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Name: Chris Bastian
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Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Home country: USA
Member since: 2002
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Has anyone noticed the growth of COVID test lines?

Every urgent care center in Brooklyn has an hour-long line outside daily.

Is anyone watching THE PACK on Amazon Prime?

Essentially "The Amazing Race" with competitors and their dogs. Episode 2 in Mexico; Episode 3 in Costa Rica; Episode 4 in Vienna.

Flournoy for Defense Chief Faces Progressive Pushback

Source: Political Wire

“President-elect Joe Biden named a slate of experienced hands for his national security team on Monday—but stopped short of selecting a defense secretary,” Foreign Policy reports.

“Now, backers of Michèle Flournoy, his likely pick for defense secretary, are trying to head off a last-minute push by some left-leaning Democrats trying to derail her selection, with many progressives seeing her nomination as a continuation of what critics refer to as America’s ‘forever wars.'”

Read more: https://politicalwire.com/2020/11/23/flournoy-for-defense-chief-faces-progressive-pushback/

Roger Stone-Tied Group Threatens Georgia GOP

Source: Political Wire

Daily Beast: “Conservative operatives and a super PAC with ties to infamous GOP dirty trickster Roger Stone are calling for Trump supporters to punish Republicans by sitting out Georgia’s crucial Senate runoffs or writing in Trump’s name instead.”

“And though their efforts remains on the party’s fringes, the trajectory of the movement has Republicans fearful that it could cost the GOP control of the Senate.”

Read more: https://politicalwire.com/2020/11/24/roger-stone-tied-group-threatens-gop/

Bloomberg backs former Miami mayor Diaz to lead Florida Democrats

Source: Politico

Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, who earned a reputation as a turnaround artist in his home city, is campaigning for an even tougher job: leading the foundering Florida Democratic Party.

Diaz, who began making calls Friday to gauge support, has the backing of billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who is ready to open his wallet for the party again if Diaz is chair, even after dropping $100 million into a failed state effort to defeat President Donald Trump.

Local billionaire Jorge Pérez, who has good relations with former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, also has pledged his support.

“The idea for me is to rebuild the party by one precinct, one county at a time, bottom up and from the grassroots,” Diaz said in an interview. “I’m going to roll up my sleeves, put my head down and work my butt off.”

Read more: https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2020/11/23/bloomberg-backs-former-miami-mayor-to-lead-florida-democrats-1337790

Trump dragged kicking and screaming to authorize transition.....

Washington Post

Trump only reluctantly agreed to let the transition begin as criticism intensified in recent days of his chaotic legal strategy, his failure to produce evidence of widespread voter fraud and his reliance on misinformation and debunked conspiracy theories.

A turning point was Thursday's news conference by Trump lawyers Rudolph W. Giuliani and Sidney Powell alleging without any evidence that there was a coordinated plot with roots in Venezuela to rig the election in Biden's favor.

Jay Sekulow, one of the president's longtime personal attorneys, and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone were among those who helped persuade Trump to commit to the transition, officials and advisers said.

Trump was described as angry about the situation, particularly over comments Blackstone Chairman Stephen Schwarzman, one of the president's closest allies in the business community, made to Axios acknowledging that the election outcome was "very certain" and that Biden had won and the country should move on.

Trump called political advisers Monday to say he had doubts about the GSA initiating the transition, to inquire about whether he could block certification of the Michigan result, and to express reluctance to travel to Georgia to campaign for the two Republican senators facing runoff elections, according to officials and advisers.

Max Rose: "I would have gone on that (BLM) march again, knowing I would lose"

(on a private "thank you" call with him)

Rahm Emanuel may get USTR gig...


BREAKING: Michigan certifies Election results

3 in favor; one abstention.

Has any speaker at the Michigan Canvassing Board meeting spoken in opposition to certification?

I didn't come across one.
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