Top House Democrats call for Biden to step aside in private meeting (2024)

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By Karah Rucker (Anchor), Brock Koller (Senior Producer), William Jackson (Producer), Zachary Hill (Video Editor)

President Joe Biden’s first broadcast interview following the debate leaves top House Democrats still seeking a change. And, Hurricane Beryl makes landfall in Texas, bringing dangerous winds and rain along the coast. These stories and more highlight The Morning Rundown for Monday, July 8, 2024.

Several House Democrats call for Biden to step aside during private meeting

President Joe Biden hoped his first broadcast interview since his poor debate performance would reassure his own party and establish a consensus that he is the best candidate to face former President Donald Trump in November’s election.

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However, following the interview, top Democratic members of the House are aligning in their belief that Biden should withdraw from the race.

House Democrats, convened by Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries in a virtual private meeting Sunday, July 7, discussed how to persuade the president to step aside as their party’s candidate, according to multiple attendees.

During the meeting, several ranking committee members expressed that Biden should end his campaign. Some of the attendees included were Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Joseph Morelle of New York, Adam Smith of Washington and Mark Takano of California.

Rep. Susan Wild, D-Penn., released a statement post-meeting, sharing her concerns about Biden’s electability, which she noted aligns with worries of Americans nationwide.

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Despite this, some Democratic lawmakers are standing by the president. Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., affirmed his support for Biden, and Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., praised him as “a visionary,” encouraging the party to persist with his candidacy.

.@POTUS is a visionary leader, and without him, our economy wouldn’t be the envy of the world.

He led the nation back from the pandemic, brokering once-in-a-generation deals when it didn’t seem possible, and delivering results beyond imagination.

Let’s keep it going.

— Rep. Richard Neal (@RepRichardNeal) July 7, 2024

In an ABC News interview on Friday, July 5, when Biden was questioned about Democratic leaders potentially asking him to step aside, he expressed confidence in his support within the party.

“If the Lord Almighty came down and said, ‘Joe, get out of the race,’ I’d get out of the race,” Biden said. “But that’s not going to happen.”

Also in the ABC interview, Biden was asked whether he would undergo an independent medical examination including cognitive tests. He responded that he faces a cognitive test with his duties as president every day. On Sunday, July 7, James Comer, the Republican chair of the House Oversight Committee, requested Biden’s personal physician testify about the president’s health.

Left-wing alliance wins most seats in French election, fails to secure majority

With just weeks to go until it hosts the Summer Olympics, France faced uncertainty Monday, July 8, after the second round of legislative elections ended Sunday, July 7, without any party winning an absolute majority, resulting in a hung parliament.

France's elections end up with no clear majority. This is what could happen next https://t.co/u106soZAEA

— The Associated Press (@AP) July 8, 2024

The left-wing alliance, called the New Popular Front, secured the most seats in the French Parliament. Formed just in June, the alliance won 182 seats. This was far short of the 289 needed for a majority in the 577-seat National Assembly.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist Ensemble alliance won 163 seats, while the far-right National Rally trailed with 143 seats. These results were unexpected, as the National Rally was anticipated to be the big winner following a strong performance in the previous round.

Macron, who plans to remain in office until 2027, called for these snap elections hoping to provide France with a “moment of clarity.” However, Macron has work cut out for him. His prime minister announced his resignation on July 8, but Macron rejected it, as the French president faces the challenge of governing with a deeply divided government.

Boeing to plead guilty to fraud after fatal 737 crashes

Boeing agreed late Sunday, July 7, to plead guilty to a criminal fraud conspiracy charge related to two deadly crashes involving its 737 Max jets. With the guilty plea, Boeing will be labeled a criminal felon, potentially jeopardizing the company’s ability to secure government contracts.

As part of the plea agreement with the Department of Justice, Boeing will pay an additional $243.6 million fine, on top of a previously paid $243 million fine.

Boeing has also agreed to invest at least $455 million in safety and compliance programs.

The plea deal comes after the DOJ found that Boeing violated a 2021 agreement to implement safety changes following the crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia in 2018 and 2019, which killed 346 people.

The plea deal still requires a judge’s approval. Families of the victims say they will ask the judge to reject the deal, as they prefer Boeing to face a trial and harsher penalties.

Beryl makes landfall as Category 1 hurricane

Hurricane Beryl made landfall as a Category 1 storm southwest of Houston, Texas, early Monday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. Beryl packed winds of 80 miles per hour, with even stronger gusts.

