Joe Biden

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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GM Drops Support For Trump’s Climate Rollbacks

The New York Times reports: General Motors abandoned President Trump’s battle to nullify California’s fuel economy rules meant to curb global warming, the strongest sign yet that corporate America is moving on from Mr. Trump and adapting to an incoming Democratic administration. The company also signaled that it was ready to work with President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has …

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NZ Prime Minister Talks COVID Strategy With Biden

The Washington Post reports: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that she spoke with President-elect Joe Biden in a “positive and warm phone call” and has offered to share resources, data and experts who can shed light on the country’s successful coronavirus response. Biden “spoke positively about New Zealand’s response to the pandemic,” which has involved a strict …

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Twitter To Hand @POTUS To Biden On January 20th

Politico reports: The presidential @POTUS Twitter handle will automatically transfer to President-elect Joe Biden the moment he’s sworn in at noon on Inauguration Day — whether or not President Donald Trump has conceded, the company confirmed to POLITICO on Friday. Same goes for @whitehouse, @VP, @FLOTUS, and a handful other official accounts associated with the presidency. “Twitter is actively preparing …

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GOP Georgia Sec Of State Certifies Win For Biden

Atlanta’s ABC News affiliate reports: The Secretary of State’s Office says it has certified the results of the 2020 General Election. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the results were a “true and correct tabulation of the certified returns received by this office from each county.” The audit found just under a 0.1% difference in the statewide total vote count. …

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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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REPORT: Merrick Garland Considered For Biden’s AG

NPR reports: Federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland is under consideration to serve as attorney general in the administration of President-elect Joe Biden, NPR has learned from two people closely following the process. Garland, 68, is the widely respected former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He launched his career at the Justice Department …

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Georgia Hand Count Affirms Joe Biden As Winner

The Associated Press reports: A top Georgia elections official says a hand tally of the presidential race in Georgia is complete, and the results affirm Democrat Joe Biden’s lead over Republican President Donald Trump. Gabriel Sterling released the information to The Associated Press on Thursday. The hand recount of nearly 5 million votes stemmed from an audit required by a …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden And Harris Speak On Transition

ABC News reports: President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are scheduled to deliver remarks Thursday afternoon, following a meeting with the National Governors Association’s Executive Committee. Biden and Harris met with the executive committee, comprised of both Democratic and Republican representatives, to discuss the new administration’s transition into the White House amid the unprecedented (and worsening) coronavirus pandemic.

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Biden Transition Team Mulls Keeping On Deborah Birx

Politico reports: President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is weighing whether to give Trump administration coronavirus coordinator Deborah Birx a role in its Covid-19 response, even as it prepares a broader purge of officials closely tied to the president’s handling of the pandemic. The debate over Birx’s future has vexed transition officials, with advocates for the longtime public health official arguing …

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McConnell: “We’re Going To Have An Orderly Transfer”

NBC News reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said there will be an “orderly transfer” between administrations Jan. 20, though he did not mention President-elect Joe Biden or President Donald Trump, who is refusing to concede, by name. McConnell, R-Ky., has not yet publicly recognized Biden’s victory, but his comments Tuesday following a Senate Republican luncheon signaled he …

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Biden Announces Senior White House Staff Members

Just in from the Biden transition team: Today, President-elect Joe Biden announced members of his White House senior staff. These diverse, experienced, and talented individuals demonstrate President-elect Biden’s commitment to building an administration that looks like America, has deep expertise governing, and will be ready to help the president-elect deliver results for working families on day one. “I am proud …

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REPORT: Biden Wary Of Investigating Trump, Cronies

NBC News reports: President-elect Joe Biden has privately told advisers that he doesn’t want his presidency to be consumed by investigations of his predecessor, according to five people familiar with the discussions, despite pressure from some Democrats who want inquiries into President Donald Trump, his policies and members of his administration. Biden has raised concerns that investigations would further divide …

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Rubio Is Fourth GOP Senator To Recognize Biden’s Win

NPR reports: Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday evening joined a small group of GOP senators referring to Joe Biden as president-elect after the presidential race was called for him more than a week ago. Rubio joins a club of only four other Republican senators who have acknowledged Biden’s win. They are Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden Speaks On Economy And Vaccines

CBS News reports: President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are meeting Monday with the heads of major companies and labor unions to discuss the incoming administration’s economic agenda, the Biden transition office said. The president-elect will deliver remarks on the economy following a remote briefing in Wilmington, Delaware, which comes as the stock market is surging on news …

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Klain: Protections For Dreamers Return On “Day One”

The Chicago Sun-Times reports: President-elect Joe Biden will reinstate legal protections for “Dreamers” on “day one,” incoming Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Sunday. As part of his anti-immigrant agenda, President Donald Trump scrapped in 2017 Obama-era rules safeguarding “Dreamers” from being deported. Biden campaigned on restoring the protections, and Klain said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” the executive orders …

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GOP Arkansas Gov: Biden Will Be Our Next President

The Hill reports: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said on Sunday he “expect[s] Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States,” adding that it was “good” that President Trump seemingly acknowledged Biden’s win in a tweet that the president later walked back. “I expect Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States,” Hutchinson said …

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Biden Advisors Call For Urgent COVID Financial Relief

Reuters reports: President-elect Joe Biden’s top aide Ron Klain on Sunday urged Congress to pass bipartisan COVID-19 financial relief as a surge in cases shattered U.S. records and strained hospitals nationwide, and called for immediate action to allow his team to coordinate with the outgoing Trump administration. Other top Biden advisers also stressed the need to control the spiraling outbreak …

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Obama Rules Out Biden Cabinet Position If Offered

The Guardian reports: Barack Obama would not take a position in Joe Biden’s cabinet if the president-elect offered it – because if he did, he fears, Michelle Obama would leave him. The 44th president made the remark in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, two days ahead of publication of his memoir, A Promised Land. He was due to speak …

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