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    (CNN)Not even Donald Trump, the great twister of truth, could keep reality at bay forever.After nearly three weeks of his absurd legal claims and corrosive attacks on democracy, a cascade of momentous developments Monday obliterated the President's fantasy that he would have a second term. In the most significant and symbolic sign that it's over for Trump, General Services Administrator Emily Murphy, heeding the inevitability of constitutional processes, finally switched on the administrative machinery that will formally transfer power to President-elect Joe Biden.The legally mandated transition will unblock millions of dollars in funding and compel the administration to grant access and briefings to the President-elect's incoming team. Most importantly, it will allow Biden's representatives to huddle with government health officials to learn how best to escalate the effort to tackle the Covid-19 disaster that is ravaging the nation.Yet even before Murphy's belated move, Biden had engineered a tangible shift in...
    President Donald Trump directed General Services Administrator Emily Murphy and the rest of his administration Monday to formally begin the transition process with President-elect Joe Biden. “I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country,” the president tweeted. “She has been harassed, threatened, and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA. Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!” (RELATED: GOP Reportedly Plans To Block Certain Biden Cabinet Picks, Dems May Offer ‘Sacrificial Lamb’) WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 20: U.S. President Donald Trump looks on in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on November 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) “Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily...
    A former Obama aide has some words of advice for President-elect Joe Biden: separate from Fox News and get close to left-leaning media outlets. Tommy Vietor, who co-hosts Pod Save America, said Biden should distance himself from Fox News, which he referred to as an extended branch of the Republican Party. Vietor touched on the contentious relationship the Obama administration had with the network, which was formerly praised by President Trump early on in his presidency. "Approach Fox News with eyes, not arms, wide open. Call Fox what it is: an extension of the Republican Party. Say it often. Repetitive messaging works — just ask Lyin’ Ted and Low-Energy Jeb," Vietor wrote in his publication Crooked Media. "Reject the absurd insistence that the network has a 'real news' division." However, Vietor emphasized that he isn't arguing Democrats should never go on Fox News but accused the network of spreading conspiracy...
    Biden has named Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Shuwanza Goff to prominent posts in his administration President-elect Joe Biden has named veteran diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.N. ambassador to the United Nations and Shuwanza Goff as deputy director of the Office of Legislative Affairs. By choosing two prominent Black women to join his forthcoming administration, Biden is making good on his promise to choose from a diverse pool of candidates. The Washington Post reported over the weekend that the former Foreign Service officer would be a notable and high-profile Black woman in Biden’s Cabinet and in a diplomatic government post. Biden confirmed the announcement Monday. Under the Biden-Harris administration, American national security and foreign policy will be led by experienced professionals ready to restore principled leadership on the world stage and dignified leadership at home. Read more: https://t.co/ojrTxrzafV — Biden-Harris Presidential Transition (@Transition46) November 23, 2020 Read More: Biden to announce aide...
    Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is being considered for President-elect Joe Biden's Transportation secretary, but his racial justice record will have progressives mad with that pick.  Fox News Channel pointed out Sunday that detractors will point to the 2014 police shooting of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, which Emanuel's administration was accused of covering up so he could be elected for a second term.  One of Capitol Hill's top progressives, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, already warned The New York Times earlier this month that she'd be against Emanuel joining the new Democratic administration.  Rahm Emanuel, the former mayor of Chicago who served in the Clinton and Obama administrations, is being considered for President-elect Joe Biden's secretary of Transportation, but progressives don't like his record on racial justice  The October 2014 murder of Laquan McDonald will likely come back to haunt Emanuel, whose administration was accused of burying the dashcam footage...
    Loading the player... President-elect Joe Biden will announce his first Cabinet pick choices on Tuesday as he focuses on what’s to come as he’ll take office in January 2021, according to CNN. Jen Psaki, who currently oversees Biden’s nomination and formerly served as communications director for the Obama Administration, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,” Biden is looking forward “to introducing members of his team to the public.” As Biden continues to establish plans for his administration, President Donald Trump continues to refuse the results of the presidential election. Heres the deal: Because President Trump refuses to concede and is delaying the transition, we have to fund it ourselves and need your help.If youre able, chip in to help fund the Biden-Harris transition. https://t.co/apJMrdpoSS— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 20, 2020 Read More: Trump slams global climate agreement Biden intends to rejoin CNN reports that the...
    'We're going to see a real scorched-earth effort here at the tail end of the administration.' Down to its final weeks, the Trump administration is working to push through dozens of environmental rollbacks that could weaken century-old protections for migratory birds, expand Arctic drilling, and hamstring future regulation of public health threats. The pending changes, which benefit oil and gas and other industries, deepen the challenges for President-elect Joe Biden, who made restoring and advancing protections for the environment, climate, and public health a core piece of his campaign. "We're going to see a real scorched-earth effort here at the tail end of the administration," said Brian Rutledge, a vice president at the National Audubon Society.
    President-elect Joe Biden could name two of his most important Cabinet picks in the next few days, according to reports — aiming to solidify a transition that the current administration has not yet acknowledged. Biden’s choices for Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury may be revealed before Thanksgiving, sources told The Associated Press Saturday. Front-runners for the role of the nation’s top diplomat include Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, a longtime Biden confidant, and Antony Blinken, a foreign affairs adviser to Biden’s campaign who served in both the State Department and the National Security Agency under Presidents Obama and Clinton. Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is thought to top the list of potential Treasury Secretary candidates — despite mounting pressure from progressives who want an outspoken liberal, like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in the slot. Biden this week announced more than a dozen aides for his White House...
    President Trump may outlaw birthright citizenship — a long-promised victory for his base — in a last-minute executive order, according to reports. The Department of Justice has been asked to weigh in on the legal implications of an order ending an automatic right to US citizenship for children born on American soil to illegal immigrants and short-term visitors, The Hill reported. The move, one of several executive orders under consideration by the Trump administration in its final weeks, would set up an early immigration headache for President-elect Joe Biden — and could spark a legal fight that conservatives have been spoiling for. The legality of birthright citizenship has been presumed under the language of the 14th Amendment for decades. But it has never been considered by the Supreme Court or confirmed under federal law. The Trump administration imposed visa restrictions on pregnant women in January in an effort to stamp...
    Lamar Alexander embarrasses himself on the way out. Retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander is pretty much second only to Susan Collins when he pretends to be very concerned and very principled. You’d think now that he’s retiring and won’t have to ever worry about being reelected, he’d finally just blast Donald Trump for his coup attempts and his fellow Republicans for enabling them. Clearly, you don’t know Lamar. xMy statement on the presidential election. pic.twitter.com/m4gXnhY8ZP— Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) November 20, 2020 “If there’s any chance whatsoever that Joe Biden will be the next president.” What a start there, Lamar. “I believe the Trump administration ought to provide the Biden administration with all the transition materials and sources and meetings necessary so we have a smooth transition so both sides are ready on day one,” Alexander says. How very big of him. Meanwhile, this isn’t just about “recounting votes and resolving disputes,”...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, leaders of the Democratic Party's left wing, are at risk of being excluded from the senior ranks of President-elect Joe Biden's administration as the incoming president balances the demands of his party's progressive base against the political realities of a narrowly divided Senate. The liberal New England senators remain interested in serving in Biden's Cabinet, but even some of their allies recognize they face major political hurdles getting there. Sensing disappointment, progressive leaders have reluctantly begun to express support for less-controversial alternatives. Warren, whose political career has been defined by efforts to diminish the power of big banks, is the progressive movement's top choice for Treasury secretary. Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, reiterated his desire to serve as Biden's Labor secretary on Thursday, describing himself as particularly well-suited "to focus on the many crises facing working families in this country." SENATE...
    VIDEO3:0703:07Mnuchin reacts to accusations that move to allow lending program to expire are politically motivatedSquawk on the Street Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that he would work with his successor on a transition but did not acknowledge Joe Biden as president-elect. "If things get certified, we'll obviously work closely with whoever it is," Mnuchin said on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street." The ease of the transition has been a growing concern in Washington in recent weeks. Though major news networks, including NBC News, have declared Biden as the winner of the election, President Donald Trump has not conceded. Emily Murphy, administrator of the federal General Services Administration, has not signed off on letting the transition proceed, and Republicans are fighting legal battles in several states. The failure to acknowledge Biden as the next president has received sharp criticism, including Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue. Biden has called Trump's...
