Daily Briefing: Democrats accept the meeting invite (2024)

Democratic lawmakers will meet face-to-face on Tuesday to discuss the path ahead for the 2024 presidential election. A NATO summit in Washington highlights the risk a Donald Trump reelection poses to the alliance's 31 Western members. Many portions of American under extreme heat report low levels of AC coverage.

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Democrats hold pivotal internal meetings (lunch included)

Democrats in the House and Senate are each set for catered meetings on Tuesday in what is likely to be a make-or-break moment in President Joe Biden's battle to remain at the top of his party's ticket. If an influx oflawmakers start speaking out against him,it would ramp up the pressure for him to step aside. If the vast majority express steadfast support, it could kill any momentum to find a new nominee with theDemocratic National Conventionin Chicago just a little more than a month away. Many Democrats are waiting until Tuesday’s meeting to get a better feel for where their colleagues are. But at this point, it's not clear what's ahead.

Is NATO Trump-proofing itself?

The NATO summit marks the alliance's 75th anniversary in Washington. Starting Tuesday, the assembly is a key test for member states who want to help Ukraine turn back recent Russian advances. It's also a big moment for President Joe Biden, who is under pressure to withdraw from the presidential race after adismal debateagainst NATO skepticDonald Trump.

NATO alliesare in final negotiations over language that says Ukraine's eventual admission into the military alliance is "irreversible" − so long as it makes a series of reforms required for membership.

  • The discussion over NATO membership for Ukraine follows claims from Trump that he would move quickly to end the war in Ukraine if he is elected in November.
  • But Trump hasn't offered any specifics on how he would end the conflict.So the alliance may be taking any possible steps to counter any actions that reward Russia's aggression.
  • Russia isn't missing the moment to make a statement. Kremlin missiles hit targets across Ukraine on Monday − including a children's hospital − killing 36 civilians in a daylight attack as Bidenprepared to welcome NATO leaders

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No AC?

West coasters are experiencing a dangerous heat wave which broke record temperatures over the weekend and is expected to stay through midweek. Large parts of California and southern Oregon are under excessive heat warningsastemperatures across the stateshave broken the 100 degree mark. High temperatures in the 80s and 90s might seem mild, but many people in these cities live without air conditioning or permanent shelter, pushing those temperatures from disturbing to deadly. Read more

Photo of the day:Modi embraces Putin

India's relationship with Russia is based on "mutual trust and mutual respect," Prime Minister NarendraModisaid in Moscow on Tuesday, where he also said he appreciated President Vladimir Putin's leadership. His two-day visit coincides with aNATOsummit in Washington expected to be dominated by the war in Ukraine. Meanwhile, the West, especially the U.S., has been seeking to strengthen ties with India as a potential counterweight to China.

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