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    The Senate on Thursday confirmed Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Key vote for Haaland's confirmation | Update on oil and gas leasing | SEC update on climate-related risk disclosure requirements The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan Haaland courts moderates during tense Senate confirmation hearing MORE to lead the Energy Department, making her the latest Cabinet member to secure confirmation this week. Granholm, who served as governor of Michigan from 2003-2011, will be tasked with helping President BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video MORE transition the U.S. toward...
    President Joe Biden is “disappointed” with how slowly his cabinet nominees are being confirmed to their positions, but he doesn’t blame the Senate, he told reporters Wednesday. Biden made the statement in response to reporter questions following his signing of an economic executive order at the White House on Wednesday. He said he doesn’t blame opposition in the Senate for the slow pace, but rather blames former President Donald Trump for refusing to provide a “rational” transition. President Biden tells @stevenportnoy that he’s disappointed more of his cabinet nominees haven’t been confirmed. “But I don’t so much blame it on the senate, I blame it on the failure to have a transition that was rational,” Biden says. — Sara Cook (@saraecook) February 24, 2021 Trump and his administration went to great lengths to delay and slow down the transition process as the former president and his allies sought to...
    President Biden’s transition team raised more than $20 million, including donations from renowned business moguls and staples of the Hollywood celebrity circuit like George Soros, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Robert De Niro. The president’s team spent nearly $24.4 million through mid-February, according to data disclosed on Monday by the General Services Administration, but Biden also raised an astounding $22.1 million from private donors. Donald Trump, by contrast, raised $6.5 million and Barack Obama raised about $4 million. Transitions are typically paid for by a combination of public and private funds. Acceptance of government support is conditional upon agreeing to disclose donations, which are capped at $5,000 per individual. BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TRANSITION COST NEARLY $20M MORE THAN TRUMP'S Here’s a look at some of the major names who donated to Biden’s transition efforts: Left-wing billionaire George Soros ($5,000) DreamWorks cofounder Jeffrey Katzenberg: ($5,000) "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane ($5,000) Fmr. Virginia Gov. Terence McAuliffe...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden raised $22.1 million from private donors for his transition to the White House, more than three times the $6.5 million than Donald Trump collected for the same purposes four years ago, according to newly filed report.Biden's transition report, made public Monday by the General Service Administration, shows Biden spent even more -- $24 million -- as he readied to assume the presidency.Payroll expenses topped the list at $13.6 million, followed by travel and event expenses at a little more than $5 million.Bidens First 100 Days Democrats turn to Biden's agenda after impeachment trial Analysis: Biden's polling is steadier than Trump's Biden administration says 2 million Covid vaccine doses have been delivered after winter storms delay shipments The 1,021-page filing shows thousands of people contributed to the Biden effort. They include well-known figures who made the $5,000 maximum contribution, such as Chicago financier Mellody Hobson, producer...
    The far-left Politico reports that the far-left Axios has kept a reporter on the Biden beat even after she told Axios she was dating Biden’s transition spokesman. Here are the basics [emphasis original throughout]: OPEN SECRET – Axios has allowed one of its reporters to continue to write about Joe Biden after she disclosed in November that she is dating his transition spokesman and now White House deputy press secretary, TJ DUCKLO. ALEXI MCCAMMOND shifted in November to covering progressives, but some of her reporting has been more specific to Biden and his administration. The so-called Axios reporter in question is Alexi McCammond, and according to her own reporting, Axios has allowed her to continue to cover the White House longer after her admission to her employer about her relationship. And it sounds as though she is still on the Biden beat. Last month an Axios spokesperson claimed McCammond “had been taken off the...
    The Justice Department has signaled it wants acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia Michael Sherwin to stay on in some type of special prosecutor capacity to continue overseeing the Capitol breach investigation, sources familiar with the situation told Fox News. The news comes as the Biden administration is expected to ask U.S. attorneys appointed by President Trump to resign from their posts — with the exception of the prosecutor overseeing the tax probe tied to Hunter Biden, David Weiss for Delaware, and John Durham, who will continue in his role as special counsel investigating the origins of the Russia probe. Sherwin was appointed last year to the post during the Trump administration by then-Attorney General William Barr. US ATTORNEY HANDLING HUNTER BIDEN PROBE ASKED TO STAY ON, OFFICIALS SAY But sources told Fox News that while he will be asked to leave his post as acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, leadership...
    In the primaries, Joe Biden wasn’t the first choice of most climate hawks. For, example, the youth-led Sunrise Movement, which supports radical climate proposals, graded the top three candidates, putting Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in first and second place, Biden coming in third with a score less than half that of the two senators. But after Sanders ended his campaign in April and endorsed Biden, the two set up a unity task force that came up with far more ambitious climate-related plans. Consequently, although Sunrise never formally endorsed Biden, it encouraged its 10,000 members and other supporters to work on getting him elected. Said co-founder and executive director Varshini Prakash in July,  “We’ve seen a pretty huge transformation in Biden’s climate plan. What I’ve seen in the last six to eight weeks is a pretty big transition in upping his ambition and centering environmental justice.” Still not as far as Sunrise and other climate hawks...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is threatening to slap new sanctions on Myanmar after a coup that saw the military arrest the civilian leaders of its government. Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been a U.S. democracy promotion project for decades, though there have been recent and serious concerns about its backsliding into authoritarianism. Disappointment with former opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyii, who has been detained by the military, has run high. “The military’s seizure of power in Burma, the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian officials, and the declaration of a national state of emergency are a direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the rule of law,” Biden said in a statement. “In a democracy, force should never seek to overrule the will of the people or attempt to erase the outcome of a credible election. For almost a decade, the...
    A top epidemiologist who advised President Joe Biden's transition team on the coronavirus pandemic is calling for the US to alter its vaccination plan in the face of a potential 'hurricane' surge in coronavirus infections in the coming weeks.  Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, appeared on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday to outline the changes he said need to be made with the vaccine rollout.   He said the US should prioritize giving as many people as possible their first of two doses of the vaccine, instead of holding back a certain amount of shots for second doses.  Both vaccines currently in circulation - one from Pfizer and the other from Moderna - require two doses spaced out over a few weeks to achieve their full efficacy against the virus.  'We still want to get two doses in everyone,...
    As coal miners are forced to confront an energy transition era that could wipe out their declining industry, decades of generational dependence on fossil fuels and rural communities with limited capacity to evolve economies present one of the trickier labor market challenges for federal climate policy.Jim Urquhart | Reuters America has been here and done this before, with a spotty track record. Steel, timber, manufacturing. Market and political forces have reshaped — and in some cases, wreaked havoc on — local economies powered by a single industry. Now as the Biden administration outlines its climate change policies, one of the more challenging goals is making sure fossil-fuel driven economies, like coal towns from Appalachia to the Illinois Basin, tribal nations and Powder River Basin in the Western U.S., are not left behind. Amid the slew of executive orders on climate change signed by President Biden on Wednesday was an interagency...
    President Biden was the clear favorite of Twitter employees when it came to campaign donations during the 2020 election cycle. Twitter employees and their immediate family members donated $193,443 to the Biden campaign compared to $3,023 to the Trump campaign, records show. GOOGLE, MICROSOFT, VERIZON ON BIDEN INAUGURATION COMMITTEE DONOR LIST In fact, Biden was the largest recipient of Twitter-affiliated campaign donations during the 2020 election cycle. However, Twitter's employees don't rank anywhere near the top of Biden donors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies remotely during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Facebook and Twitter's actions around the closely contested election on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Washington.  (Bill Clark/Pool via AP) Their donations to Democrats versus Republicans was a 98% to 2% split. Twitter employees gave $783,990 to Democrats and $12,333 to Republicans. On top of that, Twitter gave Biden what Politico dubbed...
