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    President Biden is going to need some Twitter followers. Twitter plans to wipe out all followers from the @POTUS and @WhiteHouse accounts once Biden is sworn in on January 20th, rather than transferring the accounts’ existing followers over to the new administration, according to Rob Flaherty, Biden’s digital director. The accounts for @FLOTUS and @PressSec are among around a dozen others that are set to be transferred to the new administration under the same policies, according to The Wall Street Journal. This is a reversal from what Twitter did in 2016 when the Trump administration took over accounts from the Obama administration. Back then, Twitter essentially duplicated the existing accounts, creating an archive of Obama-era tweets and followers and building a new set of accounts for the incoming administration that retained all of those followers without any of the tweets. The Biden administration will miss out on tens of millions...
    The same people who backed and took part in protests in cities across the United States in the name of racial justice are now pressuring President-elect Joe Biden to reward them for their votes with positions in his administration. “There was a mandate,” Gladys Limón, executive director of California Environmental Justice Alliance, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “This is a litmus test.” Biden’s first pick, for example, to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Mary Nichols, who is the head of the California Air Resources Board, drew opposition from this sector of Biden supporters. “It’s encouraging that President-elect Biden appears to have listened to the concerns of the environmental justice advocates who reminded him of his campaign promises,” Limón said. “The organizing forces that were putting these issues in front of people’s minds and on the front pages of media really did create a greater opening for the demands of racial justice...
    President-elect Joe Biden has selected the team that will develop the United States’ plan to tackle climate change when he assumes office next month. “We literally have no time to waste,” Biden said when announcing his picks. “Folks, we’re in a crisis,” he continued. “Just like we need a unified national response to COVID-19, we need a unified national response to climate change. We need to meet the moment with the urgency it demands as we would during any national emergency.” Biden announced last week that Deb Haaland has been selected to be the first-ever Native American Cabinet Secretary. She will serve as the Secretary of the Interior. ABC News/YouTube 5 other names were tapped to serve on Biden’s climate team last week as well. They include the former Governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm. She has been selected as Biden’s Secretary of Energy. Granholm served as Michigan Governor from 2003...
    President-elect Joe Biden received the coronavirus vaccine Monday at a Delaware hospital and urged Americans not to travel during the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Biden said that he took the vaccine in front of media cameras to encourage everyone to take the vaccine when it becomes available to them. “There’s nothing to worry about,” Biden said about the vaccine, adding that he was looking forward to his second shot of the Pfizer vaccine. He added lightly that throughout his life he had experienced “so many” different shots. Biden urged Americans to listen to medical “experts” like Dr. Anthony Fauci warning them not to travel during the season of Christmas and urging them to remain socially distanced and wear masks. “If you don’t have to travel, don’t travel, it’s really important,” he said. “We’re still in the thick of this.” Biden credited the Trump administration for successfully getting the...
    Author Matt Stoller argued on Monday that Joe Biden’s transition has been significantly better than Barack Obama’s team after his 2008 electoral victory. “The Biden transition – though incredibly cringe – is so so much better than what Obama put together,” he tweeted. “To be clear, I’m not praising Biden, I’m pointing out how awful Obama actually was. Biden’s people are either corrupt shallow hacks or well-meaning technocrats, whereas Obama mostly chose actively malevolent con artists.” Stoller’s comments were in response to The Wall Street Journal’s report on new additions to his White House team, including former Obama economic adviser David Kamin, longtime Elizabeth Warren adviser Bharat Ramamurti, and economist Joelle Gamble. As reported by The New York Times, Biden recently nominated former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg for transportation secretary. Buttigieg is notably supportive of making the United States carbon neutral by 2050 and restoring Obama-era vehicle emissions standards....
    President-elect Joe Biden publicly got the coronavirus vaccine on Monday. The vaccine rollout began just last week, and frontline workers have starting getting vaccinated. In Washington DC, many legislators received the vaccine, and this past Friday Vice President Mike Pence publicly got it as well. “We owe these folks an awful lot,” Biden said, commending the scientists and frontline workers who got the job done. He even gave credit to the Trump administration for the success of Operation Warp Speed, saying, “I think the administration deserves some credit getting us off the ground, Operation Warp Speed.” The president-elect added that he wants to reassure people there’s nothing to worry about and that they should be able to take the vaccine with confidence in the efforts that went into the development. “I hope people listen to all the experts,” he added, “talking about the need to wear masks during this Christmas...
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    President-elect Joe Biden has yet to appoint any prominent supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to his incoming administration in the month and-a-half since the November 3 presidential election. The list of his twenty or so hires, both for Senate-confirmed and White House staff roles, includes several long-time aides, many former Obama administration officials, and even one or two “progressives,” such as California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. But almost all of those named supported Biden in the Democratic Party presidential primary. One rare exception is Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), whom Biden named as his choice for Secretary of the Interior this week, and who supported Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Pete Buttigieg, whom Biden selected as his pick for Secretary of Transportation, ran against Biden, but dropped out before Super Tuesday to endorse him. One choice, Symone Sanders, backed the Vermont socialist in 2016, but served as a Biden surrogate in...
    A Friday CNN report spotlights a clash between Joe Biden’s incoming team and Donald Trump’s outgoing administration. In particular, the two camps are allegedly battling over the Biden transition team’s access to Pentagon meetings. Yohannes Abraham, executive director of the Biden transition, claimed that a two-week break in the meetings was not approved by the Democrat’s allies. “There was no mutually agreed upon holiday break. In fact, we think it’s important that briefings and other engagements continue during this period, as there’s no time to spare.” Conversely, Christopher Miller, the Trump administration’s acting Secretary of Defense, claimed that Biden’s camp agreed to the break. Miller also denied reporting that suggested the Pentagon was declining or canceling meetings with the President elect’s transition team. Abraham allegedly urged Pentagon officials to resume the meetings in the name of “national security and continuity of government.” “In terms of when meetings will resume, meetings...
