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    The Fearless Girl's statue stands across from the iconic Wall Street charging bull statue, March 8, 2017. Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week 29 DAYS UNTIL JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE Kenny Stancil at Common Dreams writes—After Four Years of 'Outright Grift' Under Trump, Trio of Democratic Senators Urges Biden to 'Padlock the Revolving Door' In the wake of the Trump administration's pervasive corruption and flagrant law-breaking, a trio of Democratic lawmakers is urging President-elect Joe Biden to establish new, high standards for federal ethics and transparency by adopting key reforms that would prevent corporate lobbyists from serving in the White House, require the disclosure of lobbying materials privately shared with administration officials, and crack down on financial conflicts of interest. Encouraged by what they characterized as Biden's "commitment to restore executive branch ethics through executive action,"...
    The Biden campaign promised to end for-profit detention centers, saying businesses shouldn’t profit from refugees or asylum seekers, but a Heritage Foundation expert says these facilities provide the highest levels of federally mandated detention standards. Biden has yet to say how he will manage migrant caravans from Central America if they reach the U.S. border, though some experts expect he will return to catch and release policies.   The Biden campaign said it would end President Donald Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols that require migrants to remain in Mexico as their claims are processed. Immigration experts expect President-elect Joe Biden’s administration to do away with several of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, though some are skeptical that undoing Trump’s policies will be easy. Biden’s campaign promised to end for-profit detention centers, undo policies instituted during the Trump administration such as the Migrant Protection Protocols, and to welcome immigrants, asylum seekers...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump spent years limiting the number of refugees coming to the United States. President-elect Joe Biden, meanwhile, has pledged to set the annual refugee admissions cap at 125,000. But first, his team will have to contend with the damage left behind.The refugee cap, which dictates how many refugees may be admitted to the US, must be approved by the president. But where the cap has often been viewed as a goal to be reached, the actual number of refugees admitted has fallen short under the Trump administration. This year, the Trump administration set a refugee cap of 15,000, the lowest level since 1980. Biden administration prepares to inherit controversial Trump immigration policies "The program that this incoming administration is inheriting is on its last breath," said Danielle Grigsby, director of policy and practice at Refugee Council USA. "It's going to require both political will and an early investment...
    As soon as President Donald Trump assumed office in January 2017, Twitter archived tweets from the Obama administration on @POTUS with a new account, @POTUS44. That account retained all of its followers, and Twitter also added all of those followers to the Trump administration’s fresh @POTUS account. That won’t be the case this time around. In 2016, the Trump admin absorbed all of President Obama’s Twitter followers on @POTUS and @WhiteHouse — at Team 44’s urging. In 2020, Twitter has informed us that as of right now the Biden administration will have to start from zero. https://t.co/wj1R02SmiK — Rob Flaherty (@Rob_Flaherty) December 22, 2020 Rob Flaherty, a digital director for Biden, wrote (on Twitter, naturally) that the company won’t transfer the followers from the accounts in question. He told Bloomberg that although the Biden team pushed back on that decision, the company stood firm....
    Madison Summers December 22, 2020 0 Comments Vice president-elect Kamala Harris is weighing in on the incoming Biden administration and the potential for a “constant war” with Republicans in Congress. Harris was asked by MSNBC’s Joy Reid if the incoming Biden administration is “basically preparing to be in a fight to be in a constant war with Mitch McConnell and the Republicans, whether they’re the majority or the minority.” Reid also said, “Democrats have a lot of PTSD about the eight years in which Barack Obama was president of the United States,” adding that McConnell was “essentially bound and determined to destroy the Obama presidency.” Harris, however, said of the incoming administration during Monday’s interview, “We intend to work across party lines,” adding that “the biggest challenges, the crises that are front and center in our nation don’t see party lines.” “If we are truly leaders… we’ve gotta find a way...
    As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office, there are plenty of questions that the media should be pressing him on. Instead, they’ve allowed him leeway. Joe Biden’s son Hunter announced earlier in December that he is under federal investigation. Hunter’s former business partner Tony Bobulinski has claimed the incoming president was closer to his son’s business dealings than he’s admitted. There are also policy considerations, particularly with other countries and areas of the world, like China and the Middle East. Instead of pushing Biden on some of the tough questions, much of the media is letting the president-elect off the hook. Here are six questions the press should have been asking and should be asking Biden leading up to his presidency: Have you had dinner with Bobulinski? What was discussed? Bobulinski has accused Biden of lying about his involvement in Hunter’s business dealings. He told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson...
    Supporters listen as Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff speaks at a news conference in Grant Park after the election in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. November 6, 2020.Dustin Chambers | Reuters Wall Street and Washington are operating, these days, on the assumption that Republicans will retain control of the Senate after at least one Republican wins a seat in the Georgia Senate runoffs come Jan. 5. It seems reasonable to expect that Democrats won't win both runoffs as they are being outspent by their GOP opponents and many people prefer split government in this highly polarized era, even in a state in the process of turning blue. However, Georgia surprised the nation and went for Joe Biden in the presidential election. Stacey Abrams, the influential Democratic politician who delivered Georgia to Joe, is working hard to get both Democratic Senatorial candidates to the Upper House. Georgia could then surprise the markets,...
    President-elect Joe Biden introduced six nominees who will make the backbone of his climate and energy policy teams at a Saturday event in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden nominated Democratic New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as secretary of the Interior Department; Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as secretary of the Energy Department; North Carolina environmental chief Michael Regan as head of the Environmental Protection Agency; and three other nominees to environmental council and adviser posts in the White House. “Today, I’m pleased to announce a team that will lead my administration’s ambitious plan to address the existential threat of our time: climate change,” Biden said Saturday. “Folks, we’re in a crisis. We need a unified national response to climate change. We need to meet the moment with the urgency it demands, as we would with any national emergency.” Each nominee gave a brief address at the event, highlighting their careers and laying...
              Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio who examined elements of the cancel culture and called out Joe Biden’s presumptive administration identity politics picks. Leahy: We are joined this morning as we often are on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:30 by our good friend and the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael, Crom, good morning. Carmichael: Michael, how are you, sir? Leahy: It was cold this morning, wasn’t it? Carmichael: Well, this week’s had a couple of chilly mornings. And one of them was really cold and then by one o’clock, it was golf weather. Leahy: So Crom, one of the themes of the show is that stolen...
    A Friday report from Reuters claims that Donald Trump is aware that he is on his way out of the White House even as he and his Republican allies continue to lead a battle against the results of the 2020 election. “Several people familiar with the situation say he knows his time is up even as he presses the fight against the election outcome, despite having failed in a series of court challenges to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election that made Democrat Joe Biden president-elect,” the report claimed. According to one source close to the president, the outgoing head of state is avoiding any talk of his plans after Inauguration Day, when Democrat Joe Biden will assume power. “He wants no conversation about what he’s going to do when he leaves the building. He’s convinced he’s leaving, but he compartmentalizes things. As long as he’s the president,...
    President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20 will mark a dramatic shift in domestic and international policy. Nathan Sheets, PGIM Fixed Income chief economist and former under secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs under the Obama administration, told CNBC's "Trading Nation" that Biden's Cabinet picks already mark a departure from the Trump era. "They are committed to having a clean process, deliberative and transparent kinds of policies," Sheets said of Biden's Cabinet selections. "So I think what that means for markets is that the era of government by tweet is very much in the rearview mirror, and it's going to be less uncertain and a more transparent kind of communication." Those picks include former chief of staff to Vice President Biden Ron Klain as White House chief of staff; former deputy national security advisor Antony Blinken as secretary of State; and former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as Treasury...
