Biden task force adviser calls for 3-6 week nt’l lockdown

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Joe Biden’s top coronavirus task force adviser has called for a nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

On Wednesday, Univesity of Minnesota’s Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy Director Dr. Michael Osterholm said if all businesses shutdown for four-to-six weeks he thinks the country would be able to get a grip on the virus and put the U.S. on track for economic recovery.

He also claimed the federal government would have enough money to pay people back for the time they would be out of work.

“We have a big pool of money out there that we could borrow from,” Dr. Osterholm stated. “We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the lost wages for individual workers, for losses to small companies to medium-sized companies…for cities, states, county governments.”

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has urged governors to avoid lockdown as much as possible to not further damage the nation’s economy.

The U.S. has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, hitting a record-high weekly average of over 100,000 cases per day.

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US-China relationship remains a challenge for Biden amid Hong Kong struggles

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is one of the few major super powers yet to congratulate president-elect Joe Biden on his presidential win, though this is unlikely to further tamper the slew of foreign policy challenges facing U.S.-China relations.

Hong Kong legislators resigned en masse on Wednesday to push back against a recent banishment of four colleagues from China’s legislative body.

The four pro-Hong Kong democracy legislators were stripped of their positions earlier this week for reportedly endangering China’s national security laws.

The announcement follows China’s latest attempt to curtail Hong Kong's autonomy after instating restrictive national security laws this summer that criminalized any actions the communist party saw as anti-China – including the ability to protest and freedom of speech.

The newest additions to the restrictive measures passed by China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, allows Hong Kong city officials to expel anyone believed to be supportive of Honk Kong independence, collusion or a threat to national security without going through the courts, reported Reuters.

The resignation of the remaining 15 pro-democracy Hong Kong lawmakers leaves only China-centric lawmakers in the NPC’s 70-seat body.

“The relevant decision of the NPC Standing Committee targets no others but those [Legislative Council] members who do not meet the statutory requirements and conditions of ‘upholding the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China’ (HKSAR),” Chinese spokesperson Wang Webin said in a press conference Wednesday.

“Those who break the law must be held accountable, which is the basic principle of any law-based society,” he added.

The Trump administration has been vocal in its condemnation of the restrictions on Hong Kong autonomy, along with several other foreign policy issues that have greatly deteriorated America's relationship with the Asian superpower, including the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the Biden administration is likely to have little effect on reshaping China-Hong Kong relations, as China remains adamant in their intention to bring Hong Kong under Chinese rule.

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Hong Kong exercised relative autonomy from China under the Sino-British Joint Declaration, which granted China sovereignty after releasing the city from imperial rule in 1997.

The United States has recognized the city as independent from mainland-China since 1992 when the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act was signed.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has hit back against China’s new restrictive measures by instating visa restrictions on officials affiliated with Hong Kong suppression, slapping sanctions on companies working with China and rolling back Hong Kong’s Special Status – which permitted trade and economic benefits that allowed Hong Kong to be spared by the effects of the U.S.-China trade war.

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“I would like to stress that Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China, and the qualification of HKSAR LegCo members is purely an internal affair of China,” Wang said Wednesday, making it clear the opinions of U.S. leadership is of no concern to China.

“No other country has the right to make irresponsible remarks or intervene in the matter,” he added.

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With backing from Trump, RNC chair McDaniel expected to run for another term

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RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel weighs in on state of presidential race.

With the backing of President Trump, Ronna McDaniel’s expected to run for a third term as chair of the Republican National Committee , according to a person close to the RNC chair.

The president on Wednesday evening took to Twitter to support McDaniel.

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“I am pleased to announce that I have given my full support and endorsement to Ronna McDaniel to continue heading the Republican National Committee (RNC). With 72 MILLION votes, we received more votes than any sitting President in U.S. history – and we will win!” Trump tweeted.

Fox News, other news networks and The Associated Press on Saturday projected Joe Biden would win the state of Nevada and the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, giving the Democratic presidential nominee the electoral votes needed to defeat Trump and become president-elect. But Trump has yet to concede, as he hopes that a spate of longshot lawsuits he’s filed and a couple of recounts in key states will reverse Biden’s victory.

