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US election: Joe Biden backs Covid vow with new task force

image captionCovid-19 in the US is nearing 50 million cases and Joe Biden says tackling the pandemic is his main priority

US President-elect Joe Biden has named the members of his coronavirus task force, highlighting his pledge to make tackling Covid-19 his top priority.

Mr Biden said one of his "most important battles" was to manage the surge in cases and bring a safe and viable vaccine to the people.

He is also forging ahead on transition issues from climate change to migrants.

But President Trump still refuses to concede and is backing legal challenges to results in several key states.

Mr Biden's victory was declared on Saturday but it remains a projection, with a number of states still counting votes. The nationwide difference in votes for the two candidates is about 4.5 million.

Mr Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris have launched a website for the transition, saying the team will also focus on the economy and tackling racism.

But the president-elect will need the help of an agency called the General Services Administration to begin the transition process and its Trump-appointed head has given no indication when that will happen,

What are the Covid plans?

On Monday, Mr Biden set out the blueprints for his Transition Covid-19 Advisory Board.

In his first appointments since his victory was announced, he named three co-chairs and 10 members. Among the co-chairs named is Vivek Murthy, who was appointed US surgeon-general by President Barack Obama in 2014 and removed by President Trump in 2017.

media captionBiden and Harris call for unity in victory speeches

One member is Rick Bright, who says he was ignored and then removed by the Trump administration over his early warnings on Covid.

In a statement, Mr Biden said the board would help to get the virus under control, deliver relief for working families, address racial disparities and work to reopen schools and businesses.

He also said it would "elevate the voices of scientists and public health experts". President Trump's comments on Covid-19 have often conflicted with scientists, including leading infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci.

Mr Biden on Monday also welcomed the news from Pfizer and BioNTech that preliminary analysis showed their vaccine in development could prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid-19.

He thanked the "brilliant women and men who helped produce this breakthrough and to give us such cause for hope" but also warned it was "important to understand that the end of the battle against Covid-19 is still months away".

The focus of his policy will be on mask wearing, social distancing, contact tracing and hand washing.

Covid cases in the US since the epidemic began are nearing 10 million, and there have been more than 237,000 deaths recorded so far, Johns Hopkins research shows.

Donald Trump also welcomed the vaccine statement, tweeting that it was "such great news".

What are the other transition plans?

They reportedly include a slew of executive orders - written orders issued by the president to the federal government that do not require congressional approval - aimed at reversing controversial Trump policies. They are in draft form and cannot be issued until he takes office. According to US media:

  • Mr Biden will rejoin the Paris climate agreement, which the US officially left on Wednesday
  • He will reverse the decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization
  • He will end the travel ban on citizens from seven mostly Muslim countries
  • He will reinstate an Obama-era policy of granting immigration status to undocumented migrants who entered the US as children

Mr Biden also aims to make addressing racism a key policy, including better access to affordable housing for black and minority communities.

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Mr Biden wants to transform US policing, including banning the use of chokeholds, and to reduce the US prison population, which at more than two million people is the biggest in the world.

However, for the transition process to begin, the support of the General Services Administration is needed to access government funds and communicate with the federal agencies it will be staffing.

Its administrator, Emily Murphy, has not started the process nor indicated when she will do so, sparking concern among some Democrats that Mr Trump will try to impede the transition process.

What have Mr Trump and Republicans said?

The vast majority of the president's tweets have continued to call the electoral process into question.

Mr Trump, the first president to lose a re-election bid since 1992, has launched an array of lawsuits backing claims of fraud for which no evidence has yet been presented.

One of his lawyers, Rudy Giuliani, on Monday said there were "unlawful votes" in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin and Nevada. "We will prove it all," he said.

Mr Trump still plans rallies to back his challenge, campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said.

Most Republicans have remained silent on Mr Biden's projected election victory, favouring the unveiling of full results.

The Republican leader in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, told Fox News that all recounts and legal challenges should be completed.

The New York Times said advisers had told Mr Trump the chances of legal success were not high but that he was not yet ready to accept the loss.

Mr Trump has vowed to take legal action as far as the Supreme Court.

If the election result is challenged, it would require legal teams to argue this in state courts. State judges would then need to uphold the challenge and order a recount, and Supreme Court justices could then be asked to overturn a ruling.

Former President George W Bush was one Republican who did congratulate Mr Biden, calling him a "good man".

What happens next?

Votes in some states continue to be counted and results are never official until final certification, which occurs in each state in the weeks following the election.

This must be done before 538 chosen officials (electors) from the Electoral College - which officially decides who wins the election - meet in their state capitals to vote on 14 December.

The electors' votes usually mirror the popular vote in each state. However, in some states this is not a formal requirement.

The new president is officially sworn into office on 20 January after a transition period to give them time to appoint cabinet ministers and make plans.

The handover of power takes place at a ceremony known as the inauguration, which is held on the steps of the Capitol building in Washington DC.

 

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US President-elect Joe Biden has delivered a passionate appeal to Americans to wear a mask as the best way to "turn this pandemic around".

Mr Biden said the US faced a "very dark winter" and the "worst wave yet", and Americans had to put aside political differences to tackle Covid-19.

He has named a new task force and vowed to "follow the science" as he puts together his transition team.

Donald Trump still refuses to concede defeat and is challenging key results.

He is taking legal action in several states.

Mr Biden's victory was declared on Saturday but it remains a projection, with a number of states still counting ballot papers. He leads Mr Trump in the nationwide vote by about 4.5 million.

Mr Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris have launched a website for the transition, saying the team will also focus on climate change, the economy and tackling racism.

But the president-elect will need the help of an agency called the General Services Administration to begin the transition process and its Trump-appointed head has given no indication when that will happen.

What are the Covid plans?

In a TV address, he said "I implore you, wear a mask", calling it the "single most effective thing we can do to stop the spread of Covid".

He added: "A mask is not a political statement but it is a good way to start pulling the country together."

During the election campaign, his mask-wearing was markedly different to President Trump, whose attitude to it has varied considerably.

They have differed too on how to follow scientific advice. Mr Biden said on Monday there would be a "bedrock of science" to his policy. President Trump's comments on Covid-19 have often conflicted with scientists, including leading infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci.

 

Mr Biden said that, as president, he would improve contact-tracing and supplies of protective equipment, and address the racial disparity of coronavirus infections.

"This is a crisis that affects everyone and I will be a president for everyone," he said. "We can get this virus under control, I promise you."

He earlier named three co-chairs and 10 members of his task force. Among the co-chairs named is Vivek Murthy, who was appointed US surgeon-general by President Barack Obama in 2014 and removed by President Trump in 2017.

One member is immunologist Rick Bright, who says he was ignored and then removed by the Trump administration over his early warnings on Covid.

Mr Biden also welcomed the news from Pfizer and BioNTech that preliminary analysis showed their vaccine in development could prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid-19.

But he also warned it was "important to understand that the end of the battle against Covid-19 is still months away".

BBC North America correspondent Anthony Zurcher says that Mr Biden's choice to address the pandemic as the first public event for his new transition team afforded him an opportunity to look and act like a man who will soon be president, despite Donald Trump's decision to not concede defeat.

Covid cases in the US since the epidemic began are nearing 10 million, and there have been more than 237,000 deaths recorded so far, Johns Hopkins research shows.

Donald Trump also welcomed the vaccine statement, tweeting it was "such great news".

What are the other transition plans?