    Washington — With the inauguration of the nation's 46th president fast approaching, President-elect Joe Biden has spent the weeks after the election preparing to take the helm of the federal government. In addition to rolling out objectives to combat the coronavirus pandemic in his first 100 days in office, the president-elect has started filling out key positions in his administration, naming nominees who, if confirmed, will serve in his Cabinet, and appointees to top positions in his White House. To date, Mr. Biden has announced or is expected to reveal more than a dozen nominees to serve in key roles throughout the federal government, first rolling out his picks to serve on his national security and foreign policy teams, followed by those who will help executive his economic and health agendas. Several crucial posts, however, remain unfilled, including who will serve as attorney general. Mr. Biden has praised his Cabinet...
    President-elect Joe Biden's choice of a diverse Cabinet that appeals to every constituency of the Democratic Party comes as no surprise, but exactly who he is putting in what role has left some political observers scratching their heads. In an op-ed this summer, Biden stressed that "from our classrooms to our courtrooms to the president's Cabinet, we have to make sure that our leadership and our institutions actually look like America." And while he appears on target to reach this objective, it has resulted in some unorthodox picks. He made choices such as a Veterans Affairs secretary with no military experience, a state attorney general tapped to lead the Health and Human Services Department amid a pandemic, and a former national security adviser serving in a domestic policy role. Also, he chose a small-town mayor to oversee the massive Department of Transportation. Trying to make sense of Biden's picks, political...
    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...
    A plaque commemorating President Donald Trumps hangs on the United States-Mexico border wall on December 1, 2020, in Calexico, California. The Washington Post reports that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that President-elect Joe Biden could save the U.S. roughly $2.6 billion if he stops construction of impeached president Donald Trump’s racist and expensive border fencing immediately after taking office. The initial savings is an estimated $3.3 billion, but officials said they believe the incoming administration will have to pay roughly $700 million to terminate agreements with private contractors building the monstrosity. What’s been long clear is that Trump’s wall has been a disastrous, expensive monument to hatred—and a monument that we, not Mexico, have had to pay for. What’s also clear in light of this report is that terminating those federal contracts and ending construction on Day One of a Biden administration isn’t just the right thing to do, but could also save the nation billions that could...
    Washington (CNN)Several of President-elect Joe Biden's nominees would make history if confirmed by the United States Senate to serve in top roles in his incoming administration. Since winning the election, Biden has made moves to carry out his campaign promise of building an administration that looks like and reflects the diversity of America. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has already shattered a monumental barrier by becoming the first woman elected Vice President. Here are other people who would be historic firsts, if confirmed by the Senate: First Black Deputy Secretary of the TreasuryAdewale "Wally" Adeyemo Read MoreAdeyemo currently serves as the president of the Obama Foundation. Adeyemo served during the Obama administration as the President's senior international economic adviser, and also served as deputy national security adviser, deputy director of the National Economic Council, the first chief of staff of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and senior adviser and deputy chief...
    Rep. Deb Haaland, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, and Michael Regan, North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality secretary, are his latest qualified nominees. President-elect Joe Biden's recent environmental-related Cabinet selections have the experience required to effectively handle their jobs, a contrast to the current administration and further proof of Biden's commitment on the issue. On Thursday, Biden tapped Michael Regan, North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality secretary, to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Brian Buzby, who leads the North Carolina Conservation Network, applauded the decision, telling the New York Times, "It signals that the Biden administration is serious about getting the E.P.A. back to its core mission to protect the environment and public health as well as ensure strong, meaningful steps are taken to advance environmental justice issues."
    President-elect Joe Biden has picked New Mexico Democrat Rep. Deb Haaland to lead as Secretary of Interior, sources confirmed for Fox News Thursday, making her the first Native American to fill the position that oversees U.S. natural resources and tribal lands. The historic pick was applauded by progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who said Haaland would work to strengthen environmentally forward policies like the Green New Deal. TRUMP CAMPAIGN FILES LAWSUIT OVER NEW MEXICO BALLOT DROP BOXES "This is a big deal," Ocasio-Cortez wrote on twitter Thursday afternoon. "Historic appointment. A visionary Native woman in charge of federal lands. Unequivocally progressive. Green New Deal champion. Exquisitely experienced." The pick of 60-year Haaland signifies a shift in how the Department of Interior will function under the Biden administration, focusing not only on environmental policies but how communities in the United States are tied to federal land protections. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX...
    Getty He cut his teeth following money trails through the warrens of international banking rather than stealing secrets or killing people. But the person Joe Biden is currently leaning toward for running the CIA garners respect even from ex-Trump officials—and has a close relationship with the woman who’s likely to be the center of gravity in the intelligence community in the coming years. Ex-Treasury Department Undersecretary and Deputy CIA Director David S. Cohen, as several news outlets have noted, has become the frontrunner for Biden’s first CIA director, according to knowledgeable sources. Tom Donilon, one of Barack Obama’s national security advisers, once looked likely to get the job, but Donilon took himself out of consideration shortly after Thanksgiving. Biden has several other candidates under consideration. Among the named: Susan Gordon, the former principal deputy director of national intelligence who quit the Trump administration in 2019; the former Defense Intelligence...
    He cut his teeth following money trails through the warrens of international banking rather than stealing secrets or killing people. But the person Joe Biden is currently leaning toward for running the CIA garners respect even from ex-Trump officials—and has a close relationship with the woman who’s likely to be the center of gravity in the intelligence community in the coming years. Ex-Treasury Department Undersecretary and Deputy CIA Director David S. Cohen, as several news outlets have noted, has become the frontrunner for Biden’s first CIA director, according to knowledgeable sources. Tom Donilon, one of Barack Obama’s national security advisers, once looked likely to get the job, but Donilon took himself out of consideration shortly after Thanksgiving. Biden has several other candidates under consideration. Among the named: Susan Gordon, the former principal deputy director of national intelligence who quit the Trump administration in 2019; the former Defense Intelligence Agency director...
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    The Trump administration was, at best, a cautionary tale in how not to run a workplace during a pandemic. Three blocks from the White House, office space for more than 500 Biden transition staffers sits mostly idle. The government is shipping out laptops so staffers can work from home. President-elect Joe Biden, surrounded by just a handful of aides in Delaware, is using Zoom to oversee his plans to assume power. But Biden soon will be entering a no-Zoom zone at the White House — just one sign of the challenges his new administration will face when it moves to Washington in the midst of a pandemic. After months of making a virtue of the cautious approach his campaign and transition team have taken toward COVID-19, Biden's prudence will be tested by technology and tradition when he arrives on Jan....
    It is starting, for front line health care workers. By end of March the pharmacies will start vaccinating seniors. Wear your mask and do what's needed until then. It is a wonderful thing to spend more time on other things than Trump. It won’t be hard to get used to . NPR: Poll: Americans Are Growing Less Reluctant To Take COVID-19 Vaccine Now that federal regulators have authorized one COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in the U.S. — and appear close to authorizing another — it seems Americans are growing less reluctant about receiving an inoculation themselves. The Kaiser Family Foundation, or KFF, released a poll Tuesday showing a significant leap in the number of people saying they definitely or probably would get vaccinated. About 71% of respondents to the late November and early December survey said they would get a vaccine, up from 63% in an August/September poll. KFF says the increase...
