Joe Biden nears a choice for running mate

A look at the women seen as most likely candidates to join the 2020 Democratic ticket
Joe Biden’s handwritten notes spotted this week have set off a fresh round of speculation about his vice-presidential pick © Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

For political soothsayers, it was the equivalent of the Holy Grail. As Joe Biden took questions from reporters on Tuesday, prognosticators homed in on handwritten talking points clutched in the former vice-president’s hand.