President* Joe Biden's Cabinet
and Other Appointments
Multiple sources called this election differently

Very brief introduction:

Joe Biden has been installed as President of the U.S.  His cabinet looks a lot like that of Barack H. Obama.

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Joe Biden (in general)

Obama's cabinet

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Media bias (in general)

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Media bias in Barack H. Obama's favor

Media bias in Hillary Clinton's favor

Media bias in opposition to Donald Trump

Wholesale voter fraud

One week in, Biden administration shows its exquisite cruelty.  Joe Biden was inaugurated a week ago, and like the dictator his handlers have long yearned to install, his has started out as a cruel administration.  His 22 executive orders so far, more than any other president in history, have already sent tens of thousands of jobs down the drain with coldhearted carelessness.  He stopped construction of the Keystone XL pipeline with the stroke of his pen.  He has put all those who were working on the border wall out of work.  As all those who opposed his candidacy suspected, he is doing China's bidding.  Of course he is; the Chinese own him.  Every single person he has appointed to his Cabinet is aligned with China as well.

Is this the world's most unsalutary health official?  If you consult the mainstream news media on a regular basis, you've probably heard that last Thursday was a red-letter day in American history [...] Why?  Because, for the first time ever, a transgender nominee for a government office was up for Senate confirmation.  That nominee was Dr. Rachel Levine, President Biden's pick for Assistant Secretary for Health.  Is Rachel a great, or even a competent, physician?  Who cares?  It's 2021, and Rachel is trans!  Rachel's birth name was Richard, though there's no way you could tell that from, say, Wikipedia.  (In fact, on the "talk" page for Rachel's Wikipedia entry, you can see anxious contributors earnestly debating how to deal with the ticklish fact that Rachel had a bar mitzvah, not a bas mitzvah.)  Now aged 63, Rachel transitioned a decade ago and was divorced a couple of years later.  Neither Rachel's ex nor their two children appear to have attended the hearing.  Importantly, Rachel is not only a trans person; Rachel is a trans activist, a self-described champion of transgender youth.  Meaning what?  Meaning, among much else, that Rachel supports giving puberty blockers to children who say they're the opposite sex, and is open to ordering "gender-confirmation" surgery to kids under age 18 with or without parental permission.

What's up with Biden's transsexual?  If you want to be part of Joe Biden's administration, you need to be a "first."  I don't mean "first" like first in your college graduation class.  Heck, Biden himself was only in the top 50% of his law school class according to Biden and only in the top 85% according to the school records.  No, not that kind of first.  After all, this is a Democrat administration and so we're not talking about dead white patriarchal European so-called merit.  What we're talking about is that you need to be a "first" in your skin color or sexuality.  Such as "first Asian Director of the Office of Management and Budget" or "first black woman vice president" or "first gay cabinet member" or "first Native American cabinet secretary."  Or the subject of this column.  Biden boasts that he has nominated the first transsexual Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services.

Forty Days of Biden:  Not so Centrist, Not so Competent.  When the complete history of the Biden administration is written, the nomination of Neera Tanden to be director of the Office of Management and Budget will be a minor detail.  If her nomination fails, the White House will just find a like-minded nominee who doesn't have Tanden's personal HR issues.  And the Senate's confirmation of Biden's cabinet is moving slowly but largely smoothly, with eleven of 23 cabinet officials confirmed so far.  But a fairer question, more than 40 days into Biden's administration, is whether Biden and his team are moving fast enough to fill out all of those lesser-known administration positions.  For example, Biden hasn't nominated a director of the Food and Drug Administration yet, which seems a little odd, considering how central the FDA is to the approval of vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 right now and in the coming year.  There are about 1,250 positions in the executive branch that require Senate confirmation; Biden has picked 58 nominees so far.

Becerra confirmation would mean left-wing 'culture wars,' GOP senators say.  The confirmation of Xavier Becerra as head of the most sweeping federal health agency will mean "culture wars" driven by divisive liberal policies, Senate Republicans say.  "Xavier Becerra isn't an experienced consensus leader, he's a culture war super-soldier with a long history of attacking First Amendment freedoms," Nebraska Republican Ben Sasse said.  "Culture wars are poison to self-government, especially during a real public health crisis.  The Senate should reject his divisive nomination," he said.  Sasse, who sits on the Senate Finance Committee, had a heated exchange with Biden's nominee in his confirmation hearing last week in which he attacked Becerra for "bullying" an order of nuns that cares for the elderly poor, referencing Becerra's lawsuit against the Trump administration's move to allow faith-based ministries an exemption from the Obamacare contraception mandate.

Tanden Withdraws Nomination for Budget Director.  Neera Tanden withdrew her nomination to become director of the Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday [3/2/2021] after she struggled to receive the support needed for a Senate confirmation in light of old tweets in which she insulted lawmakers.  "Unfortunately, it now seems clear that there is no path forward to gain confirmation, and I do not want continued consideration of my nomination to be a distraction from your other priorities," Tanden wrote in a letter to President Biden.

Mystery deepens over Biden Interior nominee's finances as she files third amended ethics report.  Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), President Biden's nominee to run the Interior Department, has now offered a third account to House ethics officials about how much she earned the year she first won her congressional seat.  As her cabinet nomination wound its way through the Senate confirmation process, Haaland late last week quietly filed a second amendment to her legally required congressional financial disclosure report, eliminating more than $40,000 in income she previously claimed she earned in 2018.  The new report, dated Thursday, reports her total earnings in 2018 were only $4,000, even as she traveled the country and New Mexico campaigning for Congress and carried a student loan debt of between $15,000 and $50,000 that dates to 2006.

Biden's Education Secretary Confirmed, Asks America To 'Reimagine Education'.  The Senate confirmed Dr. Miguel A. Cardona to lead the Education Department on Monday [3/1/2021].  The final vote was 64 to 33.  "There are no shortages of challenges ahead, no shortage of problems for us to solve.  But by the same token, there are countless opportunities for us to seize," said Cordona after accepting the nomination in December.  "We must embrace the opportunity to reimagine education — and build it back better.  We must evolve it to meet the needs of our students."  Cardona, 45, is new to the national stage, spending most of his professional career working in the public education system in his hometown of Meriden, Connecticut.  He started out as a fourth-grade elementary school teacher, became the youngest principal in the state in 2013, then assumed the role of assistant superintendent at the district's central office ten years later.

Left toasts Merrick Garland, the Swamp elitist who served as Bloody Janet Reno's henchman.  At his Senate confirmation hearing on Feb. 22, Joe Biden's choice to be attorney general transparently sought to equate former President Donald Trump and his America First movement with Timothy McVeigh and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing: [...] Unstated yet readily apparent is the salute to a return to Janet Reno, the bloodstained Bill Clinton attorney general who presided over a Justice Department that covered up the FBI murders of a young mother holding a baby in her arms and a 14-year-old boy at Ruby Ridge, Idaho in 1992 and actively slaughtered 76 Branch Davidians at Waco one year later.  It is rather astonishing that given Garland's public vow to aggressively treat Trump supporters as domestic terrorists more attention isn't given to his prominent role serving Reno.  Garland was Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General to Jamie Gorelick, Reno's Deputy AG.  Reno referred to Gorelick as her Justice Department's "chief operating officer" and Gorelick has described Garland as her "wingman."  So that would make it:
  [#1]   Janet Reno
  [#2]   Jamie Gorelick
  [#3]   Merrick Garland
This was the hierarchy of a Justice Department that burned American citizens to death in the name of fighting "domestic terror."

Biden Secretary of State Makes a Whopper of a Mistake During Meeting With Mexican Official.  Democrats have pushed the fiction of the "adults being back in charge" with Joe Biden. [...] But speaking of those adults who are supposed to know more (spoiler: they know less), we give you Biden Secretary of State Antony Blinken who apparently doesn't know how to hang the Mexican flag and almost causes an international incident with how he does it.  Blinken was having a virtual meeting with Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard.  The Zoom meeting showed Blinken sitting at a desk in front of the American and Mexican flags.  Except there was one rather significant problem:  the Mexican flag was hung upside down.  Apparently, Blinken was unaware of it.

JoeBama Put The Gang Back Together Inside The DOJ — John Carlin Returns as Acting Deputy AG.  Those who have followed all of the internal research will know the name John Carlin.  As noted in this text message below Carlin has returned to the DOJ and is currently Acting Deputy Attorney General inside Main Justice.  Once again the corrupt DOJ is attempting to secure itself from sunlight upon prior activity, very corrupt activity.  John Carlin was the assistant attorney general and head of the National Security Division inside the DOJ when efforts against the Trump campaign and incoming administration were underway.  John CarIin was previously chief of staff to FBI Director Robert Mueller.  In September of 2016 Carlin manipulated the FISA court by misleading them on the Section 702 certifications.  Carlin never informed the court of FBI contractors having access to the NSA database and exporting the search results to unknown actors.

Not a Rose Garland.  If you've a memory longer than a nanosecond you might recall that in 2016 when he was nominated by then-President Obama to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia's death, Merrick Garland was widely touted as a "moderate."  President Biden has now nominated him for the slot of Attorney General, and the confirmation vote is scheduled for this coming week.  How do you define moderate?  His confirmation hearings reveal to me that Garland is certainly not one:  Last summer, 220 cities were besieged by gangs that attacked homes, businesses, federal buildings, and local law enforcement.  In his confirmation hearing, Garland testified that the people who did this could not be considered "domestic terrorists" because they did this only at night and apparently terrorist acts can only be committed in the daytime in his view.  Is that preposterous?  Of course, it is.

