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Former vice president of the United States Joe Biden speaks during the 2018 Concordia Americas Summit in Bogota, Colombia. Photo: Gabriel Aponte/Getty Images for Concordia Americas Summit.

President Trump told CBS News' Jeff Glor that he dreams about running against Joe Biden in 2020, claiming that the former vice president "never got more than 1%" during his two election bids and that President Obama "took him out of the garbage heap."

Why it matters: Biden has been floated as a Democratic contender for the 2020 party nomination, and will reportedly make a decision on whether he'll run by January. The former VP has not hesitated to directly criticize Trump, in one instance going as far as to say he would "beat the hell out of him" if they were in high school together.

Go deeper: Biden v. Trump: The beginnings of a potential 2020 slugfest

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Maximum pressure campaign escalates with Fakhrizadeh killing

Photo: Fars News Agency via AP

The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program, is a new height in the maximum pressure campaign led by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government against Iran.

Why it matters: It exceeds the capture of the Iranian nuclear archives by the Mossad, and the sabotage in the advanced centrifuge facility in Natanz.

Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief

Lloyd Austin testifying before Congress in 2015. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

Updated 12 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. World: Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.
  4. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in December Black Friday shopping across the U.S., in photosAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.

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