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A GOP source close to McDaniel confirmed to Fox News soon after the president tweeted that the chair intends to run for another term steering the RNC, with the support of Trump and the expected support of the top two Republicans in Congress – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California.

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Chair of the Republican National Committee Ronna McDaniel addressing the Republican National Convention at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Trump backed McDaniel who’s the niece of Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah for RNC chair in 2017 after the then-Michigan GOP chair helped deliver the key battleground state for Trump in the 2016 election.

The RNC’s 168 members are scheduled to elect the next chair in January, when they convene for their winter meeting. The meeting will take place soon after Trump leaves the White House and Biden’s inaugurated.

Trump’s endorsement of McDaniel is a clear sign that he intends to play a key role in GOP politics even after leaving the White House.

Fox News' Matt Leach contributed to this report

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Bernie Sanders confirms interest in Labor Secretary job under Biden administration

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said on Wednesday that he would accept a position if President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet if one was offered.

Leading progressives have floated Sanders, who caucuses with Senate Democrats, as a potential candidate for the labor secretary position in the incoming Biden-Harris administration in recent days. The longtime senator, 79, confirmed that he was open to the possibility.

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"What's true is I want to do everything I can to protect the working families of this country who are under tremendous duress right now. Whether that's in the Senate, whether that's in the Biden administration, who knows," Sanders said during an appearance on CNN. "Let's see how that unfolds."

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Sanders was asked specifically about whether he would accept the role of labor secretary.

"If I had a portfolio that allowed me to stand up and fight for working families, would I do it?" Sanders said. "Yes, I would."

Sanders ran unsuccessful bids for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 and 2020. He was routinely critical of Biden’s policy record on the campaign trail, but ultimately endorsed the former vice president in his race against President Trump.

In campaign stops around the country, Trump warned his supporters that Biden would allow leading progressive voices such as Sanders to dictate policy and enact radical reforms if he was elected to the White House.

Trump has yet to concede the 2020 election. The Fox News Decision Desk and other media outlets named Biden as president-elect after he secured projected victories in the key battleground states of Nevada and Pennsylvania.

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Biden named his longtime aide, Ronald Klain, as his White House chief of staff in the first Cabinet appointment for his incoming administration. The transition team is expected to announce more Cabinet picks in the upcoming days.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, another leading progressive who was critical of Biden during the campaign, has been floated as a potential choice for treasury secretary.

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FLASHBACK: Biden’s chief of staff pick admits Obama admin did everything wrong with H1N1

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President-elect Joe Biden named Ron Klain as his White House chief of staff on Wednesday – and the longtime Biden aide, who worked as an Obama administration Ebola response coordinator, is on record saying the previous administration handled the H1N1 outbreak poorly.

In a Pandemic and Biosecurity Policy Summit hosted in May, 2019, Klain – who was not involved directly in the H1N1 response but was a White House staffer at the time – said “a bunch of really talented” people were working on it, but “did every possible thing wrong.”

“Sixty million Americans got H1N1 in that period of time and it’s just purely a fortuity that this isn’t one of the great mass casualty events in American history,” Klain said. “It had nothing to do with us doing anything right, it just had to do with luck.”

Klain was warning about the possibility that future epidemic outbreaks could have more devastating effects.

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The H1N1 influenza virus broke out in the U.S. in 2009 and resulted in about 274,304 hospitalizations and 12,469 deaths, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is believed that people aged 60 and over had antibodies from a previous flu strain – though younger individuals did not.

A Biden spokesperson did not return Fox News’ request for comment on Klain’s remarks.

The comments come as coronavirus cases throughout the U.S. are on the rise. Biden and other Democrats have largely laid blame on the Trump administration for perceived failures in handling the outbreak – which the president has staunchly defended himself against.

The president-elect has repeatedly pointed to the Obama administration’s dealings with the H1N1 Swine Flu as assurance that he is better equipped to deal with a widespread virus outbreak.

In a statement on Biden’s website, it says that he “knows how to mount an effective crisis response and elevate the voices of scientists, public health experts, and first responders.”

