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Russell Simmons claims a reliable inside source told him Joe Biden has already picked Stacey Abrams as his running mate.

Biden's camp announced a selection committee that will vet all of his choices for VP and that an announcement would be made in July.

But Simmons told his 1.6 million Instagram followers that a "very reliable top inside source" told him Biden chose Abrams as his VP.

"America's next VP From a very reliable top inside source... Great news," Simmons, 62, wrote in the caption of a photo of Abrams.

The failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate has made several public appearances as she shamelessly advocated to become Biden's vice president.

Abrams was a potential top pick along with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Abrams, 46, will launch the New Hampshire Democratic Party's virtual state convention on Saturday.

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Joe Biden's team suggests that his choice for vice president won't be a Black woman. According to Politico.com, Biden's presidential campaign announced their VP selection committee on Thursday. The four-member committee is majority Caucasian.

The committee which is tasked with vetting Biden's VP choice includes Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Biden's longtime friend and Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, and former White House Senate counsel Cynthia Hogan.

The only Black person on the committee is Delaware congresswoman Lisa Blount Rochester. Biden says he hopes the vetting process will be completed by July.

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Rumors are running rampant that Biden has already made his choice: Hillary Clinton who enthusiastically endorsed him earlier this week.

Stacey Abrams, who initially stated she did not want the VP job, changed her mind after she heard Biden's announcement that he would choose a woman.

The failed gubernatorial candidate has been campaigning ever since for the VP pick -- even though political strategists frown upon any candidate campaigning for vice president.

South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, who has advocated for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms as VP, seems to have his doubts.

When asked by MSN if having a Black woman on the ticket is a must, Clyburn said. "I'm among those who feel that it would be great for him to select a woman of color. But that is not a must."

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Stacey Abrams escalated her pressure on Joe Biden after rumors swirled that he will pick failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as his running mate in July.

After losing the 2016 election to Donald Trump, Clinton has positioned herself to be president of the United States after all.

On Tuesday, Clinton enthusiastically endorsed Biden, whom many say has senile dementia.

According to Politico.com, Abrams "has been privately calling Democratic power brokers, asking them to tell Biden campaign officials that she should be vice president..."

In numerous interviews, Abrams, who unsuccessfully campaigned for Georgia governor, has said she "would be an excellent running mate" for Biden.

Unlike other candidates, Abrams, 46, has loudly campaigned for the VP job.

Some political insiders say Abrams' behavior appears "desperate." They say her actions are an unprecedented and shameless attempt to shoehorn her way into the White House.

According to Politico, "overt campaigning for the vice presidency has traditionally been frowned upon".

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, another candidate for VP, said "You don't run for that. That is a selection of the top of the ticket, and everyone else should be just busy doing their jobs."

Democratic strategists say Abrams lacks foreign policy experience, but Abrams has cited her "independent study" of international affairs as a qualification for the role of VP.

Her only political experience includes being minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives.

Abrams stubbornly refuses to concede the governor's race to Gov. Brian Kemp after losing the race by 55,000 votes in 2018.

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Stacey Abrams says America "can't survive another four years with Donald Trump" in the White House.

The failed gubernatorial candidate disparaged President Trump during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

"Vice President [Joe] Biden has done this job," Abrams said. "He knows what he needs to do to win and what he needs to do to help our country recover from four years of incompetence and chaos."

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Abrams went on to say she believes Biden will make the right choice in picking a woman of color -- specifically her.

She said Biden choosing a woman of color for VP would promote "trust" with the Black community. "Women of color are the strongest part of the Democratic Party."

But Black people are wary of Biden's racist past and reports that he suffers from senile dementia.

"I want to make one thing very clear," said Abrams, "Joe Biden enjoys the trust of communities of color, and he will take no one for granted. I believe he will make the right choice based on what he understands and what his team recommends that he do."

She added, "Vice President Biden understands how critical this election is. With four decades of experience, he also knows the tricks Republicans will use to block change. We can't survive another four years with Donald Trump, and that's why my organization, Fair Fight 2020, is working nationally in 18 states to ensure that we have a president who actually believes in and trusts the American people."

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According to OAN News, Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to endorse Abrams for VP later this week.

Sharpton believes Biden needs help "connecting" with Black voters. He cites Abrams' ability to drive voter turnout as her greatest strength.

