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President Biden on Thursday said it's his "expectation" to run for re-election in 2024, and that he "would fully expect" Vice President Kamala Harris to be his running mate again.

Why it matters: There's been widespread speculation that Biden, 78, may only serve one four-year term, due to age or other reasons.

  • The president has not yet to set up a reelection campaign for a 2024 bid.

Yes, but: Biden did leave room for doubt, stating, "I'm a great respecter of fate. I've never been able to plan four and a half, three and a half years ahead for certain."

  • Biden added on his expectation to keep Harris, who was recently appointed to lead immigration reform for the administration, on his 2024 ticket, "She's doing a great job. She's a great partner."
  • When asked whether he thought he would face Trump again in 2024, Biden scoffed, saying, "Oh, I don't even think about it. I have no idea."

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Biden puts Harris in charge of border crisis

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President Biden is putting Vice President Harris in charge of addressing the migrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border, senior administration officials announced on Wednesday.

Why it matters: Just as President Obama tasked Biden with fixing the U.S. economy after he assumed office in 2009, Biden is putting his own vice president in charge of a problem threatening to overshadow the new administration's successful launch.

Biden's New Deal: Re-engineering America, quickly

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President Biden recently held an undisclosed East Room session with historians that included discussion of how big is too big — and how fast is too fast — to jam through once-in-a-lifetime historic changes to America.

Why it matters ... The historians’ views were very much in sync with his own: It is time to go even bigger and faster than anyone expected. If that means chucking the filibuster and bipartisanship, so be it.

White House nominates Rick Spinrad as NOAA leader

In this NOAA GOES-East satellite handout image, Hurricane Dorian, a Cat. 4 storm, moves slowly past Grand Bahama Island on September 2, 2019. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

The White House on Thursday evening nominated Rick Spinrad, an oceanographer at Oregon State University, to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Why it matters: Filling the NOAA slot would complete the Biden administration's leadership on the climate and environment team. The agency, located within the Commerce Department, houses the National Weather Service and conducts much of the nation's climate science research.