“He helped lead the Obama-Biden Administration’s effective response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and the 2014 Ebola epidemic,” the statement reads.

Regarding the Ebola response, which occurred around 2014, Klain said at an event earlier this year that some “wrong choices” were also made, but added that a logistical framework had been put in place to make the problem solving process easier and more transparent.

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Biden has already began assembling a bipartisan taskforce to get to work on strategies to combat the pandemic, which is expected to worsen over the winter months.

Governors throughout many states – including New York and Ohio – announced new restrictions on residents and businesses on Wednesday in attempt to get ahead of the expected surge.

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Manhunt underway in Houston for second suspect of killing a Houston police officer

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The search continues for a second suspect in connection with the fatal shooting of a Houston police officer. On Monday afternoon, 47-year old Sergeant Sean Rios was killed after engaging with two suspects near a local motel.

“We have leads and we’re going to catch you,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said. “The best thing you can do, if you know this person, is have them turn themselves or call the police so we have no more bloodshed.”

Officials stated they are not sure what led to the shootout as Sergeant Rios was on his way to work and not yet in uniform, but witnesses said several shots were fired before the sergeant was seen walking toward the motel, injured and searching for help.

After he was shot, Sgt. Rios ran into the motel’s office to seek help but then collapsed. Houston Fire Department immediately responded, but sadly Sgt. Rios was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police said one suspect, identified as Robert Soliz, has been captured but a second person of interest remains on the run. He is described as a heavily tattooed Hispanic male in his early-to-mid twenties last seen driving a black pick-up truck.

Officials are now asking the public to come forward with any information which may lead to an arrest. As for the Rios family, the department said they will stand with them during this difficult time.

“As I’ve asked the city in the past, I’m gonna ask again…” stated Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Pray for Sgt. Rios’ family, for his children, for his parents and for his other relatives.”

Sergeant Rios was a 25-year veteran of the force and is survived by his four children.

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Sanders confident Biden will follow through on progressive policy promises

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Sen. Bernie Sanders indicated on Tuesday that he was confident President-Elect Biden wouldn't abandon the progressive policies their two teams agreed to prior to the election.

"If your question is, do I expect that the Biden administration will do everything that Bernie Sanders believes?" Sanders asked. "No, I don't. But do I expect that they will come forward and keep their word in maintaining and legislating on the proposals which we agree to? Yes, I do. And some of those proposals are very, very significant."

The independent senator from Vermont made those comments on CNN after host Wolf Blitzer asked whether he expected Biden to pivot towards the center.

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He specifically pointed to raising the minimum wage, lowering the age for Medicare elibigility to 60, and investing $2 trillion in climate and energy projects.

Earlier this year, the two campaigns hammered out an agreement after arguing over health care during the primaries. Biden came under sustained fire from many his party for favoring improvements to Obamacare, rather than implementing a single-payer system.

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The Biden-Sanders "unity task force" refrained from pushing "Medicare for All" but agreed to pursue a public option. Like "Medicare for All," the Affordable Care Act aims to ensure universal coverage by eliminating denials for pre-existing conditions.

Sanders acknowledged to Blitzer that the two teams worked on proposals that "neither side necessarily agreed with, but which made sense for the American people, especially the working families of our country today."

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FLASHBACK: Biden said two months ago he would not declare victory until election was independently certified

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During the first 2020 presidential debate in September, former Vice President Joe Biden pledged that he would not declare victory in the election before the results were “independently certified.”

"Will you urge your supporters to stay calm while the vote is counted? And will you pledge not to declare victory until the election is independently certified?” moderator and “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace asked.

“Yes,” Biden answered. “Here's the deal: We count the ballots. As you pointed out, some of these ballots in some states can't even be opened until Election Day. And if there's thousands of ballots, [it’s] going to take time to do it.”

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President-elect Joe Biden leaves The Queen theater, Nov. 10, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

But he delivered a public victory speech Saturday night, claiming “a clear victory,” amid a flurry of longshot lawsuits brought on by the Trump campaign and before the General Services Administration officially “ascertained” the election results, which it still had not done as of Thursday evening.