They reportedly include a slew of executive orders - written orders issued by the president to the federal government that do not require congressional approval - aimed at reversing controversial Trump policies. They are in draft form and cannot be issued until he takes office. According to US media:

  • Mr Biden will rejoin the Paris climate agreement, which the US officially left on Wednesday
  • He will reverse the decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization
  • He will end the travel ban on citizens from seven mostly Muslim countries
  • He will reinstate an Obama-era policy of granting immigration status to undocumented migrants who entered the US as children

Mr Biden also aims to make addressing racism a key policy, including better access to affordable housing for black and minority communities.

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NEW LEADER, NEW TAXES?

Biden's carbon talk concerns PM

  • Calgary Herald
  • 10 Nov 2020
  • JOHN IVISON
img?regionKey=DXH%2bmVVnCnPkB6OW4YYLhw%3d%3dJONATHAN ERNST / REUTERS U.S. president-elect Joe Biden speaks about efforts to control the pandemic after meeting with members of his Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board in Delaware on Monday.

Canada may no longer have to worry about a U. S. president imposing tariffs on the flimsy pretext of national security but Joe Biden's promise to impose a “carbon adjustment fee” has the Trudeau government scrambling to ensure that Canadian exporters are not hit by any new border taxes.

The president- elect's trade agenda calls for increased American content provisions, a $ 400- billion

Buy American procurement policy and a carbon adjustment tax to force countries exporting goods to the United States to meet climate and environmental obligations. “This adjustment would stop polluting countries from undermining our workers and manufacturers,” says Biden's platform.

Under Barack Obama, Canada was successful in obtaining exemptions from Buy American policies. The Trudeau government will hope Biden offers Canada a similar deal.

On a carbon border adjustment, Justin Trudeau can point out Canada has an economy-wide price on carbon, which is something the Americans do not have.

Biden's platform is silent on the subject of carbon pricing, instead focusing on a $2-trillion investment in infrastructure, electric vehicles, zero emission public transit and carbon-free power. Online news site Axios reported in August that, while Biden supports carbon pricing, he is unlikely to pursue the policy during the current recession.

The administration may yet argue that its planned renewable energy subsidies work like an effective carbon price.

Veteran trade lawyer Lawrence Herman suggested that a border adjustment fee will not be a tier-one issue for the new administration for a couple of years. Imposing it legally would require congressional approval.

Biden could use the same Section 232 provision that Donald Trump leaned on to impose his tariffs but that would open the new president to charges of hypocrisy.

That all suggests that a carbon border adjustment is not imminent. But it may be inevitable.

Support for concerted efforts to incentivize laggard countries to introduce their own carbon pricing is gathering steam.

The European Parliament supports the introduction of carbon border adjustment and its environment committee reported last month that a new tariff on energy- intensive imports like steel, chemicals and fertilizer should be imposed in 2023.

Janet Yellen, the former chair of the Federal Reserve, last month recommended the formation of “carbon customs unions” by countries that already have carbon pricing, as a way of introducing carbon adjustment fees while remaining compliant with World Trade Organization rules.

Gerald Butts, vice-chairman of Eurasia Group and Trudeau’s former principal secretary, said a global carbon price will emerge from the trade process, as countries prefer to keep their own revenues, rather than hand them over as tariffs.

The Trudeau government is aware that Canada’s energy industry is exposed.

The carbon intensity of a barrel of crude oil from the oilsands has fallen by nearly a third, and is set to fall further still, thanks to new technology. But the energy involved in turning the peanut butter-like bitumen into a more free-flowing product means oilsands oil still emits more carbon than the global average.

In particular, an estimate of upstream emissions by the journal Science suggested Canada’s oil output is more carbon intensive than U.S. oil, even if certain California wells produce higher per-barrel emissions than the Canadian average.

It is possible that Canada could see the price of its product driven higher by tariffs, even before the Biden administration follows through on the promise to cancel the presidential permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The prospect has Canadian officials rushing to take pre-emptive action to ensure that any carbon border adjustment is North America-wide.

Herman said he is sanguine about the chance for Trudeau and Biden to agree on a common approach.

He said an adjustment tax would be aimed at manufactured imports competing with American domestic goods coming from countries like China. “It wouldn’t make sense to apply it to Alberta oil because it isn’t a manufactured product, it doesn’t compete with U. S. lighter crude and it is destined for export after refining in Houston. While admittedly there’s a greenhouse gas issue here, I think it can be finessed by the focus on manufactured goods,” he said.

The chances of that happening will be aided by the warm personal relationship between Justin Trudeau and Biden, established when the American was vice- president.

The prime minister said on Twitter that he talked to Biden on Monday. “We’ve worked with each other before — we’re ready to pick up on that work and tackle the challenges and opportunities facing our two countries, including climate change and COVID-19,” he said.

The decision to invite the then-lame-duck vice-president to Ottawa for a state dinner during a December snowstorm in 2016 now looks positively inspired — though it looked less so at the time.

Biden’s praise for Trudeau as a defender of the “international rules of the road” was a red rag to the incoming president, Donald Trump, a bull who travelled with his own china shop.

But Canada may have cause to be grateful for that friendship, as it asks for presidential indulgence.

“There are lots of good relations (with the Biden camp),” said Butts, who was in Trudeau’s office when the vice-president came to the capital. “It’s incredible it was only four years ago. It feels like a century.”

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How the U.S. can restore its place on global stage

Biden aims to lead by `power of example'

  • Calgary Herald
  • 10 Nov 2020
  • COLIN FREEMAN

Joe Biden has a motto for describing how America will see its place on the world stage under his presidency. In a victory speech in Delaware on Saturday, he declared: “We lead not by the example of our power, but by the power of our example.”

He does not have copyright on that pithy catchphrase: it was used by Bill Clinton in support of Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008. That, though, underlines how Biden plans to return the world to “normal” after the Trump years, re-establishing U. S. international leadership, and hoping others show faith in it.

Biden is an experienced foreign- policy hand. Not only is he a former chair of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he served as Obama’s global fixer during his two terms as vice-president, tasked with the knottier, more thankless portfolios such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Ukraine after Russia’s 2014 invasion.

Biden’s informal foreign policy and national security advisers are to number nearly 2,000 people and 20 working groups. Yet in many areas it is the tone that will change rather than the substance.

CHINA

Biden will end the confrontational rhetoric of the Trump years, during which the president not only launched a trade war but accused Beijing of spreading a “plague” with coronavirus. But relations will still remain cool. Biden believes the U.S. “does need to get tough with China,” and has accused Beijing of stealing U.S. firms’ intellectual property and giving unfair subsidies to stateowned exporters. He will also take a firm line on human rights violations. In piling pressure on China he will try to get other Western democracies onside, abandoning Trump’s unilateral approach. A diplomatic bloc that includes Europe, he points out, is twice as economically powerful as America alone, and harder for Beijing to ignore.

IRAN

Biden will seek to re-enter Obama’s landmark nuclear control deal, from which Trump withdrew in 2018. Biden claims Trump’s “maximum pressure” policy has backfired dangerously, giving Tehran an excuse to resume its suspected atomic weapons program. But whether Tehran will now respect the terms of any resumed deal is unclear. And even if it does, Biden will still face the problem of Iranian military meddling in the wider Middle East, where Trump’s tough-guy approach did occasionally yield results.

YEMEN

Biden will face a similar dilemma in Yemen, where he has said he will end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war against the Iranian-backed Houthis. While that has won him plaudits from his own Democratic left, it does not solve the question of Tehran’s growing Yemen foothold.

