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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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Lot: A Sneak Peek at Our July Book Club Pick


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In his first book, Bryan Washington, one of the most talented writers working today and a Houston native, brings to life a slice of his city through a series of connected stories and unforgettable characters. Lot follows a boy, a son of a Black mother and a Latino father, who is trying to make his way in a world that doesn’t always see him for who he is, while trying to figure out who he is.


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His story is punctuated by the stories of his neighbors: a young woman having an affair, a man who finds a chupacabra next to the bayou, a group of young queer sex workers, a drug dealer, hurricane survivors, people in love, people dying, people living.

There’s a beautiful narrative arc to Lot and the way the characters’ lives ladder up into something bigger. And then there are stunning chapters that can exist outside of plot and time and place—like this one, “Peggy Park,” about people who played baseball together.

Many critics put Lot on their best-of-the-year lists when the hardcover was published in 2019. Now the paperback is out, and we think everyone else should read it. We’re thrilled and honored to have Bryan Washington joining us for goop Book Club this month—we hope you’ll be there, too.


Peggy Park

Micah turned pro and the rest of us went regular. Games started at ten past four. Sometimes we’d fuck around and wait an extra fifteen, if the rain on Scott was heavy enough to slow the rails downtown, and that’s where our guys pulled up from, or at least the niggas you wanted on base, since of course the neighborhood’s got idle feet all over but mostly we were too fucked‑up or too strung out or too in our feelings, or too busy scrapping in the parking lots on Wheeler, or groping each other in the garages downtown, and if you weren’t already there then you were on your way but for an hour or three on Wednesday nights we were present, clear in the moment.

Jacoby manned the upper outfield. Now he’s a mechanic or some shit. The bat was too heavy for Lenny and today he’s a drunk holding court on Westheimer. Kendall threw, caught, and tagged, then he had a son at seventeen, and then he slit his wrists over custody when he divorced like fourteen years later. On the other side of the pitch, Matthew reffed on his hands and knees, before they threw him in juvie, before they threw him in rehab, before they threw him who the fuck knows where. Abel had a sick hit on him—he works at Shell most nights after six—but, back then, on our glass-tattered field, he was almost subpar at best. LaMarcus threw the ball like a murderer, he’d nail you right in your fucking eye, or maybe that one spot in your knee, or else mid-stride, full speed, just square in the balls; but now that motherfucker’s a gardener with this boyfriend out in the Heights. Stefan’s a faggot too, only he’d told us right from the jump. Tommy Lee pulled home runs from his ass on the regular, but lately he’s been manning this pawnshop with his sister; and the sister, her name was Passion, she actually peeped us from the stands, and we catcalled at her, said give us something to grab at, we dropped our shorts and stuck out our tongues and took the sight of her bugging back home, terrified the whole time, because who knew what she’d do with us; and one day we’d been talking shit on the grass when she grabbed Abel’s bat and knocked a pitch square out the block, right through our hands, she ran those bases like a motherfucker, and now she’s got a kid with some Vietnamese cat in Bellaire. Demetrius Quinto was no good for catching, and no good for hitting, just trash at movement in general, until one day we had him bunting and he couldn’t do that either and now he runs a parlor on the corner of Montrose. Colby could hit, but then he went and got strung out. Donny hit the pipe. Nelly hit it too. Paco held third base, the only Mexican in the neighborhood, we called him Big Mac since his folks held court at McDonald’s like seven days a week, and he was the other guy who made it out, got a free ride to Stanford, and then overseas, to make it back a decade later with a PhD and all the clout in the world. Jonathan and Jaycee were reliable benchers, and Juicy was the only brother among them who did time. Ivan did time. Connor did time. Bailey and Raymond and Kool-Ray did time.

