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Pops, screams and then blood: On the scene at the Trump rally shooting

What Went Wrong in the Republican-Platform Process

It was a radical break with the rules and procedures followed by the GOP for many decades.

Trump Isn’t Even Pretending Anymore

He used to talk about taking on corporate power. Now he’s openly pandering to plutocrats—and polling more strongly than ever.

Trump rally shooting was assassination attempt on ex-president, FBI says

Trump Supporters Gather at Trump Tower: ‘I’m Going to Be Here All Night’

Even hours after the shooting, some supporters gathered outside the Manhattan building, seeking solace among the shaken.

Did the Israelis Take Out Hamas' #2 in Gaza? UPDATE: Netanyahu Presser Announced

J.D. Vance Would Be a Weak Running Mate

The case for picking the junior senator from Ohio for the national ticket is puzzlingly shallow.

Siberia: Russia’s Neglected Heartland

A wiser Russian leadership could transform Siberia from a region known for penal colonies and poverty into one of prosperity and connectivity.

Margins of Error

Look closely at almost anything and you'll find data—lots of it. But what are those numbers really saying about who we are and what we believe? Harry Enten is on a mission to find out.

Biden seen leaving church minutes after Trump shooting

President Biden was seen leaving Catholic Mass in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, just minutes after former President Donald Trump faced an assassination attempt.

Only Trump Can Beat the Regime's Lies

President Trump's bombastic rhetoric is uniquely suited to unmasking the machinations of the group quota regime.

Retired doctor describes treating gunshot wound of ‘ashen’ victim

Death by 1,000 Snubs

The lack of enthusiasm Democratic officials in Michigan are projecting for Biden is a signal that the state apparatus may soon exhibit a similar lethargy.

Trump has not been denied extra security, Secret Service says

Unscripted and Unbowed, Biden Seeks to Overcome Missteps With Policy Talk

The challenge for President Biden after last month’s debate debacle is that every public appearance between now and November will be scrutinized for evidence of infirmity.

Politics of the Day

Politics of the Day

How Kyrsten Sinema's decision makes Democrats' 2024 Senate map tighter

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema decided to shake up the political world on Friday by becoming an independent. The former Democrat is still caucusing with the party in the Senate, so the Democratic caucus still has 51 members. Now, instead of 49 Democr…

The Democrats’ Prisoner’s-Dilemma Moment

Everyone is unhappy with the unresolved questions around Joe Biden’s candidacy. No one can decide what to do about it.

Did Someone Just Try to Assassinate Donald Trump?

A Terrible New Era of Political Violence in America

Donald Trump was bloody but “safe” after a shooting at a rally in Pennsylvania, his campaign said.

Survey: MDs Support Expanding Assisted Suicide Beyond the Terminally Ill

This survey should terrify anyone who believes in Hippocratic medical values.

What We Know So Far About the Peaceful But Fiery Assassination Attempt on Trump Today

A Lot of Democrats Will Go Down With Biden

There's little reason to believe congressional candidates would survive a presidential wipeout.

Trump Is Planning for a Landslide Win

And his campaign is all but praying Joe Biden doesn’t drop out.

Trump: I Was Shot in Ear, Rallygoer, Shooter Dead, Another Badly Injured

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's full statement on Truth Social around 2 1/2 hours after the 6:15 p.m. ET shooting at his Butler, Pennsylvania, campaign rally Saturday night.

What Biden's News Conference Did, and Didn't, Clear Up

The presser went fine. But the Democratic defections continued.

A Conversation with Boaz Bismuth

The Knesset member speaks about his moving address to the European Parliament in which he highlighted the double standards that the international community places on Jews and Israelis.

Pennsylvania Trump rally attendee speaks on 'extremely lax' security measures after assassination attempt

An eyewitness from the rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, spoke out about the "extremely lax security" measures at former President Trump's rally following an assassination attempt.

Trump Leaves Hospital Following Assassination Attempt

Former President Donald Trump is out of the hospital following an apparent attempted assassination on his life at a Pennsylvania rally Saturday.

Big Lies Abound

From Tehran to the American campus to a Manhattan courtroom.

Democrats Fear Safe Blue States Turning Purple as Biden Stays the Course

Lingering worries about President Biden’s age could make Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Virginia competitive, party operatives believe.

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

Go beyond the soundbites and get to know some of the most interesting players in politics.

The fine print of the Respect for Marriage Act

Let's start with the positive: Republicans and Democrats are coming together to protect same-sex marriage from the Supreme Court.

