Joe Biden in 2020? It’s not as crazy as it might sound

first_imgBiden was a terrible candidate – twice! – when he ran for president in 1987 and 2007.A half-century in politics doesn’t usually produce new ideas.He can be a gaffe machine, unable to keep ill-considered first thoughts to himself.From Day One he would be the oldest person to occupy the office.But there are reasons to think these shortcomings might not weigh so heavily this time.Presumably, his experience running with President Barack Obama and serving as an influential vice president (a job that absolutely requires people to learn to hold their tongues) will make him a better candidate.He’ll commit gaffes – otherwise it wouldn’t be Joe – but occasional loose talk will seem benign measured against Trump’s mean spirit and contempt for the truth.  And he’d have to be running against President Donald Trump.Most of my expert friends dismiss the viability of a Biden run, but Biden doesn’t.He and his political advisers take the prospect seriously.To see why they’re not crazy, start with this fact of political life: When an incumbent runs for re-election, the contest is a referendum on him.A challenger, to be successful, must offer an appealing alternative that better addresses whatever’s bothering people.Jimmy Carter, the outsider, beat President Gerald Ford in 1976 in the shadow of the Watergate scandals.Ronald Reagan defeated Carter four years later by showing resolve that resonated during the Iranian hostage crisis. Categories: Editorial, OpinionIn reporting on politics all my adult life, I’ve enjoyed indulging in candidate scenarios, especially thinking unconventionally about what might happen if somebody runs for president.If people I respect dismiss one of my story lines as a dumb idea, it’s usually better to move on.This time, I’m going to ignore them.My latest scenario, derided by Democratic and Republican sources alike, imagines a 2020 Democratic presidential run by … Joe Biden.I think it could work, with caveats.Biden would have to pick a special type of running mate well in advance, plan only to serve one term and release all his health records. Bill Clinton’s domestic focus had broad appeal in 1992, the first presidential contest after the end of the Cold War, against the veteran cold warrior President George H.W. Bush.After 3 1/2 years of Trump, what will swing voters be looking for?A grown-up who is committed to getting things done by trying to bridge the bitter partisan divide.A person with experience in governing, savvy about the ways of Washington and wary of national-security booby traps.A reputation for incorruptibility to drain the ethical swamp of the Trump years.More than most outsiders, new faces or ideological purists, the 74-year-old former senator and vice president could fit that bill.To be sure, those who tell me I’m daffy have compelling reasons. Normally, promising to serve only one term is a bad idea; it turns a leader into a lame duck on the first day in office.There’s never been a great one-term president.But Biden could change the way candidates look at the selection of a running mate.Instead of waiting until the eve of the nominating convention, he should pick a running mate over a year in advance, and run as a team.That would be good politics and good policy.Remember that there’s nothing sacrosanct about the present system, which has produced Spiro T. Agnew, John Edwards and Sarah Palin.Biden should select a woman, in her 40s or 50s, who has won elective office and demonstrated the capacity to step into the president’s shoes. A politician first elected in 1970 is not going to be the face of the future. But after the exhaustion, trauma and incompetence of the Trump years, voters will look for stability, solidity, maturity, global experience, civility and integrity. Biden checks all the boxes.He’s a part of the moderate Obama-Clinton wing of the Democratic Party (though there’s no love lost between Biden and Bill and Hillary Clinton).But progressives acknowledge his genuine empathy for working-class Americans, and he’s liberal enough for them on social issues – it was Biden who forced Obama’s hand on supporting gay marriage.There’s still the issue of age.If elected he’d be 78, three years older than Trump though probably in better shape.But even if 78 is the new 68, the notion of serving two terms, well into his mid-80s, won’t cut it. His case to voters would be direct: I’m the most experienced man to ever run for president, and by the end of the first term I will have developed a partner with stellar credentials to succeed me.OK, it’s a long shot.My insider friends who think it’s a crazy idea, including a couple of Republicans who said they’d vote for Biden over Trump, are probably right. The odds may be better for a fresh-faced change agent or a left winger representing the new heart of the Democratic Party.But consider the political merits. What’s a better antidote to the poison of Trumpism than the buoyant maturity of Joe Biden?Albert R. Hunt is a Bloomberg View columnist. He was the executive editor of Bloomberg News, before which he was a reporter, bureau chief and executive Washington editor at the Wall Street Journal.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Three coast suburbs hit the most expensive Queensland suburb list