    (CNN)They dreamed of serving, and now they can after President Joe Biden lifted the Trump-era ban on most transgender Americans joining the US military.Paulo Batista held onto his dream, even when it seemed impossible. Ever since high school, Batista wanted to join the military and serve his country, inspired by his father's time in the Air Force. "My father is a first-generation immigrant," said Batista. "This was some way to pay back and show love for the country. It was embedded in me, and it became a passion."Batista joined the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) at his Florida school, but when it came time to enlist, his father needed him. Batista's father was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and he put his own life on hold to care for his family. But he made his father a promise: he too would join the military and serve his country.Biden lifts transgender...
    DONALD Trump's national security team reportedly started working with Joe Biden's transition group before the election. O'Brien confirmed the early conversations in a "Passing the Baton 2021" meeting on Friday morning. 1O'Brien made the comments on FridayCredit: AP:Associated Press The National Security Adviser also claimed that his department started to work with the Biden transition team earlier than others. O'Brien also suggested that they were working together before the results of the 2020 election were determined. Most read in NewsSIGNING BLITZBiden under fire for signing over 40 orders to 'undo damage Trump has done'SLAIN ARTIST'Beyonce's rapper cousin' shot dead at Texas apartment'DUPED''QAnon Shaman' 'willing to testify at Trump impeachment after feeling "betrayed"'RAPE HELLSoldier who raped mum as daughter slept said her clothes were 'an invite' for sexTERROR TWINSWest faces DOUBLE threat as ISIS and al-Qaeda plot bloodthirsty resurgenceSOMETHING STINKSCovid sufferers left disgusted at certain smells & feeling sick for months...
    Are two masks better than one? What the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform NextEra, FirstGroup to Electrify School Buses, a Biden Goal (Bloomberg) -- Clean-energy giant NextEra Energy Inc. announced a plan to electrify thousands of school buses, capitalizing on President Joe Biden’s goal of accelerating the green transition. © Bloomberg Navistar International Corp. school buses are seen reflected in the window of a bus stored at the San Diego Unified School District Transportation Department in San Diego, California, U.S., on Thursday, July 9, 2020. The U.S. economy is caught in the middle of President Trump's tug-of-war to reopen schools -- and could end up damned no matter what happens. NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of the company, has agreed to work toward a joint venture with international bus and rail company FirstGroup to transition tens of thousands of public transit vehicles in the U.S....
    More than two-thirds of Americans approve of President Biden’s response to the coronavirus pandemic days after he was inaugurated, according to a poll released on Sunday. The ABC News/Ipsos poll determined that 69 percent of respondents approved of Biden’s handling of the pandemic in his first few days as president, a difference from former President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE’s mostly underwater ratings on the same issue. The president’s approval includes 40 percent of Republicans, 97 percent of Democrats and 70 percent of independents. The highest percentage of support that Trump had earned came from 55 percent of Americans in mid-March last year, including 30 percent of Democrats.   Specifically, the administration received 81 percent approval for an executive order signed on...
    t is disappointing that with less than a full week in office, the Biden administration seems intent on misrepresenting Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration program to develop and distribute safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics — a program with success unparalleled in the history of public health. In reporting on COVID vaccination efforts, CNN quoted anonymous Biden administration officials claiming they were left no vaccine distribution plan. One official CNN quoted said: "There is nothing for us to rework. We are going to have to build everything from scratch." This statement is demonstrably false. Fortunately, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and someone I worked with closely, has publicly contradicted this. FAUCI DEBUNKS CNN REPORTING, SAYS BIDEN'S VACCINE ROLLOUT NOT 'STARTING FROM SCRATCH' As of Sunday morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 41.4 million doses of...
    Bracelets to prove that one underwent the diagnostic test. The mandatory use of the mask. The distance between the desks. The clearest signs that there is a new boss in the White House are public health measures due to the coronavirus. It’s in stark contrast to Donald Trump’s White House, which was the epicenter of no fewer than three COVID-19 outbreaks, the true magnitude of which remains unknown as aides refused to speak publicly about it. While the Trump administration was characterized by disregarding safety recommendations, Biden’s team is determined to apply the strict regulations that they ask all Americans to stop the transmission of the virus. It is part of an overall campaign by President Joe Biden to lead by example, an ethic he applied during his presidential campaign and with his transition team. “One of the great tragedies of the Trump administration was its refusal to acknowledge that...
    Bracelets to prove that one underwent the diagnostic test. The mandatory use of the mask. The distance between the desks. The clearest signs that there is a new boss in the White House are public health measures due to the coronavirus. It’s in stark contrast to Donald Trump’s White House, which was the epicenter of no fewer than three COVID-19 outbreaks, the true magnitude of which remains unknown as aides refused to speak publicly about it. While the Trump administration was characterized by disregarding safety recommendations, Biden’s team is determined to apply the strict regulations that they ask all Americans to stop the transmission of the virus. It is part of an overall campaign by President Joe Biden to lead by example, an ethic he applied during his presidential campaign and with his transition team. “One of the great tragedies of the Trump administration was its refusal to acknowledge that...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s just day one, but it is clear the Biden administration has hit the ground running with a call for unity. Miami-Dade College History and Sociology Professor Jairo Ledesma said the transition of power came when it was needed the most. “The message that the Biden administration did yesterday through the inauguration was very important, because it was a message of unity – especially considering the events of January 6th,” Ledesma said. Professor Ledesma cites a tumultuous four years as reason for President Joe Biden to stress the importance of a truly United States of America. “I think the Biden administration was very purposeful in wanting to demonstrate, especially in this moment, where we brought people together, it had to be something inclusive,” he said. “Inclusive for the billionaire, as well as the frontline worker.” While much of the celebration of the new president took place virtually...
    President Biden is bringing in Silicon Valley executives into his new administration, in contrast to the Trump administration, which had an occasionally hostile relationship with such companies. At least 10 different Biden transition team members or advisers previously worked at tech giants like Twitter, Facebook, and Google. Furthermore, several transition team members worked in the Obama administration before joining one of the tech firms and then later joined the Biden team. This has led to GOP accusations that Big Tech companies are in cahoots with the Democratic Party. Tech companies also face allegations of partisanship through censorship. Former President Donald Trump has a more contentious relationship with Big Tech companies, especially after being banned by most social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube in the past two weeks after the violent Capitol attack on Jan. 6. There were very few high-level tech executives who worked in the...
    Former presidents Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTrump stock performance falls short of Obama, Clinton Press: Biden must go big and bold The challenge of Biden's first days: staying focused and on message MORE, George W. Bush and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHoward University's marching band to escort Harris at inauguration Lloyd Austin is the right nominee for defense secretary and the right leader for this moment Trump seeks to box-in Biden with executive actions MORE reflected on the inauguration of President Biden on Wednesday, highlighting the imperativeness of a peaceful transition of power in a video message broadcast on the evening Biden was sworn in as the 46th commander-in-chief. "Inaugurations signal a tradition of a peaceful transfer of power that is over two centuries old," Obama said. Their remarks came as former President TrumpDonald TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected...
    Two weeks after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol building calling for his death, former Vice President Mike Pence helped bolster the image of a peaceful transfer of power, skipping a farewell ceremony for former President Donald Trump and instead joining incoming President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the U.S. Capitol for their inauguration. Pence applauded Harris as she arrived at the event. But signs of the Jan. 6 chaos that forced Pence and Harris into hiding were evident in the perimeter fences barricading the events and close to 25,000 National Guard troops protecting the vicinity. Though attendees stood outside for the ceremony, they were surrounded by the open spaces of the National Mall, a departure from the crowds that typically pack the space. The largely peaceful day was a victory for Pence, who resisted Trump's pressure to overturn the election as he presided over the Electoral College...