Rand Paul compares gender change surgery for minors to genital mutilation in furious exchange with Biden's transgender pick for assistant HHS secretary.  Rand Paul angrily confronted Joe Biden's pick for assistant secretary for Health and Human Services on Thursday [2/25/2021], likening gender changes surgeries to genital mutilation and pushing the transgender nominee on if they would allow minors to decide if they want to go on hormones to stop puberty.  'We should be outraged that someone is talking to a three-year-old about changing their sex,' Paul said of Rachel Levine, a transgender woman Biden picked to help head up HHS.  Paul, who was a practicing ophthalmologist before becoming a U.S. senator, likened transgender minors starting on transitioning treatments to genital mutilation, blaming the increasing rates of trans-identified youth on 'the social pressure to conform.'  [Video clip]

Rand Paul Challenges Far-Left HHS Nominee Rachel Levine Over Pre-Teen Surgery to Remove Sex Organs.  JoeBama is appealing to the radical left-wing base of his support crew with the nomination of former Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Rachel Levine, to be an assistant secretary at the federal Department of Health and Human Services.  Levin[e] is a transgender person with a history of terrible policy execution around COVID-19.  Today Ms. Levine testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee on Capitol Hill and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul called-out the insanity of talking to three year old children about gender reassignment.  [Video clip]

Why is Neera Tanden so important that Democrats would smear Joe Manchin to save her doomed nomination?  It's a bold move to smear your own party's most important senator as a racist and sexist.  But evidently, the Biden administration believes that ramming through a professional Twitter troll as the director of the Office of Management and Budget is worth it.  Nine of President Biden's nominees earned bipartisan support and, with the exception of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, majority support even among Republicans.  But now, the president of the liberal Center for American Progress is set to be voted down by every Republican in the Senate plus West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.  Manchin, the crucial swing vote of the 50-50 Senate, has announced his opposition to Tanden's confirmation.  The case against Tanden is simple enough:  She lacks both the resume qualifying her for such a vital position and the civil temperament to work across the aisle.

Biden Admin Says TRUMP Is The Reason His Cabinet Appointments Are Moving Slow.  Donald Trump hasn't been in office since noon on January 20, and he's not a member of the U.S. Senate.  And yet, for some reason, he's being blamed for the supposedly slow pace of Joe Biden's Cabinet nominees being confirmed.  It wouldn't have anything at all to do with an evenly divided chamber or the fact that most of his selections are highly controversial leftists including a Health and Human Services nominee who believes kids as young as three years old should be able to 'decide' to get sex change therapy.

With cabinet nominees, Biden pokes conservatives, scrapes the bottom of the barrel.  Why does it seem like with each and every cabinet nominee, Biden or whoever is calling the shots are poking their thumbs in the eyes of every pro-American conservative?  Because that is exactly what they are doing. [...] It is impossible that the Democrats do not know that Merrick Garland is nearly as senile as Biden, terrified to utter a word that might tank his confirmation.  He is so willing and anxious to be the next tool of the radical left that he could not form a coherent sentence.  He pretended not to know what the word "illegal" means with regard to the border.  He eagerly expressed his approval of the destruction done by Antifa and BLM but the oh-so-carefully-planned pseudo- insurrection of January 6 will be a primary focus of DOJ investigation.  Oh, and he will seek out white supremacy wherever it is lurking.  Garland's performance was an embarrassment.  And oddly, his lack of knowledge and expertise is on a par with every other Biden nominee.

Xavier Becerra Refused to Name Even One Abortion Restriction He Could Support.  California Attorney General Xavier Becerra refused to answer questions about his radical pro-abortion views during his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday and could not name even one abortion restriction he could support.  Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) asked Becerra, President Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), whether he supported any restriction whatsoever on abortions, including those intended to end the life of babies with a prenatal disability diagnosis of Down syndrome or partial-birth abortions.

Biden's Pick For U.N. Ambassador Confirmed As [the] Position [is] Elevated To Cabinet-Level.  On Tuesday [2/23/2021], the Senate confirmed President Joe Biden's nominee to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.  As The Washington Post reports, "the upper chamber took an initial step, voting 78 to 20 to elevate Linda Thomas-Greenfield to ambassador status," followed by "a second vote to make her 'representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations'" by a vote of 78 to 21.  Biden announced in November that he would elevate the position to Cabinet-level after the Trump administration had downgraded the role in 2018.  Thomas-Greenfield, 68, has said the United States would have a more active role in the United Nations following former President Donald Trump's "America First" philosophy.

AG Nominee Merrick Garland: 'I Will Supervise the Prosecution of White Supremacists...'.  Merrick Garland, tapped to be President Biden's attorney general, told his confirmation hearing on Monday that his top priorities include going after "white supremacists."  "If confirmed, I will supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol on January 6 — a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected government," Garland's prepared statement reads: [...] Later, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked Garland, "What steps will you take to ensure that the perpetrators of the attack on our Capitol are brought to justice?"  Senator, I think this was the most heinous attack on the democratic processes that I've ever seen and one that I never expected to see in my lifetime," Garland responded.

Biden's CDC chief delivers grim public service message with bizarre continuous smile.  At a time when Americans are starting to suspect a COVID-industrial complex with an entrenched interest in permanent lockdowns, out comes Joe Biden with a very bizarre video tweet from his newly appointed CDC director:  [Video clip]  The unmasked woman with the strange, smirking, mirthless grin, making that grim message about COVID having no end in sight and calling for everyone to wear a mask is Biden's appointment to the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Rochelle Walensky.  Who [...] delivers news like that with that bizarre kind of extended smile?  And worse still, the head bobbing, and that flippant giggly ending?  That's the image she wants to project as the calm, knowledgable, trustworthy top doctor?  Even Dr. Anthony Fauci was pretty good at putting that act on.  Her strange smile suggests that apparently she thinks her audience is stupid.

Neera Tanden, Xavier Becerra under fire as Biden nominees fight to survive confirmation battles.  President Biden is standing behind a pair of Cabinet picks facing uphill battles — including Neera Tanden, his nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, and Xavier Becerra, his pick for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services — as a growing number of senators have vowed to oppose their confirmations.  Tanden's confirmation appears to be the most in jeopardy after several swing vote senators — including at least one Democrat — have announced plans to vote against her confirmation.  The former president of the liberal Center for American Progress repeatedly came under fire during her confirmation hearing, as Republicans pointed to hostile tweets she posted against various lawmakers — many of which she deleted late last year.

Biden State Department nominee claimed Israel controls American politics, says Jews have dual loyalty.  President Joe Biden's nominee to serve as Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Uzra Zeya, has a history of publishing conspiracy theories about Jews and Israel, Washington Free Beacon reports.  Zeya, who formerly worked for the Washington Reporter on Middle East Affairs, compiled research for the book Stealth PACs:  How Israel's American Lobby Took Control of U.S. Middle East Policy, which the book credits her for.  The book makes a number of controversial claims, including that "the Israel lobby has subverted the American political process to take control of US Middle East policy" through the use of "dirty money" to bribe American politicians.

Biden's HHS Pick Advocates Sex Changes For Kids.  On Thursday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a nomination hearing for Dr. Rachel Levine, President Joe Biden's pick for Assistant Secretary of Health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  There are plenty of reasons for the committee to be concerned about placing Dr. Levine in such an influential and powerful role. [...] Most alarmingly, Dr. Levine has advocated for sex changes for pre-pubertal people, otherwise known as "children."  A professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine, Levine has given lectures in various settings since at least 2012 on how to perform sex changes and gender conversion therapy on children.  According to Levine, children ought to be given the latitude to choose their own gender.  Levine has advised adults to "try not to force them one way or other [sic]" and instead to follow the child's lead.

Biden AG Nominee Merrick Garland Refuses to Call Illegally Crossing the Border a Crime.  Joe Biden's pick for Attorney General refused to state that illegally crossing our border is a crime during his nomination hearing on Monday[2/22/2021]. During the hearing, Sen. Josh Hawley asked the nominee, Merrick Garland, if he believes that illegally crossing our borders should remain a crime.  "Do you believe that illegal entry at America's borders should remain a crime?" Hawley asked.  [Video clip]  "I haven't thought about that question... uhhh... uhhhhhhh... I just haven't thought about that question," Garland reluctantly replied.  "I think the uh, the uh, president has, uh, made clear that we are a country of uh with borders and uh a concern about national security.  Um, I don't know of proposal to uh decriminalize, but um, still make it unlawful to uh, enter."

Garland Refuses to Say If Illegal Entry Should Remain a Crime; Makes Strange, Confused Comment About What Happened on Jan. 6.  Merrick Garland was just a horrible witness on his own behalf today [2/22/2021].  He couldn't stop saying um, uh, any time he was asked a question and the answers he gave were batty.  As we reported earlier, he indicated that attacking a federal courthouse at night, as Antifa was wont to do in Portland, wasn't necessarily domestic terrorism if it was done at night.

Merrick Garland confirmation hearings start Monday.  [Merrick] Garland, President Joe Biden's pick to be attorney general, will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday [2/22/2021] for the first day of his confirmation hearings, scheduled to continue through the week. [...] The federal appeals court judge is expected to be confirmed swiftly — likely by the start of March — though he may face some uncomfortable grilling, primarily from the panel's Republicans.

Biden AG Nominee Downplays Portland Riots, Compares Capitol Riot to OKC Bombing.  President Biden's nominee for Attorney General, Merrick Garland, is signaling that the days of politicized Department of Justices are going to continue.  While weighing in on threat of domestic terrorism in the United States, Garland clearly made a distinction between right-wing extremism and far-left extremism.  "I certainly agree that we are facing a more dangerous period than we did in Oklahoma City at that time," Garland reacted to a question on the Capitol riots at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Merrick Garland, who was a principal associate deputy attorney general at the time, led the DOJ prosecution of the bomber Timothy McVeigh, who was connected to far-right groups.

