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U.S. President Joe Biden removes his sunglasses before speaking to members of the news media before boarding Marine One for travel to California from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 20, 2024.

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Biden’s $130 million momentum

Were President Joe Biden to win reelection this November, he’d be 86 years old when finishing his second term. That’s part of why a startling 86% of Americans tell pollsters he’s too old to serve again.

But 86 is only one Biden number of note. Another is 130 million. That’s the total number of dollars his campaign has raised to date after raking in $42 million in the month of January alone. In fact, Biden’s $130 million haul is the most any Democrat has ever raised to this point in a campaign. (Donald Trump ended 2023 with $66 million and hasn’t yet reported January totals. He also has a few legal bills to pay.)

That’s why, whatever his popularity numbers, despite the flood of recent stories about possible Democratic Party alternatives to Biden, and whatever embarrassments next week’s Michigan primary may hold in store for a president whose firm support for Israel has angered much of that state’s sizeable Arab-American population, Biden won’t be easy to beat.

It’s also another reason we hold to our view that the only presidential polling questions that really matter are: Will you vote? Who will you vote for?

US House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson holds a press conference at Capitol Hill in Washington, on Feb. 14, 2024.

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House launches bipartisan AI task force

US House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday announced the formation of a bipartisan 24-member task force charged with studying the actions Congress will need to take to both protect consumers and foster innovation.
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A gavel in a court room.

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Legal limbo: Canada, US behind on judicial appointments

A court in Canada has ordered the Trudeau government to appoint more judges. The move comes after the Supreme Court warned the Liberals last year that vacancies were affecting the course of justice. Justice Henry Brown, a federal court judge, said the government has “failed all those who rely on them for the timely exercise of their powers in relation to filling these vacancies.”
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A "Help Wanted" sign hangs in a restaurant window.

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Jobs are up, but Biden and Trudeau still risk losing theirs

January was an encouraging month for job growth in the US and Canada. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 353,000 new jobs stateside with unemployment holding steady at 3.7%. Meanwhile, Statistics Canada says jobs were up by 37,000 during the same period and unemployment was down to 5.7% – a modest drop of 0.1%. Both countries exceeded expectations.

You might think better-than-expected economic news would herald brighter fortunes for President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, but you would almost certainly be wrong. Both men’s polling numbers are nowhere near where they’d like them to be.

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Jess Frampton

Car thieves hit the gas. Drivers foot the bill.

Auto thefts, including carjackings, are up in the United States and Canada. Politicians are noticing – and so are insurance companies. Last week, Ottawa went as far as to convene a national summit dedicated to the problem, and the criminal trend has grabbed headlines in both countries, tracking the many locations where vehicles end up, from Malta to Mexico to Ghana.

The jump in stolen vehicles on both sides of the border has some concerned about a return to the bad old days. In 1991, there were 659 car thefts for every 100,000 people in the US. In 2022, there were 283 – much lower than in the 90s but the most since 2008 and an increase of 10% from 2021. More than a million vehicles were pinched, and Kias and Hyundais have been particularly hard hit, with a leap of 1,000% since 2020.

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Why Republicans hold Biden accountable for border problems
Why Republicans hold Biden accountable for border problems | GZERO World

Why Republicans hold Biden accountable for border problems

President Truman famously had a sign on his Oval Office desk that read: "The buck stops here." Indiana Republican Congresswoman Victoria Spartz believes that truth holds when it comes to President Biden and US immigration dysfunction as well.

"I will lay responsibility on President Biden because he is in charge," Spartz tells Ian Bremmer in an interview for GZERO World. "He's a top executive president. Trump is campaigning to be president, so I'll judge him if he is a president, I think he will likely might be."

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If Ukraine loses, US troops could be fighting Russians, warns Rep. Zoe Lofgren
If Ukraine loses, US troops could be fighting Russians, warns Rep. Zoe Lofgren | GZERO World

If Ukraine loses, US troops could be fighting Russians, warns Rep. Zoe Lofgren

It's a reality that many still find hard to imagine: American troops fighting Russian troops in Europe. But according to California Congresswoman and Immigration subcommittee member Zoe Lofgren, it's a reality we may be facing if we don't continue to support Ukraine.

"Just a short time ago I talked to a Republican House member, and we discussed the lack of Ukraine funding and agreed that if we don't do something that Russia will be emboldened" Lofgren tells Ian Bremmer in the latest episode of GZERO World. "And ultimately we will have American troops fighting Russian troops in Europe. That's pretty dire. We all see it. And yet we're not getting the funding necessary. They're running out of ammunition."
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President Joe Biden walks across the stage to sign an executive order about artificial intelligence at the White House on Oct. 30, 2023.

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Biden preaches AI safety

The Biden administration has created a new body to tackle the threats of AI: the US AI Safety Institute Consortium. The group of 200 AI “stakeholders” led by the Commerce Department and the National Institute of Standards and Technology is tasked with the “development and deployment of safe and trustworthy artificial intelligence.” The group will advise on many of the priorities of Biden’s October 2023 executive order on AI, on matters including “red-teaming, capability evaluations, risk management, safety and security, and watermarking synthetic content.”
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