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Joe Biden flirts with 2020 run: ‘I’ll be 77 and in better shape’

Vice President Joe Biden has happily stoked the fire about a 2020 run for president against an incumbent Donald Trump.

The outgoing Veep, who spent much of 2015 flirting with a presidential bid, kept the speculation alive on Sunday after tamping down the talk last week.

“Four years is a lifetime in American politics. And I think that nominees are determined by their parties based mostly on what skill set is most needed at that time,” Biden told CNN. “And who knows where we're going to be two years from now when people really start looking seriously at what they are going to do.”

He added: "It depends on the state of my health and the health of whoever is running," Biden said.

Biden last week said on The Late Show that he doesn’t plan on running – but wouldn’t rule it out.

“Hell, Donald Trump’s gonna be 74,” he said. “I’ll be 77 and in better shape.”


State Rep. Jeff Jones has a second piece of legislation that could provoke some debate.

House Bill 13, which he calls the "Teacher Tax Credit Bill," would give teachers a tax credit for out-of-pocket expenses for their classrooms. The credit would be worth 50 percent of up to $500.00 of eligible expenses each tax year.

The Brunswick Republican also has proposed a measure that would put a new levy on wire transfers out-of-state. He prefers the term "fee" over "tax."


Georgia's suspicion that the U.S. Homeland Security Department tried to breach Georgia’s voter registration database may be even more complicated than it sounds.

The Wall Street Journal has more details:

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security has reached a preliminary conclusion that what appeared to be an attempted breach of Georgia’s computer systems was due to an inadvertent configuration of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection computer, an official familiar with the matter said.


The department has interviewed the employee and now believes that the user’s computer workstation was inadvertently configured to make legitimate inquiries on the state website look like an attempt to breach its computer firewall.


Former Rep. Jack Kingston wants you to know he's in Russia.

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.