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Biden and Trump both betting debates will make the other look bad
Trump and Biden debate plans aim to shape voter impressions | US Politics

Biden and Trump both betting debates will make the other look bad

Jon Lieber, Eurasia Group's head of research and managing director for the firm's coverage of United States political and policy developments, shares his perspective on US politics from Washington, DC.

What we're watching in US Politics this week? The big story is the debates.

The debate about the debates was going to be a prolonged affair given some uncertainty about either candidate's desire to face off against each other. And while earlier in this week it looked possible that the US might not have any presidential debates the first time in recent memory. Instead, now we know we're going to have at least two, one in June and one in September.

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Former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden.

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The one good reason to watch the Biden-Trump debates

Well, if they want a geriatric cockfight then we, as a nation, shall have one.

After months of circling each other, Joe Biden and Donald Trump abruptly agreed this week to face off in not one, but two televised presidential debates. The first will be in late June, the second in mid-September.

Trump had been taunting low-profile Joe for weeks, holding rallies with an empty podium at his side, accusing the gaffe-prone commander in chief of ducking him.

But Biden suddenly flipped the script, coming out swinging on social media with the Dirty Harry dare (“make my day, pal”) and a “sick burn” about hearing Trump was “available on Wednesdays” — the one weekday when the former president’s hush money criminal trial isn’t in session.

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Israel-Gaza situation has Biden facing bipartisan criticism
Israel-Gaza situation has Biden facing bipartisan criticism | Ian Bremmer | Quick Take

Israel-Gaza situation has Biden facing bipartisan criticism

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take: Hi, everybody. Ian Bremmer here and a Quick Take to kick off your week.

Of course, the Middle East is leading our concerns and the headlines right now. There is no deal despite Bill Burns, the most respected senior interlocutor the United States has to offer, director of the CIA, making a last-ditch effort last week in the region, including Israel, to try to get everyone to agree to a short-term cease-fire, in return for significant numbers of hostages being released. Did not happen. Lots of reasons for that. One is because it's hard to talk with Hamas, engage with Hamas. It is a terrorist organization. A lot of people refuse to negotiate with terrorists. And also because, by the time you get a message through to the leadership, it takes usually a minimum of a week, sometimes two, and things change quickly.

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What's next after MTG fails in bid to oust House Speaker Mike Johnson
Implications for US House as GOP fails to oust Speaker Johnson | GZERO US Politics

What's next after MTG fails in bid to oust House Speaker Mike Johnson

Jon Lieber, head of Eurasia Group's coverage of political and policy developments in Washington, DC, shares his perspective on US politics.

This is what we're watching in US Politics this week: More turmoil in the House.

Georgia member Marjorie Taylor Greene, who's made quite a name for herself as an outspoken opponent of Republican leadership and a prolific fundraiser online, this week triggered another motion to vacate the speaker. The second this year. Only this time it was against Mike Johnson, the speaker who replaced Kevin McCarthy after he was removed during a motion to vacate earlier in the year.

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Why the US-China relationship is more stable than you might think
Why the US-China relationship is more stable than you might think | Ian Bremmer | Quick Take

Why the US-China relationship is more stable than you might think

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take: Hi everybody. Ian Bremmer here and a Quick Take to kick off your week. US Secretary of State Tony Blinken in the Middle East right now. But he just came from China, Beijing and Shanghai, and the US-China relationship is what I'm thinking about. Want to give you a state of play.

It continues to be better managed and more stable than we've seen in a long time. Now, not clear that would necessarily be the case, given the number of issues and places where we have friction between these two countries. Just over the course of the last couple weeks, you've got President Biden, putting new tariffs on Chinese steel, opening a new investigation into Chinese shipbuilding. You've got this anti TikTok policy that's coming down from US Congress. You've got $2 billion in additional military aid for Taiwan from the United States. You've also got lots of criticism from the Americans on ongoing Chinese support, dual use technologies for the Russians, allowing them to better fight the war in Ukraine.

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Ian Explains: Who does China and Russia want to win the US election, Biden or Trump?
Ian Explains: Who does China and Russia want to win the US election, Biden or Trump? | GZERO World

Ian Explains: Who does China and Russia want to win the US election, Biden or Trump?

What do America’s biggest adversaries have to gain–and lose–from the US presidential election in November? The 2024 Donald Trump vs Joe Biden rematch will be the first time in US history that candidates from both major parties have sat in the Oval Office. So Russia and China have a pretty good idea of what a second term from either candidate might look like, as well as a vested interest in manipulating the outcome in their favor, Ian Bremmer explains on GZERO World.

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Trump's NYC hush-money trial: What to watch for
Trump hush-money trial: What to watch out for | GZERO US Politics

Trump's NYC hush-money trial: What to watch for

Jon Lieber, head of Eurasia Group's coverage of political and policy developments in Washington, DC, shares his perspective on US politics.

This is what we are watching in US Politics this week: Trump's trials.

Former President Trump faces or faced six civil or criminal actions against him in 2024, an election year. Two of which, civil finds that he was already found liable for. He's had to pay significant sums of money. Two of which, a case in Georgia and one in Florida, are very unlikely to start in this year, and one of which could start later this summer, this federal trial against Trump for election interference in Washington, DC. The final trial is set to begin next week. A trial in Manhattan for business records frauds related to hush money payments he made to a woman he was having an affair with before the 2016 election.

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Israel-Hamas war: Who is responsible for Gaza's enormous civilian death toll?
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Israel-Hamas war: Who is responsible for Gaza's enormous civilian death toll?

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take: Hi everybody. Ian Bremmer here. And a quick take. I wanted to talk a little bit about the latest on the Israel War in Gaza. We've seen the last few days, we have had a lot of escalation, the potential for this war to continue to spill over well beyond Gaza, including potentially with Iran, which really nobody outside of the region wants to see. Most in the region really don't want to see it either, but certainly plausible. Also, a very tough call between Biden and Netanyahu just in the last few hours. This on the back of the Israeli Defense Forces strike killing seven members of aid workers for the World Central Kitchen. The very well-known organization. Their founder, chef Jose Andres, both kind of a folk hero in the United States across the political spectrum for Democrats and Republicans and the Israelis have immediately apologized and taken responsibility for the act.
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