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At least 13 people were killed in a fire in a Spanish nightclub on Sunday morning, officials said, with fears the toll could still rise as rescue workers sift through the debris.

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The fire appears to have broken out in a building housing the “Teatre” and “Fonda Milagros” clubs in the city of Murcia in southeastern Spain.

“The fire spread from the upper parts of the two clubs, the Teatre disco and the Fonda Milagros disco… which originally were in the same building,” said Diego Seral, spokesman for the national police.

Authorities do not yet know where exactly the fire started.

Police have established a list of 15 people missing after the blaze, but Seral said that it was not yet final and could contain names of some of the victims already found.

“The Murcia fire brigade… will continue to secure the building for the next few hours. It cannot be ruled out that another body may be located”, the emergency service said shortly after 10:00 pm (2000 GMT).

They warned that there would be “no definitive toll until they have completed their work” scouring the rubble.

Search for more victims

A man named Jairo who said he was the father of one of the victims told reporters that his 28-year-old daughter had been inside one of the clubs. He had had no news of her since she left a desperate voice mail at 6:06 am, he added.

“Mum, I love you, we’re going to die, I love you mum,” a young woman’s voice could be heard crying on the recording while in the background people shout to turn the lights on.

Emergency services said on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, that firefighters were continuing to work at the scene and had not ruled out “the possibility of finding more victims.”

Jose Ballesta, mayor of Murcia, said the fire had broken out at around 6:00 am local time (0400 GMT) and had been “extremely serious”.

Emergency workers had so far pulled out 13 bodies from the ruins, a task complicated by the risk of the building collapsing, he told journalists.

Three of the victims had been identified by their fingerprints. “The rest of the bodies will have to be identified by DNA.”

Firefighters dispatched to the scene at 7:00 am were able to extinguish the fire by 8:00 am, he added.

Officials said four people, two women aged 22 and 25 years old and two men in their forties, were treated for smoke inhalation.

Birthday party

A police spokesperson said that a birthday party was being held at the club on Saturday night. Officers and firefighters were trying to find some of those who attended who were still unaccounted for.

“According to initial information, the fire broke out on the first floor of the nightclub, which has a ground floor and a first floor,” Diego Seral, the national police spokesman told Radio Onda Regional de Murcia.

Video footage released by the city’s firefighting brigade shows the firefighters holding a long hose approaching bright orange flames inside the venue, passing bar tables that still have drinks placed on top of them.

More than 40 firefighters and 12 emergency vehicles were attending the scene, authorities said.

Spain’s king said he felt “pain and dismay” following “this tragic day in Murcia”, and thanked rescue workers for their “exemplary work”.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez voiced “solidarity with the victims and relatives of the tragic fire in a Murcia nightclub”.

Three days of mourning

Spain’s tennis superstar and this year’s Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz, who comes from Murcia, wrote on X that he was “very affected by the terrible news”.

The city’s mayor announced three days of mourning and set up a reception base for relatives of victims. The city’s bars and restaurants will remain closed Sunday as a mark of respect to the victims, said Hoytu, the local hotel-restaurant association.

In 2017, 40 people were injured in a packed nightclub on Spain’s holiday island of Tenerife when a floor collapsed.

The injured included people from countries including France, Britain, Romania and Belgium.

And in 1990, 43 people died in a fire at a nightclub in Spain’s northeastern city of Zaragoza.

(AFP)

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Dip your toes into the foot of Italy: With new direct flights and Mafia members being locked up, could Calabria become the new Tuscany?

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In the early 19th Century, the Scottish traveller Patrick Brydone was weighing up how to get to Sicily from the Italian mainland.

He could sail down the coast to Messina – or travel on land through Calabria. 

He chose the boat – and wrote to a friend: ‘The danger from the banditti is so great, the accommodation so wretched and inconvenience of every kind so numerous… that we soon relinquished that scheme.’

And that, pretty much, is how tourists have seen the land at the ‘toe’ of Italy’s ‘foot’ ever since: poor, Mafia-infested, with nowhere decent to stay.

But all that is changing. Ryanair has launched a weekly flight from Stansted to Lamezia Terme, a city in the heart of Calabria, and easyJet is starting one from Gatwick. There are new and updated coastal resorts, ‘agriturismo’ farm-stays and rural B&Bs starting up in the mountains. 

On a trip to Calabria, Italy, Mark Jones visits the award-winning town of Tropea (pictured)

On a trip to Calabria, Italy, Mark Jones visits the award-winning town of Tropea (pictured)

Above is Tropea's spectacular Santa Maria dell’Isola cathedral, perched atop a rocky cliff surrounded by the Tyrrhenian Sea

Above is Tropea’s spectacular Santa Maria dell’Isola cathedral, perched atop a rocky cliff surrounded by the Tyrrhenian Sea

Happily, authorities have also been busy locking up leading members of the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta gang’, so there’s good reason to feel safer. 

Best of all, Calabria is cheap compared to the Amalfi coast or even its neighbour Puglia – and the beaches and scenery are more than a match. The food isn’t bad, either.

I’ve given myself a week to drive between the far north in Pollino National Park to the town of Reggio Calabria at the southern tip – then followed by east to west, facing Greece and then Sicily.

Mark says Calabria's beaches rival the Amalfi coast. Above is the Michelino Beach near Tropea

Mark says Calabria’s beaches rival the Amalfi coast. Above is the Michelino Beach near Tropea 

It turns out to be both great fun and hugely interesting. But you know what Italian drivers are like. Hundreds of miles with someone just inches from your back bumper takes its toll.

Fortunately, you can have a wonderful time making a base near the town of Tropea without needing the hire car at all.

It’s been named one of the most beautiful ‘borghi’ (villages) in Italy, with a historic centre perched high above the Med.

Panorama: Mark checks into an 'agriturismo' farm-stay in the town of Morano, which is framed by the Pollino mountains

Panorama: Mark checks into an ‘agriturismo’ farm-stay in the town of Morano, which is framed by the Pollino mountains 

Calabria is known as the 'toe' of Italy's peninsula

Calabria is known as the ‘toe’ of Italy’s peninsula 

With my wife, Annie, I head to the viewpoint next to the house of Francesco Mottola, a priest from Tropea who died in 1969, and has since been beatified. Below, the emerald sea is clear, sunbathers dot the shore, while less hedonistic types tramp up to the Santa Maria dell’Isola cathedral.

We drive south to the Baia del Sole resort. The weather is sultry but the meadows are full of wildflowers. Bumping along the ill-made roads, we could be on a Caribbean island – all the more so as we enter the resort, with its round huts and lush gardens lined with palm trees.

Baia del Sole is a family property, while its sister resort along the coast, Capovaticano, is more geared to couples seeking cocktails, spa treatments and fine sunset views. From a grassy bank we watch the sun sink behind the volcano island of Stromboli. Next day I take a cycle tour. With my guide Alessandro, we wind up fertile hills of olive groves to the village of Spilinga, celebrated as the birthplace of the spicy salami, ’nduja. Every August they have a festival – a pretty hot occasion.

