Biden's VP decision: Will it push or pause his party?

Joe Biden at the Democrats’ debate in Las Vegas on Feb. 19, 2020 (MSNBC screenshot)

[Editor’s note: This story originally was published by Real Clear Politics.]

By A.B. Stoddard

Real Clear Politics

When former Vice President Joe Biden makes his own running mate selection in the days ahead, his decision will be assessed — and potentially assailed — as no other has before. In the midst of a global pandemic and struggling economy, a 77-year-old who already served eight years in the White House is thought likely to serve only one term and make his vice presidential nominee the face of the future of the Democratic Party. Or not.

What’s clear to Biden is his party wants a candidate who will energize the ascendant part of their coalition, while party stalwarts know Biden wants someone with experience — who can take over, if need be, and do the job on Day One. The most repeated quotes from Biden advisers on background are about how the choice should “do no harm,” even be boring so as to do nothing to change the trajectory of the race.

While history shows the vice presidential pick does not end up making a significant difference in how voters cast their ballots — and polls now show it won’t for Biden — the pick has yet to be announced, the progressives have yet to weigh in, and the candidate has yet to be attacked by President Trump or his campaign.

The choice Biden will make will do one of two things — push his party into the future, or provide it with a pause that will delay the battle for succession and Democrats’ direction a few more years.

Nearly all vice presidential nominees have been considered potential candidates in waiting, though Biden’s task — should he win — of uniting his party and the country during simultaneous crises next year would be particularly challenging in itself, so a continuing campaign would be an added burden. Of course, many progressive Democrats want just that — someone on the ticket who will presumably be the next nominee in 2024.

Progressives, after Sen. Bernie Sanders almost beat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primary before she went on to lose to Trump, believed that 2020 was their time. Collectively they supported a combination of non-Biden candidates in the primary that they thought would move the party past the trauma of 2016 and of the Obama era itself. Sweeping socialist policies dominated the discussions on cable television and Twitter, and on the debate stage even moderate candidates like Biden felt trapped into supporting promises of health care for illegal immigrants. For progressives, backing Biden is a means to an end. They believe they will become — having beaten Trump — the dominant force in a party they think no longer must persuade its old voters, just get new ones.

Early on, progressives had dreams of Biden choosing Stacey Abrams, who ran for governor in Georgia and was a sought-after choice of the party to run against Sen. David Perdue. Abrams refused to run for Senate and set her sights on the vice presidential candidacy instead, speaking openly of her interest in it, which is the opposite of what those who traditionally want the job have done. Abrams surely would have excited turnout among non-white voters and younger voters who are not remotely excited about Biden — and who may not vote for him in the absence of such a pick. But she remains a controversial figure because she refused to concede her loss in the gubernatorial race of 2018. Her likely ability to help deliver Georgia, however, kept her on the list.

Rep. Karen Bass embodies the pause. The California congresswoman has made it clear she has no interest in running for president, and is known as someone who avoids the spotlight so aggressively she is uncomfortable having her picture taken. Though she has never run for statewide office, Bass, once a physician’s assistant, is now head of the Congressional Black Caucus and has earned a reputation in the House of being liked and respected on both sides of the aisle.

There has never been a perfect choice among the suitable contenders, but by everyone’s estimation Sen. Kamala Harris is the only obvious choice as someone who could both excite the base as a black woman and assure centrists and independent voters with her governing experience. Harris would represent a turn towards tomorrow, and wants to be president, and the battle to define her for the next nomination would begin immediately.

Historically, Democrats have often chosen senators as running mates, and no one prizes Senate experience more than Biden. As such, the Democratic women of the Senate were likely to figure prominently in his search.