THE “FOREVER WARS”

On the question of U. S. military interventions, Biden, who backed the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003, accepts America’s role as a world policeman. The Trump years, he believes, prove that if Washington doesn’t do the job, hostile strongmen such as Vladimir Putin fill the void. He plans to maintain a strong military, despite his wish to end “forever wars” in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. He will, he says, bring the “vast majority” of troops home, leaving small units to help local armies fight al- Qaida and Islamic State. “Those smaller- scale missions are sustainable militarily, economically, and politically, and they advance the national interest,” he says.

RUSSIA

If there is a distinctive strand to a Biden foreign policy, it is to worry less about terrorists, who he says are “not an existential threat,” and more about hostile nuclear-armed states. A Biden presidency will pursue a new era of nuclear arms control arrangements with Russia — although there will be no cozying up to Putin. Biden is expected to ramp up criticism of Russia’s human rights record, and do more to expose corruption among the Kremlin elite.

ISRAEL

In many other fields, though, there is little immediate prospect of change. Biden has no plans to undo the achievements of Trump’s Middle East peace plan, which has seen Israel restore diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan. While he wants more safeguarding of Palestinian interests, he will also maintain an “ironclad commitment” to Israeli security. Likewise, he has no plans to reverse Trump’s controversial decision to move the U. S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

ROGUE STATES

Nor is there likely to be much real change in attitude toward states such as North Korea and Venezuela. While Biden may be more diplomatic than Trump — who nicknamed Kim Jong-un a short, fat “Rocket Man” — his tone will still be harsh because of their poor human rights records. He describes Venezuela’s leader Nicolas Maduro as a “dictator, pure and simple.” In both cases, he may be able to exercise leverage by presenting himself as a more predictable player than his predecessor. Indeed, when it comes to the wider world, playing the “Trump card” may be his most useful asset of all.

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Biden's multilateralist approach mostly business as usual for Canada's interests

 

  • Calgary Herald
  • 10 Nov 2020
  • DIANE FRANCIS
img?regionKey=aEfyHFfYWyLCxBrK5nDLYA%3d%3dDADO RUVIC/ REUTERS Markets and oil prices reacted positively to news that Pfizer has developed what appears to be an effective COVID-19 vaccine.

Markets and oil prices soared on news that Pfizer has developed what appears to be an effective COVID-19 vaccine.

This is the biggest story of the year, but the drug won't be available for six months, and then only to 25 million people.

The next dose of news will be whether U.S. President Donald Trump attempts to overturn Joe Biden's electoral victory. The spat must be resolved by Dec. 8 at the state level and is a long shot because, unlike Florida in 2000, the electoral outcome wasn't due to results in just one state involving some faulty machines in one polling area.

Most significantly, Biden's presidency will bring a geopolitical reset. For Canada, it will mostly be business as usual.

For China and Russia, major negatives loom.

The Biden team has already hit the ground running.

His campaign has reportedly created a virtual “think tank” composed of 2,000 foreign policy advisors split into 20 working groups. They have been tasked with looking into policy issues ranging from arms control to intelligence, regional development, the environment, trade, security and human rights. They include doves, hawks, globalists and isolationists.

This collaborative approach to foreign policy aligns more closely with many Republicans who disdained Trump's one-onone personal relationship with despots like Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

In big picture terms, Biden is a traditional multilateralist and a fan of alliances such as NATO. He is expected to rejoin the Iran nuclear framework, as well as the Paris Agreement, but with the caveat that the flawed environmental agreement forces China and other developing countries to comply with emission controls.

The agreement has been a complete failure and the exemptions for China and the others have resulted in soaring emissions, water and air pollution, as well as China's dangerous flouting of the ban on chlorofluorocarbons, which has eroded the ozone layer.

The Americans are also likely to demand that the Paris Agreement recognize the anti-emissions effect of carbon sinks, such as farmlands, forests and wetlands, which absorb carbon dioxide emissions. This is something that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has never even recognized, or defended. Put simply, carbon sink contributions would reduce America's net emissions and Canada's would disappear altogether.

The rest of Biden's “green” initiatives appear to be mostly aimed at replacing coal-fired power plants with natural gas or renewables.

The rest is aimed at retrofitting decrepit infrastructure and creating green jobs.

Biden said he will end drilling on public lands, but not fracking. He is against the Keystone XL pipeline between Alberta and the U.S. Gulf Coast, but the fact that it will be built by unionized workers and replace oil from Venezuela may change his mind.

Russia, like China, is in for a tough time. Biden will increase assistance to Ukraine and push America's NATO allies, including Canada, to pony up more financial assistance.

He will continue to oppose the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which was designed to make Europe more dependent on Russian gas, and increase sanctions against Russia.

Biden does not support tariffs against China, because they hurt working-class people, but like Trump, he will vigorously pursue trade reparations and push for World Trade Organization reforms to hold China accountable for cheating, unfair subsidies and intellectual property theft.

He will also provide more military muscle in the Pacific region to contain China, join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-pacific Partnership in order to isolate the Communist regime, impose sanctions against China and its leaders for human rights abuses and strengthen the military-intelligence alliance between Australia, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and other countries in the region.

U.S. foreign policy will no longer be based on who the president admires, but will instead be rooted in isolating enemies and forming stronger alliances with friends.

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Biden fights to confront crises -- and Trump resistance

By STEVE PEOPLES and WILL WEISSERT35 minutes ago

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden fought to confront the nation’s competing crises — and fierce Republican resistance — on Tuesday as concerns grew that President Donald Trump’s refusal to acknowledge his Democratic rival’s victory could undermine national security.

Raising unsupported claims of voter fraud, Trump has blocked Biden from receiving the intelligence briefings traditionally shared with incoming presidents, according to someone with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to disclose private conversations. Trump’s resistance, backed by senior Republicans in Washington and across the country, could also prevent background investigations and security clearances for Biden’s prospective national security team and access to federal agencies to discuss budget and policy issues.

Despite growing frustration, Biden was scheduled to deliver an afternoon speech on the Affordable Care Act, just hours after the Supreme Court heard arguments on its merits. The high court ruled eight years ago to leave intact the essential components of the law known as “Obamacare,” but Trump and his Republican allies are seeking to have it overturned.

If the 6-3 conservative court ultimately agrees with the GOP, millions of Americans could lose their health care coverage. While Tuesday’s arguments indicate the court is unlikely to strike down the entire law, the prospect adds to the pressure on Biden to execute complicated plans to confront a series of crisis he will inherit in just 71 days. The nation’s economy is struggling as the pandemic surges and cultural divisions deepen.

Trump and his allies seemed determined to make Biden’s transition as difficult as possible.

From his Twitter account on Tuesday, Trump again raised unsupported claims of “massive ballot counting abuse” and predicted he would ultimately win the race he has already lost. His allies on Capitol Hill, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have encouraged the president’s baseless accusations.

America’s allies began to acknowledge what Trump would not.

French President Emmanuel Macron met with Biden via video conference and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also congratulated Biden on his election.

“I look forward to strengthening the partnership between our countries and to working with him on our shared priorities – from tackling climate change, to promoting democracy and building back better from the pandemic,” Johnson wrote on Twitter. “Build back better” is a slogan that Biden and the British government have in common.

Meanwhile, Biden tried to stay focused on health care as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20 during the worst health crisis in more than a century. The U.S. surpassed 10 million cases on Monday and cases are skyrocketing as the nation moves into the cold winter months.

One of Biden’s chief coronavirus advisers, former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, planned to brief Senate Democrats on Tuesday by phone at their weekly virtual lunch, according to a senior Democratic aide granted anonymity to discuss the private session.

The closed-door meeting marks the first time a Biden transition official has addressed the full Senate caucus since last week’s election.

