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Why Biden is crowdfunding his White House transition

Why Biden is crowdfunding his White House transition

President-elect Joe Biden has begun crowdsourcing funds for his White House transition — sending out a call Friday for donations. Ordinarily, a presidential transition would be largely taxpayer-funded, but that money cannot be released until the head of the General Services Administration (GSA), Emily Murphy, officially “ascertains” that Biden won the election. Despite the election…
President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is one of the most diverse ever

President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is one of the most diverse ever

President-elect Joe Biden is now in the process of staffing his administration and he’s highlighted a key priority: Building a team that “looks like America.” According to data he’s shared, Biden’s transition team is one of the most diverse ever — representation that advocates hope they’ll continue to see as the administration works on broader…
Biden can do 3 things on day one to unwind Trump’s war on reproductive health

Biden can do 3 things on day one to unwind Trump’s war on reproductive...

Again and again over the last four years, the Trump administration has made it harder for Americans — and people abroad — to get basic reproductive health care. In 2017, the administration reimposed and broadened a rule, sometimes called the Mexico City policy, barring health organizations around the world that get US aid from providing…
Joe Biden needs to avoid a return to “eat your peas” budgeting

Joe Biden needs to avoid a return to “eat your peas” budgeting

A bipartisan deal is President-elect Joe Biden’s only hope to get the kind of enormous Covid-19 relief bill and the dream of an “FDR-size presidency” that he wants. But bipartisanship doesn’t mean Democrats should return to the deficit-slashing, grand-bargaining approach that failed under President Barack Obama. There’s a better option. The election results are on…
Biden is preparing for his presidency. The Trump administration? Not so much.

Biden is preparing for his presidency. The Trump administration? Not so much.

President-elect Joe Biden has named the members of his agency review team, the people on his transition team who are supposed to go into federal agencies to help prepare the incoming administration to take over, seamlessly, on Inauguration Day. There’s just one problem: The Trump administration hasn’t allowed that process to start. The stalled presidential…
Why the Biden administration should establish a Department of Climate

Why the Biden administration should establish a Department of Climate

Editor’s note, November 11: This article was originally published in July and has been updated following election results. In their acceptance speeches on November 7, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris included combating climate change on their to-do list for healing the nation. After a campaign filled with climate change-related policies, committees, speeches,…
Biden: Trump’s refusal to concede is an “embarrassment”

Biden: Trump’s refusal to concede is an “embarrassment”

President-elect Joe Biden called President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede an “embarrassment” on Tuesday during his first press conference since the election, but assured Americans that he is proceeding with the transition. “I just think it’s an embarrassment,” the former vice president said. “I think it will not help the president’s legacy. I know from…
What Joe Biden won — and what he didn’t

What Joe Biden won — and what he didn’t

Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the 46th US president. He’s the first to defeat an incumbent president in 28 years, and he did it in part by unifying the Democratic Party against Donald Trump, bringing members of the party’s left wing into his campaign after beating Bernie Sanders in the primary, and crafting…
Here’s how Biden could undo Trump’s deregulation agenda

Here’s how Biden could undo Trump’s deregulation agenda

Cutting workplace safety inspections. Allowing subpar health insurance plans to be sold to Americans. Permitting tractor-trailer drivers to blow past previous driver-fatigue limits. Waging war on birth control. These deregulatory actions and others taken by President Donald Trump’s administration have adversely impacted the health and safety of Americans, as revealed in reporting for System Failure,…
How Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Plan & Task Force Differs From Donald Trump’s

How Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Plan & Task Force Differs From Donald Trump’s

The Trump administration began the process to withdraw from the WHO back in July, but the Biden administration will stop those efforts ASAP. Biden has also said he would restore the White House National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense, which was created by the Obama administration, after Trump got rid of…

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