The president suggested the date of the presidential election be moved and claimed that mail-in votes would be fraudulent.
The president suggested the date of the presidential election be moved and claimed that mail-in votes would be fraudulent.
The head of the world’s largest humanitarian network is urging governments and institutions to combat “fake news” about COVID-19 vaccines which has become “a second pandemic” and start building trust in communities around the world about the critical importance of vaccinating people. Francesco Rocca, president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said in a virtual briefing to the U.N. Correspondents Association on Monday that “to beat this pandemic, we also have to defeat the parallel pandemic of distrust.”
President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for budget chief does not pull punches online. So when some of her hits aimed at top players in Congress were removed from the Internet, it was clear something was up.Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, has deleted over one thousand tweets from her personal Twitter account since the beginning of November. A number of them, since recovered by The Daily Beast, contain comments directed at powerful lawmakers on both sides of the aisle that could turn a relationship to ice before her Senate confirmation hearing to lead the Office of Management and Budget takes place next year.And that’s exactly what seems to be happening to Tanden.Tanden deleted some, but not all, tweets from her account lambasting prominent lawmakers like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sens. Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Susan Collins (R-ME), and praising their Democratic challengers. It’s unclear when exactly Tanden deleted them, but many of the tweets were available at least until the fall, according to the Internet Archive.“Can people on here please focus their ire on McConnell and the GOP senators who are Up This Cycle who enable him: Cory Gardner, Collins, Ernst, Cornyn, Perdue, Tillis And many more,” Tanden wrote in a since-deleted tweet from June 2019 about the seven Republican senators.When Collins reelection appeared troubled, Tanden vowed to treat her challenger, Sara Gideon, “like a long lost relative” and “work hard to help her beat Susan Collins.”She deleted the tweet sometime after November 5.By Monday afternoon, two out of the group she targeted had commented. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) told the Congressional press pool that he believed “maybe” Tanden was Biden’s “worst nominee so far.”“I think, in light of her combative and insulting comments about many members of the Senate, mainly on our side of the aisle, that it creates, certainly, a problematic path,” he said. Tanden was a vocal supporter of challenger MJ Hegar in her unsuccessful bid to unseat Cornyn, but has since deleted at least one tweet supportive of the Texas Democrat’s performance in an October debate.Also speaking to Hill reporters on Monday, Collins said: “I do not know her, or much about her, but I do know she is a prolific user of Twitter.”(Neither Cornyn, nor Collins, appeared to acknowledge the relative absurdity of criticizing tweets in light of the habits of the members' outgoing administration—including the president, himself).By Monday night, Tanden had changed her Twitter bio to read: “Director of OMB Nominee.” She declined to comment for this article.Republicans aren’t the only ones who were critical of Tanden’s selection. During the 2016 election, her intense criticism of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who was then the chief opponent of her former boss Hillary Clinton, earned her a reputation as one of the most visible and outspoken figures willing to needle progressives at a time when many sought to minimize the ongoing Democratic infighting as exaggerated.After Clinton eventually won the primary but lost the general election to Donald Trump, Tanden focused primarily on Republicans, but still frequently riled up movement progressives by taking on some online fights.“It’s an odd choice for Biden and his ‘healing’ presidency to bring someone in who is so combative, especially on Twitter, being that we just ended a four-year Twitter presidency,” said Josh Fox, a climate change activist and filmmaker who was a surrogate for Sanders in 2016 and 2020. “She causes ire unnecessarily.”Now, as she prepares for her intended nomination to head up the OMB—a role that would require confirmation from McConnell’s Republican-held chamber if Democrats do not overtake the Senate in two runoff elections in Georgia—Tanden has attempted to scale back parts of her digital footprint that led to her perception as a divisive “extremely online” individual from both the left and right.‘New York Times’ Contacts Article Subject's Mother. Twitter Erupts In Fury.The decision to consider Tanden for a spot within the Biden administration had been mulled over for weeks. According to one source close to the Biden transition, officials had internally expressed their intention to vet her for the OMB director position during the Nov. 3 election week. A review of third party archiving services like the Internet Archive and Archive.vn show Tanden’s account began on Nov. 1 with 88,639 tweets, but had 87,588 as of Monday evening.The deleted tweets also included a barb aimed at McConnell and the Democratic epithet he reportedly resents. “Apparently a lot of people think MoscowMitch is a threat. Hats off @JoeNBC,” Tanden wrote in a now-deleted post.Progressives who have tangled with Tanden have often done so over both substance and style. Three progressive sources who spoke to The Daily Beast about Tanden mentioned areas where they disagreed over policy, arguing that she and CAP under her tenure lean further to the center of the party’s spectrum.“There are people on all sides, in all factions, who will say she’s a bad actor,” said Nomiki Konst, a progressive activist and media figure. Tanden has spent a good chunk of time while leading CAP to “advance very hostile messaging towards the left,” Konst said.One source close to Sanders described receiving “stunned” text messages from other progressives in the senator’s orbit after Tanden’s name was announced by the Wall Street Journal on Sunday afternoon, saying it was received by some as a “middle finger”—particularly to those who view her interactions online as overtly antagonistic to the left. The source also said that various policy positions promoted by CAP were discussed in a negative light.