolina came days after Biden announced he was withdrawing from the White House race and threw his support behind Harris to beat Trump.

The Republican told his supporters that Biden’s departure was due to pressure from higher-ups in the Democratic Party, and not simply the president’s decision.

Mike Bedigan reports.

Trump rants ‘he’s not going to be nice’ as he ditches unity calls

‘Hell of a speech’: Joe Biden praised for Oval Office address

05:34 , Shweta Sharma

Joe Biden’s speech in the Oval Office has been largely positively received by many sections of the Democratic party – plenty of whom had been pressuring him to withdraw from the re-election race until Sunday’s announcement.

Rob Reiner, a major Hollywood political donor who had called for Biden to step aside, said: “Joe Biden will go down as one of our greatest presidents. I’ve never more proud of being an American.”

Producer Leonard Franklin and author Stephen King used the exact same expression in their reaction: “Hell of a speech.”

Mitch Landrieu, the former mayor of New Orleans and a top Biden adviser, thanked Biden and called him the “most consequential president”.

Former senior adviser to Barak Obama David Axelrod said Joe Biden “was as big as the moment”.

However, Donald Trump wasted no time in attacking the address, slamming the president as “barely understandable” and “a great embarrassment to America.”

Crooked Joe Biden’s Oval Office speech was barely understandable, and sooo bad!” he said of the address, which lasted roughly 10 minutes.

Barack Obama planning to endorse Harris for president ‘soon’ – report

05:23 , Shweta Sharma

Former US president Barack Obama is planning to endorse vice president Kamala Harris as the Democratic presidential candidate “soon”, NBC News reported.

Ms Harris has secured enough Democratic delegates to become the party’s nominee in Joe Biden’s place, according to an AP survey, which found she already has the backing of well above the 1,976 delegates needed to win the nomination in the first round of voting at the party’s convention.

Mr Obama has fully supported Ms Harris’ candidacy privately and has been in touch with her, four people familiar with the matter told NBC News.

“He has been in regular contact with her and thinks she’s been off to a great start,” one of them said.

Mr Obama is likely holding back from an announcement as he does not want to overshadow Mr Biden’s moment, they suggested.

His wife, Michelle Obama, is also in support of Harris’ candidacy, two people familiar with the matter said.

WATCH: Harris hits the campaign trail

05:00 , Josh Marcus

Watch as Kamala Harris delivered a keynote speech at the biennial gathering of the historically Black sorority Zeta Phi Beta in Indianapolis on Wednesday, 24 July.

The vice president addressed Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.’s Grand Boulé.

It comes just three days after launching her bid for the White House following Joe Biden’s decision to drop out of the 2024 race.

Watch: Kamala Harris addresses historically Black sorority in Indiana

Democratic strategist Van Jones hails Biden after Oval Office speech

04:45 , Shweta Sharma

Democratic strategist Van Jones praised Joe Biden’s Oval Office speech and his decision to step aside from the presidential race, saying a leader can “put the people first and pass the baton”.

“That’s a good man, he fell on the sword. He fell on his sword, most heroes, they fight to the bitter end. He fell on his sword. He’s an old guy, but the heart’s still there. You know the words aren’t as clear, but the love is as clear, the heart is still there,” Mr Jones said.

Hinting at Donald Trump and the January 6 riots at Capitol Hill, he said: “You had somebody sitting in that chair and you wouldn’t give up power no matter what, wouldn’t give up power, let there be an insurrection, wouldn’t get out of that chair.”

“Even when the people voted for you to get out of the chair, he wouldn’t get out the chair. And you got somebody who sits in that same chair, showing that character does matter. Showing that you can have grace, you can put the people first. You can pass the baton and you’re a bigger person for it. You’re going to be more loved for it,” Mr Jones continued.

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ICYMI: The moment Biden bowed out of the 2024 race

04:00 , Josh Marcus

It’s hard to believe it’s only been three days, but so much has changed in Washington since Sunday, when Joe Biden announced he was dropping out of the 2024 presidential race.