Before and after Biden’s afternoon speech, he was working alongside Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at a theater near his home in downtown Wilmington. He is expected to quickly name a chief of staff and start considering Cabinet appointments, though those likely won’t be finalized for weeks.

Complicating Biden’s challenge is the Republican Party’s widespread refusal to acknowledge his victory. With scant evidence, Trump and his allies are insisting that the election was stolen.

Attorney General William Barr has authorized the Justice Department to probe unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud. And the General Services Administration, led by a Trump-appointed administrator, Emily Murphy, has declined to formally recognize Biden as president-elect.

That designation eases cooperation between the outgoing and incoming administrations, although Murphy has not started the process and has given no guidance on when she will. The GSA inaction could continue to deny Biden security briefings, which he received periodically before the election, as well as delaying security clearances and staffing decisions.

Senior officials in the George W. Bush administration warned that a similar delay after the closely contested 2000 presidential election caused many difficulties.

On a call Monday night with reporters, a transition official said Biden’s team believes it is time for the GSA administrator to ascertain that he is president-elect. The official, who spoke only on condition of anonymity as a ground rule for the call, said legal action is “certainly a possibility” if that doesn’t happen, though there are also other options being considered.

 

That lack of clarity is fueling questions about whether Trump will spend as much of his remaining time in office as possible hindering Biden from building out his government. Biden has largely ignored Trump and instead called for bipartisanship — but he may not be able to keep doing so for much longer.

“This election is over,” Biden said during his speech Monday. “It’s time to put aside the partisanship and the rhetoric that is designed to demonize one another.”

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Biden team considering lawsuits as top official holds up presidential transition

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A Trump administration official says she will not release millions of dollars needed for Joe Biden and his team to transition into the presidency. A smooth transition is key to national security, says an expert.
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Lawsuits that tried to disrupt Biden's wins in four states are withdrawn
By Katelyn Polantz, CNN  2 hrs ago
CNN logoLawsuits that tried to disrupt Biden's wins in four states are withdrawn

Voters in four states who had brought longshot lawsuits to disrupt President-elect Joe Biden's win and went nowhere in court dropped their cases Monday morning.

The cases were short-lived in Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania federal courts, and fed into a pro-Donald Trump legal strategy that's almost certain to fail to block Biden's presidential win before the Electoral College formalized it.

The suits mirrored one another and were all backed by the law firm of a nationally known conservative attorney, James Bopp Jr. In Michigan and Pennsylvania, the cases had also gone hand in hand with ones brought by the Trump campaign.

Bopp, when asked for an explanation on why his team is pulling the suits, responded, "because of [attorney-client] privilege and because I do not telegraph my next moves, I cannot comment."

The announcement that the voters are dropping their suits comes three days after a federal appellate court said voters couldn't bring some constitutional claims, essentially shutting down the path the Pennsylvania voters wanted to take in their suit.

Trump has refused to concede the election and continues to make false claims of widespread voter fraud with no evidence. His campaign and GOP allies have filed numerous and flimsy legal challenges in the days following the November 3 election.

On Friday, nine cases meant to attack Biden's win in key states were denied or dropped. The Trump campaign dropped a lawsuit in Arizona that alleged some voters were confused on Election Day and feared that their ballots were not counted if the vote tabulation machines classified their ballots as "overvotes." They were seeking a hand review of any ballots flagged by the machine as overvotes alleging it could result in thousands of votes for Trump.

The Trump campaign on Friday also lost six cases in two counties in Pennsylvania over whether almost 9,000 absentee ballots could be thrown out. Pollwatchers in Michigan lost their case to stop the certification of votes in Detroit, and a judge rejected their allegations of fraud.

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FBI ARRESTS JOE BIDEN’S CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR FOR ELECTORAL FRAUD

A political chief for the Joe Biden campaign has been captured for discretionary extortion

The Democrat Director of Texas state political methodology for the Joe Biden Presidential mission has been captured for appointive misrepresentation.

Leftist alliance usable Dallas Jones was officially blamed for assisting with running an unlawful polling form gathering activity in the province of Texas for the benefit of the Joe Biden crusade during this challenged Presidential political decision.

As per the National File, two specialists, including a previous FBI specialist and previous cop, affirmed after swearing to tell the truth that they host Democratic Get-together inward documentation, just as video proof and witnesses, for their examination.

Coming up next is a sworn statement from private examiner and resigned Houston cop Mark A. Aguirre, which was submitted after swearing to tell the truth.

“My name is Mark A. Aguirre. I am over the age of eighteen years and am completely skillful to make this sworn statement. The realities expressed in this oath are inside my own insight and are valid and right.

This plan includes citizen extortion for an enormous scope.

These people incorporate political specialist Dallas Jones, who was as of late employed by the Joe Biden for President mission to supervise their Harris County activity, District 13 Texas State Senator Borris Miles, who is the controller of Mr. Jones, political specialist Gerald Womack, and Precinct 1 Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis.

One of the organizations these people are utilizing as a front for this activity is AB Canvassing, despite the fact that there are others that have been recognized that we are examining.”

“I currently possess video-taped meetings of witnesses confirming the previously mentioned individuals having gatherings of individuals finishing a huge number of non-attendant and mail-in voting forms, including finishing voting forms for expired people; unlawfully going into nursing homes, with the complicity of the nursing home staff, and rounding out and producing the marks of nursing home inhabitants; joining destitute people to cast a ballot utilizing the voting form gatherer’s location, at that point finishing the polling form and fashioning the destitute person’s mark”.

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Biden Campaign Operative, Texas State Senator Accused of Mail-in Ballot Fraud

 
 

 

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President-elect Joe Biden, while speaking with key labor leaders and CEOs from some of the nation's biggest companies, made a promise: Unions will have increased power under his administration.

 

 

President-elect Joe Biden, while speaking with key labor leaders and CEOs from some of the nation's biggest companies, made a promise: Unions will have increased power under his administration.

"I made it clear to the corporate leaders," Biden said during remarks about the U.S. economy in Wilmington, Del. "I said 'I want you to know I’m a union guy. Unions are going to have increased power.' They just nodded. They understand. It’s not anti-business. It’s about economic growth."

Biden, who often refers to himself as "blue-collar Joe," has a long-standing relationship with union leaders, cultivated over his more than 40 years in politics. 
 

https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/biden-union-jobs-us-economy-meeting-ceos?fbclid=IwAR0L9GBXZPCH5qjpQIMUtv-bInCllFB-CiG3Xl-nYYH5ZVnLmzXx1g0ANUw

 

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FBI ARRESTS JOE BIDEN’S CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR FOR ELECTORAL FRAUD

A political chief for the Joe Biden campaign has been captured for discretionary extortion

The Democrat Director of Texas state political methodology for the Joe Biden Presidential mission has been captured for appointive misrepresentation.

Leftist alliance usable Dallas Jones was officially blamed for assisting with running an unlawful polling form gathering activity in the province of Texas for the benefit of the Joe Biden crusade during this challenged Presidential political decision.

As per the National File, two specialists, including a previous FBI specialist and previous cop, affirmed after swearing to tell the truth that they host Democratic Get-together inward documentation, just as video proof and witnesses, for their examination.

Coming up next is a sworn statement from private examiner and resigned Houston cop Mark A. Aguirre, which was submitted after swearing to tell the truth.

“My name is Mark A. Aguirre. I am over the age of eighteen years and am completely skillful to make this sworn statement. The realities expressed in this oath are inside my own insight and are valid and right.

This plan includes citizen extortion for an enormous scope.

These people incorporate political specialist Dallas Jones, who was as of late employed by the Joe Biden for President mission to supervise their Harris County activity, District 13 Texas State Senator Borris Miles, who is the controller of Mr. Jones, political specialist Gerald Womack, and Precinct 1 Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis.