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"The people of this nation have spoken. They delivered us a clear victory. A convincing victory. A victory for we the people," Biden said. "The most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket in the history of this nation."

But to millions of Trump supporters and allies, the outcome is not that clear, pending the Trump campaign’s many legal challenges in key battleground states.

A number of media outlets’ experts, including at Fox News, have called the race for Biden. The Electoral College is expected to formalize Biden as president-elect on Dec. 14, unless Trump prevails in court.

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Both Biden’s transition team and federal elections officials have called on the GSA to issue its ascertainment, a step that would smooth communications between Trump administration officials and Biden’s team, formally begin the transition process and unlock millions in federal funding.

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And Biden’s transition team moved forward this week with announcing members of its agency review teams, the specific individuals expected to interface with each of the Trump administration’s agencies before Inauguration Day in January.

Nevertheless, Trump has remained defiant, declining to concede the election and declaring on Twitter on Wednesday evening, “WE WILL WIN!”

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Fox News’ Thomas Barrabi and Tyler Olson contributed to this report.

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Biden cabinet favorite vouched for domestic abuser’s character — then he murdered his ex-wife

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Democratic Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, a frontrunner for a position in President-elect Joe Biden's cabinet, vouched for a man accused of domestic abuse, who then went on to murder his ex-wife after he got out of prison.

Fudge is making her case to be Biden's secretary of agriculture, she told Politico on Wednesday, emphasizing her loyalty to Biden. The Sunrise Movement, a far-left activist group, also included Fudge on a list of approved potential cabinet nominations.

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But a potential Fudge nomination could be hampered by the fact that she pleaded for leniency on behalf of former Ohio state legislator Lance Mason in 2015 after he was charged with beating his then-wife, Aisha Fraser.

Mason served nine months in jail before murdering his ex-wife in 2018. He was sentenced to life in prison in Sept. 2019 after pleading guilty to Fraser's murder.

"Lance accepts full responsibility for his actions and has assured me that something like this will never happen again," Fudge wrote in a letter to the judge. "Lance Mason is a good man who made a very bad mistake. I can only hope that you can see in Lance what I and others see," she added.

At the time that Fudge wrote the letter, Mason was accused of violently beating his wife in front of their two children, according to Politico, which reported the story in Oct. 2018 after Mason's arrest.

"My support of Lance in 2015 was based on the person I knew for almost 30 years — an accomplished lawyer, prosecutor, state legislator and judge. That’s the Lance Mason I supported," Fudge said in a statement released to Politico after Mason's 2018 arrest. "The person who committed these crimes is not the Lance Mason familiar to me. They were horrific crimes, and I condemn them."

Neither Fudge's office nor Biden's transition team immediately returned emails from Fox News seeking comment for this story.

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San Diego sends Trump Trains to MAGA protests in D.C.

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President Trump supporters in California are sending a Trump train to upcoming demonstrations in Washington D.C.

Hundreds of San Diego, California activists are heading to Washington D.C. to protest Democrat voter-fraud this coming weekend. As of Wednesday, two separate Trump caravans have already departed from San Diego.

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The caravan is coordinated through a Facebook page called ‘Caravan for Truth 2020.’ Republican activist Josh Cantor said the demonstrations are aimed at keeping U.S. elections free and fair.

“No matter what side of the political spectrum you’re on, this is about the integrity of elections,” Cantor said. “I think that every American can appreciate that they want their vote counted and they want their vote counted accurately…We’re here to say we count every vote that’s valid and we don’t count every vote that’s not valid.”

San Diego activists will take part in the ‘Million MAGA March’ and ‘Stop the Steal’ rallies in D.C. on Saturday, November 14th.

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McMaster warns Biden on Iran deal: Don’t resurrect ‘political disaster masquerading as diplomatic triumph’

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President-elect Joe Biden should not rejoin the 2015 Iran nuclear deal once he takes office, former National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster told "Special Report" Wednesday.

McMaster told host Bret Baier that the deal forged with the Tehran regime by then-Secretary of State John Kerry failed to consider the "hostile ideology" of the Iranian government and the 40 years of proxy wars Iran has fought against America.

