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Biden asks Fauci to stay, plans mask plea

  • Joe Biden asked Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s foremost infectious disease expert, to maintain his central role in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic once Biden assumes the presidency, he said yesterday in an interview on CNN.

  • “I asked him to stay in exactly the same role he played for the last presidents, and I asked him to also be a chief medical adviser for me and to be part of the Covid team,” a Biden told Jake Tapper.

  • Upon taking office, Biden plans to ask all Americans to wear masks for 100 days, he said. The race to distribute vaccines against the virus has intensified dramatically, with Britain approving a Pfizer vaccine for public use this week, and the Food and Drug Administration is expected to consider it for approval this month.

  • Biden said he would be open to receiving the vaccine publicly if Fauci said he was safe. “What needs to be done is we need to make the American people understand that the vaccine is safe,” the president-elect said.

  • Kamala Harris’ team revealed more executive choices yesterday, announcing that she would enlist Tina Flournoy, a former aide to President Bill Clinton with decades of political experience, to serve as the vice president-elect’s chief of staff. Flournoy will be at the head of a staff whose main collaborators are mainly women of color.

  • Harris’ transition office also announced yesterday that Rohini Kosoglu, who served as chief of staff in the Senate and played a central role in his presidential campaign, would be the vice president’s home policy adviser, and that former Nancy McEldowney diplomat and official Clinton administration, would be Harris’ national security adviser.

  • President Trump to visit Georgia this weekend for one of his favorite activities: a country rally. He will appear on behalf of Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, both of whom are campaigning ahead of the state’s run-off election next month.

  • The president’s visit comes as he perpetuates a public row with top Georgia Republicans over the election results, which he refused to accept. Some senior GOP officials fear it will turn the rally into a staging area for its latest conspiracy theories and attacks.

  • Saxby Chambliss, a retired Republican senator from Georgia, told CNN he couldn’t be sure what Trump would do. “And that’s part of my worry,” he says.

  • Facebook announced it would start removing posts containing disproved claims about Covid-19 vaccines, as part of the social network’s efforts to more aggressively tackle disinformation.

  • The company’s previous policy had made it harder to circulate vaccine misinformation if it was not linked to the coronavirus by “downgrading” it in user news feeds. Facebook has long been more hesitant than some other social media companies to engage in judging disinformation – whether it’s health or politics.

  • But he stepped in early to create tools to educate the public about the virus. And there is international precedent for its new move to suppress bogus messages: In the past, Facebook suppressed misinformation about the polio vaccine in Pakistan and the measles vaccine in Samoa.

  • If 2020 was a surprisingly difficult election year for Democrats in Congress, they have no illusions about what 2022 will bring. As in all midterm elections after the election of a new president, this year’s races are expected to be tough for the ruling party.

  • Representative Sean Patrick Maloney therefore has his work cut out for him, after his fellow Democrats elected him yesterday to lead the party’s election campaign until 2022.

  • Maloney, who represents a New York district that Trump won in 2016, emerged victorious from a hotly contested race for president of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. His success was seen as a boost for party moderates, who expressed concern after last month’s election when Republican candidates toppled a number of Democratic seats in part by pushing attacks on the wing. left of the party.

  • Maloney will be tasked with leading fundraising efforts and recruiting Democratic candidates to run in an election year when the party defends a new slim majority in the House, and when a new congressional card comes to be. drawn up by mainly republican legislatures. .

  • At a time of great national ordeal, what is the greatest sin – secret or hypocrisy? Let’s talk about the secret first: The New York Young Republican Club held its 108th annual gala last night, but it didn’t say where.

  • Covid-19 regulations in New York City prohibit in-person gatherings of more than 50 people, but an event Facebook page for the gala did show that number were planning to attend. Gavin Wax, the 26-year-old club president, said the event would follow New York regulations, but declined to be interviewed by phone or to reveal where it was taking place, citing concerns about the safety of our guests. violent attacks from the left. “

  • Sarah Palin had been booked as a speaker, but she quashed concerns about travel from Alaska amid a growing pandemic. Representative Matt Gaetz, a close ally of Trump, was chosen to replace her.

  • Now on the hypocrisy: Prominent California Democrats have drawn criticism this week for coming together in a way that contradicts their own public health advice. The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Tuesday that the Mayor of London Breed recently attended a private birthday party at Napa Valley’s upscale restaurant, the French Laundry. A day earlier, Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, had gone to another party at the same restaurant.

  • These events may not have directly violated state laws, but California pandemic guidelines “strongly discourage” social gatherings and prohibit them from including more than three households.

  • A local NBC News investigative team revealed this week that Mayor Sam Liccardo of San Jose flouted health protocols for a family reunion over the Thanksgiving vacation; he later admitted that five households were present, but said they had eaten out.