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    This 58-year-old man had previously been the former Deputy Secretary of State to President Barack Obama. Antony Blinken, is recognized as a defender of global alliances. His vast experience in international relations is seen as beneficial in reassuring US diplomats and world leaders after four years of tumultuous US strategies under Donald Trump. Mr. Blinken began his career in the Democratic administration Clinton was a close advisor to Joe Biden for two decades. He had previously served as his security adviser when Mr. Biden was vice-president. The New York Times argues that its priorities were to re-establish the United States as a trusted ally that is ready to join both international institutions, including the World Health Organization, and global agreements including the Paris Agreement or the Agreement on Iranian nuclear power. The president-elect is also expected to nominate Jake Sullivan, one of his close...
    Hunter Biden arranged a meeting with his president-elect dad’s pick for secretary of state shortly after joining the board of a controversial Ukrainian energy company in 2015, according to a report Tuesday. Biden emailed Antony Blinken, then the US deputy secretary of state, to request the first of two sit-downs that took place that year, Fox News said. “Have a few minutes next week to grab a cup of coffee? I know you are impossibly busy, but would like to get your advice on a couple of things,” Hunter Biden reportedly wrote on May 22, 2015. Blinken replied, “Absolutely,” and the two exchanged several more messages regarding the time and place, Fox News said. On May 27, 2015, Blinken’s assistant emailed Biden with Blinken’s schedule for that day, which included a 3:30 p.m. meeting between the two men, Fox News said. The emails were obtained last year in response to...
    Antony Blinken's stepfather survived the Holocaust after he was rescued by Americans from a Nazi concentration camp. President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday introduced his picks for key Cabinet positions, including Antony Blinken, who he has chosen as secretary of state and whose beliefs about the need to help refugees comes from a very personal place. Biden introduced Blinken, saying that Blinken's upbringing as the child of a refugee "taught him to never take for granted the very idea of America as a place of possibilities." Blinken went on to tell the story of his stepfather, Samuel Pisar, who came to the United States after surviving the Holocaust.
    In the crucial post of Secretary of State, the appointment of Antony Blinken is now official. From January 20, he will be responsible for conducting American diplomacy. The former Secretary of State of Barack Obama, John Kerry, will be the US President’s special envoy on the climate, a sign of the importance Joe Biden attaches to this issue. The Democrat will also appoint for the first time a Hispanic, Alejandro Mayorkas, to Homeland Security. “I need a team ready on day one,” Joe Biden wrote in a statement announcing the appointments, while Donald Trump still refuses to concede defeat in the November 3 presidential election. “These individuals are as experienced and crisis-tested as they are innovative and imaginative,” he continued.
    Anthony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for secretary of state, admitted earlier this year that the Obama administration “failed” in Syria — although he also panned the Trump administration for “pulling out” of the country entirely. “The last administration has to acknowledge that we failed, not for want of trying, but we failed,” Blinken said on CBS News in May. “We failed to prevent a horrific loss of life. We failed to prevent massive displacement of people internally in Syria and, of course, externally as refugees. And it's something that I will take with me for the rest of my days.” BIDEN PICKS BLINKEN, MAYORKAS, SULLIVAN FOR KEY CABINET POSITIONS  During that administration, Blinken served as deputy secretary of state and as a principal deputy national security adviser to former President Obama, having also served as Biden’s national security adviser. President Obama struggled with how to deal with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad,...
    President-elect Joe Biden's pick for secretary of state, Tony Blinken, will likely receive questions from Senate Republicans over meetings he had with Hunter Biden.  Fox News Channel reported Tuesday that Hunter Biden reached out to Blinken while he was serving on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma.  Blinken was then deputy secretary of state.  President-elect Joe Biden's pick for secretary of state, Tony Blinken, will likely receive questions from Republican senators about meetings he had with Hunter Biden during the last administration  Hunter Biden's (left) business dealings in Ukraine and China became a rallying cry for Republicans trying to entangle President-elect Joe Biden (right) in accusations of corruption  SOCCER FAN: Blinken (top row, second from right) was known for playing soccer in Washington with U.S. officials, diplomats and journalists  Blinken (right), photographed in high school, aspired to be a filmmaker and even had a production...