One of the organizations these people are utilizing as a front for this activity is AB Canvassing, despite the fact that there are others that have been recognized that we are examining.”

“I currently possess video-taped meetings of witnesses confirming the previously mentioned individuals having gatherings of individuals finishing a huge number of non-attendant and mail-in voting forms, including finishing voting forms for expired people; unlawfully going into nursing homes, with the complicity of the nursing home staff, and rounding out and producing the marks of nursing home inhabitants; joining destitute people to cast a ballot utilizing the voting form gatherer’s location, at that point finishing the polling form and fashioning the destitute person’s mark”.

https://reporterspressng.com/just-in-fbi-arrests-joe-bidens-campaign-director-for-electoral-fraud/

 

Biden Campaign Operative, Texas State Senator Accused of Mail-in Ballot Fraud

 
 

 

Fake news.  And the picture of the gentleman in handcuffs is Cuba Gooding Jr.

https://www.truthorfiction.com/was-dallas-jones-a-biden-campaign-director-arrested-for-electoral-fraud/

On November 15 2020, a blog post titled “Biden Campaign Director Arrested For Electoral Fraud” began circulating on social media platforms like Twitter and Reddit:

 

 

 

 

 

 

A widely-shared source for the claim was a November 15 2020 no-byline article on what appeared to be a fly-by-night website called ThePointNews.uk bearing the same headline. It began:

The Democrat Director of Texas state political strategy for the Joe Biden Presidential campaign has been arrested for electoral fraud.

Democratic Party operative Dallas Jones was formally accused of helping to run an illegal ballot harvesting operation in the state of Texas on behalf of the Joe Biden campaign during this contested Presidential election.

According to the National File, two investigators, including a former FBI agent and former police officer, testified under oath that they have Democratic Party internal documentation, as well as video evidence and witnesses, for their investigation.

That site referenced but did not link to “the National File,” a disinformation site which mentioned Jones’ name on November 2 2020 (but did not say he had been arrested):

Former Houston City Councilman and poll watcher Andrew C. Burks, a lifelong Democrat, came forward to private investigators to express his belief that the long-running Democrat voter fraud operation in Harris County, Texas is still in operation in the 2020 election, as sworn affidavits and photographic evidence has shown. NATIONAL FILE has obtained video of Burks’ interview on the heels of news that the Joe Biden campaign’s recent Texas political director Dallas Jones was interrogated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after being implicated in sworn affidavits regarding the scheme.

Of National File, Media Bias/Fact Check said:

Overall, we rate National File an extreme right Tin-Foil Hat Conspiracy website based on the promotion of unproven/debunked claims and a Strong Pseudoscience purveyor based on using junk science to support claims.

[…]

Founded in 2019, National File is a conspiracy and pseudoscience website that reports from a conservative perspective. According to their about page: “National File is a bold new media project focused on hard news regarding cultural movements, political issues, the tech industry, and other topics pertaining to the New Right. Our team includes distinguished journalists with previous experience at Breitbart, The Daily Caller, Free Beacon, The Gateway Pundit, GameRanx, One Angry Gamer, and Big League Politics. All articles published by National File are true and factual.” (not true see below)

A second variation on this story was published to thepn.org, another site apparently linked to ThePointNews.uk; this one was headlined, “Biden Campaign Director Arrested For Electoral Fraud, dated November 15 2020, and it reiterated the claims of the other story without adding an iota of additional evidence:

The Democrat Director of Texas state political strategy for the Joe Biden Presidential campaign has been arrested for electoral fraud. Democratic Party operative Dallas Jones was formally accused of helping to run an illegal ballot harvesting operation in the state of Texas on behalf of the Joe Biden campaign during this contested Presidential election.

The only credible mention of Dallas Jones in connection with Biden’s campaign in Texas was a September 14 2020 article in the Texas Tribune, which reported:

The Democratic nominee’s latest hires, shared first with The Texas Tribune, include several experienced Democratic operatives from the state. They include Dallas Jones, a Houston political consultant who will serve as Biden’s Texas political director, and Jackie Uresti and Jerry Philips, who will each serve as political advisers to the campaign in Texas. Uresti was Hillary Clinton’s 2016 state director, while Philips brings deep experience around Texas House politics and previously was executive director of the House Democratic Campaign Committee.

On social media, images of “Dallas Jones” purportedly being arrested or taken into custody circulated all over the place:

 

 

 

 

In tweets with two images and on the blog post, the image of Jones was lifted from his own website, on a page titled “2011 Houston 40 Under 40 Honorees.”

According to an undated post from StreetLoc.com, which described itself as “Facebook for Trump fans,” Jones had not been arrested. Moreover, the image in circulating was, according to that site, in actuality Cuba Gooding, Jr.:

French media are using a picture of Cuba Gooding Jr, to claim Dallas Jones has been arrested. He has not been arrested.

StreetLoc.com was correct. The image of “Dallas Jones’ arrest” in fact shows the actor surrendering to police in 2019 after he was charged with groping a woman:

On June 13th, 2019, Gooding surrendered to New York City police. Ahead of the arrest, he had stated that he had hard evidence proving his innocence. That day, NBC News published a video of his surrender.

On November 15 and 16 2020, posts from brand new websites claimed Dallas Jones had been arrested, in posts titled “Biden campaign director Dallas Jones arrested for Ballot Harvesting.” Circulating photographs showed not Dallas Jones in 2020, but Cuba Gooding Jr. in 2019. The viral post originated from a September 2020 National File post, which did not allege Jones had been arrested. Not only was there no evidence Dallas Jones had been arrested for any election-related offense in 2020, the falsely-labeled images further suggested that the claim was completely fabricated for clicks, revenue, and to further sow doubts around the American democratic process.

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If the Dems Truly did "Steal" the election from the sitting government then that just goes to show the true incompetence of the Republicans.  They had the high ground and still lost the battle.  They were ina far better position to rig the election but couldn't pull it off.

It's truly laughable

 

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Has the evidence against election fraud been proven yet..?? If not then to be even remotely consistent shouldn’t the MSM articles read something like this:

Biden and Democrats claim election victory despite no evidence that the suspicious results aren’t due to systematic and widespread election fraud

 

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Has the evidence against election fraud been proven yet..?? If not then to be even remotely consistent shouldn’t the MSM articles read something like this:

Biden and Democrats claim election victory despite no evidence that the suspicious results aren’t due to systematic and widespread election fraud

 

Perhaps should read: Biden and Democrats accept election results as there is no evidence that there was any systematic or widespread election fraud.  😀

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Perhaps should read: Biden and Democrats accept election results as there is no evidence that there was any systematic or widespread election fraud.  😀

😝 That headline will probably come soon Malcolm.

 

I wonder though why only ones sides evidence needs to be proven in order to be reported by MSM? I also wonder if a consistent standard was widespreadly applied in the reporting style if it might result in a different perception of this and other issues by the general public?? 
 

Sorry just my weird mind at work.. I’m sure this sounds crazy but sometimes I sit back and deeply question how much of what I think and believe is a result of the spin, lies and manipulation that are swirling around us at an unprecedented level in history. It scares me that it’s an almost impossible task to separate my own thoughts and ideas from the ones being fed to me by people who may or may not have my best interests at heart. I’m sure I’m influenced far more then I can even imagine or admit to myself

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With that I’ll stop with the thread drift and let you all get back to Biden and his coming presidency. It’s very unlikely imo that any of these election fraud law suits go anywhere meaningful. I hope he makes the country stronger and better with his ideas but I have my doubts that is where things are headed 

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Joe Biden is reviving all of his past failures — and it won’t stop

Psst, an occasionally reliable source tells me Joe Biden has settled on a motto for his administration. It’s going to be “The Way We Were.”