Did Biden Pick Garland As AG To Wreak Revenge On Trump, GOP?  For those who don't recall, Garland was nominated in March 2016 for a seat on the Supreme Court.  The Obama administration sold him through the mainstream media as a potential court "moderate," the best the Republicans could hope for.  Despite nonstop media pressure, Senate Republicans held fast, dragging their feet on confirmation hearings for Garland in the hopes (then seen by most political pundits as highly unlikely, if not impossible) that a Republican president would succeed Obama.  But, mirabile dictu, Donald Trump defied expectations and won the presidency.  Consequently, not only did the country escape Garland, three new conservative justices — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett — are now on the nation's highest court, thanks to Trump.

Merrick Garland to face questions on Hunter Biden, Cuomo at AG hearing.  Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland will face questions over how he plans to address the federal probe into Hunter Biden's tax dealings and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's nursing home scandal at his confirmation hearing Monday [2/22/2021].  Both of the issues will be top of mind for Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee during Garland's confirmation hearings, which will take place over a two-day period.  In his opening remarks to the committee, released over the weekend, the DC circuit court judge will reveal his plans to launch an investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.  "If confirmed, I will supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol on January 6 — a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy:  the peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected government," his opening statement reads.

Establishment Flacks Remind Everyone How We Got Trump.  If a "Republican" can't even be counted on to oppose someone as lacking as Neera Tanden, then what exactly is the point of being an opposition party?  Why not just fold up shop and hit the cocktail circuit full time?  Republican voters are sick of this stuff.  It's why they rebelled in 2016, and it's why they will do so again in 2024 despite the best laid plans of the establishment.  And while I get that there's a contingent within the GOP that thinks playing nice during the Biden years will earn them some kind of reciprocation in the future, you'd have to be an absolute idiot to believe that.  Further, opposing Tanden should have nothing to do with trying to preserve decorum or buying good will.  She's a terrible pick who should be nowhere near the levers of government power, much less an agency as consequential as the OMB.  She should be opposed at all costs, and any Republican who breaks rank on this should be cast aside with prejudice.

How the Biden Administration is Politicizing the Military.  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has made it absolutely clear that the U.S. military's top priority is not facing external threats, such as the Chinese or Iran's aggressive strategy in the Middle East or foreign terrorist groups.  Instead, Austin sees the main threat as coming from within the U.S. military.  In his confirmation hearings, Austin said that he would make it his priority to combat racism and extremism in the United States military.  Once confirmed as defense secretary, he ordered a two-month stand-down of the American military in order to examine the problems of extremism among military personnel.  National defense is supposed to be a bipartisan endeavor, yet never before has a defense secretary made such overt moves to politicize the military.  Austin's order to remove all Trump appointees to the 42 Defense Department advisory boards is unprecedented and downright stupid.

John Kerry endorses 'climate weirding' term, warns of doomsday within nine years.  John Kerry says the world faces a climate change doomsday within nine years unless drastic action is taken now.  The comment by President Biden's special envoy for climate change came during a segment for CBS' "Eye on Earth" hosted by senior national and environmental correspondent Ben Tracy.  "Some people get hung up on the term 'global warming' and say, 'well, I thought everything's supposed to get warmer?'  I heard one scientist say this is really 'global weirding.'  Is that a better way to think of this?"  Mr. Tracy asked Friday while referencing a recent cold snap causing havoc across the nation.

More about John Kerry.

Conservative Groups Launch $2 Million-Plus Campaign Targeting Senior Biden Appointees' Dark Money Ties.  Judicial Crisis Network, Heritage Action for America, and Americans for Public Trust on Thursday [2/18/2021] announced a more than $2 million joint media and grassroots campaign against two of President Joe Biden's senior nominees:  Xavier Becerra for secretary of Health and Human Services and Vanita Gupta for associate attorney general.  The campaign focuses on the dark money that continues to flow into prominent Democrats' hands, through radical organizations such as Arabella Advisors.  The advocacy group effort is directly targeting "pay-to-play," a strategy that permits campaign contributions from businesses or enterprises seeking government contracts.

Joe Biden Faces First Major Senate Defeat After Joe Manchin Opposes Neera Tanden.  President Joe Biden faces his first major defeat in the Senate as his nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget Neera Tanden meets Democrat opposition.  Sen. Joe Manchin, (D-WV) announced Friday afternoon [2/19/2021] that he would oppose Tanden's confirmation.

Past Comments Haunt Russel Honoré, Pelosi's Pick to Lead Capitol Security Review.  Russel Honoré, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) selection to lead the review of Capitol security after the events of January 6, is facing scrutiny after past tweets reveal partisan behavior, particularly directed towards Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO).  Honoré, a retired Army lieutenant general who has recently been critical of Republicans, called for Hawley to be disbarred earlier this year.

General Russel Honoré Should Not Be Leading a Conga Line, Let Alone an Investigation Into the Capitol Riots.  I reported yesterday on Beto O'Rourke's "Big Lie" about the Capitol Riots, and reasons why the supposed spontaneous attack on January 6, that was allegedly perpetrated by Trump supporters, is being revealed as a pre-planned act that Congress had advanced knowledge about. [...] Instead of making herself accountable (what a concept), Pelosi has decided to contract an outright, racist, left-wing partisan to oversee a review into the Capitol unrest. [...] If you haven't noticed, I cannot stand people who accomplish something big, and instead of maybe accomplishing something greater at the most, or going gently into that good night and learning to fly fish at the least, instead ride the wave, and dine out on that one accomplishment for decades.  Lt. General Russel Honoré is one of those people.  He was head of the Joint Task Force for Hurricane Katrina 16 years ago.  What has he done since, and what does he do now?

Pelosi's Pick To Lead Capitol Security Investigation Thinks Hawley Should Lose His Job.  Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's pick to lead a Capitol security investigation in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot hurled multiple partisan insults at congressional Republicans, even calling for some of them to lose their jobs.  In a now-deleted tweet, posted just one week after the Capitol incident, revived by Fox News's Tucker Carlson, Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré publicly insulted Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, calling [...] for him to "be run out of DC and Disbarred ASAP."

Manchin opposes Neera Tanden, endangering her OMB nomination.  Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said he will not vote to confirm President Biden's pick to be Office of Management and Budget director, Neera Tanden, endangering and potentially tanking her confirmation.  Because of the 50-50 split in the Senate, one Republican would have to back Tanden to compensate for Manchin's "no" vote, which seems unlikely.

Conservatives Release Memo in Opposition to Neera Tanden's Nomination to Head OMB.  The Conservative Action Project, a coalition of conservative groups and leaders, released a memorandum entitled:  "Neera Tanden is Unfit to Lead the Office of Management and Budget."  The coalition hopes to disseminate the memo across social media and other platforms to put pressure on Senators to oppose President Joe Biden nominating Tanden, who has a far-left policy record, including during her tenure as president of the left-wing Center for American Progress.

The radicals:  Five firebrand Biden nominees and appointments.  Candidate Joe Biden appealed to voters as a deal-minded moderate and experienced Washington hand.  While many of the now-president's nominees and appointments so far have been seasoned Beltway pros, others have raised eyebrows.  Here is a list of Biden's most controversial picks to date.

Nothing To See Here:  Facebook's Leftist Oversight Board Member Leaves To Join Radical Biden Regime.  A law professor who's been sitting on leftist Facebook's oversight board stepped down to accept a position in President Joe Biden's Department of Justice.  Pamela Karlan will serve as principal deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice's Civil Division after spending less than a year on the Facebook board set up in 2019 to review the social media behemoth's content policing decisions.

Corona Cash:  Financial Disclosures Reveal Biden Surgeon General Made Millions off Pandemic 'Consulting'.  Vivek Murthy, President Biden's pick for surgeon general, cashed in last year as the Chinese coronavirus pandemic gripped the nation, making more than two million dollars off pandemic "consulting."  Several of Biden's nominees have filed financial disclosures, including Murthy, who according to Politico made millions by consulting various companies, including those in industries severely impacted by the pandemic, such as Carnival Cruise Line.  Such consulting gigs have raised eyebrows due to concerns of bias.

The Coming Military Purge.  One of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's first actions after confirmation has been to order a "60 day stand down" to combat extremism.  This follows the widespread and mostly baseless establishment fantasy that "right-wing extremists" and "white supremacists" are running rampant and pose some immediate threat to the country.  The details and definitions will ultimately determine whether this campaign is a sensible one that is in keeping with the Constitution or ends up being a purge of the overwhelmingly conservative ranks of the military.  No reasonable person would object to removing dangerous and disloyal people from the service, but such a limited goal is distinct from punishing those with merely dissenting and idiosyncratic views.  For example, a recent briefing among the Army's Special Forces singled out Pepe the Frog and the Gadsden Flag as signs of extremism.  These popular symbols — one an historical American flag — are widely embraced among the mainstream Right.  Austin's other priorities do  not signal moderation or common sense.  He has ordered the services to allow transgender members to serve and enlist, including the right to "medically-necessary transition-related care."  He has also purged defense advisory boards of hundreds of Trump appointees without regard to their qualifications.

