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    Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio panned likely candidates for President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet in a Tuesday tweet. Outlining the qualifications of people such as former Secretary of State John Kerry — tapped to serve as Biden’s Climate Czar — Rubio explained, “I have no interest in returning to the ‘normal’ that left us dependent on China.” “Biden’s cabinet picks went to Ivy League schools, have strong resumes, attend all the right conferences & will be polite & orderly caretakers of America’s decline. I support American greatness,” the Florida senator tweeted. Biden’s cabinet picks went to Ivy League schools,have strong resumes,attend all the right conferences & will be polite & orderly caretakers of America’s decline I support American greatness And I have no interest in returning to the “normal” that left us dependent on China — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 24, 2020 Biden’s list of likely picks includes a number...
    Tuesday, former Obama senior advisor David Axelrod praised Joe Biden’s announced cabinet picks as the former vice president moves forward with a transition despite no concession from President Donald Trump. Although Biden has not announced his picks for every position, Axelrod said on “CNN Newsroom” that Biden is already “delivering” and “following through” on his promise to have “the most diverse cabinet in history.” “Look, Biden is following through on the pledge that he made as a candidate. He promised the most diverse cabinet in history — he’s delivering that,” Axelrod stated. “Janet Yellen, the first treasury secretary of the United States in the history of the republic. You know, Avril Haines over as the DNI, that’s historic as well. But I think we shouldn’t lose in Mayorkas, the new DHS secretary, we should point out, is a Cuban-American immigrant, also historic and symbolically important. But we shouldn’t lose in...
    Rubio suggests he won't vote for Joe Biden's Ivy League-educated nominees. Donald Trump has an Ivy League degree. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is already searching for excuses to obstruct President-elect Joe Biden, suggesting on Tuesday that he won't vote for Biden's cabinet nominees because they have Ivy League degrees. "Biden's cabinet picks went to Ivy League schools, have strong resumes, attend all the right conferences & will be polite & orderly caretakers of America's decline," Rubio tweeted Tuesday morning. "I support American greatness [and] I have no interest in returning to the 'normal' that left us dependent on China." Rubio's tweet came the day after Biden announced plans to nominate a number of experienced hands to lead the United States' diplomatic and national security agencies.
    (CNN)Not even Donald Trump, the great twister of truth, could keep reality at bay forever.After nearly three weeks of his absurd legal claims and corrosive attacks on democracy, a cascade of momentous developments Monday obliterated the President's fantasy that he would have a second term. In the most significant and symbolic sign that it's over for Trump, General Services Administrator Emily Murphy, heeding the inevitability of constitutional processes, finally switched on the administrative machinery that will formally transfer power to President-elect Joe Biden.The legally mandated transition will unblock millions of dollars in funding and compel the administration to grant access and briefings to the President-elect's incoming team. Most importantly, it will allow Biden's representatives to huddle with government health officials to learn how best to escalate the effort to tackle the Covid-19 disaster that is ravaging the nation.Yet even before Murphy's belated move, Biden had engineered a tangible shift in...
    (CNN)Axios, on Sunday night, reported this about President-elect Joe Biden's coming Cabinet picks:"Some Democrats have discussed the idea of Biden choosing a 'sacrificial lamb' for Republicans to take down, thus easing the passage of other nominees."That could give Republicans the opportunity to show they wield power, while simultaneously making Biden's other nominees look more agreeable in a hyper-partisan environment."Axios downplayed this sort of "sacrificial lamb" scenario coming to pass because "a move like that isn't [Biden's] style."Also, it would be a very, very dumb idea. Read MoreIt is absolutely true that recent history suggests that at least one nominee by an incoming president won't make it through the confirmation process. For Donald Trump it was Labor Secretary Andy Puzder. Barack Obama had Tom Daschle. George W. Bush had Linda Chavez. And on and on and on. THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly...
    Several House Democrats are in the running for positions in President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE’s Cabinet as he seeks to prioritize diversity and policy acumen in his incoming administration.  The contenders hailing from the House range from the potential first Native American Cabinet secretary to numerous members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). At least one current House member, Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric Levon RichmondSunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight MORE (D-La.), is slated to join the White House as a senior advisor and director of the Office of Public Engagement. After losing several House seats...
    U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has begun naming members of his new Cabinet, as well as other top-level administration officials. Biden has pledged to choose a Cabinet that reflects the diversity of the American population. His selections will be scrutinized by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and must win confirmation in a narrowly controlled Senate, whose majority party will be determined by two Georgia Senate runoffs in January. Here are Biden’s selections so far. Antony Blinken Secretary of State Blinken was deputy secretary of state during the Obama administration and has close ties with Biden. A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School, Blinken, 58, has long served in foreign policy positions during Democratic administrations, including as a member of the National Security Council during the Clinton administration and deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration. He was also staff director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee...
    President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet choices indicate he will reprise the Obama administration's "disastrous" foreign policy, especially in the Middle East, Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., warned on Monday. “These are D.C. insider picks,” Waltz told "The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino." “At the end of the day, this is a headlong push right back into the Obama years," said Waltz, an Army National Guard Special Forces officer and veteran of the war in Afghanistan. "This is putting the old band back together, and what I am concerned about is the really bad policy that I think a lot of people have forgotten about." Biden announced earlier Monday that he would nominate Antony Blinken to be secretary of state, Alejandro Mayorkas to be secretary of homeland security, and Avril Haines to be director of national intelligence. BIDEN SECRETARY OF STATE PICK BLINKEN CRITICIZED OVER IRAQ WAR, CONSULTING WORK The president-elect also announced former Secretary of State John...
    Members of the GOP Senate majority are discussing the possibility of not confirming certain nominations President-elect Joe Biden will make to both his cabinet and the judiciary, according to a new report from Axios.  Senate aides involved in the discussions reportedly say that the top targets will be appointees who were loud critics of Trump or played a key part in impeachment hearings, according to Axios. Some names that were mentioned include Sally Yates, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Susan Rice, Axios reports. (RELATED: Biden’s Pick For National Security Adviser Sent Classified Emails On Clinton’s Server, Hyped Fake Trump-Russia Collusion Story) New: Republicans are quietly preparing to torpedo some of Joe Biden’s prospective Cabinet, agency and judicial nominees if the GOP keeps its majority, aides involved in the discussions tell me https://t.co/kiqVexeZJR — Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) November 22, 2020 Republicans are also reportedly concerned about lower-profile nominees to judicial...
