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Joe Biden to announce 2020 presidential run next week: reports

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Joe Biden will announce next week he is running for president, likely grabbing pole position in a crowded Democratic field eager to take on President Donald Trump in 2020, US media reported Friday.

Biden, the veteran politico who has sought the White House twice before and served as Barack Obama’s vice president, will make it official with a video to be released Wednesday, according to several outlets.

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NBC News and other American media reported that the long time Delaware senator’s decision was all but a formality — after he sat out 2016 as he mourned the death of his son Beau from cancer.

Biden, 76, will join the race as its predominant centrist at a time in which many in the Democratic Party’s progressive wing, including rivals for the nomination, have embraced liberal policies like universal health care.

Several strategists see Biden as the down-to-earth Democrat with star power who connects with working class voters like those who abandoned Hillary Clinton for Trump in 2016.

In a Real Clear Politics poll released Tuesday, Biden led with 31 percent support among people asked about who they like in the Democratic primary elections, followed by self-declared democratic socialist Bernie Sanders at 23.

Some way behind, Kamala Harris of California, young Texas upstart Beto O’Rourke and rising star Pete Buttigieg were battling it out for third place — with nine, eight and seven percent respectively.

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Biden has been leading in other polls too in recent days.


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WATCH: Protester scales Secret Service building to spray-paint profane anti-Trump message

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On Friday, protests around the country continued against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As CNN covered shots of protests in Washington, D.C., one demonstrator could clearly be seen scaling a Secret Service building, before taking out a can of spray paint and writing "F**K TRUMP" on the edifice.

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Some commenters on social media noticed, and tweeted their support for the protester.

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Trump aide told investigators Paul Manafort began spreading Ukraine conspiracy theories as soon as DNC server hack was revealed

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On Friday, a new batch of documents recording the interviews former special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors held with aides to President Donald Trump was released, as part of a Freedom of Information Act request by BuzzFeed News.

One of the revelations in the interviews with Rick Gates, who served as an aide to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, was that Manafort began pushing conspiracy theories about Ukraine at the same time that the Russian hack into the Democratic National Committee became publicly known.

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CNN’s Jim Acosta walks through all the times Trump has ‘thrown gasoline’ on racial tension

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On CNN Friday, following President Donald Trump's abrupt exit from a press conference following a racially charged tweet, chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta broke down President Donald Trump's history of stoking racial tensions during moments of crisis.

"He is trying to clean up this tweet that he posted last night," said Acosta. "First, just what the president said a few moments ago. He said the looters in Minneapolis should not be able to drown out the voice of so many peaceful protesters. That, obviously, is a very mild version of what he was trying to say or he claims he was trying to say last night when he tweeted, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." That obviously is an expression steeped in all kinds of ugliness. The Miami Police chief back in 1967, when there was unrest in that city, used that expression. George Wallace, the segregationist, used words like that in 1968."

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