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Trump to deliver first remarks in over a week on vaccines

Source: The Hill

President Trump will deliver his first public remarks in more than a week when he provides an update on coronavirus vaccine development on Friday afternoon.

The White House issued an updated schedule noting that Trump will brief the public on the recent work of Operation Warp Speed, the federal government’s program to accelerate the production of a vaccine. Trump is slated to deliver remarks from the Rose Garden.

Trump has been remarkably absent from public engagements since Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election on Saturday. The president's only public outing this week has been a brief appearance at a Veterans Day observance ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, at which he did not give public remarks.

Aside from his Twitter feed, Trump has not spoken publicly since last Thursday, when he held a news conference in the White House briefing room and claimed without evidence that the election was being stolen from him.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/525880-trump-to-deliver-first-remarks-in-over-a-week-on-vaccines

Trump to Rush Drilling Leases in Arctic Before Biden Takes Over

Source: Bloomberg

The Trump administration is advancing plans to auction drilling rights in the U.S. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who has vowed to block oil exploration in the rugged Alaska wilderness.

The Interior Department is set to issue a formal “call for nominations” as soon as Monday, kick-starting a final effort to get input on what tracts to auction inside the refuge’s 1.56-million-acre coastal plain. The plans were described by two people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named detailing administration strategy.

Biden has pledged to permanently protect the refuge, saying drilling there would be a “big disaster.” But those efforts could be complicated if the Trump administration sells drilling rights first. Formally issued oil and gas leases on federal land are government contracts that can’t be easily yanked.

The U.S. Geological Survey has estimated the refuge’s coastal plain might hold between 4.3 billion and 11.8 billion barrels of technically recoverable crude. Yet it’s unclear how many oil companies would have the appetite to mount costly operations in the remote Arctic wilderness amid low crude prices, steep public opposition, and regulatory uncertainty. Major U.S. banks have sworn off financing Arctic drilling projects, and conservationists are also pressuring oil executives to rule out work in the region.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-13/trump-to-rush-drilling-leases-in-arctic-before-biden-takes-over?utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_content=business&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business

Kayleigh McEnany was asked about Trump going to Biden's inauguration


Lawyer who argued for Bush in 2000 election: 'I do believe the election is over'

Source: The Hill

Theodore Olson, the lawyer who argued George W. Bush's case to the Supreme Court in the 2000 election, said he feels that the 2020 election is over and that President-elect Joe Biden has won.

“The Framers, they separated the powers because they knew that individuals would be flawed. They put in lots of checks, and we just experienced one, the election,” Olson said during a panel hosted by the Federalist Society, according to the National Law Journal.

“To the extent that the citizens of this country did not like the manner in which President Trump spoke, or the manner in which he threatened people or the manner in which he executed the laws, they exercised their franchise. And we have —I do believe the election is over—we do have a new president,” Olson said.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/525843-lawyer-who-argued-for-bush-in-2000-election-i-do-believe-the-election-is

Alaska Rep. Don Young tests positive for COVID-19

Source: ADN

Alaska Rep. Don Young said Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Young, who turned 87 in June, this week was declared the winner of his latest bid for reelection by several national media outlets. He’s a 47-year veteran of Congress and the oldest member of either chamber. He is Alaska’s lone U.S. House member.

Read more: https://www.adn.com/politics/2020/11/12/alaska-rep-don-young-tests-positive-for-covid-19/


Georgia voter fraud probes won't change projected Biden victory, secretary of state says

Source: CBS News

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger dismissed accusations of widespread voter fraud in his state, after Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, along with the state GOP chair, criticized his handling of the election.

"At the end of the day, we don't see widespread voter fraud, but we will investigate every case we hear," Raffensperger said on "CBS This Morning" Thursday.

While he acknowledged that election officials already had "multiple investigations" ongoing, Raffensperger said they do not "rise to the level of 14,000" — the number of approximate ballots by which President Trump is trailing President-elect Biden.

Senators Loeffler and Perdue, who will face their Democratic opponents in January runoff elections, have called on Raffensperger to step down after it appeared Democrats had a chance to win the traditionally red state of Georgia.

