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    Hi there, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:Personal FinanceDr. Fauci on Biden’s scientific credentials — and the delay in the transfer of power The director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases spoke about political transitions and past mistakes.‘I’m nobody’s ATM’: I’m 27 and successful, and always pay for my friends. How do I stop without losing them or making them angry? ‘Now that I’m a business owner and learning more about money management, I haven’t been willing to do as much lavish spending, or compensate my friends anymore.’ Did Scott Disick pull off a successful flip in Hidden Hills? Scott Disick has flipped again. Kourtney Kardashian's ex-partner recently sold a remodeled Hidden Hills, CA, home for $5.6 million.The dramatic, legally questionable eviction of a North Carolina single mother — despite CDC’s moratorium: ‘Nobody’s enforcing it’ Thousands of evictions are moving forward across the country, even though the CDC...
    As the United States gets closer to Thanksgiving, Health and Human Services assistant secretary Brett Giroir is warning that the country faces an “absolutely dangerous situation” from the coronavirus pandemic. MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviewed Giroir on Wednesday, and as she thanked him for his “direct messaging” about the virus, she asked “why not share this information in real time with the incoming Joe Biden team, so that there can be a seamless delivery of vaccines and there can be seamless messaging from the current administration to the next?” Giroir responded that it’s up to the General Services Administration when to initiate a transition, but Mitchell countered that “this is a public health emergency.” “This GSA official is violating the law,” Mitchell said, “because the law says the apparent winner, not the certified winner, not the Electoral College designee, the apparent winner. Is there anything you can do...
    Savannah Rychcik November 17, 2020 0 Comments Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is reassuring Americans there will be a peaceful transfer of power from the Trump administration to the Biden administration. McConnell addressed Trump’s legal disputes regarding allegations of widespread voter fraud and noted the courts are handling them. “We’re going to have an orderly transfer from this administration to the next one. What we all say about it is, frankly, irrelevant. All of this will happen… right on time and we’ll swear in the next administration on Jan. 20.” Watch the video below: “We’re going to have an orderly transfer from this administration to the next one,” McConnell said. “What we all say about it is, frankly, irrelevant.” https://t.co/8RvT0qp29A pic.twitter.com/WDFYHYEP5O— POLITICO (@politico) November 17, 2020 McConnell acknowledged the president’s right to pursue legal options, as IJR previously reported. “President Trump is 100% within his...
    As the extreme impacts of climate change continue to escalate, the Trump administration has spent the last four years denying the evidence and pursuing its agenda of repealing environmental regulations. The U.S. has pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, an international agreement signed by every country on Earth, and in doing so, abdicated leadership on the issue.   But if President-elect Joe Biden has his way, the tide is about to turn. Mr. Biden's climate agenda is among the most aggressive set of plans any nation has laid out. Questions remain, however, about how much can the Biden administration can get done on this issue, especially if Democrats do not gain control of the Senate. CBS News spoke with Professor Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, who says there's a lot Mr. Biden can do even without much cooperation from Congress....
    Biden will likely use executive orders to reverse some of Trump's most controversial actions. Some dramatic moves on immigration are expected in the early days of the Biden administration. Joe Biden will likely use executive orders to reverse some of Donald Trump's most controversial actions, rolling back moves that were a central feature of his administration and important to his base. The Biden administration plans to restore protection for people brought to the U.S. illegally as minors and stop using Pentagon funds to build a border wall. Biden unveiled a detailed, highly ambitious plan on immigration, but it will take time to undo many actions taken by Trump. The incoming president will also likely face a divided Congress, making it difficult to enact any kind of sweeping, comprehensive changes to the nation's immigration system. Here's a look at what to...
    (CNN)Former White House chief of staff John Kelly issued an on-the-record statement Friday night lambasting President Donald Trump for not helping with the transition to a Biden administration.Read the full statement:The delay in transitioning is an increasing national security and health crisis. It costs the current administration nothing to start to brief Mr. Biden, Ms. Harris, the new chief-of-staff, and ALL identified cabinet members and senior staff as they are identified over the days and weeks ahead. That said, the downside to not doing so could be catastrophic to our people regardless of who they voted for. Just as important are getting the landing or beachhead teams into the various departments and agencies that protect Americans, our health, and our way of life. In particular are the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Defense (DOD), the Intel Community (IC) and the Department of Health and Human Services...
