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Thu Nov 12, 2020, 12:49 PM

4 MSNBC contributors are leaving the network to join ⁦@JoeBiden ⁩ administration

4 MSNBC contributors are leaving the network to join ⁦@JoeBiden
administration

Health expert Ezekiel Emanuel

Legal analyst Barbara McQuade

Political analyst Richard Stengel &

Historian Jon Meacham.

All will be invited back as unpaid guests.




Biden was able to snag four MSNBC contributors. On Wednesday, the network confirmed to The Hill that health expert Ezekiel Emanuel, legal analyst Barbara McQuade, political analyst Richard Stengel and historian Jon Meacham will no longer be paid by the network. They will all be moving on to work with Biden in various capacities or have already started.

All of the former contributors will be invited back as unpaid guests with full disclosure of what their participation is in the Biden administration.

Emanuel was the special advisor for health policy to the director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget from 2009 to 2011, per The Wharton School’s website. He will serve on Biden’s coronavirus task force though he’s currently facing backlash for a piece he wrote in 2014 saying he hopes to be dead by 75, per Newsweek.

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Reply 4 MSNBC contributors are leaving the network to join ⁦@JoeBiden ⁩ administration (Original post)
demmiblue Nov 12 OP
spooky3 Nov 12 #1
liberalla Nov 12 #2
BComplex Nov 12 #3
2naSalit Nov 12 #4
Lonestarblue Nov 12 #9
csziggy Nov 12 #7
demmiblue Nov 12 #8
csziggy Nov 12 #12
demmiblue Nov 12 #14
csziggy Nov 12 #17
BComplex Nov 12 #20
IronLionZion Nov 12 #19
11cents Nov 12 #5
2naSalit Nov 12 #10
DeminPennswoods Nov 12 #22
UTUSN Nov 12 #6
BComplex Nov 12 #21
UTUSN Nov 12 #24
3catwoman3 Nov 12 #30
UTUSN Nov 12 #32
dbonds Nov 12 #25
Dem4Life1102 Nov 12 #11
Butterflylady Nov 12 #13
tosh Nov 12 #15
Rhiannon12866 Nov 12 #16
Cha Nov 13 #34
Rhiannon12866 Nov 13 #35
Faux pas Nov 12 #18
DeminPennswoods Nov 12 #23
Hekate Nov 12 #26
True Blue American Nov 12 #27
TexasBushwhacker Nov 12 #28
bdamomma Nov 12 #29
jayschool2013 Nov 12 #31
bdamomma Nov 12 #33

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 12:53 PM

1. Excellent choices! But please don't take all of our favorites! Nt

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 12:53 PM

2. Congratulations to them!

Excellent choices!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 12:55 PM

3. That's awesome!! Now will they make Neal Katyal Attorney General so he can go after all the

skuzz buckets in the trump world, and try to get back the wonderful DOJ people that had to leave because of Bill Barr's term of terror?

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Response to BComplex (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 01:01 PM

4. Or maybe Preet Bahara?

I can think of a number of choices who would be good but those who aren't AG could serve on a special council and investigations.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 01:36 PM

9. Preet Bharara for Independent Counsel.

We need a strong investigator to track Trump’s financial ties to Russia, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia and to identify how Trump profited by selling or giving them US national intelligence. Even if Trump arranges for Pence to be President for a day so he can pardon him, this investigation needs to happen so we know what dangers we face.

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Response to BComplex (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 01:22 PM

7. While I admire him, he supported Gorsuch

Why Did Neal Katyal Go an Extra Mile for Neil Gorsuch?
“Judge Gorsuch and I come from different sides of the political spectrum,” Katyal said in his introduction. “We disagree about many things. But we agree on the most important things: That all people are equal before the law, and that a judge's duty is to the law, and to the Constitution above all.”
By Tony Mauro | March 21, 2017 at 04:34 PM

https://www.law.com/sites/almstaff/2017/03/21/why-did-neal-katyal-go-an-extra-mile-for-neil-gorsuch/?slreturn=20201012131837


Article itself is behind a paywall.

Also behind a paywall: Op-Ed Contributor
Why Liberals Should Back Neil Gorsuch

By Neal K. Katyal
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/opinion/why-liberals-should-back-neil-gorsuch.html

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Response to csziggy (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 01:36 PM

8. Wow, I somehow missed that. n/t

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Response to demmiblue (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 01:42 PM

12. I had, too - but I was comparing Katyal to Bahara

Their careers are very different and Preet Bahara's is much more impressive and appropriate for the Attorney General position.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #12)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 01:46 PM

14. If the Senate retains the majority, I don't think a Bharara nomination...

would be confirmed, sadly.