    As he makes his first round of Cabinet announcements, President-elect Joe Biden is acknowledging the potentially rough road ahead he’ll have in confirming his nominees through a Senate that may still be controlled by the Republicans. Asked Monday by pool reporters if he expects Republicans to put up any significant roadblocks to his Cabinet nominees – who need Senate approval to be confirmed – Biden laughingly responded, “Are you kidding me." BIDEN UNVEILS PICKS FOR KEY CABINET POSITIONS The current balance of power for the next Senate coming out of this month’s elections is 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats. That means Democrats must win both of Georgia’s twin runoff elections on Jan. 5 to make it a 50-50 Senate. If that occurs, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would be the tie-breaking vote, giving her party a razor-thin majority in the chamber. Otherwise, GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will remain as Senate majority leader. The president-elect earlier...
    Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock Joe Biden, the US president-elect, has shown his determination to speed past Donald Trump’s flailing attempts to block the transition by naming leaders of his foreign policy and national security team. Related: Antony Blinken: Biden’s secretary of state nominee is sharp break with Trump era The president-elect put faith in experience on Monday by announcing Tony Blinken as secretary of state, Jake Sullivan as national security adviser and John Kerry as “climate tsar”, each signalling a return to the multilateralism of the Obama era. Biden also picked Alejandro Mayorkas, who, if confirmed, would become the first Latino and migrant to be homeland security secretary; Avril Haines for director of national intelligence, who would be the first woman in that role; and Linda Thomas-Greenfield for ambassador to the United Nations. “These individuals are equally as experienced and crisis-tested as they are innovative and imaginative,” Biden said. “Their accomplishments...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic President-elect Joe Biden began naming members of his Cabinet on Monday, appointing experienced foreign policy and national security experts to key posts in line with his pledge to restore the United States' global ties and standing as a world leader. The new appointees also reflect Biden's promise to build an administration that reflects the nation's diversity. Biden is expected to fill more Cabinet positions and White House posts in coming days. Here are some recent important picks and topcontenders for prominent positions, according to Reutersreporting: SECRETARY OF STATE: ANTHONY BLINKEN A longtime Biden confidant who served as No. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama's administration, Blinken was named Biden's choice for secretary of state by the president-elect's campaign on Monday. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: JAKE SULLIVAN Biden’s national security adviser when he served as vice president to President...
    Alejandro Mayorkas will be the first Latino to run the Homeland Security Department and Avril Haines will be the first woman to serve as Director of National Intelligence, while former Secretary of State John Kerry has been tapped as climate czar and a member of the National Security Council, President-elect Biden’s transition team announced Monday. Mayorkas and Haines mark the first Cabinet announcements from the incoming commander-in-chief, who will require Senate approval in order to serve in the posts. Mayorkas served as deputy Homeland Security secretary from 2013 to 2016. He would also be the first immigrant to serve in the role. During his tenure under the Obama-era DHS, he led the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Haines, meanwhile, has worked under Biden for over a decade. She served under President Obama as a principal deputy national security advisor from 2015-2017. She also...
    Alejandro Mayorkas will be the first Latino to run the Homeland Security Department and Avril Haines will be the first woman to serve as Director of National Intelligence, while former Secretary of State John Kerry has been tapped as climate czar and a member of the National Security Council, President-elect Biden’s transition team announced Monday. Mayorkas and Haines mark the first Cabinet announcements from the incoming commander-in-chief, who will require Senate approval in order to serve in the posts. Mayorkas served as deputy Homeland Security secretary from 2013 to 2016. He would also be the first immigrant to serve in the role. During his tenure under the Obama-era DHS, he led the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Haines, meanwhile, has worked under Biden for over a decade. She served under President Obama as a principal deputy national security advisor from 2015-2017. She also worked...
    President-elect Joe Biden on Monday said he intends to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, Alejandro Mayorkas as secretary of homeland security, and a number of other officials to key Cabinet positions, Fox News has learned. Biden also announced Monday that he will appoint former Secretary of State John Kerry as special presidential envoy for climate, and will sit on the National Security Council — the first time that the NSC will include an official dedicated to climate change. Biden also announced Avril Haines, a former deputy director of the CIA and deputy national security adviser, as his nominee to serve as director of National Intelligence, and as the first woman to lead the intelligence community; and Jake Sullivan as White House national security adviser. Linda Thomas-Greenfield will be put forward as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the transition team announced. This is a developing story. Check back for...
    (CNN)Joe Biden is poised to name Antony Blinken as his secretary of state on Tuesday, a telling pick that reveals what the President-elect views as his most urgent priorities in the wake of Donald Trump's four years in office -- and the sort of people he will entrust with accomplishing those goals.Let's start with Biden's decision to name his secretary of state as his first Cabinet pick. There's no set order to these things, of course, but it is absolutely purposeful and therefore noteworthy that Biden is not only leading his Cabinet announcements with the nation's top diplomat but also that he is doing it so early in his transition.In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, incoming Biden chief of staff Ron Klain emphasized the speed with which these first Cabinet picks will be made: "You're going to see the first of the President-elect's cabinet appointments on Tuesday...
    Washington — President-elect Biden will appoint Jake Sullivan to be White House national security adviser, according to two sources close to the transition. Sullivan has been advising Mr. Biden on domestic policy, but has an extensive foreign policy background. He served as Mr. Biden's national security adviser during President Barack Obama's second term and was a head of policy planning and deputy chief of staff to Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state.  He was also one of the small group of U.S. officials who secretly met with Iranian officials in 2013 to initiate the diplomatic outreach that eventually led to the landmark nuclear deal. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The president-elect will be announcing nominations to his Cabinet Tuesday, Biden senior adviser Symone Sanders told "Face the Nation" Sunday.  "I can't tell you right now how many or who but I can tell you that...
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    By James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's increasingly tenuous efforts to reverse his election loss to President-elect Joe Biden could be dealt a lethal blow on Monday, as Biden turns to the task of building his cabinet. Michigan is set to certify its results Monday, and Pennsylvania is likely to move a step closer to doing so. Trump, a Republican, lost both battleground states in the Nov. 3 election, but he has refused to concede defeat and has, instead, launched a legal battle to overturn the results there and in other close races across the country. Trump's hopes of preventing the Democrat Biden from taking office on Jan. 20 likely will be doomed if Michigan and Pennsylvania certify their results, confirming Biden as the winner of a combined 36 electoral votes. Biden won 306 electoral votes, 36 over the 270 threshold needed to win the White House....
    ANTONY Blinken is expected to be nominated as Joe Biden's incoming secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team's planning. The 58-year-old, who has close ties with the president-elect, served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama's administration. 1Credit: AP:Associated Press More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The Sun is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Download our fantastic, new and improved free App for the best ever Sun Online experience. For iPhone click here, for Android click here.  Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunUS.