How Media And Pentagon Brass Used Bad Math To Slander Our Troops.  Are the ranks of the U.S. military riddled with white supremacists?  CNN thinks so, and won't let the facts get in the way of this compelling narrative.  CNN makes its case in a story headlined, "Disproportionate number of current and former military personnel arrested in Capitol attack, CNN analysis shows."  This is both factually untrue and downright libelous.  It dishonors the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces.  More broadly, fears over extremists secretly serving in the military were made official policy when new Secretary of Defense and former U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin, III called for a military-wide "stand-down" to root out white supremacy and extremism.

Biden Justice Department Pick Opposed Enforcing Civil Rights Laws Against Blacks.  The incoming Justice Department civil rights chief has a history of opposing civil rights prosecutions of black defendants, opposing a complaint against an African-American Democratic leader who discriminated against white voters.  As an NAACP lawyer, Kristen Clarke lambasted the Justice Department for bringing a complaint against an African-American party boss in Mississippi who worked to suppress white votes, according to a federal probe.  On a separate occasion, a federal oversight commission investigated claims that Clarke worked with allies at the Justice Department to quash the prosecution of the Black Panthers who menaced voters outside a Philadelphia precinct in 2008.  Clarke's nomination to an influential Justice Department post will test the Biden administration's commitment to "equity-based" policy making, which purportedly promotes racial justice by giving special attention to marginalized groups.  Clarke's professional history suggests a staunchly ideological approach to civil rights enforcement where touchstone civil rights laws are applied to advantage some demographic groups but not others.

We Need Civil Rights for All, Not Just a Select Few.  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are probably two of the most important — and successful — pieces of legislation ever passed by Congress.  They outlawed racial discrimination in all aspects of our society, from education and employment to housing and voting, and have been very successful in achieving that objective with only rare exceptions.  And they were written — and intended — to protect all Americans, not just a select few, from being discriminated against based on the color of their skin.  Unfortunately, President Joe Biden's pick to be the new head of the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, Kristen Clarke, has made troubling comments suggesting she does not believe these laws should be enforced on behalf of all Americans.

Biden's CIA Pick Runs Think Tank Filthy With Chinese Money.  Can you imagine any Cold War president nominating a CIA director who worked for a think tank that took Soviet money?  "Sure, Hubert J. Kissup's Detente Institute took money from the Young Communist League, but you should confirm him because he's a swell guy!"  Notice how quickly our garbage elites went from "Ivanaka Trump sells clothing in Russia!  This is a huge conflict of interest!" to "CIA director bringing in a half million dollars in Communist Chinese money at his last gig?  Nothing to see here!  Move along, pleb!"  President Trump's list of his administration's accomplishments cites numerous instances of confronting and reigning-in communist China.  However, Democratic Party grandees seem far more concerned with sucking up to, appeasing, and profiting off China than confronting it.  From Hunter Biden's documented payoffs from China to universities taking money from China to Hollywood studios bowing to censorship pressure to attempting to repress any mention of the possibility that the Wuhan cornavirus escaped from a Chinese lab to getting a case of the vapors over mentioning Flu Manchu as the "China Virus" to a sitting Democratic congressman literally banging a communist spy, our garbage Democratic ruling class is in bed with communist China both literally and figuratively.  The Burns nomination should be rejected on the basis of his Chinese ties alone.

Pamela Karlan, Facebook oversight board member, quits to join Biden administration.  A founding member of Facebook's oversight board responsible for impartially adjudicating enforcement and government issues has quit the board to join the Biden administration.  Pamela Karlan, a Stanford University law professor who testified to Congress in support of the first impeachment charges against former President Trump, is going to work in President Biden's Department of Justice.  "Working with my colleagues on the Oversight Board to build a fairer and more effective approach to content moderation has been an honor," Ms. Karlan said in a statement on Saturday, the board confirmed on Monday.  "The Board has a critical role to play in holding Facebook to account, and I will continue to watch their work with great admiration."

Muslim Brotherhood Supporter Named VA Secretary.  The U.S. Senate just confirmed Denis McDonough to be the new Secretary of the Veterans Administration.  McDonough has a long history of openly supporting jihadis while in public office.  The counter-terrorism policies and strategies created under his watch as Deputy National Security Advisor and Chief of Staff under President Obama demonstrate his overt support for individuals and entities who openly call for the overthrow of the U.S. government and the destruction of liberty and innocent life.  McDonough's seditious and unlawful actions are unprecedented in their brazenness and blatant violation of his oath and the law.  For instance, as the Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, McDonough went to the Muslim Brotherhood's mosque, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling, Virginia with senior U.S. leaders including FBI, DHS, NSC, etc to PRAISE its imam.  The ADAMS Center imam is Mohamed Magid, a Muslim Brotherhood leader.

'Only choice for somebody like me': John Kerry flew on private jet to accept climate award.  It turns out Leonardo di Caprio isn't the only one taking private jets to pick up climate awards.  Biden global climate czar John Kerry flew by private plane in 2019 to accept an award for his climate work in Iceland, a decision he defended at the time as "the only choice for somebody like me," as shown on a video posted Wednesday by  Mr. Kerry, who has been criticized for owning a climate-unfriendly Gulfstream jet, appeared in person in October 2019 to receive the Arctic Circle Prize for his "leadership in international climate cooperation" at the Arctic Circle Assembly held in Reykjavik.

Biden's Department of Homeland Sleaze Chief.  The corruptocracy of the Obama administration is back with a vengeance in the White House.  Once more, the "S" in "DHS" stands not for security — but for sleaze.  Our nation is back for sale to the highest foreign bidders and their "America last" cronies.  Last Thursday [1/28/2021], the Senate Homeland Security Committee pushed through the nomination of Alejandro "Ali" Mayorkas to head the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. [...] Seven years ago, I first raised alarms when Barack Obama's shady Chicago crony Mayorkas was tapped for the No. 2 position at DHS. Feckless Senate Republicans surrendered then, as they will again now.  Mayorkas' main qualification for the deputy DHS secretary slot was his glorious record of achievement as a top Obama presidential campaign fundraiser in 2008.  "Obama bundler" bestowed the same magical powers of access for Ali Mayorkas as "Open, sesame!" did for Ali Baba.

Pete Buttigieg becomes first openly gay Senate-confirmed Cabinet secretary.  Pete Buttigieg was confirmed as Transportation Secretary Tuesday [2/2/2021] as the first openly gay Cabinet secretary to be confirmed by the Senate.  Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., and a Democratic presidential candidate, received overwhelming bipartisan support with a 86-13 vote.  Following the vote, Buttigieg said he was "honored and humbled by today's vote in the Senate — and ready to get to work."  Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., the incoming Democratic chair of the panel overseeing Buttigieg's confirmation, praised him Tuesday as a "young, energetic mayor" who could "help us usher in a new era of transportation."

Schumer taps Sanders to head Finance, Manchin to lead Energy.  Sen. Bernie Sanders has been elevated to the powerful role of Senate Budget Committee Chairman as the Democratic Party continues its metamorphosis under the new Biden administration.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday [2/2/2021] announced the committee memberships for the new 117th Congress and also confirmed that West Virginia centrist Sen. Joe Manchin, who is quickly emerging as a powerful voice in the upper chamber, would lead the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee.  After damaging allegations about her flagging mental acuity emerged in the press late last year, 87-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein also stepped aside and has been replaced as the chair of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee by Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin.

Justice Department Nominee Lisa Monaco Prosecuted Black Man Sentenced To 27 Years In Prison For Selling $20 Worth Of Drugs.  President Joe Biden's nominee to serve as deputy attorney general helped prosecute a black man who was sentenced to 27 years in prison for selling $20 worth of heroin to an undercover police officer.  The government dropped charges against the man's co-defendant as part of a plea deal, court records show.  Lisa Monaco, who Biden tapped for the Justice Department position, was one of the assistant U.S. attorneys who prosecuted a case in 2003 against Reginald C. Steward, a Washington, D.C. man who was charged following an undercover drug bust.  Steward was arrested in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 20, 2002 and was charged with unlawful distribution of heroin, according to court records.  He was convicted at a jury trial on April 16, 2003, and was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

The Iran Appeasement Team Is Back in Place.  It's official, Joe Biden has announced his pick to serve as the administration's Special Envoy for Iran.  Surprise, surprise — It's Rob Malley.  Malley is a former Mideast advisor to President Barack Obama.  Malley was actively involved with the negotiations between the U.S. and Iran.  He was a key architect of the deeply flawed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), so it should come as no surprise that he's a trong supporter of returning to the JCPOA deal that President Trump wisely withdrew from.  Additionally, Malley spoke out against the Trump administration's bold and courageous decision to assassinate the Iran Guard Corps (IRGC) General Qasem Soleimani.  Malley had this to say:  "From Iran's perspective, it is hard to imagine a more deliberately provocative act."

John Kerry, Global Warming Ghoul.  Presidential climate envoy John Kerry stirred up a black cloud last week when he said the workers who lost their jobs over the administration's decision to shut down Keystone XL pipeline construction could just make solar panels instead.  At least he didn't tell them they should learn to code.  But it was a cruel comment nonetheless, and representative of the political left's careless destruction of livelihoods in service of their climate god.  At a news conference last week, Kerry said "what President Biden wants to do is make sure that those folks" who lost jobs "have better choices, that they have alternatives, that they can be the people who go to work to make the solar panels."  Unsaid yet clearly understood is the Democrats' contempt for calloused-hand working class Americans — these "deplorables" just can't make good decisions and need the guiding hand of government to help them avoid the briar patches and potholes of life.

