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Schumer: Senate should confirm Biden’s cabinet before Inauguration Day, after GA runoff elections

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that the U.S. Senate should confirm Joe Biden‘s cabinet nominees before he officially becomes president on January 20, Inauguration Day.

“In the midst of this once-in-a-century crisis, it’s imperative the next administration can count on the Senate to confirm its cabinet without delay,” he said, adding that, thus, “hearings on President-elect Biden’s nominees should begin in January, immediately after the Georgia runoff election.”

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In Georgia, there are currently two side-by-side runoff elections for its seats in the U.S. Senate scheduled for January 5. These runoffs will determine which political party will hold a slim majority in the Senate during the next Congress.

If the Democrats secure both of the Peach State’s seats, it will control 50 out of the 100 seats in the Senate and have Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as the tiebreaking vote. Gaining a Democratic majority will be critical in getting Biden’s appointees successfully confirmed.

Schumer went on to say that, after the confirmation hearings, these officials would then be confirmed on January 20.

Furthermore, Schumer supported his call to begin the confirmation process early by saying that Senate committees held hearings for both President Barack Obama‘s and President Donald Trump‘s nominees in early January before they took the oath of office.

This comes as Biden has been announcing his nominees for his cabinet in waves, with each round of nominees focused on a specific policy area. Last week he nominated foreign policy and national security officials and this week he’s focusing on the economy.

Last Tuesday, Biden himself urged the Senate to begin the confirmation process for his nominees.

“I hope these outstanding nominees received a prompt hearing, and that we can work across the aisle in good faith to move forward for the country,” he said. “Let’s begin that work to heal and unite, to heal and unite America as well as the world.”

It was only last Monday that the head of the General Services Administration (GSA), Emily Murphy, signed off on officially commencing the presidential transition, which gives Biden and his team the funds, resources, and information he needs to carry out the transition effectively. President Trump, alleging widespread voter fraud and a “rigged” election, still refuses to concede the election as he continues his onslaught of unsuccessful legal challenges against the election results in multiple states.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Information emerges on ‘conspiracy-minded former Democratic campaign staffer’ who lit himself on fire outside Trump trial

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As the jury selection for former President Donald Trump’s hush-money trial was being finalized, Max Azzarello set himself on fire Friday afternoon outside the Manhattan courthouse. The event was caught on video by multiple media outlets, and police officers can be seen in the videos dousing Azzarello’s body with a fire extinguisher.

National Review reports on the bizarre occurrence:

Azzarello appears to be a conspiracy-minded former Democratic campaign staffer and operations manager who threw pamphlets into the air before self-immolating that directed bystanders to his Substack blog, “The Ponzi Papers.” Azzarello writes on his Substack of a supposed “totalitarian con” and identifies himself as the man who set himself on fire outside of the Trump courthouse.

Azzarello warns of what he believes to be cryptocurrency ponzi scheme being manipulated by economic elites, most notably tech billionaire Peter Thiel. He claims the government is a “secret kleptocracy” full of financial criminals and highlights The Simpsons as a tool supposedly used by elites to brainwash the American people.

His LinkedIn page features a picture of himself with former president Bill Clinton, a subject of his conspiracy theories, and lists his various marketing and operations positions in politics and tech.

 

 

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