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The Biden camp announced the list of nearly 500 transition teams, saying that the transfer of power will not be affected

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The Biden camp announced the list of nearly 500 transition teams, saying that the transfer of power will not be affected

Trump was determined not to admit defeat, Biden’s declaration of victory was greatly compromised, and the power transfer process was delayed in launching. But he didn’t panic at all. On the 10th, he backhand announced a transition team list of nearly 500 people, indicating that the handover has begun. Even if the Federal Administration of General Services, which is called the “landlord” of the US government, “blocks the door”, it “will not change our motivation to do things in the slightest.” The “Politician” website described the Biden team’s move as being no different from “ejection start”.

It is worth mentioning that this list takes care of “political correctness.” More than half of its members are women, and it also includes many former Obama administration officials, which to a certain extent foreshadows the personnel appointments and policy directions of the new administration that Biden is preparing.

However, the efficiency of the transition team was greatly reduced due to the undecided results of the general election and the “stuck” of the handover work by federal agencies. Moreover, Biden is also facing the dilemma of extending an olive branch to the Republican Party in terms of specific personnel arrangements to avoid angering the “progressive” within the Democratic Party.

The Biden camp announced the list of nearly 500 transition teams, saying that the transfer of power will not be affected

 

Biden’s transition team is the most complete list, many of whom are officials from the Obama era.

The “Politician” news website reported on the 10th local time that the government transition website of the Biden camp published a long list of its “Institutional Evaluation Team” (ART) on the same day. Comprehensive inspection”.

The list of nearly 500 people enumerates members of the handover team from the Department of Treasury, Department of Defense, and Department of Justice to the United States Postal Service (USPS), National Security Council, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Their identities include Former officials, scholars, companies, think tanks, NGOs, etc.

 

The Biden camp announced the list of nearly 500 transition teams, saying that the transfer of power will not be affected

The Biden team released a list of team members for the transfer of power to various agencies of the federal government.

 

“Politicians” listed a group of representatives. For example, the person responsible for leading the handover of the Department of Homeland Security was Ur Jadou, the chief legal counsel of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during the Obama era. She has repeatedly defended the “Dream Chaser” (DACA) immigration plan that Trump tried to abolish during the Obama era.

For another example, Leondra English will take over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the department established by Obama to supervise large financial institutions after the 2008 financial crisis. English served as the deputy director of the agency from 2017 to 2018. He was expected to be the acting director but was replaced by cronies forced by Trump. She later sued the Trump administration for this matter and was supported by Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, but after losing the lawsuit, she resigned as deputy director.

In addition, the transition team responsible for the Federal Reserve, banking and securities supervision is Gary Gensler. He served as the chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission during the Obama era, and he led the introduction of the “Dodd-Frank Act” and promoted the establishment of an industry regulatory framework for financial derivatives.

The Biden camp announced the list of nearly 500 transition teams, saying that the transfer of power will not be affected

The Wall Street Journal recently revealed that Biden may appoint Gensler to advise on Wall Street supervision. Picture from: MIT Homepage

 

In fact, in addition to the above three, there are many former Obama administration officials in the transition team. Rajesh Nayak of the Labor Department Handover Team served as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Labor Department during Obama’s time. Anne Reid, assistant to Senator Warren, will also continue her experience in the Department of Health and Human Services and will be responsible for the transfer of the department.

 

Being “Stuck” by the Federal Service Agency, the transition team has no actual power.

The winning party in previous general elections will form a transition team within 10 weeks before the results are announced to the inauguration ceremony. Its task is to collect and evaluate the budgets, personnel information, relevant regulations, and other tasks at hand of 15 ministerial-level departments and other federal agencies in order to prepare for the formation of a new team.

It is worth mentioning that the members of the transition team have a great say in the nomination of officials from various agencies, and they will even serve in the responsible agencies.

The Biden camp announced the list of nearly 500 transition teams, saying that the transfer of power will not be affected

But so far, Biden’s transition team still has no real power, because the US General Services Administration (GSA) has not yet recognized Biden’s victory in the general election and refused to initiate the presidential transfer process.

The Federal Service Agency was established in 1949. It is responsible for drafting the federal government’s general work rules and regulations, the construction, deployment, maintenance, and management of office buildings and other federal public buildings, centralized procurement, asset management, travel management, information construction, and technical support, etc.

Under the agency’s decision, the transition team temporarily “cannot enter the door of the federal agency”, cannot directly communicate with current officials of the federal government, and cannot obtain relevant materials and information.

CNN stated that Trump used the General Services Administration to block Biden from carrying out the handover. The Biden camp released the list at this time to “show confidence” and show that they will proceed step by step without interference.

But this will inevitably affect the efficiency of the transition team. Until the outcome of Trump’s legal proceedings, they can only contact and obtain information from former civil servants, think tanks, labor organizations, trade associations, and NGOs.

