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President Biden during a meeting in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Photo: Samuel Corum/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden told ABC News in an interview that aired Wednesday he'll seek re-election in 2024 if he remains in good health, and if his predecessor runs "that'll increase the prospect" of him running.

Why it matters: There's been speculation that Biden, 79, may only serve one four-year term, due to age or other reasons.

Driving the news: When ABC's David Muir asked if he'd run in 2024, Biden replied "yes."

  • "I'm a great respecter of fate," Biden added. "Fate has intervened in my life many, many times. If I'm in the health I'm in now, if I'm in good health ... I would run again."
  • The "World News Tonight" anchor put to him the prospect of a "rematch" with former President Trump, 75, who's hinted on several occasions about running for office again in 2024.
  • "You're trying to tempt me now," Biden laughed. "Sure. Why would I not run against Donald Trump for the nominee?"

For the record: Biden has said previously it's his "expectation" to run in 2024 and that he'd "fully expect" Vice President Kamala Harris to be his running mate again.

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Democratic retirements spark worry over holding House majority

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Data: House Press Gallery; Table: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Reps. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) are the latest lawmakers to announce that they will not seek re-election this year, bringing the total number of Democratic retirements to 28, compared with 14 Republicans.

Why it matters: The increasing number of Democratic retirements — put against the backdrop of President Biden's sagging approval ratings and uncertainty about redistricting — is adding to concerns the party may not be able to keep its slim majority in the House.

Starbucks drops worker vaccine mandate after SCOTUS ruling

Photo: Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Starbucks announced in a memo to employees Tuesday that it has dropped plans to implement a vaccine mandate for all U.S. workers, AP reported on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The company's decision comes in response to the Supreme Court's ruling last week to block the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement for large employers.

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Omicron hits American hospitals disproportionately hard

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Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

America is seeing more COVID hospitalizations than other wealthy countries during the Omicron surge, according to Our World in Data.

Why it matters: Vaccines keep the vast majority of COVID cases out of the hospital, but vaccination rates are also lower in the U.S. than these other countries.