There was one night, just after Harvey, and the streets were all the way flooded, and you couldn’t run the bases for shit, let alone wade through the dirt, but, even still, we all knew our steps, it felt primal, like birth, like this shit we just knew how to do, and our toes grazed the asphalt and our legs took us through it, and that night Micah rounded the bases like a dog before he finally got his ankle stuck in a pothole by the fence. Dude fell sideways. Like a block of burnt wood. Screaming like I don’t know what. So Tommy grabbed his fingers, and Criss-Cross grabbed Tommy, and Dawson held Quinto, and Kendall tugged Dawson. John tagged on to Jaycee, and I grabbed Juicy by his hips, and his Nikes wouldn’t budge until Passion grabbed my belt, yanking at my waist, tearing at the seams; and Kool-Aid pulled Passion, and Dawson budged Kool-Aid, and Micah flew out of that hole. You’d think the motherfucker would’ve thanked us, would’ve looked us in the eyes, would’ve at least mumbled something with some semblance of gratitude, but what he did was take off and clear the rest of those bases. Ran through his shoes. His socks. He dove into the mass of us. And we let him do that, we let him take us to the mound. He carried us through the water, and the mud, all the way back home, and that might be why he’s the one playing in Brooklyn and Boston and Pittsburgh and Dallas and Tucson and Cleveland and Oakland, but when you catch him on ESPN, or FOX Sports SW, or Telemundo 40, or wherever the fuck, then we’re right there with him, holding him up, pushing him toward wherever we’re headed next.


Excerpted from Lot by Bryan Washington. Copyright © 2019 by Bryan Washington. Excerpted by permission of Riverhead, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


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Black women mount public and private campaign for Biden to pick a Black woman running mate


These women — consisting of a wide swath of prominent political figures and friends of the former vice president — have made their case behind closed doors and also notably and intentionally in public.

A campaign of this kind is likely unprecedented but represents what the women see as a unique moment in American political history in which the power of the Black voter — especially black women –has reached a zenith. And it is time, they say, for the party to respond.

“I don’t think you’ve seen this level of outpouring of sentiment and support,” said Karen Finney, who was the strategic communications adviser and senior spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and is a CNN political commentator.

The argument being made is two-fold: To pick someone who has the lived experience navigating the issues that threaten to tear the country apart, including systemic racism and police brutality, as well as lift up the voices of the most loyal Democratic voters — black women — to energize the base.

Part of that push includes the influential quartet of seasoned black women political operatives and the authors of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics,” Donna Brazile, Minyon Moore, Leah Daughtry and Yolanda Caraway.

“When they start speaking, everybody shuts the hell up,” said a source close to the campaign.

The public pressure only increased this week when Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar took herself out of the running for the job Thursday and called on Biden to choose a woman of color.
Amy Klobuchar drops out of Biden VP contention and says he should choose a woman of color

“This is a historic moment, and America must seize on this moment. And I truly believe as, I actually told the vice president last night when I called him, that I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket,” Klobuchar told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell.

Biden committed to choosing a woman as his vice-presidential pick back in March and has since created a selection committee to vet candidates. His committee, he says, is looking at more than a dozen possible picks that includes numerous women of color.

Women like California Sen. Kamala Harris, former Georgia gubernatorial Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Florida Rep. Val Demings are considered to be on his short list with some reportedly undergoing official vetting.

Public and private pressure

California Senator Kamala Harris (C) hugs Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden after she endorsed him at a campaign rally at Renaissance High School in Detroit, Michigan on March 9, 2020.

Multiple groups of black women have signed on to letters and op-eds arguing that Biden should pick a black woman vice president.

One of those letters that now has over 500 signatures was put together by Melanie Campbell, chair of Sisters Lead Sisters Vote, and resulted in a call with Biden and top campaign staffers that Campbell described as “respectful.” The New York Times was the first to report the call.

“We’re unapologetic and respectfully saying it’s time,” Campbell said in an interview. “Our turn of phrase is ‘follow black women if you want to win.’ “

Finney, also a participant of the call, said Biden was “very open to having that conversation.”

Moore, the first black woman political affairs director under former President Bill Clinton, wouldn’t confirm details of the call, but she described generally how the argument is being made.

“We laid out our premise privately on why we believe that having a black woman on the ticket is very viable,” adding that they asked the campaign to look at the polling and whether the black women check various qualifying boxes.

“Can they excite a community that has had unprecedented destruction around them? Can they be a good partner to Vice President Biden, can they be ‘simpatico,’ can they be loyal?” she asked out loud, using a phrase Biden himself has used to describe a perfect running mate. “Check, check, check, check, check.”

Why Joe Biden will almost certainly pick a black woman as VP

Some of Biden’s closest political advisers outside of the campaign have spoken with him privately about the issue but have saved the pressure campaign for grassroots activists.

“We believe it is important that activists take the lead,” said one Biden friend.