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/election-biden-georgia-voter-fraud-secretary-of-state/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab7e&linkId=104292616

Senior GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley says Biden should receive classified intelligence briefings from Trum

Source: cnbc

Top Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley on Thursday said President-elect Joe Biden should be receiving classified intelligence briefings from the Trump administration.

“I would think — especially on classified briefings — the answer is yes,” Grassley said when asked if Biden should have access to the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB, during his transition into the White House.

Spokesmen from the Trump and Biden campaigns did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment on Grassley’s remarks. The White House did not immediately provide comment.

NBC News and other outlets projected over the weekend that Biden would defeat President Donald Trump’s reelection bid. But Trump has not conceded, and the Democrat’s transition efforts have been stymied by a key federal agency’s refusal to sign a letter of “ascertainment” that acknowledges Biden as the winner.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/12/election-grassley-says-trump-should-give-biden-classified-briefings.html?__source=sharebar|twitter&par=sharebar

UAE set to get its first Reaper drones, clinch F-35 deal as Trump administration pushes through ...

Source: CNBC

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates is the closest it’s ever been to getting certain lethal American weapons it’s wanted for several years now: armed drones and F-35 joint strike fighter jets.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday announced via Twitter: “Today, the United States notified Congress of proposed UAE purchases of F-35 fighter aircraft, MQ-9B UAS, and munitions worth $23.37 billion to deter and defend against increased threats from Iran following historic Abraham Accords.”

An anticipated development ever since the UAE officially established diplomatic ties with Israel for the first time in August, the news is seen as a big deal. The sale, if completed, will be the first American transfer of lethal unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to any Arab ally, and the UAE would become the first Arab country to get the Lockheed Martin fifth-generation stealth jet, the most advanced fighter aircraft on the market.

“This is a very significant sale, as it is not often that a DCSA (Defense Security Cooperation Agency) notification recognizes that a sale ‘will alter the regional military balance’, highlighting the gravity of these announced proposed sales,” Charles Forrester, a principal analyst at IHS Janes, told CNBC via email on Wednesday.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/12/uae-set-to-get-its-first-reaper-drones-clinch-f-35-deal-as-trump-administration-pushes-through-final-arms-sales-.html?__source=twitter%7Cmain

Snell & Wilmer withdraws from election lawsuit as Trump contests Arizona results

Source: Reuters

The largest law firm representing the Trump campaign or its allies in post-election litigation challenging votes in key states has withdrawn from an election lawsuit in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Associate Presiding Civil Judge Daniel Kiley on Tuesday granted Snell & Wilmer’s request to withdraw as counsel of record for the Republican National Committee. The RNC had teamed-up with the Trump campaign and the Arizona Republican Party in the case, which alleges that Maricopa County incorrectly rejected some votes cast on Election Day.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/snell-maricopa-idUSL1N2HY005

Biden plans sweeping reversal of Trump's immigration agenda, from deportations to asylum policy

Source: CBS News

While the COVID-19 public health crisis and its impact on the U.S. economy will preoccupy President-elect Joe Biden during his first weeks in office, the incoming Democratic administration is also expected to quickly start dismantling President Trump's immigration agenda.

After Mr. Biden is sworn-in in January, his administration will move to fully restore an Obama-era program that shields 640,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children from deportation, halting Mr. Trump's unsuccessful efforts to end it, people familiar with the plans told CBS News. The incoming administration also intends to rescind Mr. Trump's travel and immigration restrictions on 13 mostly African or predominantly Muslim countries.

Mr. Biden will look to implement a 100-day freeze on deportations while his administration issues guidance narrowing who can be arrested by immigration agents. Obama-era memos that prioritized the deportation of immigrants with criminal convictions, recent border-crossers and those who entered the country illegally more than once were scrapped in 2017 by Mr. Trump so that no unauthorized immigrant would be exempted from being arrested and removed from the country.

A source familiar with Mr. Biden's plans said new guidance would be designed to curb so-called "collateral arrests," which are apprehensions of immigrants who are not the target of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations but are nevertheless taken into custody because they are in the country without legal status.

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/biden-immigration-policy-agenda-trump-reversal-deportation-asylum/
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