Just before he announced the first members of his team, the next president was heard singing in his Delaware basement,

“Memories light the corners of my mind,
“Misty water-colored memories of the way we were.”

My source claims Biden wanted Perry Como to sing the song at the inauguration. Informed that Como died nearly 20 years ago, Biden agreed to let a fresh face, Barbra Streisand, give it a try.

The next president turned 78 last Friday and his first selections reveal he’s got a bad case of nostalgia. Less kindly, he’s stuck in the past.

Is Biden assembling an administration or a wax museum? John Kerry and Janet Yellen, you’re melting! And it has nothing to do with climate change.

The problem is not just that Biden’s selections show a fondness for old shoes. It’s the policies, stupid.

Robert Gates, who ran the CIA and was later secretary of defense during much of the Obama-Biden administration, famously said of the former vice president, “I think he’s been wrong on nearly every major foreign-policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

In Washington terms, that gives Biden a perfect record, and because nothing succeeds like failure, it’s not surprising he would tap others involved in many of the same policy disasters.

As Sen. Marco Rubio described it, Biden has gathered “polite and orderly caretakers of American decline.”

America First is dead, America Last is back. Is there a good idea in the house?

Kerry, as secretary of state, was the architect of the Iran deal and the Paris climate accord, both of which President Trump rightly jettisoned. Now Kerry’s back as climate czar, and eager to throw another wet blanket over the economy. Biden foolishly also put him on the National Security Council, guaranteeing monologues and endless turf battles

 

The Iran pact coddled and financed the murderous mullahs and their terror brigades while paving the way for them to get nukes. Biden, perhaps unaware of the earth-shattering Mideast changes during the last four years, has talked of wanting to return to it.

Somebody might want to get his attention by singing that “time has rewritten every line.” Under the Abraham Accords forged by Trump, three Muslim countries — the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan — recognized Israel and are establishing trade and tourist relations with the Jewish state.

Just last weekend, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the crown prince of Saudi Arabia met in a historic first, suggesting the Saudis might join the growing club.

The triumph of peace over hatred reflects that the four Muslim countries fear Iran and regard Israel as an ally. Kerry said such deals were not possible without Palestinian approval. He was clearly wrong, so why would Biden jeopardize progress by again embracing Iran and its malignant regime.

 

Here’s another sure sign of how bad Biden’s picks are: China is delighted. The Global Times, a Communist Party mouthpiece pretending to be a newspaper, saw the choices, especially that of Tony Blinken as secretary of state and Jake Sullivan as national security adviser, as evidence Biden “would bring back a rational approach to relations with China.”

Rational to China means they win, we lose. That was the imbalance Trump inherited, and he made great progress in changing, or didn’t Biden notice that either?

Even most Democrats realize that China was ripping off our technology and stealing jobs for the last 30 years, and that Trump’s trade deals, and the use of tariffs, were big steps in fixing the one-sided relationship.

The Global Times also quoted a Chinese professor as saying Blinken’s history shows “his stance is softer than that of the current administration.” Another professor said that “Compared to Trump’s barbaric style of dealing with China, Biden will take a much more civilized manner with a much more clever approach.”

Amid all this flattery, it’s worth remembering that China, with its vast spying network and cyber snooping, knows what Hunter Biden was up to with his schemes, and also what Joe Biden knew about his son’s lucrative deal with Chinese officials, struck while Joe was veep. And Blinken reportedly met twice with Hunter Biden in 2015 in the State Department.

That kind of thing is why Attorney General Bill Barr must take the existing FBI probe of possible money laundering by Hunter and Jim Biden, Joe’s brother, and fold it into an expanded probe headed by a special counsel. The aim would be to protect the investigation from a Biden White House so it could learn whether crimes were committed and whether Joe Biden is compromised by his family’s dealings with leaders of the Communist Party.

Tony Bobulinski, a former partner of Hunter and Jim’s, told the FBI that Joe Biden was slated to get a secret 10 percent cut in one arrangement. It’s worth noting, too, that no Biden has claimed the bombshell emails The Post published or anything Bobulinski said is false.

Sullivan, the new national security adviser, also has some explaining to do. He worked for Biden in the White House, so presumably knows all about the family’s China connections. He also helped push the Steele dossier, which was used by the FBI to spy on Trump’s 2016 campaign and ultimately led to the Robert Mueller investigation.

 

As Fox News reported, Sullivan secretly admitted to Congress he met with Washington media outlets before the 2016 election and “walked through what we understood to be the case” of Russia collusion with the Trump campaign. Chalk that up as another example of weaponizing government power for partisan purposes, though not a single Democrat, including Biden, ever apologized for putting the nation through three years of hell based on phony accusations of collusion.

It’s bad enough most of those people escaped accountability. Worse, some now get an encore. Backward, march!

Election security overdue

Reader Frank Ring asks the right question, writing: “How has the US not dealt with voting security?

“I just accessed my New Jersey E-ZPass account and, with a password, had immediate access to my transactions. I know my money is there and being put to proper use.

“I don’t have the same security with my ballot. I put it into a metal box outside town hall, and have no idea if it was correctly tabulated.

“Why do we tolerate this awful system and why haven’t we dealt with it once and for all?”

Farewell to a gentleman mayor

The testaments to David Dinkins’ dignity and grace are pouring in following the death of the city’s first black mayor. He remained a gentleman until his last breath at age 93, but what I enjoyed most was his ability to put at ease people whose names he might not remember or never knew.

With a big smile, he would stretch out his hand and say warmly, “Hello, buddy,” and you always felt he meant it. May he rest in peace.

 

The Iran pact coddled and financed the murderous mullahs and their terror brigades while paving the way for them to get nukes. Biden, perhaps unaware of the earth-shattering Mideast changes during the last four years, has talked of wanting to return to it.

Somebody might want to get his attention by singing that “time has rewritten every line.” Under the Abraham Accords forged by Trump, three Muslim countries — the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan — recognized Israel and are establishing trade and tourist relations with the Jewish state.

Just last weekend, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the crown prince of Saudi Arabia met in a historic first, suggesting the Saudis might join the growing club.

The triumph of peace over hatred reflects that the four Muslim countries fear Iran and regard Israel as an ally. Kerry said such deals were not possible without Palestinian approval. He was clearly wrong, so why would Biden jeopardize progress by again embracing Iran and its malignant regime?

 

Here’s another sure sign of how bad Biden’s picks are: China is delighted. The Global Times, a Communist Party mouthpiece pretending to be a newspaper, saw the choices, especially that of Tony Blinken as secretary of state and Jake Sullivan as national security adviser, as evidence Biden “would bring back a rational approach to relations with China.”

Rational to China means they win, we lose. That was the imbalance Trump inherited, and he made great progress in changing, or didn’t Biden notice that either?

Even most Democrats realize that China was ripping off our technology and stealing jobs for the last 30 years, and that Trump’s trade deals, and the use of tariffs, were big steps in fixing the one-sided relationship.

The Global Times also quoted a Chinese professor as saying Blinken’s history shows “his stance is softer than that of the current administration.” Another professor said that “Compared to Trump’s barbaric style of dealing with China, Biden will take a much more civilized manner with a much more clever approach.”