Then we ride back to the outskirts of Tropea. Here, Marco, who also works in tourism, his fiancée and sister, meet us by his family smallholding. They grow a Tropea speciality: sweet red onions. But Marco has also gone into winemaking and we end the day sipping rosés and whites between the vines. It’s charming, homemade and quirky – a bit like Calabria itself.

We then go to the swanky de’Minimi restaurant in town for a seriously long tasting menu. You can do swish, upmarket things in Calabria – though our favourite experience is anything but.

Golden sands: The beach at the Capovaticano resort, which is 'geared to couples seeking cocktails, spa treatments and fine sunset views'

Golden sands: The beach at the Capovaticano resort, which is ‘geared to couples seeking cocktails, spa treatments and fine sunset views’

Mark finishes his trip in the mountain village of Santa Severina (pictured)

Mark finishes his trip in the mountain village of Santa Severina (pictured)

The Locanda del Parco is an agriturismo in farmland below the spectacular mountain village of Morano (topped, as so many Calabrian villages incongruously are, with a Norman castle). It’s slightly bonkers. Outside, there’s a black London cab being used as a flowerbed. The bar by the pool is inside a giant lemon. Inside, we make fresh pasta and polenta, serenaded by local musicians.

We finish the trip on the other coast and another mountain range – La Sila – via the mountain village of Santa Severina, and another superb, value-for-money agriturismo hotel and restaurant, Le Puzelle. On this quiet, rockier coast, we spend the last night enjoying the kind of hospitality Calabria has been crying out for since Patrick Brydone’s time: the Praia Art resort.

The rooms are arranged neighbourhood-style around an empty beach, the combined sounds of waves and wind in the pines soothing you to sleep after dinner at the super-healthy, stylish Pietramare restaurant. Calabria just seems to be getting better all the time.

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Scientists find subtle change happens to people’s speech before they get dementia – and it’s not good for Biden

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Slowed speech, pauses, and using the same handful of words.

If you’ve witnessed these habits in an elderly loved one, it could be an early warning sign of dementia.

New research is beginning to untangle what the natural signs of aging look like and which could be due to serious brain conditions when it comes to how people talk.

For example, forgetting the name of a person, place or having difficulty finding words is natural and linked to memory retrieval, which gets worse as we get older.

However, this combined with slowed or slurring speech, blank pauses, and limited vocabulary may represent broader decline, signaling conditions like dementia and Parkinson’s.

Lawmakers and citizens have called on President Joe Biden to drop out of the presidential race over concerns about his cognitive health

Lawmakers and citizens have called on President Joe Biden to drop out of the presidential race over concerns about his cognitive health

That was the finding of a University of Toronto study in February, which looked at over 100 adults ages 18 to 90. Those who were unable to quickly verbalize what they were looking at in pictures were more likely to say the wrong word. 

The findings may be considered timely, as lawmakers and voters repeatedly call for President Joe Biden to step down over concerns about his cognitive health.

The 81-year-old suffered another disastrous press conference this week, during which he repeatedly misspoke and lost his train of thought. 

At one point, he mistakenly referred to President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine as ‘President Putin.’ He then accidentally called Vice President Kamala Harris ‘Vice President Trump.’ 

And at a presidential debate against Donald Trump last month, Biden found himself trailing off.

‘Making sure that we’re able to make every single solitary person eligible for what I’ve been able to do with the… with the COVID… excuse me… dealing with everything we have to do with…’ he said before freezing for several seconds.

‘…look, we finally beat Medicare,’ he continued.

Then it emerged the White House was visited eight times by a Parkinson’s doctor in the past year, amid speculation that Biden’s speech problems are signs of the brain disorder.

To test if trouble finding words really is an accurate indicator of brain health in older adults, the University of Toronto researchers looked at 125 healthy adults.

The patients were divided into three groups: young, middle-aged, and old.

Young participants had an average age of 26, middle-aged were 48 years old on average, and older adults had an average age of 70. 

The first phase involved a ‘picture-word interference task.’ Researchers showed the participants pictures of everyday objects – a broom, for example – while playing an audio clip of a word that is either related – such as ‘mop’ – or one that sounds similar – ‘groom,’ for instance.

The team found that older adults who naturally spoke faster were quicker to correctly name the pictures, suggesting that slower language processing might be a sign of cognitive decline rather than having trouble remembering words. 

Neurologists have also told DailyMail.com that President Biden shows signs of Parkinson's disease, such as a stiff gait (seen here)

Neurologists have also told DailyMail.com that President Biden shows signs of Parkinson’s disease, such as a stiff gait (seen here) 

While this might sound obvious, people’s communications styles do change as they get older, and sometimes it’s nothing to worry about.

For example, struggling to find words is something that comes with age. Older people also exhibit subtle changes to their speech, such as speaking slower, pausing between words, and a lack of variety of words used. 

But struggling to identify the word itself from memory, sometimes called the ‘tip-of-the-tongue’ phenomenon, combined with these speech changes could be a precursor of conditions like dementia, the researchers warned. 

Dementia researchers at the University of Sussex Claire Lancaster and Alice Stanton, who were not involved in the research, wrote for The Conversation: ‘This study underscores the potential of speech rate changes as a significant yet subtle marker of cognitive health that could aid in identifying people at risk before more severe symptoms become apparent.’

‘This study has opened exciting doors for future research, showing that it’s not just what we say but how fast we say it that can reveal cognitive changes.’

Biden’s cognitive health has widely been called into question, with neurologists telling DailyMail.com the President exhibits signs of Parkinson’s disease, including speech difficulties and a stiff gait. 

However, Biden maintains that he intends to stay in the presidential race, despite mounting concerns.  

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GWS delivers epic troll to crosstown rivals Sydney over dramatic Isaac Heeney video message to fans – but Swans boss is not amused

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  • Heeney was suspended for high shot on St Kilda’s Jimmy Webster 
  • Took to social media with a message to sponsors and fans 
  • Has been brutally mocked by GWS star Toby Greene 

AFL club Greater Western Sydney has delivered an A-grade troll to crosstown rivals the Sydney Swans and suspended star Isaac Heeney.

The midfielder was one of the favourites to win the prestigious Brownlow Medal this season after steering his club to the top of the AFL ladder and poised for a charge to the grand final in September.

However a high shot on St Kilda’s Jimmy Webster ended his Brownlow chances, with Heeney suspended for the club’s clash against North Melbourne on Saturday.

The Swans then delivered a peculiar response to the suspension, putting Heeney in front of a video camera to deliver an apology to fans.

‘Hey guys, obviously extremely disappointed with that result, yeah pretty shattering to be honest,’ it begins. ‘But I just wanted to jump on here and give a heartfelt thank you.