first_img1153/1 Lennie Ave, Main BeachMAIN Beach has been crowned the most expensive suburb on the Gold Coast, according to the latest data from Corelogic. Main Beach, Mermaid Beach and Surfers Paradise are among a list of ten Queensland suburbs that now have multi-million dollar median prices in 2017. The prestigious Brisbane suburb of Teneriffe topped the list at a median house price of $2.05 million. The CoreLogic Market Trend figures showed Main Beach came in as the third most expensive suburb in the state with a median house price of $1.75 million. While 11 houses have sold in the past 12 months, units proved most popular with 252 sold in the past year, according to the data. Mermaid Beach was the sixth most expensive suburb at $1.41 million, with Surfers Paradise following at seventh place at $1.325 million. 1153/1 Lennie Ave, Main Beach is on the market QUEENSLAND’S MOST EXPENSIVE SUBURBS: Teneriffe $2.05M South Brisbane $1.781M Main Beach $1.75M New Farm $1.605M Ascot $1.425M Mermaid Beach $1.41M Surfers Paradise $1.325M Hamilton $1.275M Hawthorne $1.2M Bulimba $1.17M Main Beach is home to luxury apartmentsLucy Cole from Lucy Cole Prestige Properties has recently sold two multi-million dollar apartments in the suburb.The data shows that more than half of the residents moved to the suburb five years ago.“The market slowed down for a few years in Main Beach but the area is really coming to life again,” Ms Cole said. Ms Cole said interstate buyers and young couples were contributed to the market. “The pace has really picked up with a lot of families discovering the area.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“Over the past year we have seen the market pick up in price, especially with people moving from interstate and buying the units unseen.“They usually pay full price on the spot too.”last_img read more

Olympic swimmer Janet Blood puts her home into the property pool

first_img12 Cheval Court, Benowa Waters.WITH a waterfront lifestyle, pool, spa and gym, this house is fit for an elite swimmer.So it’s no surprise retired Olympic swimmer Janet Blood and her husband Paul Blood bought the five-bedroom house that sprawls over 1073sq m in Benowa Waters just over a decade ago.There is of course a swimming pool. Picture: Realestate.com.auMrs Blood said her husband coupled his building and plumbing skills together to create a family house to channel the “perfect Queensland lifestyle”.“We are both swimmers and we always feel a calming sense when we’re around water,” Mrs Blood said.“My husband and I have been gradually renovating the house over the years.“Paul won the Master Builders award in 2008 for his work on the Mudgeeraba Industrial Park and he was confident when it came to the house.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:45 Related videos 01:45Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:34Paradise for sale…01:16Dream home: Broadbeach Waters01:33Dream Home: New Farm01:36Dream Home: Brookfield01:00Mermaid BeachMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours agoThe mother-of-two said the bathroom has been retiled and re-piped.“Most people wouldn’t go to that extreme of redesigning a bathroom to the extent we did, but we love the house and felt it was worth it,” she said.The couple also meticulously landscaped the backyard.The kitchen is new-looking and modern. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe two-storey home has many luxury features including a media room.“The media room has two sliding doors that when closed it is a soundproof room which is great for the kids when they watch movies, the rest of the house is still peaceful.”“My favourite part now is sitting out on the deck and watching the water … in about three seconds I am relaxed,” she said.last_img read more

PME, PMT use surplus contributions to mitigate pensions rights cuts

first_imgPME and PMT, the pension funds for the Dutch metal industry, have said they intend to use their surplus contributions to try to avoid making rights cuts resulting from funding shortfalls.In its annual report, the €42bn PME said it transferred 2.8 percentage points of its 23.6% premium into a deposit for smoothing out contributions, as the current premium exceeds the cost-covering level.It will use any remainder to mitigate future discounts, it said.As of the end of April, PME reported a funding of 92.4%, whereas PMT’s coverage stood at 89.6% at the end of February. In the Netherlands, pension funds must begin cutting pension rights if their year-end funding falls is below 90% or thereabout.Last year, PME transferred €111m into its equalisation fund, while both schemes, which share MN as their provider, introduced a uniform contribution of 23.6% of the pensionable salary for a five-year period.PMT, the €63bn scheme for the mechanical engineering industry, was able to place €267m into the equalisation reserve thanks to a premium surplus of 3.9%.In its annual report, it also said it would draw on the buffer as soon it had to discount pension rights.The initial purpose of the reserve was to supplement the contribution, if the paid premium was lower than the cost-covering level for an annual pensions accrual of 1.875%.PME and PME estimate that their surplus contributions will be 0.2% and 1.25%, respectively, this year.Since the start of 2015, PME has used expected returns to determine its cost-covering premium, as it thinks this aligns its investment policy through matching and return portfolios best.Until then, it drew its premium from interest rates.last_img read more