“CAP pretends to be aligned with progressive values, but Neera Tanden seems so cynical that she attacks progressive policies like a ban on fracking, the Green New Deal, and Medicare for All,” said Fox. “I just don’t think that’s this time right now. This time is for us to actually get things for Americans who are deeply suffering.”Tanden’s roots in policy circles date back years. During Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, she was an integral member of her close-knit senior policy team, a largely behind the scenes role, one Democratic source who has previously worked with her pointed out. And her advocacy and communication abilities, other Democrats contended, are exactly what will be needed to advance some of the bolder goals of the Biden administration.She also worked alongside Jake Sullivan and Brian Deese, both of whom are expected to serve in senior positions under Biden in 2021. Sullivan is slated to serve as national security adviser and Deese was reportedly tapped to steer the National Economic Council, signifying a small yet influential revival of some top Clinton officials into the president-elect’s circle.Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI), who is now serving in her second term in Congress, was also part of the Clinton policy brain trust more than a decade ago and remains a longtime friend of Tanden. Stevens told The Daily Beast that Tanden “knows how to take on inequality and how best to marshal public resources to help people.”“As the first woman of color and first Indian-American to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Neera’s nomination is an exciting moment for our country,” Stevens said. “Neera will be dedicated to making sure the federal government works for every American.”Other Democratic endorsers came in quickly after news about Tanden became public. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) praised her fairness and intellect, as well as her preparedness for the elevated fiscal role. Meanwhile, Jen Psaki, Biden’s newly announced forthcoming White House press secretary, used one of her first public statements to publicly tout Tanden’s personal story and credentials.“.@neeratanden=a brilliant policy expert and she knows how vital funding for govt programs is.. as a child for a period her family relied on food stamps to eat, on Section 8 vouchers to pay the rent and on the social safety,” Psaki wrote. “Her fresh perspective can help meet this moment.”—Erin Banco and Jackie Kucinich contributed to this report.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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President-elect Biden named his economic team Monday including Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary and Neera Tanden at Office of Management and Budget.
China has provided North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his family with an experimental coronavirus vaccine, a US analyst claimed on Tuesday, citing two unidentified Japanese intelligence sources. Harry Kazianis, a North Korea expert at the Center for the National Interest think tank in Washington, said the Kims and several senior North Korean officials had been vaccinated. It was unclear which company had supplied its drug candidate to the Kims and whether it had proven to be safe, he added. "Kim Jong-un and multiple other high-ranking officials within the Kim family and leadership network have been vaccinated for coronavirus within the last two to three weeks thanks to a vaccine candidate supplied by the Chinese government," Mr Kazianis wrote in an article for online outlet 19FortyFive. Mr Kazianis claimed the sources who disclosed Mr Kim's vaccine spoke to him on condition of anonymity.
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Dr. Scott Atlas, a science adviser to President Donald Trump who was skeptical of measures to control the coronavirus outbreak, is leaving his White House post. A White House official confirmed that the Stanford University neuroradiologist, who had no formal experience in public health or infectious diseases, resigned at the end of his temporary government assignment. Atlas joined the White House this summer, where he clashed with top government scientists, including Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, as he resisted stronger efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 267,000 Americans.
Dr. Scott Atlas, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force known for going against public health experts and pushing for herd immunity, submitted his resignation letter to President Trump on Monday, Fox News reports.During his tenure, Atlas called lockdowns "extremely harmful" and called on schools to reopen and for colleges to let students play sports. In October, he promoted misinformation about the coronavirus on Twitter, sharing false claims about the effectiveness of masks; Twitter removed his tweet, saying it was in violation of its policy against misleading COVID-19 statements.Fox News obtained Atlas' resignation letter, dated Dec. 1, in which he states that he "worked hard with a singular focus — to save lives and help Americans through this pandemic." Atlas added that he "always relied on the latest science and evidence, without any political consideration or influence." Atlas was a Special Government Employee on a 130-day detail, which was set to expire this week.More stories from theweek.com Americans are choosing death over deprivation How camp explains Trump Mitt Romney's 'out of touch' $10,000 bet
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Dr Scott Atlas, a science adviser to President Donald Trump who was sceptical of measures to control the coronavirus outbreak, has resigned his White House post. A White House official confirmed that the Stanford University neuroradiologist, who had no formal experience in public health or infectious diseases, resigned at the end of his temporary government assignment. Atlas joined the White House this summer, where he clashed with top government scientists, including Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, as he resisted stronger efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic that has killed more than 267,000 Americans. Dr Atlas has broken with government experts and the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community to criticise efforts to encourage face covering to slow the spread of the virus. In October, he tweeted: "Masks work? NO," despite overwhelming scientific evidence proving the benefit of wearing masks. Twitter concealed the message as misinformation. This month he said lockdowns had been "an epic failure" in stopping the spread of the virus. Just weeks ago on Twitter he responded to Michigan’s latest virus restrictions by encouraging people to "rise up" against the state’s policies. He later clarified the tweet, saying he never meant to encourage violence.
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