May 15, 2019

Harris: Biden would make a "great" vice presidential running mate

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Sen. Kamala Harris' (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday that former Vice President Joe Biden would make a great pick for 2020, but, she clarified, as her running mate, Politico reports.

"I think that Joe Biden would be a great running mate. As vice president, he’s proven that he knows how to do the job."
— Sen. Kamala Harris to reporters in New Hampshire

Harris has kept her options open, adding that: "There are certainly a lot of other candidates that would make, for me, would make a very viable and interesting vice president."

The big picture: Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said Biden as the presidential nominee and Harris as his VP would be the "dream ticket," per Politico. A Trump adviser previously told Axios that if Harris draws strong support from African-American voters, that could present a challenge in 2020. Several male, Democratic candidates have been asked whether they would commit to a female running mate.

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Trump's clemency spree

Rod Blagojevich in 2010. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

President Trump announced Tuesday that he commuted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence for extortion, bribery and corruption — as well as issuing full pardons for former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik and financier Michael Milken.

The big picture: The president's clemency spree largely benefitted white-collar criminals convicted of crimes like corruption, gambling fraud and racketeering, undercutting his message of "draining the swamp."

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Trump's improbable moonshot

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NASA is unlikely to meet its deadline of sending astronauts to the surface of the Moon by 2024, even with a large influx of funding.

Why it matters: The Artemis mission to send people back to the Moon is the Trump administration's flagship space policy, and its aggressive, politically-motivated timeline is its hallmark.

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Justice Department says U.S. attorneys are reviewing Ukraine information

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Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) Tuesday informing him that the U.S. attorneys for the Eastern District of New York and the Western District of Pennsylvania are reviewing "unsolicited" information from the public related to matters involving Ukraine.

Why it matters: Nadler had requested an explanation for the "intake process" that Attorney General Bill Barr stated had been set up in order to receive information that Rudy Giuliani had obtained about the Bidens in Ukraine.