    “I won the election,” Donald Trump wrote on Twitter for the umpteenth time on Wednesday, November 18. Refusing to concede victory to Joe Biden, the Republican thus stood in the way of the transition, a process during which the teams of the tenant of the White House and the elected president dialogue in order to prepare the takeover of the future head of state. But if it should have officially been launched following the announcement of Joe Biden’s victory more than two weeks ago, the transition would nonetheless be underway. According to ., members of the Trump administration as well as several former aides of the president have contacted Biden’s team. These are primarily informal discussions or emails, which of course would not be as comprehensive as what would have been done in the official procedure. Everything takes place in the greatest discretion....
    Thursday, former South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg pushed back against President Donald Trump contesting election results amid allegations of voter fraud. Buttigieg called on Trump to have his administration provide information to former Vice President Joe Biden, who was named the winner of the 2020 presidential election by the media, and his transition team because “there’s no uncertainty that Joe Biden will put his hand on a Bible on January 20” to take the Presidential Oath of Office. “The bottom line is, uncertainty is bad for the economy. There’s no uncertainty over who the president-elect is going to be. There’s no uncertainty that Joe Biden will put his hand on a Bible on January 20, take the oath and become the President of the United States. But there’s a lot of uncertainty now over whether this transition will be well managed,” Buttigieg outlined on “MSNBC Live.” “And that does...
    U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks about the U.S. economy during a press briefing at the Queen Theater on November 16, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.Joe Raedle |Getty Images One of President-elect Joe Biden's closest advisors could face pressure to recuse himself from working on some of the incoming administration's key initiatives as his brother lobbies for at least two pharmaceutical companies. Steve Ricchetti, who on Tuesday was named counselor to the president in Biden's eventual administration, has a brother, Jeff, who was hired to lobby for pharmaceutical firms while Biden was running for president, according to disclosure reports. Ricchetti was Biden's campaign chairman and previously his chief of staff. Biden's campaign ran, in part, on the idea of reducing drug prices. Some of these companies have been known to have high drug costs. If Biden moves ahead with polices aiming to reduce prescription prices, ethics experts say Ricchetti may have...
    (CNN)The transition time between one presidential administration and the next is always frenetic, fast-paced and full of some uncertainty as campaigns try to morph into governments. Doing it during a surging pandemic and an economic downturn makes it even more important to hand things over the right way. President Donald Trump on one hand blocking President-elect Joe Biden and on the other not seeming to do much actual presidential work is not the right way. There is plenty of alarm about Trump's functional denial of his election loss. And many experts are raising serious concerns about what Biden's team is missing out on -- briefings, payroll, office space and more -- as it waits for frivolous lawsuits to be dismissed and for Trump to come to terms with his stinging defeat. Biden Transition Former Black caucus chair Cedric Richmond expected to leave Congress and join Biden White House Biden...
    President-elect Joe Biden has some ambitious plans for his first 100 days in office, and unlike the agendas of other presidents, it prioritizes several issues that aim to help communities of color, both directly and indirectly. Biden has pledged to take several bold, sweeping actions once he steps into the Oval Office, with some people questioning whether he’ll be able to do it all in the allotted time frame. Among Biden’s biggest priorities: taking aggressive action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic; implementing police reform; reversing corporate tax cuts that were passed by the Trump administration; building on the Affordable Care Act; rejoining the Paris climate accord and the World Health Organization; undoing some of the Trump administration’s harmful and destructive immigration policies; and strengthening the Voting Rights Act. A divided Congress will almost certainly make it challenging for Biden to make good on all of his promises, but as he prepares his transition team,...
    (CNN)Joe Biden won't be sworn in for another 64 days, but the President-elect is already under pressure from activist groups to bring progressive leaders into his administration -- and close its doors to establishment figures with cozy relationships to Wall Street, defense contractors and the fossil fuel industry.The pressure campaign has played out in public, with the release of open letters and lists of acceptable candidates for top Cabinet positions, via private calls with potential nominees, and on social media, where progressive groups have warned the incoming administration against reneging on Biden's promise to forge an aggressive new path in the fight against climate change.Top progressives are, for now, sounding a cautiously optimistic tone following the release of Biden's "agency review teams" and his quick decision to name longtime adviser Ron Klain, who has built bonds across ideological lines, as his White House chief of staff. But there are potential...
    Encouraging vaccine news tempered by virus surge McCarrick scandal, pandemic pose challenges for US bishops Barack Obama reveals A Promised Land playlist featuring memorable songs from his administration Former President Barack Obama has curated the perfect playlist on the eve of the release of his new book, A Promised Land, the first volume of his memoir. © Provided by Entertainment Weekly ELIJAH NOUVELAGE/AFP via Getty Images On Monday, Obama shared his "A Promised Land" playlist on Twitter, featuring songs from Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé, Eminem, Fleetwood Mac, and more. "Music has always played an important role in my life — and that was especially true during my presidency," he wrote in the tweet. "In honor of my book hitting shelves tomorrow, I put together this playlist featuring some memorable songs from my administration. Hope you enjoy it." Check out the full track list for the playlist below: Music has...
    PRESIDENT-elect Joe Biden spoke about a variety of topics in a speech from his home base in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden will move into the White House when he is inaugurated on January 20. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 2Joe Biden speaks to reporters from his Delaware base on November 16Credit: Reuters What did Biden say about the coronavirus vaccine? Biden told reporters during his televised speech on November 16 that he would not "hesitate" to get vaccinated, "but I also want to set an example." "The only reason people question the vaccine now is because of Donald Trump," he said. Biden toppled the incumbent Trump in this month's election, but the president has refused to concede. Biden applauded the progress made by Pfizer and Moderna in producing vaccines, and said "I think we're on a clear path now." "They appear...
    Former President Barack Obama on Sunday compared President Trump to a dictator who suppresses journalists – even though his own administration’s tainted record on press freedom included once secretly monitoring reporters, including Fox News. Obama made the comparison during an appearance on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” with host Scott Pelley. It came in response to Pelley asking the former commander-in-chief to give his thoughts on President Trump’s claims of voter fraud, as well as his supporters perpetuating those allegations. Former President Barack Obama speaks at a rally as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, at Turner Field in Atlanta.  “It is one more step in delegitimizing not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally. And that’s a dangerous path,” Obama said. He added: “There’s been this sense over the last several years that literally anything goes...
    The NASA SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket successfully took off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday evening with NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi onboard. Following the rocket’s launch into orbit, President Donald Trump responded to the news on Twitter. He congratulated NASA but also applauded his own administration’s work. “A great launch! @NASA was a closed up disaster when we took over. Now it is again the “hottest,” most advanced, space center in the world, by far!” he tweeted Sunday evening. A great launch! @NASA was a closed up disaster when we took over. Now it is again the “hottest”, most advanced, space center in the world, by far! https://t.co/CDCGdO74Yb — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2020 You can read more about NASA’s mission to the International Space Station here.  Watch the first...
    Andrew Cuomo on Sunday threatened to sue the Trump administration if they withhold a vaccine for his state, telling a Manhattan congregation that 'enough people and have died and enough injustice has been done during COVID.' The New York governor and Donald Trump are engaged in an escalating war of words over the coronavirus vaccine. Cuomo has said that, given Trump's mishandling of the pandemic, he appointed an independent panel of experts to certify the vaccine once it becomes available and reassure New Yorkers that it was safe. Several others states, including California, Nevada and Oregon, are doing the same. Trump, angered by the slight, said that New York won't get any vaccine. From the pulpit of the Riverside Church on Sunday, where Martin Luther King spoke out against the Vietnam War and Nelson Mandela preached racial tolerance, Cuomo said that it was wrong to play games with a vaccine....
    Barack Obama has admitted to leaving wife Michelle feeling 'tense, lonely and isolated' as he worked into the night while 'crises piled up' for his administration. The former president has revealed how tender moments faded with the First Lady as the politically poisonous cocktail of war and financial turmoil gripped his White House. The Harvard Law graduates would go their separate ways after dinner, Barack to work tirelessly in the Treaty Room – the study in the president's private apartments – while Michelle went to bed. 'I'd undress, brush my teeth, and slip under the covers, careful not to wake her.' Obama writes. 'And although I rarely had trouble falling asleep during my time in the White House … there were nights when, lying next to Michelle in the dark, I'd think about those days when everything between us felt lighter, when her smile was more constant and our love less...
