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Joe Biden Is Leaning Toward a 2016 Run Wall Street Journal: Vice President Joe Biden, who has long been considering a presidential bid, is increasingly leaning toward entering the race if it is still possible he can knit together a competitive campaign at this late date, people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Biden still could opt to sit out the 2016 race, and he is weighing multiple political, financial and family considerations before making a final decision. But conversations about the possibility were a prominent feature of an August stay in South Carolina and his home in Delaware last week, these people said. A surprise weekend trip to Washington to meet with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), a darling of the party’s liberal wing, represented a pivot from potential to likely candidate, one Biden supporter said. Hillary Clinton E-Mail Alibi Is Strikingly Inconvenient Bloomberg: For more than five months, Hillary Clinton has been saying that she used a private server and e-mail address as secretary of state purely as a matter of convenience. And her critics, of course, keep expressing skepticism about whether that was her true motivation: Surely, she was instead hiding something—or at best, just keeping her Spidey skills up. Now, with the Justice Department looking into whether classified information was handled correctly, it may be time for the Democratic presidential front-runner to stop presenting herself as someone whose personal convenience is so paramount that potential security concerns never even occurred to her. Joe Biden to skip DNC meeting amid 2016 buzz
Politico: Amid signs that he is seriously contemplating a 2016 run, Vice President Joe Biden declined an offer from the Democratic National Committee to join the party’s five declared presidential candidates in addressing the committee’s members at its summer meeting in Minneapolis this week. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb, and Lincoln Chafee will be at the DNC’s Thursday-through-Saturday confab, but Biden — who is meeting with close aides and reaching out to potential allies, like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, as he weighs his options — chose not to take advantage of the open invitation that comes with his job. FLORIDA RADAR
Obama should not get ‘four more years,’ Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania voters say Washington Times: More than seven in 10 voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania would not like President Obama to serve a third term if he could run again in 2016, according to results from a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday. Seventy-one percent of voters in Florida, 72 percent of voters in Ohio and 74 percent of voters in Pennsylvania said they would not like to see Mr. Obama serve as president for a third term if he could. About a quarter of voters in each state said they would like to see that. Most Florida voters oppose Iran deal, new Quinnipiac poll shows Miami Herald: A new poll shows President Barack Obama remains unpopular in Florida — as does his nuclear deal with Iran. Obama’s job approval rating is upside down 41-56 percent, according to the Quinnipiac University poll released Monday. Respondents oppose the Iran agreement by 61-25 percent but support sending U.S. ground troops to fight the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. U.S. Senate hopeful stops in Panama City
Panama City News Herald: Florida Congressman Patrick Murphy is hoping to take his bipartisan efforts and independent voting record to the floor of the U.S. Senate next year. In a meeting with the News Herald last week, Murphy shared more about his bid for the Senate seat currently held by Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio. Although “not a career politician,” Murphy said he believes the Senate’s bigger stage would provide a greater opportunity to address the issues about which he is passionate, outline goals to grow the middle class, protect the environment and unite the parties that divide Washington.
What Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush are up to the week of Aug. 24 Tampa Bay Times: Rubio is fundraising Monday in Texas and Tuesday, does the same in Buffalo, N.Y. He has a full day of campaign events in New Hampshire on Wednesday, with a meet and greet in Orford and town hall meetings in both Littleton and Londonderry. He campaigns in South Carolina on Thursday and Friday. Bush heads today to McAllen, Texas, where he’ll meet with local officials about border security and immigration issues. Later Monday he is fundraising in Denver. On Tuesday Bush has a veterans town hall in Englewood, Colo., and then flies to Salt Lake City for another fundraiser. On Wednesday Bush is in Birmingham, Ala., for fundraising then will do a town hall in Pensacola. On Thursday Bush is fundraising in North Carolina and Richmond, Va. Friday he’s got a military town hall in Norfolk.
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No surprise here, ONLY 25% of Floridians support the Iran Deal. http://bit.ly/1PuV122 #Sayfie #FlaPol
Democratic losses in smaller races nationwide have all the makings of disaster in the future. http://politi.co/1hCI77V #FlaPol
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