Biden’s closest political confidants inside and outside of the campaign are also keenly aware that this choice is one of the most personal decisions that he will make — and one that ultimately is his alone.

A senior Biden adviser said that the desires of activist haven’t fallen on deaf ears, but the process of vetting candidates, political considerations and personal considerations takes precedent.

“The public pressure campaign has done more to influence the press than the campaign,” this adviser said, putting it bluntly.

That sentiment is echoed by those who know Biden well and say that the former vice president’s experience of building a developing a close relationship with former President Obama has made both finding a running mate with the relevant experience and having a personal rapport with that person among the two most important considerations.

“In this moment it may feel like a black woman is the right move, but I believe we have to take the long view,” said one person who is close to Biden.

Biden himself has not committed to picking a black woman, telling CNN’s Dana Bash last month: “There are women of color under consideration and there are women from every part of the country under consideration because there are a lot of really qualified women that are ready to be president. But I’m not making that commitment, I’m going to make that judgment after in fact this group goes through interviewing all these people.

The potential picks themselves have walked a tight-line on outwardly advocating for a black woman to be chosen as Biden’s running mate. Both Abrams and Harris have said it would be “important” to have a woman of color on the ticket, but in subsequent interviews have largely said they trust Biden to choose the best running mate for himself. Demings, who said she would accept the nomination if asked, said in an interview with MSNBC in April, “I just hope and pray that Vice President Biden will select an African American woman to serve beside him.”

‘I want to see myself’

But their boosters are not concerned about the blowback that could come from making their case so publicly.

“I’ve been in politics long enough to know that that’s what politics is: public pressure,” Campbell.

LaTosha Brown, the co-founder of Black Voters Matter, was also on that same call with Campbell, said Biden told the women he hears their concerns and is taking them seriously — but didn’t commit.

At age 28, Brown ran in her first election ever to unseat her district’s state board of education representative, a Black male pastor in Selma, Alabama. Encouraged to run by her mentor state Sen. Henry “Hank” Sanders, Brown went to a local church to campaign during Sunday service, as is customary in the South, and the church wouldn’t allow it, saying she couldn’t come into the diocese because she was a woman.

“Unless black women make space for black women, space doesn’t get made for us,” Brown said, reflecting on that lesson. “It was a turning point for me, and I’ve been dedicated to making space ever since.”

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And that moment has brought Brown here, to join the Black women demanding representation at the top of the ticket.

“Just imagine, what field would white men be the most dependable and have the highest turnout percentage wise for more than 50 years and there not be a white man in one of the positions of leadership. People would think there is something wrong with the model,” Brown said.

Moore, who has held multiple ceiling-breaking roles, from leadership positions in the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s and Michael Dukakis’ campaigns to becoming the first Black political director at the Democratic National Committee, parroted the sentiment.

“I have worked to elect White men, Black men, brown men and White women. But for me right now, I feel like investing in a woman who just happens to be Black and immensely qualified is where I want to be at this time in my life,” she said. “I want to see myself.”

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Caraway, who has served as an elected member-at-large of the DNC since 1988 and has filled many senior level positions within the DNC over the years, says putting a black woman on the ticket would validate her feeling that black women have gone unnoticed by the Democratic Party.

“Black women have been the backbone of the Democratic party forever. We never get credit” Caraway told CNN. “The party seems to think we are dispensable.”

To put a black woman on the ticket for Caraway would “make us feel like maybe we can have a level playing field.” To not put a black woman on the ticket, in Caraway’s eyes, “would be a disservice.”

She hasn’t expressed these concerns with the campaign directly but with racial injustice and systemic racism at the forefront of the nation’s conscience, Caraway argued that she does not see how the Biden campaign can pick anyone other than a black woman.

“How could it not have an impact?” Caraway asked when reflecting on the racial tensions infused in the political moment.

“We’re the secret sauce for the Democrats to win,” Campbell said of black women. “It’s coming from intergenerational voices across the board: women in business, women in Hollywood, women in urban America, rural America.”

Glynda Carr, co-founder of Higher Heights for America, a PAC that’s dedicated to electing black women and endorsed Harris in her failed Presidential bid before she dropped out, said black women voters are looking for a return on their voting investment both in policies and representation.

“If it’s not a Black woman, there will be a period of disappointment. And then the question will then become how are people organizing and how are black women showing up in his administration,” she said.