    (CNN)CNN has projected that President-elect Joe Biden will win Georgia and President Donald Trump will win North Carolina.All 50 US states and Washington, DC, have now been projected.Pet peeve of mine: It's not quite precise, in my mind, to say these states have been "called." Certifications and recounts are still occurring. CNN, a media organization, has projected winners based on available data.We don't "call" races. Voters do. But this thing is over. Biden will get 306 electoral votes -- the exact same number Trump got in 2016.Read MoreBiden's got more than 78 million votes to Trump's nearly 73 million. Read more.See full results hereTrump still has not acknowledged defeat. But he did brag about Covid. The President emerged for his first public remarks since a very dark press conference late last week to talk about Operation Warp Speed, the government's massive effort to speed along a Covid vaccine, and to...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump had an eye on his legacy as he strode to the microphone in the White House Rose Garden Friday and touted the administration's "unequaled and unrivaled" efforts to help produce a coronavirus vaccine through Operation Warp Speed. Then, for a brief moment, he seemed close to acknowledging the reality that his presidency is almost over. "I will not -- this administration will not be doing a lockdown," Trump said, speaking for the first time in a week as coronavirus cases in the US shatter records and hospitalizations are surging. "Hopefully whatever happens in the future -- who knows which administration it will be -- I guess time will tell, but I can tell you this administration will not go to a lockdown." It was a fleeting shift in tone suggesting that the reality of President-elect Joe Biden's substantial win is seeping into Trump's psyche even as he...
    (CNN)Bulky briefing books and budgets are unopened. Office spaces dedicated to the transition sit vacant. And planning conversations between incoming and outgoing administrations have been silenced for now.The federal agencies were required by law to prepare for a transition before the 2020 election, but the flurry of activity that would normally be taking place during a presidential transition sits on hold thanks to President Donald Trump's refusal to accept the election results.Agency officials in the Trump administration put in charge of the transition are in the awkward place of effectively twiddling their thumbs until the General Services Administration, an agency led by a Trump appointee, signs off on the election results -- a process that is normally not an issue.Cabinet leaders, meanwhile, have suggested there will be a second Trump term, playing into Trump's fantasies that he hasn't lost to President-elect Joe Biden.But that doesn't mean the agencies aren't making...
    In his victory speech, President-elect Joe Biden preached unity.  "I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide but unify. Who doesn't see red states and blue states, only sees the United States,” he said. To supporters of President Trump, he offered: “Let’s give each other a chance.”  Will Biden consider Republicans for top spots?  In an administration that promises to put forth a “president for all Americans,” offering Republicans a slot risks enraging the left-wing of the Democratic Party.  Progressives sounded off when the Democratic National Convention featured a speech from former Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a former Trump opponent, who endorsed Biden.  Just before the DNC, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter: “It's important to remember that Kasich is an anti-choice extremist. He 100% will (and has) signed away our reproductive rights the moment he has the opportunity to do so. He is not a friend...
    In his first public remarks since officially losing the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden, President Donald Trump notably did not concede the race. But at one point he did come closer than he has so far to acknowledging that there will be a new president starting Jan. 20th. Delivering an update on the COVID-19 vaccine from the White House Rose Garden on Friday afternoon, a conspicuously white-haired Trump started ranting against the effectiveness of “lockdowns” when he said, “Ideally we won’t go to a lockdown.“ Catching himself, he continued, “I will not go, this administration will not be going to a lockdown.” “Hopefully, the, uh, whatever happens in the future, who knows which administration will be, I guess time will tell,” he added tentatively, “but I can tell you this administration will not go to a lockdown.” Following Trump’s remarks, CNN’s Jake Tapper said, “This is the closest...
    Getty President Donald Trump mentions 'the next administration' taking over during his Rose Garden press conference on November 13, 2020. Donald Trump held his first public conference since Democratic candidate Joe Biden was officially projected winner of the 2020 presidential election last week, and while he was sharing updates on Operation Warp Speed, Trump came very close to admitting that the next administration may have a different approach to ridding the nation of coronavirus. Ideally, we won’t go to a lockdown,” Trump says. “I won’t go into a lockdown. This administration will not be going into a lockdown. Hopefully, whatever happens in the future – who knows which administration it will be – I guess time will tell… lockdowns cost lives.” ???? Trump came THIS CLOSE to admitting the next administration will be a Biden administration while talking about his opposition to lockdowns to fight Covid “Time will...
    A reproductive rights protest in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 2020. Short of expanding the Supreme Court, when he takes the oath and becomes president in January, Joe Biden won’t be able to do much about any decisions the ever-more conservative majority may make to weaken reproductive freedom. But he can and is expected to quickly make rule changes with executive orders that roll back restrictions imposed as part of the relentless Republican assault on women’s access to abortion and birth control. Jacqueline Ayers, vice president of government relations and public policy for Planned Parenthood Action Fund, told Jessie Hellmann at The Hill, “We think many of these issues actually could be addressed day one, in an executive order that explicitly talks about the new administration's commitment to sexual reproductive health care. [...] I think that this is a great victory but we know that we are going to have a lot of work to do...
    Joe Biden campaigned for president on a vow to raise taxes for the rich and corporations so that they’d pay their “fair share” — a vow that made some affluent families game out various investment and estate planning scenarios. That pledge was premised on a “blue wave” where Democrats kept the House of Representatives and established a newfound majority in the Senate, which would go along with tax hikes. One week after Election Day, Biden is the projected winner in the presidential race. Yet Republican Senators fill 50 Senate seats and Democrats have 48 (including two independents who caucus with them). A Jan. 5 runoff elections for Georgia’s two spots. Democrats will keep control of the House of Representatives, albeit in a smaller margin after GOP candidates flipped several seats. So what does this political churn mean for families thinking about their tax bill in a...
    A Thursday report from CNN spotlights Donald Trump’s state of mind as he continues to suggest voter fraud and foreign leaders congratulate Joe Biden on what appears to be his inevitable victory. In the wake of major television networks calling the race for Biden, the report claimed that Trump has been spending a significant amount of time watching their coverage of Biden’s transition. “He was thrilled when he saw Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mention a ‘smooth transition to a second Trump administration’ during a news conference on Tuesday, one person who spoke to him said. But he has been dismayed to see foreign leaders, including those he considered friends such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, move swiftly toward congratulating Biden.” Per Al Jazeera, leaders of Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Germany quickly congratulated Biden on his victory. As the publication noted, the number of United States...
    By Jeff Zeleny | CNN President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday tapped Ron Klain to be his incoming chief of staff, elevating his longtime aide to one of the most powerful positions in the White House, officials familiar with the move told CNN. Klain is one of Biden’s most trusted campaign advisers and was long seen as the most likely pick for the top job. He previously served as chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore during the Clinton administration and Biden during his tenure as President Barack Obama’s vice president. Klain has accepted the offer and will begin a new era of service to Biden, officials said, with a formal announcement set for Thursday. Klain brings unique expertise to this moment defined by the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The Democratic operative was appointed by then-President Barack Obama to lead the response to the Ebola crisis in 2014. Klain’s experience leading...
    In an interview with MSNBC broadcast Tuesday evening, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that he hopes to keep his job so that he can continue working on ending the coronavirus pandemic, The Independent reported. The longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has served as a key adviser on national health crises under six presidential administrations, but he seems to have attracted the ire of President Donald Trump. Trump has repeatedly criticized Fauci, casting doubt on his expertise. At a recent rally, he embraced anti-Fauci chants and floated firing the nation’s top infectious diseases experts after the election. But Trump is all but certain to leave the White House on January 20, being that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has been projected as the winner of the 2020 presidential election. During a wide-ranging conversation with anchor Andrew Mitchel, Fauci said that removing him from his post...
    Heather Digby Parton November 11, 2020 1:00PM (UTC) I don't think anyone who has been following Donald Trump's administration for the past four years can say they're surprised that he is refusing to concede defeat after the election, or that nearly all Republican elected officials are either backing him to the hilt or quivering in the corner like a bunch of cold chihuahuas. I predicted this puerile reaction some time ago, which wasn't exactly a great feat of prognostication since Trump was doing everything but running full-page ads in every newspaper in the country announcing his intentions. Two days before the election, he said on camera, "As soon as that election is over, we're going in with our lawyers." This was after months of nonstop attacks on mail-in voting, accusations of cheating in states run by Democrats and declarations that the only way he could lose the election is if it were rigged. How could anyone be surprised that...