    Ranking the five-year windows of every NFL team Clyburn: Bush called him a savior for boosting Biden What does DC look like on Inauguration Day? These iconic photos capture Bidens transition to the White House The United States ushered in a new era on Wednesday as Joe Biden was formally sworn in as the 46th president in an unprecedented Inauguration Day ceremony. © Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY A general view of the US Capitol before the 2021 Presidential Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the U.S. Capitol. There were musical performances and a speech from the new president, but the nation's Capitol was largely void of what is normally an Inauguration Day staple: crowds of people. Load Error Droves of Americans did not line the National Mall — instead flags, lights and thousands of security personnel did. Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your...
    Savannah Rychcik January 20, 2021 0 Comments Surgeon General Jerome Adams is revealing he has been asked by President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team to step down. “I’ve been asked by the Biden team to step down as Surgeon General. Its been the honor of my life to serve this Nation, and I will do all I can to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve and maintain health,” Adams wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. Ive been asked by the Biden team to step down as Surgeon General. Its been the honor of my life to serve this Nation, and I will do all I can to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve and maintain health. See my full statement at: https://t.co/pCkbpealt8— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) January 20, 2021 In a Facebook post, Adams recalled his experience as the 20th United States Surgeon General. He...
    Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden is enjoying a modest honeymoon as he begins his tenure in the White House. Sixty-eight percent of Americans say they approve of how Biden’s handled his presidential transition, according to a Gallup national poll conducted Jan. 4-15. That’s a slight rise from a 65% approval in Gallup’s December poll. CLICK HERE FOR FOX NEWS LIVE UPDATES ON THE BIDEN INAUGURATION Biden’s transition approval is the same as fellow Democrat Bill Clinton when he was inaugurated as president in Jan. 1933, and slightly higher than the 61% approval Republican George W. Bush had in Gallup polling when he was sworn in as president in Jan. 2001. Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Jill Biden holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(Saul...
    Iowa Man Faces New Charges Over Shooting Black Teen At Trump Rally New Covid-19 cases in the US declined 11% after hitting a peak last week Photos marking the transition of power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden The nation on Wednesday is witnessing the transfer of power from outgoing GOP President Donald Trump to incoming Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. Inauguration Day comes two weeks after the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump extremists. Trump broke from precedent by refusing to attend Biden's inauguration ceremony. © Provided by CNBC American flags decorate the The nation on Wednesday is witnessing the transfer of power from outgoing GOP President Donald Trump to incoming Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. Inauguration Day comes just two weeks after the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump extremists. Trump for months refused to accept the results of the 2020 election, citing debunked...
    Surgeon General Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsNebraska governor wrong on immigrant vaccinations State and federal officials wrestle over vaccine rollout, delays Overnight Health Care: Frustration builds over slow pace of vaccine rollout | Surgeon general tells states not to let priority guidelines slow vaccinations | COVID-19 test used by Congress could give false results, FDA warns MORE confirmed that the incoming Biden administration requested that he step down ahead of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration Sidney Powell withdraws 'kraken' lawsuit in Georgia MORE’s inauguration on Wednesday.  “Its been the honor of my life to serve this nation, and I will do all I can to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve and maintain health,” Adams tweeted Wednesday. I've been asked by the Biden team to step down as Surgeon General. Its been...
    In a statement released by Joe Biden’s transition team, a series of initiatives that he will undertake after assuming office as president of the United States were announced, among which the immediate stop to the construction of the wall with Mexico stands out. | 01/20/2021 | ionicons-v5-c06: 32 | . | Washington.- The President of USA, Joe biden, who will take office today in replacement of Donald Trump, will include among his first executive orders the return to the World Health Organization (who) and to Paris Agreement against climate change. This is reflected in a statement released by the transition team, where it is specified that the new Administration will also suspend the entry veto for residents of certain Muslim countries. Financial aid to the neediest families; strengthening the fight against the pandemic coronavirus and the economic crisis derived from it, are also on the long list of what...
    New York (CNN Business)At the moment Joe Biden is sworn in as the next president of the United States, another transition of power will take place on social media. On Wednesday, Biden and his team will gain access to a long list of official government accounts across the major social media platforms, including the @POTUS account on Twitter. With the tap of a button, the Biden administration will inherit a digital megaphone with the potential to make news and shape the public image of the US government.The transfer of these official accounts, which include not just those representing Biden and the White House but nearly every arm of government, has emerged as an important aspect of the broader transition of power, especially after Twitter became the favored online platform of President Donald Trump."It certainly has a big symbolic value," said David Lazer, a political science and computer sciences professor at...
    New York : In his first address as President 46 of the United States, President-elect Joe biden will address the importance of the unity that the country needs, in the midst of the political and social crisis, as well as in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. “He will speak about the need to unite the country during a time of unprecedented crisis”, advanced an adviser to President-elect Biden. “He will reach out to all Americans and call on all citizens to help overcome the extraordinary challenges we all face.” The event will begin at 11:00 am, where President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala harris will be sworn in by the president of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, and the judge of the highest court Sonia Sotomayor. “Your comments will be a vision of the future for your presidency, while addressing the moment we live as a country”, advanced...
    A view of the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, ahead of the 59th Presidential Inauguration on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool) It’s set to be an inauguration like no other. In a city on high alert and amid a global pandemic, President-elect Joe Biden is set to take the oath of office Wednesday, becoming the 46th president of the United States. Biden will take the oath of office from the same Capitol steps overrun by a mob of Trump supporters exactly two weeks ago, seeking to disrupt lawmakers from formally counting the electoral votes that affirmed Biden’s victory in last fall’s presidential contest. The inauguration, a time-honored tradition of the American political system, comes amid unprecedented security following the deadly siege of the Capitol. Thousands of National Guard troops from across the country are on patrol, the National Mall is fenced off to visitors and revelers asked...
    Sen. John Cornyn on Tuesday pressed incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki on how the Biden administration will handle the migrant caravan headed to the U.S. from Central America after she announced the new president would tighten international travel limits on the pandemic.  The exchange came after President Trump in an executive order Monday said that the U.S. would roll back travel restrictions imposed last year for air passengers who recently were in the United Kingdom, Europe and Brazil. The restrictions would be lifted on Jan. 26, the same date as a new requirement for a negative coronavirus test for air travelers into the United States would go into effect. The reasoning behind the lifting of the earlier restrictions, according to Trump's order, was that the U.S. can expect those jurisdictions to comply with the new requirement for a negative test.  BIDEN CONFRONTED WITH CARAVAN CHALLENGE AS HE TAKES OFFICE, GOP...
    The inauguration ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, scheduled for noon on January 20, 2021, will be primarily virtual. The transition team has announced that the format will be similar to that held during the Democratic National Convention, which included the participation of people from different parts of the country. Miamimundo / Univision All this in accordance with the restriction measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which on the eve of Biden becoming the 46th president of the United States, has already caused nearly 400,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic, in the spring 2020. Instead of the traditional parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, the president will take a walk through the Capitol with a small group from the White House, and his inauguration committee sent an email for supporters to send messages from across the country celebrating “the heroes of United States,...
