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REPORT: Big Apple Mayor Dipping Toes into Gubernatorial Race

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With Andrew Cuomo now thankfully fully disgraced, (after refusing to resign for months), there appears to be an opening for some of New York’s most prominent politicians to get a run at the office.

For the time being, Kathy Hocul has been promoted from the Lt. Governor role, and has indicated that she does plan on running for the position again at the end of her partial term.

It appears as though Hochul could have some competition lining up already.

Bill de Blasio, a career politician and operative, was facing the prospect of life outside public office for the first time in two decades. Then came the downfall of his archnemesis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Now the New York City mayor, who will leave office in four months due to term limits, has begun calling allies about a prospective run for governor in the wide-open Democratic primary next June.

De Blasio phoned several labor leaders in recent days to gauge support, a union affiliate familiar with the previously unreported conversations told POLITICO.

How serious was he?

“He’s letting the leaders know that he’s considering running for governor,” said the person, who requested anonymity to speak freely about the preliminary steps.

Asked to characterize the conversations, the person said, “He’s just asking friends to hold off on making a decision” about endorsements until he figures out his own plans.

De Blasio had at one point thought about entering the 2020 presidential race as well, but a few instances of being publicly booed by his own constituents for considering it seemed to deter him.

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Biden Slammed by Ukraine Over Irresponsible Press Conference Comment

Well that didn’t go as planned.

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During Wednesday marathon-length press conference, Joe Biden accomplished a couple of quick things.

First, he managed to make a number of factually inaccurate statements that were so obvious that even CNN had to stop schilling for his administration long enough to call them out.

Then, he also stuck around for nearly 2 hours, which felt more like a pre-planned show of stamina than anything else.  (PR wins elections, after all).

And thirdly, he did an excellent job of angering Ukraine, just as Vladimir Putin appears ready to put his foot on their neck.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky publicly pushed back Thursday on US President Joe Biden’s comments that a “minor incursion” by Russia into Ukraine would prompt a lesser response than a full-scale invasion, in an implicit rebuke of Biden’s comments.

“We want to remind the great powers that there are no minor incursions and small nations,” Zelensky wrote on Twitter in an apparent response Biden’s remarks on Wednesday. “Just as there are no minor casualties and little grief from the loss of loved ones.”

So, what exactly did Biden say?

In his comments Wednesday, Biden suggested that a “minor incursion” could prompt a disagreement among NATO countries about how strongly to respond to Moscow.

“It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and not do, et cetera,” Biden said.

The press conference, (and the boneheaded commentary by Biden), came as Russian forces continued to amass near Ukraine, both on the Russian border and in Kremlin-ally Belarus.

During Wednesday marathon-length press conference, Joe Biden accomplished a couple of quick things. First, he managed to make a number of factually inaccurate statements that were so obvious that even CNN had to stop schilling for his administration long enough to call them out. Then, he also stuck around for nearly 2 hours, which felt more like a pre-planned show of stamina than anything else.  (PR wins elections, after all). And thirdly, he did an excellent job of angering Ukraine, just as Vladimir Putin appears ready to put his foot on their neck. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky publicly pushed back Thursday on US President Joe Biden’s comments that a “minor incursion” by Russia into Ukraine would prompt a lesser response than a full-scale invasion, in an implicit rebuke of Biden’s comments. “We want to remind the great powers that there are no minor incursions and small nations,” Zelensky wrote on Twitter in an apparent response Biden’s remarks on Wednesday. “Just as there are no minor casualties and little grief from the loss of loved ones.” So, what exactly did Biden say? In his comments Wednesday, Biden suggested that a “minor incursion” could prompt a disagreement among NATO countries about how strongly to respond to Moscow. “It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and not do, et cetera,” Biden said. The press conference, (and the boneheaded commentary by Biden), came as Russian forces continued to amass near Ukraine, both on the Russian border and in Kremlin-ally Belarus.

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Biden Talks 2024 Running Mate as Dems Look to Replace Him on Ticket

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President Joe Biden, for perhaps the first time since he took office a year ago, is getting ahead of himself.

Our nation has largely found itself lambasting Sleepy Joe as one of the nation’s most reluctant leaders.  He was coerced into running for office in the first place, as the Democrats considered him the only solution for swaying midwestern moderates away from Donald Trump’s sometimes brash behavior. and he has governed very much like a man whose heart wasn’t in it to begin with.

This has led to no shortage of troubles for the Biden administration, all of which have been distilled down into some of the most abhorrent approval rating numbers in the modern era.  What’s more, there are a vast number of Democrats who recognized that he’ll be slaughtered in the 2024 election unless things change drastically, and many are openly suggesting that another candidate may be in order.

Despite this reality, Biden seems obliviously hellbent on having a rerun ticket in three years’ time.

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President Biden said during a press briefing Wednesday that he expects Vice President Kamala Harris to be his running mate again in 2024 if he chooses to run, saying, “I think she’s doing a good job.”

And also:

Asked if he was satisfied with Harris’ work on voting rights after putting her in charge of the issue, and whether he would commit to making her his running mate in the next election if he runs, Biden said, “yes and yes.”

Asked to expand, Biden said, “there’s no need to. She’s going to be my running mate, number one. And number two, I did put her in charge. I think she’s doing a good job.”

Barring some catastrophic change in public opinion, perhaps former President and presumptive 2024 GOP candidate Donald Trump should go ahead and start picking out his cabinet.

President Joe Biden, for perhaps the first time since he took office a year ago, is getting ahead of himself. Our nation has largely found itself lambasting Sleepy Joe as one of the nation’s most reluctant leaders.  He was coerced into running for office in the first place, as the Democrats considered him the only solution for swaying midwestern moderates away from Donald Trump’s sometimes brash behavior. and he has governed very much like a man whose heart wasn’t in it to begin with. This has led to no shortage of troubles for the Biden administration, all of which have been distilled down into some of the most abhorrent approval rating numbers in the modern era.  What’s more, there are a vast number of Democrats who recognized that he’ll be slaughtered in the 2024 election unless things change drastically, and many are openly suggesting that another candidate may be in order. Despite this reality, Biden seems obliviously hellbent on having a rerun ticket in three years’ time. President Biden said during a press briefing Wednesday that he expects Vice President Kamala Harris to be his running mate again in 2024 if he chooses to run, saying, “I think she’s doing a good job.” And also: Asked if he was satisfied with Harris’ work on voting rights after putting her in charge of the issue, and whether he would commit to making her his running mate in the next election if he runs, Biden said, “yes and yes.” Asked to expand, Biden said, “there’s no need to. She’s going to be my running mate, number one. And number two, I did put her in charge. I think she’s doing a good job.” Barring some catastrophic change in public opinion, perhaps former President and presumptive 2024 GOP candidate Donald Trump should go ahead and…

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