    (CNN)If you read all of those pre-election stories about the potential for President Donald Trump to deny the election results and muck up the government before he left office and thought there's no way he would actually do such a thing, prepare to be disappointed.Trump White House MAP: Full election results Trump fires Secretary of Defense Mark Esper Trump taps former Special Forces officer to take over from Esper at Pentagon Trump push to fight election uses courts in attempt to legitimize unfounded claims After Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday, several top officials on Tuesday were replaced with perceived loyalists to the President. A top Justice Department official resigned his role late Monday after Attorney General Bill Barr ordered changes to policy on election investigations. This is happening. The question is what can Trump accomplish before January 20 at noon, when his term officially ends. Will...
    Former Trump national security adviser John Bolton piled on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his comments Tuesday about a transfer of power. Wolf Blitzer brought up Pompeo’s remark about a transition “to a second Trump administration,” and said, “That sounds like something we might hear in Russia, not the United States of America.” “How dangerous is this?” he asked. Bolton called it “delusional for Mike to say that,” and added, “He has eviscerated his credibility internationally because I think there are very few people, even in the U.S. government who believe that’s the case. I don’t know why he had to have that briefing and I don’t know why he felt he needed to make that statement, maybe other than to avoid being fired like others are being throughout the administration. But it’s delusional.” When Blitzer asked if he expected better from Pompeo, Bolton said, “Sadly no at...
    Hi there, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:Personal FinanceAs nation awaits transition of power, Fauci issues timely warning to his fellow scientists In a conversation with the American Medical Association, the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases spoke about politics, science and vaccines.My father wants to deed his kids his home before Prop 19 takes effect. I suggested a life estate instead — he said I’m ungrateful ‘California passed Proposition 19, which will in part require that inherited homes that are not used as principal residences, such as second homes or rentals, be reassessed at market value when transferred.' Joe Biden wants a $15 minimum wage — here’s what’s standing in his way Raising the minimum wage will 'reduce the racial wage gap because more people of color will get raises.'Mammograms and colonoscopies fell by up to 70% in the early months of COVID-19 'If patients do...
    By Larry Keane Former Vice President Joe Biden declared election victory, even as President Donald Trump continues to challenge results in several states. Runoffs are slated for both U.S. Senate seats from Georgia, which could decide the balance of power in Washington, D.C. and whether agendas get an unquestioned green light or hit roadblocks. The Biden camp is already forming the presidential transition team and increased gun control is on the table. While everyone is trying to read the political tea leaves to predict what will happen, the firearm industry is taking a pragmatic approach. When it comes to gun control, take Biden at his word. He’s given plenty of public comment to know exactly what he wants to do if he’s unchecked. It’s nothing short of ending Second Amendment rights and reducing them to a nanny-state privilege that’s closely monitored and meted out piecemeal to a select few. It also means...
    President-elect Joe Biden answered questions from reporters following his Tuesday speech — directly addressing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s refusal to recognize his victory.  NBC reporter Mike Memoli asked Biden about the Trump team’s failure to acknowledge his victory — pointing to Pompeo’s claim that there will be a “smooth transition to a second Trump administration.” “We are already beginning a transition. We’re well underway, and the ability for the administration in any way [to fail] to recognize our win, does not change the dynamic at all and what we’re able to do,” Biden said. “We are going to be going, moving along in a consistent manner, putting together our administration in the White House.” Biden added that nothing would stop them from building their administration’s team and filling cabinet positions — adding that the Trump team’s comments are inconsequential to his planning. In direct response to Memoli’s follow up question on Pompeo, Biden said that...
    (CNN)The question is not whether President Donald Trump is leaving. It's how much destruction, revenge and chaos he will wreak on the way out the door.Trump's refusal to concede the election, delusional tweets about states tipping his way and failure to so far grant President-elect Joe Biden access to federal funding and resources to power up his administration mean America is in for a rocky 71 days. Trump may be a lame duck, but he retains the authorities of the presidency until noon on January 20, and his chokehold on the Republican Party was if anything strengthened by winning 70 million votes last week. So the President has the power -- institutional and political -- and apparently the motivation to create a great deal of disruption before returning to civilian life.Attorney General William Barr, who has shown a propensity for using his own power to advance the President's political aspirations,...
    Donald Trump with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) (AP) Unshackled by domestic political considerations and enraged by what he and his adjutants have falsely described as a fraudulent election, the administration of outgoing US  President Donald Trump appears set to inflict maximum damage on its perceived enemies and strive to do favours for its friends in the final weeks of its rule, worrying international observers who say his flailing final moves could inflict lasting harm. Most of Mr Trump’s erratic and destructive potential moves during the final 10 weeks of his rule could  target the US,  with his venom directed primarily at senior officials he describes as “deep state” figures who he accuses of undermining his presidency. But even his attempts to sate domestic supporters and feed red meat to his vociferous hard-right base could have broader international implications.  ...
    Joe Biden hit the ground running Monday morning in beginning to unveil his administration's team by naming those who will head his coronavirus task force – the president-elect and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will also receive their first briefing from the team. Rick Bright, the whistleblower who was ousted as chief of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority earlier this year and has since become an outspoken Trump critic, will serve on the panel. The advisory board is co-chaired by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, who served toward the end of President Barack Obama's administration; former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler; and Deputy Director of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation Marcella Nunez-Smith. Biden also tapped Zeke Emanuel, who served as Special Advisor for Health Policy at the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama administration, for the task force. He also helped shape the policy...
    By Will Weissert, Alexandra Jaffe, and Aamer Madhani | Associated Press WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden signaled on Sunday he plans to move quickly to build out his government, focusing first on the raging pandemic that will likely dominate the early days of his administration. Biden named a former surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, and a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, David Kessler, as co-chairs of a coronavirus working group set to get started, with other members expected to be announced Monday. Transition team officials said that also this week Biden will launch his agency review teams, the group of transition staffers that have access to key agencies in the current administration to ease the transfer of power. The teams will collect and review information such as budgetary and staffing decisions, pending regulations and other work in progress from current staff at the departments to help Biden’s team...
    President-elect Joe Biden will focus on the coronavirus, hiring his West Wing staff and filling out his cabinet as the transition process begins amid worries about how Donald Trump will treat his successor during the transfer of power. President-elect Joe Biden will announce a coronavirus task force on Monday, one of his top priorities as president As Biden sorts through is priority list as the nation's 46th president, he faces unique pressure to satisfy the various coalitions who put him in the White House: Progressive, centrist, African American, unions, sunbelt, rustbelt and Georgia Democrats could all claim a place in his cabinet. A longtime politician, Biden has a deep set of connections on both sides of the political aisle and will face a lot of outstretched hands wanting a reward now that he's going to the Oval Office.  'Democratic Washington is basically the 'Six degrees of Joe Biden.' That...
    Steve Bannon's account has been permanently banned from Twitter for suggesting that Dr Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded for not being pro-Trump enough to serve in his administration.  The former White House chief strategist's comments were made during a livestream of his online show War Room: Pandemic.  At the start of the discussion, Bannon said that the nation's top infectious disease expert and the FBI chief should be fired if Trump is reelected.  'The second term kicks off with firing Wray, firing Fauci,' Bannon says.   Bannon then went a step further with his remarks, saying: 'I'd actually like to go back to the old times of Tudor England. I'd put the heads on pikes. I'd put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats.' Steve Bannon has been permanently banned from Twitter for suggesting that Dr Anthony...
    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...
    Journalist Bob Woodward released more audio recordings of his interviews with President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner on Wednesday, CNN reported. Kushner, who is married to first daughter Ivanka Trump, works as an advisor to the president’s administration. The two interviews took place in April and May as part of Woodward’s research for his new book Rage, and Trump sanctioned them. They spoke about many things, including the president’s political handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and his working to break free of the doctors who served on the coronavirus task force to reopen the country. One subject Kushner spoke to was how his father-in-law hired and then fired officials during the administration. Kushner called these White House officials dangerous. “The most dangerous people around the president are over-confident idiots. Right?” Kushner told Woodward. “I think if you look at the evolution over time, we’ve gotten rid of a...
