The latest and craziest news from the democrat’s primary, Joe Biden is thinking about joining up. In order to compete with the other candidates, he is having to push for massive donations:
Former Vice President Joe Biden told at least a half-dozen supporters Tuesday he intends to run for president and asked for their help in lining up contributions from major donors so he can quickly raise several million dollars, a person familiar with the matter said.
Mr. Biden has expressed concern to these people that he wouldn’t be able to raise millions of dollars in online donations immediately the way some other Democratic candidates have, including former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, this person said. Mr. O’Rourke raised $6.1 million in the 24 hours after he launched his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, while Mr. Sanders collected $5.9 million in the same period.
Mr. Biden wants to announce a large fundraising number after his candidacy is official to better compete in what is often dubbed the “money primary” that kicks off a presidential season.
Mr. Biden has indicated previously that he is close to entering the race, but he hasn’t yet reached a final decision, with people around him cautioning that he could change his mind. A spokesman for Mr. Biden declined to comment Tuesday.
The former vice president’s team is scouting out a location for his campaign headquarters. Philadelphia, which is about 30 miles away from Mr. Biden’s home in Wilmington, Del., is the leading contender, according to a second person familiar with the discussions. The person said that the location of the headquarters hadn’t been finalized.
Mr. Biden hinted at a presidential campaign as recently as this past weekend, speaking to Democratic activists in his home state of Delaware. He noted that he had received criticism from the “new left.”
“I have the most progressive record of anybody running for,” Mr. Biden said, stopping and catching himself, “anybody who would run” for president.
Next up, Fox News is going even further into the arms of CNN and company. Paul Ryan and other cronies have joined the board of the new Fox Corporation.
The freshly minted company unveiled its board members, including former House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). Ryan, whose two decades in Congress ended in January, forged a working relationship with President Trump to advance a conservative agenda, including tax cuts.
Now Ryan will help oversee the parent of Fox News — Trump’s favorite news network.
Fox’s other board members are Murdoch; his oldest son, Lachlan Murdoch, who is also the company’s chairman and chief executive; Anne Dias, founder and CEO of media investment firm Aragon Global Holdings; Chase Carey, a former Fox executive who is chairman and CEO of Formula 1 racing; Roland A. Hernandez, a former chief of Spanish-language network Telemundo; and Jacques Nasser, former head of Ford Motor Co. and a longtime Murdoch associate.
The Catholic Church sex scandals continue unabated under a pope who is looking more and more like a pedophile protector:
Pope Francis declined to accept the resignation of a French cardinal convicted of covering up sexual abuse, the Vatican said on Tuesday, a decision that drew fire from victims and their advocates in France and abroad.
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon had offered to step down in a private meeting with the pontiff on Monday.
The cardinal issued a statement similar to the Vatican’s on Tuesday, adding that the pope had cited the “presumption of [the cardinal’s] innocence” in declining to accept his resignation.
This month, Cardinal Barbarin became the highest-ranking Catholic Church official ever to be convicted of covering up sexual abuse, in the latest chapter of the church’s long-running abuse scandal.
The Vatican said the pope had left the cardinal “free to make the best decision” for the Lyon archdiocese, which has about 1.2 million Catholics. It said the cardinal had decided to take leave of his duties “for a period of time,” and entrust the leadership of the archdiocese to his vicar general, the Rev. Yves Baumgarten.
The cardinal said his decision to go on leave had been at the suggestion of the pope.
Elizabeth Warren is at it again! Now calls for 100 trillion dollars in spending!