Throwback word of the week: Buckraking

In January 2010 I wrote about a new-to-me word, buckraker, that I’d spotted in a Frank Rich column about the Tea Party movement. A portmanteau of buck (dollar) and muckraker (someone, usually a journalist, who digs into allegations of corruption), buckraker means “someone who uses fame or connections to earn a significant amount of money outside his or her regular job.” Another form of the word, buckraking, is back in the news this week as President-elect Joe Biden reveals his choices for Cab...
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Trump didn’t concede, but he will move Biden’s transition forward

With an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots, election results took a bit longer this year than usual. But if Americans were expecting an election week, November stretched on into a month of election drama, with President Trump mounting an unprecedented effort to undermine election results and stall the transition process, even as states certified Biden’s win. President Trump at last appeared to accept the election results Monday, but not in so many words. It certainly wasn’t a concession spe...
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5 takeaways from Biden's first wave of nominations and appointments

President-elect Joe Biden's administration is taking shape after his transition team on Monday unveiled a series of Cabinet nominations and top White House staffing moves.
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A More Diverse And Inclusive Gov’t Could Be Biden’s Most Significant Policy Legacy. But It Must Extend Beyond Admin Leadership.

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. After what seemed like a never ending campaign, Joe Biden has won the presidency. He did so with a campaign team that was one of the most diverse in history, including a staff that was more than one-third people of color and more than half women. His transition team is shaping up similarly. But winning and setting a vision is only the beginning of the work of governing. Translating promises into policy enactment...
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Secret Service Agents Are Being Asked To Relocate Ahead Of Trump’s Inevitable Return To FL

Secret Service agents in President Trump’s detail are being asked whether they’d like to relocate to Palm Beach, Florida — where Mar-a-Lago is located — as Trump’s flailing legal attempts to challenge the election results fizzle out, according to ABC News on Monday. ABC News also reported that the Secret Service’s Miami field office also has inquired about physical reinforcements to Mar-a-Largo. The request of Secret Service agents to relocate to Florida and the potential Mar-a-Lago reinforcem...
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There's a clear way for Joe Biden to fight for justice and show his commitment to the Black voters who put him in the White House

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden makes a stop at The Warehouse, a community center for teens in East Wilmington, on November 03, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Joe Biden was elected president in large part due to support from Black voters. Biden should pay back this trust from Black voters by fighting for racial justice and reforming the racist criminal justice system. One way to do that is to advocate for the BREATHE Act, which would reshape our prison sy...
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GSA tells Joe Biden the Trump administration is ready to begin the formal transition process

NEWS: Federal agency ascertains Biden 'apparent winner' of election, clears way for start of transition from Trump. The GSA (General Services Administration) has informed president-elect Joe Biden that the Donald Trump administration is now ready to begin the formal transition process, according to a letter that GSA administrator Emily Murphy sent Monday afternoon, obtained by CNN. — Read the rest
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GSA Chief Issues Defensive Letter When Green Lighting Biden’s Formal Transition Process

General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy issued a pissy letter as she finally informed President-elect Joe Biden that she is ready to green light his formal transition process, according to a letter obtained by CNN Monday evening. Murphy’s letter to Biden comes weeks after the President-elect’s projected victory and President Trump’s refusal to concede. The lack of Murphy’s ascertainment acknowledging that Biden is President-elect had restricted the President-elect’s transition team fr...
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GSA Tells Biden Team They Can Begin Formal Transition Process

The General Services Administration has told President-elect Joe Biden they're ready to start the formal transition process, allowing Mr. Biden access to key funding, office space, classified intelligence briefings and agency access, according to a letter GSA sent to reporters
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Feinstein To Step Down As Top Judiciary Dem Amid Criticism

WASHINGTON (AP/CS13) — California Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced on Monday that she will not seek her position as the top Democrat on the State Judiciary Committee during the next session of Congress. Feinstein, 87, will step down from her role, giving up the powerful spot after public criticism of her bipartisan outreach and her handling of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings. Feinstein did not say why but said she would instead focus on wildfire and drought issues ...
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Trump agrees to begin transition as key agency calls Biden apparent election winner

President says he will continue to fight results as General Services Administration clears way for handoverThe General Services Administration has declared president-elect Joe Biden the apparent winner of the US election, clearing the way for the formal transition from Donald Trump’s administration to begin after weeks of delay.The GSA said on Monday that it had determined that Biden was the winner of the 3 November race after weeks of Trump refusing to concede and violating the traditions of th...
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Joe Biden Sniffs Anime Girl for Hong Kong Cake Decoration

Former presidential candidate Joe Biden has seemingly been mocked by a certain Hong Kong bakery as a photo of the confectionery depicts the man sniffing an anime girl, a joke directed towards the barely comprehensible man’s unnerving mannerisms when around females. Hong Kong bakery Villa Villa Cafe and Bar shared a photo of the political […]
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GSA official allows Biden transition to officially begin

By Kristen Holmes and Jeremy Herb | CNN The General Services Administration has informed President-elect Joe Biden that the Trump administration is ready to begin the formal transition process, according to a letter from Administrator Emily Murphy sent Monday afternoon and obtained by CNN. The letter is the first step the administration has taken to acknowledge President Donald Trump’s defeat, more than two weeks after Biden was declared the winner in the election. Murphy said she had not been p...
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General Services Administration tells Biden presidential transition can begin – live

Key Biden administration roles for Tony Blinken, Alejandro Mayorkas and Avril HainesJanet Yellen poised to become first female treasury secretaryRepublican senator: no evidence of widespread election fraudSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 11.21pm GMT In a letter to Joe Biden, Murphy – who initially held up the transition process - told the president-elect that she will open up resources to allow the transition of power to formally begin, the Guardian can confirm. “...
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White House to hold indoor holiday parties despite surge in coronavirus cases

