Elizabeth Warren in awkward spot as afro american women dominate Joe Biden’s veep search

Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has found herself in an increasingly awkward position as the Biden campaign vets more African Americans as possible presidential running mates.

In recent weeks, white candidates have dropped out of consideration or fallen out of favor, including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and former top contender Sen. Amy Klobuchar dramatically withdrew from the process last week and urged Joe Biden to choose a woman of color.

While the white women have faded, a growing number of black female candidates have emerged as serious veepstakes players.

“All the African American candidates are first-tier and Warren,” a Senate insider familiar with the process told The Post.

“They are going to keep her name going until the last possible moment because they don’t want Twitter to have a meltdown for no reason,” said the source, nothing he believed there was a “95% chance” Joe Biden would pick a black woman.

“At this point they are too on the record about the women of color they are vetting,” said the source. “If you hold them all up for the 70-year-old white lady from Massachusetts, you better have a really good reason, and you don’t.”

Among those considered top options: Florida Rep. Val Demings, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, California Rep. Karen Bass, and former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Rice’s stock appears to have risen sharply within Biden’s team in recent weeks, the source continued.

Biden veepstakes hopefuls enter 2nd round of vetting as 2 frontrunners emerge

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) remains in strong contention, but her chances appear hampered by what’s been described as a frosty relationship with Biden. Many say the former vice president is still smarting from her attacks on him during the Democratic debates, which he took personally because of Harris’ past friendship with his son Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015.

Harris served as the attorney general in California when Beau Biden held the same position in Delaware. They overlapped in the roles between 2010 and 2015.

Stacey Abrams is all but out of consideration. Two other women of color, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, are considered second-tier options, the source added.

Though she once famously claimed to have Native American ancestry, Warren remains the only white women among the top contenders.

Protests against police killings have accelerated the emergence of black candidates.

Danielle Moodie, a political consultant and former vice president at SKDKnickerbocker, said the rise of qualified black women was inevitable, given the changes in the Democratic party’s demographics.

“When we look at who the backbone of the Democratic party is, it’s black women who consistently show up. They are the most steadfast voting bloc,” Moodie told The Post.

She said picking a Midwestern white moderate like Klobuchar to appeal to suburban soccer moms was a doomed effort.

“They are gone: 53 percent of white women voted for Trump and it is not an anomaly,” she said. “They vote with their white husbands, which is Republicans.”

TJ Ducklo, a spokesperson for Biden’s campaign, called The Post’s reporting “flat-out wrong” — though he declined to specify what exactly was incorrect.

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Minneapolis council members who voted to abolish cops get private security

Minneapolis council members who voted to abolish cops get private security
By Mary Kay LingeJune 27, 2020 | 5:23pm
Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins speaks to a group gathered outside the Cup Foods, where George Floyd was killed in police custody.

Three members of the Minneapolis City Council who voted to eliminate the local police force are being protected by a private security detail that costs taxpayers $4,500 a day.

News of the arrangement broke Friday, the same day that the council voted 12-0 to abolish the Minneapolis Police Department in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

“My concern is the large number of white nationalist(s) in our city and other threatening communications I’ve been receiving,” Councilmember Andrea Jenkins told Fox 9 News — adding that she had been asking for private security ever since she took office in 2018.

The city has spent $63,000 on rent-a-cops for Jenkins and fellow councilmembers Phillipe Cunningham and Alondra Cano during the last three weeks after the three said they had received threats.

But an MPD spokesperson said that no complaints of threats against them had been filed.

All three have pushed the movement to scrap city police force in favor of “peace officers” and a “holistic, public health-oriented approach” to law enforcement.

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Cuba discusses Covid-19 experiences online with Pacific Islands

Havana,(Plenglish) Health authorities and specialists from Cuba and the Pacific Islands exchanged their experiences online in the confrontation with Covid-19 as part of agreed cooperation actions, reported the Foreign Ministry of the Caribbean country.

The Cuban representatives detailed, in the virtual meeting, the practices and protocols implemented in the fight against the pandemic, led by director of the Central Unit for Medical Cooperation, Jorge Delgado.

Experts from the Pedro Kourí Tropical Medicine Institute (IPK) explained the epidemiological aspects of the disease, the results in the care and treatment of the seriously ill patient, as well as the organization of hospital flow, disinfection measures and prevention plans of the Public Health System of the largest of the Antilles.

In addition, the Cuban panel offered detailed information on Cuban biotechnological products used to treat the virus with a high impact, by specialists from the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.

Among others, they recognized the efficacy of recombinant human Interferon Alpha 2B, monoclonal antibodies, Heberferon and Jusvinza immunomodulatory peptide.

The representation of the Pacific Island States had the participation of the Minister of Health of the Republic of Nauru, Isabella Dageago, and the Director of Public Health of Tuvalu, Christine Lifuka Alopua, graduated in Cuba.

In addition there were officials from the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs of the Solomon Islands, Micronesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and Palau.

The foreign participants thanked Cuba for the permanent and valuable contribution to the improvement of health systems in the region and highlighted the scientific development and the usefulness of the shared experiences.

For his part, the Cuban ambassador to Fiji, Carlos Manuel Rojas, reiterated his country’s commitment and willingness to contribute to strengthening medical care in the Pacific Islands, amid the intensification of the imposed economic, commercial and financial blockade for the United States.

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