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Biden, Harris to meet virtually with US mayors amid coronavirus surge

(The Hill) President-elect Joe Biden plans to speak with mayors on Monday amid the continuing surge of COVID-19 cases in the United States. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are scheduled to meet virtually with the United States Conference of Mayors, a nonpartisan organization that includes over 1,400 leaders of cities in the U.S. whose populations exceed 30,000 people. Biden and Harris will take part in the meeting from Wilmington. Del.

The meeting follows a one between Biden, Harris and a bipartisan group of governors last Thursday that focused on how his incoming administration would address the coronavirus pandemic. Biden has made confronting the pandemic a central focus of his presidential campaign and now his planning to take office come January.


Biden to Name Longtime Aide Antony Blinken as Secretary of State

(Bloomberg) President-elect Joe Biden intends to name his longtime adviser Antony Blinken as secretary of state, according to three people familiar with the matter, setting out to assemble his cabinet even before Donald Trump concedes defeat. In addition, Jake Sullivan, formerly one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, is likely to be named Biden’s national security adviser, according to two people familiar with the matter. An announcement is expected Tuesday, the people said.

Both Sullivan, who is 43, and Blinken, 58, served stints as Biden’s national security adviser when he was vice president. The president’s national security adviser is one of the most important and powerful jobs in the White House, leading a staff of dozens of experts drawn from the government’s military, diplomatic and intelligence agencies who develop U.S. foreign and military policy.


Biden expected to visit Georgia in push to boost Ossoff, Warnock

(The Hill) Ron Klain, President-elect Joe Biden’s newly named chief of staff, said Sunday that Biden will likely visit Georgia to campaign for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, the two Democratic candidates in the state’s January Senate runoffs. “Winning those two Senate seats in Georgia is important, but we're going to do everything we can to help those two … great candidates in Georgia, help them win,” Klain said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We've already moved people who were working on the Biden campaign on the recounts down there over to be supportive in the field work for our two candidates down there, and I expect you'll see the president-elect travel down there before Election Day.”


Biden likely to break barriers, pick woman to lead Pentagon.

(Associated Press) President-elect Joe Biden is expected to take a historic step and select a woman to head the Pentagon for the first time, shattering one of the few remaining barriers to women in the department and the presidential Cabinet. Michele Flournoy, a politically moderate Pentagon veteran, is regarded by U.S. officials and political insiders as a top choice for the position.


Young voters in the US turned out in record numbers in 2020, powering Biden's presidential victory

(Business Insider) Over half of all voters under the age of 30 voted in the 2020 elections, a record figure, and the demographic powered President-elect Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump, according to data from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University. The data revealed that 52% to 55% of registered voters under 30 cast ballots. In the 2016 presidential election between Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, roughly 42% to 44% of voters in this age group voted.


Biden Expected to pick Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN Ambassador

(Political Wire) "Democrats close to President-elect Biden expect him to name Linda Thomas-Greenfield as ambassador to the United Nations, looking to a Black woman and respected diplomat to restore morale," Axios reports.


New Zealand leader Ardern offers coronavirus know-how to Joe Biden

(Associated Press) New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday became the latest world leader to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden on his election victory, saying she offered to share her nation's expertise on dealing with the coronavirus. Ardern said the tone of the 20-minute phone call was warm and that Biden spoke very favorably about how New Zealand was handling the pandemic.

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