"I've said openly that there are Black women that can be on that ticket..." said Sharpton. "I'm excited about Stacey Abrams, who I think brings a lot to this country."

The hashtag #DropOutBiden trended on Twitter over the weekend, driven by the #MeToo movement and progressives who believe Biden's accuser Tara Reade was sexually assaulted by Biden in 1993.

CNN quietly deleted a 1993 episode of Larry King Live from Google's play store that featured Reade's mother calling in to the show to say her daughter had "problems" working for a "prominent senator".

The woman said her daughter did not want her to go to the press out of respect for the unnamed senator.

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Joe Biden will begin vetting his choices for vice president when he forms a selection panel on Friday, May 1.

Biden backed himself into a corner when he vowed he would pick a female as his running mate. He has been under intense pressure to pick a woman of color.

Biden's short list of female candidates includes Stacey Abrams, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, California Senator Kamala Harris and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Abrams is eager to be the country's first Black and female vice president. The failed gubernatorial candidate gave Biden an ultimatum: either pick me, or lose the Black vote.

"I would be an excellent running mate," Abrams insisted in an interview with Elle magazine last week. "I am prepared and excited to serve."

On Wednesday, Abrams went from suggesting herself as vice president to making threats if Biden doesn't choose her.

During an appearance on ABC's "The View," Abrams said she was "concerned" that Biden might not pick a Black woman.

"Women of color, particularly Black women, are the strongest part of the Democratic Party. The most loyal. But that loyalty isn't simply how we vote, it's how we work," she said.

Abrams added that the 77-year-old Biden risks losing the Black vote if he doesn't pick a Black woman.

Abrams, 46, is certainly the liberal news media's choice for VP by far.

"Everybody knows you're extremely qualified," Gayle King told Abrams on Tuesday.

Abrams was unable to convince Georgians to elect her as their governor in 2018. She still refuses to concede the race to Gov. Brian Kemp.

Are Americans ready for a Black female president if Biden, who reportedly has dementia, suddenly dies or becomes incapable of performing his duties as president?
 

FYI: An earlier version of this post said Biden will announce his VP pick on May 1. In fact, he is expected to form a selection panel to vet his VP choices on May 1.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms reacted to the news that Georgia Governor Brian Kemp planned to reopen some businesses by this Friday.

The governor's order will allow gyms, bowling alleys, hair salons and some other indoor facilities to resume operations by Friday if they comply with social distancing requirements.

Mayor Bottoms was caught off guard by Kemp's announcement on Monday. She created an advisory council to reopen the city next month (May). But in a statement to WSB-TV, Bottoms expressed doubt that some businesses can reopen by Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"I didn't know it was coming and obviously the governor is the governor and he certainly has the prerogative to make orders that he deems appropriate. He did not consult with me."

The mayor's hair was laid and her face was beat when she spoke to WSB-TV anchor Jovita Moore on Monday. But other women in Georgia haven't been to a hair salon in over a month.

"You get your hair done, I get my hair done. I don’t know how you socially distance when someone is doing your hair or doing your nails, giving you a massage," Bottoms said. "These things are concerning to me. I do hope that I'm wrong and the governor is right. Because if he's wrong, more people can die."

Many Democratic governors and mayors are resistant to reopening their states and cities even though the death toll from the virus is far below the predicted estimates.
 

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Former President Barack Obama finally endorsed his former VP Joe Biden for President on Tuesday. Obama endorsed Biden in a social media video.

In the caption, Obama wrote: "I'm proud to endorse my friend Joe Biden for President of the United States."

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But just months earlier, Obama tried to discourage the feeble-minded Biden from running. Biden reportedly suffers from senile dementia, and Obama didn't like Biden's chances against the mentally tougher President Donald Trump.

The 77-year-old has difficulty recalling short-term memory and is often tripped up by his own words.

Biden has been in poor mental and physical health for years.

In 1988, Biden suffered two aneurysms in his brain. In February 1988, Biden underwent lifesaving surgery to repair an intracranial aneurysm that had began hemorrhaging.

While recuperating from the surgery, he underwent another brain surgery to repair a second aneurysm.
 

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Bernie Sanders has ended his presidential run, leaving feeble-minded Joe Biden as the Democratic party's apparent nominee.

