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The Biden-Harris Transition Team -- Names, Titles and Past Experience

Other than their status, I've not looked up details about their strengths, weaknesses and general experience. I do notice the named "veterans," which I might be tempted to think of as operatives; either word adds a savvy edge to the team's judgment in rebuilding better, once the Executive Branch cleanup begins.

-- Senator Ted Kaufman (DE), led Biden’s transition as VP in 2008

-- Jeffrey Zients, the top Obama economic adviser who was tasked with rescuing the floundering HealthCare.gov website;
-- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, NM, who Biden considered for the vice presidential running mate;
-- Rep. Cedric Richmond, LA, a top Biden surrogate and national co-chair of his campaign;
-- Anita Dunn, a senior campaign adviser.


-- Susan Rice, former national security adviser;
-- Vivek Murthy, US surgeon general under President Barack Obama who's advised Biden's campaign on policy and campaign tactics amid the coronavirus pandemic;
-- Sally Yates, the former deputy attorney general;

-- Tony Allen, the president of the historically Black Delaware State University;
-- Jared Bernstein, veteran Biden economic adviser;
-- Leslie Caldwell, former assistant attorney general;

-- Mark Gitenstein, former US ambassador to Romania ;
-- Cecilia Martinez, environmentalist ;
-- Bob McDonald, former Veterans Affairs secretary;

-- Minyon Moore, veteran Democratic operative ;
-- Teresa Romero, leader of the United Farm Workers;
-- Lonnie Stephenson, leader of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers;

-- Cathy Russell, a former Jill Biden chief of staff who Obama named to a new position: ambassador-at-large for Global Women's Issues;
-- Felicia Wong, president of the Roosevelt Institute;
-- Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, IN, and primary competitor.


-- Yohannes Abraham, LEADER, day to day operations

-- Avril Haines, manage the transition team's national security and foreign policy efforts (former principal deputy national security adviser and deputy director of the CIA);
-- Gautam Raghavan, current chief of staff to Rep Jayapal;
-- Angela Ramirez , chief of staff to Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján;

-- Evan Ryan, former Biden WH adviser;
-- Julie Siegel, Senator Warren’s senior counsel for economic policy;
-- Cynthia Hogan, a long-time Biden aide and former Apple lobbyist who helped lead his vice presidential search process;

-- Cecilia Muñoz, head of the Obama White House's Domestic Policy Council;
-- Tanya Bradsher, Democratic political and policy veteran;
-- Suzy George, Democratic political and policy veteran;

-- Don Graves, former Biden staffer; Democratic political and policy veteran;
-- Jessica Hertz, Democratic political and policy veteran;
-- Tara McGuinness, Democratic political and policy veteran;

-- Darla Pomeroy, former Biden staffer, Democratic political and policy veteran.

I don't wanna say all the things are looking inevitable. Nope.

RATM -- Killing In The Name Of

Fuck the Fascist FOP

(excerpted lyrics)

They use force to make you do
What the deciders have decided you must do

Some of those that work forces
Are the same that burn crosses

Those who died are justified
For wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
You justify those that died
By wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
Those who died are justified
For wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
You justify those that died
By wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites

Some of those that work forces
Are the same that burn crosses

Killing in the name of
Killing in the name of

Now you do what they told ya
Now you do what they told ya
Now you do what they told ya
Now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya
(Now you're under control) And now you do what they told ya
(Now you're under control) And now you do what they told ya ...

60 days out -- stay tough. WE are the Republic.

Big Edit, thanks to BumRushDaShow!

"Fight The Power: Remix 2020"
(feat. Jahi, Rapsody, Black Thought, Nas, YG)

[Chuck D:]
This is revolution shit
Uh, yeah, c'mon and get down
Uh, yeah, c'mon and get down
Uh, yeah, hey
The year is 2020, the number
A little somethin' to get down
Sound of the funky drummer
Music hitting' the heart 'cause I know you got soul
Brothers and sisters

The Information Age
Got 'em seein' what's really wrong with these racist days
I honor the strong and pity the weak
Your thoughts run your life, be careful what you think
Haiti beat France, a century, seventeen
Salute Toussaint and Dessalines
And I do love France, know what I mean?
It's the system I'm talkin', nobody's agreein'

They say, "Suicide," when dead bodies are swingin'
Cowards are huntin' black men, that's what I'm seein'
How many toasters have been burnt down?
And once Central Park was a thrivin' black town
Yo, Chuck, I'm fightin' the power right now
Thank you, Flav and P-E, puttin' it down
Puttin' your life on the line so I could rap now
The next generation still singin', "Fight the Power"

[(Chuck D) Flava Flav:]
Fight the power (Fight the power)
Fight the power (Fight the power)
Fight the power (Fight the power)
Fight the power, (we got to fight the powers that be)

Police think they reign [?] over the law (Yeah)
When they give us short sticks but we really need a long
To the boys in the hood, duckin' bullets and batons
From boys in the hood, triple Ks on they arm
Four fingers on my palm screamin', "Fight"
Change the policy, before I buy back our property
You love Black Panther but not Fred Hampton
Word to the Howards and the Aggies and the Hamptons

They book us, won't book us, I'm Booker
T. Washington, George killed, for twenty
Think about it (Think), that's two thousand pennies
The value of black life the cost of goin' to Wendy's
For a four-quarter burger, ended in murder
Fight for Breonna and the pain of her mother, gotta

[(Chuck D) Flava Flav:]
Fight the power (Fight the power)
Fight the power (Fight the power)
Fight the power (Fight the power)
Fight the power, (we got to fight the powers that be)