    The Biden-Harris transition team announced Tuesday the creation of the White House Gender Policy Council, a federal effort to “guide and coordinate government policy” on issues impacting women and girls. The transition team stated in a press release that the White House Gender Policy Council will focus on a broad range of issues including economic security, healthcare and gender violence. The new policy council will also work in cooperation with similar entities such as the Domestic Policy Council and National Economic Council. NEW: Biden team announces formation of White House Gender Policy Council. https://t.co/hosKvLprpP pic.twitter.com/bjViut2S9H — Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) January 19, 2021 “The work of this council is going to be critical to ensuring we build our nation back better by getting closer to equality for women and to the full inclusion of women in our economy and our society,” said President-elect Joe Biden. “All Americans deserve a fair...
    (CNN)The Biden transition team has declined to give outgoing acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller office space and resources for his transition out of the role, according to a Biden transition official. In the past it has been a courtesy to provide transitioning office space and resources to departing secretaries of defense."Given Mr. Miller's acting capacity in that role, as well as reduced staffing and occupation of the Pentagon and auxiliary offices during Covid-19, we deemed it appropriate not to extend that perk in this instance," the official said. Miller was named acting secretary on November 9.CNN has asked the Department of Defense for comment.Biden Transition Analysis: What does Biden's diverse Cabinet mean for a divided country Biden crafts inaugural address to unify a country in crisis Biden administration braces for new wave of migrants as it rolls out new immigration plans MAP: Full presidential election results The...
    Savannah Rychcik January 19, 2021 0 Comments President-elect Joe Biden’s daughter, Ashley Biden, is offering her opinion on First Lady Melania Trump’s move to break transition protocol. “Today’s” Jenna Bush Hager asked Ashley Biden if her mother has heard from Melania Trump about doing the traditional protocols. “No, I don’t think they’re doing the traditional protocol, which is unfortunate, but I think we’re all okay with it,” Ashley Biden said. Watch her remarks below: “No, I dont think theyre doing the traditional protocol, which is unfortunate, but I think were all OK with it.” -Ashley Biden says Melania Trump is joining with President Trump in breaking with traditional protocol when it comes to the presidential transition pic.twitter.com/hS4drJ7QaB— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 19, 2021 The first lady delivered her farewell address on Monday, as IJR previously reported. “It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as First...
    (CNN)Joe Biden's transition team found a culture of coronavirus skepticism within Donald Trump's federal government as they prepared to take office, sources close to the Biden transition told CNN, with political appointees loyal to the President reflecting his dismissiveness of public health guidelines and sometimes mocking career employees for wearing masks.The findings from Biden's agency review teams are some of the earliest readouts from the Biden officials who were tasked with preparing for the new administration and signal one of the most apparent early changes that the incoming administration will make. They observed a federal bureaucracy devoid of clear leadership on the pandemic, the sources said. The Biden transition was subject to some of these unclear guidelines, as well, with one source describing awkward moments within some agencies where the Biden team would try to avoid large in-person meetings as the political leadership at those same agencies would schedule gatherings...
    Twitter is "actively working" with the U.S. government to support the transition of accounts from the Trump administration to the Biden administration, Fox News has learned, which will take place Wednesday after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as 46th president of the United States. "As President-elect Biden is sworn in tomorrow, Twitter will facilitate the transfer of institutional White House Twitter accounts, such as @WhiteHouse, @POTUS, @VP, @FLOTUS, and @PressSec," a Twitter spokesperson told Fox News. TWITTER SUSPENDS @REALDONALDTRUMP AFTER CAPITOL RIOT The spokesperson told Fox News that Twitter, as they did in 2017 during President Trump’s inauguration, is working to "support the archival and transition of Twitter accounts across administrations." The spokesperson said Twitter will transfer current accounts to the National Archives and Records Administration, where the tweets and account history "will remain publicly available and the account usernames will be updated to reflect their archived status." VideoPresident Trump’s...
    Donald Trump continues to ignore the norms of an 'orderly transition.' Donald Trump has spent his final days in office issuing a series of orders intended to take effect after the swearing-in of President-elect Joe Biden. While Trump's decrees are unlikely to have any real effect, they are yet another move that gives the lie to his promise of a smooth transition. After months of denying Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election and after a deadly attempted coup by his supporters at the U.S. Capitol, Trump issued a statement on Jan. 7 grudgingly accepting that he would have to leave office: "Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th."
    President Donald Trump continues to face sharp public disapproval for his handling of the presidential transition. As Trump prepares to leave the White House Wednesday without participating in inaugural ceremonies for his successor, 70 per cent of Americans disapprove of his handling of the transition. The period includes a tumultuous two months where Trump lost the election, contested the results, called the election rigged, and spoked to supporters who went on to storm the Capitol. He also got impeached in the House, with 10 House Republicans joining the 232 lawmakers who passed an article charging him with 'incitement of insurrection.' As President Donald Trump prepares to leave office Wednesday, 70 per cent of Americans disapprove of his handling of the transition Trump's favorability rating is just 33 per cent, with only 34 per cent approving of his job as president, according to a CNN / SSRS poll.  President-elect Joe...
    Over two-thirds of Americans said they approve of how President-elect Joe Biden has handled the unprecedented transition period, according to a Gallup poll released a day before he takes his oath of office. Additionally, 39% of Americans said that Biden’s Cabinet nominees were either “outstanding” or “above average,” while only 27% of Americans gave them an unfavorable rating, the poll showed. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were viewed favorably by 57% and 53% of Americans, respectively. The transition has been marked by a series of turbulent events, ranging from dozens of unsuccessful election challenges spearheaded by President Donald Trump to the violent riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Democrats and multiple Republicans accused Trump of inciting the violence, and he was impeached for the second time on Jan. 13. (RELATED: 10 Republicans Voted To Impeach Trump) A group of Virginia National Guard patrol around the razor wire fence surrounding the...
    A majority of Americans approves of how President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil MORE has handled the transition process since winning the November election, according to a pair of new polls released just before his inauguration.  Approximately 68 percent of Americans surveyed in a Gallup poll published early Tuesday said they approve of Biden's handling of his presidential transition, while nearly four in 10 said his decisions on key Cabinet appointments have been "outstanding" or "above average." A CNN poll, meanwhile, found that 66 percent of respondents indicated that they approve of Biden's handling of the transition process.   Gallup noted that the rating of Biden's transition process is higher than the marks President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting...
    Rod Graves: Disparity in opportunities for Black coaches is “mind-boggling” Presidential inauguration trivia youve never heard Dow set to rise over 200 points as markets ready for transition to Biden from Trump © Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images MARKET SNAPSHOT Load Error Stock-market index futures on Tuesday were set to rally, with investors looking ahead to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and fourth-quarter quarterly results set to kick into higher gear, featuring the likes of Bank of America, Goldman Sachs Group and Netflix. Investors were also awaiting testimony from Janet Yellen, who is scheduled to speak before the Senate Finance Committee at 10 a.m. Eastern, as a part of her nomination for Treasury Secretary under the new administration. Markets were closed on Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Read: Biden’s ‘rescue America’ plan is big. How its trillions could help both...
    Rhode Island, Duquesne meet in conference play Presidential inauguration trivia youve never heard Dow set to rise over 200 points rise as markets ready for transition to Biden from Trump © Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images MARKET SNAPSHOT Load Error Stock-market index futures on Tuesday were set to rally, with investors looking ahead to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and fourth-quarter quarterly results set to kick into higher gear, featuring the likes of Bank of America, Goldman Sachs Group and Netflix. Investors were also awaiting testimony from Janet Yellen, who is scheduled to speak before the Senate Finance Committee at 10 a.m. Eastern, as a part of her nomination for Treasury Secretary under the new administration. Markets were closed on Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Read: Biden’s ‘rescue America’ plan is big. How its trillions could help both Wall Street...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden will take office Wednesday with high expectations and largely positive reviews of how he has handled the transition, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS. But those rosy assessments of Biden come as negative perceptions of how things are going in the United States are at the highest level since 2009. Biden will take office with a store of goodwill in his corner: Two-thirds of Americans approve (66%) of the way Biden is handling the presidential transition, and his favorability rating has climbed 7 points compared with a pre-election poll in October (59% view him favorably now, compared to 52% then). The public is less positive about the way the rest of elected Washington is handling the transition. Most disapprove of President Donald Trump's combative handling of the time since the election (70% disapprove), and his fellow Republicans in Congress earn similarly negative reviews (66%...