    President-elect Joe Biden’s secretary of state nominee is reportedly expected to be Antony Blinken — a foreign affairs adviser to Biden’s campaign who served in both the State Department and the National Security Agency under Presidents Obama and Clinton. Sources close to Biden’s Cabinet-choosing process told the New York Times of Blinken’s likely nomination as the nation’s top diplomat. Blinken, 58, who has worked in various capacities with Biden for nearly 20 years, had been rumored as a front-runner for the position. Biden will announce the first selection of his Cabinet picks on Tuesday, his advisors said Sunday. Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, a longtime Biden confidant, was also named as a front-runner to be Biden’s secretary of state, sources have told the Associated Press. Blinken had served as Biden’s top aide on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Times reported. When Biden was vice president, Blinken was his national security...
    President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Tony Blinken as his secretary of state on Tuesday, his first step in reversing President Trump's "America first" approach to foreign policy. Blinken, 58, was then-President Barack Obama's deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017, the department's second in command, and Obama's deputy national security adviser from 2013 to 2015. But Blinken is a longtime aide of Biden's too. Blinken was the two-term vice president's national security adviser from 2009 to 2013. The pair first worked together when the diplomat was a Democratic staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Biden was the panel's chairman from 2001 to 2003, and again from January 2007 until he became vice president two years later. Blinken's selection, among Biden's first Cabinet picks, was first reported by Bloomberg and the New York Times. The decision signals a return to pre-President Trump foreign policy posture....
    Savannah Rychcik November 22, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump is questioning why President-elect Joe Biden is moving forward with his cabinet picks while his legal team continues to make baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. “Why is Joe Biden so quickly forming a Cabinet when my investigators have found hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes, enough to ‘flip’ at least four States, which in turn is more than enough to win the Election?” Trump wrote on Twitter. He added, “Hopefully the Courts and/or Legislatures will have the COURAGE to do what has to be done to maintain the integrity of our Elections, and the United States of America itself. THE WORLD IS WATCHING!!!” ….the COURAGE to do what has to be done to maintain the integrity of our Elections, and the United States of America itself. THE WORLD IS WATCHING!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22,...
    Loading the player... President-elect Joe Biden will announce his first Cabinet pick choices on Tuesday as he focuses on what’s to come as he’ll take office in January 2021, according to CNN. Jen Psaki, who currently oversees Biden’s nomination and formerly served as communications director for the Obama Administration, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,” Biden is looking forward “to introducing members of his team to the public.” As Biden continues to establish plans for his administration, President Donald Trump continues to refuse the results of the presidential election. Heres the deal: Because President Trump refuses to concede and is delaying the transition, we have to fund it ourselves and need your help.If youre able, chip in to help fund the Biden-Harris transition. https://t.co/apJMrdpoSS— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 20, 2020 Read More: Trump slams global climate agreement Biden intends to rejoin CNN reports that the...
    Bradley Cortright November 22, 2020 0 Comments President-elect Joe Biden is working on assembling his cabinet and will announce his first picks to lead cabinet agencies before Thanksgiving.  During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, was asked if the former vice president would announce who he had picked to serve as his attorney general, secretary of state, or Treasury secretary. “What I can confirm is that you’re going to see the first of the president-elect’s cabinet appointments on Tuesday of this week,” Klain said, adding, “Meeting the pace, beating in fact, the pace that was set by the Obama-Biden transition. Beating the pace set by the Trump transition.” He continued, “So you’re going to see the first cabinet picks this Tuesday. But, if you want to know what cabinet agencies they are, or who’s going to be in those cabinet agencies, you’ll have to wait...
    President-elect Joe Biden will announce his first Cabinet picks this Tuesday, his top advisors said Sunday.  “We will be making our first Cabinet announcements on Tuesday of this week, and I would say the president-elect is very excited about this team and looks forward to introducing them to the country,” Kate Bedingfield, a top communications adviser, told “Fox News Sunday.” Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain confirmed that the first selections would come Tuesday and said other picks will be announced rapidly. “You’re going to see the first of the president’s cabinet appointments on Tuesday of this week, meeting the pace of — beating in fact — the pace that was set by the Obama-Biden transition, beating the pace set by the Trump transition. So you’re going to see the first cabinet picks this Tuesday,” Klain said on ABC News’ “This Week,” but wouldn’t name any names. Last week,...
    Ron Klain, former Vice President Joe Biden’s pick to be White House chief of staff, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that Biden will announce his first cabinet picks for his new administration on Tuesday. Anchor George Stephanopoulos said, “Are we going to see an attorney general or State Department or Treasury pick this week?” Klain said, “Well, what I can confirm, George, is that you are going to see the first of the president-elect’s Cabinet appointments on Tuesday of this week. Beating, in fact, the pace that was set by the Obama-Biden transition, beating the pace set by the Trump transition. You’ll see the first cabinet picks this Tuesday. If you want to know what cabinet agencies they are, who’s going to be in those cabinet agencies, you’ll have to wait for the president-elect to say that himself on Tuesday.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to name the first members of his Cabinet on Tuesday, a key aide said Sunday, even as President Donald Trump urged on Republicans to help him in his longshot legal effort to overturn his re-election defeat.  Ron Klain, Biden’s incoming White House chief of staff, declined in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” show to say which agency heads Biden would name. But the preisdent-elect said last week he had settled on a new Treasury secretary and that his selection would appeal to “all elements of the Democratic Party... progressive to the moderate coalitions."  While Biden is transitioning to become the country’s 46th president at his inauguration on January 20, Trump has refused to concede. On Sunday, the outgoing U.S. leader told his followers on Twitter, “We will find massive numbers of fraudulent ballots... Fight hard Republicans.”  It’s all about the signatures...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden's first Cabinet picks are coming Tuesday and planning is underway for a pandemic-modified inauguration in January as his team moves forward despite roadblocks from the Trump administration.Ron Klain, Biden's incoming chief of staff, offered no details Sunday about which department heads Biden would first announce. The Associated Press has reported that Biden could name his nominee for secretary of state or treasury secretary this coming week.Biden has pledged to build the most diverse government in modern history, and he and his team often speak about their desire for his administration to reflect America. He is being watched to see whether he will make history by nominating the first woman to lead the Pentagon, the Treasury Department or the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the first African American at the top of the Defense Department, the Interior Department or the Treasury Department.Biden said last week he...