‘Obviously the show of support from the club here, from the top down, being (Swans CEO) Tom Harley, Horse (coach John Longmire), (footy manager) Leon (Cameron) and our lawyer Duncan (Miller), thank you guys very much. 

‘I also wanted to jump on and just say thank you so much to the support from the fans, the members and the wider community, it’s been truly incredible.’

‘I just wanted to also say that I can guarantee one thing and that’s when I’m back I’ll make sure I do this club proud, the supporters proud, my family proud,’ he added.

‘It starts this weekend. Obviously I won’t be on the footy field, but I’ll be there to support the boys and the coaching staff and the staff at the club here.

‘And then obviously I want to flow on from that and make sure this year’s a special one.

‘So thank you guys very much for everything and I’ll be back out there soon.’

GWS star Toby Greene mocked the Isaac Heeney video put out on social media by the Swans

GWS star Toby Greene mocked the Isaac Heeney video put out on social media by the Swans

Heeney was suspended for one match for his high shot on St Kilda's Jimmy Webster

Heeney was suspended for one match for his high shot on St Kilda’s Jimmy Webster

AFL premiership winner and footy analyst Kane Cornes labelled the video as ‘rubbish’.

“In the gun is Isaac Heeney for this rubbish he posted online,” Cornes said on SEN Breakfast.

“Isaac, you haven’t done your knee, you haven’t missed a shot on goal, after the siren in a grand final, that hasn’t happened, you’re just suspended for a week,” Cornes said.

“We don’t need to thank the community; we don’t need the statement that you’re going to return bigger and better than ever.

And GWS took it a step further, putting star Toby Greene in front of the camera to mock the Swans’ video.

‘Hey guys, obviously pretty shattered to get fined again over the weekend,’ Greene says sarcastically.

‘I just wanted to jump on here and give a heartfelt sorry to all the Giants fans and the wider AFL community, along with my family.

‘I can guarantee one thing is that it will not happen again — that’ll be tough.

‘And I’ll promise to pay the fine all by myself.

‘I’ll do everything I can to make sure this year is a special one. Again, thank you all for your support.’

While plenty of footy fans could see the funny side of the Greene video, Sydney Swans CEO Tom Harley was not one of them, fuming that it was ‘low brow’.

‘I did see the Giants video and I’m not going to give it any air but (I thought it was) pretty low-brow,’ Harley told SEN’s Crunch Time.

‘Isaac is a champion of our club and a champion of the game and talk about growing the game a bloke from Newcastle brought up on rugby league, I wouldn’t have done it.’

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Biden drops ANOTHER gaffe during huge campaign stop in crucial battleground state – before making shock admission

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President Joe Biden couldn’t avoid another embarrassing gaffe at his rally in Michigan Friday night. 

The 81-year-old commander-in-chief insists he plans to stay in the race despite a disastrous debate performance just over two weeks ago raised questions over his fitness to serve a second term.

However, after confusing former President Trump with Vice President Harris and mixing up presidents Zelensky and Putin all in one Thursday, he made a troubling error again tonight, all while he was trying to reassure supporters of his health.

‘I promise you, I am – I’m OK,’ he said, before thanking a member of Congress he called ‘Debbie Haley.’ 

He was referring to five-term Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell but possibly confused her with former presidential candidate and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. 

Later in the speech, the president candidly admitted, ‘sometimes I confuse names.’ 

President Joe Biden couldn't avoid another embarrassing gaffe at his rally in Michigan Friday night

President Joe Biden couldn’t avoid another embarrassing gaffe at his rally in Michigan Friday night

'I promise you, I am ¿ I'm OK,' he said, before thanking a member of Congress he called 'Debbie Haley.' He was referring to five-term Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (pictured right) but possibly confused her with former presidential candidate and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley

‘I promise you, I am – I’m OK,’ he said, before thanking a member of Congress he called ‘Debbie Haley.’ He was referring to five-term Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (pictured right) but possibly confused her with former presidential candidate and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley 

‘And by the way, I want you to know that I’ve spent a lot of time with Debbie,’ he said after flubbing Dingell’s name. ‘She helped me a lot.’

Dingell was in attendance Friday night at the rally and accompanied Biden to events in Michigan. 

He even made a joke about Dingell resembling his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, according to the New York Post.

‘I forget which event we were at, and someone said, you’re his wife, aren’t you?’ Biden said, saying she ‘looks like Jill.’ 

The defiant president vowed to win Michigan again in 2024 and hit back at the press, pundits and ‘insiders.’

‘There’s a lot of speculation right now, ‘What’s Joe going to do, is he going to stay in?’ Biden said. ‘I am running, and we’re gonna win.’

‘I am the nominee of the Democratic party and the only Democrat who has beat Donald Trump ever,’ Biden said. ‘I know him. Donald Trump is a loser.’

Biden cut a rejuvenated figure after his one-hour press conference on Thursday and a week rubbing shoulders with NATO leaders in Washington.

He spoke for 36 minutes—long by his standards—feeding off the energy of the crowd. 

The embattled president also pushed back on coverage of his recent flubs where he messed up names and pointed out the ex-president has mixed up Nancy Pelosi and Nikki Haley.

A defiant President Biden hits back at the press and pundits during energized rally in Detroit where he vows to stay in the race and win while slamming Trump as a 'loser'

A defiant President Biden hits back at the press and pundits during energized rally in Detroit where he vows to stay in the race and win while slamming Trump as a ‘loser’

‘You may have noticed since the debate, the press, you good guys and women up there, they’ve been hammering me,’ he said at one point as the crowd booed. ‘Donald Trump has gotten a free pass.’

After phoning into his favorite morning show to rail against elitist opponents this week, the boos were the simply the latest echo of a Trumpist turn as he fights for survival. 

Biden, for his part, at least had the decency to look nonplussed and quickly quieted the crowd.

The Detroit stop was all part of the latest effort to reassure lawmakers and donors that he can not only do the job but is ready to take on another four years.

Supporters packed into the Renaissance High School auditorium Friday chanted ‘four more years’ and ‘we want Joe’ as they waited for the president to make his appearance. 

The noise went up several notches when he took the stage. ‘Don’t you quit,’ was the cry of 2000 voices.

The president’s stop in Detroit is his third trip to the city this year and his fourth to the state of Michigan this year.

It is easy to see why. The latest average of polling in the state shows Trump up by less than one point. 

The ex-president won Michigan in 2016. But Biden then flipped the state back to blue in 2020 winning against Trump by just over 150,000 votes.

'I am running, and we're going to win' Biden tells the crowd as they chant 'don't quit' and that they have his back in Michigan

‘I am running, and we’re going to win’ Biden tells the crowd as they chant ‘don’t quit’ and that they have his back in Michigan

With Trump looking dominant in the Sun Belt states of Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia, Biden must look to secure an advantage in the so-called ‘Blue Wall’ of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Biden’s campaign has been looking to reset the narrative and focus on contrasting Biden and Trump with less than four months to go before Election Day.