    Reuters December 16, 2020 0 Comments Democratic President-elect Joe Biden has begun nominating members of his Cabinet and White House team, working to fulfill his promise to build an administration that reflects the United States’ diversity. Biden continued filling out his Cabinet Tuesday, selecting his onetime Democratic rival Pete Buttigieg to be his transportation secretary and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to run the Energy Department. Here are some recent important picks as well as top contenders for prominent posts, according to Reuters reporting: SECRETARY OF STATE: ANTONY BLINKEN The longtime Biden confidant served as No. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in Obama’s administration. TREASURY SECRETARY: JANET YELLEN The former Federal Reserve chair deepened the central bank’s focus on workers and inequality. She has remained active in policy debates at the Brookings Institution think tank since Republican President Donald Trump replaced her as...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a month after the election, top Republicans finally acknowledged Joe Biden as the next U.S. president on Tuesday, a collapse in GOP resistance to the millions of voters who decisively chose the Democrat. Foreign leaders joined the parade, too, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Speaking from the floor of the U.S. Senate where Biden spent 36 years of his career, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulated his former colleague as president-elect. The two men spoke later in the day. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, meanwhile, was to meet with his likely successor in the new administration, Antony Blinken. And GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, one of President Donald Trump’s closest allies, said he’d spoken with some of Biden’s Cabinet picks. A similar shift unfolded in capitals across the world, where leaders including Russia’s Putin and Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador acknowledged Biden’s win. The moves...
    (CNN)Immigrant advocacy groups, who for years scrambled to identify and reunite families separated at the US-Mexico border, are now preparing for the incoming administration and steps to rectify the trauma experienced by parents and children. Mayorkas is a historic pick who may first have to confront his past at DHSLast week, immigrant advocacy groups met with the Joe Biden transition team on family separation and next steps as part of a series of ongoing listening sessions, according to a source familiar with the meeting. Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden's pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security, has also met with immigration leaders, among other groups, according to another source familiar with the discussions.Immigrant advocacy groups hope Biden's administration can work toward restoring trust with the families who've grown increasingly skeptical of the US since having their kids taken from them."It's going to take a long time for families to trust...
    (Reuters) - Democratic President-elect Joe Biden has begun nominating members of his Cabinet and White House team, working to fulfill his promise to build an administration that reflects the United States' diversity. Biden continued filling out his Cabinet Tuesday, selecting his onetime Democratic rival Pete Buttigieg to be his transportation secretary and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to run the Energy Department. Here are some recent important picks as well as top contenders for prominent posts, according to Reuters reporting: SECRETARY OF STATE: ANTONY BLINKEN The longtime Biden confidant served as No. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in Obama's administration. TREASURY SECRETARY: JANET YELLEN The former Federal Reserve chair deepened the central bank's focus on workers and inequality. She has remained active in policy debates at the Brookings Institution think tank since Republican President Donald Trump replaced her as head of the central bank...
    President-elect Joe Biden introduces nominees for his cabinet in Wilmington, Del., on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. (Hilary Swift/The New York Times) President-elect Joe Biden is confronting outbreaks of factionalism and fierce impatience within his own party, as the groups that make up the Democratic coalition see President Donald Trump crumbling as an adversary and turn instead toward the battle to define the personnel and policies of a new administration. With just five weeks left before he takes office, Biden and his allies and advisers acknowledge it may be a considerable challenge to convert the array of constituencies he rallied against Trump into a sturdier governing force. Already, the competition for senior offices has strained valuable political alliances, vexing some of Biden’s key supporters from the Democratic primary contest, as well as numerous minority and female lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Biden has so far sought not to muffle Democratic dissension...
    (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that following the electors meeting on Monday, "as of this morning, our country officially has a President-elect and a vice president-elect.""The electoral college has spoken," he said from the Senate floor in the US Capitol, adding, "Today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden." McConnell's comments are significant given that many Senate Republicans still wouldn't recognize Biden's victory on Monday evening even after the Electoral College made the win official.McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, made the remark after talking about the Donald Trump presidency in the past tense, touting his administration's accomplishments, including the country's "economic prosperity," "foreign policy," judicial appointments, and "bold regulatory changes" in a floor speech."It would take far more than one speech to catalog all the major wins the Trump administration has helped deliver for the American people," he said. "The outsider who swore he would shake up Washington and...
    Michael Byers Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.When Joe Biden is inaugurated in January, he’ll have twin crises on his hands: a coronavirus surge and the economic damage the pandemic has wrought, including business closures, high unemployment, and rising poverty. Unless Democrats win both Georgia Senate runoffs in January, Biden will also be the first president in more than three decades to enter office without both houses of Congress under his party’s control. There’s little indication that congressional Republicans will cooperate with Biden on big economic relief initiatives: The two parties have spent seven months deadlocked over competing COVID relief proposals, and the GOP has even less incentive to boost the economy under a Democratic president. That means Biden will probably have to tackle what looks to be the worst economic crisis since...
    Keisha Lance Bottoms has turned down an opportunity to join the cabinet in the incoming Joe Biden administration. Bottoms is currently the Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, and is seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party. She was even seen as a potential running mate for Biden when he entered the race and was vetted for the role, a position that ultimately went to VP-elect Kamala Harris. According to Forbes, Bottoms was being considered to head up the Small Business Administration, although it's not immediately clear whether or not that was the role she was offered by Biden. The New York Times considered her a contender for leading the Housing and Urban Development Department; but Representative Marcia L. Fudge was nominated for that position on Friday.  Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has declined a cabinet role in the Biden administration It's not clear what role Biden offered to the mayor,...
    The forthcoming Biden administration is California’s best — and perhaps only — hope for solving vexing water issues that have largely been put on hold for more than a decade. It should be clear that state leadership is incapable of crafting a comprehensive water strategy. The California Department of Water Resources continues to push for pumping additional water from the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta at the expense of its immediate and long-term health. Preserving the health of the Delta should be one of the state’s highest priorities. The Delta supplies fresh water for 25 million Californians, including about one-third of Bay Area residents. Scientists have repeatedly said that pumping less — not more — water from the Delta is the best way to ensure its health. And sea-level rise fueled by climate change poses the additional threat of making the Delta’s precious supply undrinkable. Gov. Gavin Newsom continues to...
    WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - On the day she was introduced by President-elect Joe Biden as his nominee to be the United States trade representative, Katherine Tai recalled the time she and a colleague from the Trade Representative's Office of General Counsel were in Geneva presenting a case to sue China before the World Trade Organization. “We sat down at the table,” Tai said in remarks at the Biden-Harris transition event Friday in Wilmington, Delaware. “She, whose parents had emigrated from South India, and I, whose parents had come from Taiwan.” Tai described how her “heart swelled with pride” as they stated they were there to represent the United States of America. “Two daughters of immigrants,” she said. “There to serve, to fight for, and to reflect the nation that had opened doors of hope and opportunity to our families.” Tai paid tribute to her parents, born in mainland China and raised...
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    (CNN)This week, President Donald Trump was still at it, baselessly trying to undermine the 2020 election. Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic reached a grim new milestone, killing more Americans than those killed on September 11, 2001, in a single day -- and is projected to continue to hit new highs.Through it all, Trump has remained fixated on denying his own electoral loss, including at this week's vaccine summit at the White House. While the event was intended to tout breakthroughs with Operation Warp Speed, Trump also neglected to invite anyone from the incoming Biden administration, even though his successor will largely oversee vaccine distribution in 2021. THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! Trump's administration is now putting major pressure on the FDA chief to...