    President-elect Joe Biden will announce his first Cabinet picks this Tuesday, his top advisors said Sunday.  “We will be making our first Cabinet announcements on Tuesday of this week, and I would say the president-elect is very excited about this team and looks forward to introducing them to the country,” Kate Bedingfield, a top communications adviser, told “Fox News Sunday.” Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain confirmed that the first selections would come Tuesday and said other picks will be announced rapidly. “You’re going to see the first of the president’s cabinet appointments on Tuesday of this week, meeting the pace of — beating in fact — the pace that was set by the Obama-Biden transition, beating the pace set by the Trump transition. So you’re going to see the first cabinet picks this Tuesday,” Klain said on ABC News’ “This Week,” but wouldn’t name any names. Last week, Biden...
    By ALEXANDRA JAFFE, Associated Press WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden's first Cabinet picks are coming Tuesday and planning is underway for a pandemic-modified inauguration in January as his team moves forward despite road blocks from the Trump administration. Ron Klain, Biden’s incoming chief of staff, offered no details Sundays about which department heads Biden would first announce. The Associated Press has reported that Biden could name his nominee for secretary of state or treasury secretary this coming week. Biden has pledged to build the most diverse government in modern history, and he and his team often speak about their desire for his administration to reflect America. That has some Washington observers waiting to see whether he will make history by nominating the first woman to lead the Pentagon, the Treasury Department or the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the first African American at the Defense Department, the VA...
    Washington (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden will announce his first Cabinet picks on Tuesday, two key members of his transition team said on Sunday, forging ahead with plans for his administration as President Donald Trump continues to deny the legitimacy of Biden's win. "President-elect Biden will be announcing members -- Cabinet nominees this week. He's looking forward to that, to introducing members of his team to the public," Jen Psaki, who oversees Biden's nominations team, told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." She said shortly after the interview in a tweet that the first Cabinet announcements will come on Tuesday. Incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain also told ABC on Sunday that Biden will make an announcement Tuesday."What I can confirm, George, is that you are going to see the first of the President-elect's Cabinet appointments on Tuesday of this week, beating, in fact, the pace that was...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s first Cabinet picks are coming Tuesday and planning is underway for a pandemic-modified inauguration in January as his team moves forward despite road blocks from the Trump administration. Ron Klain, Biden’s incoming chief of staff, offered no details Sundays about which department heads Biden would first announce. The Associated Press has reported that Biden could name his nominee for secretary of state or treasury secretary this coming week. Biden has pledged to build the most diverse government in modern history, and he and his team often speak about their desire for his administration to reflect America. That has some Washington observers waiting to see whether he will make history by nominating the first woman to lead the Pentagon, the Treasury Department or the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the first African American at the Defense Department, the VA or the Treasury Department. Biden...
    WILMINGTON, Del. – President-elect Joe Biden's first Cabinet picks are coming Tuesday and planning is underway for a pandemic-modified inauguration in January as his team moves forward despite road blocks from the Trump administration. Ron Klain, Biden’s incoming chief of staff, offered no details Sundays about which department heads Biden would first announce. The Associated Press has reported that Biden could name his nominee for secretary of state or treasury secretary this coming week. Biden has pledged to build the most diverse government in modern history, and he and his team often speak about their desire for his administration to reflect America. That has some Washington observers waiting to see whether he will make history by nominating the first woman to lead the Pentagon, the Treasury Department or the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the first African American at the Defense Department, the VA or the Treasury Department. Biden said...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign files for new recount in Georgia GOP senator congratulates Biden, says Trump should accept results Judge dismisses Trump camp's Pennsylvania lawsuit in scathing ruling MORE’s chief of staff Ron Klain said on Sunday that the General Services Administration's (GSA) refusal to ascertain Biden as the winner of the election was preventing his team from conducting background checks on people he wants in his cabinet. "We're not getting background checks, we're not in position to get background checks on cabinet nominees and so there are definite impacts. Those impacts escalate every day," Klain said on ABC's "This Week." "And I hope that the administrator of the GSA will do her job. "The law only requires her to find who is the apparent victor of the election, and I can’t imagine there’s any dispute, any dispute, that Joe Biden is the apparent winner of the presidential election." Klain told host George StephanopoulosGeorge...
    U.S. President-elect Joe Biden removes his face mask as he meets with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at his transition headquarters in the Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 20, 2020.Tom Brenner | Reuters President-elect Joe Biden will announce cabinet appointments this upcoming Tuesday, incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain confirmed on Sunday. "You're going to see the first cabinet picks this Tuesday," Klain said in an interview with ABC News. "But if you want to know what cabinet agencies they are, who's going to be in those Cabinet agencies, you'll have to wait for the president-elect to say that himself on Tuesday." Biden also said last week that he's decided whom he will nominate for Treasury Secretary and will make the announcement around Thanksgiving. Biden's move to announce cabinet picks and push forward with the presidential transitions comes...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden will announce the first of his Cabinet picks on Tuesday, incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said on Sunday. "You're going to see the first Cabinet picks this Tuesday. But if you want to know what Cabinet agencies they are, who's going to be in those Cabinet agencies, you'll have to wait for the president-elect to say that himself on Tuesday," Klain said in an interview with ABC's "This Week." (Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Nick Zieminski) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States
    Rahm Emanuel may be on the shortlist for President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet, but the same issues that derailed his reelection for mayor of Chicago -- namely his record on social justice -- are likely to resurface again as Biden makes his final picks.  AOC SAYS BIDEN PICKING RAHM EMANUEL FOR CABINET WOULD BE 'DIVISIVE' Emanuel was accused of engaging in a coverup to bury police camera footage after an officer-involved shooting of a Black teenager, Laquan McDonald, in 2014. The scandal led him to withdraw his bid for a third term as mayor.  McDonald was shot 16 times by former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke -- who was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for the murder.  RAHM EMANUEL SAYS BIDEN ADMINISTRATION SHOULD HELP LAID OFF RETAIL WORKERS 'BECOME A COMPUTER CODER' The incident took place in the midst of Emanuel's second term run for office, and the...
    President Trump on Saturday questioned why President-elect Joe Biden was making Cabinet selections for his administration as Trump's campaign continued to mount legal challenges in several battleground states. “Why is Joe Biden so quickly forming a Cabinet when my investigators have found hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes, enough to 'flip' at least four States, which in turn is more than enough to win the Election?” Trump tweeted.Fast Facts on the 2020 election  Wisconsin is undergoing a recount and Saturday a Pennsylvania federal judge threw out another Trump lawsuit aimed at preventing the certification of the state's election results Biden said he has already chosen his treasury secretary and may make other cabinet announcements as early as next week. Trump's comments came as Wisconsin continued with its recount, and hours after a federal judge in Pennsylvania threw out another Trump lawsuit aimed at preventing the certification of that state's election results.  Biden has already selected some members of...
