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Biden Advisors Say Top Dems Like Warren, Harris, Rice, Buttigieg, Booker, Yates Could Have Big Roles in Administration



While former Vice President Joe Biden is focusing on winning the Democratic nomination his advisors and confidants are putting together the foundation of what a Biden administration might look like.

“Biden advisers describe a Return to Normal plan — a reversal of President Trump’s unorthodox, improvisational style. Biden wants known, trusted people around him — many from the Obama years,” Axios reports. “Biden, a throw-back institutionalist, relishes an emphasis on governing, norms and restoring alliances. That includes respect for experts, and for the art and science of governing.”

That all may be critical to the future of the nation if the coronavirus pandemic continues to grow, killing people while destroying world markets, supply chains, and public confidence in the systems that keep nations together.

Biden’s advisors say it is important that his a vice president be a woman, an African American, or both. Some are hoping he would pick Senator Elizabeth Warren as his Vice President, which would “excite party progressives.”

Other possible VP choices include Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Cory Booker, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Pete Buttigieg would be expected to be asked to be Ambassador to the United Nations, or U.S. Trade Representative.

Those concerned with the coronavirus pandemic will be pleased to know Biden’s likely Chief of Staff would be Ron Klain, who served in that role when Biden was Vice President, and also for V.P. Al Gore. Klain was President Obama’s “Ebola Czar,” and is a frequent cable news guest discussing the current coronavirus crisis.

Other possibilities for some key cabinet positions, per Axios:

  • John Kerry would love to take a new Cabinet position devoted to climate change, or might even accept a curtain call to return as secretary of state.
  • Susan Rice, formerly President Obama’s national security adviser, is another option for State.
  • Mike Bloomberg, who swiftly endorsed Biden after the former mayor’s campaign collapsed, would be a top possibility to head the World Bank.
  • Sally Yates, the deputy attorney general under Obama who stood up to Trump and was fired, would be a leading contender for attorney general.
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren as Treasury secretary could help unite the party.
  • Jamie Dimon — chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, and mentioned over the years as a potential presidential candidate — would also be considered for Treasury.
  • Anne Finucane, vice chairman of Bank of America, is another possibility for Treasury.

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‘Hero’ Navy Captain Tests Positive for Coronavirus After Being Fired for Sounding Alarm Over Massive Outbreak on His Ship



At least 155 sailors from the USS Theodore Roosevelt, one of the Navy’s Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carriers, have tested positive for coronavirus. That number is now be at least 156, as its former commanding officer, Captain Brett Crozier, has just tested positive for the deadly virus, The New York Times reports.

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly fired Captain Crozier after a letter the Captain sent to his superiors pleading for help, and begging them to not sit by and let his sailors die, was leaked to the press.

On Saturday, President Donald Trump justified the firing of Captain Crozier during an especially off-the-rails press conference. Trump blamed Crozier for writing “a five page letter,” and said writing the letter was “terrible,” calling it was “inappropriate” to send the letter. The President also blamed Crozier for stopping in Vietnam and letting sailors off the ship, which would not have been Crozier’s decision.

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Trump Fires ‘Disloyal’ Intelligence Community Inspector General Who Told Congress of Ukraine Whistleblower Complaint



President Donald Trump has fired the Intelligence Community Inspector General, Michael Atkinson, who notified Congress of the Ukraine whistleblower complaint that led directly to his impeachment. Starting in September Trump had threatened to fire Atkinson for being what the President saw as “disloyal.”

Atkinson told called the whistleblower complaint “credible” and an “urgent concern,” leading Congress to act.

Politico reports Trump has sent a letter notifying the Senate Intelligence Committee he will fire Atkinson and remove him from his duties, as Politico reports, in 30 days.

“This is to advise that I am exercising my power as President to remove from office the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, effective 30 days from today,” Trump’s letter reads.

“As is the case with regard to other positions where I, as president, have the power of appointment, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, it is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as Inspectors General,” the President claimed. “That is no longer the case with regard to this Inspector General.”

Atkinson worked for the DOJ for 15 years before Trump appointed him IG in 2017.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.


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Trump White House to Tell Americans to Wear Cloth Masks in Public to Protect Against Coronavirus Transmission



The Trump White House is expected to urge Americans to wear cloth face masks when in public to help slow the transmission of coronavirus, in a reversal of current guidelines. The CDC says there is increasing evidence asymptomatic coronavirus carriers may be spreading the virus more than first believed, The Washington Post reports.

But studies going back weeks or longer made clear people who show few or no symptoms are “shedding” more of the virus – spreading it – at a rate higher than some who are fully symptomatic.

“In light of these new data, along with evidence of widespread transmission in communities across the country, CDC recommends the community use of cloth masks as an additional public health measure people can take to prevent the spread of virus to those around them,” the guidance says, according to a copy obtained by The Washington Post.

Social distancing and the stay at home policy are still recommended as the top methods to slow the spread of the virus. The cloth masks would protect others from the virus, not the wearer.

On Wednesday Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp came under fire for falsely claiming asymptomatic spreading had just been discovered “the last 24 hours.”

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