Here’s how the president explained his decision.

Biden speech hints at rumored Supreme Court reform

03:00 , Josh Marcus

It probably won’t be the quote that makes all the headlines, but Joe Biden gave a very intriguing picture of what his final months in office will look like this evening.

With no future campaign to think about, some expect Biden to go for broke and try and advance some of his most ambitious policy goals.

During his Oval Office address on Wednesday, Biden described one important agenda item: reforming the Supreme Court, which he called “critical to our democracy.”

Curious what that might look like?

Well, Ariana Baio had this look at what Biden might do to fix the court, which has been beset with leaks, declining approval, ethics scandals, and security lapses in recent years.

As Biden proposes overhaul of Supreme Court, how did we get here?

Joe Biden cements his legacy as a family man after leaving presidential race with tribute in Oval Office speech

02:36 , Mike Bedigan

Photos of President Joe Biden’s family flanked him in the Oval Office as he delivered a solemn address to the nation about his decision to withdraw his 2024 presidential campaign on Wednesday evening.

Ariana Baio reports:

Biden cements his legacy as a family man with tribute in Oval Office speech

WATCH: Biden says he’s ‘passing the torch’ in first speech after dropping out of 2024 race

01:55 , Josh Marcus

President Joe Biden addressed the nation from the Oval Office on Wednesday evening (24 July). It was his first speech since announcing he was ending his 2024 reelection bid.

“I believe my record as president, my leadership in the world, my vision for America’s future, all merited a second term,” Biden said. “But nothing, nothing, can come in the way of saving our democracy.”

The president reiterated the importance of “passing the torch” to a new generation and praised Kamala Harris, who he has endorsed to take his place in the race.

Watch his speech here.

Biden says he’s ‘passing the torch’ in first speech after dropping out of 2024 race

Joe Biden’s swan song: president reflects on long career in White House speech

01:45 , Josh Marcus

More than just a chance to send the Harris campaign off with well wishes, Biden’s speech today was a mini-farewell address, which found the president reflecting on his more than five decades in national politics.

“I have given my heart and soul to our nation,” Biden told viewers, adding, “I hope you have some idea how grateful I am to all of you.”

He spoke of his career in both personal and political terms, describing his rise as a kid of modest means from Pennsylvania to the height of the most powerful office on Earth.

“No where else could a kid with a stutter...one day sit behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office of the White House,” Biden said.

He also used the speech to rally around one of his favorite themes, that Americans can accomplish anything if they stay united in common purpose.

The great thing about America is here kings and dictators do not rule,” he added. “The people do. History is in your hands. The power is in your hands. The idea of America lies in your hands. You just have to keep the faith and remember who we are.”

Read this in-depth profile from Richard Hall looking at the long career of Joe Biden.

Joe Biden: A ‘lion of history’ who struck a blow for democracy

Biden acknowledges age debate in White House speech

01:30 , Josh Marcus

During his White House speech on Wednesday, Joe Biden touched on the debate that roiled the Democratic party in recent weeks and in large part caused him to drop out of the 2024 presidential race: that he’s too old to run.

The president maintained that he had the qualities and record to run again, but acknowledged, “There’s also a time and a place for new faces, fresh voices, and yes, younger voices.”

“That time and place is now,” he continued.

Last year, we reported on how age debates were playing out across all of Washington, not just the Democratic party.

The danger of America’s ageing politicians

Biden praises Harris in Oval Office speech

01:14 , Josh Marcus

During his closely watched Oval Office address on Wednesday, Joe Biden offered strong praise for the presumptive Democratic nominee, Kamala Harris, whom he has endorsed.

“I’d like to thank our great vice president Kamala Harris,” he said from behind the Resolute Desk. “She’s experienced. She’s tough. She’s capable. She’s been an incredible partner to me, and a leader for our country.”

Here’s Eric Garcia on how Biden can help the Harris campaign going forward.