One dark horse is Sen. Tammy Baldwin of the critical battleground of Wisconsin. Baldwin, who was the first openly gay senator in history, keeps a low profile and would be a surprise pick. She doesn’t seem likely to seek the presidency.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth could be either possibility: someone who focuses solely on her role as number two, throws herself into the job without taking sides on divisive issues roiling the party, and resists becoming a candidate herself. Or she could want the top job.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, whose presence on the ticket would electrify a good segment of the Democratic electorate, would present a huge risk with independents and former Republicans and centrist Democrats. And she most definitely wants to be president. Biden likes her and she clearly could step into the job immediately, but the odds are against her.

Buzz started for Rep. Val Demings when she was tapped as the only non-lawyer to serve as an impeachment manager. Demings’ parents, descendants of slaves, worked as a maid and janitor while raising seven kids in a two-bedroom house in Jacksonville, and saw their youngest child become the first female chief of police in Orlando. She would excite the party, and could deliver her swing state to Biden. But just as her law enforcement career would appeal to centrists, it will subject her to criticism from some progressives. She has not indicated whether the idea of succeeding Biden as president is a dream or a source of dread.

Other than Warren, the only person with whom Biden has a relationship with is former National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Picking Rice would be fraught with baggage as her coverage will involve endless questions not only about her unmasking of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and her infamous — and false — defense of the administration following the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, but on her policy decisions regarding war in Libya. But in another way the pick is also quite cautious in that she has solid policy credentials and is an experienced government operator who did political stints on both Howard Dean’s and John Kerry’s campaigns. The political ambition of the former national security official is a question, though. She is viewed by some as disinterested but 1) nearly ran for Senate in Maine this year, 2) wrote a memoir and 3) has stepped up television appearances and written pieces online. On the other hand, Rice is not well known among the party rank and file for any domestic policy issues and is not necessarily going to excite liberals.

Another solid choice that could inspire confidence but little excitement is Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a more centrist Democrat who has impressed with her response to the COVID outbreak in her state. She is young, age 49, but is likely to be more of a placeholder and not the future of the Democratic Party.

The ultimate bold pick — and she has been considered — is Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who became a well-known figure in the drama of the pandemic and the pain of the protests that followed the death of George Floyd, well before Georgia Gov. Brain Kemp chose to embarrass himself and elevate her even more by suing her for mandating masks in Atlanta. He has since withdrawn his suit. Bottoms, a young black mom of four who has been tested in this crisis and whose family has braved infection from coronavirus, would supercharge Democratic energy and potentially help deliver her state to Biden. She would surely face scrutiny for a lack of foreign policy chops, despite the fact that they would be the same amount Trump had coming into the presidency, and face doubts that she is ready to take over for Biden because she doesn’t have the Washington experience someone like Bass does.

The process of finding the right person, or the most-right person, has of course been complicated by a pandemic that has limited in-person meetings and get-to-know-you sessions. But who knows better how to pick a vice president than Biden? Certainly Trump and Obama and George W. Bush and Clinton knew less about both the job and the relationship between number one and number two.

The closest comparison to Biden picking someone to do the job he did for eight years would be President George H.W. Bush, who chose Dan Quayle. But the role of the vice president has shifted since then, according to Elaine Kamarck of Brookings, who wrote that the “partnership” model has been used since Bill Clinton chose Al Gore, then George W. Bush chose Dick Cheney and then Barack Obama chose Biden. Vice presidents since 1992 — including Mike Pence — have been partners with significant portfolios, and Biden’s pick will likely be asked to do the same, if not more.

The reasoned guess is that Biden picks someone who will be a partner while also providing a pause, who can ably do the job alongside him and let the party battle more quietly about the future for at least a little longer. But there’s not a lot of reason or rhyme to 2020 — so even Joe Biden could end up shocking us.

A.B. Stoddard is associate editor of RealClearPolitics and a columnist.

[Editor’s note: This story originally was published by Real Clear Politics.]


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Tropical Storm Isaias forecast to become a hurricane Friday; watches in effect for southeast Florida

Tropical Storm Isaias forecast to become a hurricane Friday; watches in effect for southeast FloridaFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Tropical Storm Isaias is forecast to become a hurricane on Friday, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 p.m. EDT public advisory Thursday. It’s the first time Isaias has been projected to become a hurricane. The storm is also projected to remain a hurricane as it edges closer to South Florida. But the good news for South Florida, although there was still …

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More red cross comms? NEW pics?