The White House is going ahead with plans for a series of holiday parties and receptions despite warnings against large in-person gatherings.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Trump claims he directed his administration to start Biden's transition process even as he continues to claim he won the election

US President Donald Trump looks on as he departs a rally at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton, Ohio on September 21, 2020. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump took a significant step towards conceding the presidential election on Monday evening after his GSA chief recognized President-elect Joe Biden as the apparent winner.  Trump claimed that he recommended General Services Administration chief, Emily Murphy, and his aides move forward with "initial protocols" for the ...
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo cancels his Thanksgiving plans hours after saying his 89-year-old mother and 2 daughters were coming to dinner

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sits with his mother, Matilda, and daughter Cara, on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2016. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will not be having Thanksgiving dinner with his 89-year-old mother and two of his three daughters, contrary to what he alluded to a radio interview on Monday. "The story is, my mom is going to come up and two of my girls. But the ...
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Trump claims he directed his administration to start Biden's transition process even as he continues to say he won the election

President Donald Trump. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump took a significant step toward conceding the presidential election on Monday evening after his General Services Administration chief recognized President-elect Joe Biden as the apparent winner. Trump said he recommended that GSA Administrator Emily Murphy and his aides move forward with "initial protocols" for the presidential transition. "Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I belie...
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GSA announces it will provide Biden with the resources to begin the presidential transition

GSA Administrator Emily Murphy on March 13, 2019. Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images Emily Murphy, administrator of the General Services Administration, said in a letter on Monday that she would make "resources and services available" to help President-elect Joe Biden begin the presidential transition. "The actual winner of the presidential election will be determined by the electoral process detailed in the Constitution," Murphy wrote. The news comes after congressional Democrats ex...
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Michigan formally certified its Electoral College votes for Biden, another blow to Trump's attempt to overturn the election results

Motorists participate during a drive-by rally to certify the presidential election results near the Capitol building in Lansing. Paul Sancya/AP Michigan's four-member Board of State Canvassers voted on Monday to formally certify the state's 16 Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden. Democrats Jeanette Bradshaw and Julie Matuzak and Republican Aaron Van Langevelde voted to certify, while Republican Norman Shinkle abstained.  The board heard over three hours of testimony and p...
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Dow climbs 328 points amid reports Janet Yellen will be named treasury secretary

Janet Yellen. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images US stocks gained on Monday amid reports that President-elect Joe Biden would select former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to be his treasury secretary.Earlier, investors cheered results from trials of another COVID-19 vaccine candidate, this time from AstraZeneca.AstraZeneca said its COVID-19 vaccine demonstrated an average efficacy rate of 70%, making it the third company to have announced vaccine data surpassing the Food and Drug A...
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November Election Results Could Impact Key Reverse Mortgage Issues in 2021

The results from the November general election in the United States could have notable impacts on key issues relevant to the reverse mortgage industry including the selection of a new servicing contract for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the legislative priorities of the White House and Congress as it relates to matters of housing, the likelihood of policy movement on issues related to reverse mortgages and the general receptivity that politicians will have to reverse mortgage-relevan...
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Michigan board votes to certify state's election results – Joe Biden wins, Trump loses another legal case

Sorry, no coup for you. It's over. Michigan just certified the state's election results, in which Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden won, and they've confirmed that Trump lost. The state's 16 electoral votes will be awareded to President-elect Joe Biden, who defeated Donald Trump by a margin of more than 154,000 votes. — Read the rest
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Vladimir Putin wasted no time in weaponizing Trump's election conspiracies to spread Russian propaganda

Vladimir Putin seen in Moscow, Russia, on September 28, 2020. Alexei Druzhinin\TASS via Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin has wasted no time in seizing on US President Donald Trump's conspiracy theories about the 2020 election to boost Russia's strategic goals. In addition to saying he will not congratulate President-elect Joe Biden while claiming the results are not clear, Putin said the "problems in the US electoral system" mean the US doesn't have the right to criticize how ...
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Trump is reportedly worried that his legal team is made up of 'fools that are making him look bad'

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington. Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo President Donald Trump is upset with how his legal team has handled his challenges to the election, according to NBC News. Trump is worried that they are "fools that are making him look bad," one official told NBC. He also reportedly complained about Rudy Giuliani's ...
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White House still planning holiday parties, despite warnings

All those warnings from public health officials begging Americans to limit gatherings this holiday season amid a surge in coronavirus cases aren't stopping the White House from planning a host of festivities and holiday parties in the midst of a pandemic.
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GM Flips Sides With California In Pollution Fight With Trump

DETROIT (AP/CBS13) — General Motors says it will no longer support the Trump administration in legal efforts to end California’s right to set its own clean-air standards. CEO Mary Barra said in a letter Monday to environmental groups that GM will pull out of the lawsuit, and it urges other automakers to do so. She said the company agrees with President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to expand electric vehicle use.  In a tweet on Monday, Barra said GM is the process of transitioning to an “all-electric p...
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HUD Secretary Carson Back to Work After COVID-19 Illness

Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Dr. Ben Carson is said to be recovering after contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus, describing himself as having become “desperately ill” with the disease before coming “out of the woods” according to a Facebook post made by the secretary on behalf of him and his wife. Carson is now back at work, RMD can confirm, according to an all-staff email the secretary sent to HUD on Monday morning obtained by RMD. “I would like...
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Michigan certifies Biden election win, days after Trump leans on state's GOP lawmakers

President Donald Trump faces an increasingly uphill battle to reverse the projected win for Joe Biden in the White House race.
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