Higher Heights has not said whether they prefer either Abrams or Harris or another black woman from the list but Carr summarized the enthusiasm that a Black woman could bring to the ticket saying there’s a difference between just getting their vote versus Black women’s ability to organize across class and racial lines.

“Are women going to run out and grab the physical newspaper [to frame] like we did for Barack Obama?”



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The Top 10 women Joe Biden might pick as vice president


The killing of George Floyd at the hands of police officers late last month has drastically changed the calculation for former Vice President Joe Biden and his vice presidential vetting team when it comes to who he will pick to share the ticket with him this fall.

While Biden made clear months ago that he would pick a woman, there now appears to be a significant surge of support for him to select a black woman — making history (there has never been a black woman on either party’s national ticket) while also sending a very clear message to the black community that he not only understands their import to his nomination but also believes they need a major voice in his White House.

(Biden’s “you ain’t black” gaffe, while not nearly as important as the nationwide protests over police brutality, also plays a part in this calculation.)

With that in mind, I have made major changes in this week’s vice presidential rankings. The most likely picks are now all African American women. And Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who I’d ranked as the second-most likely women to be the pick, takes a major tumble this week amid questions about her record as the top prosecutor in Minnesota prior to being elected to the Senate in 2016.

These rankings change weekly, so if your favorite isn’t ranked where she should be — or isn’t even on the list — there’s always next week. Speaking of, here’s last week’s rankings. Necessary Michelle Obama caveat: The former first lady is not on this list because she has never indicated an interest in being a politician. If she does so, she would immediately jump to the top of these rankings.
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo
10. Gina Raimondo: If you believe a) that Biden will have one self-identifying moderate in his final VP group and b) Klobuchar and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is suffering from another self-inflicted wound this week, are moving in the wrong direction on this list, then the Rhode Island governor may well fill that niche. (I had long believed Biden would have a moderate in his final three; I am not sure I think that anymore.) The policy-focused Raimondo has won praise from the likes of conservative columnist George Will, and has a shown a willingness to make hard choices in office. (Previous ranking: Not ranked)
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
9. Amy Klobuchar: The issue of the Minnesota senator’s record during her time in the early 2000s as the lead prosecutor in Hennepin County (Minneapolis) had been percolating on a slow boil during the VP speculation. But George Floyd’s death has turned that record, which many black leaders have suggested was too pro-police, into a top-of-mind issue.

And it’s very hard to see how Biden takes such a risk in picking Klobuchar given the mood within the Democratic Party right now. (Previous ranking: 2)

Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth
8. Tammy Duckworth: While the Illinois senator doesn’t get as much buzz as some of the names above her on this list, her profile stands up to any one of them: A helicopter pilot in Iraq, she lost both legs and the use of one arm when she was shot down. She went on to be elected to the US House and Senate from Illinois. She’s also making her voice heard in the days since Floyd was killed in Minneapolis: “George Floyd’s death was unnecessary and heartbreaking,” she wrote in a CNN op-ed on Monday. “It was a tragedy — but horrifyingly, it was not an anomaly.” (Previous ranking: Not ranked)
Stacey Abrams
7. Stacey Abrams: In an op-ed published in The New York Times on Thursday (no, not that one), Abrams makes the argument that the best way to react to Floyd’s death is for people of color to register to vote and then do so in November.

“Voting is a first step in a long and complex process, tedious but vital,” the former Georgia state House minority leader wrote. Wise words — and ones that suggest she is ready to lead on an issue of critical import to all minority communities. (Previous ranking: 9)

Susan Rice
6. Susan Rice: If Biden wants to pick the woman with the most hands-on experience on foreign policy and national security issues, there’s no question that Rice is at the top of that list — having served as national security adviser and US ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama administration. But she carries baggage, too — most notably her statements after the Benghazi, Libya, attack and her January 20, 2017, email on Michael Flynn. (Previous ranking: 7)
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

5. Michelle Lujan Grisham: Lost amid the flood of news over the last week is the fact that Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto removed herself from VP consideration. That move leaves Lujan Grisham, the governor of New Mexico, as the highest-ranking Latina in the VP mix.