    Thursday, Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson opened his show by explaining how he perceived the Biden transition team, which began this week by naming Ron Klain as Joe Biden’s incoming chief of staff. According to Carlson, that signals the beginning of the “corporate takeover” of the country, which is part of the payoff for corporate America siding with Biden over President Donald Trump during the campaign. Transcript as follows: CARLSON: So what has Joe Biden been up to lately? We’re told that Joe Biden is our President-elect. Supposedly, he is going to shuffle into the White House in January, along with something called a mandate. If that’s true, what exactly is he going to do with this mandate? Now, that’s an interesting question. It might be worth asking. But almost no one is asking it. Instead, our news media is busy swarming Rudy Giuliani, a former mayor who hasn’t held...
    Trees line a low-lying gulch about the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument outside of Escalante, Utah.L.E. Baskow/Zuma Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.This piece was originally published in HuffPost and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. President Donald Trump‘s legacy on public lands is a four-year war against protected wild places, which has included dismantling Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.  That legacy will follow him long after he’s out of the White House. But many of the rollbacks are unlikely to survive the incoming Democratic administration.  President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have vowed to not only restore the Utah monuments, but designate new protected sites to safeguard ecologically important landscapes and combat the global climate crisis. “As President, Biden will take immediate steps to reverse...
    The United States will increase economic pressure against Iran through the transition to the Biden administration, according to State Department officials. The Trump administration will implement “a steady stream of sanctions through the end of the administration” as a “continuation of our policy,” according to a senior State Department official. Senior Trump administration officials are also warning the incoming administration against relaxing pressure against Iran.  “If the pressure is not utilized, if it’s really discarded, that would be, I think, very foolish, even tragic,” said Elliott Abrams, the State Department’s special representative for Iran and Venezuela, while traveling this week in Saudi Arabia.  AT UN, CRAFT TEARS INTO IRAN FOR 'FANNING THE FLAMES' OF VIOLENCE, INSTABILITY IN MIDDLE EAST President-elect Joe Biden has promised to rejoin the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, negotiated while he was vice president, if Iran resumes compliance. The Trump administration withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018...
    President-elect Joe Biden. The Washington Post reported immediately after Joe Biden was projected to have defeated impeached president Donald Trump that among the president-elect’s Day One priorities will be actions fully reinstating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as repealing the discriminatory “Muslim ban.” CBS News now reports the incoming administration’s overall plans to begin reversing the outgoing administration’s anti-immigrant and anti-asylum policies are also taking shape. Among the Biden administration’s early actions will also reportedly be starting the process of repealing the “public charge” rule, yet another discriminatory policy that punished working families and racked up numerous losses in federal court. In another monumental victory for immigrant families and their advocates, CBS News reports the new administration will look to put in place a 100-day hold on deportations as it reexamines Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) priorities. “Mr. Biden will look to implement a 100-day freeze on deportations while his administration issues guidance narrowing who can...
    Olivia Troye, a former adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, criticized President Trump's focus on the declared outcome of the 2020 election, saying he needs to work on getting a vaccine approved and distributed instead. Troye, who has become an outspoken critic of the Trump administration, worked as a homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to Pence for two years and later became a member of the task force aiming to find solutions to fight COVID-19. "The safe, timely and equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines to the American people will be an undertaking akin to landing a spacecraft on an asteroid," Troye wrote in an op-ed for NBC News published on Wednesday. "For every day — even every hour — of delay, lives will be lost, people will suffer and economic misery will continue. Sulking in electoral defeat, the Trump administration is willfully prolonging the agony." Last week, several media...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The Lincoln Project has announced plans to launch an advertising campaign against two law firms over their role representing President Donald Trump and the Republican Party in their voter fraud-related lawsuits. On Twitter on Tuesday, the anti-Trump political action committee run by former Republican insiders also urged people to find employees of Jones Day and Porter Wright Morris & Arthur through their social media accounts and “ask them how they can work for an organization trying to overturn the will of the American people.” The group suggested it would also pressure clients to drop the firms. By the end of the day, Porter Wright had deleted its Twitter account, which was being inundated with attacks. Jones Day responded that it is not representing the president, his campaign “or any affiliated party in any litigation alleging voter...