The Vermont senator announced he was ending his run in a conference call on Wednesday.

"I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful, and so today I am announcing the suspension of my campaign," Sanders told supporters. He said he wished he could provide supporters with "better news" but "I think you know the truth."

Sanders expressed his support for Biden on Wednesday. He called Biden "a very decent man who I will work with to move our progressive ideas forward."

President Trump was elated when Sanders dropped out of the race. The president considered Sanders to be his only strong competition, since Biden apparently suffers from senile dementia.

"Bernie Sanders is OUT!" Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

"Thank you to Elizabeth Warren. If not for her, Bernie would have won almost every state on Super Tuesday! This ended just like the Democrats & the DNC wanted, same as the Crooked Hillary fiasco. The Bernie people should come to the Republican Party, TRADE!"

A bitter Senator Warren dropped out of the race without endorsing anyone.

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It's beginning to look like Joe Biden is not going to pick a woman of color as his running mate. Many believed Biden would pick a woman of color such as Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms or California Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice president if he wins the election in November.

According to published reports, the Democratic frontrunner, who has been missing in action recently, is considering Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer as his pick for vice president.

Whitmer's name was tossed into the hat because Biden's team are impressed with her response to the coronavirus outbreak in America.

The governor does not mince words when she criticizes President Donald Trump on social media. Whitmer has expressed disappointment in the federal government's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The White House has exchanged words with the governor, even referring to her as "the woman from Michigan," a title she wears as a badge of honor.

Whitmer, who assumed office in January 2019, is a 48-year-old native of Lansing. She is married with 2 children.

Question: Are you disappointed that Biden may not choose a woman of color as his running mate?

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The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives approved President Donald Trump's $2 trillion economic stimulus package on Friday, March 27.

The vote came a day after the Senate voted unanimously to approve the legislation. The president is expected to sign the bill quickly.

The package includes $1,200 checks to individuals who earn less than $75,000 a year. Individuals who file as "head of household" will receive $1,200 checks if they earn less than $150,000 a year.

Couples earning up to $150,000 a year will receive $2,400. Families get an additional $500 for each child.

The bill also includes an increase in the maximum unemployment benefit to individuals by $600 a week for four months.

But not all lawmakers were happy with the bill's passage. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lashed out at Republicans for refusing to give $1,200 checks to immigrants who don't have Social Security numbers.

She tweeted on Thursday:

"To clarify, $1200 checks are ONLY going to some w/social sec numbers, NOT immigrants w/ tax IDs (ITINs). Thanks to GOP, these checks will be cut off the backs of *taxpaying immigrants,* who get nothing. Many are essential workers who pay more taxes than Amazon."

AOC's Twitter followers ripped her to shreds.

One Twitter user responded: "Time for them to go home! There's no jobs here for them! Time to put Americans first!!"

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Millions of Americans who were counting on receiving coronavirus relief checks from the federal government next month are out of luck.

The Democrats delayed President Trump's coronavirus economic stimulus bill in a Senate vote on Sunday night.

The vote came while at least five Republican senators were in self-quarantine after coming in contact with infected colleagues such as Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

The bill includes relief checks that range from $1,200 to $4,500 to help individuals and small business owners who are financially impacted by the virus.

Corporations and individuals earning over $99,000 in 2018 are not eligible to receive help from the government.

Many Democrats complained that the relief bill did not go far enough to provide healthcare and unemployment aid for Americans.

The Democrats also pushed for food security aid, small business loans and said that three months of unemployment insurance offered was insufficient.

After the vote failed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ripped into the Democrats, accusing them of backing out of a partisan agreement after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer intervened.

McConnell claimed Pelosi, who is a multimillionaire, took "a week off" and "poured cold water on the whole process."

He said the Senate will re-vote on the massive $1 trillion stimulus bill on Monday afternoon.

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The Atlanta City Council committed approved free swimming for low-income children over the objections of the mayor's office.

The city charges $5 per child to swim in Atlanta's 12 city-run pools, but the Atlanta City Council committee approved legislation to eliminate the fee -- despite objections from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' office.

LaChandra Butler-Burks, the mayor's executive director of the Office of Recreation, fought tooth and nail to keep the swimming fee in place.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, an ordinance was introduced by Council members Matt Westmoreland and Marci Overstreet that pointed out the disparities in deaths at city pools.