Biden's Education Secretary opposes re-opening, loves racist critical race theory.  Not opening schools is child abuse.  Children need to be in school.  Joe Biden allegedly wants to open the schools.  Some states, red states such as Florida, reopened months ago, while others, under the teacher union jackboots stay closed.  That makes Biden's pick for deputy secretary of education a mystery.  Cindy Marten, the superintendent of schools in San Diego, fully backs the irresponsible unions and closure.  Matthew Foldi reported at the Washington Free Beacon that she is still fighting to keep students out of the classroom in San Diego, where she's school superintendent.

WaPo: Two Pinocchios For Kerry's Wind-And-Solar Jobs Claims.  If you missed John Kerry's remarks on the job-destruction impact from Joe Biden's executive orders on climate change, let's refresh memories first.  Reporters asked Kerry how the new administration would explain to hundreds of thousands of energy workers about the necessity of making them unemployed, Kerry suggested that they could "make better choices," and told reporters that they should learn to build solar panels instead. [...] Obama, Kerry, and Biden had eight years to prove the assertion that massive government subsidies in renewable energy would pay off with "millions" of green-tech jobs.  Remind us again how many wind and solar installer jobs America currently has 12 years after the massive Porkulus bill?  The most significant lie here isn't Kerry's statistical claims.  It's that this administration cares one whit about energy-sector jobs while they take every step they can to destroy them without viable employment or energy options.

Report: Biden State Dept.  Spox Trashed Cops in 2016 Facebook Post.  Jalina Porter, who was recently made the deputy spokeswoman of Joe Biden's State Department, called American cops the "largest threat to U.S. national security" in a Facebook post in 2016, reports the Washington Free Beacon.  The Beacon obtained a screenshot of the offending remarks. [...] PJ Media could not independently verify the legitimacy of the Facebook post shared by the Washington Free Beacon.  Either the post has since been deleted from her Facebook profile, or her privacy settings don't allow unapproved people to see the post.  The Washington Free Beacon did not explain how they obtained the screenshot.  The State Department did not respond to multiple requests for comment from the publication.  Porter is a former NFL and NBA cheerleader who was working at the Truman National Security Project, a left-wing foreign policy think tank, at the time of the post.

State Dept Spox: 'Largest Threat to U.S. National Security are U.S. Cops'.  The State Department's newly installed deputy spokesperson, Jalina Porter, said in a 2016 Facebook post that the "largest threat to U.S. national security are U.S cops," according to a screenshot of the post obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.  "The largest threat to U.S. national security are U.S. cops," wrote Porter, who was recently tapped by the Biden administration to serve as State Department spokesman Ned Price's deputy.  "Not ISIS, not Russian hackers, not anyone or anything else."  Porter's comments were made on Sept. 20, 2016, and appear to be in reference to video footage released that day of an unarmed black man being shot by police officers in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Biden climate envoy John Kerry is a lifelong joke.  What was Joe Biden thinking for his choice of climate-change ambassador extraordinaire?  John Kerry is one of the biggest gasbags in American politics, singlehandedly responsible for massive amounts of terrible emissions.  People have been laughing at him since Yale, when "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau was zinging his pretentious, vacuous self-promotion.  We look forward to the anti-carbon lectures from a guy who travels the globe on private jets and luxury yachts.  Set aside his deer-in-the-headlights loss as the Democrats' presidential nominee in 2004.  He was a joke as secretary of state under President Barack Obama — off on his yacht during Egypt's 2013 military coup.

Janet Yellen Received $810K In Speaking Fees From Hedge Fund Embroiled In GameStop Saga.  Treasury Sec.  Janet Yellen received more than $800,000 in speaking fees from a hedge fund that has become embroiled in the saga over stock trades for video game retailer GameStop, according to her financial disclosures.  Citadel, a hedge fund founded by Ken Griffin, a major GOP donor, paid Yellen $810,000 to speak at several events from October 2019 to October 2020, according to Yellen's filings with the Office of Government Ethics.  The Chicago-based hedge fund paid Yellen $292,500 for a speech on Oct. 17, 2019, $180,000 for one on Dec. 3, 2019, and $337,500 to speak at a series of webinars held from Oct. 9-27, 2020.

Biden Treasury Sec Yellen Paid by Chinese Communist Party-Linked Group.  Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen's financial disclosures reveal she was paid to speak at Caixin — a Beijing-based media outlet with ties to the Chinese Communist Party.  The financial relationship is revealed via her most recent disclosure as item 33 on a 68-item-long list titled "Filer's Sources of Compensation Exceeding $5,000 in a Year."

Sen. Blackburn Says Biden EPA Appointee Broke Law.  Environmental Protection Agency principal deputy general counsel Melissa Hoffer may have violated federal law by asking the Department of Justice to put a hold on all litigation involving the EPA, according to Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).  In a Jan. 25 letter made public on Jan. 28, Blackburn asked EPA Inspector General Sean O'Donnell and Comptroller General Gene Dodaro to "open an investigation into potential violations of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (FVRA) and other potential violations of ethics rules."  Dodaro heads the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress.  Hoffer, a political appointee, is one of the first 16 officials dispatched to EPA by the White House on Jan. 20 to carry out President Joe Biden's plan to make combating climate change one of his administration's top economic and national security policy priorities.

John Kerry reportedly still owns private jet as he fights climate change.  John Kerry, President Biden's top environmental policy adviser, still owns a private jet — despite his intention of fighting fossil fuels in the new administration, according to a report.  A Federal Aviation Administration registry shows a Gulfstream Aerospace aircraft owned by Flying Squirrel LLC, the name previously reported as the climate czar's wife Teresa Heinz-Kerry's private charter jet company, Fox News reported.  The company's address in the registry matches that of the Heinz Family Foundation, according to the network.  The plane's registration certificate was issued in July 2005 and expires in October 2023, according to FAA records cited by Fox News.

'Circle Back': WH Press Secretary Jen Psaki's Go-To Answer for Avoiding Transparency.  It's not really clear what people were expecting in terms of transparency within the new Biden administration.  But if we go by the "expertise" of current White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, people will have more questions than answers for the next four years.  In what has already become a noticeable trend, Psaki seems to use the same phrase — "circle back" — over and over when being asked questions about what President Joe Biden and his administration are doing, among other questions.  Psaki has basically become a walking meme at this point, and we're only one week into the new presidency.

The Editor says...
Lots of TV news anchors, meteorologists, and field reporters have their own set of "crutch words," verbal tics, and signature catchphrases.  Most of them don't even know it, because their co-workers are too polite to tell them about it.  But by the time one arrives at the national news media level, those amateurish flaws should have been ironed out.

John Kerry to Oil and Gas Workers Who Lose Their Jobs Because of Biden's War on Energy: 'Go Make Solar Panels'.  John Kerry, the Biden Admin's Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, has a message to oil and gas workers:  make solar panels.  Joe Biden killed tens of thousands of jobs his first day in office when he canceled contracts with the Keystone XL pipeline and waged a war on the energy business.  This is just the beginning — millions of US jobs are at risk now that Biden is stopping new oil and gas leases on federal lands.

Biden's Energy Nominee Divvied Millions In Taxpayer Funds To Alternative Energy Startups That Went Bankrupt.  President Joe Biden's nominee to head the Department of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, divvied out millions in taxpayer funds during her two terms as Michigan governor to alternative energy companies that eventually went bankrupt.  In one instance, Granholm's administration provided a $9.1 million refundable tax credit to a renewable energy company registered to the address of a single-wide trailer and run by a convicted embezzler named Richard Short.  Short was found to be in violation of his parole and sent back to prison after appearing on stage with Granholm in 2010 to accept assistance from the Michigan Economic Growth Authority, according to Michigan Capitol Confidential.  Granholm also granted $10 million to an electric car battery manufacturer, A123 Systems, in 2009 and lauded the company in a press conference, saying it would help "make Michigan the alternative energy capital of North America and the advanced battery capital of the world."

Biden Appoints Susan Rice To Drive Racial Politics Deep Into Federal Bureaucracy.  Joe Biden has brought on former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice as a domestic policy aide to promote racial justice and equity.  This is the latest example of Biden promoting policy that sounds like it came directly off of a college campus.  [Video clips]  Now might be a good time to remind Democrats and especially members of the Biden administration, that before COVID hit, the unemployment rate for minorities across the board were at historic lows.  It's also a good time to remember that this woman went on five Sunday news shows after the Benghazi attack and blamed it on a YouTube video.  It's amazing she has not been shamed off the national stage.

Biden Picks CA Labor Sec Julie Su, Responsible For $10B in Fraud Losses, for Deputy DOL.  Yet another California Democrat with a record of failure might be headed to Washington if Joe Biden gets his way. [...] Today Biden announced the nomination of California Secretary of Labor Julie Su for Deputy Secretary of Labor, the number two position in the department, a move that has Californians in both parties scratching their heads.  Su served as a Labor Commissioner from 2011 through 2018 and in 2019 was appointed Secretary for the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) by Newsom.  Her tenure leading LWDA, which "enforces workplace laws, combats wage theft, ensures health and safety on the job, connects Californians to quality jobs and career pathways, and administers unemployment insurance, workers compensation and paid family leave," has been an unmitigated disaster.

Wall Street's luck has run out with Biden's SEC head Gary Gensler.  Among corporate America's biggest worries about a Biden presidency was that he might cave to the left wing of his party and select Elizabeth Warren as his top white-collar-crime cop.  Well, the corporate chieftains dodged that bullet, only to find themselves now in the crosshairs of the next worst thing.  To say Gary Gensler — nominated as head of the Securities and Exchange Commission — is the favorite regulator of the business-hating Massachusetts senator isn't an overstatement.  Both he and Warren view the business of monitoring securities markets and regulating big business as more of a progressive holy war than matter of governance.  With that you can expect not just the usual flurry of enforcement activity out of the agency when Gensler comes to town.  People who know Gensler tell me he is also intent on remaking the SEC in Warren's image.