    WASHINGTON -- Ahead of his inauguration, Americans by more than a 40-point margin approve of the way Joe Biden has handled the presidential transition -- but just half are confident he'll make the right decisions for the country's future, with muted expectations for his progress on key issues.As to the man he's replacing, 68% in this ABC News/Washington Post poll oppose President Donald Trump pardoning himself for any federal crimes he may be accused of committing. And 58% support Twitter's ban on Trump, muzzling the outgoing president on his main platform.Trump leaves office awash in controversy, as seen in results from this poll reported Friday. Biden enters on a better note: Two-thirds in this survey, produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates, approve of how he's handled the transition. That's 27 percentage points higher than Trump four years ago.EMBED More News Videos ABC News political analyst Matt Dowd spoke...
    President-elect Joe Biden will volunteer at a Philadelphia food bank Monday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Biden, joined by incoming First Lady Jill Biden, will pack boxes at Philabundance, a food bank in South Philadelphia in the later morning hours before meeting with his transition team. The boxes of food will be distributed in Philadelphia itself and Delaware County, which sits in between Biden’s home of Wilmington, Del., and the City of Brotherly Love. In a video posted Sunday evening to his Twitter, Biden encouraged others to join him in volunteering Monday as part of the National Day of Service, both virtually and in person. Calling service “a fitting way to start to heal,” the incoming president encouraged Americans to take whatever actions they could to help others, such as paying for a virtual shopping cart at a food pantry or donating clothes to a homeless...
    More On: joe biden Jon Stewart, ‘Tarzan’ actor to lead ‘virtual parade’ for Biden inauguration Azar says Biden vaccine goal would be ‘squandering’ of opportunity Incoming national security adviser calls for Alexei Navalny’s release Trump leaving DC morning of Inauguration Day President-elect Joe Biden will volunteer at a Philadelphia food bank Monday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Biden, joined by incoming First Lady Jill Biden, will pack boxes at Philabundance, a food bank in South Philadelphia in the later morning hours before meeting with his transition team. The boxes of food will be distributed in Philadelphia itself and Delaware County, which sits in between Biden’s home of Wilmington, Del., and the City of Brotherly Love. In a video posted Sunday evening to his Twitter, Biden encouraged others to join him in volunteering Monday as part of the National Day of Service, both virtually and in person....
    A migrant caravan moving from Honduras toward the U.S. border called on the incoming Biden administration to honor their  "commitments" to the migrants moving north, citing the incoming administration's vow to ease Trump's restrictions on asylum. But on Sunday, an unnamed Biden transition official said that migrants hoping to claim asylum in the U.S. during the first few weeks of the new administration "need to understand they're not going to be able to come into the United States immediately," NBC News reports.  MIGRANT CARAVAN DEMANDS BIDEN ADMINISTRATION 'HONOR ITS COMMITMENTS' More than 1,000 Honduran migrants moved into Guatemala on Friday without registering as part of a larger caravan that left a Honduran city earlier in the day. The Associated Press reported that they are hoping for a warmer reception when they reach the U.S. border, and a statement issued by migrant rights group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, on behalf of the caravan, said it expects the Biden administration to...
    Washington, DC (CNN)A cohort of youth-led organizations has asked the incoming Biden administration to create official positions aimed at engaging younger Americans.The groups have drafted a memo asking the Biden administration to build an "Office of Young Americans" within the Executive Office of the President. They have also asked the administration to appoint a "Director of Youth Engagement" -- who they say should be a member of Gen Z -- to sit on the Domestic Policy Council and engage with the National Security Council. Additionally, they requested that the administration engage young Americans across all administration agencies and devote a specific person in the Office of Presidential Personnel to hiring young Americans into government."We come together as a diverse array of organizations led by and serving youth to call on the Biden-Harris administration to represent and reflect young people across the Executive Branch," the groups write in the memo, shared...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE’s transition team outlined dozens of executive actions the incoming administration is set to take in its first 10 days as it faces down some of the most serious crises in the nation’s modern history.  Ron KlainRon KlainThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history Biden's chief aide says president wants teams, no rivals Biden transition says more than half of 100 WH aides are people of color MORE, Biden’s incoming White House chief of staff, wrote in a memo released Saturday that the orders will...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump seemed to be a teflon president. It didn't matter how big things seem to get -- Trump's political career seemed to be impermeable. That was until Trump ran into President-elect Joe Biden. Now, Trump is just days away from leaving office and Biden is about to be inaugurated. Biden proved to be Trump's kryptonite and helped himself tremendously by doing something very simple: allowing Trump to be Trump. The President hogged the spotlight as he worried about Biden potentially defeating him. Some of the lowest points for Trump over the last two years revolved around Biden. First, there was the 2019 impeachment of Trump. It largely stemmed from him wanting Ukraine's president to investigate Biden ahead of the 2020 election. Read MoreBiden didn't do anything directly to cause Trump to commit the actions that led to his impeachment. Biden had merely announced he was running for president...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will introduce key members of their White House science team on Saturday afternoon at an event in Wilmington, Delaware, according to the transition team. Eric Lander is Biden's nominee for director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and will serve as a presidential science adviser. Biden is elevating the role of presidential science adviser to be a member of the Cabinet for the first time. Biden will introduce Alondra Nelson as the OSTP deputy director for science and society. He has also chosen Maria Zuber and Frances H. Arnold to serve as co-chairs of the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology. Kei Koizumi will be OSTP chief of staff, while Narda Jones will serve as OSTP legislative affairs director. Dr. Francis Collins will stay on as director of the National Institutes of Health. "Science will always be at...
            by Andrew Trunsky  President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Dr. David Kessler, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration and a member of his coronavirus advisory board, to lead the nation’s vaccination effort, the transition team announced Friday. Kessler, who will become the chief science officer of the COVID-19 response according to a press release from Biden’s transition website, led the FDA under Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He will be responsible for ensuring that Biden’s vaccination plan — which calls for 100 million vaccinations in 100 days — is successful. A Biden transition official told the Associated Press that Kessler’s role will succeed that of Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the chief advisor to Operation Warp Speed. Biden asked Slaoui on Wednesday to step down before he takes office on Jan. 20. Though Operation Warp Speed was instrumental in developing two effective coronavirus vaccines in record time, the federal...
    President-elect Joe Biden attributed inflexibility with coronavirus vaccine distribution under President Trump for his administration's failure to meet its inoculation target. "The process of establishing priority groups was driven by science, but the problem is implementation has been too rigid and confusing," Biden said Friday in Delaware. Trump's Operation Warp Speed aimed to vaccinate 20 million people from COVID-19 by the end of last year. As of Thursday, roughly 11 million were protected from the virus. During public remarks pitching his $400 billion national vaccination and testing program, Biden also scolded House Republicans who refused to wear masks during last week's deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol in his harshest terms yet. At least four Democratic lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus since they were held in a secure location with their colleagues during the siege. "What the hell's the matter with them? It's time to grow up," he...