Roughly 64 percent of Black children can't swim, and the drowning rate is three times higher for Black children.

The ordinance blamed the disparities on unacceptable lack of access to city pools for low-income children.

The mayor's office asked the Council to hold off on the vote to remove the fee because it could increase security costs at the pools significantly. But the Council proceeded with Tuesday's vote.

The city pools generate $54,000 in revenue for the city. The original legislation moved $60,000 from a non-developmental fund to the Parks Department budget to make up the difference.

The city currently provides security at the pools only during free swim hours.

"We are at our best as a city when we are taking care of the people that need it the most," Overstreet said. "There is no reason we shouldn't have free swim in the summer. So we need to work as hard as we can to make sure that happens."

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A group of concerned Atlanta activists traveled to Joe Biden's campaign stop in South Carolina last weekend to ask Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms why she is not doing enough to stop gentrification in her city.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one of the activists created a Facebook flyer featuring the mayor's face with the words "HELP FIND ME!"

"Last seen campaigning with Joe Biden. We need her back to do some work in Atlanta," read the caption.

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Mayor Bottoms frequently travels out of town to support Biden at campaign events. The AJC reports Mayor Bottoms attended Biden campaign events in Iowa, Alabama and Tennessee in February alone.

Atlanta activists say they are concerned that Bottoms isn't doing enough to halt the progression of gentrification or stop low-income Black people from being displaced from their homes.

The mayor's spokesperson said in February Bottoms halted gentrification construction on the Westside, committed $100 million for affordable housing and signed legislation to create the city's first Inspector General -- all while juggling her duties as wife and mom and campaigning for her potential running mate, Biden.

"The mayor can walk and chew gum at the same time," her spokesperson told AJC.com, before adding that all of her campaign trips were on the weekends.

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At a Biden campaign event in South Carolina last weekend, Bertha Darden, a longtime Peoplestown resident, scored face time with Biden after unsuccessfully trying to locate Mayor Bottoms.

Darden asked Biden to "please tell her to stop evicting and displacing Black families in Atlanta."

Biden, who is showing signs of dementia, called Bottoms a great mayor and began describing problems with gentrification -- in North Carolina.

When Darden told Biden that the city of Atlanta used eminent domain to steal her house, Biden promised to have a conversation with her at a later date.

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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has dropped out of the 2020 race for president of the United States.

Warren, 70, announced she was suspending her campaign on Thursday, March 5, a day after Mike Bloomberg ended his run after spending $500 million of his pocket change.

"I know that when we set out, this was not the call you ever wanted to hear," Warren said in a phone call to her staff. "It is not the call I ever wanted to make.”

Warren, once a frontrunner, was tripped up by her own lies and a mountain of half-truths. She once lied about being American Indian on a Harvard job application. She was forced to come clean after she announced she was running for president.

At times Warren was neck and neck with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. She was heavily criticized for not dropping out of the race before Super Tuesday to give Sanders more delegates. And she was once favored over the DNC's current favorite, Joe Biden.

The Democratic nomination is a 2-man race between Biden, 77, who is showing advanced signs of dementia, and Sanders, 78, who dubbed himself a Democratic socialist.

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Michael Bloomberg announced he is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race. Bloomberg, 78, made the announcement a day after his dismal showing on Super Tuesday.

Bloomberg had promised to fix America's health care and strengthen the middle class, as he spent $200 million on ad spots in all 14 Super Tuesday states.

Bloomberg said he entered the 2020 race because he believed only he could beat President Donald Trump, 73.

The billionaire media magnate dropped $700 million on his campaign -- a record for campaign spending. Bloomberg is expected to spend heavily on frontrunner Joe Biden's campaign.

The Democratic nomination is a 2 man race between Biden and Bernie Sanders, who dubbed himself a Democratic socialist.

Biden, 77, was the big winner in South Carolina and on Super Tuesday after losing to Vermont Senator Sanders in Iowa and Nevada.

Bloomberg trended on Tuesday when a viral video released by his campaign showed him eating pizza out of a communal pizza box and licking his fingers afterwards.

Donald Trump Jr tweeted: "Truly disgusting!"