Former Vice President Joe Biden is getting closer to making a vice presidential decision of his own.
Biden has already promised that he'll pick a woman as his 2020 running mate, and has been under pressure to choose a woman of color after a month of protests against systemic racism and police brutality in the U.S. More than a dozen people close to the Biden search process tell CNN that Biden has listened to that pressure: Just four women are reportedly left on Biden's short list, and three of them are Black.
Two former presidential contenders, Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), reportedly remain on Biden's list, and rounding it out are Rep. Val Demings of Florida and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Warren is seen as the most progressive of those reportedly on Biden's shortlist, and would likely signal that Biden is willing to be pulled to the left on some issues. Progressives have meanwhile been hesitant to root for Harris or Demings because of their histories as California's top prosecutor and the head of Orlando's police department, respectively.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) recently removed herself from the running to be Biden's vice president and encouraged him to pick a woman of color for the spot. Biden isn't expected to have formal sitdowns with those remaining candidates until mid-to-late July, and will likely deliver a decision in early August, CNN reports. Kathryn Krawczyk
"To everyone here tonight and everyone at home, it is now officially time to light this tree," President Obama said on the White House lawn on Thursday night, standing next to his family, master of ceremonies Eva Longoria, and the National Christmas Tree. "Are you guys ready to count down?" After Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha pushed the switch to light the 94th annual National Christmas Tree, Obama waved, said, "Merry Christmas, everybody," and left the stage. (They came back later to sing Christmas carols with Santa and a motley collection of music stars.) Watch below. Peter Weber
After a busy weekend spent campaigning in swing states, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have similarly full schedules on Monday, the last full day of campaigning before Election Day. Clinton is scheduled to attend campaign events in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Pittsburgh; she'll end the day at a rally in Philadelphia with President Obama and Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, Bon Jovi, and Bruce Springsteen. Trump, who held rallies in five states Sunday afternoon, ending with a midnight rally in Virginia, plans to spend Monday in Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire.
Clinton, at her rallies and in a USA Today op-ed published Sunday night, is putting forward an optimistic foot, urging voters to choose unity over Trump's division. Trump, at his rallies and in a dueling USA Today op-ed, said that he is America's last hope on immigration, trade, and security.
Clinton ended her last campaign stop on Sunday in New Hampshire with Khizr Khan, the father of a slain U.S. Army captain, and James Taylor. "This election is a moment of reckoning," Clinton said at the rally, in Manchester. "It's a choice between division and unity.... What's really on the ballot is what kind of country we want for our children and grandchildren." Trump was introduced by Ted Nugent in Michigan, and former Sen. Rick Santorum in Virginia, where he was also joined by Jerry Falwell Jr. and Iran-Contra scandal survivor Oliver North. "We are going to have one of the great victories of all time," he said at a barn in Virginia. He is scheduled to make a final swing through Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, and New Hampshire on Tuesday. Peter Weber