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During a speech on the latest jobs report, Joe Biden directly addressed President Trump for reportedly calling American war heroes "losers" and "suckers," slamming Trump with a personal anecdote about his late son, Beau.

What they're saying: "When my son volunteered to join the United States military, as the attorney general, and went to Iraq for the year — won the bronze star and other commendations — he wasn’t a sucker," Biden said.

  • "When my son was an assistant U.S. Attorney who volunteered to go to Kosovo while the war was going on, as a civilian, he wasn’t a sucker," Biden added.
  • He continued: "The service men and women he served with, particularly those who did not come home, were not losers."
  • Biden specifically mentioned Beau's service in Kosovo on the same day that Trump met with the President of Serbia and the Prime Minister of Kosovo at the White House to sign an economic normalization agreement.

Driving the news: The Atlantic reported Thursday that, according to multiple sources, the president has privately referred to Americans who died while serving in war as "losers" and "suckers."

  • The president has denied the claims, telling reporters: " It is a disgraceful situation, by a magazine that is a terrible magazine, I don't read it."
  • Later in his press conference on Friday, Biden said that he believes the reporting is true. "I've never been as disappointed in my whole career with a leader that I've worked with, president or otherwise," he said. "It is a disgrace."

The big picture: Biden's visit to Delaware was his fourth in-person campaign event this week — he's largely stuck to virtual events until now. And although he released a written statement last night criticizing the president for his reported remarks, he's continuing to directly address him during these remarks.

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The top Republicans who aren't voting for Trump in 2020

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said last week that he cannot support President Trump's re-election.

Why it matters: Hogan, a moderate governor in a blue state, joins other prominent Republicans who have publicly said they will either not vote for Trump's re-election this November or will back Biden.

Jul 1, 2020 - Science

Trump vs. Biden: Senility becomes 2020 flashpoint

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Senility is becoming an overt line of attack for the first time in a modern U.S. presidential campaign.

Why it matters: As Americans live longer and work later into life and there's more awareness about the science of aging, we're also seeing politicians test the boundaries of electability. Biden is 77; Trump, now 74, already is the oldest person to assume the U.S. presidency.

Trump's final days: Sweepstakes on who'll get fired

President Trump was enraged by a Wall Street Journal scoop that Attorney General Bill Barr worked "for months" during the campaign to conceal the federal investigation of Hunter Biden.

The state of play: The president is re-exploring options for replacing Barr, and Saturday morning tweeted this rebuke: "Why didn’t Bill Barr reveal the truth to the public, before the Election, about Hunter Biden[?]"