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Reports: Biden to pick ex-Fed chair Yellen for Treasury Secretary

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The Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, and Reuters are reporting that Joe Biden will choose former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to be his Treasury Secretary. If she is appointed by Biden and then confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she will be the first woman to ever serve in the position.

To pull the U.S. economy out of its current recession brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, Yellen has called for an increase in government spending. She is widely seen as a respected and experienced policymaker.

This comes after Biden announced a whole slate of national security and foreign policy officials on Monday. Some of these picks include his longtime foreign policy advisor Antony Blinken for secretary of state, former Sec. of State John Kerry for a newly created climate change role on the National Security Council, and Alejandro Mayorkas for Secretary of Homeland Security, which would make Mayorkas the first Latino and immigrant to serve in the position if confirmed by the Senate.

Another woman who many thought Biden was considering for the Treasury job was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), one of his main rivals during the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. Progressives have been pushing Biden to appoint her, but chances are low that Senate Republicans would confirm her if they hold on to their majority in the Senate after the two Senate runoff elections in Georgia on January 5.

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DHS protects ‘privacy’ of migrants on terror watchlist

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Fox News reporter Bill Melugin filed a Freedom of Information Act request that sought the nationalities of individuals on the terror watchlist who entered the United States illegally. No more identifying information such as their names or location were requested; nonetheless, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responded that the right to ‘privacy’ of the migrants on the watchlist outweighs the public’s right to know.

The denial of the request occurred on the same day that at least one illegal immigrant reportedly on the terror watchlist was apprehended while attempting to infiltrate the Quantico Marine Corps base in Virginia, reports Just The News.

“The privacy interests of the individuals in the records you have requested outweigh any minimal public interest in disclosure of the information,” the department told Melugin in a letter, he wrote in a post on X. “Any private interest you may have in that information does not factor into the aforementioned balancing test.”

Melugin pushed back on the rejection in a post to social media on Thursday, defending his request for the information and claiming that most of the rejection had nothing to do with what he was asking for. He also vowed to appeal the decision.

“I did not ask for any names, IDs, addresses, anything that would breach privacy, nor did I ask for any law enforcement sensitive information,” Melugin said. “I simply requested *only* the nationalities of people arrested on the list, so the public can have an understanding of where in the world they are coming from.”

Just The News adds that the border crisis and influx of illegal migrants has resulted in at least 736 known or suspected terrorists being released into the country in fiscal year 2023. In this fiscal year, at least 210 known or suspected terrorists have been apprehended and then released into the country as of March 22.

 

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