    President Trump took to Twitter Saturday to voice frustrations about Biden’s cabinet, as states continue to throw out his legal team’s allegations of election and voter fraud. “Why is Joe Biden so quickly forming a Cabinet when my investigators have found hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes, enough to “flip” at least four States, which in turn is more than enough to win the Election?” Trump said on Twitter. His comments come as Wisconsin continues with its recount, and hours after a Pennsylvania federal judge threw out another Trump lawsuit aimed at preventing the certification of the state's election results.  The decision by U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew Brann on Saturday is just the latest disappointment for the Trump campaign, which is struggling to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election. “Hopefully the Courts and/or Legislatures will have the COURAGE to do what has to be done to maintain the integrity of...
    By Ellen Knickmeyer and Matthew Daly | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Native Americans are urging President-elect Joe Biden to make history by selecting one of their own to lead the powerful agency that oversees the nation’s tribes, setting up one of several looming tests of Biden’s pledge to have a Cabinet representative of Americans. O.J. Semans is one of the dozens of tribal officials and voting activists around the country pushing the selection of Rep. Deb Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat and member of the Pueblo of Laguna, to become the first Native American secretary of the interior. Tell Semans, a member of the Rosebud Sioux, that a well-regarded white lawmaker is considered a front-runner for the job, and Semans chuckles. “Not if I trip him,” Semans says. African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans and other people of color played a crucial role in helping Biden defeat President...
    By Alexandra Jaffe | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden is moving quickly to fill out his administration and could name top leaders for his Cabinet as early as next week. Biden told reporters on Thursday that he’s already decided on who will lead the Treasury Department. That pick, along with his nominee for secretary of state, may be announced before Thanksgiving, according to people close to the transition who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The Cabinet announcements could be released in tranches, with groups of nominees focused on a specific top area, like the economy, national security or public health, being announced at once. Such a move is intended to deliver the message that Biden is intent on preparing for the presidency even as President Donald Trump refuses to concede and attempts to subvert the election results in key states....
    President-elect Joe Biden could name two of his most important Cabinet picks in the next few days, according to reports — aiming to solidify a transition that the current administration has not yet acknowledged. Biden’s choices for Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury may be revealed before Thanksgiving, sources told The Associated Press Saturday. Front-runners for the role of the nation’s top diplomat include Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, a longtime Biden confidant, and Antony Blinken, a foreign affairs adviser to Biden’s campaign who served in both the State Department and the National Security Agency under Presidents Obama and Clinton. Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is thought to top the list of potential Treasury Secretary candidates — despite mounting pressure from progressives who want an outspoken liberal, like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in the slot. Biden this week announced more than a dozen aides for his White...
    President-elect Joe Biden could name two of his most important Cabinet picks in the next few days, according to reports — aiming to solidify a transition that the current administration has not yet acknowledged. Biden’s choices for Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury may be revealed before Thanksgiving, sources told The Associated Press Saturday. Front-runners for the role of the nation’s top diplomat include Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, a longtime Biden confidant, and Antony Blinken, a foreign affairs adviser to Biden’s campaign who served in both the State Department and the National Security Agency under Presidents Obama and Clinton. Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is thought to top the list of potential Treasury Secretary candidates — despite mounting pressure from progressives who want an outspoken liberal, like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in the slot. Biden this week announced more than a dozen aides for his White House...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden is moving quickly to fill out his administration and could name top leaders for his Cabinet as early as next week.Biden told reporters on Thursday that he's already decided on who will lead the Treasury Department. That pick, along with his nominee for secretary of state, may be announced before Thanksgiving, according to people close to the transition who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.The Cabinet announcements could be released in tranches, with groups of nominees focused on a specific top area, like the economy, national security or public health, being announced at once.Such a move is intended to deliver the message that Biden is intent on preparing for the presidency even as President Donald Trump refuses to concede and attempts to subvert the election results in key states. Trump's roadblocks have undermined core democratic principles such as...
    WASHINGTON - Native Americans are urging President-elect Joe Biden to make history by selecting one of their own to lead the powerful agency that oversees the nation’s tribes, setting up one of several looming tests of Biden’s pledge to have a Cabinet representative of Americans.   O.J. Semans is one of dozens of tribal officials and voting activists around the country pushing selection of Rep. Deb Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat and member of the Pueblo of Laguna, to become the first Native American secretary of interior. Tell Semans, a member of the Rosebud Sioux, that a well-regarded white lawmaker is considered a front-runner for the job, and Semans chuckles.   “Not if I trip him,” Semans says.   African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans and other people of color played a crucial role in helping Biden defeat President Donald Trump. In return, they say they want...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Native Americans are urging President-elect Joe Biden to make history by selecting one of their own to lead the powerful agency that oversees the nation’s tribes, setting up one of several looming tests of Biden’s pledge to have a Cabinet representative of Americans. O.J. Semans is one of dozens of tribal officials and voting activists around the country pushing selection of Rep. Deb Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat and member of the Pueblo of Laguna, to become the first Native American secretary of interior. Tell Semans, a member of the Rosebud Sioux, that a well-regarded white lawmaker is considered a front-runner for the job, and Semans chuckles. “Not if I trip him,” Semans says. African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans and other people of color played a crucial role in helping Biden defeat President Donald Trump. In return, they say they want attention on problems...
    By ALEXANDRA JAFFE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is moving quickly to fill out his administration and could name top leaders for his Cabinet as early as next week. Biden told reporters on Thursday that he's already decided on who will lead the Treasury Department. That pick, along with his nominee for secretary of state, may be announced before Thanksgiving, according to people close to the transition who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The Cabinet announcements could be released in tranches, with groups of nominees focused on a specific top area, like the economy, national security or public health, being announced at once. Such a move is intended to deliver the message that Biden is intent on preparing for the presidency even as President Donald Trump refuses to concede and attempts to subvert the election results in key states....
    By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Native Americans are urging President-elect Joe Biden to make history by selecting one of their own to lead the powerful agency that oversees the nation’s tribes, setting up one of several looming tests of Biden’s pledge to have a Cabinet representative of Americans. O.J. Semans is one of dozens of tribal officials and voting activists around the country pushing selection of Rep. Deb Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat and member of the Pueblo of Laguna, to become the first Native American secretary of interior. Tell Semans, a member of the Rosebud Sioux, that a well-regarded white lawmaker is considered a front-runner for the job, and Semans chuckles. “Not if I trip him,” Semans says. African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans and other people of color played a crucial role in helping Biden defeat President Donald Trump. In...