More red cross comms?
NEW pics?

Red Cross Stringer
25 Nov 2017 – 1:30:47 PM
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Red Cross Stringer
25 Nov 2017 – 2:22:21 PM
T: B, F, J, 1,5,11-20, ^
P_pers: WRWY

Red Stringer
25 Nov 2017 – 2:35:44 PM

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GM Unsealing


LORETTA A. PRESKA, Senior United States District Judge:
The Court has conferred with counsel regarding Defendant
Ghislaine Maxwell’s request for an emergency conference. (Dkt.
no. 1088.) At this juncture, the Court has determined that an
emergency conference is not necessary. Counsel shall proceed
with unsealing as previously ordered.



Doc #1089



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Taking advantage of the disenfranchised: Four men admit to paying homeless people in LA's Skid Row to join in voter fraud scheme

Four men admit to paying homeless people in LA’s Skid Row to join in voter fraud scheme

They pleaded no contest last week to felony charges for running a voter fraud scheme in Los Angeles in 2016 and 2018. The men were accused of soliciting hundreds of false and forged signatures in the impoverished Skid Row neighborhood of Los Angeles. They allegedly paid homeless people $1 and cigarettes to sign the documents.Two of the men pleaded no contest to one felony count each of registration of a fictitious person and subscribing a fictitious name or the name of another to an initiative petition. Two others pleaded no contest to one felony count of circulating an initiative or petition containing false, forged or fictitious names.

Source: 8kun Notables, Taking advantage of the disenfranchised: Four men admit to paying homeless people in LA’s Skid Row to join in voter fraud scheme

Q Proof

June 25th
Trump interview with Hannity
comment about ballots and special paper

June 25th
Q proof. @POTUS
”Especially China. Are they going to print millions of ballots on the exact same paper using the exact same machines? #Qanon #WWG1WGA #DemocratsAreMarxistsDestroyingAmerica
Good catch.
Important people understand for future events.
Assumption or intel based?
All assets [F][D] deployed.
[D] + China = 11.3

Fire at the Chinese Embassy in Houston? Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Burning papers

Was China [F] burning ballots to be used for ballot stuffing?

Source: 8kun Notables, Q Proof

Moar Fearmongering by the radical influencers

Gov. Raimondo re: Portland, POTUS, and the “President’s Militia”
“like, he’s insane”
“sending in the president’s militia into a state over the objections of the governor and law enforcement in that state”
Police Union Endorses Trump’s Plan to Send in Federal Officers
July 24, 2020

Portland’s police union ripped public officials for enabling rioters to destroy the city, as demonstrators once again taunted cops Tuesday night.
July 8, 2020

“These rioters come out nightly armed with weapons and a plan to cause as much destruction as possible.”

“What angers me and the good people of Portland, even more, is that elected officials at the state and local levels are defending these criminal actions while in the same breath demonizing and vilifying the officers on the front lines protecting our communities, our safety, our livelihood, and our rights.”

“It is time for our elected officials to stand up and defend Portland. Condemn the violence and the burning, looting, and destruction of property. Trust and support the decisions made by law enforcement leaders who simply want to keep the residents, business owners, and peaceful protesters safe.”

“This cannot continue. Our elected officials owe it to all of Portland to do their jobs.”

Daryl Turner, President
Portland Police Association
Posted on 07/06/2020

Who Actually Wants Trump to Send in the Feds? Police Unions.

the president of Portland’s police union met with the head of the Department of Homeland Security last week to discuss the agents, apparently without the knowledge of the city’s police chief. The president of Chicago’s police union made his own envoys, asking Trump for federal intervention.