How Biden can clear the deck for Kamala Harris

Biden defends passing the torch to Harris as he gives first speech since dropping out of race

01:09 , Josh Marcus

President Joe Biden told Americans he chose to drop out of the 2024 presidential race in order to unite the nation.

“I have decided the best way forward is to pass the torch to a new generation,” Biden said Wednesday in his first official address to the nation since announcing his campaign withdrawal. “That is the best way to unite our nation.”

Follow Ariana Baio and Andrew Feinberg’s coverage live.

Biden defends passing the torch to Harris in first speech since dropping out of race

Biden says he won’t let ‘personal ambition’ get in way of protecting democracy

01:08 , Josh Marcus

Joe Biden spoke somberly on Wednesday about his decision to drop out of the 2024 race, describing it as a way to unify the Democratic party and protect democracy.

“In recent weeks, it’s become clear to me that I need to unite my party in this critical endeavor,” he said.

“Nothing, nothing, can come in the way of saving our democracy,” he continued. “That includes personal ambition.”

How to watch Biden’s big speech

01:00 , Josh Marcus

The president is expected to begin speaking any moment.

Watch his highly anticipated speech for free via the White House website here.

‘Defense of democracy is more important than any title’: What to expect from Biden’s speech

Thursday 25 July 2024 00:56 , Josh Marcus

Joe Biden is expected to share his thoughts on patriotism and the upcoming election in an impending Oval Office speech this evening, his first major address since dropping out of the presidential race.

"The defense of democracy is more important than any title," he’s expected to say, according to draft remarks given to news outlets. "I draw strength, and find joy, in working for the American people. But this sacred task of perfecting our Union is not about me. It’s about you. Your families. Your futures. It’s about ‘We the People.’"

Biden often avoids mentioning Trump by name, but the preview speech seems to hint at the former president and his fondness for strongmen.

"The great thing about America is here, kings and dictators do not rule,” Biden is expected to say. “The people do. History is in your hands. The power is in your hands. The idea of America – lies in your hands."

Watch: Former Georgia GOP Lt Gov Geoff Duncan endorses Kamala Harris

Thursday 25 July 2024 00:40 , Oliver O'Connell

Former Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan — an anti-Trump Republican — has endorsed Democrat Kamala Harris for President.

Speaking to the press today, he said: “This November, I am voting for a decent person I disagree with on policy over a convicted felon without a moral compass.”

How can Joe Biden clear the deck for Kamala Harris

Thursday 25 July 2024 00:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Eric Garcia writes:

In deciding to hand off the baton to Harris, Biden might have a chance to create a better on-ramp for his erstwhile running mate: clear the deck by doing all of the unpopular and unpleasant work to allow Harris to not have to face those difficult questions on the campaign trail.

How Biden can clear the deck for Kamala Harris

Watch: White House says ‘no cover up’ of Biden condition

Thursday 25 July 2024 00:15 , Oliver O'Connell

‘Haley Voters for Harris’ vow to fight on after Nikki sends them cease-and-desist letter

Thursday 25 July 2024 00:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Action group “Haley Voters for Harris” has vowed to continue with its cause, despite receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the former UN Ambassador herself.

The political action committee (PAC), which describes itself as a “broad coalition,” claims to represent supporters of Nikki Haley and is urging people to vote for Kamala Harris, rather than Donald Trump in November.

The group has revealed that it was waiting on a letter, sent by a law firm representing Haley, but said that its rights would “not be suppressed.” “We will review the letter with counsel once we receive it and provide further comment in the next few days,” an online statement on Tuesday from the group read.

Mike Bedigan has the full story.

‘Haley Voters for Harris’ vow to fight on after Nikki sends them cease-and-desist

Progressive Democrats hopeful Harris would approach Israel policy differently to Biden

Wednesday 24 July 2024 23:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s joint address to Congress re-opened the longstanding divide that progressives have with President Joe Biden on Israel-Palestine. And they are unsure whether Vice President Kamala Harris — who is all but guaranteed to now lead the Democratic ticket now that Biden announced he would not seek re-election — would be an improvement.