    1. This week, President-elect Joe Biden announced three objectives for the first 100 days of his presidency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan coincided with the U.S. passing the grim milestone of 3,000 COVID deaths in a single day. It was also a recognition that Biden’s first 100 days, usually a time for new presidents to deliver on campaign promises and pursue aggressive policy priorities, will be largely judged on his ability to contain the damage from the pandemic and the resulting economic downturn. Yet that won’t be the sum of the fledgling Biden administration’s task. They will need to juggle those twin crises with numerous other responsibilities, both foreign and domestic, and the president-elect will undoubtedly hope to start work on his own agenda. This week’s big question is: What is the most underrated challenge facing Biden in his first 100 days? 2. Congress always has potential...
    New York (CNN Business)Consumer sentiment rebounded sharply -- and surprisingly -- in December on the heels of Joe Biden's election win, which outweighed worries about the coronavirus pandemic, the University of Michigan's Survey of Consumers showed Friday.An early reading of the consumer sentiment index for December came in at 81.4 points, up from 76.9 points in November. Economists had expected a slightly lower reading for the final month of the year. Before the pandemic, the consumer sentiment index stood at 101 points, a two-year high.The survey measures people's assessments of their own current and expected financial situation, as well as business and economic conditions for the country."Following Biden's election, Democrats became much more optimistic, and Republicans much more pessimistic, the opposite of the partisan shift that occurred when Trump was elected," said Richard Curtin, the survey's chief economist.This sudden optimism is too extreme to be justified by economic fundamentals, Curtin...
    President Donald Trump on Friday called on the Supreme Court to use its power to award him a second term because the Joe Biden administration will be 'a scandal plagued mess.' Trump made the appeal – which stood outside even the dubious legal arguments being mustered by a Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn the election – after disclosures that Joe Biden's son, Hunter, is under federal investigation.  Trump wrote that the revelations now make it 'much easier' for the high court to declare him the winner of the November election.  President Trump is defending his 'perfect' call to Ukraine and demanding the Supreme Court overturn the election 'Now that the Biden Administration will be a scandal plagued mess for years to come, it is much easier for the Supreme Court of the United States to follow the Constitution and do what everybody knows has to be done. They must...
    Susan Rice The next batch of nominations filling out Joe Biden's desired administration are in and they're, well, a little odd. Experienced Obama White House hands Susan Rice and Denis McDonough are now on the team; Rice was, of course, the Obama administration's national security adviser and ambassador to the United Nations. McDonough was initially tapped as deputy national security adviser, later becoming White House chief of staff. That Biden would choose top members of the Obama team to fill out his own is largely expected, but it's the positions that are a bit curious. McDonough has been nominated to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Rice, a foreign policy expert, will instead act as Biden's head of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Neither pick will land the experts in roles related to their actual expertise, in other words. So that's a bit of a puzzle. The...
    A caravan of hundreds of migrants from Honduras is making its way to the U.S. after widespread damage caused by hurricanes, Reuters reported Wednesday. The caravan, comprised largely of young people and a few women carrying children, presents a challenge to the incoming Boden administration’s immigration policies, Reuters reported. The caravan organized in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, through social media advertising before departing to Guatemala. “We lost everything, we have no choice but to go to the United States,” a middle-aged man with his wife and cousin traveling with the caravan told Honduran television, Reuters reported. He said he was from La Lima, an area that experienced major flooding during the hurricanes. Honduran migrants flee distaster-stricken country, head to US border https://t.co/68fuLDgv41 pic.twitter.com/hlEVhqUY6s — New York Post (@nypost) December 10, 2020 Hurricanes Eta and Iota caused extensive damage over two weeks to Honduran infrastructure, agriculture and homes, Reuters...
    Madison Summers December 10, 2020 0 Comments House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is expressing his concerns about Joe Biden appointing too many members of Congress to his Cabinet since House Democrats’ majority shrunk in the election and choosing House lawmakers will temporarily shrink it further. Democrats in the House of Representatives held on to a slimmer majority following the 2020 congressional elections. However, while Democrats flipped three seats, Republicans flipped 13 seats and gained a net of at least 10 seats, as of Thursday. There are two seats remaining to be called. Since Biden’s win in the 2020 presidential election, there have been concerns that he would pick people in the House for positions in his incoming administration. If he did, this would lead to special elections and leave the seat vacant for a period of time. Biden recently selected Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) to lead the Department...
    NAACP President Derrick Johnson is calling for the appointment of a racial equity adviser at the White House. Johnson's comments come after a meeting with President-elect Joe Biden Tuesday in which he and other civil rights leaders discussed the path forward on racial justice in Mr. Biden's incoming administration.  "The president-elect said racial equity will be a part of his administration. We appreciate that," Johnson said in an interview on CBSN Wednesday. "Now our question is, how do we ensure a successful outcome? The racial equity adviser to the president could hold the portfolio and oversee the process." He used corporate America as an example, noting how companies that have championed diversity among their consumer base have also empowered executive-level diversity and inclusion officers to hold the company accountable. "It's the right style [of] business practice, it should be the sound practice of our governance to make sure we...
    By Kate Sullivan | CNN Several of President-elect Joe Biden‘s nominees would make history if confirmed by the United States Senate to serve in top roles in his incoming administration. Since winning the election, Biden has made moves to carry out his campaign promise of building an administration that looks like and reflects the diversity of America. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has already shattered a monumental barrier by becoming the first woman elected Vice President. Here are other people who would be historic firsts: First Black Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo Adeyemo currently serves as the president of the Obama Foundation. Adeyemo served during the Obama administration as the President’s senior international economic adviser, and also served as deputy national security adviser, deputy director of the National Economic Council, the first chief of staff of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and senior adviser and deputy chief...
    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said he is worried the incoming Biden administration’s move to recruit House Democrats will further reduce an already narrow majority in 2021. “I'm certainly concerned by the slimming of the majority,” the Maryland Democrat told reporters on Wednesday. “I made the case to the administration early on that I wanted them to be very careful in terms of the members that they appointed from the Congress given the closeness of our majority.” President-elect Joe Biden has so far chosen two House Democrats to serve in his administration: Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana will join as a senior adviser, and Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio will be nominated to serve as secretary of housing and urban development. The seats will remain vacant until special elections are held to replace the two lawmakers, which means House Democrats must govern with an even narrower majority. As of Dec....
    Washington (CNN)Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday that he has met with President-elect Joe Biden's transition team and pledged a smooth transition, a rare recognition of the coming transfer of power from a top member of President Donald Trump's administration.At a time when the coronavirus pandemic is surging across the nation, Azar predicted on CNN's "New Day" that 20 million people will be vaccinated in "the next several weeks." He said the Trump administration is negotiating with Pfizer to secure additional doses of its vaccine and said the administration will "use every power" under the Defense Production Act to aid private companies with the massive logistical requirements of vaccinating the country."I have already met with the Biden transition team. We want to make sure they get everything that they need," Azar told CNN's Alisyn Camerota, adding that he would be in touch with Biden's pick to lead...
    (Reuters) - Democratic President-elect Joe Biden has begun nominating members of his Cabinet and White House team, working to fulfill his promise to build an administration that reflects the United States' diversity. Biden said he would nominate retired General Lloyd Austin to be his defense secretary. [nL1N2IO06Q] Biden already has named leading members of his foreign policy and economic teams. Biden is expected to nominate Marcia Fudge, a Democratic congresswoman from Ohio, as secretary of housing and urban development and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary. Here are some recent important picks as well as top contenders for prominent posts, according to Reuters reporting: DEFENSE SECRETARY: LLOYD AUSTIN Austin, who oversaw U.S. forces in the Middle East under President Barack Obama, would be the first Black U.S. secretary of defense if the Senate confirms him. He retired in 2016 and would need a waiver from Congress to take...