Portland Police uniforms stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the anonymous feds dressed in camouflage. While Portland Police are bound by a judge’s injunction on the use of non-lethal tactics such as tear gas, the feds aren’t. So the local cops are using the feds as cover, argued Juan Chavez, a Portland civil rights attorney.

National Association of Police Unions Give President Trump Key Endorsement — Joe Biden Refused to Talk with the Group

Source: 8kun Notables, Moar Fearmongering by the radical influencers

Horse Racing right now? AG Curtiss Hill has something to say about it.. and Associated

AG Curtis Hill: IOT permitted to license horse-racing app to other states
Attorney General Curtis Hill said in an advisory opinion this week that Indiana law permits the Indiana Office of Technology (IOT) to license its internally created horse-racing application to other states.
IOT’s Application Development Team was recently commissioned to create an app for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. The app, which is used by both the public and commission staff, has streamlined the commission’s regulatory processes and brought additional transparency to Indiana horse racing. Other states have expressed interest in licensing the app from IOT, and IOT has reciprocated that interest.
Attorney General Hill issued the advisory opinion in response to an inquiry from IOT, which asked if Indiana Code permitted the office to license this app to other states.
“IOT has developed a solid horse-racing application that is grabbing the attention of other states. Legally, IOT is welcome to pursue any opportunities to license this app to states that see the app as a tool that can improve their horse-racing practices,” Attorney General Hill said.

IN Horse Racing

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CNN9NA Uncovers how a baseless US conspiracy theory has found a foothold in Europe

A baseless US conspiracy theory found a foothold in Europe. New research shows how

“The baseless PizzaGate claim emerged during the 2016 election. Later that same year, a gunman showed up and fired an AR-15 inside the pizzeria, saying he was trying to rescue non-existent child sex slaves.”

“Twitter banned more than 7,000 accounts, citing its policy of taking action on accounts with “the potential to lead to offline harm.” “

“But while QAnon has its roots in the US supporting and disseminating baseless theories around mass shootings and elections it has since turned into an amorphous ideology, appropriating conspiracies from other places that sit with its anti-elite message. ​”

“”It is tangential to the far-right in the US, using anti-Semitic tropes and targeting the same people as the far-right, [but] as it spreads, we are also seeing it is appealing to [the] leftist anarchist side,” she said. “

“QAnon’s ability to evolve not only risks “seriously” undermining democracy, because of its damaging narrative about individuals and institutions, but also “undermines official information being released and could impede in the effort to get the virus under control,” Gallagher added. “

“In a statement to CNN, Hildmann said he isn’t a follower of “Q” but observes the movement “and supports it!” He added that “Germany is not a free country but is still occupied by the Americans and therefore only the great nation of America has the power to liberate the Germans from Merkel’s reign of terror!” “

Source: 8kun Notables, CNNNA Uncovers how a baseless US conspiracy theory has found a foothold in Europe

Today CBS and the Fake News MSM choir sang the siren song of fact checking and debunking POTUS over mail in voting

Today CBS and the Fake News MSM choir sang the siren song of fact checking and debunking POTUS over mail in viting.

Trump suggests delaying election over unsubstantiated claims about vote by mail


UPDATED ON: JULY 30, 2020 / 12:39 PM / CBS NEWS

Washington — President Trump on Thursday raised the possibility of delaying the November general election over unsubstantiated claims that mail-in-voting will invite voter fraud, despite the fact that he lacks the authority to push back the date of the November 3 contest.

Citing the expansion of mail-in-voting, Mr. Trump claimed the upcoming election “will be the most inaccurate & fraudulent election in history” and a “great embarrassment to” the United States….

…But election officials told CBS News last month that there are a number of safeguards in place to prevent foreign interference, and legal experts say there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the U.S…

>But less than a week ago the conducted a mail in ballot experiment which found that 3% of ballots were lost or unaccounted for, and that no ballots reached their destination for the first 4 days after mailing!