    Vice President Mike Pence called Kamala Harris on Thursday, almost three months after the election was called for her and President-elect Joe Biden. He congratulated her and offered his assistance to his successor as vice president.  In the closing days of the administration, Pence appears to be filling a leadership void left by President Donald Trump, who has not reached out to Biden and said he won't attend the inauguration ceremony next week. Pence will be there.  Additionally, Pence and his wife Karen may have Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff to the Naval Observatory - the official residence of the vice president - before Wednesday's change in power, The New York Times reported.  It was the first time Pence and Harris had spoken since they debated one another during the campaign. It's also the first known contact between the elected members of the outgoing and incoming administrations. Conversations have happened...
    After refusing to acknowledge his defeat in the November 3 election, Donald Trump ended up promising a smooth transition, but he never congratulated Joe Biden. LUS President Donald Trump will leave Washington on Wednesday morning, hours before the inauguration of his Democratic successor Joe Biden, an official said on Friday on condition of anonymity. Donald Trump, who had announced several days ago that he would not attend Joe Biden’s swearing-in, will fly to his club in Mar-a-Lago in Florida where he intends to go. install. A smooth transition After having for more than two months refused to acknowledge his defeat in the election on November 3, Donald Trump ended up promising a smooth transition a few days ago, but he never congratulated Joe Biden. The “National Mall” closed to the public Joe Biden’s team and Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser have called...
    Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, President-elect Joe Biden's pick to serve as secretary of labor, gave millions of dollars to girlfriend Lorrie Higgins's employer, campaign filings showed. Walsh's mayoral campaign funneled close to $1.2 million to LB Strategies, where Higgins is employed as a fundraising consultant, according to the filings. The transactions were originally reported in March 2019. The payments, which have increased in size to $14,650 per month, amount to more than half of the company's political business since 2013, according to Fox News, which cited campaign filings. Megan Costello, a Walsh spokesperson, told the Boston Globe in 2019 that the small operation, including owner Laurie Bosio, is tasked with scheduling, managing, and attending his fundraisers, among other duties. While Walsh's contributions apparently do not violate campaign finance laws, some experts said that they could be viewed as preferential treatment by the public. “It's the kind of thing that voters...
    Several accounts from the Biden camp will then take over those usernames. Twitter will convert @Transition46 to @WhiteHouse, @PresElectBiden to @POTUS and so on. One username that won’t make the transition is @SecondLady. Instead, Harris’ husband, Douglas Emhoff, will use an account called @SecondGentleman. Twitter will archive @SecondLady as @SecondLady45, and the current handle won’t be in use for the time being. Unlike the 2017 transition, the new versions of those institutional handles won’t automatically hang on to their existing followers. If you follow any of those accounts, or the Biden camp ones that will be converted, you’ll see alerts and prompts about the switch, along with the option to follow the new versions.  Live streams of the inauguration ceremony will be available through Twitter’s US Elections Hub, as well as the @JCCIC and @BidenInaugural accounts. The hub will include lists, moments and recommendations of accounts to follow.
    Twitter said it will not transfer the followers from the @POTUS and @WhiteHouse Twitter accounts to President-elect Joe Biden when he assumes office, a reversal from 2017. As a result, the Biden transition team created an account Thursday night, @PresElectBiden, which the team said will become the next @POTUS account after President Trump's presidential Twitter feed is archived. "Folks — This will be the account for my official duties as President," the account tweeted. "At 12:01 PM on January 20th, it will become @POTUS. Until then, I'll be using @JoeBiden." Folks — This will be the account for my official duties as President. At 12:01 PM on January 20th, it will become @POTUS. Until then, I'll be using @JoeBiden. And while you're here, follow @FLOTUSBiden @SenKamalaHarris @SecondGentleman and @Transition46.— President-elect Biden (@PresElectBiden) January 15, 2021 Together, the two accounts have nearly 60 million followers, not accounting for...
    President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Dr. David Kessler, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration and a member of his coronavirus advisory board, to lead the nation’s vaccination effort, the transition team announced Friday. Kessler, who will become the chief science officer of the COVID-19 response according to a press release from Biden’s transition website, led the FDA under Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He will be responsible for ensuring that Biden’s vaccination plan — which calls for 100 million vaccinations in 100 days — is successful. A Biden transition official told the Associated Press that Kessler’s role will succeed that of Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the chief advisor to Operation Warp Speed. Biden asked Slaoui on Wednesday to step down before he takes office on Jan. 20. Though Operation Warp Speed was instrumental in developing two effective coronavirus vaccines in record time, the federal vaccination...
    In this photo illustration the official page of the President elect of the United States, Joe Biden, on Twitter seen displayed on a smartphone.Rafael Henrique | LightRocket | Getty Images Less than two weeks after President Donald Trump was kicked off his personal Twitter account, the institutional White House and POTUS accounts run by his administration will be turned over to President-elect Joe Biden. Twitter outlined its plans for Inauguration Day on January 20 in a blog post Thursday. Those plans include archiving several official accounts, transitioning the handles to the Biden team and staying abreast of any efforts to organize violence on the platform. But as Twitter prepares for the transfer, Biden's team has taken steps to build his following ahead of time. Twitter told the transition late last year that the official accounts would not automatically come with all of their existing followers, as they did when the...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenConfirmation hearing for Biden's DNI pick postponed Biden's Sunday inauguration rehearsal postponed due to security concerns: report Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again MORE is tapping former Food and Drug Administration commissioner David Kessler to serve as chief science officer of the COVID-19 response and help spearhead federal efforts to vaccinate millions of Americans, the transition team announced Friday. Kessler co-chaired Biden’s coronavirus task force during the transition and worked as FDA commissioner from 1990-1997 under Presidents George W. Bush and Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBiden's chief aide says president wants teams, no rivals Upton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents Arizona's GOP governor to attend Biden inauguration MORE. Kessler will replace Dr. Moncef Slaoui, who is currently leading Operation Warp Speed, the vaccination program started under the Trump administration.  Kessler will be a key player...
    President-elect Joe Biden will no longer take an Amtrak train to Washington ahead of Inauguration Day next week, according to a person familiar with the plans. It is not yet clear how Mr. Biden will travel to the inauguration.   As of Tuesday, the Biden team was still planning the train arrival event, CBS News was told. But the sudden change in plans came as the president-elect was briefed on Wednesday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Secret Service about security concerns surrounding Inauguration Day, following the attack on the Capitol on January 6.  A spokesperson for Biden's inaugural committee declined to comment on the change of plans.    "The team is engaging with the current administration to gain as much information as possible on the threat picture, and on the preparations being put in place to deter and defend against violent disruptions or attacks," the Biden...
    Washington (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden has picked Dr. David Kessler, a former head of the US Food and Drug Administration, to lead federal Covid-19 vaccine efforts for the incoming administration, Biden's presidential transition team announced Friday.Kessler, who is currently the co-chair of the Biden transition's coronavirus task force, will help lead Operation Warp Speed in the new role, helming the group that began under President Donald Trump to speed up vaccine development and distribution. Biden Transition Biden proposes $1.9 trillion vaccination and economic rescue legislative package Biden puts $2,000 stimulus payments back in play Biden taps Lisa Monaco as homeland security adviser to inauguration amid rising threats MAP: Full presidential election results Kessler previously led the FDA under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.Kessler will take over for Moncef Slaoui, who led the effort during the Trump administration.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    The director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, has reported this Thursday of the arrest of more than one hundred people suspected of participating in the assault on the Capitol last week, in which a mob of fans of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, stormed the headquarters of the Legislative Power in Washington. “Our stance is aggressive and will remain so during the inauguration. “, Wray has emphasized in relation to the close inauguration of president-elect, Joe Biden, on January 20, during a press conference held this Thursday in which the vice president of the United States, Mike Pence, was present. “In that regard, we and our partners have arrested more than a hundred people for their criminal activities in the siege of the Capitol last week and we will continue with countless other activities related to these investigations“, he pointed out. Wray, whose low profile after the...