Eric Garcia and Katie Hawkinson report from Washington, DC.

Democrats hopeful Kamala Harris would approach Israel policy differently to Biden

Trump campaign files election complaint to block Harris from Biden’s $90m war chest

Wednesday 24 July 2024 23:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump’s campaign has accused vice president Kamala Harris of committing a “heist” and a “brazen money grab” after she inherited President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign war chest.

Trump’s complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday accuses the president and vice president of running afoul of campaign finance laws by turning Biden’s now-ended campaign into the “Harris for President” campaign, allowing Harris to tap into more than $91m in the campaign’s coffers.

Alex Woodward explains what’s happening.

Trump campaign tries to block Harris from Biden’s $90 million war chest

Who Kamala called

Wednesday 24 July 2024 23:15 , Oliver O'Connell

The New York Times reports on how Kamala Harris took charge of her future at the head of the Democratic Party in the all-important 48 hours following the decision by President Joe Biden that he was not standing for re-election.

There was a sprawling call list waiting for her of all the key Democratic power brokers.

Per the Times:

“I wasn’t going to let this day go by without you hearing from me,” Ms. Harris had said over and over, as day turned to night, according to five people who received her calls or were briefed on them.

She phoned past Democratic presidents, many of her potential rivals — including Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, JB Pritzker of Illinois and Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania — the Democratic congressional leaders, Senator Bernie Sanders, the heads of the various influential caucuses and other top Democrats, a person with direct knowledge of the call list said.

The blitz demonstrated exactly the kind of vigor and energy that Mr. Biden had lacked in recent weeks. Mr. Biden had reportedly made 20 calls to congressional Democrats in the first 10 or so days after the debate, while his candidacy hung in the balance. Ms. Harris made 100 calls in 10 hours.

The paper quotes Howard Dean, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and past presidential candidate, as saying: “It was a very well-orchestrated cascade.”

“I have to confess I am surprised myself how fast this has gone.”

Robby Mook, former campaign manager for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 run, called it “a perfect 48 hours”.

Full story: Netanyahu addresses Congress as scores of Democrats boycott

Wednesday 24 July 2024 23:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Israeli Prime Minister gave a full-throated speech in defense of his government’s war against Hamas in a joint address to Congress despite the fact that more than 38 Democrats boycotted the address.

The speech is Netanyahu’s fourth joint address to Congress. Netanyahu, the longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s history, received an uproarious applause. In the same way, he was flanked by many senior members of Congress and Senators. The speech comes as much of the international community has turned against Israel as it has conducted its war against Hamas after the terror group launched a surprise attack on Israel that killed 1,200 people.

Eric Garcia reports from Capitol Hill.

Israeli prime minister Netanyahu addresses Congress as scores of Democrats boycott

Trump calls for immediate resignation of FBI director for not finding fault with Biden’s acuity

Wednesday 24 July 2024 22:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump was watching FBI director Christopher Wray’s testimony regarding the attempt on his life today and rather than noting the revelations regarding the shooter’s drone, research, or any other new information, he found another focus... Joe Biden.

Here’s what the former president wrote on Truth Social about the boss of the bureau (whom he appointed):

I watched the Congressional Hearing today as Christopher Wray was asked the question whether or not he noticed any Cognitive Degeneration in his many conversations with Crooked Joe Biden and, despite the fact that Special Counsel Robert Hur said, effectively, that Joe Biden is INCOMPETENT, with LITTLE MEMORY, etc., Wray said that “it is not something I observed during my interactions with him, which were uneventful and unremarkable,” essentially stating that he found nothing wrong, mentally or physically, with “Joe.” If that is the case, Director Wray should resign immediately from the FBI, and stop “sweet talking” Congress every time he goes up, which he loves to do, because anybody can see that Joe Biden is cognitively and physically challenged, and if you can’t see that, you sure as hell can’t be running the FBI - Unless, that is, you want to illegally lead the Raid on Mar-a-Lago. Wray has to resign, and NOW, for LYING TO CONGRESS!