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The Lincoln Project has announced plans to launch an advertising campaign against two law firms over their role representing President Donald Trump and the Republican Party in their voter fraud-related lawsuits. On Twitter on Tuesday, the anti-Trump political action committee run by former Republican insiders also urged people to find employees of Jones Day and Porter Wright Morris & Arthur through their social media accounts and “ask them how they can work for an organization trying to overturn the will of the American people.” The group suggested it would also pressure clients to drop the firms. By the end of the day, Porter Wright had deleted its Twitter account, which was being inundated with attacks. There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. In fact, election officials from both political parties have stated...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has lashed out at Ali Khamenei calling Iran's elections a 'joke' after the nation's Supreme Leader mocked the US election calling it the 'ugly face of liberal democracy'. The two went to war on social media Saturday hours after Joe Biden was called the next president of the US by television networks and the Associated Press as votes in Philadelphia pushed his margin in the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania over the edge.   Biden vowed in his election campaign to re-enter the Iran nuclear deal if Iran 'returns to strict compliance with the deal' after Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement and imposed harsh sanctions on the nation in 2018.   However, Trump has refused to concede to Biden, has made numerous unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud - while presenting no evidence to back up the claims - and has vowed to fight the election outcome with legal action. ...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is congratulating President-elect Joe Biden on an “apparent victory” but adding that President Donald Trump should be afforded the chance to challenge the results. Collins won reelection last week over Democrat Sara Gideon. She asked voters who have questions about the results of the presidential election to be patient. “First, I would offer my congratulations to President-elect Biden on his apparent victory – he loves this country, and I wish him every success,” Collins said in a statement. “Presidential transitions are important, and the President-elect and the Vice-President-elect should be given every opportunity to ensure that they are ready to govern on January 20th.” Collins added that Trump’s desire to challenge the results should be handled in accordance with existing laws. Trump has so far refused to concede to Biden....
    Time to embrace a new White House agenda? Jonathan Newton /The Washington Post via Getty Images The American public has had its say and for the first time in a generation denied a sitting president a second term. President’s Trump’s tenure lasted just four years, but in that time he dragged policy on an array of key issues in a dramatic new direction. Joe Biden’s victory, confirmed by the Associated Press late morning on Nov. 7, presents an opportunity to reset the White House agenda and put it on a different course. Three scholars discuss what a Biden presidency may have in store in three key areas: race, the Supreme Court and foreign policy. Racism, policing and Black Lives Matter protests Brian Purnell, Bowdoin College The next four years under a Biden administration will likely see improvements in racial justice. But to many, it will be a low bar...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced his intent to have the U.S. rejoin the Paris climate agreement if he wins the White House. The Trump administration officially dropped out of the accord on Wednesday, becoming the first country to ever withdraw from an international climate change pact.  In response, Biden, who has his own climate change agenda, signaled the exodus would end the day he enters office.  "Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement," Biden tweeted. "And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it."  Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it. https://t.co/L8UJimS6v2— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 5, 2020 Biden laid out his plan to tackle climate change and add new green jobs in the U.S. last year. His administration would re-enter the Paris climate agreement and "use every tool of...
    A President Joe Biden would be in a position to immediately roll back President Trump’s executive actions meant to lessen regulation and reform welfare programs. Some of Trump’s most significant economic executive actions are his requirement that federal agencies repeal two regulations for each new regulation issued and his orders on welfare reform and poverty measurement. “A President Biden would certainly work rapidly to undo Trump executive orders in many areas,” said Robert Spitzer, a political scientist at SUNY Cortland, who specializes in studying presidential powers. Trump, he said, "has been very prolific in using executive orders to countermand the executive orders of past presidents — Obama, and even Clinton." 2-for-1 Regulations The Trump administration claims it has cut nearly eight regulations for every new regulation between fiscal year 2017 and 2019, thanks to the 2017 deregulation order. However, the Trump administration has created more big regulations, those...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has cast doubt on whether he will commit to a peaceful transfer of power should Democrat Joe Biden win the election, but the secretive process to prepare a would-be Biden administration has been underway for months with help from top Trump officials.The legally mandated transition happens every four years and ensures that, should a transfer of power be needed, the incoming president is able to use the less than three months to stand up a government and hit the ground running on Inauguration Day. But experts on transitions tell CNN that a possible transition from Trump to Biden -- because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the differences between the two candidates and the economic downturn gripping the nation -- could be among the most consequential in modern history.And Trump has not made the consequences of that possible transfer any less tense, regularly dodging questions about a...