    President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a three-part plan to combat the coronavirus pandemic in the first 100 days of his administration. Biden, speaking in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware as he formally unveiled his team of top health officials, emphasized “masking, vaccinations, opening schools. These are the three key goals for my first 100 days.” TRUMP SAYS CORONAVIRUS VACCINES 'TO END THE PANDEMIC' And the president-elect stressed “I’m absolutely convinced that in 100 days we can change the course of the disease and change life in America for the better.” Biden spelled out first the first time how he would implement his mask mandate for the first 100 days of his administration, which he’s previously announced. The president-elected explained that it will start with "my signing an order on day one to require masks where I can under the law, like federal buildings, interstate travel on planes, trains,...
    President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed the next administration 'will be the Trump administration' as his campaign makes a desperate effort to circumvent a 'safe harbor' deadline that will lock in Joe Biden's victory.  'The next administration will be the Trump administration,' the president said during his Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit. 'You can't steal hundreds of thousands of votes, you can't have fraud and deception and slightly win a swing state.' He said he hoped someone - a state legislator or a Supreme Court justice - has the 'courage' to declare him the winner. An act, if it happened, that would be an over throw of November's democratically held election, which his own administration has said was conducted safely and with no massive voter fraud. Biden has won both the electoral college and popular vote. 'Let's see whether or not somebody has the courage - whether it's legislatures or...
    President Donald Trump ended his Tuesday remarks at a coronavirus vaccine summit by denying that President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 general election. Trump’s comments were prompted by NBC’s Peter Alexander, who asked why the administration had not invited anyone from Biden’s team to attend the event as they will be responsible for overseeing the majority of the distribution. (RELATED: FDA Releases Tranche Of Pfizer Data And Documents, Clearing Way For Vaccine’s Emergency Approval) WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 07: President Donald Trump speaks to the media after presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dan Gable in the Oval Office on December 07, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) “We’re going to have to see who the next administration is because we won in those swing states, and there were terrible things that went on,” Trump answered. “Whichever the next administration is will really be able to...
    Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan is calling on President-elect Joe Biden to "repair the damage" she said President Trump has done to "press freedom." A headline in Sullivan's latest piece on Sunday accuses the sitting president of leaving press freedom "in tatters," pointing to his constant "fake news" and "enemy of the people" attacks toward the media "with ruinous effects both here and overseas." "Trump’s rhetoric has had frightening real-world consequences," Sullivan wrote. "A record number of journalists around the world were imprisoned over the past four years, some penalized for publishing 'false news' as a result of new laws to punish reporting." WASHINGTON POST COLUMNIST SAYS MEDIA 'NEVER FULLY LEARNED HOW TO COVER TRUMP' BUT 'MIGHT HAVE SAVED DEMOCRACY' She accused the Trump administration of "enabling" the Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman's coverup of the murder of Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Sullivan suggested that Biden needs to go beyond acting "like a normal president."  "Now with...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — For America’s friends around the world, the election of Joe Biden comes as a relief. It should also be a call to action. Washington’s once and future partners are right to celebrate. Biden’s national security team is competent and anchored by committed multilateralists. The president-elect has promised to revitalize U.S. alliances and lead coalitions to confront challenges such as climate change and the rise of China. After President Trump’s unremitting barrage of slights, insults, blackmail and threats, U.S. allies can expect a friendlier reception and much steadier leadership from a Biden White House. At the same time, the U.S. stands weakened by the pandemic and political divisions at home. Biden will be harried by Republican opposition in the Senate and distracted by the pandemic and other pressing domestic issues. The past four years have emboldened illiberal regimes around the world, and the institutions that might once have...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's home was surrounded by police yesterday as Black Lives Matter protesters targeted him during the hugely unpopular lockdown imposed in California.  Violent clashes between officers and protesters broke out on Sunday morning, with one arrest, as nearly two weeks of demonstrations continued.  Videos from outside Getti House - the Mayor's official residence - showed LAPD wearing riot helmets using batons on the protesters and knocking many of them to the ground, as people screamed and shouted at the scene.  The group were seen attempting to protect themselves from the baton swipes, with one using a cooking pan as a shield and another using a water bottle.  After more than four million LA residents were ordered by Garcetti to stay at home on Wednesday last week, protesters continued to take to the streets outside his home in a bid to ensure President-elect Joe Biden does not...
    President-elect Joe Biden has yet to take office, but the media is already giving Americans a glimpse of what kind of coverage they should expect. During President Donald Trump’s four years in office, the media often made mountains out of molehills, whether it be the “Sharpie-Gate” controversy that earned days of media coverage or wondering what in the world “beef-loving Trump” would eat on his trip to India. Now, after the media called a win for Biden in the 2020 election, coverage on the presidency has already changed – and it won’t be surprising to see less scrutiny and more fluff pieces like these over the next four years: Americans may see more hard-hitting news like this: Mass coverage of Biden’s pets Media members gushed over Biden’s two German Shepherds, named Major and Champ, upon learning that they would be moving to the White House. The New York Times, NPR, CNN, NBC...
    (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....
    Linda Greenfield-Thomas, Biden's pick for UN ambassador President-elect Joe Biden repeatedly promised an administration that looks like the United States of America, and he made a huge initial step on that when he chose Kamala Harris as his vice president. But Black, Latino, and Asian American lawmakers and activists are warning Biden that the senior administration officials he’s chosen so far are falling short of that promise. The only Black members Biden has named to his Cabinet so far are Linda Greenfield-Thomas as ambassador to the United Nations and Cecilia Rouse as head of the Council of Economic Advisers. Notably, while both will be members of Biden’s Cabinet, both are in roles that Donald Trump had demoted from being cabinet-level, highlighting the fact that these aren’t the most powerful roles in a presidential Cabinet. Last week, before the announcement of Rouse, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn expressed disappointment, saying “so far...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden pledged to end construction of his predecessor's signature border wall, but halting the ongoing, multibillion-dollar project will be an arduous, complex and potentially costly process. His administration will be saddled with lawsuits over wall funding, face questions about maintenance of the barriers built over the last four years and have to contend with private land that had been siphoned for future construction. Around 415 miles of wall construction have been completed, roughly 353 of which is replacing old, dilapidated walls or barriers, as of November 27, according to US Customs and Border Protection. The administration is quickly pressing forward with its stated goal to build 450 miles by the end of this year, with contractors working around the clock. Biden's promise to halt construction has already prompted discussions among Customs and Border Protection officials about what would occur in that event, particularly if funding is cut, according...
    Alex Wong/Getty Images With less than 50 days until the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, the transition to his administration from the current one is well underway. It’s a massive undertaking: Biden’s team needs to appoint thousands of people to his new government, and hundreds of those need to be confirmed by the senate. The current administration and the incoming one have started working together on that process, with one notable exception: President Donald Trump who, along with a few loyalists, is living a fantasy in which his re-election was obvious and his second term secured. The result is one of the weirdest transitions in U.S. presidential history, in which everyone but the sitting president is working towards the reality that he will not be in the White House come January 20th. To understand what the hell is going on, for this week’s episode of The Interview podcast I called...
    Donald Trump speaks with U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott as they participates in a ceremony commemorating the 200th mile of border wall at the international border with Mexico in San Luis, Arizona, June 23, 2020. President-elect Joe Biden has previously vowed to end construction on Donald Trump’s stupid border wall after he takes office next month, saying this past August that “[t]here will not be another foot of wall constructed in my administration.” In his immigration plan, Biden said he’d end the “national emergency” that the impeached president has used as a lousy excuse to build the damned thing. But, a report from the Associated Press claims that the president-elect will be facing some “tough choices” when it comes to the wall, “with construction in full swing, billions of dollars in contracts at stake and his word on the line,” a tweet said. I’m really trying to figure out why it’ll be so hard, because it all...