Why Jon Stewart Isn't Worried About Censorship

"The First Amendment Is Out of Control." That headline in a recent column in the New York Times warned Americans of a menace lurking around them and threatening their livelihoods and very lives. That menace is free speech and the media and academi…

The notable legal clouds that continue to hang over Donald Trump

All eyes are on former President Donald Trump, who has launched another White House bid.

Witnesses: Secret Service 'Blew' Shooter's 'Head Off'

Secret Service agents took out the gunman who opened fire at former President Donald Trump's rally in Butler, Pennsylvania by shooting him in the head, witnesses are saying.

A Rambling Man

‘Even in his prime, Biden was a rambler.’

American Farmers Are Pretty Happy With That SCOTUS Fish Decision

An Attempt to Kill an Ex-President, Caught in Real Time, Stuns the Country

The shooting targeting Donald J. Trump was the first of its kind in the era of social media, and was followed by a flood of striking images, rich eyewitness accounts and furious, fearful reaction.

Does Trump Face Legal Risks Just for Attending the Convention?

Rep. Meuser: Gunshots Spark Panic, Mayhem at Trump Rally

Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pa., recounted a harrowing experience of "panic" and "mayhem" at former President Donald Trump's Saturday rally, where gunshots sent attendees into a frenzy, The Hill reported.

Inside Trump's rally: 'A this-changes-everything moment'

A shooter fired multiple rounds toward the stage at a Saturday campaign rally for former president Donald Trump. Federal officials are investigating the incident as an assassination attempt.

Photo Appears to Capture Path of Bullet Used in Assassination Attempt

Michael Harrigan, a retired F.B.I. special agent, said the image captured by Doug Mills, a New York Times photographer, seems to show a bullet streaking past former President Donald J. Trump.

CNN Political Briefing

The political news you need to know, in 10 minutes or less. Hosted by David Chalian.

Billionaire Bill Ackman Endorses Trump for President

Billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman endorsed Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race on Saturday. "I just endorsed him," Ackman posted on social media platform X after former President Trump was shot in the right ear during a campaign r…

British PM: 'Appalled' By Trump Shooting

British Prime Minister Keir Starmer took to X to condemn the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump.

‘No Poll Says That’: Biden Digs In as Democratic Fears Deepen

The president put on a competent showing at his pressure cooker of a news conference, but it remained in doubt if he could stem the bleeding of Democratic support.

Talking Philosophy with Bob Goodin

The case against retweets, what’s wrong with the War on Terror, equality in light of difference, and more.

Twelve Things That Caught My Eye: A Pro-Life Woman for President, Better Mental-Health Help for Children & More

Also: Just a little (6,500-mile) walk with Jesus, telling the truth about gender treatments, and the courage of refugee Paralympians.

Pelosi Grateful Trump's Safe After Rally Shooting

Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., expressed relief after apparent gunfire disrupted former President Trump's rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, emphasizing that "political violence of any kind has no place in our society."Pelosi, kno…

Two key states to see massive GOP voter registration operation

Heritage Action for America, a Washington, DC-based 501c4, is launching a major voter-registration push in Georgia and Arizona, seeking to give conservatives the 'edge' they lost by in 2020.

Trump rally assassination attempt witness says 'everybody hit ground,' were left 'stunned' following gunfire

An eyewitness shared the moment that "everybody hit the ground" during Saturday's possible assassination attempt at former President Trump's rally in Pennsylvania.

Is Kamala Harris Ready for Trump?

The vice president knows she’s auditioning.

RNC's Secret Service clash thrust back into spotlight after deadly Trump rally shooting

Security at the Republican National Convention could be back under scrutiny after an assassination attempt against former president Trump on Saturday night in Pennsylvania.

Democrats Turn to Their Deputy Leader

Even if Kamala Harris remains Joe Biden’s running mate and does not become the nominee, Democrats are realizing they need to improve her image.

Trump Injured in Assassination Attempt at Campaign Rally

Mr. Trump was declared “fine” by his campaign, and the gunman was killed by Secret Service snipers. The explosion of political violence further inflamed the campaign for the White House.

FBI names Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, as Trump rally shooting suspect

The suspect, Thomas Matthew Crooks of Bethel Park, Pa., is now dead. The FBI is investigating the Pennsylvania rally shooting as an assassination attempt.

Trump’s Remarkable Reaction

That literally a minute after being shot at Trump still had the instincts to rile up the crowd, projecting strength and defiance, is simply remarkable. 

Here’s What is Known About the Suspected Gunman Who Attempted to Assassinate Trump

Authorities identified the gunman as a 20-year-old man from Bethel Park, a town about an hour’s drive from the site of the shooting.

No, State Laws Haven’t Locked Biden Onto the Ballot

In a few weeks, however, his party’s own rules just might.