Biden Just Picked A CIA Director With a 7-Year-Long Relationship with Chinese Communist Party Fronts.  Bill Burns — Joe Biden's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency — serves as the President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace which has over a decade-long relationship with the China-United States Exchange Foundation and other Chinese Communist Party-linked groups.  Burns has served as President of the think tank since 2014, overseeing its involvement with the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) which dates back to at least 2009.

Back to the Obama's Failed Policies and Blinkered Personnel.  From the beginning, Biden sends the message that by executive fiat and personnel choices he plans to double down on policies that will undo Trump's achievements and weaken our nation while further restricting American liberties.  Democrats found COVID so convenient a means to open the gates for election fraud and population control and now they plan to use this example as a governing principle, demonizing their opponents while mouthing calls for "unity."  If it's true that personnel is policy, let's have a look at some of his picks.  Susan Rice, John Kerry, and Samantha Power are Obama retreads, but there are others just as statist and loony.  His choice to head the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division is Kristen Clarke author of this:  "Melanin endows Blacks with greater mental, physical and spiritual abilities — something which cannot be measured based on Eurocentric standards." Anita Dunn as a"senior advisor," a woman who regards Mao Tse-Tung, the worst mass murderer in history, as one of her "favorite political philosophers."  It's not just the abhorrent beliefs and records of his selection that raises eyebrows.  It's the utter incompetence that shines through.

Joe Biden's Concept of an American Nation.  [Scroll down]  I fear that Biden and those he has chosen for his Cabinet have no idea of a "shared national identity" other than their ideal of "diversity."  Diversity, however, cannot be a source of "shared" identity — if anything, it is a means of eradicating the shared values, traditions, and heroes that President Trump spoke of.  More to the point, Biden's conception of America not only "gets in the way" of national sovereignty, but actively opposes it.  Biden is a globalist whose loyalty is to transnational organizations like the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, the World Trade Organization, and other global institutions and non-profits.  He will seek to undermine national sovereignty because he believes in world governance, not in governance by nation-states.  These views are shared by Antony Blinken, Biden's choice for secretary of state.

Biden's Presidency of Disunity.  Biden's choice for Education Secretary nominee, Miguel Cardona, points to the hollowness of talk of unity.  Cardona greatly expanded Critical Race Theory as Connecticut education commissioner.  Cardona introduced mandatory Black Puerto Rican and Latino Studies that analyze how race, power, and privilege influence group access to citizenship, civil rights, and economic power.  Mr. Cardona is likely to want to expand such efforts on the federal level.  Children in America's educational institutions will be divided into categories based on race, and ethnicity.  Stripping people of their individuality for categorized thinking will cause resentment because those in attendance will not necessarily view themselves as privileged or see peers like the categories presented.  Other people in attendance, if it is mandatory attendance, will resent the time spent away from useful learning.

Biden defense nominee faults leadership while promising to root out white supremacy.  President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for defense secretary, retired Gen. Lloyd Austin, laid blame on military leaders for failing to detect and root out white supremacy from the ranks during his Tuesday nomination hearing.  "We have to train our leaders to make sure they are in touch with the people they are leading," said Austin, who would be the first African American secretary of defense if granted a congressional waiver to become the Pentagon's top civilian leader after recently serving on active duty and confirmed by the Senate.  "I don't think this is a thing you can put a Band-Aid on and fix and leave alone," he added, stressing how leaders must instill military values in subordinates.  "Failure to be able to adhere to those values means you shouldn't be a part of our formation."

Hawley delays quick confirmation of Biden's DHS nominee.  Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced on Tuesday [1/19/2021] he would place a hold on Alejandro Mayorkas, President-elect Joe Biden's choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Hawley, who has come under fire recently amid allegations that he played a role in the Capitol riot early this month, made the announcement just hours after the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs wrapped its hearing with Mayorkas.  The move delays the nomination of a post Democrats have argued is critical to fill immediately to protect national security.  "Mr. Mayorkas has not adequately explained how he will enforce federal law and secure the southern border given President-elect Biden's promise to roll back major enforcement and security measures," Hawley said in a statement.

Forced from Obama Admin for Praising Mao, Anita Dunn to Return to White House.  President-elect Joe Biden will tap Anita Dunn, an Obama-administration alumna who praised Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong's political philosophy, for senior White House adviser, Axios reported Friday [1/15/2021].  Dunn's last stint in the White House ended after just seven months, when she resigned after former Fox News anchor Glenn Beck aired a clip of the then-communications director saying Mao was one of her "favorite political philosophers."  Dunn worked as senior adviser for the Biden campaign from 2019 until last spring when she took over its operations following a disastrous Iowa caucus showing.  She then became co-chair of Biden's transition team after his victory in November.

Biden Picks Health Sec Who Forced Nursing Homes to Accept Infected Coronavirus Patients.  The most notable thing about Biden's pick of Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rick 'Rachel' Levine as his assistant secretary of health is the doctor's drag act.  For the dead senior citizens in Pennsylvania nursing homes and their families, Rick is known for something more gruesome than turning coronavirus press conferences into the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

China Ties Raise Questions for Biden's Pick for Top Defense Post.  Joe Biden's pick for a top Pentagon post works at a research center partnered with China's Peking University, a school that has long been eyed as a security risk by western intelligence.  Colin Kahl, whom Biden tapped for undersecretary of defense for policy, has served as a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University since the beginning of 2018.  The institute oversees the Stanford Center at Peking University in northern Beijing, which opened in 2012.  Peking University, which is run by former Beijing spy chief Qiu Shuiping and has been linked to multiple espionage cases in the United States, recently updated its charter to require loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party, according to an NPR report.  The school has also been ramping up its student and faculty surveillance system in what China watchers see as part of the government's broader crackdown on independent scholarship.

Biden picks Levine, openly transgender woman, for health post; if confirmed, she would make history.  Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine, who is openly transgender, has been nominated to become assistant secretary of health under President-elect Joe Biden's administration, The Associated Press is reporting.  ["]President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.["]

Biden's New HHS Pick [is] Historic, All Right — In COVID-19 Nursing-Home Policy Double Standards.  Get ready for lots of media fawning over the appointment of Rachel Levine to become assistant secretary at HHS.  This morning, news outlets have already begun hailing Joe Biden for his historic choice of appointing the first transgender nominee to a Senate-confirmed position.  But Levine has other history that should be more directly applicable — and to raise more questions about Biden's judgment[.]

Incoming White House Climate Team Blames Systemic Racism' for Climate Change.  A pair of top incoming White House environmental aides has blamed "systemic racism" as a driver of climate change in an attempt to justify a government-led economic overhaul.  President-elect Joe Biden named progressive policy adviser Maggie Thomas as Office of Domestic Climate Policy chief of staff and climate advocate Cecilia Martinez as "senior director for environmental justice" on Thursday [1/14/2021].  Both Thomas and Martinez have cited racial inequality as perpetuating climate change, arguing that the Biden administration's environmental policy must be centered on "racial and economic justice."  "Unless intentionally interrupted, systemic racism will continue to be a major obstacle to creating a healthy planet," Martinez said in a 2019 press release touting her "Equitable & Just" climate platform.  "The only path forward is to design national climate policies that are centered on justice."

The Editor says...
Did the climate start changing after the passage (over Democrat objections) of the Civil Rights Act of 1965?  Is there no "systemic racism" anywhere else in the world?  The climate has always changed, regardless of politics, but it changes so gradually that nobody would ever notice, if the news media didn't bring it up constantly.

Biden Is Already Rewarding Failure.  When Sundown Joe takes office on Wednesday, the old gang will be back in the saddle again: the foreign policy establishment hacks who have done nothing but fail, fail, and fail again, and in response keep getting rewarded not with dismissal and a forced return to private life, but with honors, awards, and promotions.  AFP reported Saturday that Biden has appointed Wendy Sherman, whose chief claim to fame is negotiating the notorious Iran nuclear deal, to be deputy secretary of state.  It's a classic example of failing up.

Joe Biden Nominates Gretchen Whitmer as DNC Vice Chair.  President-elect Joe Biden announced Thursday he nominated Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) to serve as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). [...] The DNC position would allow Whitmer to raise her profile nationally, despite Michigan still being locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic and complaints from business owners and Republicans that there is no real plan to reopen.

Biden taps former FDA chief Kessler to lead vaccine science.  President-elect Joe Biden has picked a former Food and Drug commissioner to lead vaccine science in his drive to put 100 million shots into the arms of Americans in his administration's first 100 days and stem the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. David Kessler, who will have the title of chief science officer of COVID response, headed the Food and Drug Administration in the 1990s under presidents of both political parties.  He has been acting as a top pandemic adviser to Biden and his appointment was announced Friday by the presidential transition office.

The Editor says...
For months, the Socialist Democrats have insisted that we "follow the science."  Now they say someone has to lead the science.

