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Biden Pick for Vice President Delayed to Second Week of August: Reports


Presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden has reportedly put off choosing his vice presidential nominee until the second week of August–sometime after August 10–according to reports. Biden had initially set a date of around the first of August but told reporters last week he would likely make his decision this coming week. That appears to be put off yet again.

Joe Biden alongside a rejuvenated Kamala Harris. Could this be the ticket?

Biden is taking advantage of the postponement due to the pandemic of the Democrat National Convention in Milwaukee that was originally scheduled for July 13-16 but is now set for August 17-20. Biden has said he would choose a woman to be his running mate, with many in the party urging him to choose a black woman or woman of color.

Among those thought to be top contenders are: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and former Obama national security advisor and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

Whomever Biden chooses will have a better than most chance of becoming president due to illness, senility or a decision to not seek a second term by the 77-year-old Biden who would be 78 when inaugurated. Biden would be 82 at the end of a first term.

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Karen Bass emerged this week as a contender. Bass has served in Congress since 2011 and is currently Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Before that she was Speaker of the California Assembly and a community organizer. A profile of Bass published this week by the Atlantic to inoculate her on being a young communist, details her history in the 1970s of working with the Venceremos Brigades and her many trips to Castro’s Cuba.

The Trump campaign on Saturday questioned Bass’ suitability and Biden’s judgment:





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Atlas V rocket launch delayed by Cape Canaveral weather



The launch was reset for 9:14 a.m. ET Sunday, ULA said in a tweet.

“Launch Director Paul Aragon (has) announced that we will not continue with countdown operations today. Another launch attempt will be possible in 24 hours, with Sunday’s target liftoff time at 9:14amEDT (1314 UTC),” the ULA tweet said.

Aragon said earlier that weather in central Florida on Saturday included the potential presence of cumulus clouds and high winds.

A storm system that could develop into a tropical storm is forecast to form off the coast of Florida on Saturday.

Atlas V is to launch the USSF-7 mission for the US Space Force, which will carry the sixth flight of the secretive X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle.

ULA is privately owned venture fromed in 2006 between Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. ULA manufactures and operates a number of rockets capable of orbiting spacecrafts.

The mission has an added special meaning, ULA said in a tweet that includes a video.

“ULA, in partnership with the @SpaceForceDoD and @usairforce, is dedicating the #USSF7 launch to all those affected by #COVID19. A written dedication is affixed to the #AtlasV rocket’s payload fairing #AmericaStrong,” the tweet said.



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Kanye West loses more fans with “Jesus Is King” movie, delayed album



Kanye West has bamboozled the bejesus out of us — yet again.

But this latest disappointment may have been the last straw for even his most loyal fans.

First, his “Jesus Is King” film — which had screenings at select IMAX theaters Thursday night before its official opening Friday — turned out to be a 30-minute WTF to those who bothered to shell out the full movie ticket price.

Then his “Jesus Is King” gospel album failed to drop as scheduled at midnight — even though West himself had tweeted earlier Thursday: “JESUS IS KING Midnight” complete with a tracklisting that included such song titles as “Closed on Sunday,” “God Is,” “Use the Gospel” and “Jesus Is Lord.”

But after the supposed midnight drop came and went, that was followed by another tweet explaining that he was still “fixing mixes on ‘Everything We Need,’ ‘Follow God’ & ‘Water’ ” and that “We not going to sleep until this album is out!”

Clearly, it’s time to stop losing sleep over Kanye.

Certainly, the bizarre “Jesus Is King” movie didn’t engender any reason to have faith in West. Yeezy doesn’t even show up until midway through the short film, and even then, he only appears in silhouette, nodding and bobbing along to the gospel choir — which is the best thing about this — in brown-robed solidarity.

But rather than taking place in a church or some other, more spiritual setting, the whole thing goes down in what looks like some sanitized space station, complete with a yellow stairway to heaven — or something like that.

While you never actually see West’s face, he does warble at the end, cradling an infant who, in all likelihood, is his 5-month-old son, Psalm, with wife Kim Kardashian.

Then the movie abruptly ends, making you wonder what just happened with those 30 minutes you’ll never get back. And as you leave the theater thinking you would have been better off spending your money to go see “Joker” again, West comes off as a real gold digger.



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