In addition, the Federal Service Agency has also withheld more than $6 million in activity funds for the transition team, so everyone on the list is labeled “volunteer” and is temporarily unpaid.

 

Biden: The handover has already begun. I don’t worry about how long it will take to confirm the results of the general election.

On the 10th, Biden publicly stated that he was not worried about how long it would take the General Services Administration under Trump to confirm the results of the general election. He criticized Trump for his refusal to admit defeat as “shame” and his refusal to initiate the transfer of power “will not change our motivation to do things in the slightest.”

“We have already started the handover work, and we are proceeding smoothly…nothing can stop this.” Biden also said, believing that the Republican Party will work with him. His assistant revealed that the team has been in contact with Republican lawmakers. However, the Republican Party has yet to officially recognize Biden’s victory. The “Politician” website believes that the Federal Administration of General Services blocked the door and the Biden team was forced to start the transition process, which is tantamount to “catching up.”

The Associated Press mentioned that Biden himself promised to be “President of all Americans” in his victory speech on the 7th, implying his willingness to extend an olive branch to the Republican Party. In order to bridge the differences between the two parties, he can arrange for the former Republican government officials to take office in the new government. In case the Republicans hold the majority of their seats in the Senate two months later, this move will help ease the contradiction between the two parties and prevent the Republicans from using the Senate’s personnel appointment power to “stuck” the Biden administration like the Democrats did four years ago.

But the bigger headache for Biden is that further strengthening cooperation with the Republican Party may in turn cause dissatisfaction among the “progressive” within the Democratic Party. The latter is worried that Biden will compromise on medical insurance, economic recovery bills, green energy, and other issues, and is worried about whether professional lobbyists and presidents of large companies are “mixed” in the transition team list.

The Biden transition team stated in a statement that the list reflects the commitment to the left-wing of the Democratic Party. “Many team members have strong and progressive values and deep roots derived from the labor movement. They will become the new Biden/Harris administration’s keynote.”

The list does not forget to take care of the “political correctness” of the United States. The statement mentioned that more than half of the transition team members are women, and more than 40% are non-white and sexual minorities.

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Biden pushed for a $1.9 trillion stimulus package that would allow individuals to receive $1,400 in cash

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According to the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and many other foreign media reports, US President-elect Biden announced the details of the large-scale stimulus plan, the American Rescue Plan, with a total scale of US$1.9 trillion.

The program includes:

  • Direct payment of US$1,400 per person to most Americans. Together with US$600 in December 2020, the total amount of relief will reach US$2,000;
  • Increase the federal weekly unemployment benefit to $400 and extend it to the end of September;
  • Raise the federal minimum wage to US$15 per hour and allocate US$350 billion for state and local government assistance;
  • Appropriate USD 170 billion for K-12 schools (kindergarten to grade 12) and higher education institutions;
  • Allocate US$50 billion for new coronavirus testing;
  • $20 billion was allocated for the national vaccine program.

In addition, the program will increase the annual refundable amount of the child tax credit to US$3,000 per child, and each child under the age of 6 can receive a refund of US$3,600.

According to senior officials of Biden’s team, the “U.S. Rescue Plan” will be one of the two most important expenditures in Biden’s first few months. The second bill is expected to be introduced in February. The main goal is to solve long-term employment, infrastructure, climate change, and racial equality issues.

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Senior leaders of the US military rarely make joint voices: Capitol riots are illegal, and Biden will become commander-in-chief

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On January 12, the senior leaders of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff broke the silence for nearly a week and issued a joint statement on the US Congressional riots on the 6th. They condemned the demonstrators participating in the riots for violating American laws and challenging the procedures established by the U.S. Constitution and emphasized that Biden has won the U.S. election and will soon become the new commander-in-chief of the U.S. military.

Reuters pointed out in the report that senior US military leaders usually do not make statements involving political issues. It is very rare for them to make such a joint statement this time.

The aforementioned joint statement first repeated the duties of the U.S. military, stating that the U.S. military has always obeyed the legal orders of civilian leaders, ensured public safety in accordance with the law, and is committed to “protecting the U.S. constitutional government from damage by enemies at home and abroad.”

The statement then condemned the riots in the U.S. Congress on the 6th, saying that the demonstrators directly attacked the U.S. Congress and the statutory procedures established by the Constitution, but the U.S. law did not grant them such rights, and the U.S. military would resolutely “defend the Constitution.”

“We have witnessed violations of the law in the Capitol. Free speech and freedom of assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition, and rebellion. As soldiers, we must embody the values and ideals of the country, and we support and defend the United States. The Constitution, any action that violates the procedures prescribed by the Constitution not only violates traditions, values, and oaths but also violates the law.” The statement reads.

At the end of the statement, the Joint Chiefs of Staff emphasized that in accordance with the US Constitution, after confirmation by states and courts and certification by Congress, Biden will be sworn in as President of the United States on January 20, becoming the 46th commander-in-chief of the US military. They also reminded U.S. soldiers across the country to be vigilant and ready to perform their duties at any time.

