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By Zeke J Miller
August 27, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden is keeping even his closest confidants guessing about his presidential intentions, TIME’s Philip Elliott reports, as a new poll shows he’s in a strong position to mount a presidential bid. But many longtime aides are encouraging their boss to remain on the sidelines, as his support now is largely a function of being removed from contentious electoral politics. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Biden should do whatever is right for himself and his family, as her poll numbers remain at new lows from the continued fallout over her use of a private email server. Clinton offered up regret at a campaign stop Wednesday, but many questions remain unanswered and will continue to hang over her campaign.

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is standing by his decision to throw journalist Jorge Ramos out of his press conference Tuesday night. In an interview with Bloomberg, he called for new taxes and couldn’t name his favorite bible verse. The pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA is out with a new ad airing in states with large Latino populations casting Trump and his more establishment-friendly GOP candidates as on the same page on immigration. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is running an unconventional campaign focused on an all-in bet to boost conservative turnout at the expense of growing the GOP. And Scott Walker is trying to out-trump Trump on the trail.

President Barack Obama will be in New Orleans Thursday to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and its rebuilding efforts, saying it is an example of a manmade disaster becoming a failure of government. “This is a city that slowly, unmistakably, together, is moving forward,” Obama will say. “Because the project of rebuilding here wasn’t simply to restore the city as it had been. It was to build a city as it should be.”

Must Reads

Joe Biden Weighs One More Shot at the Job He Always Wanted

TIME’s Philip Elliott goes behind the scenes of the VP’s presidential considerations

Hillary Clinton Takes ‘Responsibility’ for Email Use, Saying It ‘Wasn’t the Best Choice’

Clinton expresses regret as poll numbers continue to slide [New York Times]

The Price and Promise of Hillary Clinton’s Wobbly Summer

TIME’s Joe Klein on the Democratic front-runner’s rough turn under the sun

The High Stakes of Hillary Clinton’s Email Scandal

Predicting the likely fallout with TIME’s Massimo Calabresi

Donald Trump Says He Wants to Raise Taxes on Himself

Out of step with GOP orthodoxy [Bloomberg]

Ted Cruz: Right Turns Only

The candidate’s radical plan to win the White House as explained by TIME’s Alex Altman

TIME’s Philip Elliott goes behind the scenes of the VP’s presidential considerations

Hillary Clinton Takes ‘Responsibility’ for Email Use, Saying It ‘Wasn’t the Best Choice’

Clinton expresses regret as poll numbers continue to slide [New York Times]

The Price and Promise of Hillary Clinton’s Wobbly Summer

TIME’s Joe Klein on the Democratic front-runner’s rough turn under the sun

The High Stakes of Hillary Clinton’s Email Scandal

Predicting the likely fallout with TIME’s Massimo Calabresi

Donald Trump Says He Wants to Raise Taxes on Himself

Out of step with GOP orthodoxy [Bloomberg]

Ted Cruz: Right Turns Only

The candidate’s radical plan to win the White House as explained by TIME’s Alex Altman

Sound Off

“I think I handled that well. I got a lot of credit for it” —Donald Trump to conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on kicking journalist Jorge Ramos out of his press conference Tuesday.

“I think he has to make what is a very difficult decision for himself and his family, and he should have the space and opportunity to decide what he wants to do.” —Hillary Clinton on a Joe Biden presidential run

“I think he has to make what is a very difficult decision for himself and his family, and he should have the space and opportunity to decide what he wants to do.” —Hillary Clinton on a Joe Biden presidential run

Bits and Bites

Voters Open to Joe Biden Presidential Bid in New Poll [TIME]

Scott Walker Fights Back by Campaigning More Like Donald Trump [TIME]

Why Dropping ‘Anchor Baby’ Is a Problem for Politicians [TIME]

Tom Harkin Cautions Joe Biden Against Running for President [New York Times]

Trump Talks Bush, Bible and White Supremacist Backers [Bloomberg]

Joe Biden Isn’t Sure Family Is Ready for Run [New York Times]

Possible Biden run puts Obama fundraising network on high alert [Washington Post]

Ad Portrays Donald Trump and His Rivals as a Single Voice on Immigration [New York Times]

Leaked emails show new Trump aide used to scorn him [Des Moines Register]

Perry on campaign struggles: I’m not giving up [Texas Tribune]

Scott Walker Fights Back by Campaigning More Like Donald Trump [TIME]

Why Dropping ‘Anchor Baby’ Is a Problem for Politicians [TIME]

Tom Harkin Cautions Joe Biden Against Running for President [New York Times]

Trump Talks Bush, Bible and White Supremacist Backers [Bloomberg]

Joe Biden Isn’t Sure Family Is Ready for Run [New York Times]

Possible Biden run puts Obama fundraising network on high alert [Washington Post]

Ad Portrays Donald Trump and His Rivals as a Single Voice on Immigration [New York Times]

Leaked emails show new Trump aide used to scorn him [Des Moines Register]

Perry on campaign struggles: I’m not giving up [Texas Tribune]

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