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Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies

Source: the hill

By Brett Samuels - 11/28/20 05:05 PM EST

President-elect Joe Biden’s picks for Cabinet posts will face dual challenges upon taking office: implementing policy and restoring morale and public trust after four years of the Trump administration.

President Trump arrived in Washington, D.C., four years ago with a pledge to "drain the swamp." And while he failed to root out special interests, he succeeded in driving out a number of career government officials or diminishing their influence.

Trump regularly undercut career officials and policy experts during his time in office, and the Biden transition team — staffed with career officials and policy experts — cautioned it would need time to learn to what extent Trump had tried to "hollow out" the federal government.

"We are fully eyes open about the fact that there needs to be a rebuilt trust in government and institutions and what is communicated to the American people," transition adviser Jen Psaki said Wednesday.

Psaki was referring specifically to health agencies after Trump spent the last eight months contradicting his own public health officials about a deadly pandemic and sidelining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from the response.................................

..............The CDC has long been viewed as one of the world's premier health agencies. But its reputation has taken a hit during the pandemic as guidance became politicized, Trump undercut Director Robert Redfield on the importance of mask use and the department's top scientists were all but sidelined as the coronavirus ravaged the country............................

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/527655-biden-looks-to-career-officials-to-restore-trust-morale-in-government

Sitting in the corner having a fit..............


Sen jon Cornyn of tx makes a fool of himself!

the house passed a new stimulus bill last summer. it is the Senate that is lazy and cheap.




#Trumps golfcource in Scotland............


Keep cool: Germany preps vaccine drive as COVID cases hit 1M

Source: AP


TUTTLINGEN, Germany (AP) — Hulking gray boxes are rolling off the production line at a factory in the southern town of Tuttlingen, ready to be shipped to the front in the next phase of Germany’s battle against the coronavirus as it became the latest country to hit the milestone of 1 million confirmed cases Friday.

Man-sized freezers such as those manufactured by family-owned firm Binder GmbH could become a key part of the vast immunization program the German government is preparing to roll out when the first vaccines become available next month.

That’s because one of the front-runners, a vaccine made by German company BioNTech together with U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, needs to be cooled to minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit) for shipping and storage.

Ensuring such temperatures, colder even than an Antarctic winter, is just one of the many challenges that countries face in trying to get their populations immunized.

The effort has been compared to a military operation. Indeed some countries, including Germany, are relying on military and civilian expertise to ensure the precious doses are safely transported from manufacturing plants to secret storage facilities, before being distributed.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/immunizations-health-coronavirus-pandemic-germany-europe-11822468c0e9ad10781376d240885e61

Sure hoping the usa is getting ready.

File -- In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 file photo an employee of Binder, the world's largest manufacturer of serial-production environmental simulation chambers for scientific or industrial laboratories, checks an ultra low temperature freezer in Tuttlingen, Germany. Germany prepares for the vaccination of the German population during the upcoming month. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file)

Biden's Next Climate Chief Will Tackle 'Existential Threat' At Home

Source: npr

November 26, 20205:00 AM ET

President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday in Wilmington, Del., where he named John Kerry as a climate envoy. He says he'll also appoint a domestic climate policy coordinator to push for action across the government.

President-elect Joe Biden is preparing to name a second high-level climate position in the White House, a counterpart to his diplomatic climate envoy John Kerry, to ramp up action dramatically at home.

The idea is for the new appointee to lead an office or policy council akin to the Domestic Policy Council, which coordinates work on the president's domestic priorities. But the ultimate structure and authority are currently under discussion as those close to Biden wrestle over whether giving this group greater power than previous White House climate posts could be interpreted as elevating it over other priorities, such as racial equality.

But what is clear, people close to the Biden team say, is that there will be more muscle behind these climate efforts because they're too important to Democrats.

"This is something that's a given," one person with knowledge of the discussion says. "And there are a number of people, a number of Democrats who feel that ... the climate crisis is an existential threat" — both the people who worked on the issue during the Obama administration and the young voters who came out for Biden in the election.