    Scott Olson/Getty Images President Donald Trump whacked Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Monday for waving “the white flag on life.” Trump made the remark to reporters as he was traveling to Pennsylvania for a trio of rallies, according to a White House pool report. Asked to respond to the Biden campaign’s statement that Trump had waved “the white flag of defeat” in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Trump replied, “He’s waved the white flag on life. He doesn’t leave his basement.” He added that Biden was “a pathetic candidate” and said the country was “absolutely rounding the corner” with respect to the coronavirus. The comments came after the Biden campaign on Sunday issued a statement critical of Trump’s handling of the pandemic. Infections have surged over the last several days, and set a new record on Friday with 83,757 reported cases. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows similarly shot back at Biden, telling...
    THE View host Joy Behar claimed Donald Trump "should be on trial" for his supposed "crimes against humanity." Anti-Trump Behar made the comments on Thursday after Trump took on his Democratic rival Joe Biden during the October 22 presidential debate. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 8Joy Behar said she 'disavowed' the Trump administration for putting kids in 'cages' that Obama built 8Trump suspended his zero tolerance policy regarding family separation at the borderCredit: EPA Last night, the thing that stood out for me was Joe Biden talking about those kids at the border," Behar said. "I mean, is this the country we want? What kind of country do we want? "Do you know that the youngest child separated at the border was four months old? That child is going to be traumatized. "This is an emotional disaster that...
    (CNN)Joan Larsen, one of the candidates on President Donald Trump's list of potential nominees for the Supreme Court, once volunteered for Joe Biden's 1987 presidential campaign.In a Fox News interview on Monday, Trump said he had five female candidates for the Supreme Court, highlighting "a great one from Michigan." An administration official told CNN the President was referring to Larsen. Trump appointed Larsen to the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals in May 2017.In her Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire from that time, Larsen disclosed that she "did some low-level volunteer work (stuffing envelopes, making phones calls" for the Biden campaign in Iowa in 1987.Biden lost the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination to Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, but weeks before the 2020 election, he is leading in the polls against Trump.Read MoreThe Supreme Court nomination process, explainedLarsen, though, has conservative credentials, including being a member of Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation and...
    Voters in November’s presidential election will choose how the United States deals with Iran and its nuclear capabilities, according to multiple government officials and experts across the Middle East. And as President Donald Trump’s administration is set to reimpose a “snapback” of sanctions on Iran on Saturday night, despite opposition from Europe, there are fresh concerns over regional stability. President Barack Obama and the leaders of several other major powers signed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal — officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — which stated that “Iran’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful.” Trump, a long-standing critic of the deal, unilaterally pulled the United States out of the deal in 2018. Joe Biden, meanwhile, has been a vocal supporter of the deal he originally tried to sell to Congress, before Obama bypassed the legislature — and has called the current U.S. policy toward Iran “reckless”...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden this week issued a condemnation of riots in Kenosha, Wis. -- one of just a handful of occasions he's spoken out against the violence plaguing American cities for months, and a response that Republicans argue comes too late. "Needless violence won’t heal us," Biden tweeted on Wednesday in response to the riots that erupted over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man. "We need to end the violence -- and peacefully come together to demand justice." BIDEN: TRUMP 'ROOTING FOR MORE VIOLENCE, NOT LESS' In an interview with MSNBC Thursday, Biden said again that "I condemn violence in any form, whether it's looting or whatever it is." But Republicans openly questioned the sincerity of the message, as their convention showed the party framing the election not just as a choice between President Trump and the "radical left" but as one between "security" and "mayhem." Trump,...
    President Donald Trump welcomed Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton the 'field of battle' on Wednesday night, shortly before the two prepared to open fire on his presidency during their speeches at the Democratic National Convention. The president tweeted a video that accuses Obama and Clinton of spying on him and setting up his administration to fail. 'Welcome, Barack and Crooked Hillary. See you on the field of battle!,' he wrote. The video, which runs about 100 seconds, news reports on the 'unmasking' - or naming - of officials who requested information about Michael Flynn, Trump's pick for National Security Adviser who eventually resigned that position and charges there was 'political spying' on Trump's 2016 campaign.  President Donald Trump welcomed Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton the 'field of battle' on Wednesday night, shortly before the two prepared to open fire on his presidency during their speeches at the Democratic National...
