The TAKE with Rick Klein
It may be one of the biggest gambles -- in terms of dollars as well as signals -- of former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign.
His campaign has now pronounced itself open to the support of super PACs. Campaign aides are framing it as the only choice "in this time of crisis in our politics," with untold millions already freely flowing to President Donald Trump's reelection effort.
This is the kind of commitment to winning that many prominent Biden supporters have been looking for.
It is also the kind of commitment to winning that many prominent Biden detractors have been waiting for.
"It's a recipe to maintain a corrupt political system which enriches wealthy donors and leaves the working class behind," Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, said in a statement.
With rumblings of unhappiness about the current field, and signs that other centrist candidates could gain traction, this shows Biden acting in favor of practicality over purity.
But for a candidate seeking to distinguish himself from the "swamp," it could rejuvenate a debate over whether the former vice president is part of the solution or part of the problem.
The RUNDOWN with MaryAlice Parks
Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are set to speak Friday at the Baltimore funeral service for Rep. Elijah Cummings, the civil rights leader and beloved elder of the Democratic Party who died last week.
Several other nationally-prominent Democrats will also offer remarks, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former NAACP leader and Maryland Rep. Kweisi Mfume.
Trump is not planning to attend, nor has the White House announced if someone from his administration will be present.
Cummings and Trump, of course, often tangled publicly over issues including the treatment of immigrants at the border and Cummings' oversight work related to the president's finances.
Cummings called President Trump a racist after his attacks on four freshman congresswomen of color. Trump aimed his brand of personal and vindictive politics back at Cummings' hometown referring to Baltimore a "rat and rodent infested mess."
In the last few years, the Democratic Party has seen both a call for a generational shift of power and as well as a renewed appreciation for leaders with a historical perspective. Cummings, for example, could talk personally about living through segregation and experiencing racially-motivated violence. In the last few years, he provided a vital perspective and wisdom for his party as it navigates how to respond to this president and this White House.
The TIP with Chris Donato
There was good news and bad news among the Democratic contenders for president on Thursday.
In the morning, Quinnipiac University released a poll showing Sen. Amy Klobuchar grabbing 3% among Democratic/Democratic-leaning independent voters, which, according to an ABC News analysis, means the senator from Minnesota will be on the November debate stage. To make the November debate stage, candidates had to receive at least 3% in four polls and meet a donor threshold – her campaign had previously announced she had met the donor threshold.
Her campaign had raised over $2 million since last week's debate and after securing the debate-qualifying poll on Thursday, her campaign manager, Justin Buoen, said they would "use this momentum to continue building on our strong grassroots operation as we head into Iowa and New Hampshire."
The news on Thursday afternoon was very different for Rep. Tim Ryan. He announced that he was "withdrawing from the presidential campaign" and would "run for re-election for my Congressional seat." The Ohio congressman had been campaigning since making his entry into the race with an announcement on ABC's "The View" back in April, but he failed to garner attention from voters. His low poll and fundraising numbers prevented him from qualifying for the third and fourth debate stages.
ONE MORE THING
It has been nearly a month since legislators released the whistleblower complaint that prompted multiple congressional committees' probes into President Donald Trump and the administration's actions in Ukraine. In the time since that complaint came to light, it's been rapid-fire witnesses on Capitol Hill -- but the whistleblower has remained largely out of the picture.
ABC News' "Start Here" Podcast. Friday morning's episode features ABC News Senior National Correspondent Terry Moran, who tells us about the impeachment inquiry strategy from Republicans, who continue to raise concerns about the process. Then, ABC News' Linsey Davis tells us why a freshman congresswoman's relationship is raising ethics concerns. http://apple.co/2HPocUL
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