Amid all this flattery, it’s worth remembering that China, with its vast spying network and cyber snooping, knows what Hunter Biden was up to with his schemes, and also what Joe Biden knew about his son’s lucrative deal with Chinese officials, struck while Joe was veep. And Blinken reportedly met twice with Hunter Biden in 2015 in the State Department.

That kind of thing is why Attorney General Bill Barr must take the existing FBI probe of possible money laundering by Hunter and Jim Biden, Joe’s brother, and fold it into an expanded probe headed by a special counsel. The aim would be to protect the investigation from a Biden White House so it could learn whether crimes were committed and whether Joe Biden is compromised by his family’s dealings with leaders of the Communist Party.

Tony Bobulinski, a former partner of Hunter and Jim’s, told the FBI that Joe Biden was slated to get a secret 10 percent cut in one arrangement. It’s worth noting, too, that no Biden has claimed the bombshell emails The Post published or anything Bobulinski said is false.

Sullivan, the new national security adviser, also has some explaining to do. He worked for Biden in the White House, so presumably knows all about the family’s China connections. He also helped push the Steele dossier, which was used by the FBI to spy on Trump’s 2016 campaign and ultimately led to the Robert Mueller investigation.

 

As Fox News reported, Sullivan secretly admitted to Congress he met with Washington media outlets before the 2016 election and “walked through what we understood to be the case” of Russia collusion with the Trump campaign. Chalk that up as another example of weaponizing government power for partisan purposes, though not a single Democrat, including Biden, ever apologized for putting the nation through three years of hell based on phony accusations of collusion.

It’s bad enough most of those people escaped accountability. Worse, some now get an encore. Backward, march!

Election security overdue

Reader Frank Ring asks the right question, writing: “How has the US not dealt with voting security?

“I just accessed my New Jersey E-ZPass account and, with a password, had immediate access to my transactions. I know my money is there and being put to proper use.

“I don’t have the same security with my ballot. I put it into a metal box outside town hall, and have no idea if it was correctly tabulated.

“Why do we tolerate this awful system and why haven’t we dealt with it once and for all?”

 

https://nypost.com/2020/11/24/joe-biden-is-reviving-all-of-his-past-failures-goodwin/

 

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Another POV re past / future:

Au revoir 'America First': Biden team ditches Trump-style nationalism with foreign policy picks

President-elect's team shows move to international alliances, importance of climate

 
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Alexander Panetta · CBC News · Posted: Nov 25, 2020 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 6 hours ago
U.S. president-elect Joe Biden announces his foreign policy and national security nominees at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday. He said his team 'reflects the fact that America is back' — a sharp departure from the approach taken by U.S. President Donald Trump. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
 

Let's cast a gaze forward to the first few days of Joe Biden's presidency for a glimpse at how dramatic a departure we're about to witness from the "America First" era.

We know a fair bit now about Biden's incoming administration, based on his platform and on the slew of top foreign policy officials he introduced on Tuesday.

 

Of immediate note for foreign countries: Biden has chosen true believers in international alliances. It's evident in a lengthy paper trail ranging from their past writings to their congressional testimony to various past interviews.

Lest the change in tone has gone unnoticed, Biden himself drove home the message about an impending U.S. shift from nationalism to internationalism at an event that felt like a ritual burial of the Trump era in foreign policy. 

"[This team] reflects the fact that America is back," the Democratic president-elect said on Tuesday, using a turn of phrase Canadians might find familiar.

"Ready to lead the world, not retreat from it. Ready to confront our adversaries, not reject our allies. And ready to stand up for our values. This team meets this moment. They embody my core belief that America is strongest when it works with its allies."

What Week 1 looks like

So here's what it looks like in practice.

Eight weeks from now, after he assumes the presidency, the first acts in office Biden has promised include rejoining the Paris climate accord, re-entering the World Health Organization and reversing some immigration policies put in place by Republican President Donald Trump.

Top administration officials will at some point thereafter communicate that Paris news in Parisians' own language.

 
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Antony Blinken, Biden's nominee for secretary of state, started his career at the U.S. State Department during Bill Clinton's administration and served as deputy secretary of state under former president Barack Obama. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

The pick for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, is a well-known Washington foreign policy hand who grew up in France and speaks the language impeccably. He started his career at the U.S. State Department during Bill Clinton's administration and served as deputy secretary of state under former president Barack Obama.

Ironically, he wouldn't be the only French-speaking top official on Biden's team carrying the title of secretary of state in his biography. The other is John Kerry, the former secretary of state for whom Biden created an entirely new position of presidential climate envoy.

Kerry served a heads up to other countries on Tuesday: At the next United Nations climate summit, the U.S. will not only be back in the Paris accord but will be pushing countries to do more.

"Paris alone does not get the job done," Kerry said. "All nations must raise ambition together — or we will all fail, together. Failure is not an option."

 
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Former secretary of state John Kerry has been appointed by Biden as his special presidential climate envoy. Kerry said on Tuesday that at the next United Nations climate summit, the U.S. will not only be back in the Paris climate accord but will be pushing countries to do more. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

The United Nations will also get an elevated status in the incoming administration.

Under the Trump administration, the U.S. ambassador to the UN is a non-cabinet job, held by a prominent Republican donor.

It will now be restored as a full cabinet position, held by a woman who represented the U.S. as a diplomat on four continents in a 35-year foreign service career.

As she accepted the nomination, Linda Thomas-Greenfield saluted her fellow foreign service officers.

 
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Linda Thomas-Greenfield is Biden's choice to become the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, a post that will be restored as a full cabinet position. Thomas-Greenfield represented the U.S. as a diplomat on four continents in a 35-year foreign service career. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

"On this day, I'm thinking about the American people, my fellow career diplomats and public servants serving around the world," she said.

"America is back. Multilateralism is back. Diplomacy is back."

Gentler attitude on immigration

A new attitude is also coming on immigration.

And it's not just that the secretary of state pick once spoke with compassion, about refugees, in a video with a Sesame Street character — or that Blinken also co-signed a letter criticizing Trump's policies for building a border wall with Mexico.

Further change was signalled in a Spanish-language news release from Biden about the choice to lead U.S. border and immigration agencies.

He's Alejandro Mayorkas, nominated to become secretary of homeland security.

He alluded to his own family finding refuge in the United States from his homeland of Cuba. And he played a lead role in designing an Obama-era program to help other migrants.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) protected hundreds of thousands of young people from deportation if they arrived in the U.S. as minors.

The program was ended by Trump but will be reinstated early in Biden's term.

Mayorkas would become a key point of contact for Canada if Biden makes good on his promise to negotiate a new regional agreement on migration.

That internationalist spirit spills into various security roles.

 
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Avril Haines, a former deputy director of the CIA and Obama's deputy national security adviser, has been nominated to be the first female director of national intelligence. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Unlike Trump's most recent national intelligence director, who frequently bashes foreign allies on Twitter, Biden's pick, Avril Haines, has spoken at length about how she values international organizations and believes they have served the U.S. well. The former deputy director of the CIA, who was Obama's deputy national security adviser, would be the first female director of national intelligence.

The current president himself apparently detected the change in attitude, tweeting, "AMERICA FIRST!!!" on Tuesday afternoon.

Canada expects challenges, too

Foreign allies have also taken notice.

Canada's ambassador to the U.S., Kirsten Hillman, said the Canadian government has good connections with the Biden team.

The No. 2 official in the next White House — Biden's future deputy chief of staff, Jen O'Malley Dillon — worked on the 2015 election campaign for the Trudeau Liberals.

 
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Kirsten Hillman, Canada's ambassador to the U.S., says the Canadian government has good connections with the Biden team. (50x50movement.org)

Hillman said official Biden staffers aren't yet talking to foreign countries, but she added that Canada has common connections with the incoming team to help it assess its future plans.