"The big payoffs to Iran when the deal was signed, as well as the relief of sanctions — what did they do with that money?" McMaster asked. "They applied that money to intensifying the sectarian violence across the region in an effort, really, to put a proxy army on the border of Israel."

"It would be a really big mistake to try to turn the clock back to 2016 and resurrect the Iran nuclear deal, [which] was a political disaster masquerading as a diplomatic triumph," he added.

McMaster went on to say that presidential transition periods are dangerous times for the national defense.

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According to him, it is vital that the transition goes smoothly, both to signal to the world that the American constitutional republic is a working system and to show "malign actors" that the U.S. doesn't show "weakness and division."

"Any kind of period of transition is a dangerous time [when] enemies, adversaries, rivals think it might be time to act out against us," McMaster told Baier. "So, I think it's really important for us to show a high degree of competence and a degree of stability and recognition that, 'Hey, our democracy works, our institutions are strong.'"

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Nate Silver defends his analysis of 2020 election polls

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Nate Silver, who leads the polling analysis group FiveThirtyEight, defended 2020 polling amid a sea of criticism that estimates once again miscalculated how well President Trump would perform in an election.

"If you want certainty about election outcomes, polls aren’t going to give you that — at least, not most of the time," he said in an article Wednesday.

"It’s not because the polls are bad. On the contrary, I’m amazed that polls are as good as they are." He added that low response rates, changes in voters' opinions, and sampling errors made it "astonishing that polls get within a couple of points the large majority of the time."

As Silver noted, he is not a pollster, but his outlet received a lot of blowback over its predictions. Like FiveThirtyEight, RealClearPolitics also aggregates polls and calculates averages to determine how far ahead particular candidates are in races.

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A large swath of the polls they used predicted inaccurate results at multiple levels. One of the most striking, for example, came from Maine where more than a dozen polls showed Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, losing to Democrat Sara Gideon. Collins ended up winning that race, and RealClearPolitics puts her margin of victory at 8.8 points.

FiveThirtyEight's final forecast gave Trump a 10 in 100 chance of winning, compared to 89 in 100 for Biden. "Biden was a reasonably heavy favorite in our forecast precisely because he could withstand a normal-sized or slightly larger polling error and still come out narrowly ahead — and that’s pretty much what happened," Silver said.

Meanwhile, pollster Frank Luntz has urged those in his profession to seek work elsewhere.

"I think what is happening is accountability in action," Luntz argued. "And if you got it wrong this time, you got it wrong twice in a row, you shouldn’t be working in the business. There are other things you can do. You can sell real estate. You can sell stocks. Stop selling polls."

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Last week, Luntz argued that the polling errors were unprecedented. He referenced The Washington Post, which predicted Trump would lose Wisconsin by 17 points in a joint poll with ABC News. With 99% of precincts reporting, President-elect Biden is currently leading Trump by less than one point.

“They should’ve known better because they got it wrong four years ago,” Luntz said.

Silver maintained, however, that the 2020 polling overall wasn't that far off from how polls have performed in previous elections.

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"In any event, we should expect a miss of around 4 points from Biden’s final margin of 8.4 points in national polls, though as I said at the outset, this is actually pretty normal by historical standards," he said.

In swing states, the polling had similar results, Silver said.

"Between the 18 states and congressional districts that we considered to be competitive this cycle, it looks as though the final FiveThirtyEight polling averages will have underestimated Trump by around 3.7 percentage points, on average," he said.

Fox News' Yael Halon contributed to this report.

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Biden selects Ronald Klain as White House chief of staff

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President-elect Joe Biden has selected his longtime aide Ronald Klain to serve as White House chief of staff in his incoming administration, the Biden-Harris transition team announced on Wednesday.

“Ron has been invaluable to me over the many years that we have worked together, including as we rescued the American economy from one of the worst downturns in our history in 2009 and later overcame a daunting public health emergency in 2014,” Biden said in a statement. “His deep, varied experience and capacity to work with people all across the political spectrum is precisely what I need in a White House chief of staff as we confront this moment of crisis and bring our country together again.”

