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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Alejandro Mayorkas to become U.S. secretary of homeland security, Biden's transition team said on Monday, entrusting the Cuban immigrant to help reverse outgoing President Donald Trump's hard-line immigration policies. Mayorkas, a former federal prosecutor in California, served as deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under President Barack Obama when Biden was vice president.
Michigan election officials on Monday planned to consider certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s 154,000-vote victory in the state as President Donald Trump’s brazen attempts to subvert the results of the election faced increasingly stiff resistance from the courts and fellow Republicans. Trump's delay tactics, meant to sow doubt about the vote in order to soften the sting of defeat, were only forestalling the inevitable, with just three weeks until the Electoral College meets to formalize Biden's ascendency to the White House on Jan 20. As Trump's challenges and baseless allegations of widespread conspiracy and fraud have been met with rejection, states were moving forward with certifying their results.
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President-elect Joe Biden intends to nominate the first Latino and immigrant to lead the Department of Homeland Security, his transition office announced. Alejandro Mayorkas, who served as deputy DHS secretary from 2013 to 2016 under the Obama administration, is among Mr Biden's first wave of Cabinet nominees. A Cuban-born immigrant whose family fled the Castro revolution, he is a former U.S. attorney in California and began Mr. Obama's first term as director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
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Antony Blinken, a longtime aide to President-elect Joe Biden, will be secretary of state, the Biden transition announced on Monday.Blinken’s appointment signals the geopolitical course Biden intends to chart in office: a restoration of liberal multilateralism, recentering traditional U.S. allies whom President Donald Trump placed on the margins. The task before Blinken and the Biden foreign policy team is reminiscent of the one shouldered by Hillary Clinton in the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency, where Clinton sought to assure foreign allies that Obama would break from George W. Bush’s bellicose unilateralism.Assistance will come from a team that Blinken knows well. Biden’s transition unveiled the other senior leaders of the next administration’s national-security and foreign policy leadership on Monday. They include include Avril Haines, a deputy CIA director and deputy national security adviser who was considered Obama’s left-most counterterrorism aide, for director of national intelligence; Jake Sullivan as national security adviser, who followed Blinken as then-Vice President Biden’s national security adviser; and United Nations ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a career diplomat who served as assistant secretary of state under Blinken at Foggy Bottom.As well, returning to government will be Alejandro Mayorkas, an immigrant who was deputy secretary for homeland security under Obama and will now be DHS secretary; and John Kerry, Biden’s longtime friend and ally. Kerry, Obama’s final secretary of state, will take a new role as Biden’s special envoy for combating climate change.“I need a team ready on Day One to help me reclaim America’s seat at the head of the table, rally the world to meet the biggest challenges we face, and advance our security, prosperity, and values. This is the crux of that team,” Biden said in a release announcing his choices.However, Biden has yet to announce other crucial national-security roles, most importantly his selections for the Pentagon and CIA.Blinken’s appointment comes as no great surprise. He has been at Biden’s side for a generation’s worth of foreign policy, as a senior aide on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as vice presidential national-security adviser, as deputy secretary of state in Obama’s second term and finally as principal foreign-policy adviser on Biden’s campaign. There will be no doubt in foreign capitals that Blinken speaks for Biden, the traditional pitfall for a secretary of state, as Colin Powell learned during the Bush administration.If there was any surprise in Biden’s first wave of foreign policy personnel choices, it might have been Sullivan, whom several people close to the campaign said was also interested in a domestic-policy job.Like Biden, Blinken is a committed multilateralist experienced in navigating congressional maneuvering over foreign policy, as demonstrated in his role narrowly selling the Congress on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. During the campaign, Blinken outlined priorities for a Biden presidency like a return to the deal and to concerted action on climate change, both of which require marshalling geopolitical coalitions. He’s also described rallying allies to counterbalance an assertive China on its economic and military ambitions while working alongside Beijing.Tony Blinken Will Get a Top Job in Biden Admin, Sources Say“I think you’d see a Biden demonstration having reestablished a relative strength in the relationship, then be able to engage China and work with China, in areas where our interests clearly overlap, whether it is again, contending with climate change, dealing with global health and pandemics, dealing with the spread of dangerous weapons,” Blinken said in July. “We’re much better off though, finding ways to cooperate when we’re acting from a position of strength than from a position of weakness.”Questions remain about how Biden’s restorationist impulses will manifest in a world that looks substantially different than it did before Trump’s presidency, as it follows a generation-long decline in American power through a potency-sapping war on terror; an explosion in international oligarchy born of a sharp spike in wealth hoarding by the globe’s richest; and the end of America’s unipolar moment as the Chinese economy is expected to surpass the U.S.’ during Biden’s tenure. As well, Blinken and Biden’s moves to reenter the Iran deal will face extraordinary headwinds from the traditional U.S. allies they seek to cultivate, such as Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.As well, progressives have additional questions about Blinken’s corporate connections. Along with Michele Flournoy, who is widely expected to become Biden’s first defense secretary, Blinken ran the corporate consulting firm WestExec Advisors. Fast Company reported in 2017 that Blinken has advised the tech giants Google and Facebook, which have proven to be disinformation vectors.Similar concerns from progressives surfaced this summer about Haines, owing to her work for the Trump-aligned datamining firm Palantir; her advocacy of CIA director Gina Haspel, implicated in CIA torture; and Haines’ own role in pushing back against declassifications of the 2014 Senate torture report and exonerating CIA officials who spied on Senate investigators. At the same time, Haines consistently advocated for restricting drone strikes at the White House, though progressives have also noted she did not argue for their abolition.Advisers to Biden’s leftward primary rivals have described Blinken as open to their perspectives and have reacted positively to the prospect of his appointment.“Rebuilding American diplomacy is a hugely important task for the next administration, so having someone who has the president’s total trust, as Tony does with Biden, is critical for being our country’s top diplomat,” said Matt Duss, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ foreign policy adviser. “Tony and his team made a point to engage regularly and seriously with progressives during the campaign, identifying some points of difference but also of strong consensus. I think having a secretary of state who can build on that consensus while still listening and engaging on the points of difference, as I think Tony would, will be an important asset.”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.
Shares of Ideanomics Inc. soared 64.9% in very active midday trading Monday, making them the biggest gainers on the Nasdaq Exchange, after the company focused on investing in disruptive technologies announced the doubling of its investment in California-based Solectrac Inc., which makes battery-powered electric tractors. Trading volume swelled to 189.4 million shares in recent trading, compared with the full-day average of about 11.7 million shares. Ideanomics said it invested an additional $1.3 million in Solectrac, which increases its ownership stake to 24%. Ideanomics had announced on Oct. 22 an investment of $1.3 million to buy the 14.7% stake in Solectrac. Ideanomics said the latest investment allows it to recognize its stake in Solectrac under the equity method of accounting under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). "We believe Solectrac has enormous potential and, given the uptick in both product inquiries and investment interest they are seeing, we exercised our rights to increase our stake so we can help Solectrac scale to meet anticipated market demand," said Chief Executive Alf Poor. The stock has now nearly tripled (up 196.8%) year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 10.4%.