More than 80,000 Texans have already lost power.

As Beryl moves further inland across eastern Texas, it’s bringing heavy rain, storm surges, possible tornadoes and strong winds.

The area could see rainfall between 5 to 10 inches, with some spots possibly getting up to 15 inches.

Beryl is expected to quickly downgrade to a tropical storm and weaken further to a tropical depression by the time it reaches Arkansas on Tuesday, July 9.

Paramount, Skydance agree to merger creating new $28B company

Paramount Global and Skydance Media have reached an agreement to merge after months of negotiations, creating a new company valued at $28 billion.

Before the merger, Skydance Media will pay $2.4 billion in cash to acquire a controlling stake in Paramount, which includes Paramount Pictures, the broadcast network CBS, and cable networks like MTV and Nickelodeon.

This merger marks the end of an era for Paramount, a media giant that has been run by the Redstone family for decades.

David Ellison, the son of Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and founder of Skydance, will become the chairman and CEO of the new Paramount.

The agreement includes a 45-day period during which Paramount’s board can seek a better deal if possible.

NASA volunteers complete year-long Mars simulation

Four NASA volunteers completed a year-long Mars simulation at Houston’s Johnson Space Center, testing life on the Red Planet without leaving Earth.

Inside a 3D-printed 1,7000 square-foot habitat for 378 days, the crew tackled challenges like isolation,resource limits and even conducted simulated spacewalks mimicking what a real Mars mission would feel like.

CHAPEA's 4-person crew just exited their home after 378 days. ✅

They simulated a Mars mission to help assess health and performance in relation to Mars-realistic resource limitations in isolation and confinement. The door is officially open and the mission is complete. Congrats… pic.twitter.com/AbfaMrzw2n

— NASA's Johnson Space Center (@NASA_Johnson) July 6, 2024

The Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog (CHAPEA) project focused on sustainability and the role of nutrition in space travel.

NASA has announced plans for two more CHAPEA missions, the first of which is scheduled to start in the first half of 2025.

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[KARAH]

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: If you can be convinced that you cannot defeat Donald Trump, will you stand down?

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: (LAUGH)- It depends on– on if the Lord Almighty comes down and tells me that, I might do that.

PRESIDENT BIDEN’S FIRST BROADCAST INTERVIEW AFTER THE DEBATE LEAVES TOP DEMOCRATS STILL SEEKING A CHANGE

AND — HURRICANE BERYL MAKES LANDFALL IN TEXAS — BRINGING DANGEROUS WINDS AND RAINS ALONG THE COAST

THE MORNING RUNDOWN STARTS NOW.

TODAY IS MONDAY, JULY 8TH

THANK YOUFOR JOINING US.

I’M KARAH RUCKER.

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN HOPED HIS FIRST BROADCAST INTERVIEW SINCE the first presidential debateWOULD RELIEVE WORRY IN HIS OWN PARTY AND CREATE A CONSENSUS THAT HE IS THE RIGHT MAN TO TAKE ON FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IN NOVEMBER’S ELECTION.

but FOLLOWING THE INTERVIEW — TOP DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE ARE reportedly BANDING TOGETHER – IN THEIR BELIEF THAT BIDEN SHOULD DROP OUT OF THE RACE.

HOUSE DEMOCRATS HELD A VIRTUAL PRIVATE MEETING SUNDAY – BROUGHT TOGETHER BY MINORITY LEADER HAKEEM JEFFRIES – AND ACCORDING TO MULTIPLE PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED – THEY DISCUSSED HOW TO GET THE PRESIDENT TO AGREE TO STEP ASIDE AS THEIR PARTY’S CANDIDATE.

FOUR NAMES ARE BEING REPORTED WHO SPOKE OUT DURING THE MEETING TO SAY THAT BIDEN SHOULD END HIS CAMPAIGN — CONGRESSMEN JERROLD NADLER AND JOSEPH MORELLE OF NEW YORK, ADAM SMITH OF WASHINGTON, AND MARK TAKANO OF CALIFORNIA.

EACH A RANKING COMMITTEE MEMBER.

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN WILD OF PENNSYLVANIA RELEASED A STATEMENT AFTER THE MEETING – SAYING SHE “EXPRESSED THE SAME CONCERNS THAT AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE GRAPPLING WITH, ABOUT PRESIDENT BIDEN’S ELECTABILITY AT THE TOP OF THE TICKET.”