‘Trump doesn’t get out of his golf cart,’ Biden told supporters in the overflow room who couldn’t get into his main event, during brief remarks before the rally.

At the rally, he went after Trump for Project 2025 and called him a ‘threat to this nation.’ 

Biden’s arrival in the crucial swing state comes after he spent the week meeting with world leaders at the NATO summit in Washington and held a nearly hour-long press conference Thursday evening where he gave a mix of in-depth policy answers scattered with a series of flubs.

‘Joe Biden has been making gaffes for 40 years. He made a couple of last night. He will probably continue to do so,’ Biden campaign communications director Michael Tyler said on Friday.

Biden has also given a series of interviews, but the numerous appearances have done little to stem the calls for him to step aside.

Supporters of President Biden gather at the Renaissance High School in Detroit as they wait for him to make remarks

Supporters of President Biden gather at the Renaissance High School in Detroit as they wait for him to make remarks

Joining the president Friday were a number of black activists and union leaders who lined up to show Biden still has grassroots support in the battleground despite concerns.

The speakers also included Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer, the city’s mayor and the state party chairman.

Michigan’s Lt. Governor was at the rally, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is also co-chair of Biden’s campaign, was out of state.

Before heading to his rally, Biden met with supporters at the Garage Grill & Fuel Bar in Northville where he worked to reassured supporters. 

‘I promise you, I’m okay,’ he told the crowd of fans.

He strolled around the tables, speaking without notes for 14 minutes. 

‘We have real opportunities, and so we’ve got to finish the job,’ the 81-year-old added, echoing the defiant comments from his NATO press conference on Thursday night.

Ahead of his rally in Detroit, Biden met with supporters at the Garage Grill and Fuel Bar in Northville, Michigan. The president made jokes about his age but also talked about how important this election year is

Ahead of his rally in Detroit, Biden met with supporters at the Garage Grill and Fuel Bar in Northville, Michigan. The president made jokes about his age but also talked about how important this election year is 

Protester Tom Moran holds a banner outside President Biden's Detroit rally on July 12

Protester Tom Moran holds a banner outside President Biden’s Detroit rally on July 12

Biden spoke without notes and was joined by Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell, a staunch supporter who praised him for being by her side when her husband John died.

The president repeated the story that the Charlottesville Unite The Right rally in 2017 was the reason he decided to run again.

‘There’s a lot at stake,’ he added and said the nation was at an ‘inflection point.’

Democrats calling on Joe Biden to withdraw from the 2024 election

  1. Sen. Peter Welch, Vermont
  2. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Texas
  3. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, Arizona
  4. Rep. Seth Moulton, Massachusetts
  5. Rep. Mike Quigley, Illinois
  6. Rep. Angie Craig, Minnesota 
  7. Rep. Adam Smith, Washington
  8. Rep. Mikie Sherrill, New Jersey
  9. Rep. Pat Ryan, New York
  10. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Oregon
  11. Rep. Hillary Scholten, Michigan
  12. Rep. Brad Schneider, Illinois 
  13. Rep. Greg Stanton, Arizona
  14. Rep. Ed Case, Hawaii 
  15. Rep. Jim Himes, Connecticut 
  16. Rep. Scott Peters, California 
  17. Rep. Eric Sorensen, Illinois 
  18. Rep. Brittany Pettersen, Colorado 

He made jokes about his age but didn’t discuss his disastrous debate performance or questions about whether he should run again.

‘That’s why I’m running to finish this job. There’s more to do. I know I’m only 41,’ he said. ‘This is an important one, ‘ he said referring to the election.

‘For the longest time, I was too young because I was the second youngest man ever elected to the United States Senate and now I’m too old.’

And Biden has a lot of work to do tho convince some Democrats he’s up for the challenge including some in Michigan.

Rep. Hillary Scholten, who faces a difficult reelection fight in western Michigan, went public with her concerns on Thursday and called on Biden to stand aside.

‘With the challenges facing our country in 2025 and beyond, it is essential that we have the strongest possible candidate leading the top of the ticket—not just to win, but to govern,’ she said in a statement before Biden’s visit.

She was the first member of Congress from the state to break ranks. 

But Biden supporters have dismissed the concerns coming out of Washington.

‘I want to see how he is performing for myself. I’m one rely on my own gut feelings and my own gut instinct,’ said Angela Heard, 61, as she waited for Biden to give his remarks in Detroit. She plans to vote for the Biden-Harris ticket. 

‘I like Joe. I thought he was what we needed in 2020. He beat Trump and I hope he can do it again,’ said Robert Clymar, 71. 

He said he does not agree with Democratic lawmakers calling for Biden to exit the race. He argued they would be invalidating the votes of those who cast ballots in the primary.

‘I’m one of those votes, and I voted for Biden,’ he said. 

President Biden said he is determined to stay in the race during his press conference Thursday evening in Washington following the NATO summit. He argued during the hour long event that the polling data in the presidential race is 'premature' and the campaign has not really begun yet

President Biden said he is determined to stay in the race during his press conference Thursday evening in Washington following the NATO summit. He argued during the hour long event that the polling data in the presidential race is ‘premature’ and the campaign has not really begun yet

At his press conference, Biden said the polling data was ‘premature.’

‘The campaign really hasn’t even started,’ he said. ‘I mean, it hasn’t started in earnest yet. Most of the time, it doesn’t start till after September after Labor Day. 

‘So a lot can happen.’ 

Supporters in attendance for Biden’s rally in Detroit told DailyMail.com they were with the president 100 percent and wanted to show their support.

The president will spend the weekend at his Delaware beach home.

On Monday, President Biden heads to Austin, Texas, where he will speak about the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and lay out proposals to address the role of the Supreme Court. 

Then it is on to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he will outline proposals to make housing more affordable. 

Republicans are headed to Wisconsin next week where they will be gathering for the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee where Donald Trump will officially accept the Republican presidential nomination.  

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Archaeologists find more evidence of Bible story about Moses leading his people to the Promised Land 3,200 years ago

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Archaeologists have uncovered secrets of a Biblical city that sat within the ‘Promised Land’ where the Israelites settled after Moses led them out of Egypt.

The Israeli Antiquities Authority recently shared their findings from Zanoah, which is mentioned in the Old Testament, revealing stone walls, pottery and other artifacts that date back more than 3,200 years.

The Bible states that the Israelites reached the Promised Land, also known as Canaan, around 1406 to 1407 BC after wandering 40 years in the desert.

The team also uncovered a broken jar handle that featured the name of a king described in the Bible, providing more evidence to the Biblical story of Moses.

