The following stories from the first quarter hour were part of a much wider look by Jim at news items from this week:
–President Biden decides to seek a second term announcing his 2024 re-election campaign, ending months of speculation about his future.
–Representative Ronny Jackson, who was a White House physician to multiple presidents, is circulating a letter among House Republicans demanding that President Biden take a cognitive test or drop out of the 2024 race.
–Despite a pledge to bring transparency and truth back to the government, President Biden has held the fewest number of press conferences since Ronald Reagan.
–President Biden brought a “cheat sheet” to a Wednesday press conference that showed he had advance knowledge of a question from a journalist.
–The Sudanese military has been working with foreign governments to evacuate diplomats as their country descends into a massive conflict between the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces and Sudan’s armed forces.
–White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby confirmed on Wednesday that a second American has been killed in Sudan.
–The Taliban has reportedly killed the Islamic state terrorist who orchestrated a deadly attack against U.S. troops in Afghanistan during the withdrawal back in 2021.
–Two of the most iconic faces on cable news are gone from their host networks as Fox has parted ways with Tucker Carlson and Don Lemon has departed CNN.
–A bill extending the nation’s debt ceiling was approved by the House on Wednesday after days of deliberation among Republican legislators to support the measure.
–West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin reiterated his public call for President Biden to negotiate with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on raising the debt limit.
–The White House stood firm Tuesday on its demand for an uncompromised debt ceiling increase, pledging Joe Biden will veto the proposal if it should, against long odds, pass both chambers of the Congress.
–The West Virginia senate race is shaping up to become one of the most important races in the 2024 election cycle as Governor Jim Justice is likely to enter the race and join Alex Mooney in the Republican battle to unseat Joe Manchin.
–Former Republican Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson officially announced his run for president during a speech in Bentonville, Arkansas.
–Walt Disney Company is suing Ron DeSantis, alleging that the Republican governor has waged a relentless campaign to weaponize government power over the company.
–Former South Carolina governor and presidential candidate Nikki Haley invited Disney to move to South Carolina amid its prolonged feud with Ron DeSantis.