    WASHINGTON – Native Americans are urging President-elect Joe Biden to make history by selecting one of their own to lead the powerful agency that oversees the nation’s tribes, setting up one of several looming tests of Biden’s pledge to have a Cabinet representative of Americans. O.J. Semans is one of dozens of tribal officials and voting activists around the country pushing selection of Rep. Deb Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat and member of the Pueblo of Laguna, to become the first Native American secretary of interior. Tell Semans, a member of the Rosebud Sioux, that a well-regarded white lawmaker is considered a front-runner for the job, and Semans chuckles. “Not if I trip him,” Semans says. African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans and other people of color played a crucial role in helping Biden defeat President Donald Trump. In return, they say they want attention on problems affecting...
    Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski seen flanking ... some guy. When Barack Obama was sworn in as president in 2009, Sen. Mitch McConnell had already set out the primary goal of the whole Republican Party as making Obama a “one-term president.” McConnell didn’t succeed in that goal, but he did block the appointment of hundreds of judges, including most notably Merrick Garland. That left Donald Trump with 105 openings to fill on the day he took office.  Since McConnell has now made it absolutely clear that nothing like courtesy, tradition, or rules still exist in the Senate, and preventing any possible success by the upcoming Joe Biden administration has already been nailed into place as Republican strategy, it seems reasonable to expect that McConnell has his circular ready to accept the resume of every possible nominee that Biden sends his way. In fact, McConnell could start the term out extra awfully...
    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said in an interview published Friday that it would be “enormously insulting” for President-elect Joe Biden to leave progressives out of his cabinet. “It seems to me pretty clear that progressive views need to be expressed within a Biden administration,” Sanders told The Associated Press. “It would be, for example, enormously insulting if Biden put together a ‘team of rivals’ — and there’s some discussion that that’s what he intends to do — which might include Republicans and conservative Democrats — but which ignored the progressive community.” Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren are at the top of progressives’ wish list to fill out a Biden cabinet. Sanders, who was Biden’s closest challenger in the Democratic presidential primary, said on Nov. 11 that he would be Biden’s Labor secretary if asked to join the administration. Warren is reportedly eyeing the top post at the Treasury Department....
    United Nations — Three crises — the global pandemic and its economic consequences, climate change, and the nuclear standoff with Iran — await President-elect Joe Biden at the United Nations. The diplomat he selects to fill the U.S. ambassador's seat at the world body will play a huge role in determining the success of his soon-to-be restored multilateral approach to these thorny issues, and many others. Conversations with former U.N. ambassadors, outside observers, and members of the Biden transition team reveal different views on the importance of the post.  Biden's Cabinet contenders come into focus "Everyone is looking for an 'Adlai Stevenson moment' to define values, grit, and purpose," former U.N. Ambassador and intelligence chief John Negroponte tells CBS News. "He played it so well."   Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Negroponte was referring to President John F. Kennedy's ambassador to the U.N., former Illinois Governor and presidential...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, leaders of the Democratic Party's left wing, are at risk of being excluded from the senior ranks of President-elect Joe Biden's administration as the incoming president balances the demands of his party's progressive base against the political realities of a narrowly divided Senate. The liberal New England senators remain interested in serving in Biden's Cabinet, but even some of their allies recognize they face major political hurdles getting there. Sensing disappointment, progressive leaders have reluctantly begun to express support for less-controversial alternatives. Warren, whose political career has been defined by efforts to diminish the power of big banks, is the progressive movement's top choice for Treasury secretary. Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, reiterated his desire to serve as Biden's Labor secretary on Thursday, describing himself as particularly well-suited "to focus on the many crises facing working families in this country." SENATE...
    Loading the player... Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, leaders of the Democratic Party’s left wing, are at risk of being excluded from the senior ranks of President-elect Joe Biden’s administration as the incoming president balances the demands of his party’s progressive base against the political realities of a narrowly divided Senate. The liberal New England senators remain interested in serving in Biden’s Cabinet, but even some of their allies recognize they face major political hurdles getting there. Sensing disappointment, progressive leaders have reluctantly begun to express support for less-controversial alternatives. Read More: Georgia Secretary of State to certify election for Biden Warren, whose political career has been defined by efforts to diminish the power of big banks, is the progressive movement’s top choice for Treasury secretary. Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, reiterated his desire to serve as Biden’s Labor secretary on Thursday, describing himself as particularly well-suited “to focus on the many crises...
    President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday said he has chosen who he will tap to become the country’s next treasury secretary, adding that they will be “accepted by all elements of the Democratic Party, from progressive to moderate.” Hide An announcement about the pick is reportedly expected “soon.” Hide NEWS: Joe Biden says he’s selected a treasury secretary and will soon announce the pick. “I’ve made that decision,” he says. “It’s someone who will be accepted by all elements of the Democratic Party, from progressive to moderate."— Matt Viser (@mviser) November 19, 2020 Biden’s boast that the pick will be “accepted by all elements” likely means it will be a politically safe choice, but a faction of the internet has a different idea in mind. Who is someone that would please every element within the party? Gritty. It shouldn’t come as a shock that the Philadelphia Flyers mascot...
    By STEVE PEOPLES, AP National Political Writer WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, leaders of the Democratic Party's left wing, are at risk of being excluded from the senior ranks of President-elect Joe Biden's administration as the incoming president balances the demands of his party's progressive base against the political realities of a narrowly divided Senate. The liberal New England senators remain interested in serving in Biden's Cabinet, but even some of their allies recognize they face major political hurdles getting there. Sensing disappointment, progressive leaders have reluctantly begun to express support for less-controversial alternatives. Warren, whose political career has been defined by efforts to diminish the power of big banks, is the progressive movement’s top choice for Treasury secretary. Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, reiterated his desire to serve as Biden's Labor secretary on Thursday, describing himself as particularly well-suited “to focus on the many crises...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden has expedited the selection of his Cabinet and is planning to make the first of several key announcements next week, an official said, as part of a concerted effort to show that he is moving forward despite President Donald Trump's increasingly brazen attempts to sabotage the election.On Thursday, Biden said he has settled on his choice for Treasury secretary, but officials said he's also reached a decision -- or is on the cusp of doing so -- on other critical Cabinet posts, a few of which are expected to be announced before Thanksgiving. Monday and Tuesday are being eyed as tentative days for the first introductions of members of Biden's Cabinet, an official said, with others coming later.Lael Brainard, a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, is seen as the top contender to lead the Treasury Department. If selected, she would become the...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is reportedly on President-elect Joe Biden’s list of Attorney General candidates. According to CBS News, Biden’s team is also looking at outgoing Alabama Democratic Senator Doug Jones, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Patrick ran for president briefly earlier this year after serving eight years as governor from 2007 to 2015. Before that he ran the Civil Rights Division as assistant attorney general during the Clinton administration. He’s also worked for investment firm Bain Capital, which CBS reported “could be a roadblock to confirmation.” With so many other Cabinet positions to fill, Biden isn’t expected to make a decision on his attorney general for several weeks.
