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Joe Biden faces fresh headwinds from his base: The Note

Inside the context of what looks like a brutal midterm year, there are plenty of reasons to think Democrats might be rallying behind President Joe Biden at the moment.

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Taking a Look with Rick Klein

The things that Democrats agree on are suddenly difficult.

That makes some of the most challenging tasks—including those that may not necessarily unite the party—even more challenging.

There are many reasons to believe that the Democratic Party is currently uniting behind President Joe Biden in the midst of what appears to be a devastating midterm election year.

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Bombshell conservative Supreme Court rulings, further outrages revealed by a House committee on January 6, slightly better-than-expected economic data, and even an improbable legislative success on gun control have all occurred in recent weeks.

But the father of a gunshot victim shouted that the president ought to be doing more when Biden tried to start the week by applauding that bill.

Since the Supreme Court struck down the right to an abortion, Biden’s White House has been demonstrating what it plans to do. However, some advocates blame the president for not doing more and doing it more swiftly as the House prepares for votes that are certain to fail and the Senate lays out hearings that are almost definitely also going nowhere.

Biden might not completely disagree. Over the weekend, he told reporters that he had been thinking about establishing a public health emergency about access to abortion, and he urged protesters who had gathered in Washington to “keep protesting.”

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The White House communications director made a widely reported comment at the same time that spoke to a different audience, if not a different mentality. In a statement to The Washington Post, Kate Bedingfield, who will shortly depart her role, said that Biden’s goal in securing abortion access “is not to gratify some activists who have been continuously out of step with the bulk of the Democratic Party.”

The disconnects are occurring as Democrats try to snag a few last legislative victories before the campaign season eats up the majority of the remaining legislative time. Beyond the Beltway, there are numerous uncertainties surrounding Biden: Biden’s popularity rating was 33 percent in the New York Times/Siena College poll released on Monday, and 64 percent of Democrats asked said they would prefer a different president in 2024.

Democrats almost all agree on how hopeless their political future looks this year. But that doesn’t mean that everyone is in agreement about what can or should be done.

Alisa Wiersema’s RUNDOWN

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Biden admitted that the legislation passed last month’s bipartisan anti-gun violence package during his victory lap on Monday “matters, but we are all aware that it is not sufficient.

Biden went on to urge lawmakers to do more by passing strengthened background checks and safe storage laws, and he once more pushed for a ban on assault weapons during an event at the White House, despite the fact that the law represents the most significant gun legislation to be passed in three decades.

“We are in a nation that is swamped in military hardware. They are not using hunting-specific weapons; instead, they are buying war-specific weaponry that are intended to be used against foes. The president questioned, “What is the justification for these weapons outside of combat zones?

A parent from Parkland, Florida, whose son Joaquin was one of those slain in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018, Manuel Oliver momentarily stopped the ceremony. Oliver yelled, “We have to do more than that” and “I’ve been trying to tell you this for years” during Biden’s remarks before being removed out of the gathering, according to Jay O’Brien of ABC News.

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Our thoughts are with Manuel Oliver, who has experienced a profoundly tragic loss. The president spoke with him earlier today before the ceremony, and as you are aware, the president concurs with him about how painful losing someone feels. He acknowledges the need for additional action, according to Karine Jean-Pierre, the press secretary for the White House.

Governor J.B. Pritzker of Illinois and Mayor Nancy Rotering of Highland Park, Illinois, who met with Vice President Joe Biden on Monday in the wake of the recent massacre at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, both called for more action.

Following the discussion, Pritzker—whose political standing around the country rose in the wake of the parade killings—told ABC News’ Ben Gittleson that gun safety should no longer be a state-level concern.

“We can only do our best, but we firmly feel that Illinois must safeguard its residents from these kinds of weapons. But what should we do if the governments around us don’t? Therefore, a federal prohibition is required, Pritzker said.

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With Hannah Demissie on The TIP

As temperatures continue to rise and power consumption keeps rising, Texas is approaching a dangerous point.

ERCOT, the state’s power grid operator, requested that Texans “voluntarily save electricity” on Monday to prevent rolling blackouts in a warning that was distributed on Sunday. The request for voluntary conservation from ERCOT, according to the press secretary for Governor Greg Abbott, Renae Eze, is “one of the numerous options at their disposal to guarantee enough electricity keeps flowing” in the state, which has previously seen the tragic breakdown of its grid.

Since May, Texas has broken and set new records for power demand 26 times without experiencing any systemic problems or outages that would affect the more than 26 million Texans that the electric grid serves. In large part because of the reforms passed during the previous session and the increase in power generation of more than 15% over the previous year, the ERCOT power grid has been able to meet these challenges and respond in record ways, supplying more power than ever before and doing so more effectively, according to Eze.

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Following the ERCOT announcement, Abbott’s rival Beto O’Rourke attacked him on Twitter. O’Rourke is Abbott’s opponent for the Texas governor’s seat.

“When it’s hot, we can’t rely on the grid. When it’s freezing, we can’t rely on the grid. Greg Abbott is unreliable. Vote him out and repair the grid now “O’Rourke tweeted something.

On Monday, the Abbott campaign retaliated, claiming that O’Rourke is “delusional” and “scare-mongering” the public about the grid failing.

Abbott has avoided giving Texas’ electrical grid too much attention in favor of the southern border. Even though the U.S. Department of Justice is currently looking into the operation for possible civil rights abuses, the governor nevertheless brags about the accomplishments of his “Operation Lone Star” project, which tries to deter criminal behavior along the border.

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The governor spoke at the Texas Restaurant Show in Dallas on Monday, which was his only public appearance. Abbott did not address ERCOT’s request for electricity saving throughout his speech, according to Claire Ballor of the Dallas Morning News, and he did not take any questions.

Local authorities are making every effort to ensure that they are prepared this time around because the power tragedy from last winter is still very much in the minds of many Texans. NUMBER OF THE DAY, powered by FiveThirtyEight 19. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has instructed city agencies to be prepared “in case the state’s electrical grid breaks during high heat.” According to the most recent FiveThirtyEight/Ipsos poll, which was conducted between June 27 and July 5, that is the proportion of Americans who said abortion was the most pressing issue facing the country. In addition, although inflation, crime, and gun violence continue to be more pressing issues for the majority of Americans, Geoffrey Skelley and Holly Fuong note that most people still have opinions on the future of the abortion debate. For instance, most Americans oppose punishing women who seek abortions or doctors who perform them, and access to birth control pills continues to be quite popular. Geoffrey and Holly have much to say about how Americans feel about abortion in the post-Roe era.

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WHAT YOU MUST KNOW RIGHT NOW

The next open hearing for the House select committee looking into the Jan. 6 uprising will start at 1 p.m. ET.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet at 10 a.m. ET for a hearing to look at the post-Roe v. Wade America with a focus on the Dobbs decision’s legal ramifications.

The Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control will meet at 2 p.m. ET to discuss how the federal government can go after cartel financing networks.

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The House Rules Committee will meet at noon ET to discuss the following bills: H.R. 6538, the Active Shooter Alert Act of 2022, H.R. 8296, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022, and H.R. 8297, the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act of 2022. H.R. 7900 is the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023.

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