The Biden-Harris transition team is expected to announce more Cabinet picks over the next several days. President Trump has yet to concede defeat in the 2020 election and launched legal challenges over voting results in several states.

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San Diego sends Trump Trains to MAGA protests in D.C.

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President Trump supporters in California are sending a Trump train to upcoming demonstrations in Washington D.C.

Hundreds of San Diego, California activists are heading to Washington D.C. to protest Democrat voter-fraud this coming weekend. As of Wednesday, two separate Trump caravans have already departed from San Diego.

San Diego Caravan

Courtesy of Caravan for Truth official Facebook group.

The caravan is coordinated through a Facebook page called ‘Caravan for Truth 2020.’ Republican activist Josh Cantor said the demonstrations are aimed at keeping U.S. elections free and fair.

“No matter what side of the political spectrum you’re on, this is about the integrity of elections,” Cantor said. “I think that every American can appreciate that they want their vote counted and they want their vote counted accurately…We’re here to say we count every vote that’s valid and we don’t count every vote that’s not valid.”

San Diego activists will take part in the ‘Million MAGA March’ and ‘Stop the Steal’ rallies in D.C. on Saturday, November 14th.

RELATED: Voters Hold ‘Stop The Steal’ Rallies In Mich., Nev.

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New Pentagon adviser could push US troop withdrawals before Trump’s departure

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President Trump’s flurry of November changes at the Pentagon could have U.S. troops home from Afghanistan by Christmas, if one new adviser gets his way.

Retired Col. Douglas MacGregor, who has appeared on Fox News espousing the immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan, closing the U.S. Embassy there, and pulling U.S. troops out of Syria and the Korean Peninsula, will be a senior adviser to acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller.

“I can confirm that Mr. MacGregor will be serving as a senior adviser to the acting secretary of defense,” Sue Gough, a spokesperson for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, told Fox News. “Mr. MacGregor’s decades of military experience will be used to assist in the continued implementation of the president’s national security priorities.”

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Earlier this year, MacGregor told Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that President Trump could “take decisive action” and pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan.

“He could stand up tomorrow and pull us out, but he needs to send everyone out of the Oval Office who keeps telling him, 'If you do that and something bad happens, it's going to be blamed on you, Mr. President',” MacGregor said at the time.

But he's also stirred up some controversy by reportedly calling for illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border to be shot to deter others from crossing.

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The move to bring him on as a senior adviser in the Defense secretary’s office, reported by Axios, comes after an abrupt Pentagon shakeup under President Trump.

The changes at the top of the Pentagon have sent shock waves through the U.S. military, according to multiple current and former defense and intelligence officials. They indicated the White House is essentially removing anyone who has disagreed with the administration in the past on issues such as troop withdrawals and military operations against Iran.

According to a senior U.S. official: “We are in uncharted territory for the country.” The angst at the Pentagon is palpable.

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Fox News has learned that after arriving in the Pentagon on Monday shortly after Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s firing, Miller, the new acting Defense secretary, reassured senior Pentagon staff that there would be no big changes.

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But later that evening, he was called to the White House to meet with Johnny McEntee, the 30-year-old head of the White House personnel office who has been orchestrating a purge of government agencies and inserting Trump loyalists.

The new defense secretary was told to fire three more people: chief of staff Jen Stewart, acting Undersecretary of Defense for Policy James Anderson and Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Joseph Kernan, a former Navy SEAL. This paved the way for Trump loyalists Ezra Cohen-Watnick to take over intelligence, Kash Patel to take over as chief of staff and Ret. Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata to take over for policy.

Many of the new appointees are known as “Iran hawks,” have special operations training and favor regime change in Tehran and military strikes against Iran’s nuclear program. Many also espoused bringing all U.S. troops home from Afghanistan, and favor withdrawing completely from Syria to reduce troop presence in the Middle East. Tata, who once called President Obama a “terrorist leader” is now in charge of policy.

Fox News was told that CIA director Gina Haspel was slated to be fired Tuesday night and replaced by Trump loyalist Richard Grenell, who has been leading the charge against alleged election fraud, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may have pushed back.

