Biden is considering running for president — but friends say the 76-year-old is concerned about his age
- As he considers running for president, Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether, at 76, he's too old to seek the White House, according to several sources who have spoken with the former Democratic vice president.
- Past and current advisers to Biden have held frequent conversations about options to alleviate concerns about age, including teaming him with a younger running mate.
- One option that has been floated, according to a source with knowledge of the talks, is outgoing Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who at 46 has become the subject of intense 2020 speculation after nearly beating GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.
- Ronald Reagan was 73 when he won the White House a second time, making him the oldest person to win a presidential election.
Flipping a house is nothing like HGTV shows, according to people who've done it. From 4-month delays to doubling your budget, here's what it's really like
- But that's not preventing people from flipping houses.
- American homeowners flipped 217,000 single-family homes or condos in 2017, the most in 11 years, reported Ronda Kaysen of The New York Times, citing real estate data company ATTOM Data Solutions.
- We talked to several people who have been through the process of flipping a house more than once, and many said the real-life timeline of house flipping is longer than depicted.
- One house flipper spent a grueling amount of time scraping wallpaper off her kitchen, while another didn't check how laminate flooring fit together before purchasing it, resulting in complications when it came to laying it down.
- But that's not to say house flipping can't be rewarding — or a good investment — especially if you love doing it.
- Here's what house flipping is really like, according to house flippers themselves.
Ryan Zinke is out — here are all the casualties of the Trump administration so far
- President Donald Trump announced to reporters on Dec. 8 that his chief of staff John Kelly will leave "at the end of the year" and he plans to name his replacement in the next day or two.
- But McCabe said in a Friday night statement that he believed he was "singled out" over the events he witnessed and actions he took after the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired in May. President Donald Trump has asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to leave his post, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
- The resignation came just a day after she testified before the House Intelligence Committee, where she reportedly said that she told white lies for the president, but never lied about anything consequential related to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
What Stanley McChrystal learned from Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq before leading the operation to kill him
- Before Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was blotted out by a US airstrike on June 7, 2006, he made an impression, especially on Stanley McChrystal, who, as a lieutenant general in charge of US Joint Special Operations Command, led the effort to take out the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq.
- Arriving in Iraq in 2003 to lead a US Joint Special Operations Task Force, McChrystal recognized the strengths of Al Qaeda in Iraq and the mismatch the group presented for the US military's traditional conception of its enemies.
- As US forces whittled away the middle ranks of al-Zarqawi's organization, which he had built into semiautonomous cells, the Al Qaeda in Iraq leader was seeking to ignite a sectarian war, stoking violence between Sunnis and Shiites.
- Less than 20 minutes after that, US Army Delta Force operators arrived at the demolished house to find Iraqi police loading a still-alive al-Zarqawi into an ambulance.
Trump Praises Overturn of Obamacare as 'Great News for America'
- He was referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, and Representative Nancy Pelosi, who will likely become speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives when the Democrats take control of the chamber in January.
- O’Connor, of the Northern District of Texas in Fort Worth, agreed with the plaintiffs that he had to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act after Congress last year zeroed out a key provision — the tax penalty for not complying with the requirement to buy insurance.
- Trump campaigned against the Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama, but failed to repeal it in Congress.
- After the Democratic House victory in the Midterm elections last month, McConnell said that another repeal effort was likely off the table.
- In an interview with Bloomberg News before the election, McConnell defended the lawsuit, though it had become a problem for Republican candidates in the campaign for control of Congress.
KeyForge: The red-hot card game where every deck is unique—and unchangeable
- Decks are pre-constructed and can’t be altered; there’s no card chasing, and there’s certainly no over-arching “meta” game that must be respected.
- Those cards deployed to the table in previous turns may also now be activated to attack other creatures or to reap Æmber.
- It doesn’t seem ludicrous to imagine running into fellow hobbyists at a convention and having everyone pull out a deck of cards that’s uniquely theirs.
- I quickly noticed that newcomers did not want to play with the two constructed teaching decks found in the starter set.
- Having a pre-constructed deck where you can’t tinker with card lists or alter your collection does ease play and lower barriers, but it also means you may reach a point at which you have squeezed everything possible from your deck.
Trump reportedly grew frustrated no one wanted to be his chief of staff before settling on Mick Mulvaney
- President Donald Trump abruptly tapped Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to become his next White House chief of staff after growing frustrated that none of his top candidates would accept the position, a senior White House official said in a Washington Post report on Friday.
- Following multiple rejections this week from candidates who were on his short list — including former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers — Trump became agitated by the news reports that painted an unflattering picture of what was supposed to be a highly sought-after job, the senior White House official reportedly said.
- On Friday afternoon, Trump announced on Twitter that Mulvaney would take over as acting White House chief of staff, which was formally held by former four-star Marine Corps general John Kelly.
Opinion: Why Mulvaney can't save Trump's chaos presidency
- Mulvaney, who will serve as "acting" chief of staff, brings skills to the table that might be helpful in this job under normal circumstances.
- It is run by a President who refuses to listen to any adviser and eventually turns on almost everyone around him, and is in conversation with a political party desperately trying to figure out why it should stay loyal to its leader.
- Mulvaney, who will be Trump's third chief of staff, is stepping into a political hurricane, not unlike when Al Haig became President Richard Nixon's chief of staff in May 1973.
- The combination of a newly elected House Democratic majority and the rapid intensification of investigations into wrongdoing and corruption means that Mulvaney will spend much of his time trying to keep this ship from sinking -- and himself out of trouble.
Washington's mad holiday dash begins
- The week started out with a White House chief-of-staff search that went off the rails -- it was unclear who would replace John Kelly after the presumptive successor, Nick Ayers, announced he wouldn't take the job.
- But Trump ended speculation late Friday afternoon, tweeting that OMB head Mick Mulvaney would become "acting" chief of staff.
- Meanwhile, former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen was sentenced to 36 months in prison (a swanky one, at that) on Wednesday, and he's not keeping quiet about his ex-boss anymore.
- One major speed bump is a possible government shutdown over funding for Trump's border wall, which will come to a head at the end of next week.
- The Point: Unlike Michael Cohen and Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi had a VERY good week.
Pelosi Will Betray California Because It is the Smart Move
- The Republican Senate and the Democratic House will betray the states that are electorally safe.
- They will try to put extra money and programs into the battleground states.
- This political looting could be prevented.
- The political gridlock could prevent deals from being made.
- Michael Corleone – Tessio.
- Michael Corleone – Its the smart move.
- California does have some battleground house districts in the Central Valley.
- The Central Valley is getting $3.5 billion of federal money for a segment of high-speed rail.
- There will be some money that is placed back into the Central Valley in a new program.
- More money has to go to Florida, Ohio and other more important states.
- There will be some pretend arguments for programs for the safe states.
- There will also be some programs that spread the money all around the country relatively evenly.