Masirah flows first Yumna oil into tanker

first_imgExploration and production company Masirah Oil has completed the Yumna 1 well and flowed first oil into an Aframax tanker. The well is located in Block 50, 30km offshore east Oman. Bull Papua tanker; Source: PT. Buana Lintas Lautan, TbkMasirah awarded a contract to Foresight Offshore Drilling to use the Foresight Driller IX drilling rig for the appraisal well on Block 50 in early November 2019.Later that month, Masirah also awarded a contract to Wings Offshore for the floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel, Mt Bull Papua, to be used on the Yumna field. The Mt Bull Papua is an Aframax tanker with a storage capacity of 750,000 barrels.The well was spud on December 26, 2019.In an update released earlier this week, Masirah said that the well came in as expected and confirmed the updated reservoir model.The Yumna 1 well has tested at a production rate of 11,843 stock tank barrels of oil per day through a 1-inch choke, with a crude oil gravity of 42 degrees API. The Yumna field is being further appraised with an extended early production test.The company also stated that further data evaluation and testing would be done and its findings would be released when completed.Masirah is an 86.37 percent owned subsidiary of Singapore’s Rex International.Commenting on Masirah’s update, Dan Broström, Executive Chairman of Rex International, said: “We are very happy with the successful results from the Yumna 1 well and are pleased to play a part in opening up a new frontier offshore, east of Oman. We expect the high level of activity to continue as we move forward in the block. We thank the Ministry of Oil & Gas in Oman for their support and help in this endeavor.”Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Gamblers spent $118 million more in FY 2015/16

first_imgScoop 23 February 2017Family First Comment: Driving poverty – because we know that pokies are often targeted at low income areas and families…“Gambling expenditure increased by 2.6 per cent, from an average of $601 per person in 2015, to $616 per person in 2016.”Gamblers in New Zealand spent $2209 million dollars on the four main forms of gambling in the 2015/16 financial year, $118 million (5.6 per cent) more than the previous year, according to figures compiled by the Department of Internal Affairs. More was spent on all forms of gambling, though casinos had the largest increase.Adjusting for the effects of both inflation and changes to New Zealand’s population (18 years and older), we find that gambling expenditure* increased by 2.6 per cent, from an average of $601 per person in 2015, to $616 per person in 2016.The take from TAB racing and sports betting increased 5.3 per cent from $325 million in 2015 to $342 million in 2016. This was driven by higher active customer numbers and additional fixed odds betting options. After adjusting for both inflation and changes in the adult population, expenditure on TAB racing and sports betting increased from an average of $93 per person in 2015 to $95 per person in 2016.The take from NZ Lotteries’ product sales increased 4.0 per cent from $420 million in 2015, to $437 million in 2016. After 11 years, Lotto chose this financial year to retire the “Big Wednesday” promotion and replace it with two weekly “Powerball” draws. This allows jackpots, the size of which drives Lotto sales, to grow more quickly and reach higher amounts more consistently. NZ Lotteries has also increased its retail presence in supermarkets, at fuel sites and through expanded digital offerings. After adjusting for both inflation and changes in the adult population, expenditure on NZ Lotteries’ products increased from an average of $121 per person in 2015 to $122 per person in 2016.The take from non-casino gaming machines increased 3.1 per cent from $818 million in 2015 to $843 million in 2016. After adjusting for both inflation and changes in the adult population, however, it appears that expenditure on non-casino gaming machines has actually remained constant at an average of $235 per person in both 2015 and 2016. This coincides with declining numbers of venues and machines.The take from the country’s six casinos increased 11.1 per cent from $527 million in 2015 to $586 million in 2016. This increase was driven by positive macro-economic conditions, record tourism and significant improvements to casino facilities. After adjusting for both inflation and changes in the adult population, expenditure at casinos increased from an average of $151 per person in 2015 to $163 per person in 2016.READ MORE: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1702/S00264/gamblers-spent-118-million-more-in-fy-201516.htmlast_img read more