    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...
    South African team hire historic Springboks coach De Villiers Queen Elizabeth Is Reportedly Mourning the Loss of Her Dog, Vulcan For U.S. Trade, Here is the Best Woman for the Job The anger and divisiveness that have become a hallmark of our nation's politics in recent years can be traced in no small part to policymakers' inattention to the downside of globalization and the resultant backlash from voters who have found themselves excluded from globalization's benefits. We hope and expect that the incoming Joe Biden administration will signal the priority it attaches to "building back better" in the trade arena through its choice of U.S. Trade Representative. Load Error We write from experience as trade negotiators for past administrations of both parties. We know that the United States, the world's largest consumer economy, is uniquely placed to shape the rules of global trade in ways that generate high...
    When President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January, he will face the most considerable amount of federal debt in the country's history. The people he has nominated to advise on fiscal policy will be prepared to prioritize rescuing the economy from the pandemic rather than lowering or stabilizing the debt. "We need our workers to be back on the job by getting the virus under control. … And that requires sparing no effort to fight COVID so that we can open our businesses safely, resume our lives, and put this pandemic behind us," Biden said on Nov. 16. Still, the government's debt is rising. According to the Treasury Department, the federal government holds over $27 trillion in debt as of Nov. 30. The two positions most responsible for addressing the debt are the secretary of the Treasury Department and the director of the Office of Management and Budget. Biden...
    Liberals turned out for Joe Biden this year in greater numbers than they did for Hillary Clinton not because, in the words of New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, he is “their favorite person” but in order to have influence in the White House again. “Our first task [is that] we've got to defeat the worst president in modern history in this country, and No. 2, we organize our people to make sure that Biden becomes the most progressive president since FDR,” said Bernie Sanders, the man Biden bested for the Democratic nomination and a top Ocasio-Cortez ally. If personnel is policy, as the saying in Washington goes, the most doctrinaire progressives in the Democratic Party have to be getting a little concerned. While no one would confuse Biden’s incoming administration with President Trump’s, centrist and establishment Democrats have taken the lion’s share of the announced Cabinet and White House...
    Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMiddle East: Quick start for Biden diplomacy Hillicon Valley: GOP chairman says defense bill leaves out Section 230 repeal | Senate panel advances FCC nominee | Krebs says threats to election officials 'undermining democracy' Top intelligence official says China targeting foreign influence at incoming Biden administration MORE garnered her own share of the news spotlight Thursday, announcing senior members of her White House team, including Tina Flournoy — currently a key aide to former President Clinton — as her chief of staff. Harris’s first joint interview with President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenLawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list GOP lawmaker blasts incoming freshman over allegations of presidential voter fraud Haaland has competition to be first Native American to lead Interior  MORE since winning the election is also scheduled to be broadcast primetime Thursday on CNN. The contours of the role Harris will carve out for...
    (CNN)The Trump administration's most senior intelligence official issued a stark warning Thursday that China is preparing for "an open-ended period of confrontation with the US," urging bipartisan action to address "the greatest threat to America today" and to "democracy around the world since World War II." Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe also charged in a new Wall Street Journal op-ed that China targeted several dozen members of Congress and congressional aides in a massive influence campaign this year. Ratcliffe's piece was just the latest warning from senior administration officials about China's intentions, with some warning of possible military action in Asia and others pointing to unprecedented efforts to influence the incoming Biden administration. Trump pushes misleading claim China is stoking protests to help Biden win electionThe op-ed comes as the Trump administration has recently taken several concrete measures against Beijing, sharply limiting visas for members of the Chinese...
    President-elect Joe Biden believes he's made the country better by rendering President Trump a one-term president. “I feel like I’ve done something good for the country by making sure that Donald Trump is not going to be president for four more years,” Biden told New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. The two-term vice president and 36-year senator from Delaware added, though, that there was "no moment of elation." He compared his win to graduations across the country that were being celebrated without in-person events. Biden, though, said he was aware that he hadn't defeated what Democrats malign as "Trumpism." “Seventy-two million people is a lot of people to vote for” Trump, he said during the hourlong interview published late Tuesday. “I’m not so sure that ugliness stays. There may be 20 percent of it. Twenty five percent of it, I don’t know.” The first test of whether there will be...
    Adam Laxalt, the co-chair of the Trump campaign in Nevada, is fighting ferociously against his state’s decision to reward its six electoral votes to President-elect Joe Biden, alleging widespread voter fraud and hyping litigation to overturn Biden’s victory. But a nonprofit ethics and transparency group affiliated with Laxalt, Nevada’s former attorney general, has already conceded Biden’s victory and is looking ahead to the new administration. “It’s become clear that we’re going to be having a Biden team and a Biden administration in 2021,” said Caitlin Sutherland, the executive director of Americans for Public Trust, in an interview on Tuesday. The new administration is “what we will remain focused on going into next year.” Sutherland stressed that Laxalt’s work with the Trump re-election campaign, and his efforts to invalidate Biden’s win in Nevada, were entirely separate from his work with APT, a tax-exempt nonprofit that’s barred by law from engaging in...
              Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist Clint Brewer to the studio. During the third hour, Brewer stated that relations with China was the number two importance to the United States as Trump’s tough policies will be lightened under a Biden administration. He added that a potential movement is on the horizon which would usher in the reestablishment of more traditional relations with nation-states. Leahy: We are joined by our all-star panelists Clint Brewer. Clint, we are talking about China. It looks like Joe Biden as we said is compromised on China. His son made a whole bunch of money dealing with the Chi-com bureaucrat, fascist, profit-maximizing dictators over there. And apparently, Joe Biden wants to...
    While President Donald Trump’s administration and Cabinet quite noticeably lack diversity, President-elect Joe Biden has already shown he plans to do better, from naming the first Black and Asian American woman to serve as vice president-elect to picking Black and Latino women to serve in several central roles in his administration. In keeping with Biden’s promise to select an administration that is as diverse as America is, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is expected to name Tina Flournoy, a Black woman who served as chief of staff to former President Bill Clinton, as her chief of staff, journalist Yashar Ali initially reported and CNN confirmed. Georgetown University listed Flournoy’s newest distinction in a bio for the Georgetown Law graduate before later removing the title, which the vice president-elect herself hasn’t yet announced. Flournoy, who’s had a decorated career in politics, served as assistant to the president for public policy at the American Federation of Teachers, a union representing more than...
    REUTERS/Alan FreedPresident-elect Joe BidenThere is little doubt that President-elect Joe Biden intends to rejoin the Paris climate agreement after taking office in January. Beyond that, however, it’s less clear exactly what approach Democrats will take on climate concerns: Make it an absolute priority? Or put other issues first? Much of the discussion revolves around the proposed Green New Deal.  Polls consistently show that Americans are concerned about climate change – three out of four believe humans cause it, and half see it as a crisis. But few of us are drastically changing our carbon-intensive habits.  On the campaign trail, Biden offered his own climate plan that he said was distinct from the Green New Deal. As his administration starts shaping its plans, there are three things everyone should know about the Green New Deal: It is actually a global phenomenon. Much of it is market-driven. And as proposed in Congress,...
