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Biden’s top scientist met twice with Jeffrey Epstein. It’s now complicating his confirmation.

Biden’s top scientist met twice with Jeffrey Epstein. It’s now complicating his confirmation.

Eric Lander is the last of the Cabinet nominees who hasn’t been confirmed. His time at Harvard, where he met the convicted sex offender, is part of the reason why.Matt Slocum/AP PhotoPresident Joe Biden’s nomination of Eric Lander to be his top science adviser has been delayed in part because of a Democratic senator’s concerns about meetings Lander and his colleagues had with Jeffrey Epstein, the late financier who was charged with sex trafficking in 2019 before his apparent suicide.Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, has wanted more clarity on the...

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GOP donors are hobnobbing in person again; Dems are sticking to Zoom

GOP donors are hobnobbing in person again; Dems are sticking to Zoom

Nature is healing ... for one side of the aisle.Democrats have been hesitant to return to in-person fundraising, while Republicans have been hobnobbing in person with donors for weeks, if not months. | Getty ImagesMore and more people are getting the Covid vaccine, but for party fundraisers and members of Congress on the Democratic side, it's not quite time to be piling into overpriced steakhouses or Georgetown soirees once again.A few Democrats have dipped their toes in the water with outdoor events, but the party has mostly stuck to virtual fundraisers. A list of more than 80 upcoming...

Mar 31
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A Pro-Trump scam PAC returns with a vengeance

A Pro-Trump scam PAC returns with a vengeance

The 45th president may be gone, but the groups making money off of him are not.The robocalls feature a recording of Trump's voice and ask potential donors to defend his legacy, but they do not appear to be affiliated with the former president. | John Raoux/AP PhotoPresident Donald Trump is out of office, but the scammers that used his name to raise money aren’t stopping.Over the past few weeks, POLITICO has received a number of robocalls from generically named political groups asking for cash in order to help in very Trump-specific missions.A donation of $100, for example, would help return...

Mar 15
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Trump made Twitter the White House’s spiked-ball cudgel. Ron Klain wants to change that.

Trump made Twitter the White House’s spiked-ball cudgel. Ron Klain wants to change that.

The White House chief of staff is a prolific poster, though the content and purpose is hardly Trump-like.Washington’s hottest Twitter feed is now an acronym managed by Ron Klain. | Jacquelyn Martin/AP PhotoAfter four years in which the White House used Twitter as a tool to batter the media and knife political opponents, the Biden administration is trying a softer touch.Officials are using the social media platform to project a sense of competence and calm — not launch narcissistic tirades. It’s being deployed to woo lawmakers, and less often shame them. And instead of the president himself...

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Mar 4
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The Chamber embraces Biden. And Republicans are livid.

The Chamber embraces Biden. And Republicans are livid.

The influential trade organization says it's taking the same approach to the new administration as it did with Trump.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce insists it’s taking the same approach to the Biden administration that it did with the Trump administration: working with them on the issues of agreement and fighting on areas where they don’t. | Evan Vucci/AP PhotoWashington’s most powerful trade group is having a political identity crisis.Over the past month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has taken a series of steps that have enraged its traditional Republican allies. It applauded much of...

Feb 12
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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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'Why bother?': Biden, Trump advisers see little value in White House meeting

'Why bother?': Biden, Trump advisers see little value in White House meeting

As of this weekend, President Trump has waited longer than any president in nearly a century to sit down with his successor.President Donald Trump remains on stage as Joe Biden heads off Oct. 22 at the end of their debate Belmont University in Nashville | AP Photo/Julio CortezAs of this weekend, President Donald Trump has now waited longer than any president in nearly a century to sit down with his successor at the White House — a tradition aimed at highlighting the peaceful transfer of power that is at the core of American democracy.And advisers to Trump say he and President-elect Joe...

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Progressive judicial group to Biden: Pick a Black woman for solicitor general

Progressive judicial group to Biden: Pick a Black woman for solicitor general

Demand Justice also has a list of well-known Supreme Court lawyers it doesn't want Biden to choose.The solicitor general post has been a stepping stone to the Supreme Court in the past. | Zach Gibson/Getty ImagesAn influential progressive judicial group is asking President-elect Joe Biden to select a Black woman to be the administration’s top lawyer at the Supreme Court — and imploring him not to pick several well-known Democratic attorneys who frequently argue before the court.The move by the group, Demand Justice, to weigh in on Biden's choice for solicitor general — the...

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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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