    Donald Trump’s administration has abruptly stopped giving briefings to the incoming team of Joe Biden, with a report saying the decision has caused shock among senior officials. As Axios reported, acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller ordered a Pentagon-wide halt on cooperation with Biden officials, which the report claimed shocked leaders across the Defense Department. It was not clear if the move was permanent, as there were indications that the briefings could possibly resume after the upcoming holiday. The outlet noted that it was not clear what brought on the decision, or whether it was approved by Trump. The report noted that Miller issued an order on Thursday night for all officials within the Pentagon to cancel scheduled meetings. An official told Axios that the move was “a simple delay of the last few scheduled meetings until after the new year.” “We had fewer than two dozen remaining meetings on the...
    Washington (CNN)As Kamala Harris prepares for the vice presidency, she is learning from a person who knows more about the job than almost anyone in the world: President-elect Joe Biden.Harris has told people close to her that she wants to shape her vice presidency after the way Biden worked with President Barack Obama over eight years: testing and pushing the administration in private, while in public remaining a dedicated and loyal lieutenant. Harris, in effect, wants to be Biden's Biden and has spent the past several weeks playing a key role in the formation of the next administration, interviewing each eventual Cabinet nominee and spending considerable time talking to Biden about the process, sources said. She has also worked to get to know the President-elect by talking on the phone nearly every day, something Harris believes will help her better understand the kind of partner Biden wants her to be....
    Walt Disney executive chairman Bob Iger wants Joe Biden to make him the US ambassador to China and is reportedly on top of the president-elect's list for a position, according to a new report. Iger, who has been the chief of Disney for 15 years, told people close to the incoming Biden administration that he’s interested in being the US ambassador to China, people familiar with the matter said to the Wall Street Journal. Iger is reportedly 'at the top of Biden’s wish list' for a key ambassador post, likely in China or the UK, The Hollywood Reporter shared Wednesday. Though he’d be an unusual choice for the position that's usually assigned to governors and senators, he’s spent decades working with China and has a long-running relationship with President Xi Jinping.   Some say that appointing Iger to ambassador would be a 'bow to Beijing,' as Disney has been heavily criticized by...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric GarcettiEric GarcettiThe governor who stole Christmas — and the California businesses fighting back Buttigieg tops list for Biden Transportation secretary: CNN Pavlich: Democrat's coronavirus class war MORE (D) said Thursday that he has turned down an unspecified role in President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBooker: Proposed COVID-19 relief bill is 'far short' of desired pandemic aid for states and communities Trump to name Giuliani's son to role on Holocaust Memorial Council Biden would save US .6 billion by halting border wall construction: report MORE’s administration. “I let them know early this week that my city needs me now, I want to be here, and I need to be here,” Garcetti, who served as a campaign co-chair for Biden and is on his inaugural committee, said Thursday. The mayor added that he had entered quarantine after his nine-year-old daughter tested positive for the coronavirus, although he said he and...
    (CNN)Breonna Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, wants to get the president-elect's attention. Palmer penned an open letter to President-elect Joe Biden in a full page ad that ran in a weekday edition of the Washington Post, asking Biden to hold police accountable by enacting a list of measures and policy changes to address police brutality once he is sworn into office. Taylor, 26, was shot and killed by Louisville police in a botched raid in March, and her death has been one of the enduring tragedies motivating this year's elevated calls for racial justice and police reform. "Her murder sparked protests across America and inspired activists to demand accountability in policing across the nation," Palmer wrote in the letter. "So far, we have seen none." Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad announced his retirement in May amid growing pressure around the case, and was later fired. A grand jury eventually brought three...
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday he has “no doubt” a Joe Biden administration will rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by Barack Obama and remove sanctions on Iran’s economy while embracing appeasement across the Middle East. His assertion followed Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei who also backed the swift resumption of Iran’s commitments under the deal if it would finish U.S. sanctions, as Breitbart News reported. “I have no doubt that the heroic national resistance of Iran is going to compel the future U.S. government to bow … and the sanctions will be broken,” Rouhani said Thursday. The Washington Post reports the remarks were made at the inauguration of several infrastructure projects, where he spoke via videoconference. On Wednesday, Khamenei had said in a televised address if U.S. sanctions “can be lifted in a correct, wise, Iranian-Islamic [and] dignified manner, this should be done.” “We should not hesitate for even an...
    More On: immigration Convicted murderer released from prison despite ICE detainer Biden team anxious over surge in illegal immigration, border detentions Trump administration to begin accepting new DACA applications District judge orders Trump administration to accept new DACA applications Well, that didn’t take long. A border crisis is brewing before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Migrant caravans are forming in Honduras, where residents were hit with a pair of devastating hurricanes last month, adding to the economic hardship caused by COVID-19. Faced with ruin, many Hondurans have ­decided to defy local travel bans and head north. “People are no longer scared of the coronavirus,” one caravan ­organizer told Bloomberg. “They’re going hungry, they’ve lost everything, and some towns are still flooded.” The organizer added that migrants are savvy about shifts in US border policy: “When there is a change in government in the US or Mexico, caravans start to...
    A Joe Biden administration wouldnt just stop construction on the border wall, but it would provide amnesty to millions of people, and the cartels and human smugglers are hearing the upcoming border strategy "loud and clear," acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said Wednesday.  "With a change in administration our borders are going to be wide open and it is absolutely increasing illegal migration," said Morgan on Fox News "Fox & Friends." "Joe Biden had said he will not build another foot of wall. That is very disturbing. Look, they have that — they can do that. Its called termination for convenience. They can terminate the contract for building the wall." He added that the Trump administration will need to settle an agreement with contractors for what has already been done.  "For materials, there are 270,000 tons of steel that have already been paid for that were going to have to...