City council questions Ceneco ‘one bill policy’

first_imgFailure to do so would mean theaccount becomes past due./PN Under the “one bill policy” Cenecomember-consumers must settle their electricity bill within nine days after itwas rendered to them. In fact, she said, many complained nothaving been consulted about the new policy prior to the announcement of itsimplementation beginning this month. BACOLOD City – The city council askedCentral Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) to reconsider the “one billpolicy.”center_img Councilor Simplicia Distrito, authorof the resolution, said the “one bill policy” is disadvantageous to low incomeearners because the number of days provided to settle the bill is short. In a resolution, the council stressedCeneco should have consulted consumers first to come up with better paymentmethods and terms.last_img read more

Indiana BMV announces Veteran’s Day closures

first_imgBatesville, In. — In observance of Veteran’s Day all offices and branches of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be closed Saturday, November 11 and Monday, November 13.For a complete list of locations or to complete an online transaction click here.last_img

Walcott shock could force shake-up

first_img The Gunners confirmed on Monday evening tests had revealed the 24-year-old had damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the closing stages of Saturday’s FA Cup win over Tottenham and, after surgery, he will need at least six months of rehabilitation. Initially it had been hoped Walcott, who had scored five goals since returning from a stomach muscle injury earlier in the season, would only be out for a matter of weeks after appearing to jar his knee when making a defensive tackle. A move for Dimitar Berbatov was last week played down, but the Fulham forward would appear to fit the bill in terms of price tag and experience, while 21-year-old Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid could prove a stop-gap loan option. Walcott, meanwhile, is now set to miss what could have been a third opportunity to represent England at the World Cup finals. The former Southampton forward is yet to play in a World Cup match, having been a shock selection as a raw talent in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s 2006 squad for Germany, while his omission by Fabio Capello four years later was equally surprising. Arsenal team-mate Aaron Ramsey – who recovered from a double leg break in 2010 – was quick to offer support to his friend. The Wales midfielder wrote on Twitter: “Gutted for Theo, he’ll come back stronger after this. Been fantastic for us so far this season. Have a speedy recovery mate.” Following their hectic festive schedule, Arsenal now have an extended break until the next Barclays Premier League match, when they travel to Aston Villa on Monday 13 January. Wenger has been impressed with the resilience of his squad. “You feel the spirit is there to fight together,” he said. “You can put any player anywhere, they just fight for each other and that is just the greatest ingredient of positiveness we have in the squad.” Elsewhere, the FA has digested the full match report of referee Mark Clattenburg following a fiery end to the north London derby and will also speak to other relevant bodies as well both clubs in a quest to single out any offenders – with a warning of life-time bans for those found guilty. Indeed, the forward did not appear to be in severe pain as he was carried off the field and even signalled ‘2-0’ in the direction of the 5,000-strong Spurs fans, while missiles – including coins and plastic bottles – were seen to hit medical staff as they lifted the stretcher around to the tunnel on the halfway line. However, following further tests and specialist examination, the club’s worst fears were confirmed just a few hours after the Football Association decided the player would face no disciplinary action for his hand gesture. “The club regrettably announces that Theo Walcott has sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee,” Arsenal said in a statement. “Theo will have surgery in London in the near future and is expected to be out for at least six months, therefore missing the remainder of the season and the World Cup in Brazil in the summer. “Everyone at Arsenal wishes Theo a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing him back on a football pitch as soon as possible.” The full diagnosis of Walcott’s knee problem is now likely to have a knock-on impact to Wenger’s plans on how best to bolster his squad during the January window in an attempt to last the distance in the battle for honours. The attacking options of the Barclay Premier League leaders were already depleted, given Nicklas Bendtner is expected to miss all of January with the ankle problem he picked up while scoring a late goal in the 2-0 win over Cardiff on New Year’s Day, while France Under-21 forward Yaya Sanogo is also way short of match sharpness. Wenger, though, concedes a big-money signing during January can be notoriously difficult to push through. Arsene Wenger may be forced to re-evaluate Arsenal’s January transfer plans following the loss of Theo Walcott to a knee injury which will rule the England forward out for the rest of the season and shatter his World Cup dream. Press Associationlast_img read more

Maine State Challenger Little League Jamboree set for this weekend

first_imgELLSWORTH — Ellsworth Challenger Little League is hosting this year’s Maine State Challenger Little League Jamboree this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25.The event will feature Challenger Little League teams from leagues around the state playing a series of games at Ellsworth’s Demeyer Field. Games will be held throughout the morning and early afternoon on both days of the tournament.New to the jamboree this year is a barbecue and swim party, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The party will be held at Camp CaPella on the east side of Dedham’s Phillips Lake.Volunteers are needed at Demeyer Field from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, to set up the event.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img