    (CNN)Joe Biden's incoming economic team will shoulder the desperate hopes of millions of Americans who have lost jobs, face eviction from their homes or who are going hungry in a monstrous Covid-19-induced slump.But reviving growth and unemployment after the pandemic may not even be the toughest challenge facing the group, headlined by ex-Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, whom the President-elect will formally nominate Tuesday as treasury secretary.Biden has made clear in his comments on the campaign trail, since he was elected, and in the make-up of his team, that he intends to take a swing at fundamentally reordering the economy in favor of working men and women -- a goal that shows huge ambition but comes with dubious chances of success."This team is comprised of respected and tested groundbreaking public servants who will help the communities hardest hit by Covid-19 and address the structural inequities in our economy," Biden said,...
    PRESIDENT Trump's special adviser on the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Scott Atlas, has reportedly resigned from his position on Monday. According to Fox News, Atlas formally resigned from the administration, which he joined in August as a Special Government Employee (SGE), serving a 130-day detail. 1 President Trump's special adviser on the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Scott Atlas, has reportedly resigned from his positionCredit: EPA Atlas' resignation letter, dated December 1, was obtained by Fox, and reportedly touted the administration's efforts in tackling the coronavirus pandemic. The letter reportedly said: "I am writing to resign from my position as Special Advisor to the President of the United States." He added, "I worked hard with a singular focus—to save lives and help Americans through this pandemic,” and that he "always relied on the latest science and evidence, without any political consideration or influence.”
    U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to the media after receiving a briefing from the transition COVID-19 advisory board on November 09, 2020 at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Biden spoke about how his administration would respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Joe Raedle/Getty Images The assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist was designed to derail President-elect Joe Biden’s plans to return to the 2015 nuclear deal, according to experts and former US diplomats. One top expert on the Middle East told Insider that the assassination “fits with Israeli long-standing policy of targeting Iranian nuclear scientists.” A former US diplomat told Insider there are “are ample reasons to suspect US involvement” in last Friday’s attack, citing President Donald Trump’s opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The assassination of an Iranian nuclear...
    President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Office of Budget and Management, Neera Tanden, allegedly punched a liberal reporter in the chest in 2008 when she served as an aide to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Faiz Shakir, the then-chief editor of the now-defunct progressive news outlet ThinkProgress, had asked Tanden a question during an interview about the Iraq war, which Clinton had supported as a senator. An unnamed person in the room told The New York Times that Tanden accosted Shakir following the interview and punched him in the chest. “Who the fuck do you think you are,” Tanden asked Shakir during the altercation, Times reporter Kenneth Vogal tweeted. Tanden acknowledged in 2019 that a physical altercation had occurred between her and Shakir, but she denied punching him. “I didn’t slug him, I pushed him,” Tanden said, according to the Times. Tanden’s mother, Maya Tanden, told the Times that she...
    The 2012 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic compound and a nearby CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, were considered a major scandal in the Obama administration. President-elect Joe Biden’s statement at the time — then vice president and President Barack Obama’s reelection running mate — amped up skepticism of the administration’s handling of security before the Sept. 11 attack.
    President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will receive their first Presidential Daily Brief Monday morning, finally getting access to the national security information that Donald Trump withheld through his refusal to concede. Biden, who slipped and injured his foot while playing with one of his dogs over the weekend, also continued filling out his team, and one of the direst possibilities for the key role of heading the Office of Management and Budget did not come to pass.  Biden had reportedly been considering some people who would have brought extremely conservative economic views, on the deficit in particular, to the role. Instead, he will name Center for American Progress head Neera Tanden, who—despite her ongoing Twitter beefs with many supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders—is seen as a better choice on policy. Several key members of his economic team have also been widely reported. Biden will pick Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo for deputy treasury secretary. Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden is still weighing who will lead the Central Intelligence Agency, but Tom Donilon is no longer under consideration for the post, CNN has learned.Two sources familiar with the matter say Donilon, a former national security adviser in the Obama administration who had been considered a frontrunner for the job, intends to remain in the private sector and not join the Biden administration. Donilon told the Biden transition team "a while ago" that he was not ready to go back into government right now, one of the sources said.CNN reported last week that former acting CIA Director Michael Morell is among those under consideration for the post.This is a breaking story and will be updated.
    Washington (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden is set to announce who will serve in top roles in his administration in the coming days and weeks.Biden announced on November 23 several key members of his foreign policy and national security teams. He named Antony Blinken as his choice for secretary of state, Alejandro Mayorkas as secretary of homeland security, Avril Haines as director of national intelligence, Linda Thomas-Greenfield as US ambassador to the United Nations, Jake Sullivan as national security adviser and John Kerry as special presidential envoy for climate. He had already announced that Ron Klain, one of his most trusted campaign advisers, will serve as his incoming chief of staff. And Jen O'Malley Dillon, Biden's campaign manager, and Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, a co-chair of Biden's transition team and presidential campaign, will serve in top roles in the White House. Each of Biden's Cabinet nominees will need to be confirmed by...
    Former Navy Admiral Bill McRaven said on Sunday that the world was waiting for “a Biden administration to come in,” when speaking about the role of the U.S. on the international stage as President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force MORE prepares to assume power. McRaven appeared on ABC’s “This Week,” where he spoke on the recent assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist and what it meant for Biden’s administration amid Biden's cabinet announcements including the Secretary of State and heads of intelligence. On Friday, Iran’s state media announced that Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a nuclear scientist believed to have led its military’s nuclear program, was assassinated. Iranian officials pointed fingers at Israel for the attack and have promised retaliation. “The Iranians don't want...
    (CNN)If your grandparents or great-grandparents were living in Mississippi, Colorado or Texas in 1939 (like two of mine were), they may have celebrated Thanksgiving twice, thanks to Franklin D. Roosevelt's effort to bail out struggling retailers by moving Thanksgiving up a week -- thus extending the holiday shopping season. Republicans mocked it as "Franksgiving", and it was a hotly divisive issue, cleaving Americans living in states who supported FDR's New Deal from those who didn't. But in three states (see above), they just went ahead and celebrated twice, perhaps implicitly acknowledging, with that extra pie, that there's no one way to get through tough times -- and sometimes there's enough gratitude to go around. For a lot of us, that's a hard feeling to share at a time when food lines go on for miles and too many chairs at the dinner table lie empty. Those empty chairs were on...
    Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak arrive for a Cabinet meeting, in London, Britain October 13, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson REUTERS/Simon Dawson The UK is likely to miss the mid-2021 deadline for a UK-US trade deal set by ministers earlier this year, experts and former US officials in Washington have told Business Insider. Boris Johnson’s Brexit maneuvers appear to have undermined trust in the UK government among the incoming Biden administration. Another major stumbling block in talks is the incredibly tight timeline to negotiate a trade deal from when Biden takes office on January 20 — the UK’s de-facto deadline for agreeing a deal is in April. ‘Can you negotiate a major free trade deal in six weeks? It’s never been done that I know of,’ said Tyson Barker, a former State Department official in the”Obama...
    ACTOR Jon Voight has said Trump is "the only man who can save" America as he warns of the "great danger" under a Biden administration. Voight made an impassioned speech over Twitter whilst seated in front of an an American flag, captioning the clip 'America' and tagging President Trump. 6Actor Jon Voight made an impassioned speech over Twitter in support of Trump whilst seated in front of an an American flag 6Voight is an outspoken Trump supporter and RepublicanCredit: AFP - Getty "We’re heading down a street that has no name now. We must not allow our nation to crumble," the 81-year-old says as the two-minute clip begins. "This is what they want. To destroy America," Voight continues. "Let me warn you all that we are in great danger if we fall under a Biden administration." Voight, an outspoken Trump supporter and Republican, attacks Democrats and takes aim at...