She met with McConnell on Tuesday and is close to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as well. Other Republican senators also stood up for her in the last 24 hours.

Within the intelligence community, eyebrows were raised when Michael Ellis, a former staffer to Rep. Devin Nunes, was assigned to be the new general counsel at the National Security Agency. The position can sign off on declassifications, and also give legal permission for U.S. Cyber Command and NSA surveillance activities.

There are indications that Israel may want to see a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities prior to a Biden administration. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu famously did not get along with former President Barack Obama and Biden, and opposed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal or JCPOA.

On Wednesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has 12 times more uranium than it is supposed to under the deal. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz made two back-to-back visits to the Pentagon in the weeks before the election. And recently, Congress agreed to provide Israel with massive ordnance penetrators, also known as MOP bombs or “bunker busters.”

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Those could be used to penetrate Iran’s heavily fortified underground facilities, where Israel’s current arsenal cannot reach.

Right now the U.S. has about 60,000 troops in the Middle East at bases that would be immediate targets of retribution by Iran, which has a stockpile of 9,000 ballistic missiles.

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James Carville is not worried about recounts: ‘Beat him twice’

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Raw video: Former Bill Clinton campaign manager James Carville says Democrats are more interested in getting Donald Trump out of office than a Bernie Sanders 'revolution' during appearance on MSNBC.

Democratic strategist James Carville downplayed the threat of a recount effort by the Trump campaign, arguing the president would lose anyways.

"Beat him twice," he told MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday.

"I'm not satisfied with beating him once — recount till you drop. I don't care." He went on to accuse the Trump campaign of contesting the election as a "fundraising grift."

Carville's comments came as both sides geared up for litigation as the Trump campaign filed a slew of lawsuits in key swing states. On Tuesday evening, the President-elect Biden's campaign sent out a fundraising appeal for $30 million to bolster its "Biden Fight Fund," to counter Republicans.

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So far, the Trump campaign has pushed for recounts in at least two states — Georgia and Wisconsin. Fox News has called the race for Biden, projecting that he will win Wisconsin while holding off on calling Georgia until more results arrive.

"Please recount everything," Carville said. "It's always good to go out, you beat somebody, beat them again."

Carville, who helped lead then-Gov. Bill Clinton's presidential campaign, previously predicted a "Democratic wipeout."

"I am totally, totally unimpressed by President Trump's political powers. I have absolutely no fear … if we go to post in November with anything close to a level playing field, it's going to be a Democratic wipeout. People are not going to vote for four more years of this," he previously told MSNBC.

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By Fox News' estimates, Biden is currently winning the popular vote with roughly five million more votes than the president. In the electoral college, Biden is expected to pick up at least 290 votes, while Georgia and North Carolina have yet to be decided.

While a number of irregularities have been alleged, it's unlikely that Trump would have enough votes to beat Biden even after recounts. A 2016 recount in Wisconsin, for instance, increased Trump's margin of victory over Hillary Clinton by 131 votes. Biden currently leads Trump by 20,540 votes in Wisconsin.

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Biden lead in Pennsylvania over Trump has grown to more than 50,000 votes

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Presidential-elect Joe Biden is now leading President Trump by more than 50,000 votes in Pennsylvania, a state where Trump is contesting the results of the election days after Biden was declared a winner.

Biden has the lead by 50,481 votes, eeking ahead by a 0.75% margin– just over the .5% needed for a losing candidate to request a recount.

BIDEN SNAGGED VAST MAJORITY OF SILICON VALLEY VOTES, REGIONAL DATA SHOWS

Still, this hasn't deterred Trump from forging ahead with election lawsuits in several battleground states, including Arizona, North Carolina, and Georgia.

In Pennsylvania, Trump's camp has alleged that poll watchers weren't allowed close enough to monitor vote counting in Philadelphia, and also quarreled over the length of time it's taken the state to tally the ballots, evidence of fraudulent activity, the campaign said.

However, the count has likely taken longer due to the influx of absentee ballots this election year, the majority of which were cast by Democrats and arrived after Nov. 3 despite being postmarked prior to that date, thus bolstering Biden's win days after Election night, when Trump was originally ahead in the state.

