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Previous administrations haven’t made race scholarship such a clear priority.

Lananh Nguyen, Jennifer Epstein

November 15, 2020

When it comes to economic policy, President-elect Joe Biden is putting racial disparities high on the agenda as he assembles his administration.

The incoming president tapped Mehrsa Baradaran, whose book “The Color of Money” is a key reference on the racial wealth gap, to prepare the Treasury Department for the transition. She’s joined by Lisa Cook, an economist at Michigan State University, on the “landing team” for the Federal Reserve and banking and securities regulators. They are among more than 500 experts who will focus on race as they shape Biden’s policies on issues like housing, health and small-business lending. Baradaran declined to comment, and Cook referred questions to the Biden team.

Observers say they’ve never seen expertise about race figure so prominently in economic roles.

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2. I Expected Biden To Assemble an Excellent Administration and He's Not Disappointing Me For Sure

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5. This is great news!

Awwwww...I love the sound of Republicans gasping with horror.

 

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Report: Joe Biden Considering Teachers’ Union Leaders for Education Secretary

 

Joe Biden is reportedly considering leaders of the nation’s largest teachers’ unions to replace current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, should the former vice president be declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

According to a report at the New York Times Friday, the short list of contenders for the education cabinet post includes Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and Lily Eskelsen Garcia, recent past president of the National Education Association (NEA).:snip:

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Report: Joe Biden Considering Teachers’ Union Leaders for Education Secretary

 

Joe Biden is reportedly considering leaders of the nation’s largest teachers’ unions to replace current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, should the former vice president be declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

According to a report at the New York Times Friday, the short list of contenders for the education cabinet post includes Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and Lily Eskelsen Garcia, recent past president of the National Education Association (NEA).:snip:

 

I suspect the Biden administration will be the best Money Can Buy!

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Look Who Biden Is Asking For Advice On How To Create Jobs

If the business executives Joe Biden met with Monday are an indication of the kind of advice he’s seeking out on the economy, the country is in for trouble.

At Monday’s briefing, Biden was practically giddy about a meeting he’d had earlier in the day with CEOs at four big companies – Microsoft, The Gap, Target, and General Motors – along with five union bosses.:snip:

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Biden to Continue Obama Tradition of Packing White House with Corporate Lobbyists

 

A central component of Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign was his pledge to rid the executive branch of corporate lobbyists. Obama didn't exactly follow through on that pledge, and his White House was crawling with lobbyists from day one.

Not that it mattered. The media were not very interested in following up. They just took Obama's word for it, and by 2012 they were writing stories about how lobbyists were poised to make a comeback if Mitt Romney became president.

With Joe Biden poised to take office in 2021, reports suggest he plans to follow in Obama's footsteps by hiring a bunch of corporate lobbyists in senior roles.:snip:

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Biden to bring Obama personnel back to the White House

President-elect Joe Biden is surrounding himself with familiar faces as he appoints more pivotal administration staff.

Biden named Louisa Terrell on Friday as his incoming White House Office of Legislative Affairs director. Terrell was a legislative affairs special assistant to former President Barack Obama.

Terrell, who was Biden's deputy chief of staff when he was Delaware's 36-year senator before she joined New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker as his top aide, will be responsible for helping Biden pass his agenda through a divided Congress. Democrats will have a narrower majority in the House and will only control the Senate if their candidates win both Georgia runoffs on Jan. 5. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will then break any ties.

Picking Terrell, though, rankled Democrats hoping Biden wouldn't tap staff with deep ties to corporations or with lobbyist backgrounds. Terrell was Facebook's policy director.:snip:

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An Obama Tradition Continues: Biden Taps Facebook Lobbyist for Top Admin Post

 

President-elect Joe Biden on Friday announced the selection of Louisa Terrell as his legislative affairs director. Like most of the people Biden has tapped for senior roles in his administration, Terrell formerly worked in lobbying shops for controversial corporations such as Facebook, Yahoo, and McKinsey & Company.

The decision is in keeping with former president Barack Obama's proud tradition of hiring corporate lobbyists—despite explicitly campaigning against the influence of such lobbyists in Washington. Terrell is merely the latest former lobbyist to earn a senior role in the Biden administration.

Biden's incoming chief of staff, Ron Klain, previously lobbied on behalf of U.S. Airways, AOL Time Warner, Fannie Mae, and ImClone, a pharmaceutical company whose CEO was convicted of fraud. His deputy chief of staff, Jen O'Malley Dillon, cofounded an "integrated strategy and marketing agency" that was recently hired to represent private equity firms. The incoming counselor to the president, Steve Ricchetti, previously lobbied for AT&T, Eli Lily, and the American Bankers Association.:snip:

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