FBI: Criminals Are Perfecting 'Jugging'

Major Democrat demands Secret Service protection for RFK, Jr after suspected Trump assassination attempt

Democrat Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is demanding Secret Service protection for Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. following the assassination attempt against former President Trump.

'It's Over': Dem Panic Over 2024 Curdles Into Despair

C’mon, Man

Does Joe Biden really understand the stakes?

Biden Ads Pulled Down After Shooting

President Joe Biden's campaign said Saturday that it is pulling down its television ads in the wake of the shooting at former President Donald Trump's rally in Butler County, Pennsylvania.

Joe Biden’s Legislative Accomplishments as President Are Not What He Remembers

It’s hard to swallow his claim that he has produced some sort of unparalleled bonanza of major legislative accomplishments.

Final Countdown: Trump Veepstakes Clock Is Ticking

Former President Donald Trump has a momentous decision to make of his own: his 2024 running mate.

House Oversight Committee asks Secret Service chief to testify on Trump assassination attempt

House Oversight Chairman James Comer announced a hearing into the shooting at former President Trump's Pennsylvania rally that left Trump injured.

When Anti-Racism Training Becomes ‘Vexatious’ Abuse

On the anniversary of Richard Bilkszto’s suicide, a Quillette investigation explores how Ontario’s public school system was radicalised by ‘equity thought leaders’ such as Kike Ojo-Thompson.

Trump rally shooting: Heart-stopping footage shows audience members noticing gunman before shots fired

Chilling footage shows the moments before a gunman began firing shots at former President Trump's on Saturday. Eyewitnesses noticed the gunman before the first shots were fired.

New Brit Government to Permanently Ban Puberty Blockers

A Question of Legitimacy

The Rassemblement National was thwarted by a coalition of convenience, but it remains the party with the largest grip on French voters.

What If Kamala Harris Genuinely Doesn’t Want to Be the 2024 Nominee?

Notice that African Americans are the demographic least interested in seeing Joe Biden withdraw as the Democrats’ 2024 nominee, at least for now.

Amid the Mayhem, Trump Pumped His Fist and Revealed His Instincts

A bloodied Donald J. Trump made Secret Service agents wait while he expressed his defiance. The moment epitomized his visceral connection with his supporters, and his mastery of the modern media age.

Trump 'looks forward' to attending GOP convention despite assassination attempt

The Republican National Committee and Trump campaign responded Saturday following a shooting at a Pennsylvania rally that injured former President Trump.

Destructive Ideas

Everything you need to know about Biden's student loan forgiveness program

President Joe Biden's federal student loan forgiveness program, which promises to deliver up to $20,000 of debt relief for millions of borrowers, is on hold indefinitely as legal challenges work their way through the courts.

My Cousin, el Periodista

A trip down memory lane with a Mexican-American journalist who went from captioning pin-ups at his father’s tabloid as a teenager to leading Univision’s online operations.


Coolidge Had the Right Recipe for National Success

In the midst of this tumultuous and frightening election year, it’s worth looking back a century to the election of 1924, handily won by Calvin…

Harris Should Be Included But Not Anointed

There continues to be public discussions about the best path forward for the Democratic Party's presidential nominee.

The Trump National Convention

The Republicans’ gathering in Milwaukee next week will be simply this: a four-day fealty fest.

Live updates: FBI investigates Trump rally shooting as assassination attempt, names suspect

The suspected shooter, who was killed, was identified by the FBI as 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks. Former president Donald Trump said he was shot in the ear.

Back on February 24th, Bob Costas said Biden needed to step down, and recent events only confirm his opinion. "What could be seen for years and years that he is in serious decline. Nobody should be President when they're 85 or 86, including the gh…

Meet the woman steering Biden's bipartisan winning streak on Capitol Hill

The Biden administration managed to rack up a long list of major legislative wins in its first two years despite facing one of the most closely-divided Congresses in history. From bipartisan action on infrastructure, gun safety and same-sex marria…

Mi primo, el periodista

Un viaje por el camino de los recuerdos con un periodista mexicano-americano que pasó de escribir pies de foto para imágenes de pin-ups en un tabloide, en su adolescencia, a dirigir las operaciones digitales de Univisión.

Trump campaign, RNC to 'proceed with our convention' in aftermath of rally shooting

The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee said the upcoming GOP convention will still take place despite a deadly shooting at the former president's Pennsylvania rally.

World leaders express shock and condemnation after Trump rally shooting

An Iconic Image

Trump, with his bloody fist raised in proud defiance, is going to become one of the most famous photographs in modern American political history.