(Other names like Texas Reps. Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia still seem like something of a long shot to me.) Lujan Grisham has also stepped up her criticism of Trump and his response to Floyd’s death. (Previous ranking: 8)
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren

4. Elizabeth Warren: As I said above, I think it is very likely Biden picks a black women to be his running mate. If he doesn’t, the Massachusetts senator probably has the best chance, as she is beloved by liberals and her selection be seen as an attempt to unite the Democratic Party. (Previous ranking: 3)

Florida Rep. Val Demings
3. Val Demings: Even before Floyd’s death and the ongoing reverberations from it, this Florida House member was getting rave reviews about her potential as a ticket-mate for Biden. But now consider what Demings would do to the ticket: A black former police chief of a major southern city (Orlando) who knows the issues within the law enforcement community vis a vis police brutality intimately. (Previous ranking 5)
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
2. Keisha Lance Bottoms: Lance Bottoms’ speech last Friday night — amid violent protests in Atlanta — was a moment. She was empathetic. Tough. And deeply human. I’ve had the Atlanta mayor on my list almost since the start of the VP process but I was never sure she would break into the top tier. Boy, was I wrong. (Previous ranking: 6)
California Sen. Kamala Harris

1. Kamala Harris: For all that’s changed on the list this week, the California senator’s positioning has not. If anything, Harris seems even more likely to be the pick now as she, at 55, is a generation younger than Biden but also has a wealth of experience — as California attorney general and a senator — that we know Biden values. (Previous ranking: 1)

CNN’s Allison Gordon contributed to this report.



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Latinx activists want Joe Biden to pick a Latina as his VP


“Part of what the Biden campaign has been thinking, and thinking very deeply about it and grappling within, is how do we bring more Latinos into the fold?” said Mayra Macías, the executive director of Latino Victory, a progressive political action committee that works to get Latinos into political office.

Macías said she’s spoken to the Biden team about choosing a Latina vice president.

“In addition to obviously us helping bring some folks into the fold, I think having a Latina on the ticket is a way, and a very visible way, of bringing Latinos into the fold.”

At least two Latina candidates who are likely to be considered for Biden’s vice president short list: Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Both have already made historic strides: Cortez Masto is the first Latina to serve in the Senate, and Lujan Grisham is the first Latina to serve as a Democratic governor in the US.

Lujan Grisham, in particular, has been in the spotlight in recent weeks for her handling of the Covid-19 crisis in New Mexico. She was among the first governors to issue a stay-at-home order and close schools statewide as the coronavirus outbreak spread throughout the country.

Latino voters could play a role in choosing the next president of the United States, accounting for 13.3% of all eligible voters, according to the Pew Research Center. Additionally, 62% of Latino registered voters identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party while 34% say the same about the GOP.

“The Latino community is an important part of a winning coalition not only in states like Florida, Arizona, and Texas, but also in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Strong support from Latino voters is essential to defeat Donald Trump in November,” Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro, the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, told CNN in a statement. “Latina leaders deserve to be fully vetted and seriously considered — this process should not just be a check-the-box exercise or a substitute for substantial community investment.”

José Dante Parra, the CEO of Prospero Latino, a strategic communications firm, said that having a Latina vice presidential nominee “would mean we have arrived.”

“There’s a feeling out there that it’s just about lip service to the Latino community. When it comes to actually delivering for the Latino community, it isn’t that top of mind. But it would mean that we are considered a top priority for the presidential ticket. And I think that could send some reverberations through the community and really excite people,” Parra said.

Parra also said that the Covid-19 pandemic has taken over the news cycles, causing the 2020 election to be out of mind for many voters across the country. Parra said that Biden picking a minority woman to be on the ticket could generate more excitement ahead of November.

“I think nominating a member of a minority group would help Biden also break through the noise, break through the news cycle. And I think it would be several new cycles worth of analysis and earned media that they would get by nominating a member of a minority community.”

Latina VP options come with support and ties to Biden

Both Cortez Masto and Lujan Grisham have said they are honored to be considered for the post.

Former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, a close ally of Biden’s, previously held the seat now filled by Cortez Masto and told CNN in a statement she would be an “excellent choice.”

“Selecting a Latina running mate like Senator Cortez Masto would certainly help to energize Nevada voters,” Reid said.