    Miles Taylor, the formerly anonymous Trump administration staffer behind writings that criticized the president, said he would donate a portion of his book revenue, but never specified how much he would keep. Taylor, a former chief of staff for the Department of Homeland Security and a current CNN contributor, announced Wednesday that he was the “anonymous” writer behind the 2018 New York Times essay that detailed leveled criticism at President Donald Trump. Taylor also anonymously wrote a book, titled “A Warning,” with a more in-depth attack on the president. Donald Trump is a man without character. It’s why I wrote “A Warning”…and it’s why me & my colleagues have spoken out against him (in our own names) for months. It’s time for everyone to step out of the shadows. My statement: https://t.co/yuhTgZ4bkq — Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) October 28, 2020 The book was described as “a shocking, first-hand account...
    Bradley Cortright October 28, 2020 0 Comments The author of an anonymously authored 2018 op-ed in The New York Times, that claimed there was a group of administration officials in the Trump administration who thwarted the president’s worst instincts, is revealing his identity. In a blog post titled “Why I’m no longer ‘Anonymous‘” on Wednesday afternoon, Miles Taylor, who served as the chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security until 2019, revealed that he is the author of the op-ed — dubbed “Anonymous.” “More than two years ago, I published an anonymous opinion piece in The New York Times about Donald Trump’s perilous presidency, while I was serving under him. He responded with a short but telling tweet: ‘TREASON?'” Taylor wrote. “Trump sees personal criticism as subversive.” He continued, “We do not owe the President our silence. We owe him and the American people the truth.” Taylor asserted that...
    Miles Taylor, the former chief of staff for the Department of Homeland Security and vocal Donald Trump critic, is 'Anonymous,' the author of a controversial New York Times op-ed in September 2018 that described a resistance movement to the president within his own administration. He revealed himself on Twitter Wednesday afternoon ahead of an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper. Taylor also wrote a book under his name de plume and is a CNN contributor, where he publicly bashes President Trump's actions and his policies.  'Donald Trump is a man without character. It’s why I wrote “A Warning”...and it’s why me & my colleagues have spoken out against him (in our own names) for months. It’s time for everyone to step out of the shadows,' he tweeted. His Twitter bio includes 'No longer Anonymous.'  White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany called Taylor a 'low-level, disgruntled' former staffer who was fired from his role...
    Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters If Joe Biden wins the 2020 US election against Donald Trump next week, the new president-elect will face enormous pressures to implement a laundry list of priorities on a range of issues from foreign policy to the climate crisis, reversing many of the stark changes implemented by his predecessor. But Biden’s first and most pressing task for his first 100 days in the White House would be to roll out a new nationwide plan to fight the coronavirus crisis, which has claimed more than 220,000 lives in the US and infected millions – more than any other country in the world – as well as taking steps to fix the disastrous economic fallout. Related: From climate to China, how Joe Biden is plotting America’s restoration And, while the new president might be fresh from victory, the moderate Biden will also have to wrangle with his own...
    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...
    There’s a saying about accepting an apology that may never come in order to find peace. I’ve done that, accepting invisible apologies for a long time, from ex-boyfriends, from old friends who I felt wronged me—and from the politicians responsible for the infamous 1994 crime bill and the crime laws that preceded it. Specifically, I had accepted that non-existent apology from Joe Biden, who authored the bill that President Bill Clinton signed and that led to my favorite uncle’s life sentence. I knew Biden, who boasted when he was running for president in 2007 about the “Biden crime bill,” has expressed regret more recently over the bill’s impact on mass incarceration, and his 1980s votes for harsh mandatory drug sentences. I also knew he was vice president under the Obama administration—the same administration that commuted my uncle’s sentence in January of 2017, weeks before Donald Trump was sworn in as...
    A Trump ally and close associate of Jared Kushner and Rudy Giuliani has been federally charged with harassment and cyberstalking following a routine FBI background check for a potential administration post. Kenneth Kurson, 52, surrendered for arrest on Friday in Brooklyn, after prosecutors said he harassed three individuals online in 2015, when he was editor in chief of the New York Observer and going through a messy divorce. In the twisted case, Kurson is accused of using the online aliases 'Jayden Wagner' and 'Eddie Train' to harass three individuals whom he appeared to blame for his divorce, according to a federal complaint unsealed on Friday. Kurson's attorney, Marc L. Mukasey, told DailyMail.com in a statement: 'Ken Kurson is an honorable man, a loving dad, and a brilliant writer. This case is hardly the stuff of a federal criminal prosecution. He will get past it.' Kenneth Kurson, 52, (right) surrendered for...
    Joe Biden compared Kim Jong-un to Adolf Hitler on Thursday as the former vice president slammed President Trump for ‘legitimizing’ the North Korean ruler by meeting with him. In the second and final presidential debate, the Democratic nominee blasted Trump for his diplomacy with Pyongyang, though the Republican countered that he had achieved what the Obama administration could not. ‘They tried to meet with him, he wouldn't do it,’ Trump said of Kim and the Obama administration. ‘He didn't like Obama, he didn't like him, he wouldn't do it. OK? They tried.
    Julio Cortez/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.During Thursday night’s debate, President Donald Trump repeated one of his most disgusting lies: The Obama administration, he claimed, created family separation, and his administration ended it. “They did it,” Trump said. “We changed the policy.” There is not even a sliver of truth to that. Former Vice President Joe Biden responded forcefully, and accurately. “They separated them at the border to make it a disincentive to come to begin with,” Biden said. “Coyotes didn’t bring them over. Their parents were with them. They got separated from their parents. And it makes us a laughingstock. And it violates every notion of who we are as a nation.” Wow. Donald Trump just said that only immigrants "with the lowest IQ" come back for court hearings under catch and release #Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/GP0jfDcd4H —...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the White House has been controlling his appearances in front of the media, confirming what many have been speculating for weeks. While speaking with Jonathan LaPook on CBS News’ 60 Minutes, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases weighed in on the current administration’s handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the President Donald Trump’s recent experience with the disease. Dr. Fauci has been the face of the government’s response to the virus since it emerged earlier this year, but in recent weeks, some observers have noted that he hasn’t been appearing in public as often as he did initially. As 60 Minutesnoted, despite his prominent roll as a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, he doesn’t always control how he appears to the public. “During this pandemic, has the White House been controlling when you can speak with...
    The Trump administration is slashing pay for farmworkers, which could benefit Donald Trump himself. The country's largest farmworkers union sued the Trump administration on Wednesday for pulling the plug on an essential U.S. Department of Agriculture survey. The move could slash farmworkers' pay and even "personally benefit" Donald Trump, the group said. In September, the USDA announced it was suspending its semi-annual Farm Labor Survey, which provides the basis for wage estimates for all workers hired by U.S. farms and ranches.
    The Trump administration is slashing pay for farm workers, which could benefit Donald Trump himself. The country's largest farm workers union sued the Trump administration on Wednesday for pulling the plug on an essential U.S. Department of Agriculture survey. The move could slash farm workers' pay and even "personally benefit" Donald Trump, the group said. In September, the USDA announced it was suspending its semi-annual Farm Labor Survey, which provides the basis for wage estimates for all workers hired by U.S. farms and ranches.
    Ronald Reagan’s son has hit out a Donald Trump and the current state of the Republican Party, insisting his father would be ‘horrified’ if he were alive to see what’s happening in the White House today. Speaking to CNN's Ana Cabrera on Sunday, Ron Reagan, the son of one of the most decorated Republican presidents in history, laid into the current administration and even admonished Trump’s family. When asked about the role Trump’s children have played during their father’s White House tenure and his re-election campaign, the 62-year-old accused them of being ‘grifters’ who were trying to profit off of his presidency. ‘They’re certainly entitled to campaign for their dad,’ Reagan said, adding he and his siblings did the same for their father. ‘When you cross the line is ― I hate to say it here, I don’t mean to be blunt, but we’ve got a bunch of grifters in...
    ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants his own team of in-house experts to review a federally approved COVID-19 vaccine before distributing the drug to millions of New Yorkers, arguing Monday he doesn’t think the FDA and CDC’s recommendations are “safe.” “You’re going to say to the American people: now here’s a vaccine, it was new, it was done quickly but trust this federal administration and their health administration that it’s safe and we’re not 100 percent sure of the consequences?” said Cuomo during a “Good Morning America” interview to promote his new book “American Crisis.” “I think it’s going to be a very skeptical American public about taking the vaccine and they should be. We’re going to put together our own group of doctors and medical experts to review the vaccine and the efficacy and the protocol and if they say it’s safe then I’ll go to the people of...
    Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening to withhold a COVID-19 vaccine from New York until his team of doctors deem it safe because he doesn't trust the FDA or CDC, raising serious questions about how and when it will eventually become available and who will be the arbiter of it. Cuomo said during an interview with Good Morning America that the American people will be 'skeptical' about a vaccine because of how the federal administration has handled the pandemic and that he won't rush to recommend it.  It's unclear if, once the FDA approves it, Cuomo will have the power to stop it from being administered across the state.  But in a lengthy vaccine administration plan that his office released on Sunday, he says he will consult a 'task force' of his own doctors about it and, if necessary, withhold it.  'The Task Force will advise on the vaccine safety profile,...
    Roger Sollenberger October 16, 2020 6:30PM (UTC) Caroline Rose Giuliani, the daughter of former LifeLock spokesperson and Trump personal Rudy Giuliani, called for Americans to vote for the Biden-Harris Democratic ticket in a scathing rebuke of the "toxic" Republican administration.  "My father is Rudy Giuliani," Giuliani wrote in an essay published Thursday in Vanity Fair. "We are multiverses apart, politically and otherwise. I've spent a lifetime forging an identity in the arts separate from my last name, so publicly declaring myself as a 'Giuliani' feels counterintuitive. But I've come to realize that none of us can afford to be silent right now." : Giuliani, a 31-year-old Los Angeles-based LGBTQ+ filmmaker, "shunned her famous last name" while at Harvard. Instead, she used the last name of her other famous parent: "Law & Order" actor Donna Hannover. In her essay, Giuliani maintained that "being the daughter of a polarizing mayor who became the president's personal bulldog" is "a difficult confession — something I usually...
    Ice Cube performs during 93.5 KDAY Presents 2019 Krush Groove Concert at The Forum on April 20, 2019 in Inglewood, California. Leon Bennett/Getty Images Rapper and actor Ice Cube responded to critics on Twitter condemned him out for working with President Donald Trump.  Writers Roxane Gay and Touré were among the personalities criticizing Ice Cube for helping the president with his "Promise to Black America" initiative.  Ice Cube claimed that CNN had canceled his interview with Chris Cuomo on Thursday night in light of the controversy. "It seems like they can't handle the truth," he said.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. N.W.A rapper and actor Ice Cube defended his collaboration with the Trump administration following backlash online from prominent critics, saying that he worked with the president to help Black Americans.  After Trump campaign adviser Katrina Pierson revealed in a tweet on Tuesday that Ice Cube...
    As my colleague Laura Clawson noted earlier today, the differences between the two presidential town hall events Thursday night couldn’t have been more stark. Joe Biden dove into plenty of policy but maybe above all reminded us that a president is supposed to, frankly, give a shit about us. It was just as evident after the town hall as it was during, when he stayed after broadcast was over to keep answering audience questions. Then there was Donald Trump. If you skipped it like me, I’m sure you’re also just so fucking sick of this man that the 18 days left until Election Day can’t come any faster. He did, however, spew a lie about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that I just can’t ignore. Not just because it’s an issue important to me, but because it’s such an outlandish lie that it just can’t get ignored. During Thursday night’s debate, the impeached president actually got a very...
    NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – AUGUST 25: BIG# league owner Ice Cube sits on the sidelines during the BIG3 Playoffs at Smoothie King Center on August 25, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) I already am anticipating the vitriol I’m sure to receive for my thoughts on this topic from Hoteps, the “Woke Crew,” the “You hate Black men” trolls, and the “bUt ThE deMOcRaTs” brood alike. However, considering just yesterday I had to block (after unleashing a profanity-laced tirade), a [former] friend of nearly 20 years on Facebook for caping for Ice Cube on my timeline — screw it.  O’Shea Jackson, though his efforts are noble, is ignorant, arrogant, paternalistic, and dangerous. As a dear friend of mine texted me just today, he “hit the ground running instead of hitting the ground reading.” Read More: Ice Cube gets dragged for working with Trump administration...
    Igor Derysh October 12, 2020 4:06PM (UTC) Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that President Donald Trump's campaign took his comments out of context and used them without his permission in a new ad. The Trump campaign used an excerpt from an interview Fauci did all the way back in March to praise the president's widely-criticized response to the coronavirus the same week that ABC News host Jon Karl accused the White House of blocking Fauci from speaking to the media. : The 30-second ad, which was released after Trump was discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center last week, touted Trump's personal experience with the coronavirus. "President Trump is recovering from the coronavirus, and so is America," a narrator said in the ad. "Together we rose to meet the challenge, protecting our seniors, getting them life-saving drugs in record time, sparing no expense." The ad then shows an interview with Fauci in...
    Former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” called President Donald Trump “a combination of selfishness and stupidity.” Rather said, “As members of the press, we have to keep doing our job, which is keep telling people, keep reminding people through use of facts and quotes of how unusually unique this is to have, number one, a president who says in advance of the election that if it doesn’t appear to go his way, he is going to try to tie it up in the courts and he will not commit to a peaceful transfer of power at the top, even if the indication is that he has lost. Number two, there has never been anything approaching this in the way of voter suppression by any president of the United States. And the presidents has to continue to frame things in that way. ” He continued, “As...
    Trump's administration has done everything it could to block the type of research Regeneron relied on for its antibody treatment. When Donald Trump went to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment for the coronavirus, he benefited from a treatment that's not yet available to the public.   The antibody treatment from Regeneron, which Trump is now claiming "cured" him without evidence, has yet to be approved by the Federal Drug Administration. It's also derived from stem cell research.  That might be unremarkable but for the fact that Trump's administration has done everything it can to block research that relies on stem cells and fetal tissue. Trump's anti-abortion evangelical base is deeply opposed to research that relies on either of these because they have a tenuous connection to abortion. 
    By Maggie Fox | CNN President Donald Trump has been celebrating the dose of experimental monoclonal antibodies he was given last Friday, saying he thinks it helped him vanquish his coronavirus infection in record time. “It was incredible the impact it had,” he said in a video he tweeted Thursday. What he didn’t say is that the treatment was developed using technology his administration has worked for four years to ban. It has to do with abortion politics, and the science of using human tissue to test and to make medicines. Regeneron’s therapy indirectly relied on tissue taken from an abortion. Trump’s base, of course, is strongly against abortion rights and his administration acted quickly to reverse many Obama era policies — including policies that moved forward scientific research involving human fetal tissue. Especially involved are human embryonic stem cells, made using days-old embryos, usually taken from fertility clinics. They’re...
    Last month a judge found that unqualified Trump-appointed official William Pendley had been unlawfully serving in his position of acting Bureau of Land Management (BLM) director for well over a year, meaning a number of anti-environment policies he signed while illegitimately serving were now at risk. The judge, The New York Times reports, “ordered briefs from all parties regarding which of Mr. Pendley’s policies should be overturned, due this week.” That sounds like some good news, right? Some justice finally prevailed. But not really. Not only is the Trump administration fighting the federal judge’s court order, it’s openly defying it: the Times reports Pendley remains at the agency, but now under an altered job title. Presto change-o, problem fixed. But Pendley isn’t the only unqualified administration official unlawfully serving in their job. Nope, not even close. We’ve talked about Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials Chad Wolf and Ken Cuccinelli, the mini-fascists who’ve been using the full power of their department not to...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump has been celebrating the dose of experimental monoclonal antibodies he was given last Friday, saying he thinks it helped him vanquish his coronavirus infection in record time."It was incredible the impact it had," he said in a video he tweeted Thursday.What he didn't say is that the treatment was developed using technology his administration has worked for four years to ban. Trumps endorsement sends Regeneron and Eli Lilly stocks risingIt has to do with abortion politics, and the science of using human tissue to test and to make medicines. Regeneron's therapy indirectly relied on tissue taken from an abortion.Trump's base, of course, is strongly against abortion rights and his administration acted quickly to reverse many Obama era policies -- including policies that moved forward scientific research involving human fetal tissue.Trump is blocking vital biomedical researchRead MoreEspecially involved are human embryonic stem cells, made using days-old embryos, usually...
    Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris said at Wednesday's vice presidential debate that Joe Biden would not ban fracking if elected president despite Vice President Mike Pence's repeated claims that he would ban the drilling method. She argued that a Biden administration would focus on creating new jobs, and that "part of those jobs that will be created by Joe Biden are going to be about clean energy and renewable energy." "I will repeat, and the American people know, that Joe Biden will not ban fracking. That is a fact," Harris said. Hydraulic fracturing is a drilling method for extracting natural gas from shale formations underground by injecting liquid at high pressure.  Although Harris called for banning fracking as a presidential candidate, the Biden climate plan does not take that stance. Pence also argued that Biden would want to implement the Green New Deal, a progressive plan to address...
    Donald Trump’s maniacal actions over the past week have been … distressing. He is the president of the United States of America. With elections coming in just a few weeks, Republicans like Texas Sen. John Cornyn find themselves holding tightly to the sinking rim of the burning garbage bag that is this administration. At literally any point since Jan. 20, 2017, there have been myriad reasons a Republican with even a passing flirtation with integrity could have seriously questioned or even admonished the president and his administration’s actions. Cornyn has been particularly impotent as a political leader at this time. Even facing the strange threats of a coup against democracy by the Trump administration has brought a flatlined and cowardly response from the Texas senator. Then, on Monday, after a weekend where Trump was airlifted to Walter Reed Medical Center for treatment of COVID-19, which he may have knowingly put people in danger of catching...
    Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpTrump campaign launches 'Operation MAGA' while president recovers from COVID-19 'Tiger King' star Joe Exotic requests pardon from Trump: 'Be my hero please' Zaid Jilani discusses Trump's move to cancel racial sensitivity training at federal agencies MORE released a new video on Wednesday encouraging hunters and other outdoorsmen to vote for his father next month.  The president’s son, an avid hunter himself, highlighted moves by the Trump administration to make public lands more accessible for sportsmen.  He also alluded to a bipartisan bill the president signed this year that would devote $900 million annually for  conservation programs like securing land for national parks.  “Make sure you recognize what’s actually gone on. Make sure that you realize that Donald Trump has delivered for you,” Trump said in the video posted to Twitter.  A source familiar told The Hill that for now the ad is just on social...
    During most of his press conferences since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Jared Polis has shied away from vigorously bashing President Donald Trump, choosing instead to offer subtler criticism of the current administration's response to the virus and apparent lack of a national strategy to combat it. But his virtual session on October 6 was different. This time around, Polis ripped Trump, who has shrugged off having the virus on Twitter and taken part in media events that have disturbed public health experts, accusing him of irresponsibility that could lead to greater problems in Colorado should too many residents follow his example. "It's challenging to watch how the White House is handling this on a personal level," Polis maintained. "Like a lot of things, the President is taking this in a wrong and divisive direction with regard to his counsel and what he's advising people to do." When...
              Live from Virginia Friday morning on The John Fredericks Show – weekdays on WNTW AM 820/ FM 92.7 – Richmond, WJFN FM 100.5 – Central Virginia, WMPH AM 1010 / FM 100.1 / FM 96.9 (7-9 PM) Hampton Roads, WBRG AM 1050 / FM 105.1 – Lynchburg/Roanoke and Weekdays 6-10 am and 24/7 Stream – host Fredericks welcomed political strategist Stephen K. Bannon to the show who gave sound advice to the Trump administration as the president quarantines for COVID-19. Fredericks: Stephen K. Bannon with us. He is the former White House strategist. Now Steve, quick story, 30 seconds, and I’ll give you the floor. I was there in the campaign when Access Hollywood went down. We had a conference call at four thirty in the afternoon or maybe four. It was in the afternoon. And on the call that was led by...
    Facebook has pulled hundreds of xenophobic Donald Trump campaign ads that attacked 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s refugee plan by spreading a lie that they will bring COVID-19, saying in a statement that they will no longer run “because we don't allow claims that people's physical safety, health, or survival is threatened by people on the basis of their national origin or immigration status.” Um, so why were the ads allowed to go up in the first place? The Trump campaign made the baseless claim as impeached president Donald Trump’s administration also seeks to slash refugee admissions for the next fiscal year to the lowest number in the program’s history, to just 15,000. The administration didn’t even hit the prior year’s cap of 18,000 refugees, admitting just over 9,000 refugees as of Aug. 31, CNN reported. The ads were also pulled as Trump, his wife Melania Trump, his aide Hope Hicks, and a number of other top Republicans have...
    A federal judge on Thursday rejected John BoltonJohn BoltonJudge appears skeptical of Bolton's defense of publishing book without White House approval Maximum pressure is keeping US troops in Iraq and Syria Woodward book trails Bolton, Mary Trump in first-week sales MORE's effort to throw out a lawsuit from the Trump administration alleging that the former national security adviser published classified information in his new memoir, violating nondisclosure agreements he signed with the White House. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth said in a 27-page opinion that the lawsuit will move forward because the administration had sufficiently established a likelihood that Bolton had violated the contracts by bypassing a required prepublication approval for the book. "The government has the power to prevent harm to the national security," wrote Lamberth, who was appointed to the federal court in D.C. by former President Reagan. "While the government may not prevent Bolton from publishing unclassified...
    Rome – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rejected any suggestion that his call for Pope Francis’s support against Chinese human rights abuses has a partisan motive, in the face of clerical suggestions that he is trying to stoke support for President Trump’s reelection. “That’s just crazy,” Pompeo said at press briefing hosted by Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, when asked how his work on religious freedom might affect the American election. “We’ve been working on improving the lives of the people of China the entire time this administration has been in office. We’ve been working on human rights issues in China the entire time I’ve been part of this administration.” Pompeo, who attended a symposium on religious freedom hosted by the United States mission to the Holy See earlier Wednesday, has been lobbying the Vatican publicly to scrap an agreement with Beijing that pertains to the nomination of bishops....
    President Trump claimed during Tuesday’s debate that his administration has given “big incentives” to electric cars, despite a consistent push from his White House to pull the plug on federal tax credits for the vehicles. “I’m okay with electric cars, too. I’m all for electric cars,” Trump said during a climate change segment within Tuesday night’s debate. “I’ve given big incentives to electric cars, but what they’ve done in California is just crazy.” Trump didn’t go into detail, but he was likely referring to Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s commitment last week to require 100% zero-emissions vehicle sales in the state starting in 2035, essentially banning the sale of new gas-powered cars by that year. The president’s claims that he supports electric car incentives don’t hold up, however. The White House has repeatedly sought to kill tax credits, which offer consumers a $7,500 incentive to purchase an electric car, and...
    Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein accused Donald Trump of creating 'the first grifter presidency' in US history after the New York Times lifted the lid on the president's years of alleged tax avoidance and extensive debt.   Bernstein called the bombshell Times report 'the smoking gun of a pervasively criminal presidency' in an interview with CNN on Monday morning. 'Donald Trump and his family are grifters,' he said. 'He has created the first grifter presidency in the history of the United States in which his purpose in running for the presidency and exercising the powers of the presidency - the fundamental reason is to bail himself and his family out.' The Times report, based on nearly two decades' worth of Trump's tax returns, asserted that the president paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017 - and zero federal income taxes in 10 of the 15 years prior -...
            by Fred Lucas  President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday aimed at protecting Americans with preexisting health conditions, after delivering remarks on his administration’s health care vision in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Under the America First health care plan, we will ensure the highest standard of care anywhere in the world, cutting edge treatments, state-of- the-art medicines, groundbreaking cures, and true health security for you and your loved ones,” Trump told his audience in Charlotte. The president also talked about actions his administration has taken to reduce the cost of prescriptions, increasing accountability for veterans’ health care, expanding insurance options, and allowing terminally ill patients the opportunity to try lifesaving drugs that have not gotten final government approval. “The historic action I’m taking today includes the first-ever executive order to affirm it is the official policy of the United States government to protect patients with...