Archaeologists have discovered ancient artifacts that may coincide with Moses leading the Israelites from Egypt to the Promise Land. Researchers found retaining walls for farming terraces that are used to create level areas for planting and to protect steeper soil from erosion

Archaeologists have discovered ancient artifacts that may coincide with Moses leading the Israelites from Egypt to the Promise Land. Researchers found retaining walls for farming terraces that are used to create level areas for planting and to protect steeper soil from erosion

The Israeli Antiquities Authority recently shared their findings from Zanoah which is mentioned in the Old Testament, revealing stone walls, pottery and other artifacts that date back more than 3,200 years

The Israeli Antiquities Authority recently shared their findings from Zanoah which is mentioned in the Old Testament, revealing stone walls, pottery and other artifacts that date back more than 3,200 years

The Exodus story is spread over the biblical books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

It begins with the Israelites enslaved in Egypt, before the Pharaoh – coerced by 10 terrible plagues – agrees to release them and Moses leads them across the miraculously-parted Red Sea.

Once they reached the Sinai Peninsula, scripture says they traveled to Mount Sinai, where Moses received the 10 commandments.

The group then headed to the southern border of Canaan, but being too scared to enter, were condemned to spending decades in the wilderness by God.

After passing the years at the oasis of Kadesh Barnea, the Israelites then traveled to the eastern border of Canaan, where Moses died and was buried on Mount Nebo.

In the subsequent Book of Joshua, Joshua takes over the leadership of the Israelites, leading them into the Promised Land across the River Jordan and conquering Jericho – and Zanoah is mentioned in the Book of Joshua.

Joshua 15:34,56 outlines the boundaries and cities within the tribal allotment of Judah once they entered the Promised Land, which includes Zanoah.

Archaeologists also recovered well preserved pottery, complete with an LMLK stamp on the jar handle which is very rare in the Judah foothills. These markings are ancient Hebrew seals meaning 'of the King'

Archaeologists also recovered well preserved pottery, complete with an LMLK stamp on the jar handle which is very rare in the Judah foothills. These markings are ancient Hebrew seals meaning ‘of the King’

The shard had a wide rim with three concentric bands in a grid-like pattern and featured a rope decoration

The shard had a wide rim with three concentric bands in a grid-like pattern and featured a rope decoration

Archaeologists uncovered several stone walls throughout the ancient city

Archaeologists uncovered several stone walls throughout the ancient city

Researchers excavated the area in 2019 but released their findings in March.

The team uncovered walls fashioned with rows of large, white rocks, which they believed were retaining walls for farming terraces used to create level areas for planting and to protect steeper soil from erosion.

Preserved pottery was also pulled from the ground, with one featuring a stamp on the handle that read ‘of the King,’ which was to honor King Hezekiah’s reign in Judah in 701 BC.

The life of Hezekiah is described in the Bible book of 2 Kings, chapters 18-20. 

In 2 Chronicles, the king is said to have reopened the Temple of Solomon,  known as ‘the First Temple’ and built on the spot where God created Adam.

Hezekiah also smashed the bronze snake statue God commanded Moses to make, which is mentioned in Numbers 21:8-9: ‘Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a snake image and mount it on a pole.’

The Biblical story of Moses starts with the Israelites enslaved in Egypt, before the Pharaoh - coerced by 10 terrible plagues - agrees to release them and Moses leads them across the miraculously-parted Red Sea

The Biblical story of Moses starts with the Israelites enslaved in Egypt, before the Pharaoh – coerced by 10 terrible plagues – agrees to release them and Moses leads them across the miraculously-parted Red Sea 

Pottery fragments littered the landscape, with about 20 percent dating to the time the Israelites were said to have arrived after the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness- the rest were fashioned over the next 900 years.

A decorated fragment of a cosmetic bowl made of white limestone.

‘It has a wide rim adorned with a decoration of three concentric bands separated by gaps: the external and internal bands are narrow and feature a rope decoration, while the central band is wide and features an intermittent grid pattern,’ the researchers shared in the study.

Other findings included bowls and jugs, one of which had perforations that suggested it may have been used as a lantern, and metal objects were also discovered.

However, the researchers did not specify when they were made, only that they were bronze jewelry such as a ring and earring fragment.

Other remnants that ancient humans once lived in the region included iron tools, nails of various sizes and bronze strips used for welding iron.

‘While it is likely that some of the finds originated in the ruin and were subsequently washed down the slope over the years, the majority of the finds, especially those dating from the early Byzantine period, relate to farming activities conducted on the hill slopes,’ the researchers said.

They added that the large number of finds indicates the importance of the site ‘and highlights [its] potential significance.’

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France should be in a state of high excitement ahead of the start of the Paris Olympics later this month. Instead, the nation is in a state of turmoil following a deadlocked election.

There are fears of a market rout if the far-Left, which gained most votes in last weekend’s poll, forms a government and announces large spending plans – as public finances are already perilously stretched.

A hung Parliament, without a clear agenda, would also be hazardous to investor confidence.

These outcomes would also send tremors through the rest of the eurozone, thanks to the bloc’s currency and fiscal links.

Jamie Ross, joint manager of the Henderson European Trust, comments: ‘Political uncertainty in France is political uncertainty at the heart of the EU.’

The right specs: Essilor Luxottica is the worldwide leader in the sunglasses sector

The right specs: Essilor Luxottica is the worldwide leader in the sunglasses sector

So what does this mean for Europe’s pharmaceutical, software and other companies, which are seen as the nearest thing to America’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ tech stocks?

Earlier this year, US banks extolled the virtues of these businesses.

Citi tipped its ‘Super Seven’ – ASML, Ferrari, LVMH, Novo Nordisk, Richemont, Schneider Electric, and SAP.

Goldman Sachs recommended ‘the Granolas’ – GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Roche, ASML, Nestle, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, L’Oreal, LVMH, AstraZeneca, SAP and Sanofi.

This actually spells out ‘Grannnolass’ and includes two UK names, GSK and AstraZeneca.

But Goldman describes them as ‘internationally-exposed quality growth compounders’, suggesting that they have the ‘je ne sais quoi’ to transcend upheaval.

If you want to take a European flutter this Olympic summer, here’s what you need to know.

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Further volatility is a threat, with the Germans going to the polls in October. Ross comments: ‘The German public is increasingly being swayed by the far- Right, which could achieve a mid-teen percentage vote share.

‘A strong EU needs a stable political situation in France and Germany – and at the moment, this is certainly in question.’

However, he argues that the European markets are now being dominated by ‘companies that are exposed to global structural trends not to domestic European politics’.

Ross continues: ‘These markets now have more semi-conductor exposure in the shape of the Dutch group ASML, which manufactures the machinery to make chips, and more global pharmaceutical companies, like Novo Nordisk, the Ozempic weight-loss drugs group.’

Henderson European Trust offers exposure to ASML, Novo Nordisk, German software group SAP and the French industrial automation company Schneider.

The trust’s shares stand at an 8 per cent discount to its net asset value (NAV), suggesting it could be a bargain way to follow Europe’s stars. Other best buy funds include Fidelity European. But if you are keen to back individual stocks, here are some shares that fund managers have in their sights.

