Tension between Biden and Israel’s Netanyahu as Gaza campaign rages on – latest

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Nikki Haley stars in Saturday Night Live skit opposite ‘Donald Trump’

Tensions between Joe Biden and Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly ramped up behind the scenes, with the president telling advisers and others that the Israeli prime minister is ignoring his advice and obstructing efforts to stymie the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Middle East.

Mr Biden has not criticised Mr Netanyahu publicly, but has become increasingly critical of Israel’s tactics, CNN reported via sources. Last week the president said he believes the campaign in Gaza is “over the top.”

Meanwhile, over in the Republican camp presidential candidate Nikki Haley has blamed rival Donald Trump for the GOP’s disastrous recent run in Congress, which saw the House fail to impeach homeland security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over the state of illegal immigration at the US southern border and the collapse of a major funding bill last Tuesday.

“Republicans had a really bad day,” Ms Haley told a crowd in Newberry, South Carolina, while campaigning on Saturday afternoon ahead of her home state’s primary on 24 February.

Over the weekend, she and Mr Trump were embroiled a further argument after the latter questioned her husband’s absence from the campaign trail.

Major Michael Haley is currently serving his country overseas.

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Kimmel reacts to Haley ripping off his ‘Mean Tweets’ segment

Jimmy Kimmel had a thing or two to say to Republican candidate Nikki Haley after she uploaded a video that looked very similar to the host’s own show segment “Mean Tweets”.

Amelia Neath was watching.

Mike Bedigan13 February 2024 09:30

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Trump says he saw migrant shoplifting a refrigerator ‘the other day’

Trump’s Nato remarks were not the only odd things he had to say this weekend, naturally.

On Friday, he addressed a crowd of supporters at the National Rifle Association’s Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he made several surprising comments, including how he saw a migrant stealing a refrigerator and claimed the state’s name would be changed if he isn’t re-elected president.

Michelle Del Rey offers this dispatch from the frontlines of insanity.

Mike Bedigan13 February 2024 07:30

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Biden promises to bring peace to Gaza and Israel

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Biden says Israeli attack on Rafah should not take place without a ‘credible’ plan to protect civilians

President Joe Biden has said that Israel’s planned military operation against Hamas in the Gazan city of Rafah “should not proceed without a credible plan”.

On Monday the president said that such a plan would need to ensure “safety and support” for the more than one million civilians who’ve taken shelter there since Israel started its offensive against Hamas in the wake of the 7 October terror attacks.

Read the full story here:

Mike Bedigan13 February 2024 05:30

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Trump faces Nato comment backlash and calls on Taylor Swift to support him

Ahead of the looming South Carolina primary, Donald Trump called out for support from a powerful force in the political world – Taylor Swift.

The former president spent the Super Bowl weekend vainly courting support of pop superstar, while also dealing with fallout from attacks he made on “delinquent” military alliance members.

Catch up with The Independent’s coverage here:

Mike Bedigan13 February 2024 04:30

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Watch: Biden and Jordan’s King Abdullah hold press conference during state visit

Joe Biden and King Abdullah of Jordan spoke at a press conference following a meeting at the White House on Monday. The president held a meeting with the monarch in Washington, in which they were expected to discuss the ongoing effort to free hostages held in Gaza.

Mike Bedigan13 February 2024 03:30

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Haley says Trump’s fingerprints all over recent Republican chaos

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley has blamed rival Donald Trump for the GOP’s disastrous recent run in Congress, which saw the House fail to impeach homeland security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over the state of illegal immigration at the US southern border and the collapse of a major funding bill last Tuesday.

“Republicans had a really bad day,” Haley told a crowd in Newberry, South Carolina, while campaigning on Saturday afternoon ahead of her home state’s primary on 24 February.

Also citing an appeals court finding that Trump was not immune to prosecution last week and the news that Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel could be forced out on his say so, the candidate said: “The reality is chaos follows him. On that day of all those losses, he had his fingerprints all over it.”

“What is happening?” Haley asked. “We can’t be a country in disarray and a world on fire and go through four more years of chaos. We won’t survive it.”

Mike Bedigan13 February 2024 02:30

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Trump claims it would be ‘disloyal’ if Taylor Swift endorses Biden

Hours before Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, Donald Trump made one last, desperate appeal for the political support of pop superstar Taylor Swift, knowing she was flying in to watch her boyfriend Travis Kelce in action and would dominate coverage of the big game.

“I signed and was responsible for the Music Modernization Act for Taylor Swift and all other Musical Artists,” the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination wrote on Truth Social.

So what is the Music Modernization Act? Joe Sommerlad explains:

Mike Bedigan13 February 2024 01:30

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ICYMI: Robert F Kennedy Jr Puper Bowl campaign ad

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Super Tuesday: When is it, which states are participating and how many delegates are at stake?

Super Tuesday, the biggest day of the US presidential primary season, arrives early next month and promises to have a decisive if perhaps somewhat anticlimactic impact on the respective Republican and Democratic races.

All but one of his challengers have fallen away, leaving only the well-funded but under-performing ex-UN ambassador Nikki Haley still swinging.

But even she may not make it to Super Tuesday (although she has promised she will), as the next Republican primary takes place in her home state of South Carolina and current polling indicates the Palmetto State’s former governor could be in for another trouncing on her home turf, a further humiliation after she scored fewer votes than the “none of these candidates” box on Nevada ballot papers.

“Is there any way we can call the election for next Tuesday?” a cocky Mr Trump gloated on stage in Las Vegas after that result.

“That’s all I want. I want to call the election for next Tuesday.”

However, if Ms Haley can somehow conjure a surprise victory in either South Carolina on 24 February or Michigan on 27 February, it will be game on for Super Tuesday and we could find ourselves with a very interesting evening indeed.

The Democratic contest is looking equally one-sided, with President Joe Biden seemingly nailed-on to be his party’s candidate again as he seeks a second term in the White House, despite concerns about his advanced age and consistently poor polling.

Mike Bedigan12 February 2024 23:15