In a fundraising email for Biden from late last month, Cortez Masto mentioned her relationship with Beau Biden, the late son of the former vice president who passed away from brain cancer in 2015. Before winning her Senate seat in 2016, Cortez Masto served as the Nevada attorney general and worked with Beau Biden, who had been Delaware’s attorney general.

“I’ve known Joe Biden for nearly 10 years, but he wasn’t the first member of the Biden family I met. It was actually his late son, Beau, a fellow state attorney general, my partner in many important fights and a dear friend. Beau was a fearless public servant, a staunch advocate for justice, and a man who led with courage and compassion,” Cortez Masto wrote in the email. “As I got to know Joe personally, it was clear the apple had not fallen far from the tree.”

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Lujan Grisham, who has been New Mexico’s governor since 2019, served as a congresswoman from New Mexico’s 1st congressional district from 2013 to 2018. She also previously served as the health secretary of New Mexico from 2003 to 2007.

The governor also has a similar experience to the former vice president — her sister died of brain cancer, like Beau Biden. Lujan Grisham has previously said in interviews that her sister’s illness and death motivates her work toward affordable health care.

Support for Biden within Latinx community

Biden’s trajectory to the nomination depended heavily on African-American voters, who strongly supported his candidacy and propelled him to the top after his overwhelming win in the South Carolina primary.

But he’s struggled to create and sustain the same enthusiasm with Latino voters, who in the primary widely supported Sen. Bernie Sanders for president.

That was made clear after the Nevada caucuses, which was the first state in the primary process to have a diverse Latinx voting bloc. There, Sanders won a stunning 53% of Latino voters, three times as much as the next closest competitor — Biden at 17%.
Biden has received endorsements from Latino organizations including the Latino Victory Fund, but his campaign acknowledges there’s work to do to gain more Latino support and points to the lack of in-person campaign events in recent weeks as to why he’s been unable to break through.
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A source within the Biden campaign told CNN they attribute it to a total conversion to virtual events amidst the pandemic, arguing that it is difficult to break through in coverage during a public health crisis when Biden’s opponent, the incumbent President Trump, is on television nearly everyday holding briefings on the coronavirus.

But despite the lack of enthusiasm from the Latinx community, one campaign aide told CNN that a Latina running mate isn’t necessarily needed to spur enthusiasm among Hispanic communities.

“I don’t think that it will have that much impact. I think the community just wants someone who understands them,” the aide told CNN.

Macias said she hopes that Biden’s campaign seriously considers a Latina to be his running mate, rather than just have the women as names on their checklist.

“I think the bigger harm is if the (Latinx community) is not even on the short list, right? Because I think there’s still a long way to go I think for us. The bigger harm is that we’re not even considered or on the short list,” she said. “Because again, that reaffirms a message, or a false narrative that the Latino vote doesn’t matter. Which I think as a community and as an organization, who works to mobilize and excite Latinos, is something that we constantly hear.”

Covid-19 and 2020

While Covid-19 has halted in-person campaigning, both Cortez Masto and Lujan Grisham have been making appearances on cable news to support the former vice president’s candidacy.

In an interview with Telemundo earlier this month, Cortez Masto was clear she was “100%” with Biden.
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The Nevada senator also formally endorsed Biden last week, saying in a statement: “Joe Biden is the leader our country needs right now. His experience leading through moments of crisis and his trademark compassion and empathy are the leadership qualities that are needed as the American people face an unprecedented public health and economic crisis.”

When asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper about being on Biden’s VP list, Lujan Grisham said she wants “to be the governor of New Mexico” and dodged directly answering the question.

“Well, I will do this. I think that you want a vice president that was much like former Vice President Biden. He knew how to govern. He had done a ton of work as a senator and in local government as well, and I think that those are incredible attributes. I want to be the governor of New Mexico. I will do whatever it takes to support a Biden administration, and I’m looking forward to a federal administration that can do a national strategy in good times and in bad times both.”

CNN’s Sarah Mucha and Dan Merica contributed to this report.



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Demi Lovato, Megan Mullally Pick Who They Want to Win ‘The Bachelor’


Team Hannah Ann or Team Madison? Demi Lovato and Megan Mullally sounded off on which of Peter Weber’s Bachelor contestants should win his heart.

During an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, March 6, the 27-year-old “I Love Me” singer stepped in to host the daytime series for Ellen DeGeneres while Mullally, 61, came on as a guest. Lovato and Mullally revealed that the pair previously bonded over their love for The Bachelor when the popstar guest-starred on the Will & Grace revival show.