Joe Biden''s Choice to Lead the DOJ Civil Rights Unit thinks Blacks are Superior Mentally and Physically Because of Melanin.  In 1994, Clarke wrote a letter to The Harvard Crimson in her capacity as the president of the Black Students Association to explain her views on race science.  "Please use the following theories and observations to assist you in your search for truth regarding the genetic differences between Blacks and whites [sic]," Clarke wrote.  "One:  Dr Richard King reveals that the core of the human brain is the 'locus coeruleus,' which is a structure that is Black, because it contains large amounts of neuro-melanin, which is essential for its operation.  [Video clip]

Biden Pick For Civil Rights Chief Promoted Racism and Anti-Semitism at Harvard.  Kristen Clarke, President-elect Joe Biden's pick to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, advanced pseudoscientific theories of black racial superiority and organized an event with a notorious anti-Semite as a student at Harvard University.  Clarke and a coauthor outlined "the genetic differences between Blacks and whites" in a 1994 letter to the editors of Harvard's student newspaper, which criticized the political scientist Charles Murray's book The Bell Curve.  The genetic difference they identify, varying levels of melanin between whites and blacks, accounts for disparate cognitive abilities, physical power, and even spirituality, the pair said.  The so-called melanin theory has no basis in science.  "Melanin endows Blacks with greater mental, physical and spiritual abilities — something which cannot be measured based on Eurocentric standards," they wrote.

Biden Nominates Former Obama Official, Unmasker Samantha Power as USAID Administrator.  President-elect Joe Biden announced Tuesday he was nominating Samantha Power, a former Obama administration official and key unmasker of Trump campaign staffers, to a top position in his incoming administration.  "Ambassador Samantha Power is a world-renowned voice of conscience and moral clarity — challenging and rallying the international community to stand up for the dignity and humanity of all people," Biden said in a statement.  "As USAID Administrator, she'll be a powerful force for principled American engagement."

Joe Biden Picks Pro-Abortion Samantha Power to Head USAID, Will Make Americans Fund Planned Parenthood.  Abortion activists praised Samantha Power, President-elect Joe Biden's choice to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development, as a "steadfast voice for human rights" on Wednesday [1/13/2021].  Biden's transition team announced Power as his choice for USAID administrator this week.  She is one of a growing list of pro-abortion leaders slated to fill the new presidential administration.  In the position, Power will assist Biden in restoring taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood and other global abortion advocacy groups — funds that President Donald Trump cut through his Protecting Life policy.  Power previously worked in President Barack Obama's administration as a representative to the United Nations.  Before that, she served on the National Security Council where she advised Obama and Biden on "women's rights," which, to Democrat leaders, includes abortion on demand.

Biden names Samantha Power as pick to lead USAID.  President-elect Joseph R. Biden on Wednesday named Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama administration, as his pick to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development.  Mr. Biden also elevated the position to be in the National Security Council (NSC).  "As USAID Administrator, Ambassador Power will be a powerful force for lifting up the vulnerable, ushering in a new era of human progress and development, and advancing American interests globally," Mr. Biden said.

More about Samantha Power.

Biden's choice to lead DOJ Civil Rights is an open anti-white racist.  On his Monday night show, in addition to commenting on the terrors of a new tech oligarchy in America, Tucker Carlson revealed the shocking truth about Kirsten Clarke, who is Joe Biden's choice to lead the Department of Justice's extremely powerful Civil Rights division.  When Clarke was an undergraduate, she wrote such a vile anti-white screen that even the hard-left Harvard Crimson pushed back.  In addition, she invited to campus a black speaker whose claim to fame was his Hitlerian anti-Semitism, and showered him with praise.  Clarke attending Harvard as an undergrad.  Right there, of course, you can see just how oppressed this woman has been.

Biden Picks Someone With No Experience To Run The CIA.  As Joe Biden continues to flesh out his cabinet and White House staff, I'm seriously beginning to wonder if anyone is actually advising him on these picks.  We already discussed his curious choice of Gina Raimondo for Commerce, and now he's made an even stranger selection.  For some reason, Uncle Joe has tapped former Deputy Secretary of State William Burns to take charge at the CIA.  The 64-year-old Burns certainly has plenty of experience in the swamp, having served under multiple administrations, but he's a career diplomat.  There is virtually nothing in his record to suggest that he has any experience in the intelligence community, and that's only the beginning of his shortcomings.

Biden Said to Pick Merrick Garland, Blocked by G.O.P. From High Court, as Attorney General.  President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. plans to nominate Judge Merrick Garland, whose Supreme Court nomination Republicans blocked in 2016, to be attorney general, placing the task of repairing a beleaguered Justice Department in the hands of a centrist judge, according to a person familiar with the matter.  If confirmed, Judge Garland, who has sometimes disappointed liberals with his rulings, would inherit a department that grew more politicized under President Trump than at any point since Watergate.  Judge Garland will face vexing decisions about civil rights issues that roiled the country this year, whether to investigate Mr. Trump and his administration and how to proceed with a tax investigation into Mr. Biden's son.

Biden to name judge Merrick Garland as attorney general.  President-elect Joe Biden has selected Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge who in 2016 was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court, as his attorney general, two people familiar with the selection process said Wednesday [1/6/2021].  In picking Garland, Biden is turning to an experienced judge who held senior positions at the Justice Department decades ago, including as a supervisor of the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Here's What To Tell Relatives Who Insist Biden's Cabinet Is Centrist.  What, in today's political culture, is a "centrist"?  Old-fashioned political nerds define it by support for legislation and policy proposals.  If you love really big tax cuts and favor abolishing several Cabinet departments, you're not a centrist.  If you want to "defund the police" and "end fossil fuels," you're also not a centrist.  This is one of those matters of political categorization that our most prestigious newspapers mangle on a regular basis.  Liberal editors and reporters have an annoying tendency to define the center as the precise location where they stand on the ideological spectrum.  Case in point:  The New York Times placed this fraudulent headline at the top of its front page on Sunday:  "On Philosophy, Biden Cabinet Leans Centrist."  This is simply preposterous.

Meet Joe Biden's climate 'dream team'.  President-elect Joe Biden has appointed a mix of Cabinet and White House officials who will compose the first "climate team."  Some of them are pending Senate confirmation, while others don't require it.  Together, Biden has charged the team with implementing his agenda to combat climate change, the most aggressive proposed by a presidential candidate, that calls for reaching net-zero emissions across the U.S. economy by 2050 and carbon-free electricity by 2035.  Other personnel choices not listed here are also expected to focus on climate change in ways their agencies have not previously, such as Janet Yellen at the Treasury Department, Pete Buttigieg as the transportation secretary, and Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary.

Grenell: 'Very Concerned' With Biden and His NSA Pick Over China.  Richard Grenell, the former acting director of national intelligence, said on Sunday that he was very concerned with Joe Biden and his national security advisor pick with respect to U.S.-China policy.  Mark Levin, the host of the Fox News' "Life Liberty & Levin" show, suggested that Biden is "exactly the wrong man, at the wrong time, to be anywhere near creating and leading American foreign policy" because his family is "so bought off in so many ways by the Communist Chinese government."  "I'm very concerned about what not only Joe Biden and his family, how they've responded to China in the past," Grenell told Levin on Sunday evening," but also those around him."  "I mean, look at Jake Sullivan, who has really tried to compliment Beijing and to really surrender to the fact that China is going to be a superpower and that we should just deal with it.  I don't think that that's true."

Who Is to Blame for Black Poverty?  The evident theme for Joe Biden's [cabinet] picks has nothing to do with whether his picks are actually qualified for their postings.  Rather, that must check off the appropriate victim identity group box:  female, Black, Hispanic, gay, trans, or (Jackpot!) a combination of two or more, where being a black Hispanic lesbian is the pinnacle of the victim hierarchy.

Here's A List Of Biden's Pro-Gun Control Cabinet Picks.  At least five of President-elect Joe Biden's reported cabinet picks have expressed pro-gun control views in past statements, a Daily Caller News Foundation review has found.  Biden, who is set to be inaugurated on Jan. 20, has said he plans to end the sale of so-called "assault weapons" and "high-capacity magazines" in addition to instituting red flag legislation and ending liability protections for gun manufacturers and sellers, according to his campaign website.  The former vice president's gun control plan, coupled with his slew of cabinet picks that seem to share his views on the issue, has pro-Second Amendment groups on edge.

Joe Biden's cabinet of nitwits.  Desperately attempting to prove he wasn't a mere 47-year-in-office political hack and to distinguish himself from President Trump, Joe Biden made a big deal about "listening to the experts," and "following science," as if to argue that successful non-politician outsider Trump was some kind of amateur. [...] So why is the so-called "president-elect" of experts doing something very different:  Packing his cabinet with ignorant political cronies and zero-experience morons?  The New York Post has an excellent editorial takedown of all these so-called experts Joe is putting forward to run his likely coming administration, wondering if he was selecting them by dartboard.

Gina McCarthy, Deb Haaland And Gold King Mine.  Gina McCarthy and Deb Haaland are on Biden's climate team.  This should be interesting given both of their ties to the disastrous Gold King Mine spill of 2015.  That year, a mine up near Silverton, Colorado was under clean-up protocols by the EPA.  The same EPA that Gina McCarthy was running at the time.  Then, the spill happened.  The Animas River turned into yellow sludge from southwestern Colorado all the way into and nearly through New Mexico.  Who lives in New Mexico and just the year before lost her bid to be NM Lieutenant Governor?  Joe Biden's new choice for Interior Secretary, Deb Haaland.

There's a message behind Buttigieg's lack of qualifications.  Pete Buttigieg is only the latest in a list of unqualified cabinet appointments Biden has been making.  It's one thing to reward loyalty; it's another thing to hand cabinet positions to useless people.  But that's really the point — that they're useless.  Biden's is a Potemkin presidency.  Neither he nor his cabinet members will wield power.  Obama and the Deep State are the ones in charge.

