Alex Thompson
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Co-author of @Politico’s Transition Playbook on the Biden admin. AThompson@politico.com DMs open for Signal/etc.Source
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Janet Yellen made millions in Wall Street, corporate speeches

Janet Yellen made millions in Wall Street, corporate speeches

In the past two years, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to be Treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, has raked in more than $7.2 million in speaking fees from Wall Street and large corporations including Citi, Goldman Sachs, Google, City National Bank, UBS, Citadel LLC, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Salesforce and more. Yellen’s financial disclosure is one of three filed by the Biden team at the end of 2020 that could become politically problematic with the left wing of the Democratic Party when confirmation hearings begin in January. A Biden transition official said they filed the forms “mid-week”...

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Janet Yellen made millions in Wall Street, corporate speeches

Janet Yellen made millions in Wall Street, corporate speeches

Yellen and other Biden Cabinet nominees reveal earning large amounts in financial disclosures that could complicate their relationships with progressives.Treasury secretary nominee Janet Yellen speaks during an event to name President-elect Joe Biden’s economic team in Wilmington, Del. | Alex Wong/Getty ImagesIn the past two years, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to be Treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, has raked in more than $7.2 million in speaking fees from Wall Street and large corporations including Citi, Goldman Sachs, Google, City National Bank, UBS, Citadel LLC, Barclays, Credit...

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Wikipedia page for Biden’s new Covid czar scrubbed of politically damaging material

Wikipedia page for Biden’s new Covid czar scrubbed of politically damaging material

A Democratic consulting firm made numerous changes to Jeff Zients' page as he became a more important figure on Biden’s team this summer and fall.Jeff Zients speaks at the White House on Feb. 9, 2016. | Susan Walsh/AP PhotoJeff Zients, the man President-elect Joe Biden has put in charge of his administration’s response to Covid-19, "fell in love with" the culture at Bain & Co. He later founded his own private equity firm, Portfolio Logic. He joined the board of Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. One chief executive on Obama’s Jobs Council remarked that he thought Zients, then a...

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‘She Kind of Reminds You of Margaret Thatcher’: Liz Cheney Prepares To Make Her Move

‘She Kind of Reminds You of Margaret Thatcher’: Liz Cheney Prepares To Make Her Move

Could the daughter of one of the more reviled leaders in recent GOP history become the face of the party as soon as next year?Photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll CallEarlier this year, Liz Cheney’s ambitions focus.After Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi announced his retirement, Mitch McConnell and his team offered Cheney, the state’s sole House member and the chamber’s No. 3 GOP leader, what they and many of Cheney’s close allies thought was a no-brainer: a mostly clear path to the U.S. Senate seat in a reliably Republican state. The job comes with a larger microphone, they argued, and would set her up...

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Biden begins to fill top White House positions

Biden begins to fill top White House positions

Campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillion and Rep. Cedric Richmond are joining the Biden administration.Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Washington. | Alex Brandon/AP PhotoPresident-elect Joe BIden is beginning to fill more senior White House jobs, after tapping longtime adviser Ron Klain as his chief of staff last week.Campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon is coming aboard as White House deputy chief of staff, according to someone familiar with...

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AOC, House progressives warn Biden on corporate hires

AOC, House progressives warn Biden on corporate hires

A letter from left-wing lawmakers and groups calls for corporate lobbyists and high-ranking executives to be shut out of a Biden administration.Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is seen during a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in Washington. | Tom Williams-Pool/Getty ImagesThe election is still 18 days away but Democrats are already drawing battle lines over what a Biden administration ought to look like.Left-wing House members including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Katie Porter, Ayanna Pressley, Raúl Grijalva and candidate Jamaal Bowman along with 39...

October 16, 2020
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Why the right-wing has a massive advantage on Facebook

Why the right-wing has a massive advantage on Facebook

A company executive responds to claims of bias.The growth of right-wing content on Facebook has enraged liberals, who accuse the social media giant of kowtowing to the right out of fear of being painted as biased toward the left. | Richard Drew/AP PhotoThroughout 2020, Democrats have denounced Facebook with growing ferocity as a "right-wing echo chamber" with a “conservative bias” that’s giving an edge to Donald Trump in November.But Facebook says there's a reason why right-wing figures are driving more engagement. It's not that its algorithm favors conservatives — the company has long...

September 26, 2020
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Biden’s transition team, wary of Trump and Covid-19, sets massive fundraising goal

Biden’s transition team, wary of Trump and Covid-19, sets massive fundraising goal

The effort is aiming to bring in at least $7 million to fund planning of a potential Biden administration.Several people involved in raising money for Joe Biden’s transition said the pitch to potential donors leans on fears that President Donald Trump will not ease the handover process if he loses. | Patrick Semansky/AP PhotoJoe Biden’s transition team has expanded its fundraising goal far beyond what Hillary Clinton raised in 2016, anticipating that, should they prevail in November, the Trump administration could actively work against their efforts and that the coronavirus pandemic will...

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