Read more: https://www.npr.org/sections/biden-transition-updates/2020/11/26/939084964/bidens-next-climate-chief-will-tackle-existential-threat-at-home

I am thankful this #thanksgiving that Biden will help save Mother Earth



Zuckerberg Flipped Secret Switch Favoring Credible News Outlets on Facebook After the Election: NYT

Now that the election is over. damn him!

Zuckerberg Flipped Secret Switch Favoring Credible News Outlets on Facebook After the Election: NYT


Zuckerberg Flipped Secret Switch Favoring Credible News Outlets on Facebook After the Election: NYT


Tori B. Powell

Published Nov. 24, 2020 8:56PM ET
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In the aftermath of the 2020 election, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg approved a change to the social network’s News Feed ranking algorithm that favored more credible journalistic outlets, The New York Times reports. The drastic shift, intended to fight rampant election misinformation problems, resulted in skyrocketing visibility for mainstream publishers like CNN and NPR and a downturn in engagement for hyper-partisan pages like Breitbart and Occupy Democrats. Facebook reportedly evaluates news outlets on a clandestine metric titled “news ecosystem quality,” which ranks the authority and trustworthiness of their journalism, and the shift in the News Feed system weighted organizations with high N.E.Q. more heavily. Some employees pushed for the change to remain a permanent feature, but Facebook executive Guy Rosen told the Times that “there has never been a plan to make these permanent.”
Read it at The New York Times

GOP poised to gerrymander its hold on power -- Democrats fall short in nearly every key state

The remaining article says there are a few bright things happening on this issue (and to be thankful for on this #thanksgiving).


GOP poised to gerrymander its hold on power — Democrats fall short in nearly every key state

Republicans will have power to gerrymander 188 congressional districts while Dems hold control over just 73 seats


By Igor Derysh
November 25, 2020 12:00PM (UTC)
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Demonstrators protest against gerrymandering at a rally at the Supreme Court during the gerrymandering cases Lamone v. Benisek and Rucho v. Common Cause. (Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The Republican Party is poised to cement its hold on power in state legislatures and the U.S. House of Representatives after winning nearly every election in which the power to redraw legislative maps was at stake.

Despite winning the White House and still holding a shot at gaining a majority in both chambers of Congress, Democratic losses in state legislative elections across the country gave Republicans far more power to redistrict, or gerrymander, districts following the census next year.

The census is already expected to cost states like New York, California and Illinois congressional seats while giving a big boost to states like Texas, Florida and Arizona. Furthermore, Republicans will have the power to redistrict far more seats than Democrats.

Republicans have control over 30 state maps, according to NBC News. The GOP is set to control the redistricting of 188 congressional seats, or 43% of the House, according to FiveThirtyEight, while Democrats will control the redistricting of no more than 73 seats, or 17%.

Democrats spent hundreds of millions targeting state legislative races but lost nearly every state where control over redistricting was at stake. Republicans were able to hold on to their majority in Texas, fended off Democrats in Pennsylvania, retained their majority in North Carolina, upset Democrats to hold on to the Minnesota state Senate, kept control of the Iowa state House, maintained their supermajorities in Kansas, and flipped the state Senate and House in New Hampshire. Missouri also re-elected Gov. Mike Parson, maintaining Republican control of the state's redistricting process, and Virginia voters passed an amendment that gives a bipartisan commission rather than the Democratic state legislature the power to redraw maps...............

@RepKatiePorter: Today, we recognize International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

This bill is one of many piled on #MitchMcConnell's desk for months and months!


Today, we recognize International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Here at home, we need the Senate to extend the Violence Against Women Act, which includes my amendment recognizing economic abuse as a form of domestic violence.


The entire Yang family is canvassing in Georgia for @ossoff and @ReverendWarnock

So wonderful to see this.

Conrad Taylor
The entire Yang family is canvassing in Georgia for @ossoff
and @ReverendWarnock
! #GEORGIA2020

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