    CHARLOTTE Clymer is an activist, writer, and army veteran who leans left politically. She recently caused a stir on social media by writing she would be stepping in as Joe Biden's Secretary of Education. 9Charlotte Clymer recently spoke out about Secretary of Education Betty DeVosCredit: Getty Images - Getty Who is Charlotte Clymer? Charlotte Clymer is a transgender writer from Texas. She is the former press secretary for rapid response at the Human Rights Campaign, an American LGBTQ civil rights organization. She is an Army veteran and studied at Georgetown University. 9Clymer is a writer who has been published in several notable publicationsCredit: Instagram The 34-year-old served in the military from 2005-2012 and ranked as a Corporal. Clymer is an outspoken activist on issues including LGBTQ rights, feminism, and veterans' affairs. She has had her work published in Glamour, The Independent, NBC News, Vice and The Huffington Post. She has appeared...
    With President-elect Joe Biden’s national security team nearly filled out, one thing is clear — the incoming administration is looking at lot like Obama 2.0. All Biden’s top national security picks are familiar faces from the last Democrat administration. Former Secretary of State John Kerry is now back as Biden’s international climate czar. Former Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken is back as the nominee for secretary of state. Former National Security Adviser to the Vice President Jake Sullivan is coming back as Biden’s national security adviser. Former Deputy National Security Adviser Avril Haines is coming back as the nominee for director of national intelligence. Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield is coming back as Biden’s U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Former Central Command Commander Army Gen. (Ret.) Lloyd Austin has been nominated to become Biden’s defense secretary. Even former National Security Adviser Susan Rice...
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) stated that “big tech is going to run this administration,” and “tech companies are calling the tune, and Joe Biden is going to do whatever they tell him to.” Hawley said, “We saw…these companies shoveling money at Joe Biden and Kamala Harris back during the campaign. Now you look at this Facebook executive is running the Biden transition, you look at big tech executives ending up in key positions all over the place, and make no mistake about it, Martha, if Joe Biden is sworn in as president in January, big tech is going to run this administration, just like they did in the Obama-Biden administration. Let’s not forget, Google was on the line for an antitrust lawsuit back during the Obama administration, and the Obama team shut it down after Google met with them, where...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden is expected to pick former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg to head the Transportation Department, according to three people familiar with the plans.Buttigieg, one of Biden's rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, was a breakout star of the primaries, sharing victory in the nation's first caucus with Bernie Sanders. He suspended his campaign before Super Tuesday and endorsed Biden.Biden has compared the 38-year-old Buttigieg to his late son, Beau."To me it's the highest compliment I can give any man or woman. And, like Beau, he has a backbone like a ramrod," Biden said during the March event, as Buttigieg stood behind him, bowing his head. "I promise you, over your lifetime, you're going to end up seeing a hell of a lot more of Pete than you are of me."SEE ALSO: Timeline of what happens between now and Inauguration Day 2021 EMBED More News...
    President-elect Joe Biden is considering Samantha Power to head the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), according to Axios. The potential move would mark the nomination of yet another high-profile figure from the Obama administration to serve in his cabinet. Samantha Power served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under former President Obama. In that position, she argued to use force in Libya to prevent dictator Muammar Gaddafi from attacking his own people in 2011. Following NATO’s invention in Libya, the country became a destabilized hotbed for terrorists. A year later, on September 11, 2012, terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, leading to the deaths of four Americans. Like former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, whom Biden appointed to his administration last week, Power was another Obama administration official who unmasked members of the Trump transition team. As Fox News’s Gregg Re reported on May 13, Power unmasked...
    Joe Biden is reportedly considering former United Nations ambassador Samantha Power to lead the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), according to Axios. Power was a critic of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, which she called “gross incompetence.” As USAID director, Power would play a role in deciding whether to rejoin the World Health Organization (WHO) and how to conduct the U.S.’ pandemic response internationally, Axios reported.  SCOOP: Joe Biden is considering Samantha Power to head USAID, a move that would signal the Biden administration plans to revitalize foreign assistance. https://t.co/HiLroahoe7 — Axios (@axios) December 14, 2020 Power is the author of “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide,” a book published in 2002 detailing the U.S.’s inaction during periods of genocide abroad. Power had been a freelance war correspondent in the Balkans in the 1990s. She is known for advocating for...
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    Former Vice President Joe Biden named Susan Rice to lead his White House Domestic Policy Council on Friday, despite her long history of failure and her record of lying to the American people. Rice has no experience in domestic policy. She has extensive experience in foreign policy, however — almost all of it bad. In President Bill Clinton’s administration, Rice tried to keep the U.S. from intervening in the Rwandan genocide, and then tried to cover up the president’s inaction. Moreover, as Breitbart News has previously noted, “Rice also defended the Clinton administration’s initial refusal to provide cheaper HIV/Aids drugs to Africa, and opposed efforts to work with the Sudanese government when it was prepared to hand over a terrorist named Osama bin Laden.” She was a foreign policy adviser to then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) during his first presidential campaign, famously lying about the fact that her candidate had promised to...
    Donald Trump’s administration has made a slew of policy announcements since his defeat at the November 3 election – BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images The in-tray waiting for Joe Biden on the Oval Office’s Resolute desk when he takes over the US presidency on January 20 is already unenviably high. There is tackling the most devastating pandemic in a century, mending an economy with unemployment levels rivalling the Great Depression and trying to right vast structural problems like racial tensions in America and climate change. Yet in recent weeks another challenge has been added: unpicking policy changes that Donald Trump’s administration has been forcing through before the door shuts on his presidency. The latest example is changes to the asylum rules. The move, significantly tightening the definition of “persecution” that asylum seekers must prove to be granted refuge in America, matches the hardline stance the president has held for...
