Tag: Biden

Category:

Biden team pushing Democrats to strike quick stimulus deal with GOP: report

  • President-elect Joe Biden’s economic advisors fear another recession is looming, The New York Times reported.
  • The impasse over another stimulus package and the prospect of millions of people losing unemployment benefits are leading them to press congressional Democrats to pass another aid package very quickly, The Times said.
  • The surge in virus cases is causing another wave of restrictions and closures that experts say could deal a blow to the economic recovery.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

President-elect Joe Biden’s economic advisors are reportedly pressing congressional Democrats to quickly strike a stimulus deal with Republicans, fearing the US is on course for a recession as virus cases surge and a new aid package remains elusive.

The New York Times reported on Sunday that the Biden team was also increasingly worried about the prospect of millions of Americans losing unemployment benefits next month, along with the expiration of federal

Read More
Posted On :
Category:

Biden to name Obama official as UN ambassador

CLOSE

President-elect Biden responded to President Trump’s efforts to overturn the result of the election, “it’s just outrageous what he’s doing.”

USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden said Monday he will nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who served as the top U.S. diplomat overseeing African affairs in the Obama administration, to be his ambassador to the United Nations.

Biden’s nomination of Thomas-Greenfield would elevate a Black woman and career foreign service official to the high-profile position. She would bring a markedly different tone and presence to the international body, which the Trump administration has derided and denigrated.

“My mother taught me to lead with the power of kindness and compassion to make the world a better place,” Thomas-Greenfield tweeted after Biden’s transition team announced her nomination. “I’ve carried that lesson with me throughout my career in Foreign Service – and, if confirmed, will do the same as Ambassador to the United

Read More
Posted On :
Category:

Biden aides fill the void on TV while Trump remains off the air

A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.



Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - NOVEMBER 19: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks as he addresses the media after a virtual meeting with the National Governors Association's executive committee at the Queen Theater on November 19, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Biden and his advisors continue the process of transitioning to the White House. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


© Joe Raedle/Getty Images
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – NOVEMBER 19: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks as he addresses the media after a virtual meeting with the National Governors Association’s executive committee at the Queen Theater on November 19, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Biden and his advisors continue the process of transitioning to the White House. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

While President Donald Trump is obstructing the transition of power, his administration is obstructing the free flow of information. From the White House to the Pentagon to the State Department, officials are dodging questions from the press corps. It is the ultimate show of weakness by Trump. And it is happening as he stares down defeat. In the words of the New York Times, this is “a moment of truth

Read More
Posted On :
Category:

Biden to name long-time confidant Antony Blinken as secretary of state, reports say

WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden will name Antony Blinken, a veteran foreign policy official and longtime confidant, as his secretary of state, according to the New York Times and Washington Post.Bloomberg 

Biden says transition will move on, despite Trump

UP NEXT

UP NEXT

Blinken, who held top-level national security and State Department positions during the Obama administration, has worked side-by-side with Biden on foreign policy issues for nearly two decades.

Biden has called Blinken a “superstar” and once said he could do “any job.” By choosing Blinken for one of the most coveted jobs in the Cabinet, Biden is aiming to install an alter-ego at the helm of the State Department. 

Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.

But the move may disappoint some who wanted Biden to nominate Susan Rice, another longtime foreign policy hand and a Black woman,

Read More
Posted On :
Category:

Get Me Meacham! Biden Brings Back the Media’s Good Old Days

But what of the working reporters in the White House? Most of the writers in that group are generations younger than the 78-year-old Mr. Biden. They may not have read all of Mr. Meacham’s books. And the president-elect appears to have learned from his campaign that he can mostly ignore the news media and sneer at Twitter.

He also has the advantage that Mr. Trump has so raised the bar on presidential scandals and gaffes that even his loosest talk or most questionable hire may not scandalize. But Mr. Trump has also gotten us all used to an extraordinary, if inadvertent, level of transparency. He rarely resisted answering shouted, timely questions, and his leaky White House offered journalists and their audience an X-ray portrait of a government running off the rails. The internet, meanwhile, is noisier and even more polarized than when Mr. Biden and Mr. Obama left office

Read More
Posted On :
Category:

Operation Warp Speed Head Says He’s Been Instructed Not To Share Vaccine Information With Biden Team

Topline

As the U.S. braces simultaneously for a presidential power handoff and distribution of coronavirus vaccines that are expected to be approved soon, the head of the White House’s program to accelerate development of a vaccine, Operation Warp Speed, said Sunday morning that while he’s happy to work with President-elect Joe Biden, he’s been instructed not to share vaccine information with anyone outside the Trump administration. 

