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By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times

The Republican Party continued its convention winnowing process Wednesday, narrowing the candidates for its 2016 national gathering to two cities: Cleveland and Dallas.

The Democrats, meantime, announced they would scout six cities as the possible venue for their 2016 convention: Birmingham, Ala.; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; New York City; Philadelphia; and Phoenix.

The GOP, which is further along in its selection process, eliminated two contenders with its announcement Wednesday: Denver and Kansas City, Mo. Last month, Cincinnati and Las Vegas bowed out of contention.

A final decision by Republicans is expected this summer and Democrats plan to announce their convention choice late this year or early in 2015.

It would be unusual but not unprecedented for Cleveland to host both parties’ conventions. In 1972, after a scandal chased Republicans from San Diego, Miami ended up hosting both Democrats and Republicans.

However, Dallas is widely regarded as the front-runner to welcome the GOP in two years, given the state’s large number of wealthy Republican donors. The city was site of the 1984 Republican National Convention.

Party Chairman Reince Priebus has said the top priority in picking a convention city is a guarantee of financial success, given the last-minute money scramble that marked the party’s two most recent gatherings in Minneapolis-St. Paul in 2008 and Tampa in 2012.

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Democratic nominee Joe Biden speaking in Manitowoc, WI

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Today in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Joe Biden spoke about the toll of coronavirus, which has now officially passed 200,000. "What worries me now is we've been living with this pandemic for so long, I worry we're risking becoming numb to the toll that it's taken on us," the Democratic nominee warned. "We can't let that happen."

How did that happen? How did America lose 200,000 people to a horrendous death, with no end in sight? That tragedy can be traced directly to a vacuum of leadership in the White House, as Biden remarked. But he also saw behind that lack of presidential fortitude to its deeper cause: Donald Trump simply never cared how many of us die and he still doesn't. The evidence is in Trump's own behavior at his "superspreader rallies" – where he always protects himself while leaving his own followers to risk illness and worse.

Watch Biden describe the moral emptiness inside this president.