The whole nomination process regarding Biden's picks is going to be frustrating.


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Response to demmiblue (Reply #14)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 01:56 PM

17. Somehow we have to shut down Mitch McConnell

Since he has absolutely no interest in the good of the country, only in getting power for his side and lining his pockets.

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Response to demmiblue (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 02:10 PM

20. I missed that, too.

I'm surprised. And disappointed. Truly.

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Response to BComplex (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 01:56 PM

19. Dems have a deep bench of qualified AG candidates

including Sally Yates and Doug Jones and Preet Bharara

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 01:11 PM

5. I think they're on the transition, not necessarily in the forthcoming administration.

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Response to 11cents (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 01:40 PM

10. Many of them are on the transition team...

And not necessarily going to be Cabinet candidates. I am sure that some in the team will be in the Cabinet though, like Susan Rice for SOS.

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Response to 11cents (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 02:13 PM

22. Yes, all four were named to the Biden Transition Team

I'm surprised, but very happy, an historian has been named. I wish there'd be a "council of historians" in the WH just like there's a council of economic advisers.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 01:15 PM

6. So... will MSNBC revert to previous incarnations of being packed with wingnuts?!

Talking the days of Pat BUCHANAN, the Savage WIENER, Joe SCABS - oh, wait, he's right there!1






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Response to UTUSN (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 02:12 PM

21. I have as much trouble watching Joe Scarborough (AND Mika) as I did trying to watch DJT.

There's just something really icky about them.I can't explain it. It's just a reaction.

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Response to BComplex (Reply #21)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 02:21 PM

24. Well, I can explain the "icky" part: We start with their first phase of perpetrator-victim

relationship: How he verbally and emotionally abused her in the first few years of their work coupling. Then the onset of their "flirty" stage. Then the blatant sexualization, with her on the desk & him Cheshire Cat. Then the ditching of their spouses. Then the mock distancing on air while something was definitely up. Then the Reveal and marriage. Though I stopped watching them much starting in 2012, the couple of glimpses I've had lately seems to show some tension again.

How's *THAT* for "icky"?!1




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Response to UTUSN (Reply #24)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 03:34 PM

30. That picture is disturbing as hell.

I was shocked the first time I saw it.

How could one possibly expect to be taken seriously in one’s chosen profession when posing for a picture like that?

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #30)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 03:47 PM

32. Yip, but I cringe and retch more with the hundreds of pics of the current prez!1

It's been such a RELIEF since Saturday NOT TO CARE what he says or does every day and I wish NO pics of him were anywhere, especially here at DU!






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Response to UTUSN (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 02:37 PM

25. I can't stand Joe's smarmy bloviating.

He uses any excuse to trash dems.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 01:41 PM

11. What about Claire McCaskill???

Surely she would make a good member of the Cabinet.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 01:45 PM

13. I have great respect for them all

But especially John Meacham.

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Response to Butterflylady (Reply #13)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 01:47 PM

15. Yes, I truly admire John Meachum.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 01:47 PM

16. Twitter reply:

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #16)

Fri Nov 13, 2020, 05:20 AM

34. Exactly. What a concept! I'm in heaven!

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Response to Cha (Reply #34)

Fri Nov 13, 2020, 05:23 AM

35. I know!

Choosing experts and those with experience in their positions?! No more "anti" appointments?! What a wonderful concept!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 01:56 PM

18. Kicketty Kickin'

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 02:16 PM

23. You can add Ron Klain to that group, too

He's on MSNBC a lot.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 02:48 PM

26. This is fantastic news

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 02:57 PM

27. Woah!

I did not know Jon Meacham was leaving. Ezekiel is on his COVID-19 board. An Barbara is one brilliant woman.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 03:00 PM

28. Ezekiel (Zeke) is Rahm's brother n/t

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 03:24 PM

29. Congrats to

all, we have an experienced team. Thank Goodness, no thugs in our Party.

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Response to bdamomma (Reply #29)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 03:47 PM

31. You reminded me of an XTC song

Here's a cover by John Munson, where he references Trump as a "thug" in "our house"

No Thugs in Our House

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Response to jayschool2013 (Reply #31)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 07:16 PM

33. I'm going to

listen now.

Love that rock n roll.

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