    The director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, reported this Thursday of the arrest of more than a hundred people suspected of participating in the assault on the Capitol last week, in which a mob of fans of the outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, stormed the headquarters of the Legislative Power in Washington. “Our stance is aggressive and will remain so during the inauguration”, Wray emphasized in relation to the close inauguration of president-elect, Joe Biden, on January 20, during a press conference held this Thursday in which the vice president of the United States, Mike Pence, was present. “In that regard, we and our partners have arrested more than a hundred people for their criminal activities in the siege of the Capitol last week and we will continue with countless other activities related to these investigations “, he pointed. Wray, whose low profile after the assault has...
    As President-elect Joe Biden’s Democratic allies work to convict President Donald Trump for incitement of insurrection, and as those working to pull off his inauguration weigh the importance of turning the page against the increasing fears of terrorist violence, Biden is trying to refocus attention back on the twin emergencies to which Americans have grown accustomed over the past twelve months: the coronavirus pandemic and the economic calamity being left in its wake. On Thursday night, Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion rescue package that, he said, would fund vaccination initiatives and provide much-needed fiscal relief. “It will tackle the pandemic and get direct financial relief to Americans who need it the most,” Biden said of the relief package, titled the “American Rescue Plan,” which rivals the $2 trillion CARES Act passed by Congress last year. “We cannot afford inaction.” Biden’s proposal is the latest attempt by the next president to...
    (CNN)Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that he is committed to "an orderly transition and to a safe inauguration," kicking off the start of a Federal Emergency Management Agency briefing."We all lived through that day of January the 6th, and -- as the President made clear yesterday -- we are committed to an orderly transition and to a safe inauguration. The American people deserve nothing less," Pence said at the beginning of the briefing.Last week, a pro-Trump mob incited by the President breached the US Capitol, and five people died as a result. President Donald Trump was impeached for the second time on Wednesday following his role in the insurrection, with 10 House Republicans joining their Democratic colleagues in the vote to impeach. He issued a highly scripted video message following the vote that did not mention impeachment but denounced violence in his name. Sources tell CNN he was pressured...
    As he takes office in the face of the most substantial set of crises facing any new president in almost a century, President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCotton: Senate lacks authority to hold impeachment trial once Trump leaves office Marjorie Taylor Greene says she will introduce impeachment articles against Biden ICE acting director resigns weeks after assuming post MORE is structuring an incoming administration around teams meant to break down the fiefdoms and silos that have at times vexed many of his predecessors. If Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWhere is the campus debate on immigration? Gerald Ford Foundation urges 'dignified' presidential transition Biden's new challenge: Holding Trump accountable MORE built his Cabinet as a team of rivals, Biden is building a team of allies. The Biden transition has structured its nominees and senior officials into policy pods, Cabinet members and policy coordinators introduced together over the course of the two-month transition, designed to...
    The usual festivities around the event, shelved this year for health and public safety reasons, will be replaced by a special, “Celebrating America”, broadcast after the swearing-in of Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Following the interpretation of Lady Gaga on the steps of the Capitol, Jennifer Lopez will perform a “musical performance”, said the committee. Both had supported Joe Biden during his campaign, and Lady Gaga, whom Joe Biden calls his “great friend”, had already performed at his last big meeting. When he was Barack Obama’s vice president, they worked together on a campaign against sexual harassment. After the ceremony, Joe Biden had already announced that he would go immediately to Arlington National Cemetery with three of his predecessors: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, to lay a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier and call for unity. In the evening, a television...
    The president of United States, Donald Trump said today that he will not participate in the inauguration of his successor, President-elect Joe Biden, hours after promising a peaceful transition of power. « To all those who asked, I will not go to the inauguration on January 20 »he tweeted. Just yesterday, the outgoing president had communicated that it will guarantee an « orderly transition of power » to the president-elect Joe biden, after condemning his supporters’ assault on the Capitol last Wednesday. Trump’s tweet. « America is and must always be a nation of law and order, the protesters who infiltrated in the Capitol they have desecrated the seat of American democracy, « said Trump, who has called for a transition of power » without problems « , after several weeks inflating unfounded accusations about electoral fraud in the presidential past. « For those who participated in the acts of violence and destruction, they do not...
    PHILADELPHIA -- President-elect Joe Biden will no longer take the Amtrak to Washington next week to be sworn in as president, two officials familiar with the planning tell CNN, a sudden change that comes amid dramatically heightened security surrounding the inauguration.A decision was made this week for Biden not to take the 90-minute ride from his namesake station in Wilmington, Delaware, officials said, with at least some of the concerns hinging on his arrival at Union Station in Washington, which is only blocks from the now heavily fortified US Capitol.Biden previously had instructed his team to keep moving forward with the plans for inauguration, including taking the Amtrak, and to not be deterred by the deadly riot at the US Capitol last week or by complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic.But since then, the security concerns have intensified, as more has been learned about the attack on the Capitol by...
    (CNN)State officials are skeptical that President-elect Joe Biden can meet his goal of 100 million coronavirus shots in his first 100 days, with a week to go before his start date and a slew of unanswered questions still swirling around his plan.Multiple state officials and sources familiar with the Biden transition team's outreach told CNN in recent interviews that they are unclear on major details of the Biden team's plans -- including those for mass vaccination sites, vaccine supply issues and funding for local governments. CNN previously reported that the incoming administration is still deliberating major details of its national vaccination plan. Biden is expected to unveil his plans for vaccines on Thursday, along with a major Covid relief package that his advisers have told allies in Congress is expected to be in the ballpark of $2 trillion, according to two people briefed on the deliberations. The Biden team has...
    President-elect Joe Biden implored senators to manage their time as they prepare for President Trump's impeachment trial. Biden described Trump's second impeachment by the House, 232 Democrats to 197 Republicans, as a "bipartisan" exercise of constitutional power to "hold the president accountable" after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump loyalists. "This nation also remains in the grip of a deadly virus and a reeling economy. I hope that the Senate leadership will find a way to deal with their Constitutional responsibilities on impeachment while also working on the other urgent business of this nation," Biden said Wednesday in a statement. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he won't reconvene the chamber before Tuesday. That ensures Trump's trial will start after Biden's Jan. 20 inauguration, when Democrats control the Senate. "From confirmations to key posts such as Secretaries for Homeland Security, State, Defense, Treasury, and Director...
    Reuters January 13, 2021 0 Comments The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday it had scheduled a confirmation hearing for President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be director of national intelligence, after delays in the transition process for some nominees. The intelligence panel set its hearing for former Deputy CIA Director Avril Haines, nominated to be the nation’s top spy, on Jan. 15, five days before Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are inaugurated. A Biden transition official said on Tuesday that the Democratic president-elect would appoint interim agency heads to lead Cabinet agencies and departments while his nominees awaited confirmation, citing delays in the process. Trump’s administration delayed the process of transferring power while he claimed, falsely, that Biden’s election was fraudulent. The process was also complicated by uncertainty over which party would control the Senate, before Democrats won two runoff elections in Georgia on Jan. 5. Many...
