David Taintor

David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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As speculation over a Hillary Clinton presidential bid seems to have reached fever pitch, Vice President Joe Biden could find himself something of an underdog if he runs in 2016, the New York Times reported Monday. 

Biden's son, Beau, who serves as attorney general in Delaware, told the Times, "It's no secret that he's thinking about this," adding that the vice president hasn't ultimately made up his mind. Clinton, for her part, has not reached a decision, either. 

Biden is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at a South Carolina Democratic Party dinner in May. More from the Times on Biden laying the groundwork for a potential bid:

As the vice president thinks, he is also laying groundwork. He attended a pre-inaugural party with Democrats from Iowa, the first caucus state, and invited the governor of New Hampshire, the first primary state, to his private swearing-in ceremony. In two other likely early primary states, he will address the Democratic State Convention in South Carolina next month and appear at a testimonial for the retiring Senator Carl Levin in Michigan. He is enlisting candidates and collecting money for midterm elections.

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. with Dave Dorman, left, and Pat Battle. As the AP reported, Rice and Darla Moore of South Carolina were the first women to be invited to join the traditionally all-male club.

(AP Photo/Ron Williams)


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North Korea has released another bizarre propaganda video. The video, released over the weekend, shows German shepherds biting at a dummy of South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-Jin. Soldiers in the video also shoot at an image of the South Korean official, as the New York Daily News reported.

According to the Daily News, a soldier featured in the video says, "This is a situation like being on the eve of a big explosion. Every minute, every second counts. We are right now set to march, once the order is given."

One recent propaganda video out of North Korea showed President Obama in flames, and another featured a simulated attack on New York City, using images from the "Call of Duty" video game and the song "We are the World."

Watch (key moment comes around 0:20): 

h/t NowThisNews

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Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder are scheduled to deliver remarks on gun control at 2 p.m. ET Tuesday at the White House, where they will be joined by law enforcement officials from around the U.S., the White House said. 

President Obama on Monday is scheduled to deliver a speech in Connecticut calling for stricter gun control measures.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told Iowa Republicans over the weekend that he now sees a path to victory if he were to launch a Senate campaign in the state, the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reported Saturday.

King, who is in his sixth term representing western Iowa, said he has polled the state and had three intensive meetings over the past 10 days or so to discuss his prospects.


“Now, I can tell you that I can see a path to victory that I couldn’t see a week or a little more ago,” he told a roomful of Republicans at the Red Crow Grille in Bettendorf.

King also said he is close to making a decision on whether to run for Senate, according to the report.

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President Obama on Monday released the following statement on the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher:

With the passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend.  As a grocer’s daughter who rose to become Britain’s first female prime minister, she stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can’t be shattered.  As prime minister, she helped restore the confidence and pride that has always been the hallmark of Britain at its best.  And as an unapologetic supporter of our transatlantic alliance, she knew that with strength and resolve we could win the Cold War and extend freedom’s promise.


Here in America, many of us will never forget her standing shoulder to shoulder with President Reagan, reminding the world that we are not simply carried along by the currents of history—we can shape them with moral conviction, unyielding courage and iron will.   Michelle and I send our thoughts to the Thatcher family and all the British people as we carry on the work to which she dedicated her life—free peoples standing together, determined to write our own destiny.

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Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died after a stroke, according to multiple media reports. She was 87. 



Read the BBC's obituary here.

Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday said, "It was with great sadness that l learned of Lady Thatcher’s death. We've lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton."


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