    Don’t miss these top money and investing features: Here’s what a Biden presidency spells for stocks, bonds and commodities Stock market’s post–Election Day rally shows that gridlock in Washington is good for Wall Street The next bear market will be the worst in at least 78 years, warns co-founder of Soros’s legendary Quantum Fund This veteran stock investor is sticking to his strategy after the 2020 presidential election How to find opportunities investing in tech: a VC explains Americans have voted and a new president has been elected. Now comes the hard part. These money and investing stories, popular with MarketWatch readers over the past week, offer advice and suggestions that can help you make smart, timely decisions to prepare your investment portfolio for the policies and practices of the Biden administration that will affect stocks, bonds, commodities...
    Thinking about it brings a smile to my face, too. Here's something to ponder along with your dream team picks for President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet and top officials: Who should he fire first? There are just so many options, and you can thank Republicans for the fact that Biden will be able to jettison some folks, fast. As David Dayen reminds us, the Republican case to try to gut President Obama's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court, means that the odious Trump director can be canned summarily by Biden. Because, as they say, elections have consequences. Republicans tried everything to destroy the CFPB and went to court to have the whole agency invalidated. That didn't work, but the Supreme Court ended up deciding that the director of the agency shouldn't have the scope of power or the protections allowed under the...
    VIDEO8:2108:21UFO ETF issuer on what's next in the space raceETF Edge The space trade is skyrocketing higher. The Procure Space ETF (UFO), the first-ever global ETF to give investors access to the growing space industry, has soared nearly 20% in November amid some positive tailwinds including SpaceX's historic Crew-1 launch with NASA, the first of its kind conducted by a private company. Though some of the upside is likely tied to hopes around Joe Biden's presidency and how it could progress the space race, the impact could be more nuanced than some may think, Andrew Chanin, co-founder and CEO of ProcureAM, told CNBC's "ETF Edge" this week. "We're actually really encouraged, although the previous administration has really done a lot to push the space industry forward, both from a commercial and military and defense standpoint," Chanin said Monday. "Space ... isn't something that is bipartisan. It's nonpartisan," he said. "So,...
    Some of Iowas first legal hemp crops set on fire because THC exceeds federal limits Analysis: Biden won by building on Clintons successes In an apparent dig at the Trump administration, Obama says Bidens foreign policy team will know where countries are © RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images Former president Barack Obama. RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images In a Tuesday interview with Stephen Colbert, former President Barack Obama praised President-elect Joe Biden's foreign policy picks for the incoming administration. Obama said that he was looking forward to seeing an administration where people "know where countries are," an apparent dig at President Donald Trump and his administration. In June 2017, Trump reportedly mispronounced Nepal and Bhutan, and when looking at a map, had to be told where the countries were located. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Former President Barack Obama is thrilled to see his No....
    Photograph: Eskinder Debebe/UN/AFP/Getty Images For most of the world’s diplomats, Joe Biden’s foreign policy slogan “America is Back” is no metaphor. On global issues from climate change, to non-proliferation and human rights, the US under the Trump administration had literally gathered up its papers and pens and left the meeting room. Biden’s election victory and choice of committed internationalists to lead the foreign policy team, means that there will actually be someone sitting in what has been an empty chair. Related: UK, France and Germany discuss working with Joe Biden on Iran nuclear deal “There’s a lot of relief that we’re going to have a much more normal US to deal with,” said Richard Gowan, the UN director at the International Crisis Group. “It has been symptomatic of US diplomacy in the last couple of years that other countries have really struggled to get a clear picture of what...
    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...
    Russell Vought Donald Trump signed an executive order last month taking aim at the existence of a nonpartisan civil service with job protections for career employees that prevent the entire government from being politicized—and 88% of the workers at the Office of Management and Budget are already in the crosshairs, ahead of schedule. OMB Director Russell Vought has determined that 425 OMB workers—again, 88% percent of them—should be converted to the new “Schedule F,” which would allow Trump to purge those who aren’t sufficiently loyal to him personally, and would potentially strip the agency of many of its most experienced, knowledgeable staff immediately before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. A long list of good government and government ethics organizations sent Congress a letter urging lawmakers to block Trump’s executive order, writing “Our nonpartisan civil service has served as a model for other countries for more than a century. Since the passage of the Pendleton Act of 1883, civil...
    Madison Summers November 25, 2020 0 Comments President-elect Joe Biden is weighing in on whether he would use the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate President Donald Trump once he is inaugurated in January of 2021. NBC News’ Lester Holt asked Biden during an interview Tuesday evening, “Some Democrats want investigations to go forward against President Trump after he leaves office. Do you support that?” Biden, however, said, “I will not do what this president does and use the Justice Department as my vehicle to insist that something happen.” “There are a number of investigations that I’ve read about that are at a state level. There’s nothing at all I can or cannot do about that,” he continued, adding that he is focusing on “getting the American public back in a place where they have some certainty, some surety, some knowledge that they can make it.” Biden previously...
    Joe Biden revealed Tuesday that he will not find spots for progressive Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in his Cabinet, claiming he needs their voices and votes in the U.S. Senate. 'One thing is really critical – taking someone out of the Senate, taking someone out of the House, particularly for a person of consequence, is a really difficult decision that would have to be made,' Biden said during an interview with NBC News' Lester Holt. 'I have a very ambitious, very progressive agenda. and it's going to take really strong leaders in the House and Senate to get it done,' Biden continued in his first interview since he declared victory. Holt asked Biden if he would welcome any of his former Democratic primary rivals into his administration – specifically pointing to Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont. 'Well, I've talked to them,' the former vice...
    WILMINGTON, DE - NOVEMBER 19: President-elect Joe Biden answers a reporter question after he delivered remarks at the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)The Washington Post | The Washington Post | Getty Images DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — President-elect Joe Biden made it clear during his campaign that his administration would favor a return to the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, reversing a cornerstone of President Donald Trump's foreign policy in the Middle East.  But after three years of "maximum pressure" under Trump's sanctions and dramatically deepened distrust between Tehran and Washington, that may be a lot further off than it sounds. "No matter how desperate a Biden administration may be for a deal, it will be Iran's response that will matter more," Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told CNBC shortly...
    President-elect Joe Biden has given a wide-ranging interview with NBC News, insisting his presidency will not be 'a third Obama term' and suggesting he will not pursue criminal investigations into President Donald Trump once he takes office. Speaking to NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday, Biden also revealed that he has not spoken to President Donald Trump directly since the election. One day after a federal agency released a letter authorizing the transition to move forward, Biden described the Trump administration's transition efforts as 'sincere'. 'Immediately, we've gotten outreach from the national security shop to just across the board,' Biden said. 'And they're already working out my ability to get presidential daily briefs... so I think we're gonna not be so far behind the curve as we thought might be in the past.'  President-elect Joe Biden has given a wide-ranging interview with NBC News,...
    Joe Biden will focus on undoing President Trump’s policies on immigration and climate change during his first 100 days in office, he said Tuesday in his first interview since the Nov. 3 election. The president-elect’s agenda will include sending an immigration bill to Congress and doing away with what he called Trump’s “damaging” executive orders on the environment, which Biden said “eviscerated the [Environmental Protection Agency].” “Some of it is gonna depend on the kind of cooperation I can or cannot get from Congress,” Biden told Lester Holt on “NBC Nightly News.” Asked about his cabinet picks — all of whom so far have been former senior members of the Obama administration — Biden insisted that “this is not a third Obama term.” The former vice president also indicated that it’s unlikely progressive Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will join his administration, saying pulling someone from Congress “is...