    By Jeff Zeleny, Arlette Saenz and Kate Sullivan | CNN President-elect Joe Biden will no longer take the Amtrak to Washington next week to be sworn in as president, two officials familiar with the planning tell CNN, a sudden change that comes amid dramatically heightened security surrounding the inauguration. A decision was made this week for Biden not to take the 90-minute ride from his namesake station in Wilmington, Delaware, officials said, with at least some of the concerns hinging on his arrival at Union Station in Washington, which is only blocks from the now heavily fortified US Capitol. Biden previously had instructed his team to keep moving forward with the plans for inauguration, including taking the Amtrak, and to not be deterred by the deadly riot at the US Capitol last week or by complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But since then, the security concerns have intensified, as...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden will no longer take the Amtrak to Washington next week to be sworn in as president, two officials familiar with the planning tell CNN, a sudden change that comes amid dramatically heightened security surrounding the inauguration.A decision was made this week for Biden not to take the 90-minute ride from his namesake station in Wilmington, Delaware, officials said, with at least some of the concerns hinging on his arrival at Union Station in Washington, which is only blocks from the now heavily fortified US Capitol.Biden Transition Biden pushes to prevent impeachment from upending his agenda Mayor urges people to avoid DC as Secret Service begins inauguration prep early At the 11th hour, Trump hands Biden a whole new set of foreign policy headaches MAP: Full presidential election results Biden previously had instructed his team to keep moving forward with the plans for inauguration, including taking...
    By Kristen Holmes, Sarah Mucha and Gregory Lemos | CNN Operation Warp Speed chief scientific adviser Moncef Slaoui has submitted his resignation at the request of the incoming Biden administration, a source with knowledge of the events tells CNN. Slaoui confirmed on CNBC Wednesday that he submitted his resignation letter on Tuesday to the Trump administration. He’ll stay on for 30 days to “ensure a smooth transition,” a Biden transition official tells CNN. Slaoui said on a call with reporters last week that he had been in contact with the Biden administration and has been asked to become a consultant when the transition happens, to which he’s agreed, CNN previously reported. It’s common for a political appointee such as Slaoui to step down as part of the transition from one administration to another. It was not immediately clear if the Biden administration plans to appoint a successor. During his appearance...
    (CNN)Operation Warp Speed chief scientific adviser Moncef Slaoui has submitted his resignation at the request of the incoming Biden administration, a source with knowledge of the events tells CNN.Slaoui confirmed on CNBC Wednesday that he submitted his resignation letter on Tuesday to the Trump administration. He'll stay on for 30 days to "ensure a smooth transition," a Biden transition official tells CNN.Slaoui said on a call with reporters last week that he had been in contact with the Biden administration and has been asked to become a consultant when the transition happens, to which he's agreed, CNN previously reported.The US just suffered its worst day ever for Covid-19 deathsIt's common for a political appointee such as Slaoui to step down as part of the transition from one administration to another. It was not immediately clear if the Biden administration plans to appoint a successor.During his appearance on CNBC, Slaoui touted...
    Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the chief executive of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed vaccine initiative, tendered his resignation Tuesday evening after being asked to do so by President-elect Joe Biden’s team. Biden had heaped praise on Slaoui and the Warp Speed team for rapidly pushing two separate vaccines to market in record time, but in recent days, the president-elect has criticized the Trump administration’s distribution plan. WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 15: (L-R) U.S. President Donald Trump listens as Moncef Slaoui, the former head of GlaxoSmithKlines vaccines division, speaks about coronavirus vaccine development in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) “I have submitted my resignation letter yesterday to the current administration thanking them for giving me the opportunity to help our country and our people as well as the people of the world,” Slaoui said Wednesday morning on...
    Moncef Slaoui, the chief adviser to Operation Warp Speed, on Wednesday, submitted his resignation as part of a plan to hand the vaccination effort over to President-elect Biden's coronavirus team. Slaoui's resignation, which will go into effect next month according to CNBC, comes as the president-elect has yet to name a new chief scientific adviser for the federal government's vaccine deployment program, which has so far seen just over 9 million Americans receive the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Representatives for Biden's transition team did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill. The president-elect has named business executive and former Office of Management and Budget (OMB) appointee Jeffrey Zients to oversee his COVID-19 response, while Kaiser Permanente's chief health officer Bechara Chouchair is Biden's vaccine coordinator. Slaoui previously indicated that he would resign from his posting once two vaccines for COVID-19 reached the market, a milestone that...
    As the United States moves to inaugurate its 46th president next week, the Department of Defense continues in its mission to defend the American people, our Constitution, allies and interests. Among all government agencies, the DOD holds the most solemn responsibility to conduct a seamless transfer of power from one administration to the next. When it comes to the defense of the country, there is no honeymoon period granted by our enemies for a new administration’s learning curve.  That is why, as the department’s chief of staff and head of the transition (as designated by regulation), I ordered the DOD to fully cooperate with President-elect Joe Biden. That process began Nov. 23, the day the General Services Administration announced transition activities could occur.  BIDEN TRANSITION TEAM PRESSES SENATE TO CONFIRM NATIONAL SECURITY NOMINEES AHEAD OF INAUGURATION The process will continue through next week’s inauguration, where the National Guard will defend...
    An opinion survey conducted by President Trump's campaign pollster found Americans in battleground states overwhelmingly believe it is important that Mr. Trump lead "an orderly and peaceful transition" to his successor, President-elect Joe Biden, according to a memo obtained by CBS News.  Nearly nine in 10 voters polled said it was important or very important that the transition of power be conducted in a peacefully and orderly manner. The survey was taken on January 10 and 11, just days after rioters wearing Trump-emblazoned clothing laid siege to the U.S. Capitol, resulting in six deaths.  President Trump has called for an end to the violence and acknowledged there would be a new administration but has so far refused to congratulate or concede to Mr. Biden. House Democrats — now joined by a handful of Republicans including Congresswoman Liz Cheney, a member of House GOP leadership — say the president's provocations are...
    With President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration just one week away, his transition team is pressing the Senate to confirm his national security nominees ahead of the event, saying the country's security is "at stake." After Democrats were victorious in the Georgia Senate runoff elections earlier this month, the Biden team is making a heavy push for secretary of state nominee Anthony Blinken, homeland security secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas, director of national intelligence nominee Avril Haines and defense secretary nominee retired Gen. Lloyd Austin.FAST FACTS During the Trump transition, hearings for Trump national security nominees began during the week of Jan. 10, 2017 An internal FBI memo circulating warns of plans for armed protests in all 50 state capital cities ahead of Biden’s inauguration. "Regardless of any developments, with our national security at stake, the pandemic costing thousands of lives every day, and our economy in a historic recession, there is absolutely no justification for Republicans to...
    VIDEO1:4301:43Operation Warp Speed chief to resign, Trump administration releases vaccines on holdThe News with Shepard Smith Operation Warp Speed Chief Adviser Dr. Moncef Slaoui has submitted his resignation at the request of the incoming Biden team, under a plan that would see him stay in the role for a month to help with the transition, according to two people familiar with the situation. Slaoui's role leading vaccine development for the unprecedented government effort is expected to be diminished after Jan. 20, said the people, who declined to be named because the plan isn't yet public. It would end by Feb. 12. It's not clear who will take scientific lead for the Biden team focused on Covid vaccines after that, or if someone will be appointed into that role. There are already two vaccines authorized in the U.S., with three more in late-stage clinical trials. Jeff Zients is Biden's coordinator of...
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    Gary Gensler appears to have won the race to be the next sheriff of Wall Street after elbowing out a centrist rival. According to multiple insiders, President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has chosen Gensler — a former Goldman Sachs executive-turned-Obama administration financial regulator — as its nominee to chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Sources attributed the decision to the Democrats’ surprise win of the Senate during last week’s runoff elections in Georgia, allowing Biden to favor the more progressive candidate. Only two weeks ago, people close to the Biden transition team had penciled in centrist Robert Jackson Jr. — an NYU law professor and SEC commissioner under Trump — as the SEC frontrunner because he was seen as more likely to win confirmation by a GOP-controlled Senate. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chair Gary Gensler testifies at a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing...