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The Toddler in Chief has refused to concede despite losing the electoral vote and despite the failure of several legal challenges. But President-elect Biden has nevertheless continued with getting ready to go.

We are now seeing a lot of speculation of who will be in his Cabinet and in his staff. But we have one appointee already.

Biden Names Ron Klain as White House Chief of Staff - The New York Times
Mr. Klain, a lawyer and veteran Democratic operative who first worked for the president-elect in the late 1980s when he was a senator, has been a sharp critic of President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus.

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In a statement, Mr. Biden called Mr. Klain an “invaluable” adviser, noting in particular the work they did together during the economic crisis in 2009 and the Ebola outbreak in 2014.
Who Is Ron Klain? Joe Biden Names His Chief Of Staff : Live Updates: Presidential Transition : NPR
Klain, as a senior adviser to the Biden campaign, was particularly instrumental in its coronavirus messaging. He recorded an explanatory video in front of a white board that ended up being one of the campaign's most popular videos on social media platforms as it transitioned to a mostly digital operation during the early days of the pandemic.

Klain also worked as an adviser on Biden's unsuccessful 1988 and 2008 presidential campaigns, and as a top aide to Biden in the '80s and '90s on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The New York Times on Twitter: "Breaking News: President-elect Joe Biden is said to have chosen Ron Klain to be his chief of staff. https://t.co/yJgQPhCW0W" / Twitter
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Ilhan Omar on Twitter: "Excellent choice, congratulations @RonaldKlain.

What a blessing to slowly be moving away from chaos." / Twitter

I agree. It's good to see someone with a good track record of handling infectious-disease outbreaks.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter: "Good news and an encouraging choice 👍🏽" / Twitter
 
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The last three links to tweets are going to Twitter's "About election labels" page.
 

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Climate Mandate - The Team We Need to Combat the Climate Crisis by the Sunrise Movement and the Justice Democrats

"No ties to fossil fuel companies, or corporate lobbyists."
  • Sec'y of the Interior: Deb Haaland Rep NM, Raul Grijalva Rep AZ, Jared Huffman Rep CA
  • Sec'y of State: Barbara Lee Rep CA, Ro Khanna Rep CA, Chris Murphy Sen CT
  • Sec'y of the Treasury: Elizabeth Warren Sen MA, Sarah Bloom Raskin Prof Duke Law School, Robert Reich Prof UC Berkeley
  • Attorney General: Keith Ellison MN Atty Gnl, Larry Krasner Philadelphia Dst Atty, Dana Kessel MI Atty Gnl
  • Head of the Council of Economic Advisers: Darrick Hamilton Exec Dir Kirwan Inst at Ohio St U, Stephanie Kelton Prof Stony Brook U, Heidi Shierholz Economist at Economic Policy Institute
  • National Economic Council Director: Joseph Stiglitz Chief Economist at Roosevelt Inst and Prof Columbia U, Bharat Ramamurti Mng Dir of Corporate Power at Roosevelt Inst and Member of Cong Oversight Commission, Manuel Pastor Prof U S CA
  • Sec'y of Labor: Bernie Sanders Sen VT, Mary Kay Henry Pres SEIU, Andy Levin Rep MI
  • EPA Admin: Mustafa Ali, VP of Env Justice at National Wildlife Federation, Keven de Leon Prof UCLA, Heather McTeery Toney Dir moms Clean Air Force
  • Sec'y of Housing and Urban Development: Rashida Tlaib Rep MI, Jumaane Williams NYC Public Advocate, Karen Bass Rep CA
  • Sec'y of Transportation: Chuy Garcia Rep IL, Sara Melson Pres Association of Flight Attendants, Ayanna Pressley Rep MA
  • Sec'y of Agriculture: Chellie Pingree Rep ME, Marsha Fudge Rep OH, Cory Booker Sen NJ
  • Sec'y of Health and Human Services: Pramila Jayapal Rep WA, Abdul El-Sayed, Donald Berwick Pres Emer Sen Fellow Inst for Healthcare Improvement
 

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I hope there's a spot for Andrew Yang in there. Probably won't be, but should be.
 

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Mitch McConnell is likely to be a major problem for the Biden Administration. He is likely to obstruct like crazy, just as he had done with the Obama Administration.

There is also a certain problem with appointing Senators, even good ones like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Who will succeed them in the Senate. BS and EW come from VT and MA, states that now have Republican governors. So their successors would be Republicans.
 

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I hope there's a spot for Andrew Yang in there. Probably won't be, but should be.

I'd like to see him as Head of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Cory Booker would be wasted at Dept. of Agriculture. His talents and experience are better suited for Housing and Urban Development. That's not to say he'd do a bad job at Agriculture, or that Agriculture isn't important in New Jersey. But I think he's more of a HUD kind of guy.
 

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Mitch McConnell is likely to be a major problem for the Biden Administration. He is likely to obstruct like crazy, just as he had done with the Obama Administration.

There is also a certain problem with appointing Senators, even good ones like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Who will succeed them in the Senate. BS and EW come from VT and MA, states that now have Republican governors. So their successors would be Republicans.

Very true.
 

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Mitch McConnell is likely to be a major problem for the Biden Administration. He is likely to obstruct like crazy, just as he had done with the Obama Administration.

There is also a certain problem with appointing Senators, even good ones like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Who will succeed them in the Senate. BS and EW come from VT and MA, states that now have Republican governors. So their successors would be Republicans.

True, we need those two in the Senate. As for McConnell, how old is he? Like 200? They really need to put that one out to pasture already. He makes Biden seem like a dad in his 40s.
 

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Mitch McConnell is likely to be a major problem for the Biden Administration. He is likely to obstruct like crazy, just as he had done with the Obama Administration.

There is also a certain problem with appointing Senators, even good ones like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Who will succeed them in the Senate. BS and EW come from VT and MA, states that now have Republican governors. So their successors would be Republicans.

True, we need those two in the Senate. As for McConnell, how old is he? Like 200? They really need to put that one out to pasture already. He makes Biden seem like a dad in his 40s.

There's always those second amendment solutions republicans keep talking about. ;)
 

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There's always those second amendment solutions republicans keep talking about. ;)

The guy's hands are bleeding and his face looks like it's falling off. God can do what 2A can't!
 

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Climate Mandate - The Team We Need to Combat the Climate Crisis by the Sunrise Movement and the Justice Democrats

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Why? We will still need fossil fuels for a few more decades.

[*]Sec'y of the Treasury: Elizabeth Warren Sen MA, Sarah Bloom Raskin Prof Duke Law School, Robert Reich Prof UC Berkeley
Not familiar with Raskin, but the other two are too far left.

[*]Attorney General: Keith Ellison MN Atty Gnl, Larry Krasner Philadelphia Dst Atty, Dana Kessel MI Atty Gnl
Keith Ellison supported racist and antisemite. He should not be AG of Minnesota, much less US.
Larry Krasner is too far left too.
 

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True, we need those two in the Senate. As for McConnell, how old is he? Like 200? They really need to put that one out to pasture already. He makes Biden seem like a dad in his 40s.

He is only like 6 months older than Biden. I know, hard to believe.
 

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President Elect Joe Biden(d) puts former top Golden Slacks executive in charge transition for financial regulation.
Oh these moderates. I knew it. I just knew it. All Biden needed was the list from Burn It Down Bernie on how to straighten out Wall St. But no. Once again these dyed-in-the-wool politicians turn to people within the industry to regulate the industry. WTF is wrong with them? What they really need, what this country really needs is an outsider. Someone with seething hatred, who knows nothing of what they're talking about to...
Wait.
Where am I going with this?
 

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"No ties to fossil fuel companies, or corporate lobbyists."
Why? We will still need fossil fuels for a few more decades.
I don't see the connection.
[*]Sec'y of the Treasury: Elizabeth Warren Sen MA, Sarah Bloom Raskin Prof Duke Law School, Robert Reich Prof UC Berkeley
Not familiar with Raskin, but the other two are too far left.
What makes Elizabeth Warren and Robert Reich "too far left"?
[*]Attorney General: Keith Ellison MN Atty Gnl, Larry Krasner Philadelphia Dst Atty, Dana Kessel MI Atty Gnl
Keith Ellison supported racist and antisemite. He should not be AG of Minnesota, much less US.
Larry Krasner is too far left too.
What makes Keith Ellison racist? Does he say "Enslave the honkies!"?
As to anti-Semitism, does he say that Jews are crooked capitalists who will do anything to win?

Also, what makes Larry Krasner "too far left"?
 

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Joe Biden names Cedric Richmond, O'Malley Dillon to White House posts
Jen O’Malley Dillon, Biden's campaign manager, will become deputy chief of staff. Steve Ricchetti, a longtime Biden adviser and lobbyist, will become counselor to the president. Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, who was national co-chairman of Biden's campaign, will become senior adviser to the president and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Mike Donilon, chief strategist for the campaign, will become a senior adviser to the president. And Dana Remus, the campaign's general counsel, will become counsel to the president.

Progressive group slams two of Biden's White House appointees as 'corporate-friendly insiders' | Fox News
Progressive Democrats on Tuesday slammed President-elect Joe Biden’s appointments of Rep. Cedric Richmond and Steve Ricchetti to White House posts, calling them “unacceptable.”

Justice Democrats executive director Alexandra Rojas blasted Biden’s appointments of Richmond, D-La., as senior adviser in the White House Office of Public Engagement, and of Ricchetti as counselor to the president, claiming they were “corporate-friendly insiders.”

“If Joe Biden continues making corporate-friendly appointments to his White House, he will risk quickly fracturing the hard-earned goodwill his team built with progressives to defeat Donald Trump,” Rojas said. “A Biden administration dominated by corporate-friendly insiders like Steve Ricchetti and Cedric Richmond will not help the President-elect usher in the most progressive Democratic administration in generations.”

Rojas slammed Ricchetti, a longtime Biden adviser and Biden-Harris campaign chairman, saying thast, as a former pharmaceutical lobbyist, he “represented groups vociferous opposed to Medicare For All and the public manufacturing of prescription drugs.”

“In this post-COVID era, Biden has a chance to make major reforms to our cruel health care system but it will require standing up to private power,” Rojas said.

Rojas also hit Richmond, calling him “one of the top Democratic recipients of fossil fuel money.”

“Richmond has been aggressively criticized by his own constituents for failing to act on their concerns revolving around industry regulations and the climate crisis,” Rojas said. “This move gives greater urgency for Joe Biden to create an Office of Climate Mobilization on Day One and appoint progressives with records standing up to the fossil fuel industry.”

Rojas added: “Progressives make up nearly half of the Democratic Party’s seats in the House of Representatives and should receive adequate representation in the Biden administration.”
 

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Mitch McConnell is likely to be a major problem for the Biden Administration. He is likely to obstruct like crazy, just as he had done with the Obama Administration.

There is also a certain problem with appointing Senators, even good ones like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Who will succeed them in the Senate. BS and EW come from VT and MA, states that now have Republican governors. So their successors would be Republicans.

True, we need those two in the Senate. As for McConnell, how old is he? Like 200? They really need to put that one out to pasture already. He makes Biden seem like a dad in his 40s.

He is about six months older than Biden, and younger than Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi.

Perhaps you ought propose an out to pasture age? But somehow you'll have to include McConnell and exclude Sanders and Pelosi. What vexing arithmetic!
 

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Mitch McConnell is likely to be a major problem for the Biden Administration. He is likely to obstruct like crazy, just as he had done with the Obama Administration.

There is also a certain problem with appointing Senators, even good ones like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Who will succeed them in the Senate. BS and EW come from VT and MA, states that now have Republican governors. So their successors would be Republicans.

True, we need those two in the Senate. As for McConnell, how old is he? Like 200? They really need to put that one out to pasture already. He makes Biden seem like a dad in his 40s.

He is about six months older than Biden, and younger than Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi.

Perhaps you ought propose an out to pasture age? But somehow you'll have to include McConnell and exclude Sanders and Pelosi. What vexing arithmetic!

He seems older than all of them put together. He needs to be put out to pasture already regardless.
 

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Here's who could serve in top roles in the Biden administration
  • Secretary of State: Antony Blinken, Chris Coons, Susan Rice
  • Secretary of the Treasury: Lael Brainard, Sarah Bloom Raskin
  • Secretary of Defense: Tammy Duckworth, Michèle Flournoy
  • Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Patrick Murphy
  • Secretary of Homeland Security: Alejandro Mayorkas, Lisa Monaco
  • Attorney General: Jeh Johnson, Doug Jones, Sally Yates
  • Secretary of the Interior: Deb Haaland, Tom Udall
  • Secretary of Commerce: Andrew Yang
  • Secretary of Labor: Andy Levin, Sara Nelson, Bernie Sanders, Marty Walsh
  • Health and Human Services Secretary: Michelle Lujan Grisham, Vivek Murthy, Gina Raimondo
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary: Keisha Lance Bottoms
  • Transportation Secretary: Rahm Emanuel, Eric Garcetti
  • Secretary of Education: Randi Weingarten
  • Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: Jay Inslee
  • UN ambassador: Pete Buttigieg
  • White House Press Secretary: Kate Bedingfield
  • Karine Jean-Pierre: Symone Sanders
Already announced:
  • Chief of Staff: Ron Klain (announced on November 11)
  • Deputy Chief of Staff: Jen O'Malley Dillon (announced November 17)
  • Senior Adviser to the President and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement: Cedric Richmond (announced November 17)
  • Senior Adviser to the President: Mike Donilon (announced November 17)
  • Counsel to the President: Dana Remus (announced November 17)
  • Counselor to the President: Steve Ricchetti (announced November 17)
  • Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs: Julie Rodriguez (announced November 17)
  • Director of Oval Office Operations: Annie Tomasini (announced November 17)
  • Chief of Staff to Jill Biden: Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon (announced November 17)
  • Senior Adviser to Jill Biden: Anthony Bernal (announced November 17)
 

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It looks as if Biden is going to have a very difficult time putting anyone perceived as very progressive in his cabinet, due to Republican obstructionism.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/20/us/politics/senate-republicans-could-be-an-obstacle-for-bidens-cabinet-nominees.html


Senator Bernie Sanders, the progressive Vermont independent, has emerged as a contender for labor secretary in President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s administration, a prospect that would suit his ambitions of being a warrior for working Americans — and one that makes some Senate Republicans very uneasy.

It is a testament to the deterioration of the Senate confirmation process that a longtime colleague — even one they vehemently oppose on policy — would face such a Republican roadblock. In the not-too-distant past, fellow senators got considerable leeway from the opposing party if they were selected to join the executive branch.

“The truth is, to the best of my knowledge, there has been a courtesy within the Senate that when a president nominates senators, they have been approved,” Mr. Sanders said in an interview.

The growing senatorial resistance to Mr. Sanders even before any formal action by the new administration reflects the formidable task Mr. Biden faces. Should Republicans hold on to their Senate majority next year, Mr. Biden would be the first president since George Bush in 1989 to enter office without his party controlling the chamber and managing the confirmation process. And that process has grown much more toxic, to the point where senators routinely engage in near-blanket opposition to the picks of a president from the opposite party — if they allow consideration at all.

I don't remember where I read the list of other possible cabinet possibilities that the Republicans plan on rejecting, but the list included Warren and Susan Rice among a few others. So, apparently, unless the two Dems in Georgia win their races, the Republicans are already planning on obstructing the appointment of cabinet members that Biden might want.
 

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It looks as if Biden is going to have a very difficult time putting anyone perceived as very progressive in his cabinet, due to Republican obstructionism.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/20/us/politics/senate-republicans-could-be-an-obstacle-for-bidens-cabinet-nominees.html


Senator Bernie Sanders, the progressive Vermont independent, has emerged as a contender for labor secretary in President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s administration, a prospect that would suit his ambitions of being a warrior for working Americans — and one that makes some Senate Republicans very uneasy.

It is a testament to the deterioration of the Senate confirmation process that a longtime colleague — even one they vehemently oppose on policy — would face such a Republican roadblock. In the not-too-distant past, fellow senators got considerable leeway from the opposing party if they were selected to join the executive branch.

“The truth is, to the best of my knowledge, there has been a courtesy within the Senate that when a president nominates senators, they have been approved,” Mr. Sanders said in an interview.

The growing senatorial resistance to Mr. Sanders even before any formal action by the new administration reflects the formidable task Mr. Biden faces. Should Republicans hold on to their Senate majority next year, Mr. Biden would be the first president since George Bush in 1989 to enter office without his party controlling the chamber and managing the confirmation process. And that process has grown much more toxic, to the point where senators routinely engage in near-blanket opposition to the picks of a president from the opposite party — if they allow consideration at all.

I don't remember where I read the list of other possible cabinet possibilities that the Republicans plan on rejecting, but the list included Warren and Susan Rice among a few others. So, apparently, unless the two Dems in Georgia win their races, the Republicans are already planning on obstructing the appointment of cabinet members that Biden might want.

Ha ha. Bernie thinks there is courtesy in the Senate.
 

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I did not know the American Senate had to approve members of the cabinet. That makes little sense to me.
 

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Biden decides on pick for secretary of State | TheHill - he will announce his choice in a few days.
It was not immediately clear who Biden’s nominee would be, but a former Obama administration official confirmed to The Hill that Tony Blinken, a veteran diplomat and longtime Biden ally, has been considered a front-runner for the post.

Merrick Garland Could Be A Biden Pick For Attorney General, Sources Say : Biden Transition Updates : NPR
It would be nice to see him back.

Oh, damn. I was hoping it would be Hillary who would "lock him up."
 

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I did not know the American Senate had to approve members of the cabinet. That makes little sense to me.

Trump got around that by making them all “acting” cabinet secretaries.

True, but there is a limit on how long an "acting" cabinet member can remain in power. And, I doubt that Biden will do that very often.
 

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NBC Politics on Twitter: "
NEW: President-elect Biden announces key picks for his foreign policy team:

• Sec of State: Antony Blinken
• Homeland Security Sec: Alejandro Mayorkas
• DNI: Avril Haines
• US Amb to UN: Linda Thomas-Greenfield
• NSA: Jake Sullivan
• Climate Envoy: John Kerry
" / Twitter


The Latest: Biden picks John Kerry for climate change role
Earlier Monday, Biden named two longtime Capitol Hill aides to his legislative affairs team. Reema Dodin and Shuwanza Goff will serve as deputy directors of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.

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Dodin and Goff join Louisa Terrell, who was recently named the director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. About a dozen other senior White House staffers also have been announced by the president-elect.

At the source: Nominees and Appointees | President-Elect Joe Biden
 

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Progressive group Justice Democrats criticizes Biden appointments | TheHill

Referring to Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-LA,
Richmond, a national co-chair of Biden’s campaign, announced Monday that he will serve as a senior adviser and assistant to Biden as president, a role that has been compared to that of Valerie Jarrett in the Obama administration. Richmond is currently the only Democratic and only Black member of Louisiana’s House delegation.
If he departs from the House, his successor will likely be a Republican. Seems like an own goal, like appointing Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren to the Cabinet.

Justice Democrats on Twitter: "A Joe Biden administration dominated by corporate-friendly insiders will not help usher in the most progressive Democratic administration in generations.

This move gives greater urgency for Joe Biden to create an Office of Climate Mobilization on Day 1 and appoint progressives. https://t.co/xkSszuza1q" / Twitter

with an inline image file. I've OCRed its text:
PROGRESSIVES FIND CORPORATE-FRIENDLY BIDEN APPOINTMENTS UNACCEPTABLE

"A Biden administration dominated by corporate-friendly insiders like Ricchetti and Richmond will not help usher in the most progressive Democratic administration in generations."

In response to Joe Biden's recent appointments this morning, Justice Democrats executive director Alexandra Rojas released the following statement:

"If Joe Biden continues making corporate-friendly appointments to his White House, he will risk quickly fracturing the hard-earned goodwill his team built with progressives to defeat Donald Trump. A Biden administration dominated by corporate-friendly insiders like Steve Ricchetti and Cedric Richmond will not help the President-elect usher in the most progressive Democratic administration in generations.

"Steve Ricchetti is a former pharma lobbyist and has represented groups vociferously opposed to Medicare For All and the public manufacturing of prescription drugs. In this post-COVID era, Biden has a chance to make major reforms to our cruel health care system but it will require standing up to private power.

"Representative Cedric Richmond is one of the top Democratic recipients of fossil fuel money. Richmond received $92,000 from oil and gas corporate PACs this year, including Exxon. Richmond has been aggressively criticized by his own constituents for failing to act on their concerns revolving around industry regulations and the climate crisis. This move gives greater urgency for Joe Biden to create an Office of Climate Mobilization on Day One and appoint progressives with records standing up to the fossil fuel industry.

"Progressives make up nearly half of the Democratic Party's seats in the House of Representatives and should receive adequate representation in the Biden administration."
 

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Progressive group Justice Democrats criticizes Biden appointments | TheHill

Referring to Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-LA,
Richmond, a national co-chair of Biden’s campaign, announced Monday that he will serve as a senior adviser and assistant to Biden as president, a role that has been compared to that of Valerie Jarrett in the Obama administration. Richmond is currently the only Democratic and only Black member of Louisiana’s House delegation.
If he departs from the House, his successor will likely be a Republican. Seems like an own goal, like appointing Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren to the Cabinet.

Justice Democrats on Twitter: "A Joe Biden administration dominated by corporate-friendly insiders will not help usher in the most progressive Democratic administration in generations.

This move gives greater urgency for Joe Biden to create an Office of Climate Mobilization on Day 1 and appoint progressives. https://t.co/xkSszuza1q" / Twitter

with an inline image file. I've OCRed its text:
PROGRESSIVES FIND CORPORATE-FRIENDLY BIDEN APPOINTMENTS UNACCEPTABLE

"A Biden administration dominated by corporate-friendly insiders like Ricchetti and Richmond will not help usher in the most progressive Democratic administration in generations."

In response to Joe Biden's recent appointments this morning, Justice Democrats executive director Alexandra Rojas released the following statement:

"If Joe Biden continues making corporate-friendly appointments to his White House, he will risk quickly fracturing the hard-earned goodwill his team built with progressives to defeat Donald Trump. A Biden administration dominated by corporate-friendly insiders like Steve Ricchetti and Cedric Richmond will not help the President-elect usher in the most progressive Democratic administration in generations.

"Steve Ricchetti is a former pharma lobbyist and has represented groups vociferously opposed to Medicare For All and the public manufacturing of prescription drugs. In this post-COVID era, Biden has a chance to make major reforms to our cruel health care system but it will require standing up to private power.

"Representative Cedric Richmond is one of the top Democratic recipients of fossil fuel money. Richmond received $92,000 from oil and gas corporate PACs this year, including Exxon. Richmond has been aggressively criticized by his own constituents for failing to act on their concerns revolving around industry regulations and the climate crisis. This move gives greater urgency for Joe Biden to create an Office of Climate Mobilization on Day One and appoint progressives with records standing up to the fossil fuel industry.

"Progressives make up nearly half of the Democratic Party's seats in the House of Representatives and should receive adequate representation in the Biden administration."

There was some discussion pre-election on whether a Trump second term or a Biden presidency would work best to push back against the loonie left. Maybe the Biden folks were right.
 

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There was some discussion pre-election on whether a Trump second term or a Biden presidency would work best to push back against the loonie left. Maybe the Biden folks were right.
What do you consider "loonie left"?

Janet Yellen is Biden's pick for Treasury - CNNPolitics - she was the head of the Federal Reserve, the US's central bank, over 2014 - 2018.

Elizabeth Warren likes her:
"Janet Yellen would be an outstanding choice for Treasury Secretary. She is smart, tough, and principled," Warren said. "As one of the most successful Fed Chairs ever, she has stood up to Wall Street banks, including holding Wells Fargo accountable for cheating working families."
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee also likes her:
"Among those not named Elizabeth Warren, Janet Yellen is high up on the list of people favored by progressives and people across the Democratic Party," PCCC co-founder Adam Green said in a statement. "Biden knew that someone beholden to Wall Street would have undermined his ambitious economic campaign promises at the worst possible time. As Treasury Secretary, Yellen will faithfully implement the ambitious economic agenda Biden campaigned on."
 

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Mondaire Jones, NY-17-elect, has a thing or two to say about Rahm Emanuel.

Mondaire Jones on Twitter: "Rahm Emanuel covered up the murder of a Black teenager, Laquan McDonald, while he was Mayor of Chicago.

That he's being considered for a cabinet position is completely outrageous and, honestly, very hurtful. https://t.co/JEB6PRyztK" / Twitter

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Rahm Emanuel under consideration to become Biden's transportation secretary - CNNPolitics

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Mondaire Jones on Twitter: "In his first year as Mayor, he closed more than half of Chicago's public mental health clinics.

Those clinics disproportionately served Black clients, and caused a spike in mental health crises leading to psychiatric hospitalizations. https://t.co/ZLw3PBR8fE" / Twitter

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Mondaire Jones on Twitter: "In 2013, he closed 50 public schools — the largest school closure in United States history — most of which were in Black neighborhoods. https://t.co/U6dnrxolOM" / Twitter
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What led Chicago to shutter dozens of majority-black schools? Racism | Eve Ewing | Opinion | The Guardian

Mondaire Jones on Twitter: "I believe the Biden Administration is sincerely committed to dismantling systemic racism. Giving Rahm Emanuel a cabinet position would threaten that vital work.

If you agree, please sign our petition: https://t.co/L5jezn0luu" / Twitter
 

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President Elect Joe Biden(d) puts former top Golden Slacks executive in charge transition for financial regulation.
Oh these moderates. I knew it. I just knew it. All Biden needed was the list from Burn It Down Bernie on how to straighten out Wall St. But no. Once again these dyed-in-the-wool politicians turn to people within the industry to regulate the industry. WTF is wrong with them? What they really need, what this country really needs is an outsider. Someone with seething hatred, who knows nothing of what they're talking about to...
Wait.
Where am I going with this?

Nah. That's the Trump way to do things! Biden is a uniter. He wants people to unite and come together and tackle problems collectively. Putting Sanders (and Warren) into leadership/regulation positions over industries that they hate would just create another war. Plus they have important positions in the senate. Janet Yellen will do a great job!
 

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I think the cabinet, when finally filled out, should do a parody video of the Trump cabinet kissing his ass and thanking Jesus they can sit near Trump -- that awful, humiliating scene from '17. Except Biden's cabinet will say stuff like, "Joe, on some stuff you are really full of shit" and "Joe, I'm happy to be here, but watch those chimichanga farts" and "Joe, nap time isn't til 4:30 -- wake the fuck up."
I could really respect a cabinet like that.
 

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I think the cabinet, when finally filled out, should do a parody video of the Trump cabinet kissing his ass and thanking Jesus they can sit near Trump -- that awful, humiliating scene from '17. Except Biden's cabinet will say stuff like, "Joe, on some stuff you are really full of shit" and "Joe, I'm happy to be here, but watch those chimichanga farts" and "Joe, nap time isn't til 4:30 -- wake the fuck up."
I could really respect a cabinet like that.

I was just thinking about that spectacle. Memorable moments from the Trump presidency.
 

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President Elect Joe Biden(d) puts former top Golden Slacks executive in charge transition for financial regulation.
Oh these moderates. I knew it. I just knew it. All Biden needed was the list from Burn It Down Bernie on how to straighten out Wall St. But no. Once again these dyed-in-the-wool politicians turn to people within the industry to regulate the industry. WTF is wrong with them? What they really need, what this country really needs is an outsider. Someone with seething hatred, who knows nothing of what they're talking about to...
Wait.
Where am I going with this?

Nah. That's the Trump way to do things! Biden is a uniter. He wants people to unite and come together and tackle problems collectively. Putting Sanders (and Warren) into leadership/regulation positions over industries that they hate would just create another war. Plus they have important positions in the senate. Janet Yellen will do a great job!

I wonder...
If Sleepy Joe can move the Party even further to the right, might we see a new Progressive Party emerge on the left?
And moving forward, if Biden succeeds well enough, might the GOP fade into obscurity while the "two party system" becomes Democrats vs. Progressives?
 

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President Elect Joe Biden(d) puts former top Golden Slacks executive in charge transition for financial regulation.
Oh these moderates. I knew it. I just knew it. All Biden needed was the list from Burn It Down Bernie on how to straighten out Wall St. But no. Once again these dyed-in-the-wool politicians turn to people within the industry to regulate the industry. WTF is wrong with them? What they really need, what this country really needs is an outsider. Someone with seething hatred, who knows nothing of what they're talking about to...
Wait.
Where am I going with this?

Nah. That's the Trump way to do things! Biden is a uniter. He wants people to unite and come together and tackle problems collectively. Putting Sanders (and Warren) into leadership/regulation positions over industries that they hate would just create another war. Plus they have important positions in the senate. Janet Yellen will do a great job!

It was sarcasm. Perhaps you were just piling on. My point being, not everyone who has worked in the industry is forever an evil minion of the industry. You can find people of good conscience everywhere, even on Wall St., if you look hard enough.
 

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President Elect Joe Biden(d) puts former top Golden Slacks executive in charge transition for financial regulation.
Oh these moderates. I knew it. I just knew it. All Biden needed was the list from Burn It Down Bernie on how to straighten out Wall St. But no. Once again these dyed-in-the-wool politicians turn to people within the industry to regulate the industry. WTF is wrong with them? What they really need, what this country really needs is an outsider. Someone with seething hatred, who knows nothing of what they're talking about to...
Wait.
Where am I going with this?

Nah. That's the Trump way to do things! Biden is a uniter. He wants people to unite and come together and tackle problems collectively. Putting Sanders (and Warren) into leadership/regulation positions over industries that they hate would just create another war. Plus they have important positions in the senate. Janet Yellen will do a great job!

I wonder...
If Sleepy Joe can move the Party even further to the right, might we see a new Progressive Party emerge on the left?
And moving forward, if Biden succeeds well enough, might the GOP fade into obscurity while the "two party system" becomes Democrats vs. Progressives?

Perhaps one day those from the center right and those from the center left will band together to form the Pragmatic Party. And good sense will reign supreme.
 

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President Elect Joe Biden(d) puts former top Golden Slacks executive in charge transition for financial regulation.
Oh these moderates. I knew it. I just knew it. All Biden needed was the list from Burn It Down Bernie on how to straighten out Wall St. But no. Once again these dyed-in-the-wool politicians turn to people within the industry to regulate the industry. WTF is wrong with them? What they really need, what this country really needs is an outsider. Someone with seething hatred, who knows nothing of what they're talking about to...
Wait.
Where am I going with this?

Nah. That's the Trump way to do things! Biden is a uniter. He wants people to unite and come together and tackle problems collectively. Putting Sanders (and Warren) into leadership/regulation positions over industries that they hate would just create another war. Plus they have important positions in the senate. Janet Yellen will do a great job!

I wonder...
If Sleepy Joe can move the Party even further to the right, might we see a new Progressive Party emerge on the left?
And moving forward, if Biden succeeds well enough, might the GOP fade into obscurity while the "two party system" becomes Democrats vs. Progressives?

I don't disagree. Actually, I think that the dems have moved left. The dems want to increase access to health care, decrease barriers in business, increase access to college, marriage equality, racial justice, renewable energy and etc. The big thing to me is that we need to unite a little. We've never been so united. In WW2, the US united and made incredible sacrifices to win the war. We need to do the same to win the war on COVID, or COVID will completely wreck our economy.
 

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I wonder...
If Sleepy Joe can move the Party even further to the right, might we see a new Progressive Party emerge on the left?
And moving forward, if Biden succeeds well enough, might the GOP fade into obscurity while the "two party system" becomes Democrats vs. Progressives?

I don't disagree. Actually, I think that the dems have moved left. The dems want to increase access to health care, decrease barriers in business, increase access to college, marriage equality, racial justice, renewable energy and etc. The big thing to me is that we need to unite a little. We've never been so united. In WW2, the US united and made incredible sacrifices to win the war.

Consolidating that unity is exactly why I foresee the Dem Party moving to the right over the next 2 - and if successful, 4 years. If that happens, especially if there is a unified government (an oxymoron IMHO) people will become wary, and a leftist counter-movement could become viable...

We need to do the same to win the war on COVID, or COVID will completely wreck our economy.

I think COVID has already done that. By next summer we will be (rightfully) worrying about the NEXT pandemic. Starting to feel bullish about the '21-'22 markets.
(I have been disastrously wrong about these things, and only remain solvent because I have also been very luckily right on some occasions).
 

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Biden can't put Sanders of Warren in his cabinet because the Republicans in the Senate have already said that they won't vote in support of such nominees. I'm sick and tired of all the infighting in the Democratic Party. Those with the more progressive views are in the minority and they need to start acting like adults and come to terms with the fact that in order to make any progress, they will need to compromise. And, since it's likely that the Republicans will be controlling the Senate, or at best, having a Senate that is split 50/50, how do those who are further to the left expect anything to get done since the Republican are already making it known that they plan on playing the obstructionist game again? IF AOC and her gang insist on having their way, they will end up hurting themselves and Biden.

I think that Biden's picks so far are intelligent and experienced. I value that far more than an individual's ideology. I'm not necessarily against much of anything that people like AOC want, I just have enough life experience to understand that my views are not necessarily mainstream. IF the more progressive members of Congress really want change, they need to convince enough people in the country that such changes will benefit everyone, and such changes are affordable. Screaming and tweeting that you disapprove of Biden's choices is childish and potentially destructive, imo. Discuss your objections with those who will be voting on these positions. Suggest some reasonable alternatives, etc.

Biden won the primaries and he went on to win the general. The most progressive members of Congress live in districts that don't reflect most of the country. Do these people not realize that? To me, is sure doesn't seem that way. I don't think any other Democrat could have beat Trump, especially when you consider that it took a fairly large number of Republicans to join with the Democrats to get rid of Trump. For example, it's been estimated that about 100,000 Republicans in Georgia voted for Biden. Without moderate Republicans, Trump would probably have won a second term. It took people from all backgrounds, and ideological viewpoints to expel the person who was most likely the worst president in the history of the US.
 

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Biden's foreign policy team lays out a national security vision that differs sharply from Trump's
“Diplomacy is back,” and America will be “a country of welcome.”

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Biden said his nominees will “restore America globally, its global leadership and its moral leadership, and will ensure that our service members, diplomats and intelligence professionals can do their jobs free of politics.”

What We’ve Learned About The Biden Administration From His Staffing Choices So Far | FiveThirtyEight

It’s back to normal — at least as far as Biden’s staffing is concerned

Biden is picking people who have done similar jobs in the past, people who often were in the Obama Admin, people whom Hillary Clinton might have picked. Trump is an exception, picking people without government experience or party connections. But George Bush II made picks much like what Biden's.

Biden is trying not to annoy his party’s left wing

Like picking Ron Klain and Janet Yellen.

Biden is also trying not to annoy Republicans too much

He'll need some Senate Republicans supporting his choices.

Overall, Biden is living up to his diversity commitments

Like lots of women.

That said, there’s less diversity among the positions with the most power and access to Biden

So where’s all this leave us?
Overall, Biden looks like he’s trying to fulfill his unstated-but-obvious goal of making the U.S. government boring again. And his picks so far are indeed boringly normal.

In terms of respecting democratic norms and values, that will likely be a very good thing. But the nature of the issues Biden will face as president might not allow him to have a boring presidency.

Biden is a centrist, establishment figure. He’s long been a presence in Washington. And he’s surrounding himself with similar people, many of whom have long histories with Biden himself. The advantage of such people is that they understand how the government works. The disadvantage is that Biden’s team may not be especially well-equipped to deal with new problems the nation faces, in particular the coronavirus outbreak, the increasingly anti-democratic tendencies of the Republican Party, a country growing more aware of its enduring racial divides and other issues that were not as pressing as in 2009 or 1993.

So Biden is creating a normal team — but the big question is whether normal will work in these very abnormal times.
 

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Biden appears to pour cold water on Warren and Sanders joining Cabinet - CNNPolitics

Trump's outcasts in the civil and foreign service may get a second chance under Biden - CNNPolitics
It's been a hard four years for many career government servants. Their expertise was set aside for President Donald Trump's flashy political appointees, and their fellow professionals were marginalized, derided as "Deep State' interlopers and even fired.

But President-elect Joe Biden's early picks for top positions are giving hope to career professionals throughout government -- and maybe also to some who left in scorn.

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Yet there's also a clear preference among Biden's advisers for career professionals either alienated or drummed out during the Trump administration. Some left or got the axe due to a lack of loyalty to Trump -- "patriots," one senior Biden adviser called them.
Shaping up to be a sort of Obama third term.
 

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Biden appears to pour cold water on Warren and Sanders joining Cabinet - CNNPolitics

Trump's outcasts in the civil and foreign service may get a second chance under Biden - CNNPolitics
It's been a hard four years for many career government servants. Their expertise was set aside for President Donald Trump's flashy political appointees, and their fellow professionals were marginalized, derided as "Deep State' interlopers and even fired.

But President-elect Joe Biden's early picks for top positions are giving hope to career professionals throughout government -- and maybe also to some who left in scorn.

...
Yet there's also a clear preference among Biden's advisers for career professionals either alienated or drummed out during the Trump administration. Some left or got the axe due to a lack of loyalty to Trump -- "patriots," one senior Biden adviser called them.
Shaping up to be a sort of Obama third term.

Personally, i think we're better off if they stay in the senate. McConnell wouldn't allow them a seat on the cabinet anyway.
 

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Personally, i think we're better off if they stay in the senate. McConnell wouldn't allow them a seat on the cabinet anyway.
There's also the problem that the governors of their home states are both Republicans. This means that the Democrats risk losing Senate seats if they join the Cabinet. MMC may be clever enough to recognize that, however.
 

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Biden names Yellen, Tanden to economic team | TheHill
Biden said that he would nominate former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to serve as Treasury secretary and Neera Tanden, president of the liberal Center for American Progress think tank, as director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Biden also announced that he would nominate Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, to chair the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), the president’s internal economic analysis team.

The president-elect will tap campaign adviser and former chief economist Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey, co-founder of the progressive Washington Center for Equitable Growth, as members of the CEA.

Rounding out the choices announced on Monday is Wally Adeyemo, whom Biden will nominate to serve as deputy Treasury secretary.
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Cornyn spokesperson: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick | TheHill

The Left doesn't like her either.

Politics updates: Neera Tanden, Biden's likely OMB pick, riles critics
Tanden's reported selection also sparked angry reactions from the left, such as Brianna Joy Gray, the former press secretary for Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign, who called Tanden "a woman who is openly disdainful of Bernie Sanders and his coalition, but who is friendly with extreme bigots online." Gray was particularly critical of Tanden's views on Social Security

"Everything toxic about the corporate Democratic Party is embodied in Neera Tanden," Gray tweeted.

Many of those opposed to Tanden's appointment, including Brandewie and Gray, cited past tweets from Tanden who has been a prolific presence on the social media platform, posting more than 87,000 tweets – including numerous caustic criticisms or replies to criticisms – since joining Twitter in March 2010. By comparison, President Donald Trump has posted nearly 59,000 tweets since joining Twitter a year before Tanden.
 

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President-elect Biden's appointees for senior White House communications:
  • Jen Psaki - press secretary
  • Kate Bedingfield - White House communications director
  • Symone Sanders - senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris
  • Elizabeth Alexander - communications director for first lady Jill Biden
  • Ashley Etienne - communications director for Harris
  • Karine Jean-Pierre - principal deputy press secretary
  • Pili Tobar - deputy White House communications director.
"I am proud to announce today the first senior White House communications team comprised entirely of women. These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better," Biden said in a statement.
 
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