    WILMINGTON, Del. -- President-elect Joe Biden is introducing five top picks for his new administration on Friday, drawing on leading names from the Obama White House while also tapping an Ohio congresswoman and a congressional committee veteran.Appearing at the afternoon event are Biden's choice for director of White House Domestic Policy Council, Susan Rice, who served as President Barack Obama's national security adviser and U.N. ambassador; and Denis McDonough, Obama's White House chief of staff, now nominated as veterans affairs secretary.Also attending will be Biden's selection for agriculture secretary, Tom Vilsack, who held the same post for Obama; Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, chosen to be the new administration's housing chief; and Katherine Tai, who is chief trade counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee and has been tapped as U.S. trade representative.Obama was first elected on promises to move beyond partisan politics, but saw some major policy goals crash...
    WILMINGTON, Del. -- President-elect Joe Biden is introducing five top picks for his new administration on Friday, drawing on leading names from the Obama White House while also tapping an Ohio congresswoman and a congressional committee veteran.Appearing at the afternoon event are Biden's choice for director of White House Domestic Policy Council, Susan Rice, who served as President Barack Obama's national security adviser and U.N. ambassador; and Denis McDonough, Obama's White House chief of staff, now nominated as veterans affairs secretary.Also attending will be Biden's selection for agriculture secretary, Tom Vilsack, who held the same post for Obama; Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, chosen to be the new administration's housing chief; and Katherine Tai, who is chief trade counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee and has been tapped as U.S. trade representative.Obama was first elected on promises to move beyond partisan politics, but saw some major policy goals crash...
    White House Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern struggled for words when asked if President Donald Trump’s tweet referencing the “Biden administration” constitutes a concession that President-elect Joe Biden won the election. Morgenstern gaggled with reporters on the driveway to the West Wing Friday morning, and was asked about a tweet in which Trump referred to the “Biden administration,” an entity whose existence he has heretofore denied. “The president this morning seems to recognize that Joe Biden won the election, and at the same time called for the Supreme Court to intervene and overturn the results of the election, saying the Biden administration will be scandal plagued for years to come,” one reporter said, quoting Trump’s tweet, and asked “Does the president recognize that Joe Biden won the election, and will he acknowledge it on Monday when the electors vote and certify the election?” Morgenstern haltingly replied “I think that...
    Black Lives Matter is putting the forthcoming Biden-Harris administration on notice for failing to respond to a meeting request from the group. The activists say they were also excluded from a Tuesday meeting between the president- and vice president-elect, Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond and several civil rights groups. “On the night of the Biden Harris victory, BLM sent a letter requesting a meeting,” the movement wrote Wednesday on its Instagram. The post includes a graphic stating “It has been … 32 days since we’ve requested a meeting with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. We’ve heard no response.” “Black life cannot wait,” the group said. “Creating thriving conditions for Black communities in the 21st century cannot be put on pause.” The post continued, “As the organization leading the largest global social justice movement, we demand a seat at the table. To ignore us—and the 64,000 of you who have signed...
    In a Thursday piece from Politico, law professor Ronald Krotoszynski suggested that President-elect Joe Biden could use the unitary executive theory — which Raw Story called the head of state’s “favorite legal theory” — to erase Donald Trump’s legacy in the government. As the report noted, Trump’s administration will maintain power within various administrative agencies even after Biden is inaugurated in January. According to Politico, Biden could remove Trump’s remaining government legacy using the theory supported by Trump and others, including Attorney General William Barr. “Under this theory, President Biden would be constitutionally empowered to remove executive-branch personnel who are opposed to his administration’s policies and programs whether or not they hold a fixed term of office or enjoy statutory good-cause protection against removal.” As noted by Krotoszynski, the Federalist Society has long supported the theory, as have Trump-appointed federal judges like Neomi Rao and Brett Kavanaugh. According to the...
    More On: susan rice Susan Rice to return to White House on Joe Biden council Speculation buzzes about Joe Biden’s potential cabinet members ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ going live for DNC with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Joe Biden prepping for VP reveal In his latest effort to refill the swamp with Obama administration lackeys, President-elect Joe Biden has tapped former National Security Adviser Susan Rice to lead his White House ­Domestic Policy Council. Really, Joe? Rice, who was on Biden’s short list for the vice-presidential nomination this year, is a veritable poster child of Obama-era corruption. Her fingerprints are all over at least two of the most significant scandals of that supposedly spotless administration: the debacle surrounding the 2012 attack on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya, and the outrageous “unmasking” of Gen. Michael Flynn. Rice played a central role in the Benghazi fiasco. She was, after all, the...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday he would bring former National Security Advisor Susan Rice back to the White House to head the Domestic Policy Council. Biden’s decision is puzzling, as Rice’s entire political career was focused on national security. As the National Security advisor for former President Barack Obama, Rice was a prominent figure in the effort to cover up the 2012 terrorist attack on an American consulate in Benghazi as a “spontaneous” protest against a YouTube video. Susan Rice has never held elective office, and has little popular appeal. https://t.co/QJd6Ev25pS — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 10, 2020 She also served a prominent role in the botched attempt to defend Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier who was captured after deserting his unit, as a soldier who served with “honor and distinction.” In a statement, Biden said Rice’s appointment was part of an effort to bring “the highest...
    A Tuesday report from The New York Times spotlights the claims of federal officials who say that Donald Trump loyalists have been monitoring discussions between Joe Biden’s transition teams and career civil servants. “Presidential transition experts said the presence of political officials at agency handoff meetings was not unheard-of and could even be seen as helpful,” the publication noted. The New York Times highlighted that Barack Obama and George W. Bush’s administration worked “closely” in 2008. But it suggested that Trump’s refusal to concede creates a different dynamic. According to the publication, some experts believe that the president’s monitoring is part of a “pernicious effort to slow the transition.” Michael E. Herz, a professor of administrative law at the Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, said that “political people” are typically not involved in the key parts of the transition. The academic argued that the recent monitoring by the...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden made two key domestic policy picks, selecting Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge as his housing and urban development secretary and former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to reprise that role in his administration, according to five people familiar with the decisions.The picks on Tuesday highlighted Biden's delicate balancing act as he builds out his Cabinet, seeking to diversify his picks and reward the coalitions that helped elect him while also following his instincts to surround himself with close allies who served in the Obama administration.Fudge, a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, was just elected to a seventh term representing a majority Black district that includes parts of Cleveland and Akron. Vilsack spent eight years as head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the Obama administration and served two terms as Iowa governor.Their intended nominations were confirmed to The Associated Press by five people familiar...