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BEAUTY

The brands owned by the €214billion (£180billion) beauty colossus L’Oreal range from high-end Aesop and Lancome to the cheap and cheerful Maybelline and Cerave, which is a hit among Generation Z. Nicolas Hieronimus, L’Oreal’s chief executive, says this year’s growth in the global market for these and other brands may be 4.5 to 5 per cent, rather than 5 per cent, as earlier forecast.

But this would be due not to France’s summer of unrest, but to a slowdown in China.

Shares are down by 8.4 per cent this year to €412.60. But analysts are upbeat: the average target price is €450, but one optimist argues they could hit €526.

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Bollore Group, a €15.5billion (£13billion) family-controlled French conglomerate is described by Joe Bauernfreund, manager of the AVI Global trust, as ‘one of Europe’s last byzantine corporate structures’.

Among its varied shareholdings are Universal Music and Vivendi, owner of the Canal+ TV channel and the Havas advertising agency. Bauernfreund will be adding to the trust’s stake in Bollore, arguing that ‘political instability has provided an opportunity’.

LUXURY

LVMH, the French giant behind such brands as Tiffany and Louis Vuitton, will be in the spotlight as a main sponsor of the Olympics.

But its shares have fallen 16 per cent in a year, amid weakening demand for bags and baubles.

This could be a good moment to take a closer look at L’Oreal, or so argues Gerrit Smit, manager of the Stonehage Fleming Global Best Ideas Equity fund.

He contends that this is not a domestic enterprise, but a truly global operator.

Smit makes the same case for Essilor Luxottica, which is the worldwide leader in the glasses and sunglasses sector, thanks to its Oliver Peoples, Persol and Ray-Ban brands.

TECHNOLOGY

ASML shares have surged by more than 50 per cent to €1002 over the past 12 months propelled by excitement over generative AI (artificial intelligence).

But analysts are continuing to rate the company as a buy, with some analysts targeting a price of €1,302.

Smit says that the €386billion (£324billion) group is set to be a beneficiary of the onshoring of semiconductor capacity to the West, and, specifically, to the US.

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Hamlet’s home from home: Shakespeare was inspired by this Danish castle – and you will be, too

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To be or not to be a pushy parent. That is the question, or one of them at least, that faces anyone who embarks on the epic project of having children – and, when it comes to Shakespeare, I am nothing if not pushy.

My son Nicholas, who is ten, had iambic pentameters thrust upon him from birth. I recall crooning: ‘O mistress mine, where are you roaming?’ from Twelfth Night over his cot. It helped to get him off to sleep.

To my delight, Nicholas is a fan of Macbeth (the graphic novel version). And when I proposed a visit to Kronborg Castle, the basis for Elsinore Castle, in Hamlet – in tribute to the 75th anniversary of Laurence Olivier winning the best picture Oscar for his film adaptation of the play – he was keen.

Centre stage: Thomas W. Hodgkinson visits Kronborg Castle, the world-famous setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet

Centre stage: Thomas W. Hodgkinson visits Kronborg Castle, the world-famous setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet

The castle is located in Helsingor, Denmark, and has 'pointy turrets and cannons galore'

 The castle is located in Helsingor, Denmark, and has ‘pointy turrets and cannons galore’ 

The castle, in Helsingor, on the north-east corner of Denmark 45 minutes from Copenhagen, is as castle-like as you could wish. It has limestone walls, pointy turrets and cannons galore.

Guide Louise tells us that the Bard never visited the castle, but he knew actors who did. They went there to perform, like the actors who turn up in the play and carry out the Murder of Gonzago at Hamlet’s request, with the aim of smoking out his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet’s dad, married his mum and stolen his crown.

Ample reason for revenge, you might think. But, instead, Hamlet mooches about delivering soliloquies on the meaning of life and death. The iconic image is of the prince staring at a skull as he broods on his own mortality. Which is why Nicholas and I have brought a lifesize replica of a skull as a prop.

Helsingor is a 'fine example of a Danish medieval town, with cobbled streets, a beautiful Carmelite Priory, and a great Maritime Museum', writes Thomas

Helsingor is a ‘fine example of a Danish medieval town, with cobbled streets, a beautiful Carmelite Priory, and a great Maritime Museum’, writes Thomas

We whip it out and strike poses on the battlements, where the ghost appears in the opening scene. We explore the ornate chapel, where Hamlet almost kills his uncle. Ditto the great hall, where drums rolled and trumpets blasted whenever King Frederick II made a speech during drinking binges.

For those less devoted to the Bard, Helsingor offers more. It’s a fine example of a Danish medieval town, with cobbled streets, a beautiful Carmelite Priory, and a great Maritime Museum.

There is a 200-year-old tradition of performing Shakespeare in the grounds of the castle. If you want to see it, come in early August and see Hamlet in the most atmospheric situation imaginable.

Kronborg Castle is just 45 minutes from Copenhagen, Denmark's cool capital

Kronborg Castle is just 45 minutes from Copenhagen, Denmark’s cool capital 

Thomas bases himself at Hotel Alexandra in Copenhagen, near to the Tivoli Gardens (pictured)

Thomas bases himself at Hotel Alexandra in Copenhagen, near to the Tivoli Gardens (pictured) 

We reach the castle as part of the Grand Day Trip laid on by Hamlet Tours. This takes in another castle, a Viking ship museum and the cathedral at Roskilde, which houses the body of King Harald Bluetooth (the technology was named after the dentally challenged Viking).

Afterwards, Nicholas and I collapse in the stylish comfort of the Hotel Alexandra in Copenhagen. One benefit is how close it is to Tivoli Gardens.

This is his reward for the Shakespeare overdose: hours of drop towers, rollercoasters and video arcades. We develop a technique for dealing with terrifying rides: we close our eyes and shout lines from Hamlet.

No fun for our neighbours, of course. But, remember, it’s the anniversary of that Oscar. I’m sure Olivier would have been delighted.

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Thomas and Nicholas stayed at the Hotel Alexandra, where deluxe rooms start from £201 (hotelalexandra.dk). The Grand Day Trip with Hamlet Tours costs £125 pp and takes in Roskilde Cathedral, the Viking Ship Museum, Frederiksborg Castle and Kronborg Castle (hamlettours.com). Open-air performances of Hamlet are at Kronborg Castle on August 7 to 10 (hamletscenen.dk).

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Man, 35, shocks the world by transforming into a ‘black alien’ and throwing away his good looks

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When Anthony Loffredo walks on the side walk, people gasp, cross the road or stop and stare. Uber drivers turn him away. Restaurants refuse to serve him. 

He can’t secure an interview — never mind a job — and it took him a year before the Mexican government issued him an ID card.

This is because the 35-year-old has traded in his former life as a ‘very sexy guy’ who bounced for nightclubs to chase his extreme goal of becoming a ‘black alien’.