“I just loved getting to work with you, because I felt like we were, like, little school girls talking about The Bachelor in between takes and all of the gossip,” the Disney Channel alum said, while Mullally added, “I know! We have a lot to talk about.”

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Guest host Demi Lovato is seen during a taping of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” with Megan Mullally at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California. Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

Lovato agreed with Mullally’s sentiment and asked her former Will & Grace costar, “So, who do you want to win?” In response, the Party Down alum explained why she is not rooting for Hannah Ann Sluss nor Madison Prewett.

“Oh my gosh … neither,” she said with a laugh as Lovato called her answer “scandalous,” adding, “And that’s the tea!”

Mullally continued, “I’ve had it with the virginity thing. I don’t know, I can’t. I’m done.”

While Lovato reasoned that she does “like” Madison, Mullally countered with her own argument against the Alabama native. “Even though she was like, ‘Sorry, but if you fool around with any other girls, you can’t — I’m leaving,’” the Why Him? actress said. “Has she ever seen The Bachelor? Does she know anything about him? Four times in a windmill?”

Lovato replied, “Maybe she didn’t think she’d get that far, which I thought was funny and cute.”

Mullally is a big fan of The Bachelor. During Colton Underwood’s season in 2019, she and her husband, Nick Offerman, made a guest appearance on the NFL alum’s group date. The Parks and Recreation alum, 49, also revealed in 2018 that he got former Bachelor in Paradise stars Krystal Nielson and Chris Randone to record a special message for Mullally to honor their 15th wedding anniversary.

Lovato, for her part, became a fan of season 15 Bachelorette Hannah Brown as she followed the former beauty queen’s journey last year. The Disney Channel alum has attended live tapings of The Bachelorette, but she was also briefly linked to Mike Johnson — one of the 23-year-old Dancing With the Stars alum’s former suitors.

In September 2019, Us exclusively reported that Lovato and Johnson, 32, were “casually dating.” But the insider confirmed that the romance wasn’t “anything serious.”

The following month, Us confirmed that Lovato and Johnson “pumped the brakes” on their fling. “They went on a couple of dates and texted each other every day, but it was never a serious, full-blown relationship by any means,” the source said in October 2019. “There is absolutely no love lost between them. The timing just wasn’t right because they’re both so busy.”

Lovato and Mullally, meanwhile, can gear up to see how Weber’s journey ends — along with the rest of Bachelor Nation — on the ABC hit’s upcoming season finale.

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Peter Weber during ‘The Bachelor: Season Finale Part 1.’ ABC/John Fleenor

The Bachelor’s two-part finale begins on ABC Monday, March 9, at 8 p.m. ET and continues on Tuesday, March 10, at 8 p.m. ET.

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St. Pete man searching for dog after video shows Lyft driver pick it up


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — St. Petersburg Police are investigating after video shows a driver picking up a dog in a neighborhood.

The dog’s owner, Jason Gell, said his neighbor’s security cameras caught the entire incident.

“You can see the guy gets out. The dog is on the other side of the car and he coaxes him around,” said Jason Gell.

Police said the dog was reported stolen on November 2. Video from a neighbor’s security camera showed the dog running after a car in the street at 1:15 a.m. The car stops and lets the dog inside and the driver takes off.

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“When I saw the video the first time, I’m yelling at the TV. No! Don’t! Stop, don’t do that!” said Gell.

Gell believes the driver works for Lyft based on an illuminated sign on the front windshield.

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Gell let his dog out around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday. He says didn’t know the backyard gate was left open. He says he regrets falling asleep on the couch.

When he woke up, his Rottweiler Mahi was gone.

“There’s 20 minutes on video of him prancing around, doing his thing,” said Gell.

A spokesperson for Lyft sent ABC Action News the following statement, “The incident described by the dog’s owner is unacceptable. We’ve reached out to the owner and stand ready to assist law enforcement.”

Gell begs for his dog’s safe return.

“Just drop it at a neighbor’s house, drop it off at a shelter,” said Gell.”I just want him back. I’m not looking for vengeance. I just want him back. Do not hurt him.”

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“He’ll lick you to death. He might step on your foot with his big paws, but he’s a sweetheart. He gets along with everybody,” he added.





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