The Persistent Myth of Biden's 'Moderation'.  The dominant media is an unreliable arbiter of political labels.  While it is quick to cast even the most prosaic Republicans as "hardline conservatives," it is far more circumspect in its description of Democrats.  To enhance the appeal of figures like Joe Biden, the media will often confer upon them the label "moderate."  This is a lever by which the media moves the ideological spectrum steadily leftward, to the advantage of liberals.  A biased media would like the public to see liberalism and "moderation" as interchangeable.  Hence, even though Biden ran a campaign to the left of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, many in the media still described it as moderate.  This media flattery continues as Biden rolls out his personnel picks.  He hasn't selected a veritable moderate yet.

How Biden just gave House Republicans a major boost.  President-Elect Joe Biden has chosen a Democrat from the U.S. House of Representatives as his nominee for Secretary of the Interior, which is likely to give Republicans in the chamber a boost.  Sources confirmed to Fox News on Thursday that Biden planned to ask Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., to fill the role, which would make her the first Native American to do so if she is confirmed by the Senate.  However, her exit from the House leaves Democrats with a very slim majority over Republicans, after Biden also tapped Reps.  Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, and Cedric Richmond, D-La., for separate roles in the administration.  The slight 219-member majority will make it tougher for the incoming president to pass coveted his agenda items.  A party needs 218 seats for a majority among the 435-member body.

Biden Considering Disney CEO for China Ambassador after Company Praised CCP.  Joe Biden may appoint Disney CEO Bob Iger as ambassador to China or the United Kingdom, sources told the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday [12/16/2020].  The news comes as Disney's extensive footprint in China has drawn criticism in the U.S. In particular, the company's live-action remake of Mulan contained segments shot in Xinjiang, where the Chinese Communist Party has imprisoned over a million Uyghurs and other Muslims in concentration camps and has conducted a forced-sterilization campaign on Uyghur women.

Biden calls Buttigieg's husband 'Kirsten,' snubs gay GOP cabinet member.  President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday [12/16/2020] mangled his rollout of Pete Buttigieg as the "first" gay cabinet nominee — using a female name for Buttigieg's husband and omitting mention of President Trump having named the first gay cabinet-level official.  Biden noted his fondness for Buttigieg's husband "Kirsten" during a speech in Wilmington, Del., as he formally named the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor as his nominee for transportation secretary.  Biden also snubbed Ric Grenell, whom Trump celebrated this year as the first gay cabinet member when he worked three months as acting director of national intelligence.

Biden Fundraiser Floated as Ambassador Pick Took Millions in PPP Loans While His Law Firm Won Massive Settlements.  A prominent trial lawyer being floated as a potential ambassador pick by Joe Biden took millions of dollars in COVID relief, even as his firm was winning hundreds of millions in settlements.  Joseph Rice, cofounder of the South Carolina-based Motley Rice law firm, helped raise large sums for Biden's campaign and could land an ambassadorship spot in his administration, local reports indicate.  Motley Rice received $7.03 million from Paycheck Protection Program funds, which were intended to help small businesses pay workers and stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.  Several companies have faced criticism for taking PPP loans when they did not need them, including from prominent Democrats.  Those criticisms don't seem to have swayed the incoming administration, which the State says is considering Rice for an ambassador role.

It's Outrageous That Joe Biden Is Even Considering Disney's Bob Iger For Ambassador To China.  News that former Disney CEO Bob Iger is under consideration to serve as Joe Biden's Chinese ambassador is a concerning indication the president-elect's relationship with Beijing will be even worse than expected.  Iger, currently the executive chairman of Disney, has collaborated closely with the Chinese government to produce and release films in the Middle Kingdom, a venture that ultimately makes him complicit in the country's mounting human rights abuses.

Biden pushes back against critics, touts 'Cabinet of firsts'.  After weeks of pressure from all sides of the Democratic Party's vast coalition over the makeup of his incoming administration, President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday [12/16/2020] pushed back against his critics as he made another history-making Cabinet nomination.  "By the end of this process, this Cabinet will be the most representative of any Cabinet in American history.  We'll have more people of color than any Cabinet ever.  We'll have more women than any Cabinet ever.  We'll have a Cabinet of barrier breakers, a Cabinet of firsts," Biden emphasized on Wednesday.  Biden, who has vowed to make good on his promise that his administration would "look like America," touted his choices to date, saying "our Cabinet doesn't have just one first, or just two of these firsts, but eight precedent-busting appointments.  And today a ninth — the first openly gay nominee to lead a Cabinet department and one of the youngest Cabinet members ever."

AOC Rips Biden Appointees As Corporate 'Revolving Door.  By now it has to be dawning on the socialist wing of the Democratic party that former vice president Joe Biden was only paying lip service to them on appointing a diverse array of leftists to his cabinet.  Team Biden has raised the ire of Bernie Sanders supporters who bought the lies again and lined up behind him just as they did with Hillary in 2016 with expectations that their loyalty would be rewarded.  Instead, Biden has fielded a parade of Obama era retreads including Tony Blinken, Neera Tanden, Dennis McDonough, Jen Psaki, and Janet Yellen while shutting out gullible leftist ideologues.

Biden picks Pete Buttigieg, 38, as transportation secretary-making him most senior gay official confirmed by Senate.  President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Pete Buttigieg, his former rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, to lead the U.S. Transportation Department, according to two people familiar with the matter.  Buttigieg, 38, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who has never held federal office, would be the first LGBTQ person nominated to Biden's administration and, if confirmed, the first LGBTQ Cabinet secretary to be approved by the U.S. Senate.

Introducing the man slated to run the Department of Transportation.  Biden has selected Pete Buttigieg as his pet gay activist.  After mulling making Buttigieg the Ambassador to China, Biden opted, instead, to hand him the Department of Transportation.  That's quite a plum assignment for a guy with a pathetic administrative record.

Biden's Energy Secretary Pick Spent Years Pushing Russian Collusion Theories.  President-elect Joe Biden's choice to helm the Department of Energy, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), has a history of publicly promoting theories about Russian collusion in the 2016 election.  Granholm, who if confirmed by the United States Senate as energy secretary, would be in charge of America's nuclear arsenal, began pushing the notion that President Donald Trump was enamored of Russia in mid-2015, according to the former governor's social media posts.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms declines role in incoming Biden administration.  Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms turned down a position in President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet, her spokesman said, amid speculation about what role she might play in the new administration.  "Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was honored to have been offered a role in the Cabinet, which she respectfully declined," senior adviser Rashad Taylor said in a statement on Saturday.  "The mayor's focus remains on the people of Atlanta and the great state of Georgia."  Ms. Bottoms had been rumored to be under consideration to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development or to head the Small Business Administration, a Cabinet-level post.  A reporter for the New Yorker said Friday she'd been offered the less prestigious role of ambassador to the Bahamas.  The transition denied that report on Friday, and Mr. Taylor did again Saturday.

Biden's strange staffing decisions.  Susan Rice and Xavier Becerra were always likely to get plum appointments in a Biden administration.  Both are important figures in the Democratic Party and both check a race/ethnicity box.  But the appointments the two received are odd.  Rice, a foreign policy/national security hand, will be Biden's domestic policy adviser.  Becerra, the Attorney General of California, is the nominee to run the Department of Health and Human Services.  He has no experience working at HHS, no medical background, and has never been chief executive of a state or any entity other than an attorney general's shop.  Biden's odd selections don't end with Rice and Becerra.  As Jim Geraghty notes, Denis McDonough, the pick for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, is not a veteran and has no experience focused specifically on veterans issues.  And Rep. Fudge, who stated she didn't want to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development — traditionally a dumping ground for Black politicians, she said — has been selected to run that department.

Biden Is Poised To Hand Republicans An Incredible Tool To Investigate The Hunter Corruption Scandal.  China, Ukraine, tax fraud, corruption, and federal investigations.  After a year of partisan attacks and obfuscations, media smears and derision, and Big Tech censorship and de-platformings, this week the Hunter Biden protection chamber finally collapsed.  As reporting by The New York Post, The Daily Caller News Foundation, James Rosen, Tucker Carlson, The Federalist, and others continues to pile up, corroborated drip by drip, so too do the questions for both the incoming Biden administration and the former Obama administration.  Fortunately for interested U.S. senators, the two administrations are stacking up to be virtually identical — and they just might get the chance to ask a few questions.  Among Joe Biden's intended nominees are former White House Chief of Staff and Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough, up for Veterans Affairs; former Deputy National Security Councilor and Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, up for State; and former Deputy National Security Advisor and Deputy Director of the CIA Avril Haines, up for director of national intelligence.

AP source:  Cuomo among contenders for attorney general pick.  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is one of several contenders under consideration by President-elect Joe Biden for the role of attorney general, a person with knowledge of the search process said Friday [12/11/2020].  The other three contenders at the moment include outgoing Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, said the person, who cautioned that no decision had been reached and no announcement was expected imminently.

Joe Biden talks up scandal-scarred Susan Rice for domestic policy role.  President-elect Joe Biden officially introduced Susan Rice as the chief of his domestic agenda on Friday — claiming the scandal-scarred Obama-era national security adviser would be an "effective and tireless champion for all Americans."  On Thursday, Biden's transition announced that Rice was headed back to the White House as the director of the Domestic Policy Council, an eyebrow-raising choice given Rice's lack of domestic policy experience and past controversies.  "She'll lead and coordinate my critical domestic policy agenda," Biden said at the Friday press conference in Wilmington, Del., where he unveiled his latest batch of new cabinet appointments.

Biden: Cabinet picks from Obama era mean 'bold new thinking'.  President-elect Joe Biden on Friday introduced a series of key picks for his new government that drew heavily from the Obama administration, saluting their "deep experience" while insisting he could rely on them for "bold new thinking."

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