3% is enough to swing an election!
Vote-by-mail experiment reveals potential problems within postal voting system ahead of November election
JULY 24, 2020 / 8:58 AM / CBS NEWS

Mail-in voting, for many, is as simple as sending a letter, but rules vary across the country for when a voter can get their ballot and when it should be returned. In 2016, more than 73,000 out of 33 million mail-in ballots arrived too late to be counted.

Many Americans are expected to vote by mail for the first time in November 2020 because of coronavirus concerns, so “CBS This Morning” sent out 100 mock ballots, simulating 100 voters in locations across Philadelphia, in an experiment to see how long one should give themselves to make sure their vote counts….
A week after initial ballots were sent, most ballots appeared to be missing from the P.O. box…
Out of the initial batch mailed a week earlier, 97 out of 100 votes had arrived. Three simulated persons, or 3% of voters, were effectively disenfranchised by mail by giving their ballots a week to arrive. In a close election, 3% could be pivotal…

Source: 8kun Notables, Today CBS and the Fake News MSM choir sang the siren song of fact checking and debunking POTUS over mail in voting

Authorities Seize IEDs In Seattle — DHS Also Confirms Their Use In Portland Protests

Authorities Seize IEDs In Seattle — DHS Also Confirms Their Use In Portland Protests

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were reportedly seized from rioters in both Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon, according to authorities.

Seattle and Portland have been the scene of riots in recent months following the death of George Floyd. In Seattle, an autonomous zone – first dubbed the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” and later renamed the “Capitol Hill Organized Protest” – was set up for weeks in June.

Portland has seen consistent violence from protesters as federal officers try to protect the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse

Seattle Police Department Chief Carmen Best announced Thursday that a recent search warrant found multiple weapons, including an improvised explosive, according to Q13’s Brandi Kruse. The warrant was for an impounded van taken at Saturday’s riot.

Other weapons reportedly found included bear spray, tasers and improvised spike strips, according to Best. The items were reportedly being given to people in the crowd.

Source: 8kun Notables, Authorities Seize IEDs In Seattle — DHS Also Confirms Their Use In Portland Protests

Armed Services panel cancels hearing for Pentagon policy chief nomineeDetail

Armed Services panel cancels hearing for Pentagon policy chief nominee

The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday canceled at the last minute the nomination hearing for Anthony J. Tata, President Donald Trump’s pick to be the Pentagon’s policy chief.

Tata, a retired Army brigadier general and regular contributor to Fox News, once called former President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader.” It is unclear if the hearing will be rescheduled.

In a tweet, Senate Armed Services Chairman James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., said many lawmakers did not yet know enough about Tata to consider him for such a position at this time.

Inhofe also said that a lack of documentation was to blame, and that he felt there was not enough time to have a hearing so close to the August recess. According to Inhofe, Trump agreed with him.

But Tata has a fairly high profile, and his nomination has drawn pushback from Democrats who have cited his past comment on Obama.

Don’t recall ever seeing/hearing about him.

Tata has appeared on commentary panels on Fox News. In his political commentary, Tata was a regular defender of Donald Trump and his administration. In November 2018, he defended Trump’s decision to send troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to block access by Central American migrants.

Source: 8kun Notables, Armed Services panel cancels hearing for Pentagon policy chief nomineeDetail

US attorney’s office claims at least 50 arrests made in Kansas City federal operation

US attorney’s office claims at least 50 arrests made in Kansas City federal operation

In the past week, more than 50 arrests have been made as part of Operation LeGend, the U.S. attorney’s office claimed Tuesday evening of the federal operation focused on reducing and solving homicides in Kansas City.

“For those keeping score at home … federal agents and their local law enforcement partners in #OperationLeGendKC made 50+ arrests this past week. They seized 15 guns, heroin, meth, marijuana, pills,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri tweeted.

The office’s tweets came hours after Attorney General William Barr confirmed he “misspoke” last week when he announced more than 200 arrests had been made through the operation. Justice Department officials later clarified that a large majority of those arrests occurred under a program that started in the 2019, called Operation Relentless Pursuit.