    President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly considering his former competitor Pete Buttigieg ambassador to in China after ruling him out as his ambassador to the United Nations, Axios reported. China isn’t the only foreign post that Buttigieg could be selected for, and the former Democratic Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has communicated his interest in foreign policy and national security positions in the incoming administration, according to Axios.  Breaking Axios: Joe Biden is considering a high-profile ambassadorship for Pete Buttigieg, possibly sending him to China, people familiar with the matter tell Axios. https://t.co/yuJ0nPKRVA — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 9, 2020 Buttigieg was a top contender for U.N. Ambassador, but Biden selected Linda Thomas-Greenfield for the position, a 35-year veteran of the foreign service who also oversaw the Bureau of African Affairs under the Obama administration.  The U.S. ambassador to China has typically been someone who is in the middle or...
    Joe Biden pledged his administration will distribute 100 million coronavirus vaccines to individuals most at risk during his first 100 days in office. Biden, who has been declared president-elect by multiple media outlets, made the promise when introducing key members of his public health team on Tuesday. During the event, which was held in Wilmington, Delaware, the former vice president discussed the top three public health objectives that his administration would undertake in its first 100 days. “This team will help get at least 100 million COVID vaccine shots into the arms of the American people in the first 100 days,” he said. “100 million shots in the first 100 days.” Biden elaborated that his administration “would follow the guidance of science to get the vaccine to those most at risk,” including “healthcare professionals, people in long term care,” and eventually educators. “This will be the most efficient mass-vaccination plan...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden is promising to distribute a coronavirus vaccine to 100 million people during the first three months of his incoming administration, pledging "100 million shots in the first 100 days."At an event from Delaware to introduce his pandemic response team on Tuesday, Biden laid out his top three priorities for the start of his new government. He repeated his previous calls for all Americans to wear masks for 100 days to prevent the spread of the virus and said he'd mandate doing so in federal buildings and on public transportation, while also making the new promise to distribute 100 million vaccines shots over the same period.Biden also said he believed that the virus can be brought under enough control to reopen "the majority of schools" within his first 100 days.Those pledges came even as Biden struck a somber tone about the toll the coronavirus has already...
    President-Elect Joe Biden is holding an event today to introduce the officials he has chosen to help him address the coronavirus pandemic and other issues of national health. Biden is expected to officially nominate California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to lead the Health and Human Services Department. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, will also be nominated to be the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thirdly, Biden plans to nominate Dr. Vivek Murthy back to his position in the Obama administration and re-appoint him for Surgeon General. The event will also allow Biden to elaborate on the roles Anthony Fauci, Jeff Zients, Marcella Nunez-Smith, and Natalie Quillian will serve under his administration. This team of world-class medical experts and public servants will be ready on day one to implement a full government response to this crisis. Together, we’ll overcome...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden's choices for his health care team point to a stronger federal role in the nation's COVID-19 strategy, restoration of a guiding stress on science and an emphasis on equitable distribution of vaccines and treatments.With Monday's announcement of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as his health secretary and a half dozen other key appointments, Biden aims to leave behind the personality dramas that sometimes flourished under President Donald Trump. He hopes to return the federal response to a more methodical approach, seeking results by applying scientific knowledge in what he says will be a transparent and disciplined manner."We are still going to have a federal, state and local partnership," commented Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the nonprofit American Public Health Association. "I just think there is going to be better guidance from the federal government and they are going to work more collaboratively with the...
    The chief scientific adviser to the Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed said the team planned to meet with members of President-elect Joe Biden's transition team this week. “We look forward to, you know, sharing all the information and working together," Operation Warp Speed's Moncef Slaoui said during an appearance on Good Morning America on Tuesday, hours before Operation Warp Speed's 3-hour summit is set to begin. The Washington Examiner learned on Monday that President-elect Joe Biden's team was not invited to participate in the event, which features healthcare and logistics experts involved in the vaccine distribution process. Asked to explain the reason for this, an official said, "This is not an exclusive event." President Trump plans to sign an executive order on Tuesday privileging access for Americans over foreigners to COVID-19 vaccines. The order is intended to "reaffirm the position the president has held his entire administration, which is...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden is expected to name retired four-star Army general Lloyd Austin as his choice to lead the Defense Department, four sources familiar with Biden's plans tell ABC News.If confirmed, Austin would be the first Black defense secretary in American history.Austin, the former commander of US Central Command - with jurisdiction over military activities in the Middle East, retired in 2016 after more than 40 years of military service, including a stint leading U.S. forces in Iraq and the campaign against ISIS.Austin will need a waiver from Congress to lead the Pentagon, given that he is less than seven years from active duty.Congress granted retired Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis the same waiver in 2017, to allow him to serve as President Trump's first defense secretary.Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, expressed concern in 2017 that providing a waiver...
    Jeff Zients, the man whom Joe Biden is entrusting to run his administration’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, once hosted a select group of Chinese business and political elites at the Obama-era White House after prodding from Hunter Biden’s business associates. On Monday, Biden’s team announced that Zients would serve as “coordinator of the COVID-19 Response and counselor to the president” when the new administration takes office in January. Zients, who serves as co-chair of Biden’s presidential transition task force, will lead the White House’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. The role is likely to have extensive purview as Biden has signaled that tackling the virus will be an administration-consuming effort. Zients, who managed the Obama administration’s rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchange website, has been praised as a good fit for the post. He could be a controversial appointee, however, among Republicans, who are probing whether Hunter Biden’s...