[Black Thought:]
Yeah, generations just how long we been at war
The revolution on all platforms
You break a man's mind in his back
Yo, solidarity is what I'm wearin' all black for
For comrades who done fought without me
It's not to try and change y'all thoughts about me
Or to redirect your reports about me
Dear white people, you should take a course about me

'Cause, is it the law, for a four-finger ring?
The sciences and the arts, the songs we can sing?
I really wanna know why y'all so scared
Prolly 'cause the promised land, we almost there
But look, I think of images that fuel my youth
Been influenced by Craig Hodges and Abdul-Rauf
Examples like Olympic, Black Power salutes
To Panther troops, I saw as I pursued my truth
If racism is the cancer, black thought's the answer
Gotta get up off the back porch, emancipate your minds
Get your bodies back from ransom (C'mon)
And all black hands up for the anthem

[(Chuck D) Flava Flav:]
Fight the power (Fight the power)
Fight the power, we got to fight the powers that be
Yo, yo, check this out, man
Bring that beat back, man (Bring that beat back)
In two, three, four, hit it

People, people, stronger than this evil
Smashin' your power structure, melanin royal, regal
System designed to kill and unprotect
Worldwide, hit the streets just to get some respect
Our fight and our rights for freedom will never wane
But justice Breonna Taylor, salute Chuck and Flava
Feel the same anger since Radio Raheem died
Black power to the people, push forward, pride

Fight power like it's the opp, though
Born to fight, I made it off the block though
Thought he had a gun and he was black, that's the combo
The police killed George havin' a convo (George)
They killed Malcolm X, they killed Doctor King (Doctor King)
They gave us guns and dope, they wanna stop our kings
They tryna erase our history, stop and think
History class ain't tell us 'bout Juneteeth

Cops don't give a damn about a negro
Pull the trigger, kill a negro, he's a hero
Fuck livin' life on welfare, the last one who cared was Obamacare
Round twelve, nose kinda bloody, gotta keep fightin'
Trump flew to North Korea, they respect violence
If you ain't tryna have your city on fire
Put some respect on our name, we come from gold and diamonds

[(Chuck D) Flava Flav:]
Fight the power (Fight the power)
Fight the power, (we got to fight the powers that be)
Yo, yo

[Chuck D:]
Elvis was a hero to most
But he never meant shit to me you see
Straight up racist that sucker was
Simple and plain
Motherfuck him and John Wayne
'Cause I'm Black and I'm proud
I'm ready, I'm hyped plus I'm amped
Most of my heroes don't appear on no stamps
Sample a look back you look and find
Nothing but rednecks for four hundred years if you check
"Don't Worry, Be Happy" was a number one jam
Damn if I say it you can slap me right here
(Get it) Let's get this party started right
Right on, c'mon
What we got to say
Power to the people no delay
Make everybody see
In order to fight the powers that be

A Great Veteran and Senator

I hope Joe Biden appoints her Secretary of Veteran Affairs.

And what does history call them in America?

I just finished "Melania and Me" by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff

Unless you like wading through banal, stupid, and boring scenes of insider jockeying for power in the West and East wings of the White House, save your money.

The only new info here is what validates what we've always known about Melania -- she's a morally lazy princess who doesn't care about a damned thing, least of all, Americans.
She's a Trump through and through.

Rachel covered it all, which only takes ten pages in the whole book.

And I read it so you don't have to.


Governor Cuomo: Trump Is Trying to Kill New York City

One does not simply defund the biggest financial center on Earth.

Nicolle Wallace asks: Why have Republicans been silent during the campaign?


They have said that everything he's done and stands for (himself) IS the Republican Party.

That's IT. The 30%. Nothing more.


Therefore, The Democratic Party is the party of America's 70%.

VoteVets Every Single Day

From Press Blacklist to Journalism Enemies List

Here in the United States, we're not quite up to jailing journalists. But we are placing them under surveillance. And in the latest free speech chilling news emerging from the Trump administration, the White House is building an "ENEMIES" list filled with journalists.

In a statement, White House spokesperson Judd Deere accused The Washington Post of "blatantly interfering with the business relationships of the Trump Organization" and demanded "it must stop."

"Please be advised that we are building up a very large 'dossier' on the many false David Fahrenthold and others stories as they are a disgrace to journalism and the American people," Deere said.

The White House -- which should be fully separated from Trump's personal business ventures (as Trump promised to do shortly after being elected) -- is targeting journalists for digging into the Trump Organization and its federal "guests." It's not a jailing but it's a still a threat -- one that seems completely out of place in the Land of the Free where speaking about political issues is at the top of the list of things protected by the First Amendment.


The New York Times gave the public a headsup about the dossier over a year ago.

... Four people familiar with the operation described how it works, asserting that it has compiled dossiers of potentially embarrassing social media posts and other public statements by hundreds of people who work at some of the country’s most prominent news organizations.

The group has already released information about journalists at CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times — three outlets that have aggressively investigated Mr. Trump — in response to reporting or commentary that the White House’s allies consider unfair to Mr. Trump and his team or harmful to his re-election prospects.

Operatives have closely examined more than a decade’s worth of public posts and statements by journalists, the people familiar with the operation said. Only a fraction of what the network claims to have uncovered has been made public, the people said, with more to be disclosed as the 2020 election heats up. The research is said to extend to members of journalists’ families who are active in politics, as well as liberal activists and other political opponents of the president.
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