Joe Biden isn’t ruling out another bid for the WH

Las Vegas (CNN) – Joe Biden isn’t ruling out making another run for the White House.
Asked if he will run for President in 2020, Biden said on Thursday, “Could I? Yes. Would I? Probably not.”
Biden, who would be nearly 78 years old next election, emphasized that right now his focus is on his family being “put back together” following the 2015 death of his son Beau to brain cancer.
Long known as the poorest man in the US Senate, Biden also said he needs to fulfill several financial promises to his wife, including paying off their mortgage.
But if those things are done, and he’s healthy and the best candidate, “I may very well do it,” Biden said at the SALT hedge fund conference in Las Vegas.
Biden admitted he’s been approached by people who want him to run for President, but he’s told them he can’t commit right now.
“At this point, no one in my family or I have made the judgment to run,” Biden said.
Yet at times Biden, who was greeted with a standing ovation by the finance crowd at SALT, sounded like a man who still has the passion for public office.
He spoke about the urgent need to think big and about ways to fix the country’s problems.
“Let’s wake up!” Biden said. “This is America. We all walk around like, ‘Oh my God. What are we going to do?’ C’mon man!”
Biden also gave voice to frustration over the hyperpartisan divide gripping Washington.
“The public is sick of it ….This fever has to break,” he said.
Biden offered advice to Republicans and Democrats in Congress. “Argue like hell … but show some respect,” he said.

http://cnn.it/2q2qRfU

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OH: President Trump has a solid job approval by Gravis

Republican Governor John Kasich had less favorable numbers, with 42% approval, 35% disapproval, and 23% unsure.
Voters’ opinions of Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown were more evenly split, with 32% approving his job performance, 36% disapproving, and 32% uncertain.
Josh Mandel had the support of 45% while 42% supported Brown and 13% were unsure. But Republican Pat Tiberi pulled 41% to Brown’s 43% with 16% unsure!
President Donald Trump has a solid job approval: 49/43
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Trump Army Secretary nominee withdraws amid fierce opposition

Army Secretary nominee Mark Green has withdrawn from consideration amid fierce opposition from Democrats and advocacy groups, he announced Friday.

Green blamed “false and misleading attacks” against him and said he was stepping aside so as not to be a distraction.

“It is with deep regret I am withdrawing my nomination to be the secretary of the Army,” he said in a statement.
“I am honored that President Trump nominated me for this position. I appreciate his support and confidence in me, as well as that of [Defense] Secretary [James] Mattis and many other, and their desire to Make America Great Again by preparing our military to face the many challenges in the world for the safety and security of our nation.”

Green stirred intense controversy over past comments and his voting record as a Tennessee state senator. Opposition mounted over his stances on the LGBT community, Muslims, Latinos, birth control, evolution and the Second Amendment, among other issues.
He’s said that “transgender is a disease” and agreed with a questioner who said “we need to take a stand on the indoctrination of Islam in our public schools,” among other controversial statements.

Green had defended himself by saying liberals are twisting his words and attacking him for his religion. He reiterated these complaints in his withdrawal statement.
“Tragically, my life of public service and my Christian beliefs have been mischaracterized and attacked by on the other side of the aisle for political gain,” he said.

“While these false attacks have no bearing on the needs of the Army or my qualifications to serve, I believe it is critical to give the president the ability to move forward with his vision to restore our military to its rightful place in the world.”

A slew of Democratic senators previously announced their opposition to Green. On Friday, 41 civil rights groups and 10 retired officers also urged Green to withdraw or be rejected by the Senate.

The Senate could have approved Green with Republican support alone. But Republicans had also expressed concern about the nomination.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he found Green’s comments “very concerning” and that he heard from both Republicans and Democrats on the committee who shared that concern.

A Senate staffer told The Hill earlier this week there was concern about re-litigating long-settled military issues, such as the 2010 repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the law barring gay and lesbian members of the military from serving openly.

“The sentiment is that the Army has enough challenges going forward that we should not be litigating social issues,” the staffer said.

Ashley Broadway Mack, president of the American Military Partner Association, said Friday that Green should not have been considered in the first place.

“His vicious attacks on LGBT people should have been disqualifying from the very beginning,” she said in a statement. “It took an overwhelming chorus of voices speaking out in outrage over the nomination, but we are pleased that in the end, what is best for our military families has prevailed. The U.S. Army needs leadership that will ensure all of our service members and their families have the support they need and deserve, and Mark Green was clearly not that leader.”

“Discrimination and anti-LGBTQ beliefs have no place in our military,” Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, said in a statement.

“GLAAD’s leaked audio and the outrage from our supporters helped sink Mark Green’s nomination, but we now need to continue to hold the Trump administration accountable by fighting back on every attempt to erase the LGBTQ community from this nation.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who announced his opposition to Green this week, said his withdrawal was the result of advocacy groups’ “hard work.”

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“Mark Green’s decision to withdraw his name from consideration as Army secretary is good news for all Americans, especially those who were personally vilified by his disparaging comments directed toward the LGBTQ community, Muslim community, Latino community and more,” he said.

“It’s because of the advocacy community’s hard work that Mr. Green decided to remove his hat from the ring, and it is now my hope that President Trump will take these views into consideration and nominate someone who can faithfully lead and represent all members of the U.S. Army.”

Prior to his nomination, Green was known for his military background. He was as a special operations flight surgeon who was the emergency physician during the operation that captured Saddam Hussein in 2003. He was the first person to interrogate Hussein following the capture.

Green is Trump’s second nominee for Army secretary to withdraw. Billionaire Vincent Viola withdrew in February over difficulties untangling from his financial ties.

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/332135-trump-army-secretary-nominee-withdraws