    By Kate Sullivan | CNN President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced the health team that will lead his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic when he takes office in January. Biden’s transition team announced California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as his nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Vivek Murthy as his nominee for US surgeon general, Dr. Rochelle Walensky as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith as the chair of his Covid-19 equity task force. Dr. Anthony Fauci will serve as chief medical adviser to the President on Covid-19 and will also continue in his role as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Biden transition co-chair and former Obama administration official Jeff Zients will serve as coordinator of the Covid-19 response and counselor to the President and Natalie Quillian, another Obama administration veteran, will serve as...
    Panelists at Jesuit-run Georgetown University converged Friday in the common belief that a Biden administration will see eye-to-eye on many issues with the Vatican of Pope Francis. “There’s great opportunity for overlap there,” said the director of Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Shaun Casey, in an online webinar, “And I really do think the Vatican wants to get down to business and I am confident that our new president-to-be — the Roman Catholic Joe Biden — is eager to find ways to collaborate together.” “There’s reason for great hope and great progress here despite the fact that he is a pro-life [sic] Catholic,” Mr. Casey said in reference to Biden with an evident slip of the tongue. “That will never be transcended in the relationship. It’s just a fact and there’s going to be noise and there will be implications of that over the length of...
    (CNN)"I couldn't fall behind on my rent, so I tried having sex for money," Dee, an undocumented New Yorker, whispered to me when I met with her earlier this year. "My landlord knows I don't have papers."I was surprised to hear the fragility and twinge of shame in Dee's usually boisterous voice. Over the three years we've known one another, frailty is not something I've come to associate with Dee. She's known as "Princess Pupusa" because of the glittery high heels she wears when she delivers the homemade, Central American stuffed corn cakes to struggling mothers in her neighborhood. Her open heart is a testament to her resilience and grace, especially after the unfathomable violence she's described facing as a transgender woman from Central America.Sabrina TalukderDee, who has been in the US for 10 years, lost her meager income as an off-the books cleaner at the start of the pandemic....
    Forensic neuropsychiatrist James R. Merikangas and Yale University psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee penned a piece for Raw Story on Saturday in which they pressured Joe Biden’s incoming administration to pursue prosecution of Donald Trump. Although the pair noted that Biden’s campaign has focused on working across the aisle to foster unity amid a divided America, they suggest that his administration must not let Trump escape the potential charges he could face numerous federal and state crimes. “As forensic psychiatrists, it is not difficult for us to say that an insanity defense for President Trump does not pass the smell test, and failure to prosecute crimes for which the evidence is clear would undermine the very foundation of our justice system. In fact, we are of the opinion that healing cannot — and should not — occur without prosecution.” Lee and Merikangas argued that America’s collective mental health could benefit from...
    Former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said in an interview with The 19th‘s Amanda Becker that while President Donald Trump has “the right” to exhaust his legal challenges, it looked like Joe Biden “will prevail.” Conway said, “Well, The president wants to exhaust all of his legal avenues, as he has made clear many times. His team is doing that. I see in the papers they are doing that, going to different states and trying to do that. And of course, that is his right.” She continued, “At the same time, it was President Trump who freed up the GSA money and authorized them to go ahead and start the transition process for the Biden, Harris team because we want the engines of government to keep going. You always need a peaceful transfer of democracy, no matter whose administration goes into whose administration. There is no question.” She added, “If you...
    WILMINGTON, Del. -- President-elect Joe Biden is predicting a "bleak future" if Congress doesn't take speedy action on a coronavirus aid bill amid a nationwide spike in the virus that's hampering the country's economic recovery.He also expressed concern that so far he's seen "no detailed plan" from the Trump administration on how to distribute an approved coronavirus vaccine, but said he and his team are working on their own proposal to fill in the gaps.Biden delivered remarks Friday afternoon reacting to November's national jobs report, which showed a sharp decrease in U.S. hiring even as the country is about 10 million jobs below pre-pandemic levels. The Democrat called the report "dire" and said it "shows the economy is stalling," but he said quick action from Congress can halt some of the damage."If we act now - I mean now - we can begin to regain momentum and start to build...
    President-elect Joe Biden raised concerns about what he said was a lack of detailed planning for end-stage distribution of the coronavirus vaccine, following discussions with current Trump administration officials. Biden made the statement after speaking in Wilmington about a 'grim' jobs report that he also called 'dire.' 'There is not detailed plan that we’ve seen anyway as to how you get the vaccine out of a container into an injection syringe into somebody’s arm,' Biden said. He said the current administration has 'clued us in on their planning,' and he acknowledged in a CNN interview Thursday having spoken to infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, who he has asked to be his science advisor and to stay on in his post.   'There is not detailed plan that we’ve seen anyway as to how you get the vaccine out of a container into an injection syringe into somebody’s arm,' Biden...
    Kellyanne Conway on Friday acknowledged Joe Biden won the presidential election and said she would work with his administration if they needed her. She is one of the most prominent Donald Trump supporters to acquiesce his rival's victory and her tactic admission comes as the president continues his legal fight to overturn the results.   'The president wants to exhaust all of his legal avenues, as he has made clear many times. His team is doing that, and that is his right,' Conway told The 19th. 'If you look at the vote totals in the Electoral College tally, it looks like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will prevail. I assume the electors will certify that and it will be official. We, as a nation, will move forward, because we always do,' she added. Kellyanne Conway acknowledged Joe Biden won the presidential election, one of the most prominent Donald Trump supporters...