Source: 8kun Notables, US attorney’s office claims at least 50 arrests made in Kansas City federal operation

Pompeo Tweets: 'US Expands Sanctions Against Iran to Target Nuclear, Military, Ballistic Missile Programs – Pompeo'

US Expands Sanctions Against Iran to Target Nuclear, Military, Ballistic Missile Programs – Pompeo

United States sanctions against Tehran were reimposed after President Donald Trump in 2018 announced a unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Thursday that the Trump administration would expand its metals sanctions against Iran to cover 22 additional materials used in various Iranian programs.

“Today, the State Department is identifying 22 specific materials used in connection with Iran’s nuclear, military, or ballistic missile programs. Those who knowingly transfer such materials to Iran are now sanctionable pursuant to Section 1245 of the Iranian Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act,” the Pompeo statement said.

Pompeo also noted that the IRGC’s construction firm and many of its subsidiaries remain sanctioned by the United Nations, claiming that “they were directly involved in the construction of the uranium enrichment site at Fordow”.

“As a result of this IRGC determination, any knowing transfer of certain materials, including graphite or raw or semi-finished metals, to or from Iran to be used in connection with the construction sector of Iran remains sanctionable”, his statement said.

Today, I expanded the scope of Iran metals sanctions targeting Iran’s nuclear, military, and ballistic missile programs. Knowingly transferring any of these 22 metals to Iran is now sanctionable. Our pressure will continue until Iran behaves like a normal nation.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 30, 2020

In early July, Tehran filed a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the impact of Washington’s sanctions amid the coronavirus pandemic, implying that not only the country’s oil-dependent economy had suffered, but the sanctions also undermine Iran’s efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. The Islamic republic has been one of the most coronavirus-affected countries in the region, with currently over 290,000 registered cases.

Several countries, including Russia and China, and even some US lawmakers, have urged the trump administration to lift the sanctions amid the pandemic. Pompeo has claimed that the sanctions do not prevent Iran from receiving humanitarian aid.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani estimated the economic damage done to the country by the US sanctions to be about $50 billion.

Sanctions against Iran were re-imposed after Trump in 2018 unilaterally withdrew the United States from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), that envisaged Tehran scaling back its nuclear program in exchange for sanction relief. After Trump’s exit from the deal, Tehran announced that it would step away from its nuclear commitments, noting, however, that the country’s nuclear program remains exclusively peaceful.—pompeo/

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Tech Giant MeetupSwapmeet? Apple, Amazon, Microsoft Attended Chinese Communist Party’s AI Conference Alongside Chinese Military Proxies

EXC: Apple, Amazon, Microsoft Attended Chinese Communist Party’s AI Conference Alongside Chinese Military Proxies

Corporates including Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple have participated in the Chinese Communist Party’s World Artificial Intelligence Conference every year since its 2018 inception, an event that bolsters collaboration between Chinese government and military-linked companies and their American technology and healthcare companies.

The event, organized annually by seven branches of the Chinese government and featuring dozens of high-level Chinese Communist Party (CCP) apparatchiks as speakers, seeks to be the “top platform for AI cooperation and exchange.

State-owned enterprises and companies including Huawei — banned from operating in the U.S. by the Trump administration for providing the CCP backdoor access to its devices and identified by the Defense Department as a Chinese military proxy — are listed as Strategic Partners of the event.

In addition to Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS) sponsoring the event, Corporate Vice President and Head of Research at Microsoft Peter Lee, who was appointed to the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity by President Barack Obama, and Amazon’s Vice President of Machine Learning Swami Sivasubramanian addressed the conference.

Apple’s Vice President and Managing Director of Greater China Isabel Ge Mahe also spoke at the event along with Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla.

Source: 8kun Notables, Tech Giant MeetupSwapmeet? Apple, Amazon, Microsoft Attended Chinese Communist Party’s AI Conference Alongside Chinese Military Proxies