He has had his nose amputated, ears cut off, eyeballs and skin tattooed black, tongue sliced in two, teeth shaven and two of his fingers removed. He also has demonic symbols burned into his flesh and horns implanted underneath his skin.

Anthony Loffredo, from France, before his transformation

And in August 2023 after countless procedures to turn him into a real-life alien

Anthony Loffredo, from France, has dedicated his life to transforming his handsome appearance into that of a black alien (shown right in August 2023)

Mr Loffredo is pictured above before his transformation (left) and after countless surgeries. He is part of the extreme body modifications community

Mr Loffredo is pictured above before his transformation (left) and after countless surgeries. He is part of the extreme body modifications community

Mr Loffredo, who is originally from France, says he has now had more surgeries than he can remember.  

But he says he is only 65 percent of the way there. He also has plans to cut off one of his legs and replace it with a biomechanical one.

He embarked on his journey at the age of 26, after deciding he wasn’t happy with his appearance — and wanting to get surgeries to look like his real self.

‘Yes, [I was] happy, but not in the right body,’ he revealed to the UK’s Channel 4 in an episode aired last year. ‘It [wasn’t] my body, my real body.’

Speaking on Club 113 podcast, he added — in Spanish: ‘I started this project because it is something that really draws my attention.

‘I’m fascinated, it fascinates me — everything, the human body.

‘[My look is inspired by] a bit of everything, because no one knows what is out there.’

He began his transformation without telling his parents, with the pair initially shocked by the shift — although they later supported him.

He added: ‘I went to their house on Christmas day, the first 15 minutes they looked at me in a weird way, but ok, then, all good.

‘It’s likely they were a bit sad, but since I was little my mom always allowed me to do whatever I wanted.’ 

The shocked reactions many have had, however, haven’t stopped him from finding love.

Last December, it was revealed that he was dating the model and tattoo enthusiast Melina Shakur.

Mr Loffredo has had countless procedures including cutting off his nose and ears and two of his fingers (shown above)

Mr Loffredo has had countless procedures including cutting off his nose and ears and two of his fingers (shown above)

He shared this above image of himself, also revealing the implants in his arms. He was planning to get one of his legs amputated, but that has now been put on hold

He shared this above image of himself, also revealing the implants in his arms. He was planning to get one of his legs amputated, but that has now been put on hold

He is pictured above before the procedures

He used to work as a security guard for a night club, before deciding at the age of 26 that he wanted to get the surgeries

He is pictured above before the procedures. He used to work as a security guard for a night club, before deciding at the age of 26 that he wanted to get the surgeries

Mr Loffredo is pictured above before and after his transformation

Mr Loffredo is pictured above before and after his transformation

Mr Loffredo is pictured above before and after his transformation

The two revealed their relationship in a video posted online, which Mr Loffredo revealed with the caption saying she was his ‘girlfriend’.

They have since posted explicit videos of themselves kissing with their forked tongues on show.

Mr Loffredo is part of the extreme body modifications community, or those who have voluntary and unconventional alterations with little social acceptance.

These often require specialized surgery and may be irreversible, with Mr Loffredo having to travel to other country’s to get them — because they are illegal at home.

They involve receiving general anesthesia in shady underground clinics and tattoo shops. 

Other famous members of the community include the transgender Dragon lady Tiamat Legion Medusa.

The Texan  made international headlines in 2019 after receiving hundreds of body mods to become a genderless reptile.

In another case, Tom Leppard from Scotland had spots tattooed over 99.2 percent of his body so that he looked like a leopard. He died in 2016 at the age of 80 years.

He shared this picture online in January with the caption, 'Same, full black'

He shared this picture online in January with the caption, ‘Same, full black’

Mr Loffredo said he has stopped getting more procedures because the project had lost all meaning and as he now wanted to do something else

Mr Loffredo said he has stopped getting more procedures because the project had lost all meaning and as he now wanted to do something else

Mr Loffredo said he has stopped getting more procedures because the project had lost all meaning and as he now wanted to do something else

Mr Loffreddo is pictured above during the procedure to have his fingers removed. It was not carried out by doctors in a medical facility.

Mr Loffreddo is pictured above during the procedure to have his fingers removed. It was not carried out by doctors in a medical facility.

But the black alien may now be having doubts about his transformation. 

The latest part of the alien modifications — the leg amputation — appears to have been delayed since he entered the relationship. 

He revealed in January that he didn’t want to get further procedures, saying he did not regret the changes but that now he wanted to do something new.

‘Right now, I am going to focus on something real,’ he said in Spanish, ‘not more on how to live life’.

In a post in February on Instagram, he wrote the caption: ‘Sometimes, dreams can’t come true — so we start using photo editing.’

And in another post from April, he said: ‘I transformed myself into a rare and ugly creature, but I enjoyed it.’ 

The couple last posted a video together in May this year, where it appeared that they were discussing having some of his tattoos removed. 

The first procedure he got was to receive a forked tongue, before it was followed with dozens of other operations.

These have also included implants into his arms and head, dying his teeth blue and making incisions into his face.

He reveals his transformation online regularly, with his account on Instagram alone having 1.3million followers.

His decision to stop the procedures has coincided with him starting to date tattoo-enthusiast Melina Shakur

His decision to stop the procedures has coincided with him starting to date tattoo-enthusiast Melina Shakur 

Theories online suggest that Melina, pictured above with him, may have had a role in halting the black alien project

Theories online suggest that Melina, pictured above with him, may have had a role in halting the black alien project

Many of his videos are hit with negative comments including those saying he has a ‘mental illness’, ‘childhood trauma’ or saying ‘dude, no one is a fan’.

But, through it all, he says his parents have continued to stick by him — although they were a little shocked with his initial transformation.

His mother speaks to him almost every day, he told Channel 4 last year, but his father has now died from cancer.

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Jalen Brunson agrees $156M, four-year extension with Knicks and potentially misses out on $113M

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Knicks star Jalen Brunson has agreed to a four-year, $156.5million contract extension with the team, potentially missing out on max deal as a free agent next season. 

The 27-year-old point guard’s new deal will begin in 2025-26, according to ESPN, and includes a player option after the third season, when Brunson will be 31. 

Brunson, who was named an All-Star for the first time in his career this past season, signed a four-year, $104M contract with New York back in 2022. 

He could have inked a five-year deal worth about $270M with the team, or another franchise, had he waited to be eligible for a five-year, max contract projected to be worth $269M.

Brunson’s extension doesn’t come off as a surprise, however, given both his ties and status on the team, as well as his popularity among the Knicks fan base.

Jalen Brunson has agreed to fresh terms with the Knicks, playing in New York until 2029-30

 Jalen Brunson has agreed to fresh terms with the Knicks, playing in New York until 2029-30 

Brunson’s father, Rick, is an assistant on Tom Thibodeau’s coaching staff, while longtime family friend Leon Rose serves as team president. 

Brunson also three of his college buddies – Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVicenzo, and Josh Hart – from Villanova, where they won a NCAA Championship, in the Knicks’ rotation.

