Dec 17, 2019

Joe Biden is "healthy, vigorous," doctor's report says

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is a "healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency," a doctor's report released by his 2020 campaign on Tuesday says.

The big picture: Top candidates Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are each older than 70 years old. They promised on the debate stage in September to release their medical and surgical histories before the primary's first votes are cast.

  • Warren has also released hers, while Sanders, who had a heart attack earlier this year, said he'd release his records "at the appropriate time."

Details: Biden had an intracranial hemorrhage from a cerebral aneurysm in 1988. A 2014 CT angiogram showed no recurrence. He has no history of diabetes, tobacco use or cancer other than localized non-melanoma skin cancers.

Biden's records from 2009 to 2017 show he's been treated for...

  • Non-valvular atrial fibrillation, but this does not require medication or treatments.
  • Hyperlipidemia, which is treated with Crestor.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux, which makes him clear his throat frequently. He uses over-the-counter Nexium.
  • Seasonal allergies he's had most of his life.

The bottom line: About 50% of Democrats told Pew Research Center that they want a president in their 50s. Former President Jimmy Carter has said he couldn't have managed the role of commander in chief at 80 years old.

  • President Trump is 73 and became the oldest first-term president when inaugurated.

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Clergy of the historic St. John's Episcopal Church expressed furor and confusion over President Trump's visit on Monday, which he claimed was to honor the establishment after George Floyd protestors sparked a small fire on the property Sunday night.

The big picture: Park rangers and military police deployed tear gas and physical force to disperse peaceful protestors from Lafayette Park, which surrounds the White House, so Trump could walk to "pay respects" to the church — and a St. John's rector on the scene revealed in a Facebook post that she was left "coughing" from the tear gas.

Updates: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted early Tuesday that he'd just left the Bronx and the police commissioner was sending additional assistance to problem areas. Protesters were "overwhelmingly peaceful" Monday, he said. "But some people tonight had nothing to do with the cause + stole + damaged instead," he added.