SOME DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS HOWEVER SAY THEY ARE STICKING WITH THE PRESIDENT – CONGRESSMAN DON BEYER OF VIRGINIA saying he SUPPORTs BIDENAND RICHARD NEAL OF MASSACHUSETTS CALLING BIDEN “A VISIONARY” – ADDING “LET’S KEEP GOING!”

DURING THE INTERVIEW WITH ABC NEWS ON FRIDAY – PRESIDENT BIDEN WAS ASKED ABOUT BEING CONFRONTED BY DEMOCRATIC LEADERS TO STEP ASIDE.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: And if Chuck Schumer and Hakeem Jeffries and Nancy Pelosi come down and say, “We’re worried that if you stay in the race, we’re gonna lose the House and the Senate,” how will you respond?

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: I– I’d go into detail with them. I’ve speaken (PH) to all of them in detail including Jim Clyburn, every one of ’em. They all said I should stay in the race– stay in the race. No one said– none of the people said I should leave.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: But if they do?

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Well, it’s, like, (LAUGH) they’re not gonna do that.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You’re sure?

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Well, Yeah, I’m sure. Look. I mean, if the Lord Almighty came down and said, “Joe, get outta the race,” I’d get outta the race. The Lord Almighty’s not comin‘ down.

[KARAH]

ALSO IN THE ABC INTERVIEW – THE PRESIDENT WAS ASKED IF HE WOULD BE WILLING TO TAKE AN INDEPENDENT MEDICAL EXAMINATION INCLUDING COGNITIVE TESTS. BIDEN REPLIED HE HAS A COGNITIVE TEST WITH HIS DUTIES AS PRESIDENT EVERY DAY. ON SUNDAY — JAMES COMER – THE REPUBLICAN CHAIR OF THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE — REQUESTED BIDEN’S PERSONAL PHYSICIAN TESTIFY ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S HEALTH.

WITH JUST WEEKS TO GO UNTIL IT HOSTS THE SUMMER OLYMPICS — FRANCE WOKE UP TODAY WITH SOME UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT ITS GOVERNMENT AFTER THE SECOND ROUND OF LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS ENDED SUNDAY.

NO PARTY WON AN ABSOLUTE MAJORITY AND THE COUNTRY NOW FACES A HUNG PARLIAMENT.

IT WAS THE LEFT-WING ALLIANCE — CALLED THE NEW POPULAR FRONT — THAT SECURED THE MOST SEATS IN THE FRENCH PARLIAMENT.

THE PARTY THAT JUST CAME TOGETHER LAST MONTH – PICKING UP 182 SEATS – BUT FAR SHORT OF THE 289 NEEDED TO SECURE A MAJORITY IN THE 577-SEAT NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.

PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON AND HIS CENTRIST ENSEMBLE ALLIANCE WON 163 SEATS

AND THE FAR-RIGHT PARTY NATIONAL RALLY TRAILED BEHIND — WINNING 143.

THESE RESULTS CAME AS A SURPRISE — AS THE NATIONAL PARTY WAS EXPECTED TO BE THE BIG WINNER – AFTER A STRONG SHOWING IN THE FIRST ROUND LAST WEEK.

MACRON – WHO HAS SAID HE WILL REMAIN IN OFFICE UNTIL 20-27 – CALLED FOR THESE SNAP ELECTIONS IN HOPES OF GIVING FRANCE A QUOTE “MOMENT OF CLARITY.”

BUT MACRON NOW HAS HIS WORK CUT OUT FOR HIM — HIS PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCING HIS RESIGNATION TODAY – BUT MACRON REFUSING TO ACCEPT IT — ASKING HIM TO STAY ON AS MACRON FACESA DEEPLY DIVIDED GOVERNMENT.

LATE SUNDAY NIGHT – BOEING AGREED TO PLEAD GUILTY TO A CRIMINAL FRAUD CONSPIRACY CHARGE IN CONNECTION TO TWO DEADLY PLANE CRASHES INVOLVING ITS 737 MAX JETS.

WITH THE GUILTY PLEA – BOEING WILL BE BRANDED A CRIMINAL FELON WHICH COULD JEOPARDIZE THE COMPANY’S ABILITY TO SECURE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS.

