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'He realizes now that he screwed up': Biden scrambles to recover from debate flop


Not long after his anemic performance in the first presidential debate, as his poll numbers began to slide, Joe Biden had conversations with nervous donors and personally assured them his campaign was on track.

“People were raising serious questions about his ability to be very aggressive against Trump,” said one person who spoke with Biden.“He’s listening. He seems to be more sure of himself after that first fiasco. I think he realizes now that he screwed up.”

Many Democrats — including his own donors and admirers — continue to question whether he’s capable of recovering from a damaging first performance. They wonder whether he can exercise the discipline necessary to execute a debate plan on Wednesday, when several rivals will have an interest in taking him down.

Seldom has a candidate so well-equipped for a debate projected so much uncertainty.

“The big question he has to resolve is if he’s up to this thing, if he’s vigorous and if he’s engaged,” said David Axelrod, a former Obama advisor.

Author of Christian relationship guide says he has lost his faith

The Guardian

The American author of a bestselling Christian guide to relationships for young people has announced that his marriage is over and he has lost his faith.

Joshua Harris, whose biblical guide to relationships I Kissed Dating Goodbye sold nearly 1m copies around the world after it was published in 1997, has also apologised to LGBT+ people for contributing to a “culture of exclusion and bigotry”.

In his book, Harris, a former pastor at a US megachurch, urged young Christians to reject dating for “courtship” under the guidance of parents and observing sexual abstinence. Young couples should not kiss, hold hands or spend time alone together before marriage, he said. Dating was spiritually unhealthy and a “training ground for divorce”, the book argued.

The book, written by Harris when he was 21, was widely circulated within evangelical Christian youth groups, helping to promote a “purity culture” and vows to preserve virginity until marriage.

Good morning! Donald Trump has found someone new to attack.


American Airlines flight Philadelphia to London diverts to Boston: "Multiple passengers, crew ill"


Shots fired outside North Miami synagogue hit man in leg, being investigated as possible hate crime

Source: New York Daily News

A shooting outside a North Miami Beach synagogue left one person wounded and is being investigated as a possible hate crime, according to reports.

A shooter fired six shots from a car driven past Young Israel of North Miami Beach Sunday evening, hitting an Orthodox Jewish man who was sitting outside, police told WPLG-TV.

A person affiliated with Hatzolah, a volunteer medical service focused on Jewish communities worldwide, was on hand and assisted the victim, WPLG reported.

The victim, who was hit in the leg four times, was in stable condition at a local hospital.

Read more: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-shooting-outside-young-israel-synagogue-north-miami-one-wounded-20190729-z333bslgcbfnjnmbe2l6jmhzm4-story.html

BREAKING (KPIX-TV): Three deaths in Gilroy festival shooting

Police have reportedly shot a suspected gunman.

Welcome to Baltimore...


Sherrod Brown Doesn't Think Joe Biden Will Be the Nominee

New York Times

EL PASO, Tex. — As 20 Democrats debated on national television, Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and his wife, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz, texted each other a running critique of the candidates.

This was not just another politically engaged couple talking about the 2020 race.

“You can’t help but think, ‘I could have done that better,’” Mr. Brown recalled in an interview.

“This is the first time I really thought, ‘I wish you were up there,’” Ms. Schultz told her husband. She had watched the debates in June at their home in Cleveland, while Mr. Brown, who considered but passed on a 2020 run, was in Washington, where the Senate was in session.

Breaking: Trump announces Coats' resignation; appoints...Rep. John Ratcliffe


Dan Coats to step down, Trump tweets, as President announces Ratcliffe will be nominated

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)Dan Coats will step down as the director of national intelligence on August 15, President Donald Trump announced Sunday in a tweet, a departure that marks the most recent chapter in Trump's tense and puzzling relationship with the US intelligence community.

Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe, who aggressively questioned former special counsel Robert Mueller last week during Congressional hearings involving his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, will be nominated by the President to replace Coats.

"I would like to thank Dan for his great service to our Country," Trump tweeted. "The Acting Director will be named shortly."

Axios first reported Coats' expected departure.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/28/politics/dan-coats-national-intelligence-director/index.html

So much for Nunes' loyalty...
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