Key Facts

“I have been informed that I should not be saying anything confidential to anyone that’s not part of the [Trump] administration,” Moncef Slaoui told NBC’s “Meet the Press,” adding that he’ll “act according to what the requirements are” on potentially briefing Biden next week. 

Slaoui, the scientific head of Operation

Read More
Posted On :
Category:

‘Boring’ President Joe Biden could tempt the media to keep its focus on Donald Trump

President-Elect Joe Biden is getting ready to transition and move into the White House in January, but President Donald Trump isn’t going to simply fade away.



Joe Biden, Donald Trump are posing for a picture


© Provided by CNN


“He’s going to loom large,” Jim VandeHei, CEO and co-founder of Axios, said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday. “He’s going to announce that he’s going to run in 2024. He’s going to have the RNC under his control.”

VandeHei called Joe Biden “more boring” and “more conventional” than President Donald Trump, clarifying that those are affectionate labels.

Trump’s daily tweets, theatrics and antics have boosted cable news network viewership numbers and traffic on news websites, and VandeHei said he wouldn’t be surprised to see a dip in ratings and traffic, particularly around politics after Trump leaves office.

Seeing those declines could tempt the media to continue covering Trump, who has helped increase eyeballs on their coverage across the United

Read More
Posted On :
Category:

Biden to name first Cabinet picks on Tuesday, Klain says

Klain said that by doing so, the Biden transition was “beating, in fact, the pace that was set by the Obama-Biden transition, beating the pace set by the Trump transition.”

“But if you want to know what Cabinet agencies they are and who’s going to be in those Cabinet agencies, you’ll have to wait for the president-elect to say that himself on Tuesday,” he added.

Biden last week announced several senior White House staff appointments and told reporters that he has already decided on his pick to lead the Treasury Department, although he did not reveal the person’s name. Among the top candidates for the post is Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard, who served as a senior Treasury Department official in the Obama administration.

President Trump, meanwhile, is refusing to concede the election to Biden and continues to make false accusations of widespread voter fraud.

The president and his campaign

Read More
Posted On :
Category:

Top Biden adviser seen as making tech regulation more likely

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – President-elect Joe Biden’s top technology adviser helped craft California’s landmark online privacy law and recently condemned a controversial federal statute that protects internet companies from liability, indicators of how the Biden administration may come down on two key tech policy issues.

Bruce Reed, a former Biden chief of staff who is expected to take a major role in the new administration, helped negotiate with the tech industry and legislators on behalf of backers of a ballot initiative that led to the 2018 California Consumer Privacy Act. Privacy advocates see that law as a possible model for a national law.

Reed also co-authored a chapter in a book published last month denouncing the federal law known as Section 230, which makes it impossible to sue internet companies over the content of user postings. Both Republicans and Democrats have called for reforming or abolishing 230, which critics say

Read More
Posted On :
Category:

U.S. judge calls Trump claim challenging Biden win in Pennsylvania ‘Frankenstein’s Monster’

(Reuters) – A federal judge on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit critical to President Donald Trump’s long-shot bid to overturn his Nov. 3 election loss to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, calling his legal claim a “Frankenstein’s Monster.”

The Trump campaign had sought to prevent state officials from certifying the results of the election in the state.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, described the case as “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations.”

Brann said that he “has no authority to take away the right to vote of even a single person, let alone millions of citizens.”

The lawsuit before Brann was filed on Nov. 9 and had alleged inconsistent treatment by county election officials of mail-in ballots. Some counties notified voters that they could fix minor defects such as missing “secrecy envelopes” while others did not.

“This claim, like Frankenstein’s Monster, has been haphazardly stitched together,” wrote

Read More
Posted On :