AS PART OF THE PLEA AGREEMENT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE – BOEING WILL PAY AN ADDITIONAL 243 POINT 6 MILLION DOLLAR FINE – ON TOP OF A PREVIOUS 243 MILLION DOLLAR FINE THE COMPANY HAS ALREADY PAID.

AND BOEING HAS ALSO AGREED TO INVEST AT LEAST 455 MILLION DOLLARS IN SAFETY AND COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS.

THE PLEA DEAL FOLLOWS THE DOJ’S FINDINGS THAT BOEING BREACHED A 20-21 AGREEMENT TO MAKE SAFETY CHANGES FOLLOWING THE TWO CRASHES IN INDONESIA AND ETHIOPIA IN 20-18 AND 20-19 THAT KILLED 346 PEOPLE.

THE PLEA DEAL STILL REQUIRES A JUDGE’S APPROVAL.

FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS OF THOSE FATAL CRASHES SAY THEY WILL ASK THE JUDGE TO REJECT THE DEAL – AS THEY WANT BOEING TO FACE A TRIAL AND HARSHER PENALTIES.

[TAKE VO]

BERYL MAKES LANDFALL AS CATEGORY 1 HURRICANE

early this morning —

HURRICANE BERYL MADE LANDFALLSOUTH WEST OF HOUSTONTEXAS — AS A CATEGORY 1 STORM.

that’s aCCORDING TO THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER.

BERYL PACKED WINDS OF 80 MILEs PER HOUR, WITH GUSTS EVEN STRONGER.

MORE THAN 80-THOUSAND TEXANShAVEALREADY LOST POWER.

AS BERYL MOVES FURTHER INLAND ACROSS EASTERN TEXAS, IT’S BRINGING HEAVY RAIN, STORM SURGES, POSSIBLE TORNADOES, AND STRONG WINDS.

THE AREA COULD SEE RAINFALL BETWEEN 5 TO 10 INCHES, WITH SOME SPOTS POSSIBLY GETTING UP TO 15 INCHES.

BERYL IS EXPECTED TO QUICKLY DOWNGRADE TO A TROPICAL STORMAND WEAKEN FURTHER TO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION BY THE TIME IT REACHES ARKANSAS ON TUESDAY MORNING.

AFTER MONTHS OF NEGOTIATIONS – PARAMOUNT GLOBAL AND SKYDANCE MEDIA HAVE ANNOUNCED A DEAL TO MERGE.

BEFORE BECOMING ONE COMPANY — SKYDANCE MEDIA WILL PAY 2 POINT 4 BILLION DOLLARS IN CASH TO ACQUIRE A CONTROLLING STAKE IN PARAMOUNT – THE HOME OF THE MOVIE STUDIO PARAMOUNT PICTURES – THE BROADCAST NETWORK CBS, AND CABLE NETWORKS LIKE MTV AND NICKELODEON.

THIS MARKS THE END OF an ERA FOR PARAMOUNT – THE MEDIA GIANT HAS BEEN RUNNingFOR DECADES.

SKYDANCE FOUNDER DAVID ELLISON — THE SON OF ORACLE’S CO-FOUNDER LARRY ELLISION – WILL BECOME CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF THE NEW PARAMOUNT — WHICH ISVALUED AT 28 BILLION DOLLARS.

THE AGREEMENT INCLUDES A 45-DAY PERIOD THAT GIVES PARAMOUNT’S BOARD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEEK A BETTER DEAL IF POSSIBLE.

FINALLY THIS MORNING —

FOUR NASA VOLUNTEERS EMERGED FROM A YEAR-LONG MARS SIMULATION AT HOUSTON’S JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, TESTING LIFE ON THE RED PLANET WITHOUT EVER LEAVING EARTH.

INSIDE A 3D-PRINTED 1,7000 SQUARE-FOOT HABITAT FOR 378 DAYS, THE CREW TACKLED CHALLENGES LIKE ISOLATION,RESOURCE LIMITS AND EVEN CONDUCTED SIMULATED SPACEWALKS —MIMICKING WHAT A REAL MARS MISSION WOULD FEEL LIKE.

NASA HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR TWO MORE SIMULATED “MARS” MISSIONS — WITH THE NEXT SET TO BEGIN IN THE FIRST HALFOF 20-25.

THESE ARE YOUR TOP STORIES FOR THIS MONDAY.

WE’LL SEE YOU BACK HERE TOMORROW.

UNTIL THEN I’M KARAH RUCKER.HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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