    Mark Wilson/Getty Images Kellyanne Conway is now the most notable member of President Donald Trump’s inner circle to admit that President-elect Joe Biden in fact won the election. The former Senior Advisor no longer works in the White House but is still has maintained a visible presence at a great number of the president’s most trusted advisors to publically contradict Trump’s persistent and baseless claims that he was robbed of a stolen or rigged election. “If you look at the vote totals in the Electoral College tally, it looks like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will prevail,” Conway noted. “I assume the electors will certify that and it will be official. We, as a nation, will move forward, because we always do.” She added, “You always need a peaceful transfer of democracy, no matter whose administration goes into whose administration.” Conway’s comments came in a streamed interview with The 19th,...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert, is set to meet virtually with former Vice President Joe Biden’s transition team Thursday to discuss the U.S. coronavirus response. Fauci told CBS News’s The Takeout podcast that he had spoken to Ron Klain, Biden’s pick for chief-of-staff but that those discussions were not “substantive.” The top infectious disease doctor said he would be meeting Biden officials over Zoom about “a number of things, vaccinations and things like that.” Fauci, who became the head of the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in 1984, said the presidential transition was important, so the incoming administration is ready to go on day one. “Having served six administrations, I’ve been through five transitions, and I know that transitions are really important if you want to get a smooth handing over of the responsibility,” Fauci said. Fauci has a...
    In January, the incoming US president Joe Biden and his administration will inherit a list of White House policies that they will have to untangle – perhaps even toss out – to develop a cohesive plan to meet the challenges of a more assertive China. Chief among them is an emboldened China that has its sights set on attaining supremacy in future technologies. Four years of the Trump administration has taught Beijing the importance of self-reliance, as Huawei Technologies was cut off from its American supplier, and Chinese telecommunications companies were barred from the US market. Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. These measures by the US government, which justified the actions on national security grounds, further cemented Beijing’s resolve to enhance its tech capabilities. When US president-elect Joe Biden takes office, one analyst says that where China...
    The Indian government is hoping to resume oil imports from Iran and Venezuela under a Joe Biden administration, Indian Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced Wednesday. India was one of Iran’s and Venezuela’s largest buyers of oil before President Donald Trump took office and imposed economic sanctions on both countries as part of his maximum pressure campaign against their respective regimes. When asked by a reporter if he was hoping to resume imports under a Biden administration, Pradhan made the Indian government’s position abundantly clear. “As a buyer, I would like to have more buying places,” he responded. “I should have more destinations to go for purchasing oil … Gone are days of monopoly. Producers have to recognize aspirations of consumers.” Any resumption of imports would require the Biden administration to unilaterally remove sanctions on both countries, a move he may well consider. Having worked with former President Barack Obama on the...
    (CNN)In better times, the verdant hills of Jinotega, Nicaragua, are carpeted with coffee cherries that yield a superior brew and provide a decent living for the region's farming families.In the wake of hurricanes Eta and Iota -- both of which struck Nicaragua as Category 4 storms earlier last month -- many of these coffee farms now lie in ruins, with uprooted trees, flooded fields and imperiled livelihoods. As I hear from our Lutheran World relief staff in Central America, the situation is dire. The agricultural damage is catastrophic, and the Red Cross estimates 3 million people have been affected by Eta and Iota, and hundreds of thousands have been displaced. Meanwhile, Covid-19 infections are on the rise. As the extent of the devastation becomes clearer, the US government needs to urgently approve and facilitate the rapid delivery of assistance to both the emergency response and recovery effort on the ground.Before...
    Joe Biden excluded Israel on Wednesday from the list of countries he said needed to be included in negotiations with Iran toward a new nuclear agreement. In an interview with Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, Biden said that he wanted to resume talks with Iran in the hope of returning to a nuclear agreement that constrains the regime’s ability to develop nuclear weapons. He added that he wanted to expand the number of countries at the negotiating table with Iran — but pointedly excluded Israel from the list: The view of Biden and his national security team is that once the deal is restored by both sides, there will have to be, in very short order, a round of negotiations to seek to lengthen the duration of the restrictions on Iran’s production of fissile material that could be used to make a bomb — originally 15 years — as...
    Sara Haines said Monday that it meant more for President-elect Joe Biden to hire women than for President Donald Trump to do so. Haines joined ABC’s “The View” to discuss the Biden transition team’s announcement of an all-female senior communications staff. She pointed out the number of women in key roles within the Trump administration and argued that while it was a good look for the Biden administration to give women prominent roles as well, it was really the message that mattered. (RELATED: ‘I Am Blown Away’ — ‘The View’ Co-Host Says Gov. Kristi Noem Is Leaving Frontline Workers To Be ‘Sacrificial Lambs’) WATCH: Cohost Whoopi Goldberg prompted Haines with a summary of the Biden team’s announcement, saying, “President-elect Joe Biden just announced that he’s chosen the first all-female house communications team ever. Aside from making history what do you think this means? Does it mean that women might...
    President-elect Joe Biden filled out his economic team over the Thanksgiving weekend, according to reports, choosing a diverse group that includes women and persons of color.[ READ: Biden: ‘America is Back’ ]Biden has picked Cecilia Rouse, an African American economist at Princeton University, to head the Council of Economic Advisers. He also reportedly plans to nominate Neera Tanden to run the Office of Management and Budget. Tanden, president and CEO of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, is Indian American. Political Cartoons on the EconomyView All 305 ImagesBiden already picked Janet Yellen, the first woman to head the Federal Reserve Board, as his Treasury Secretary. As Yellen's deputy, he has chosen Adewale "Wally" Adeyemo, a Nigerian-born attorney and former senior international economic adviser during the Obama administration. Other economic spots are likely to be filled by Biden stalwarts Heather Boushey and Jared Bernstein, who will serve on the...