According to the final signature of the document, the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milly, Vice Chairman John Hayteng, and the leaders of the various services of the US military signed this statement.

CBS said that the Joint Chiefs of Staff is responsible for the work of the chief military adviser to the President of the United States and usually does not involve political matters. Although this statement did not issue any political declaration, it clearly shows that senior US military officials believe it is necessary to reiterate the responsibilities of the US military before the inauguration of the new president. Reuters also pointed out that such joint statements by senior US military officials are very rare.

The report pointed out that the statement made by the US military this time is in sharp contrast with what they did in June last year. At that time, during the protests after the black man Freud was “kneeled and killed,” Milly, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, accompanied Trump to the church to take pictures. On the way, the National Guard used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the protesters. Milli later apologized to the American people for this matter.

Since the U.S. military is mainly composed of white men, the “extremism” in the U.S. military has also received close attention after the Congressional riots. The US Army said on the 12th that they will cooperate with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate whether any US military personnel have also participated in the demonstration. “There is no place for extremism in the military. We will review every report and take appropriate action,” said a US Army spokesperson.

The US Department of Defense has announced that it may deploy up to 15,000 National Guard soldiers to be responsible for security during Biden’s inauguration. The U.S. military and the U.S. Secret Service will also conduct investigations on these National Guard personnel and decide whether it is necessary to conduct an in-depth background investigation on some of them as appropriate.

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3 dead and 4 injured by a gunner in Chicago shooting, 1 Chinese student killed

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3 dead and 4 injured by a gunner in Chicago shooting, 1 Chinese student killed

On Saturday (9th), a serial shooting occurred in Chicago, the United States. The 32-year-old African-American gunman Jason Nightengale shot wantonly, resulting in 3 deaths and 4 injuries in just a few hours. Yiran Fan, a 30-year-old Chinese student studying at the University of Chicago, was also shot dead. The gunman was killed by the police.

3 dead and 4 injured by a gunner in Chicago shooting, 1 Chinese student killed

Based on reports from the Chicago Tribune, World Journal, and other media, the serial shooting began at 1:50 pm on the 9th. Fan Yiran was the first victim. He was shot in the head by Nightingale in the car in the parking lot of the apartment. 10 minutes later, Nightingale appeared in the lobby of the apartment at No. 4900 South East End Street. At that time, the apartment building manager tried to prevent Nightingale from entering the building, but the latter broke in and turned to the 46-year-old female building manager. Shot, killing him in the chest.

According to the report, a 77-year-old woman who picked up the letter in the mailbox of the apartment building was also shot by the gunman. As of the 10th, the woman was still in critical condition. At 2:45 pm on the 9th, Nightingale entered the apartment at No. 5500 Southeast End Street from the back door, took the elevator to the 19th floor, pointed the gun at a male acquaintance, and asked him to hand over the vehicle keys. Leaving the building by car.

3 dead and 4 injured by a gunner in Chicago shooting, 1 Chinese student killed

At around 3 pm on the 9th, Nightingale appeared at a grocery store near 9300 South Hosety Street. As soon as he entered the store, he shot a 20-year-old man in the head. The man was seriously injured and sent off. He died after treatment. At that time, an 81-year-old woman who was also in the grocery store was shot in the back and neck. She was rushed to the hospital but was still in danger.

Immediately after 4 pm, Nightingale randomly fired at a passing vehicle near 10300 South Goodstit Street. A 15-year-old girl sitting in the passenger seat was shot in the head. She is currently in critical condition. . Afterwards, the gunman returned to the 9300 grocery store, aimed at the police who had been handling the case at the scene and fired, but missed any police officers.

At 5:35 pm, Nightingale appeared in Evanston, just north of Chicago, and entered a local restaurant and a chain pharmacy next to it. He also held a woman in the restaurant and shot her. After driving to escape. The police subsequently pursued him and eventually stopped Nightingale in a nearby parking lot. A gun battle broke out between the two sides and Nightingale was shot dead by the police.

3 dead and 4 injured by a gunner in Chicago shooting, 1 Chinese student killed

The Chicago Police Department said on the 10th that after preliminary investigations, Nightingale had multiple convictions. On the 8th, he posted a radical video on Facebook in which he brandished a gun and said that he would kill randomly, even threatening “I want Let the whole community blow up.” On Sunday (10th) around 10:30 am, Facebook closed Nightingale’s homepage.

On the afternoon of the 10th, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business announced that Fan Yiran is a fourth-year student of the School of Economics and Finance from China. He is a bright and talented student and is loved by his classmates. Fan Yiran originally planned to submit his doctoral dissertation this year. His main research areas include the interaction of bank asset-liability management and the research on screening competition under flexible information.

According to the media, apart from Fan Yiran, the identities of the other casualties are not yet clear.

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