Video shows suspected shooter’s firing position

Can Universities Tolerate Disagreement Again?

High-profile adoptions of institutional neutrality are a small step toward a more pluralistic academy.

Democrats Can Beat Trump With Someone Else

Despite his steadfast commitment to remain in the presidential race, President Biden will inevitably realize his candidacy is a lost cause or else face a mutiny from Democratic officeholders at all levels.

A Failure of Security and Democracy

Political violence reveals deep cultural dysfunction, and that dysfunction is what our leaders must address.

Biden spoke with Trump following shooting at Pennsylvania rally

President Biden spoke with former President Trump after a shooting at a Trump rally in Pennsylvania. Biden also spoke with Gov. Josh Shapiro and Butler Mayor Bob Dandoy.

It's Not the Debate or Dementia--Dems Losing Because of Policy

In the past few weeks, much airtime has been spent and ink spilled on President Joe Biden's debate debacle. Rightfully so, since Biden currently occupies the Oval Office and is asking voters for another four years. It also makes complete sense tha…

I Should HATE This, But I Don't

Making America British Again

The story of William Cobbett and the American Revolutionary culture wars.

Now Comes the Hard Part

The UK’s new Labour government enjoys a huge mandate, but it must contend with imposing challenges at home and abroad.

Obama Tries To Arrange His Fourth Term

No successful two-term president has ever sought to control his party after leaving office as forcefully and deviously as Barack Obama has.

Accused of being a "Partisan MAGA Media Personality" for talking about Biden stepping down, CNN's Michael Smerconish asks if the same holds true for David Axelrod, George Clooney, James Carville and George Stephanopoulos. "Don't blame me on Novemb…

Trump Bleeding, Rushed Off After Assassination Attempt; Shooter, Rallygoer Dead

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump campaign rally was interrupted by shots fired Saturday night around 6:15 p.m. ET in Butler, Pennsylvania.

Former President Donald Trump, the Republican Party's presumptive nominee in the 2024 presidential race, was injured in a shooting at a campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, on Saturday.

We Still Don’t Know What to Do With the Endless Stream of Trump Lies

It’s not just that he’s making things up, but that he’s distracting us from very real, very consequential problems.

Giuliani to Newsmax: Trump Proved He's the Leader 'We Want'

Former President Donald Trump proved on Saturday after an assassination attempt that he is the leader "we want," former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told Newsmax.

Abiding Legends

Richard Matheson, George R. Stewart, and the birth of the Calipocalypse.

Video Shows Suspect in Trump Shooting Lying Motionless on Nearby Rooftop

An audio analysis by The New York Times and an another expert suggested that eight shots had been fired by the gunman.

What to Know About the Assassination Attempt on Trump

The former president was holding a rally when he said he was shot in his ear. Two people, including the suspected gunman, were killed and two were critically injured.

Podcast #242: Life on Mars

Iona Italia talks to Robert Zubrin, who argues that Mars offers an extraordinary wealth of social and intellectual opportunities that would enrich humanity. And we can get there soon.

How Culture Got Stupid

'Despite the strange takeover of culture by tasteless scolds, I still believe there's nothing better than a story that grabs you and won't let go.' Kat Rosenfield joins The Free Press.

Biden’s Heartbreaking Press Conference

His pathos should not become America’s tragedy.

Art over Man: The Roger Waters Test Case

When we create art, we are our best selves, better than the selves we are outside of art.

How the deadly Trump rally shooting unfolded in Pennsylvania

Mayorkas denied 'repeated requests' for more Secret Service protection for Trump, GOP lawmaker says

The House Homeland Security Committee will look into accusations that former President Trump was denied additional Secret Service protections.

What My Colleagues Saw at the Trump Rally Shooting

The shocking twist in the election is another chapter in the nation’s history of political violence.

Photo Captures Bullet Whizzing Past Trump's Ear

A remarkable photo was posted to X purporting to show the bullet whizzing past the ear of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at his 6:15 p.m. ET shooting at his Butler, Pennsylvania, campaign rally Saturday night.

Trump allies immediately blame Biden, Democrats for their rhetoric

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Tex.) said his nephew was injured by a bullet that grazed his neck...

Trump Campaign, RNC Say Convention in Milwaukee Will 'Proceed'

Trump campaign, RNC say convention in Milwaukee will 'proceed' after rally shooting, Trump looks forward to joining.

What Happens to Your Ballot if Biden Drops Out?

'It's Over': Democrats Remain in Panic

As President Joe Biden's support continues to crumble, his party is reckoning with the possibility of a punishing defeat in November - a potential GOP wave that would not only elect former President Donald Trump but also sweep away Democrats from …