    Miles Taylor, the former Trump administration official who publicly endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Memo — Michelle Obama shines, scorching Trump Trump lashes out at Cuomo after his Democratic convention speech Biden seeks to win over progressives and Republicans on night one MORE, said Tuesday it is time for Republicans "to put country over party," arguing that President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo — Michelle Obama shines, scorching Trump Trump lashes out at Cuomo after his Democratic convention speech Biden seeks to win over progressives and Republicans on night one MORE is not equipped to be commander in chief.  "At the end of the day, the man with his finger on the nuclear trigger is a man whose mind is not on his job on a daily basis," Taylor said in an interview on CNN. "That is alarming and that isn’t the opinion of just a handful of folks in the administration." ...
    While discussing his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the U.S. Embassy there, President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden's lead over Trump narrows in new national poll Biden faces hurdles in bid to mend ties with US allies Cheney calls pardoning Snowden 'unconscionable' after Trump says he's considering it MORE said on Monday that the move was made “for the evangelicals.” The president made the remarks during a rally in Oshkosh, Wisc., on Monday afternoon. The moment came as the president boasted of his administration’s performance over the past four years while also railing against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden's lead over Trump narrows in new national poll Biden faces hurdles in bid to mend ties with US allies Trump 'failure' on COVID-19 will be central message of Biden convention MORE and the previous administration on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. “America has...
    FBI agents arbitrarily used the Logan Act to interview former national security adviser Michael Flynn in order to "set him up to lie," former Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said on Thursday. “[Sally Yates] can spin it as a counterintelligence investigation all she wants, but the bottom line is they were using a law that nobody cares about, including every administration that comes in, they were using that to investigate Flynn and try to get him to lie,” Prior told “Fox & Friends.” Prior, a former deputy director of public affairs at the DOJ, said that the 1799 Logan Act hasn’t led to a prosecution since 1852 and has led to zero convictions, yet it formed the basis to go after the Trump administration. SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM ON FBI USE OF DISCREDITED STEELE DOSSIER, QUESTIONS FOR SALLY YATES Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that when the FBI...
    Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s depiction of an early 2017 Oval Office meeting of top political and law-enforcement officials as being conducted “by the book,” is being challenged by newly released notes written by former FBI agent Peter Strzok, which directly implicate Joe Biden — the current Democratic presidential nominee — in a scheme to undermine President Trump and his administration. The newly released notes may have far-reaching consequences for the upcoming 2020 elections and Biden, as the current  Democratic presidential nominee, specifically. The bombshell revelations will, no doubt, be a major focus in the ongoing investigation, led by US Attorney John Durham, into the origins of the Russia investigation. On January 5, 2017, a meeting took place at the White House’s Oval Office with then-President Barack Obama, then-Vice President Joe Biden, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and former National Security Advisor Susan...
    Joe Biden is stepping up his attacks on the Trump administration's handling of coronavirus stimulus funds -- and as a result, the former vice president, whom Barack Obama once called the White House's "sheriff" of taxpayer funds, is now under renewed scrutiny for his own oversight of federal dollars in the wake of the 2008 finacial crisis. "The American people deserve answers," Biden tweeted Sunday, concerning an accusation that "wealthy Trump donors" were receiving stimulus money. On Tuesday, Biden charged that the president was running "the most corrupt administration in modern American history." The attacks are nothing new: Politico reported in May that Biden allies were instructed to accuse the Trump administration of "cronyism" in handling stimulus dollars. Republicans are responding, however, by pointing to the former vice president's own stewardship of federal funds. The ripostes have become familiar: As Biden hits the president for firing inspectors general, or for referring to...
    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden vowed to make the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, "permanent" on "day one" of his presidency. The former vice president made the claim after the Supreme Court decided Thursday to block the Trump administration from ending the Obama-era program that provides legal status to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. "The Supreme Court's ruling today is a victory made possible by the courage and resilience of hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients who bravely stood up and refused to be ignored," Biden said, in a statement. "As President, I will immediately work to make it permanent by sending a bill to Congress on day one of my Administration." The high court ruled in a 5-4 decision — with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the four liberal justices — that though the Department of Homeland Security has the...
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