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On Wednesday, Trump took aim at Philadelphia, the Democratic stronghold that helped push Biden over the 270 electoral vote threshold needed to win the race. The president accused a local Republican election official Al Schmidt, of ignoring "a mountain of corruption & dishonesty.” Twitter added a label that said the election fraud claim is disputed.

Local officials, including Schmidt, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and Attorney General Josh Shapiro, said the claims of election fraud are baseless. To date, the Trump campaign has presented little evidence to back up its claims in several states.

Trump loyalists have filed at least 15 legal challenges in Pennsylvania alone in an effort to reclaim the state’s 20 electoral votes.

Votes that are still being counted are mostly in two of Pennsylvania's bluest districts– Philadelphia and Allegheny (Pittsburgh) Counties — which experts say will likely widen Biden's lead even further.

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Rubio’s leaving the door open to a 2024 run

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As pundits parse the lessons from this year's contentious election, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., isn't saying no to a possible run for the White House in 2024.

Rubio lost to President Trump in his 2016 bid to secure the Republican nomination to run for president. On Tuesday he said that Trump would likely clear the field again if he needed to run for a comeback second term in 2024.

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However, speaking to Axios, Rubio said the GOP base is shifting, and as a result, the party needs to re-establish its focus on working-class voters and veer away from touting big business.

"The future of the party is based on a multiethnic, multiracial working-class coalition," Rubio told the news outlet.

Rubio said Republicans support of the free market should reconfigure to recognize that "the free market exists to serve our people. Our people don't exist to serve the free market."

He also addressed the skepticism working-class people feel towards big businesses “that only care about how their shares are performing, even if it's based on moving production overseas for cheaper labor."

"They're very suspicious, quite frankly, dismissive of elites at every level," Rubio said. "And obviously, that's a powerful sentiment."

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"We still have a very strong base in the party of donors and think tanks and intelligentsia from the right who are market fundamentalists, who accuse anyone who's not a market fundamentalist of being a socialist to some degree," Rubio said. "If the takeaway from all of them is now is the time to go back to sort of the traditional party of unfettered free trade, I think we're gonna lose the [Trump] base as quickly as we got it. … We can't just go back to being that," he added.

Rubio is among a long list of Republicans, including Vice President Mike Pence and even Donald Trump Jr., who are expected to consider a run for the presidency, though on Wednesday the senator declined to comment on a 2024 bid for himself.

"We're not even through with 2020, there's a lot of other decisions to be made, so I haven't even — honestly guys, no one can even start thinking about things like that until some period of time has elapsed," said Rubio, who will soon campaign in Georgia for the two senate run-offs elections.

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Fox News' Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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Wis. Gov. signs new ‘stay at home’ executive order

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Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers awaits to address the virtual Democratic National Convention, at the Wisconsin Center on August 19, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Melina Mara – Pool/Getty Images)

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Wisconsin’s Democrat governor has implemented new coronavirus lockdown measures, signing an executive order urging residents to stay home.

On Tuesday, Governor Tony Evers said the state has now become “a national hot-spot” and stated the stay at home order is the next step to slow the spread.

Evers compared the rising COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin to New York when the Empire State hit peak case levels in the spring. He noted there are now 25,000 new cases since last Friday and the crisis is urgent.

“I’m concerned about what this trajectory means for healthcare workers if we don’t get this virus under control,” the Wisconsin governor said. “Each day this virus goes unchecked is a setback for our economic recovery.”

Evers added our farmers and schools will continue to suffer unless we hammer down hard on the virus.

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Report: Trump admin. may be seeking to speed up withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan

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The Trump administration is reportedly looking to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan before the end of the year.

According to an Axios report Wednesday, retired Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor has been hired as a senior aide to the new acting defense secretary. The move is said to be an indication the President wants to speed up the withdrawal process.

This came as Macgregor has said he would want to pull troops out of the Middle Eastern nation as soon as possible. In the meantime, White House officials have emphasized they want Pentagon officials to speak more publicly about the withdrawal.

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