That decision will help the Knicks stay below the salary cap’s “second apron” in 2025-26, giving them more flexibility to pay the rest of their core players. But Brunson is again eligible to sign a new max extension in 2028, his 10th year of service, that would recoup most of the $113 million he is giving up for now. 

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Democrat insider says ‘we are in hell’ as Obama and Clintons’ inner circles plot to replace Biden

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The rebellion against Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy is growing and now Bill and Hillary Clinton are joining the behind-the-scenes plotting with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.

Well-connected aides for Obama and the Clintons are commissioning polls and lobbying Democratic donors to hold onto their dollars in an effort to pressure Biden out of the competition.

But the president’s allies are fighting back, joining their boss in digging in their heels about staying in the competition. Biden, his White House and his re-election team have said repeatedly he is in the race to stay.

The coup , however, is born out of concern that Biden, after his disastrous debate performance, can’t beat Donald Trump in November. But it has it roots in the decades-long simmering resentments between Obama, the Clintons and Biden.

They have long, interconnected ties among one another – they’ve shared staffers, passed legislation and campaigned for one another but they’re also longtime competitors who take turns getting annoyed at the attention and credit the other receives.

As Biden digs in his heels and the whispers against him grow, the interparty fighting shows no signs of stopping with plots and twists coming in at machiavellian levels.

It’s a question of how long it can continue before the whole thing implodes.  

‘Something’s got to give, because we’re in hell right now,’ said Democratic strategist Jim Manley, a well-connected former staffer who knows all the players in this modern Shakespearean drama. 

Joe Biden said the only way he would drop out of the presidential race is if his staff told him 'there's no way you can win'

Joe Biden said the only way he would drop out of the presidential race is if his staff told him ‘there’s no way you can win’

Biden has made it clear he’s in the race to stay.

At his press conference on Thursday evening he said the only way he would drop out is if his staff told him ‘there’s no way you can win.’ 

The rebellion has focused on showing him just that, plotting to use poll numbers and money pressures to force him out.  

Obama’s former campaign manager David Axelrod has long been skeptical of Biden’s chances of winning a second term. 

The debate – where Biden fumbled for words and stared into the camera – was a breaking point for many who worried the president would never recover from the damage. 

‘If what he said at the end of his presser is true, it sounds like Biden’s team has not been very candid with him about what the data is showing: the age issue is a huge and potentially insurmountable concern and his odds of victory are very, very slim,’ Axelrod wrote on X after Biden’s press conference.

The rebellion is a ‘growing’ network of ‘ruthless’ aides, Axios reported, calling it the ‘unofficial Committee to Unelect the President.’

The aides have worked for Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton – using their combined experience and rolodexes to rally party members against Biden. 

‘The Super Friends are assembling,’ a House Democrat told Politico. 

‘There’s a group of people who are going to go make their case to whomever they can get to at the White House that he needs to step aside and we’re going to get our asses kicked if he doesn’t.’ 

Democrats are growing more and more terrified that not only Biden will cost them the White House, he will drag down his fellow candidates, handing Republicans control of the House and Senate too.

Additionally, some major Democratic donors have told Future Forward – the largest pro-Biden super PAC – that roughly $90 million in pledged donations are on hold as long as Biden remains on top of the presidential tickets, the New York Times reported.

Biden’s re-election team, however, argues there is a path to victory in what they are calling the blue wall: Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

And, they argue, if they can make it through the past two weeks they can make it through anything.  

‘If we can get through these two weeks that we’re living through, we can get through anything,’ Biden campaign chair Jen O’Malley Dillon told staffers on call Thursday per Axios.

‘What you are seeing in the public polling in the last couple days is what we are seeing in our polls. What we are seeing is that this is still a margin of error race,’ she said.  

And former Obama aide Tommy Vietor called the reports of a coup ‘totally inaccurate’ and ‘a little crazy.’

‘Someone is pushing around a conspiracy theory that there’s a coordinated effort by former Obama staff to push out Biden. It is totally inaccurate (and a little crazy),’ he wrote on X.

Barack Obama is said to be one of the Democratic elders plotting to get Biden out of the race

Barack Obama is said to be one of the Democratic elders plotting to get Biden out of the race

Bill and Hillary Clinton aides are said to be joining the rebellion against Biden

Bill and Hillary Clinton aides are said to be joining the rebellion against Biden

But the chatter continues that the best decision for the Democratic Party is having someone other than Joe Biden at the top of the ticket. 

With Biden stubbornly staying in the race – backed by family members Jill, Hunter and Valerie – the only way to get him out may the combined of pressure of the donors whose money keeps the party in play and an intervention by the party elders: Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

If Biden can be convinced his candidacy would destroy Democrats on Capitol Hill and hand Trump unlimited power, he may step aside.

But Hillary Clinton and Obama may not be the right messengers to make that point. 

Biden, Obama and Clinton have long been competitive – they all ran against one another for the 2008 Democratic nomination that Obama eventually won.

Publicly they would all stand together, as Obama and both Clintons stood behind Biden after his debate debacle.

Privately it is a different story. 

Biden is said to still harbor anger at the duo over the 2016 election. Obama talked him out of running that cycle, clearing the path for Clinton, who lost to Trump.

Meanwhile, Obama is said to be frustrated that Biden has passed legislation he could not – such as the infrastructure act – and Clinton is resentful that Biden beat Trump. 

But all of them remain concerned about Biden’s low poll numbers. Trump has been in the led of the race for months and Biden’s debate performance didn’t help seal confidence in his candidacy.

The rebellion is ‘a little bit of score settling, but I think for a majority, they truly believe that Donald Trump poses an existential threat, and that’s something’s got to change,’ Manly said.

The best chance to talk Biden out of running could be Schumer and Pelosi. If they can convince Biden their lawmakers are worried that – with him leading the party they will lose re-election – it could cause the president to have second thoughts.

Nancy Pelosi, seen above with Barack Obama and Joe Biden at the White House in 2022, is one of the few people who could tell Biden to step down

Nancy Pelosi, seen above with Barack Obama and Joe Biden at the White House in 2022, is one of the few people who could tell Biden to step down

Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Barack Obama in April 2007 when they were all running for the 2008 presidential nomination

Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Barack Obama in April 2007 when they were all running for the 2008 presidential nomination

Pelosi has been at the center of the story for a while. 

She is the one that lawmakers have gone to with their worries about the president. And she has a strong relationship with Biden, strong enough she could deliver the death blow.

Plus she has the cojones to tell him to step down. 

‘She’s the f***ing power-broker. She’s the hatchet,’ a Democratic lawmaker told Axios of the former speaker.

Already Pelosi has publicly urged Biden to rethink he stance about staying in the race. 

‘It’s up to the president to decide if he is going to run. We’re all encouraging him to make that decision. Because time is running short,’ she said on Morning Joe on Wednesday.

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