              Nashville Mayor John Cooper said Thursday that he and members of his administration have shown total transparency providing information to the public about COVID-19. Cooper said this at a press conference Thursday. Mayor John Coopers News Conference Mayor John Cooper holds news conference on public health Posted by Mayor John Cooper on Thursday, September 24, 2020 FOX 17 reporter Dennis Ferrier asked Cooper to respond to criticism that Nashville accepts federal COVID-19 assistance despite the mayor closing bars and restaurants based on insufficient data. Cooper said he acted on federal COVID-19 guidelines. “It was not insufficient data. It was an alarming trend that was responded to, and I think we can look back and say we responded to it and have been very successful. Our successful reopening strategy is that we have to look after our own reputation here in Nashville. We...
    Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Wednesday night that “Republicans of good conscience” in the Trump administration should resign over President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election. When asked about committing to a peaceful transfer of power during a press conference earlier, Trump responded, “We will have to see what happens. You know that. I have been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.” Anchor Rachel Maddow said, “As a rule, I don’t cover statements by the president unless they are linked to actions by the president because he says a lot of things that come to not and design kind of rise out of people and turn the news cycle to his advantage. It strikes me that this remark tonight that...
    Congressman Adam Schiff said on MSNBC Wednesday night that “Republicans of good conscience” in the Trump administration should resign and speak out, following President Donald Trump’s comments declining to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election. Rachel Maddow told Schiff she doesn’t normally cover statements Trump makes, but this is different because what he’s saying now “crosses the line” and that “this is essentially the president in new territory in terms of his threat to the democracy.” Schiff said people need to take this seriously: “This is a moment that I would say to any Republican of good conscience working in the administration, it is time for you to resign… If you have been debating about whether you can continue to serve the country by serving this president, you can’t. It is time to resign. I would say to those who have been on...
    By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed to receive a 2016 award from military veterans that didn't exist and falsely denigrated the record of the late Republican Sen. John McCain on veterans affairs, whose widow endorsed Democratic rival Joe Biden for president. A look at some of Trump's claims Wednesday: TRUMP: “I was honored to receive the endorsement of the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association in 2016, and they gave me a beautiful award. And I have it very proudly on a wall of great importance to me.” — White House ceremony honoring veterans of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. THE FACTS: There is no official award. Trump did get an endorsement from the association in 2016, the first ever from the group of Florida-based veterans who fought in the United States’ failed attempt to overthrow the Cuban government in 1961. But...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed to receive a 2016 award from military veterans that didn’t exist and falsely denigrated the record of the late Republican Sen. John McCain on veterans affairs, whose widow endorsed Democratic rival Joe Biden for president. A look at some of Trump’s claims Wednesday: TRUMP: “I was honored to receive the endorsement of the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association in 2016, and they gave me a beautiful award. And I have it very proudly on a wall of great importance to me.” — White House ceremony honoring veterans of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. THE FACTS: There is no official award. Trump did get an endorsement from the association in 2016, the first ever from the group of Florida-based veterans who fought in the United States’ failed attempt to overthrow the Cuban government in 1961. But no award came with it....
    Joe Biden said during a campaign event Wednesday that the Department of Justice has become “the Department of Trump.” During an event in Charlotte, North Carolina, Biden was asked how he would reimagine the Justice Department and the civil rights division in particular. Biden started by saying, “This has been the most corrupt administration in modern American history. The Justice Department has turned into the president’s private law firm.” He referenced the DOJ’s involvement in the defamation suit from E. Jean Carroll, who has accused the president of rape. “Where does that come from?” Biden said his DOJ would be independent of him and he would not direct them who to prosecute. He said he would elevate the civil rights division within the DOJ and push for more police transparency. The former VP said he’s been asked if he would “prosecute Trump” if he wins, and he responded by...
              When Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced at a July 2 press conference that he was shutting down all the city’s bars for 14 days, reducing restaurant capacity from 75 percent to 50 percent, and temporarily closing event venues and entertainment venues, all due to “record” cases of COVID-19 traceable to restaurants and bars, he apparently knew that his own Metro Health Department said less than two dozen cases of COVID-19 could be traced to those establishments. But he failed to disclose that the “record” of bar and restaurant traceable cases to which he referred to was about one tenth of one percent of Davidson County’s 20,000 cases of COVID-19. In essence, there was no credible evidence to support the draconian shutdown measures Mayor Cooper took that have had a devastating impact on one of the city’s most important industries, and the tens of...
    Former White House staffer Olivia Troye claimed that Donald Trump mocked and disparaged his supporters, calling them “disgusting people” and suggesting that the coronavirus pandemic had a bright side in that it would enable him to stop shaking hands with them. As The Sun reported, Troye left the administration and became a member of the group Republican Voters Against Trump, which is an organization supporting Joe Biden in the upcoming election. She recalled that working for the Trump administration was “terrifying” and that he seemed to care more about getting a second term in office than in helping the individuals who were being impacted by the deadly disease. ”Maybe this COVID thing is a good thing. I don’t like shaking hands with people,” she claimed Trump said. “I don’t have to shake hands with these disgusting people.” The former Homeland Security adviser for Vice President Mike Pence went on to...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said his administration had spoken to Walmart Inc and Oracle Corp on Thursday about TikTok, but that not much had changed about a deal for the Chinese-owned short video app. "We're making a decision. We spoke today to Walmart, Oracle. I guess Microsoft is still involved," Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for a visit to Wisconsin. "We'll make a decision, but nothing much has changed. We'll make a decision soon." The Chinese company ByteDance, which owns TikTok, is racing to clinch a deal with the White House that would stave off a U.S. ban on TikTok that Trump has threatened could happen as early as next week. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Sandra Maler and Tom Brown) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    In an interview with Gray TV’s Greta Van Susteren broadcast on Wednesday night, President Donald Trump discussed his administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, The Hill reported. Trump dismissed the suggestion that the federal government could have done more to contain the pandemic in the United States, which has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world, and argued that his staff has lost the public relations battle. “I think we did a great job with coronavirus, except at public relations. Look, we would have lost 2 and a half million people, as I’ve said. We’re at 185,000, and it’s too much. One person is too much,” Trump said. The commander-in-chief blamed China for the spread of the virus, suggesting that its government failed to act on time. Once again, Trump stressed that his team did not perform well in terms of PR, suggesting that Democrats, such as Speaker...
    U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington, July 28, 2020.Chip Somodevilla | Pool | Reuters In scathing remarks against his own staff, Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday that the Justice Department has recently acted "more like a trade association for federal prosecutors than the administrator of a fair system of justice" and equated some prosecutors to preschoolers and "headhunters." Too much deference is given to career prosecutors, rather than to politically appointed leaders who can be held accountable at the ballot box, he said in remarks likely to further strain relations between Barr and some of the Justice Department's career prosecutors. Barr did not mention any specific cases, but he has been criticized by current and former government lawyers for moving to abandon the prosecution of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn and seeking a less harsh sentence for Roger Stone,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr took aim at his own Justice Department on Wednesday night, criticizing prosecutors for behaving as “headhunters” in their pursuit of prominent targets and for using the weight of the criminal justice system to launch what he said were “ill-conceived” political probes. The comments at a speech at Hillsdale College in Michigan amounted to a striking, and unusual, rebuke of the thousands of prosecutors who do the daily work of assembling criminal cases across the country. Barr has faced scrutiny for overruling the decisions of Justice Department prosecutors who work for him, including in criminal cases involving associates of President Donald Trump. Rejecting the notion that prosecutors should have final say in cases that they bring, Barr described them instead as part of the “permanent bureaucracy” and suggested they need to be supervised, and even reined in, by politically appointed leaders accountable to the...
    WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday called for an outside board of scientists, not President Donald Trump, to determine whether any vaccine for the coronavirus is safe and effective. “I trust vaccines. I trust scientists. But I don't trust Donald Trump. And at this moment, the American people can't either,” the former vice president said in Wilmington, Delaware. Speaking in a downtown theater to a group of journalists, Biden introduced his own vaccine distribution plan, which outlines when Americans should expect to get a vaccine once it is available, offers guidelines for who should have priority for vaccination, explains mechanisms for shipping and storing the vaccine, and details responsibility in the process at every level of government. “Scientific breakthroughs don’t care about calendars any more than the virus does,” Biden said. “They certainly don’t adhere to election cycles. And their timing, their approval and the...