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Biden advisor Bruce Reed hints that Section 230 needs reform

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden arrives for a meeting with his Chief of Staff Bruce Reed (L) June 22, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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A law protecting the tech industry from being held liable for their users’ posts is on shaky ground as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to come into office.

Bruce Reed, a top tech advisor to Biden, said at a virtual book launch hosted by Georgetown Law Wednesday that “it’s long past time to hold the social media companies accountable for what’s published on their platforms.”

Reed, who was chief of staff to Biden during his time as vice president, has advocated for tech reform in his years outside government. He worked as a senior advisor for Jim Steyer’s non-profit Common Sense Media, which advocates for digital media issues impacting children, including content moderation reforms.

Common Sense Media has pushed for

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Media double standard for Biden team, Trump women

The fawning media coverage of Joe Biden’s all-women communications team stands in stark contrast to the disdainful tone that trashed President Trump’s squad of mostly women senior communications aides.



a close up of a woman: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, June 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, June 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, an accomplished mother of three, was routinely mocked for her weight, her southern accent and her fierce defense of Trump.

Adviser Kellyanne Conway has been treated as a lightweight by the media elites who cover the White House — a frequent punch line by satirists on Saturday Night Live.

Current Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is also under constant attack by the media for doing her job — defending her boss even when he goes off or makes unfounded statements.

None of the

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Four Women Who Will Handle the Media in the Biden White House

At the White House, Ms. Psaki intends to bring back the daily press briefing, which has been all but phased out over the past four years. It is not clear, however, when those sessions might resume, given the constraints of the pandemic.

But as the incoming administration prepares to roll out a coronavirus vaccine and convince more than 300 million Americans that it is safe, Ms. Psaki, colleagues said, views a central part of her job as restoring faith in the words spoken from behind the podium.

“The clown games are over,” said Susan Rice, who was President Barack Obama’s national security adviser. “Jen will represent the professionalism and decency and commitment to transparency that has been a hallmark of Joe Biden’s career.”

As Mr. Trump’s press secretary, Ms. McEnany has focused on remaining in the president’s inner circle and has made little effort to be accessible to reporters or

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Late Night Reels as Joe Biden Gets the Boot, Too

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. We’re all stuck at home at the moment, so here are the 50 best movies on Netflix right now.

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. fractured his foot over the weekend while playing with Major, his German shepherd. He’ll have to wear an orthopedic boot for a while.

“So in a way, Trump and Biden both got the boot this month,” Jimmy Kimmel said on Monday. Trevor Noah was suspicious: “Someone check who that dog voted for,” he said.

“Even half-baked, Tyson looked pretty good. Roy Jones was hanging on to him for dear life. It was less of a fight — it was more like two old friends who haven’t seen each other in a long time, they just got the

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Chinese President Xi Jinping Finally Congratulates Biden On U.S. Election Win

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Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated President-elect Joe Biden for winning the U.S. election Wednesday, according to state media outlet Xinhua, after weeks of holding off as one of the only major world leaders not to acknowledge the Democrat’s victory. 

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While China’s foreign ministry offered brief congratulations to Biden on November 13, Xi has demurred, as President Donald Trump has engaged in an ultimately fruitless legal campaign to overturn the results of the election. 

In the message to Biden, Xi said that “promoting the healthy and stable development of China-US relations” is in the interests of both parties and the expectation of the international community. 

Xi said he hopes both countries will continue to “uphold the spirit of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation,” and focus on

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The Health 202: Team Biden can finally start preparing for the massive coronavirus vaccine effort

“This is a big problem — but it’s been solved,” Mike Leavitt, who served as health and human services secretary under President George W. Bush, told me. “It opens up access for information and the coordination in between the ingoing and outgoing administrations.”

Setting the transition in motion means Team Biden can view the government’s vaccine distribution plans.

Thirty-five volunteers assigned to the Department of Health and Human Services — along with some assigned to other agencies also involved in the vaccine effort — can now participate in the nitty-gritty details of how the Trump administration is planning to manufacture, distribute and administer hundreds of millions of vaccine doses beginning in December and continuing through the bulk of 2021.

The massive effort, central to restoring the United States to more normalcy next year, probably will be in its early stages once Biden is sworn in as president in late January. 

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Dow crests 30,000 points on vaccine hopes, Biden transition

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 30,000 points for the first time Tuesday as progress in the development of coronavirus vaccines and news that the transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden will finally begin kept investors in a buying mood.

Traders were also encouraged to see that Biden had selected Janet Yellen, a widely respected former Federal Reserve chair, as treasury secretary. The Dow rose more than 450 points, or 1.5%, to cross the milestone. The S&P 500 index, which has a far greater impact on 401(k) accounts than the Dow, rose 1.6%, climbing to its own all-time high.

The gains extend a monthlong market rally driven by growing optimism that development of coronavirus vaccines and treatments will loosen the pandemic’s stranglehold on the economy. They also mark a rapid climb for the Dow from its March 23 low of just under 18,600 during the

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Analysis: Biden GSA letter tries hard to not accept he beat Trump

  • The letter sent by the General Services Administration (GSA) to President-elect Joe Biden authorizing his transition does not say that he won the election. 
  • It’s very different to her predecessor’s letter to then President-elect Barack Obama, which was straightforward and called him “President-elect.”
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The letter to authorize President-elect Joe Biden’s transition arrived late Monday — but is an unusual document which strained to avoid acknowledging his victory.

GSA Administrator Emily Murphy wrote to Biden on Monday, 16 tumultuous days after major networks widely called the election for him. (Insider and Decision Desk HQ called the election one day before.)

Her letter was sent after President Donald Trump said he was “recommending” the transition go ahead — although Murphy said that she came to her decision independently.

Murphy’s letter did the same thing as other GSA authorizations — it unlocked funding for Biden and

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Laura Ingraham says Biden won, Trump winning legal challenges unlikely

  • On Monday night, Laura Ingraham told her Fox News show it was highly unlikely that President Donald Trump would win his legal challenges to the 2020 election results and secure a second term.
  • “Unless the legal situation changes in a dramatic, and frankly, an unlikely manner, Joe Biden will be inaugurated on January 20,” Ingraham said. 
  • She added: “If I told you there was an excellent, phenomenal chance that the Supreme Court was going to step in and deliver a victory to President Trump, I would be lying to you.”
  • Ingraham appears to be the first top Fox News pundit to speak so directly about Biden’s win. Major news outlets — including Fox News — called the election for President-elect Joe Biden on November 7.
  • Trump has refused to concede the race. However, on Monday, he allowed his administration to start the transition process to Biden’s team.
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Joe Biden flexes shiny new .gov address, Twitter very much approves

Everything’s getting more and more official by the day.

Late on Monday, just a few short hours after Donald Trump accepted a formal U.S. presidency transition, “recommending his team do what needs to be done” while continuing to pledge his quest to contest the election result, President-elect Joe Biden took to Twitter to unveil a shiny new web address that contains a subtle flex. 

The site in question is the Biden-Harris team’s transition site, which was launched shortly after the election in order to outline the incoming administration’s priorities while providing news and details of the presidential transition process. It’s a pretty crucial resource, in other words, and yet another part of the transition that’s been hampered by Trump’s stubborn refusal to allow the transfer process to move forwards.

Not anymore, though.

That’s right: dot gov. If you visit the URL’s old .com address it now redirects to

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