    Wilmington, Delaware — With a little more than 60 days until inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden does not appear to be in a hurry to name nominees for top Cabinet positions. But that isn't stopping speculation — or the jockeying to serve in his administration.  Close Biden loyalists are expected to be rewarded with top appointments, while former primary rivals Pete Buttigieg and Senator Bernie Sanders continue to express interest in top jobs, both publicly and through Biden aides involved in the process. Transition officials initially envisioned Buttigieg as veterans affairs secretary, but he is now under consideration for a foreign policy role. Several people familiar with the ongoing process also say that diversity — of age, gender, race and ideology – will be an important factor in making final decisions, more so than in previous Democratic presidential transitions.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Mr. Biden's ultimate selections...
    Liberal Democrats warned they would wage a pressure campaign on Joe Biden if he won the White House, and they're not waiting until Inauguration Day. Though President Trump has declined to concede, liberals are busy needling Biden about appointing like-minded Democrats to his Cabinet and other administration posts. And they're putting the president-elect in a bind. Biden appears to have won more than 270 electoral votes thanks, in part, to the support and activism of more liberal Democrats who "settled" for him over Trump. But centrist Democrats, independents, and disenchanted Republicans are also members of his broad coalition. And if both the Senate Democratic candidates running in Georgia's runoffs are defeated in January, as history predicts, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will preside over Biden's confirmation processes. Republican strategist Alex Conant, who advised Marco Rubio's 2016 presidential campaign on communications, said Biden's apparent victory earned him political capital with...
    Republicans are planning to obstruct Joe Biden, despite his massive election win. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said on Wednesday that the Senate should stop the tradition of granting deference to Cabinet nominees offered by President-elect Joe Biden. Rubio justified his position by claiming that Democrats "have been just so unfair" to Donald Trump. "There'll be a lot less deference given to presidential appointments because there was zero deference given to President Trump's appointments," Rubio told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. Rubio added, "There's just no way that Biden's nominations are going to be treated like they traditionally have been treated under previous presidents, simply because the atmosphere in the Senate has changed."
    (CNN)The transition time between one presidential administration and the next is always frenetic, fast-paced and full of some uncertainty as campaigns try to morph into governments. Doing it during a surging pandemic and an economic downturn makes it even more important to hand things over the right way. President Donald Trump on one hand blocking President-elect Joe Biden and on the other not seeming to do much actual presidential work is not the right way. There is plenty of alarm about Trump's functional denial of his election loss. And many experts are raising serious concerns about what Biden's team is missing out on -- briefings, payroll, office space and more -- as it waits for frivolous lawsuits to be dismissed and for Trump to come to terms with his stinging defeat. Biden Transition Former Black caucus chair Cedric Richmond expected to leave Congress and join Biden White House Biden...
    Reuters November 17, 2020 0 Comments  U.S. environmental activists are heaping pressure on Democratic president-elect Joe Biden to avoid cabinet appointees with fossil fuel ties, with one group on Tuesday slamming his pick of a congressman who received donations from the oil and gas industry. The pressure reflects the environmental lobby’s desire to push the incoming administration to take aggressive measures to combat climate change, after outgoing Republican President Donald Trump downplayed global warming and rolled back green regulation hampering the drilling industry. “Today feels like a betrayal,” said Sunrise Movement president Varshini Prakash, reacting to Biden’s appointment of Cedric Richmond as director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, a role that liaises with outside groups such as activists. Richmond, a Louisiana congressman, was a co-chair of Biden’s presidential campaign and, according to Open Secrets which keeps a database of political funding records, has received $340,750 from...
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said he can’t imagine a Republican Senate confirming former Obama administration official Susan Rice to any position in Joe Biden’s administration, comparing her to Typhoid Mary. Asked on the Hugh Hewitt Show whether he could see Biden nominating Rice as secretary of state, and whether he would support such a nomination, Cotton said, “Well given the numerous blunders Joe Biden has made as it relates to foreign policy over the span of his career, sure I can imagine him making that mistake.” “But no, I cannot imagine a Republican Senate confirming Susan Rice to any position,” he added. “Remember, Susan Rice is the Typhoid Mary of the Obama administration foreign policy. Every foreign policy disaster of the Obama administration, you know — from the Libya war in 2011 which is still raging today, to the Iran Nuclear Deal, to sticking the FBI and the intelligence...
    Reuters November 17, 2020 0 Comments President-elect Joe Biden will focus on shaping his core White House team on Tuesday while outgoing President Donald Trump presses on with his increasingly tenuous legal fight to reverse his loss in the U.S. election. Several of Biden’s senior campaign staff have been discussing their roles in the transition and the new administration that takes over Jan. 20. Some roles could be announced as soon as Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the matter. U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond, who was a national co-chair of Biden’s campaign and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, is expected to join the administration in a senior capacity, as is Steve Ricchetti, who has long been a close adviser to Biden, the person said. Richmond’s move would leave his Louisiana congressional seat open. Jen O’Malley Dillon, who was brought in early this year as Biden’s campaign...
    Washington (CNN)Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond is expected to join President-elect Joe Biden's White House staff in a senior role, departing the New Orleans-area House of Representatives seat he has held since 2011, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN. Richmond, the 47-year-old former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, was a co-chair of Biden's presidential campaign and a close ally during the 2020 race. Biden Transition People of color make up nearly half of Biden transition team Seven Trump health care measures that Biden will likely overturn Fauci: 'It would be better' if government health officials could start working with incoming Biden-Harris administration MAP: Full election results Richmond is set to hold a news conference on Tuesday morning in New Orleans. CNN previously reported Richmond was thought to be under consideration for several roles in the West Wing.South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, the influential congressman whose endorsement helped Biden...
    Barack Obama appears to have ruled out a job in Joe Biden's cabinet as he joked that wife 'Michelle would leave me.' The 44th President of the United States has been on a media blitz to promote his multi-million dollar memoir and appeared in an interview with Gayle King on Sunday. Asked whether he'd lend a hand to his old running-mate, Obama replied: 'He doesn't need my advice, and I will help him in any ways that I can. Now, I'm not planning to suddenly work on the White House staff or something.' Susan Rice and Michelle Flournoy are among some of the veteran Obama staffers who are considering stepping into the Biden camp. But Obama told CBS: 'There are some things I would not be doing because Michelle would leave me. She'd be like, what? You're doing what?'  Asked whether he'd lend a hand to his old...
