Biden Administration

LIVE VIDEO: Biden Introduces First Cabinet Nominees

The Guardian reports: President-elect Joe Biden has taken the podium in Wilmington, Delaware, to announce some of the leading figures of his incoming administration. “It’s a team that will keep our country and our people safe and secure,” he said. In a prompt and clear rejection of Donald Trump’s retreat from cooperation on the world stage, with his nationalist “America …

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Pentagon Begins To Coordinate With Biden Transition

Via press release from the Defense Department: The Department has received notice that pursuant to the Presidential Transition Act, the GSA Administrator is making certain post-election resources and services available to the Biden-Harris Transition Team. This evening, DOD has been contacted by the Biden-Harris team and their designated lead for the DOD Agency Review Team and, based on the ascertainment …

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GSA Informs Biden He Can Begin Transition Process

CNN reports: The General Services Administration has informed President-elect Joe Biden that the Trump administration is ready to begin the formal transition process, according to a letter from Administrator Emily Murphy sent Monday afternoon and obtained by CNN. The letter is the first step the administration has taken to acknowledge President Donald Trump’s defeat, more than two weeks after Biden …

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Biden To Name Janet Yellen As Treasury Secretary

CNBC reports: President-elect Joe Biden has chosen former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary, a historic decision that could result in the nation’s first woman to lead the department, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. Yellen, 74, is widely seen as a politically “safe” pick for the role, likely to garner support …

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Joe Biden Names John Kerry As Special Climate Envoy, Alejandro Mayorkas As Secretary Of Homeland Security

The New York Times reports: President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. plans to name several top national security picks on Tuesday, his transition office said, including the first Latino to lead the Department of Homeland Security, the first woman to head the intelligence community and a former secretary of state, John Kerry, to be his climate czar. At an event in …

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Biden To Name Longtime Diplomat Linda Thomas Greenfield As US Ambassador To The United Nations

CBS News reports: President-elect Biden is expected to announce that he’s chosen longtime diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, two sources confirm to CBS News. The announcement could come Tuesday. Thomas-Greenfield is part of Mr. Biden’s transition team and is expected to focus on helping to restore trust and professionalism to the State Department, with …

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Biden To Name Tony Blinken As Secretary Of State

The New York Times reports: Antony J. Blinken, a defender of global alliances and one of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s closest foreign policy advisers, is expected to be nominated for secretary of state, a job in which he will attempt to coalesce skeptical international partners into a new competition with China, according to people close to the process. Mr. …

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Republicans Gearing Up To Block Biden Cabinet Picks

Axios reports: Republicans are making plans to torpedo some of President-elect Biden’s prospective Cabinet, agency and judicial nominees if the GOP keeps its majority, aides involved in the discussions tell me. Top targets include political names and civil servants who spoke out loudest against President Trump, forced out his appointees or became stars in the impeachment hearings — like Sally …

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Joe Biden Names Four More White House Officials

USA Today reports: President-elect Joe Biden named four more officials Friday to White House posts – including directors overseeing congressional lobbying and personnel – as he prepares to take office Jan. 20. Louisa Terrell, who served as special assistant for legislative affairs to President Barack Obama and as deputy chief of staff in Biden’s Senate office, was named director of …

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