JD Vance ignites fury among childfree community after calling Kamala Harris a ‘childless cat lady’

Wednesday 24 July 2024 22:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Childfree adults are outraged over past comments made by JD Vance about Vice President Kamala Harris, and how they’ve been judged simply for not having children.

In a resurfaced interview from 2021, Donald Trump’s newly-appointed running mate told former Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the country was run by “a bunch of childless cat ladies who are miserable at their own lives and the choices that they’ve made and so they want to make the rest of the country miserable too.”

Meredith Clark reports.

JD Vance angers childfree women after calling Kamala Harris a ‘childless cat lady’

DNC Rules Committee adopts process for choosing presidential nominee

Wednesday 24 July 2024 22:22 , Alex Woodward

The Democratic National Committee’s rules committee has adopted rules for how the party will choose its nominee for the 2024 presidential election, following the decision by President Joe Biden to step aside.

  • Candidates for nomination must declare their candidacy by filing with the Convention’s Secretary. The window for submission opens shortly after the Rules are adopted by the Committee during their meeting, and closes at 6pm ET on July 27.

  • Candidates for nomination will have until 6pm ET on July 30 to demonstrate that they have met the qualifications for nomination, which include:

  1. File a formal and notarized declaration of candidacy with the DNC;\

  2. Meet Party and legal qualifications to be President; and

  3. Secure 300 delegate signatures electronically, not more than 50 of which may come from one delegation.

  • If only one candidate for nomination demonstrates they have met the above qualifications, electronic voting by the delegates may begin as soon as August 1.

  • If more than one candidate for nomination qualifies, the Rules specify that the DNCC Chair and the DNC Chair can allow a period no longer than five days in between the close of nominations for President (July 30) and the beginning of voting for candidates to make their case to delegates and the public.

  • The DNCC Chair and the DNC Chair may open voting on the Presidential nominee no earlier than August 1, 2024.

  • Only the votes of pledged delegates will be included in the count on the first ballot, unless a candidate has the verified support of a number of pledged delegates equal to or greater than a majority of all pledged and automatic delegates.

  • In the event that a nominating contest for President moves beyond the first ballot, the votes of pledged and automatic delegates will be counted in subsequent ballots.

  • A majority of Convention delegate ballots who are eligible to vote during that roll call shall be required to nominate the presidential candidate.

  • Once a Presidential nominee is selected, the nominee may place a Vice Presidential candidate into nomination. The Convention Chair may then declare that candidate to be the Vice Presidential nominee of the Democratic Party.

  • At the Convention in Chicago celebratory and ceremonial votes to recognize and affirm the presidential and vice presidential nominees of the Democratic Party will be taken, including a state-by-state roll call for the presidential nominee.

Kamala Harris arrives in Houston for teachers convention

Wednesday 24 July 2024 22:18 , Oliver O'Connell

All the times Kamala Harris went viral, from ‘coconut tree’ to ‘we did it, Joe'

Wednesday 24 July 2024 22:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Vice President Kamala Harris’s internet stardom didn’t just fall out of a coconut tree.

Long before she became a “brat” adored by Gen Z, Harris has made waves online for many viral moments, from the vice president enthusiastically showing off her dance moves to earnestly telling President Biden, “We did it, Joe!” in a phone call after he clinched the White House in 2020.

Kelly Rissman reports.

All the times Kamala Harris became a viral internet meme

Profile: Kamala Harris, unburdened and free to run for president

Wednesday 24 July 2024 22:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Kamala Harris, unburdened by what has been, finally sees what can be.

“My very first decision as the party nominee in 2020 was to pick Kamala Harris as my Vice President. And it’s been the best decision I’ve made,” wrote President Joe Biden on X, shortly after announcing he would not run for re-election. “Today I want to offer my full support and endorsement for Kamala to be the nominee of our party this year. Democrats — it’s time to come together and beat Trump. Let’s do this.”

Read on...

Kamala Harris, unburdened by what has been, now free to run for president

Watch: White House explains why Biden dropped out when he said he would not

Wednesday 24 July 2024 21:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Biden set to address nation days after dropping out of presidential race — here’s what you need to know

Wednesday 24 July 2024 21:28 , Ariana Baio

President Joe Biden is expected to address the nation on Wednesday evening in a televised speech that will touch on his decision to drop out of the 2024 presidential race and his plans for the remaining three and a half months of his term.

The president’s highly anticipated address arrives three days after he told Americans in a letter that he would “stand down” from the campaign trail amid pressure from his colleagues.

While Biden’s announcement was not completely shocking, its timing is unprecedented, with roughly three months until election day. It is unclear if the president will speak about his timing’s impact on the election and voters.

Already, the president has spoken with some of his campaign staff calling the change “surprising” but Wednesday evening’s address is a more formal explanation.

Here’s what you need to know before watching.

What time is Biden speaking to the nation tonight?

‘The only people that are going to listen to their racially-laced rants are... the racists”

Wednesday 24 July 2024 21:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Speaking to CBS News, Rep Jasmine Crockett of Texas said about the Republican claims that Vice President Kamala Harris is a “DEI” candidate: “I just need the Republicans to find some substance they can present to the American people, because the only people that are going to listen to their racially-laced rants are... the racists.”

DNC to stick with virtual roll call timeline if Harris only nominee

Wednesday 24 July 2024 21:10 , Oliver O'Connell

The Democratic National Convention still expects a virtual roll call vote for the party’s nominee to begin on August 1 if Kamala Harris is the only person running, The Hill reports.

Anyone wanting to pursue the nomination must declare between Thursday and 6pm on Saturday. They would then need to get 300 signatures (with no more than 50 delegates from any one state) by Tuesday. If only Harris is running then the August 1 timeline sticks.

So far, no one else has said they are running and the vice president has well over the number of delegates pledged to win. If Harris does win the nomination, the DNC expects her to pick a running mate by August 7.

The convention begins in Chicago on August 19.

What Biden dropping out of the 2024 race means for the Trump campaign

Wednesday 24 July 2024 21:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Ahmed Baba writes that the Trump campaign built their strategy around a very specific foe — and Biden dropping out is their worst nightmare come true.

Panic and repositioning: What Biden dropping out means for the Trump campaign

Watch: White House says Biden dropping out not about health

Wednesday 24 July 2024 20:51 , Oliver O'Connell

Biden to speak about ‘inflection point’ faced by country in Oval Office address

Wednesday 24 July 2024 20:46 , Oliver O'Connell

President Joe Biden will use tonight’s Oval Office address to speak to the nation about the choice Americans will make in this November’s presidential election and what led him to make the historic decision to stand down from his re-election bid, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has said.

Jean-Pierre told reporters at the daily White House press briefing that Biden, who on Sunday announced in a letter that he’d decided to step aside “in the best interests” of both his party and the country as a whole, would address that decision as well as “the inflection point we face as a country in this moment” when he speaks at 8:00 pm tonight.

Andrew Feinberg reports.

Biden will speak about ‘inflection point’ faced by country in Oval Office address

Mark Kelly now heavy favorite to be Harris’ running mate

Wednesday 24 July 2024 20:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Arizona Senator Mark Kelly is now the most likely choice to become Kamala Harris’ running mate on the Democratic ticket, according to betting markets.

Josh Marcus reports.

Mark Kelly betting favorite to be Harris’ VP pick as he blasts JD Vance on Ukraine

How can Joe Biden clear the deck for Kamala Harris

Wednesday 24 July 2024 20:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Eric Garcia writes:

In deciding to hand off the baton to Harris, Biden might have a chance to create a better on-ramp for his erstwhile running mate: clear the deck by doing all of the unpopular and unpleasant work to allow Harris to not have to face those difficult questions on the campaign trail.

How Biden can clear the deck for Kamala Harris

Black college alumni blast Fox News host who appears to call sorority ‘colored’ ahead of Kamala Harris speech

Wednesday 24 July 2024 19:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Democratic officials and alumni from historically Black college fraternities and sororities are fuming over a clip of a Fox News host they argue includes him saying “colored sorority” ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris’s remarks to the organization.

