Vice president Joe Biden told a small group of reporters on Monday night that he planned on running for president in 2020. "Yeah, I am. I am going to run in 2020." Pressed further on the remarks, Biden said: "For president. And also, what the hell man, anyway." Reporters at the scene asked him if he was kidding and Biden responded: "I'm not committing not to run. I'm not committed to anything. I learned a long time ago, fate has a strange way of intervening." He would be turning 78 in 2020.
In an op-ed for The New York Times, Texas presidential elector Christopher Suprun, explains why he will not cast his vote for the President-elect Donald Trump on December 19, the date at which the 538 electors are supposed to formally vote for the president. "I watch Mr. Trump fail to unite America and drive a wedge between us," Suprun writes of his decision. "Mr. Trump goes out of his way to attack the cast of “Saturday Night Live” for bias. He tweets day and night, but waited two days to offer sympathy to the Ohio State community after an attack there. He does not encourage civil discourse, but chooses to stoke fear and create outrage." A number of electors have discussed not voting for Trump, who won the electoral college.
LeBron James and a slew of players on the Cleveland Cavaliers team will reportedly not stay in the Trump SoHo hotel when they travel to New York City to play the New York Knicks this week. The hotel was reportedly booked for the team prior to the presidential election. General manager David Griffin said that the team has made arrangements for players who do not wish to stay in the hotel. Griffin said upwards of half the team may not stay at the hotel. James endorsed Hillary Clinton during the election.
A man who reportedly shouted "go back to your country" at Muslim New York City police officer Aml Elsokary was charged with a hate crime. The individual, 36-year-old Christopher Nelson, allegedly pushed Elsokary's son when she was off duty and referenced the Islamic State while threatening to slit her throat. "I became a police officer to show the positive side of a New Yorker, a Muslim woman, that can do the job," Elsokary said. "I help everybody, no matter what your religion, what's your faith, what you do in New York. I'm born and raised here."
After a South Carolina judge declared a mistrial in former police officer Michael Slager’s murder trial, the lead prosecutor vowed to continue the fight. Slager, who was seen on camera shooting and killing Walter Scott last year, walked free on Monday after the jury announced it could not come to a unanimous decision to convict him on either murder or manslaughter charges. The lone holdout among the jurors told the court as early as Friday that “I cannot and will not change my mind.” Charleston County’s solicitor Scarlett Wilson released a statement expressing “disappointment” in the outcome, she vowed, “We will try Michael Slager again,” adding, “We hope the federal and state courts will coordinate efforts regarding any future trials dates but we stand ready whenever the court calls.”
Top Republicans in the U.S. House on Monday pushed back against President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to impose a 35-percent tariff as “retribution” against companies who move overseas. “Any business that leaves our country for another country, fires its employees, builds a new factory or plant in the other country, and then thinks it will sell its product back into the U.S. without retribution or consequence, is WRONG!” Trump declared on Twitter on Sunday morning. “There will be a tax on our soon to be strong border of 35% for these companies wanting to sell their product, cars, A.C. units etc., back across the border.” According to The New York Times, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was not thrilled at the suggestion: “I don’t want to get into some kind of trade war,” he said. House Speaker Paul Ryan took a more diplomatic approach, telling a Wisconsin reporter, “I think we can get at the goal here, which is keep American businesses American, build things in America and sell them overseas. That can be properly addressed in comprehensive tax reform.”
Justin Ross Harris, the man convicted three weeks ago in the hot-car death of his 22-month-old son, was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole. “This is basically the most aggravated killing of another individual, especially a young child… that there’s only one sentence that reflects the evil nature of what he did,” lead prosecutor Chuck Boring said in requesting the maximum sentence. Ross, now 36, left Cooper strapped into a car seat in the back of his SUV for seven hours, resulting in the child’s death. Harris was supposed to take the boy to day care but instead drove straight to work and left the child in his backseat for the duration of the work day.
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Barbara Poma, owner of the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, has decided not to sell the property to the city for a memorial, but rather to create a "sanctuary of hope" independently, she announed Monday. The city of Orlando had planned to pay $2.25 million to purchase Pulse—the nightlcub site of a June mass shooting that left 49 people dead—and convert it into a memorial, but Poma expressed Monday that she is no longer interested in selling. Orlando spokeswoman Cassandra Lafser released a statement that city officials respect the decision "and are hopeful the Pulse site continues to be a place of hope and healing that honors the victims."
Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka met with former Vice President Al Gore on Monday morning to discuss “climate issues,” the president-elect’s communications director Jason Miller told reporters. While initially reported that Gore would not meet with Donald, the former vice president revealed upon exiting Trump Tower that he had, indeed, met with the incoming president. “I had a lengthy and very productive session with the president-elect. It was a sincere search for areas of common ground,” Gore told pool reporters. “I found it an extremely interesting conversation, and to be continued.” The former Democratic presidential nominee supported and campaigned with Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign, and has since called for the scrapping of the Electoral College after Clinton won the popular vote but lost the election, just as he did in 2000. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is also attempting to advise Ivanka Trump on climate issues. He reportedly met with her recently and gave her a copy of a documentary about climate change.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory finally conceded to Democratic competitor Roy Cooper in the state’s gubernatorial race, nearly one month after the election. McCrory requested a recount last week, despite the fact that Cooper, currently North Carolina’s attorney general, had already declared victory.