"President-elect Biden and his team have said openly that international relations, relations with allies, are very important to them," Hillman said Tuesday, speaking in French to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations.

"They want to work together to solve the most difficult challenges in the world — like climate change and security issues. That's also a very good sign because Canada very much shares that philosophy."

But that doesn't mean Canada won't face challenges.

Hillman listed her top priorities for dealing with the next administration, and one of them is a potential irritant: Biden's support for Buy American policies.

Internationalism yes, neo-liberalism no

To understand the apparent contradiction in Biden's policies — on the one hand, praising international co-operation, while on the other promoting some protectionism — it's worth reading the writings of one future White House official.

They espouse a philosophy that could be characterized as internationalism, without neo-liberalism.

Jake Sullivan will be the No. 1 foreign policy official in Biden's White House as the new national security adviser. And as Biden introduced him Tuesday, he said they share a view that foreign policy should serve the middle class.

 
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Jake Sullivan, a former aide to Biden and to Hillary Clinton, is the president-elect's choice to be his national security adviser. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Sullivan, a former aide to Biden and to Hillary Clinton, explained those twin views in a 2017 CBC News interview.

He told CBC News that the world is safer — and better off — if the U.S. helps international alliances tackle global problems.

At the same time, he said, working-class communities are unhappy with current trade deals and are demanding a new approach to trade.

Sullivan spelled out his view of post-Trump alliances in far more detail, two years ago, in a nearly 5,000-word essay in Foreign Affairs magazine titled, "The World After Trump."

 

He's also said the U.S. needs to work more closely with allies to confront China on certain issues involving trade abuses, technology and human rights, without being unnecessarily belligerent.

Yet on trade, he's co-written lengthy pieces suggesting the U.S. prioritize working-class interests, and he's even half-complimented Trump.

"It's not just Donald Trump who feels that way [about trade]. And it's not just the Republican Party," Sullivan told CBC in 2017, discussing the renegotiation of NAFTA.

"There is a deep strain in the Democratic Party that feels that the trade policies of both Democrats and Republicans over the last 30 years have not worked out for the United States.... I think it is fair that there have to be revisions to NAFTA."

On balance, however, one prominent Canadian foreign policy expert says he expects improved relations now between the U.S. and most of the world.

'"I think of these appointments as a return of competence," said Roland Paris, a University of Ottawa professor and former advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"[These people] are all predisposed and well equipped to repair relations with America's allies and partners, including Canada. It's a real counterpoint to 'America First.'"

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alexander Panetta is a Washington-based correspondent for CBC News who has covered American politics and Canada-U.S. issues since 2013. He previously worked in Ottawa, Quebec City and internationally, reporting on politics, conflict, disaster and the Montreal Expos.

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Question is...

Who is sending the threats?  With her past statements, it's probably the Proud Boys...

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8963931/Donald-Trumps-legal-adviser-Jenna-Ellis-slammed-2016-idiot.html

Donald Trump's top legal adviser Jenna Ellis slammed him in 2016 as an 'idiot' who wants to 'destroy American democracy' but now says 'he's the best president in modern history'

  • President Donald Trump's top legal adviser Jenna Ellis slammed him during the 2016 GOP primary calling him an 'idiot' and a 'bully' 
  • She was also highly critical of Republicans who supported him, suggesting that they didn't care about the truth or facts 
  • Ellis is among a group of key advisers leading Trump's legal charge to try and overturn the results of the 2020 election, which the president lost  

President Donald Trump's top legal adviser Jenna Ellis slammed him during the 2016 GOP primary calling him an 'idiot,' a 'bully' and agreed that he was someone intent to 'destroy American democracy.' 

CNN's KFile dug up Ellis' old social media posts and Colorado radio appearances, finding that the top Trump team lawyer was critical of both Trump and those Republicans who supported him. 

Ellis shot back with a statement calling Trump 'the best president in modern history.' 

President Donald Trump's (left) top legal adviser Jenna Ellis (right) was extremely critical of the candidate during the 2016 Republican primary, calling him an assortment of names including an 'idiot' and a 'bully'
 
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President Donald Trump's (left) top legal adviser Jenna Ellis (right) was extremely critical of the candidate during the 2016 Republican primary, calling him an assortment of names including an 'idiot' and a 'bully' 

Jenna Ellis' Facebook posts show a stream of anti-Trump content, including this one where she refers to him as 'Drumpf,' which was inspired by a John Oliver segment that pointed out Trump's ancestors had changed their name
 
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Jenna Ellis' Facebook posts show a stream of anti-Trump content, including this one where she refers to him as 'Drumpf,' which was inspired by a John Oliver segment that pointed out Trump's ancestors had changed their name  

Ellis also talked negatively about Trump's supporters in her 2016 social media posts
 
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Ellis also talked negatively about Trump's supporters in her 2016 social media posts 

Ellis, who is one of Trump's top lawyers fighting the election results, said in 2016 that his values weren't American
 
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Ellis, who is one of Trump's top lawyers fighting the election results, said in 2016 that his values weren't American

Ellis, a devout evangelical Christian shared a 'last days' Bible verse, comparing it to Trump. Now she says she believes he's a true Christian
 
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Ellis, a devout evangelical Christian shared a 'last days' Bible verse, comparing it to Trump. Now she says she believes he's a true Christian 

She agreed with this Washington Post op-ed that Trump 'declared his intent to destroy American democracy,' by threatening to change U.S. libel laws
 
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She agreed with this Washington Post op-ed that Trump 'declared his intent to destroy American democracy,' by threatening to change U.S. libel laws 

Ellis eventually changed her mind on Trump, posting a photo of the two of them together to her Twitter account in November 2019
 
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Ellis eventually changed her mind on Trump, posting a photo of the two of them together to her Twitter account in November 2019 

Ellis, an attorney and ex-law professor from Colorado, slammed Trump through the early months of 2016, while he was gaining steam in the Republican primaries. 

 
 
 

She referred to him as 'boorish and arrogant,' she said his comments about women were 'disgusting' and she floated that he wasn't a real Christian. 

Ellis is an evangelical Christian. 

At one point, she described Trump using a 'last days' Bible verse. 

At another she referred to him as 'Drumpf,' Trump's ancestral name that came to light in an John Oliver segment. 

Ellis characterized Trump supporters as people who didn't care about the truth. 

'I could spend a full-time job just responding to the ridiculously illogical, inconsistent and blatantly stupid arguments supporting Trump,' she said. 'But here's the truth: his supporters DON'T CARE about facts or logic. They aren't seeking truth.'

'Trump probably could shoot someone in the middle of NYC and not lose support,' she said, parroting a boast Trump had once made. 'And this is the cumulative reason why this nation is in such terrible shape: We don't have truth seekers; we have narcissists.'  

She also floated a way Trump could be stopped. 

She said the GOP could engineer a brokered 2016 Republican National Convention - comparing it to how the Electoral College works. 

'Trump absolutely should not be the GOP nominee,' she said then.  

Trump, of course, went on to win the nomination and the White House, but lost the November 3 presidential election to President-elect Joe Biden. 

Ellis, however, is one of the key people trying to help overturn the result. 

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This is Swamp Things 2, the sequel, and the original wasn’t all that great.
 

" Joe Biden is likely to be a one-term president. He should embrace that and seize the opportunity to run some risks and take some chances. Instead, it’s another instalment of " Night of the Living Dead Democrats."

 

 

https://nypost.com/2020/11/28/joe-biden-cabinet-setting-presidency-up-to-be-swamp-things-2/

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