Fox News and other network personalities have argued that Fox & Friends panelist Brian Kilmeade said “college sorority” on Wednesday’s program. A reporter for Politico who initially flagged the clip on social media later deleted his post.

Alex Woodward reports on what unfolded this morning after the segment.

Fox News denies host called sorority ‘colored’ ahead of Kamala Harris speech

Watch LIVE: Netanyahu addresses Congress for first time since October 7 attack on Israel

Wednesday 24 July 2024 19:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Rashida Tlaib attends Netanyahu speech to Congress

Wednesday 24 July 2024 19:07 , Oliver O'Connell

Tonight: Biden set to address nation for first time since dropping out of 2024 race

Wednesday 24 July 2024 19:00 , Oliver O'Connell

President Joe Biden will address the nation from the Oval Office on Wednesday to explain his shock decision to exit the 2024 presidential race and lay out the final months of his administration.

In a statement posted to X (formerly Twitter), Biden — who announced he was dropping out of the race on Sunday afternoon and endorsed his vice president, Kamala Harris — said he would speak at 8 p.m.

Andrew Feinberg reports and will be leading our coverage tonight.

Biden set to address nation for first time since dropping out of 2024 race

Wednesday 24 July 2024 18:40 , Oliver O'Connell

Debunked: Why are people claiming Joe Biden is in a hospice?

Meanwhile, Congress gathers for Netanyahu speech

Wednesday 24 July 2024 18:34 , Oliver O'Connell

The Independent’s Eric Garcia is watching proceedings from the House press gallery.

Harris earns biggest applause by saying ‘when I am president'

Wednesday 24 July 2024 18:33 , Oliver O'Connell

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke for about 14 minutes and got a loud standing ovation at the end of her remarks.

The biggest applause line came when she started to say what she would do on abortion rights and said “When I am president...” — the cheers drowned out the rest of the sentence.

She laid out her vision as affordable health care, mentioning the administration's insulin cost cap, getting children out of poverty, student debt relief, and “where the economy works for working people”.

Harris also talked about her role in elevating maternal health care, noting that Black women are three times more likely to die in childbirth.

“This has been a crisis in our country. And it is time that we recognize the crisis.”

There were roars of applause from the crowd when she said: “These extremists want to take us back, but we are not going back” in reference to Project 2025.

"Ours is a fight for freedom across our nation, we are witnessing a full-on assault on hard-fought, hard-won freedoms and rights. The freedom to vote. The freedom to be safe from gun violence, the freedom to live without fear of bigotry and hate. The freedom to love openly with pride. The freedom to learn, and acknowledge our true and full history. And the freedom of a woman to make decisions about her own.”

Watch: Harris calls Project 2025 ‘plan to return America to a dark past'

Wednesday 24 July 2024 18:22 , Oliver O'Connell

McCarthy slams ‘stupid and dumb’ Republicans for calling Harris a ‘DEI hire’

Wednesday 24 July 2024 18:15 , Oliver O'Connell

On Monday, GOP Rep. Tim Burchett of Tennessee accused presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Kamala Harris — who served as the San Francisco district attorney, the California attorney general, and a US senator before becoming the first woman, first African-American, and first Asian-American vice president in the nation’s history — of making it only because of her race.

Former speaker Kevin McCarthy was not impressed by the remarks, as Justin Rohrlich reports.

Kevin McCarthy slams ‘stupid and dumb’ GOPers for calling Kamala Harris a ‘DEI hire’

Wednesday 24 July 2024 18:01 , Oliver O'Connell

Tonight, our President will address the nation about his decision to step down as a candidate, and he will talk about, not only the work, the extraordinary work that he has accomplished, but about his work in the next six months

— Vice President Kamala Harris

Wednesday 24 July 2024 18:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Kamala Harris not among ‘brilliant American women in politics’, says Liz Truss