    Madison Summers November 16, 2020 0 Comments Former President Barack Obama will not be joining President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet. The former president was asked during a CBS “Sunday Morning” interview what his advice is for his former running mate, to which he said, “He doesn’t need my advice. I will help him in any way that I can now.” “But I’m not planning to suddenly work on the White House staff or something,” Obama added. He was then jokingly asked by CBS’ Gayle King, “No cabinet position for you, Mr. President?” Obama made it clear where he stands. “There are probably some things I would not be doing because Michelle would leave me,” he responded. “She’d be like, ‘What? You’re doing what?'” See Obama’s comments below (starting at 11:50): Biden was projected the winner on Nov. 7 by several major outlets. However, President Donald Trump has refused to...
    The Defense Department is one of three Cabinet agencies that have never been led by a woman. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to take a historic step and select a woman to head the Pentagon for the first time, shattering one of the few remaining barriers to women in the department and the presidential Cabinet. Michele Flournoy, a politically moderate Pentagon veteran, is regarded by U.S. officials and political insiders as a top choice for the position. Her selection would come on the heels of a tumultuous Pentagon period that has seen five men hold the top job under Donald Trump. The most recent defense secretary to go was Mark Esper, who was fired by Trump on Monday after pushing back on issues including troop withdrawals and the use of the military to quell civilian unrest.
    BERNIE Sanders has insisted his left-wing policies are backed by the majority of Americans - as he makes his pitch to join Joe Biden's cabinet. The veteran senator, who wants to be Labor Secretary, is pushing the President-elect to stick to his "progressive" policy agenda when he enters the Oval Office. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 4Bernie Sanders said most Americans back his 'far left agenda'Credit: CNN 4Sanders is pitching for a role in Joe Biden's cabinetCredit: AP:Associated Press Sanders, runner-up in the Democrat primary race, said he and Biden had agreed shared priorities on healthcare, the economy and climate change. He told CNN: "I fully expect the Biden administration will be advocating the proposals that they agreed to." And he claimed most voters would back his "far left" policies. He said: "I sometimes find it amusing when our opponents...
    Sen. Bernie Sanders claimed that Americans widely embrace a 'far-left agenda,' noting support for increased minimum wage and expanded healthcare. The Vermont lawmaker made the remarks to CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday during an appearance on State of the Union, in which he also confessed that he'd be willing to join the Biden-Harris administration. While speaking about implementing President-elect Joe Biden's progressive policies, Sanders recalled how their two teams met before the election to determine key issues. "I fully expect that the Biden administration will be advocating those proposals that they agreed to … We're going to fight to make sure that they're implemented."Sen. @BernieSanders on the future of progressive policies in the next administration. pic.twitter.com/Cfjs68Emnj— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) November 15, 2020 Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (right) told CNN's Jake Tapper (left) that raising the minimum wage and expanding healthcare are 'commonsense ideas' supported by most Americans ...
    Former President Barack Obama has ruled out taking on any formal position in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration — quipping that wife Michelle would leave him. “I will help him in any ways that I can. But now, you know, I’m not planning to suddenly work on the White House staff or something,” Obama told anchor Gayle King in a sit-down interview that aired Sunday on “CBS This Morning” King responded, saying, “No cabinet position for you, Mr. President?” “There are probably some things I would not be doing, ’cause Michelle would leave me. She’d be like, ‘What? You’re doin’ what?’” Obama joked. The former president said that he’s confident that Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will take office, despite President Trump still refusing to concede the race. He insisted that there’s “no legal basis” to Trump’s allegations of election fraud — to which King pointed out that the...
    Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: Biden team gears up for transition, Trump legal battles continue and pandemic rages on Biden could lose Georgia Senate races all by himself Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday was noncommittal on whether he would accept an appointment within President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenViolence erupts between counter-protestors, Trump supporters following DC rally Biden considering King for director of national intelligence: report Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year MORE’s administration.  “I talk to the Biden administration. I want to do my best in whatever capacity, as a senator or in the administration, to protect the working families of this country,” Sanders told CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperOvernight Defense: Another Defense official resigns | Pentagon chief says military 'remains strong' despite purge | Top contender for Biden DOD secretary would...
    Sen. Bernie Sanders said he has talked to the Biden transition team about becoming the labor secretary in the new administration. Last week, Sanders said that he would be willing to accept the position if President-Elect Joe Biden asked, but on CNN's State of the Union, Sanders confirmed that he was seeking the position. "Have you had any conversations with anyone from the Biden transition team about a possible Cabinet post?" Jake Tapper asked on Sunday. "I talked to the Biden administration," Sanders said. "I want to do my best in whatever capacity, as a senator or in the administration, to protect the working families in this country." On Wednesday, a longtime labor leader told CNN that Sanders had been reaching out to labor leaders seeking their support in his bid for the Cabinet position, including Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO flight attendants union. On...
    Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Joe Biden is piecing together what he has promised to be a diverse cabinet, with Michele Flournoy reportedly top choice for US defence secretary and Susan Rice considered a frontrunner for secretary of state. Flournoy was previously a senior defense adviser in Bill Clinton and Barack Obama’s administrations and is considered a political moderate. Since leaving government she has been involved in various consultancy roles around military contracts. The appointment, if confirmed by the US Senate, would end a tumultuous period under Donald Trump, who has had five male defense secretaries during his presidency. The latest, Mark Esper, was unceremoniously fired on Monday for, among other issues, disagreeing with the president over the use of force against civilian protesters. If she did become America’s first female defense secretary, Flournoy would potentially be faced with the task of deploying the military to distribute a Covid-19 vaccine....
    In his victory speech, President-elect Joe Biden preached unity.  "I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide but unify. Who doesn't see red states and blue states, only sees the United States,” he said. To supporters of President Trump, he offered: “Let’s give each other a chance.”  Will Biden consider Republicans for top spots?  In an administration that promises to put forth a “president for all Americans,” offering Republicans a slot risks enraging the left-wing of the Democratic Party.  Progressives sounded off when the Democratic National Convention featured a speech from former Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a former Trump opponent, who endorsed Biden.  Just before the DNC, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter: “It's important to remember that Kasich is an anti-choice extremist. He 100% will (and has) signed away our reproductive rights the moment he has the opportunity to do so. He is not a friend...