    By Gregory Krieg and Devan Cole | CNN President-elect Joe Biden has repeatedly promised to build a government that “looks like America.” He’s not wasting any time in delivering on that front. Biden has moved quickly to name a diverse group to key White House and Cabinet posts. On Sunday night, he unveiled an all-female senior communications staff and is expected to roll out a diverse group to lead his economic team this coming week. The incoming administration is taking shape as the outgoing one has sought to undermine both its legitimacy and ability to deliver on many of Biden’s campaign pledges. But the President-elect’s early picks are, in themselves, a promise kept — and provide a stark contrast to those of President Donald Trump, who, despite his appointment of women and minorities to some key positions, assembled a largely White and male group during his nearly four years in...
    The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that former Vice President Joe Biden plans to strengthen “civil rights” by reversing several of President Donald Trump’s education policies. Trump has allowed states to determine their own policies on transgenderism, rolling back a federal directive issued by the Obama administration. Under Secretary of Education Besty DeVos, he has also ended the Obama administration’s policy on sexual misconduct investigations, which denied due process to accused students on college campuses. Trump has also been an advocate for school choice and charter schools, both of which are heavily favored by members of minority communities, who are disproportionately underserved by failing schools. Yet the Journal‘s Madeleine Ngo reported that Biden plans to “reinstate” what it called “civil-rights guidelines”: As with environmental and immigration policy, President-elect Joe Biden has vowed to bring sweeping changes to education and to reverse some of the civil rights-related moves made under President Trump. … Education policy scholars...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden intends to name Neera Tanden, head of the left-wing think tank Center for American Progress (CAP), as the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, presuming he takes office as president. Tanden leads the George Soros-backed organization, which also provided staff and policies to the Obama administration. She is a frequent and controversial figure on cable news. In 2018, for example, she said that “no reasonable person” should have any further questions about claims by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to have Cherokee ancestry after she took a DNA test. (The test suggested that Warren had very little Cherokee ancestry, and she later apologized to the Cherokee Nation.) The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday: Mr. Biden will nominate Neera Tanden, the president and chief executive officer of the Center for American Progress, a center-left think tank, to serve as director of the Office of Management...
    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...
    China’s state-run media made numerous demands of Joe Biden on Wednesday in anticipation of his potentially becoming president, demanding changes to U.S. policy on the South China Sea, the Indo-Pacific region, and Taiwan. China’s state-run Global Times told Biden to drop the whole concept of “Indo-Pacific” strategy and return to the Obama-Biden administration’s notion of an “Asia-Pacific” dominated by Beijing where the United States keeps a respectful distance: The Obama administration coined the new term: rebalance to Asia-Pacific, a strategy that targets China, as he noted in his latest presidential memoir. The TPP that he initiated is also a key part of this strategy. However, the largest pillar of the idea of Asia-Pacific concept is still APEC, which holds annual summit and talks about cooperation. It largely balances US geopolitical maneuvers in the region. Therefore, people can feel more the constructive side about the “Asia-Pacific” concept. By contrast, the term...
    Calls from liberal groups for President-elect Joe Biden to appoint far-left leaders and diversify the racial makeup of his administration are growing louder. A joint statement released by Justice Democrats and the Sunrise Movement on Wednesday tore into Biden after he told NBC News's Lester Holt on Tuesday that his administration “already [has] significant representation of progressives.” “While we have been encouraged by some of Joe Biden’s appointments and are largely relieved by who he has not chosen, we do not agree that progressives already have representation in the administration as it stands,” read the joint statement. In response to Biden telling @LesterHoltNBC "we already have significant representation of progressives in our administration," @sunrisemvmt and @justicedems beg to differ. pic.twitter.com/mmRdWUbNnv— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) November 25, 2020 The statement also criticized what the groups claimed was a lack of racial diversity among the candidates still under consideration for other roles. “We...
    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on November 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump made brief remarks about the stock market hitting 30,000.Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images President Donald Trump on Wednesday called for President-elect Joe Biden's electoral victory to be overturned, and spread unproven claims of voter fraud while falsely insisting he won a series of key swing states that went to Biden. Facing defeat after a string of court losses, Trump made a surprise call-in appearance at a Republican state legislature hearing in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he stated bluntly that "we have to turn the election over." Trump claimed his team has gathered "all the evidence," even though judges in numerous states have rejected his campaign's legal efforts to halt the certification of ballots or have swaths of mail-in votes invalidated. "All we need is...
    WILMINGTON, Del. -- In a time of plague and raw division, President-elect Joe Biden appealed for unity Wednesday in a Thanksgiving-eve address to the nation asking Americans to "steel our spines" for a fight against the coronavirus that he predicted would continue for months.But even as he implored Americans to join in healing and common purpose, President Donald Trump asserted that the election should be overturned, a futile call but one that stokes the divisions Biden is trying to overcome.With COVID-19 cases surging nationwide, Biden called on Americans to take precautions to try to stem the tide of the virus, by wearing masks and practicing social distancing. He said that he himself was taking precautions around Thanksgiving and eschewing his traditional large family gathering, instead spending the holiday with just his wife, daughter and son in law.SEE ALSO: Timeline of what happens between now and Inauguration Day 2021 EMBED More...
    WILMINGTON, Del. -- President-elect Joe Biden is slated to deliver a Thanksgiving address to the nation seeking to unify Americans in the face of the coronavirus pandemic as experts warn of a possible spike in cases resulting from the holiday.Biden's transition team said the president-elect will "discuss the shared sacrifices Americans are making this holiday season and say that we can and will get through the current crisis together." His remarks come as COVID-19 cases are surging nationwide, with the nation averaging 165,000 new virus cases per day as of Tuesday, up more than 70% in two weeks, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.Hospitalizations, deaths and the testing positivity rate are also up sharply as the nation approaches Thanksgiving, and public health experts have warned that the large family gatherings expected for the holiday are likely to extend and exacerbate the surge.SEE ALSO: Timeline of what happens between...