    Rep. Rashida Tlaib has been accused of anti-Semitism in her response to Joe Biden's decision to select Tony Blinken as his Secretary of State. The transition team for the President-elect announced Monday that Blinken, who served as deputy secretary of state under Barack Obama, and a foreign policy adviser to Biden, would head up the State Department.  But Tlaib, who is part of the 'Squad' which also consists of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley, said she hopes the nominee will not prevent her from voicing concerns about Israel.  Rep. Rashida Tlaib has been accused of anti-Semitism in her response to Joe Biden's decision to select Tony Blinken as his Secretary of State The transition team for the President-elect announced Monday that Blinken would head up the State Department The Democrat responded on Twitter to Bernie Sanders' campaign manager Faiz Shakir branding Blinen a 'solid...
    Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for secretary of state, opposed designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization out of fears it would lead to blowback -- a potential sign of the softer stance a Biden administration is expected to take toward Iran. Biden announced Monday that Blinken, a former deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration, would be his pick for the nation’s top diplomat. It was the Obama administration that entered the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) -- known as the Iran nuclear deal -- which normalized relations with the Iranian regime. BIDEN PICKS BLINKEN, MAYORKAS, SULLIVAN FOR KEY CABINET POSITIONS  During that administration, Blinken served as deputy secretary of state and as a principal deputy national security adviser to former President Obama, having also served as Biden’s national security adviser. In this Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, file photo, Deputy Secretary of State...
    President-elect Biden announced on Monday that Antony Blinken would become his nominee for Secretary of State, but his apparent musical talents are getting plenty of fanfare among journalists.  While media outlets typically intensely scrutinized any of President Trump's cabinet picks ahead of their confirmation, Blinken's rockin' past appears to play the right tune in the press.  "Joe Biden plans to tap his smooth-talking, Paris-bred, guitar-playing former Senate aide as America’s next top diplomat," Politico managing editor Blake Hounshell tweeted.  "Hard to think of a more different personality from Pompeo than the ever-calm, courteous, europhile, guitar-strumming Blinken," AFP News Agency correspondent Shaun Tandon reacted to the news.  RASHIDA TLAIB ACCUSED OF ANTI-SEMITISM FOR REACTION TO BIDEN'S JEWISH SEC OF STATE NOMINEE "On Tony Blinken as SoS: 'Chief among his new priorities will be to re-establish the United States as a trusted ally that is ready to rejoin global agreements and institutions.' Also, guitars," New...
              Members of the State Executive Committee of the Georgia Republican Party have asked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to order an immediate audit of the absentee ballots cast in the 2020 general election. This audit, members of the Georgia GOP said in an open letter, must verify that signatures match. Georgia Republican Party Chair David Shafer told The Georgia Star News by text Monday that Raffensperger had acknowledged receiving the state GOP’s letter, but Shafer said nothing further. Members of Raffensperger’s office did not respond to a request for comment Monday. “As you are aware, we urged you during the general election to issue a bulletin authorizing our monitors to observe the absentee ballot verification process. This bulletin was regrettably not issued and we have grave concerns as to whether or not proper verification took place,” the Georgia Republican Party told Raffensperger....
    MANDEL NGAN Antony Blinken, a longtime aide to President-elect Joe Biden, will be secretary of state, the Biden transition announced on Monday. Blinken’s appointment signals the geopolitical course Biden intends to chart in office: a restoration of liberal multilateralism, recentering traditional U.S. allies whom President Donald Trump placed on the margins. The task before Blinken and the Biden foreign policy team is reminiscent of the one shouldered by Hillary Clinton in the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency, where Clinton sought to assure foreign allies that Obama would break from George W. Bush’s bellicose unilateralism. Assistance will come from a team that Blinken knows well. Biden’s transition unveiled the other senior leaders of the next administration’s national security and foreign policy leadership on Monday. They include Avril Haines, a deputy CIA director and deputy national security adviser who was considered Obama’s left-most counterterrorism aide, for director of national intelligence;...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden’s pick to be Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, previously said it is a “mistake” for the United States to “fully decouple” from China. On Monday, Biden confirmed that he plans to nominate Blinken to become his Secretary of State. Blinken, in September, shared his view that the U.S. would be making a mistake if it decoupled from China, the same position held by the Chinese communist government. “Trying to fully decouple, as some have suggested, from China … is unrealistic and ultimately counter-productive. It would be a mistake,” Blinken told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during an online event. Months prior, China’s state-run media called a U.S. decoupling from China “delusional” and claimed such a move would “cost lives” amid the Chinese coronavirus crisis. Likewise, in July, Blinken suggested that a Biden administration would “work with China” on common global goals such as climate change...
    Two advisers close to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., have taken to Twitter to praise President-elect Joe Biden's secretary of state pick, Antony Blinken, following the administration's official announcement on Monday. "Solid choice," Sanders' 2020 campaign manager Faiz Shakir tweeted. "Leaders around the world will assume that when Blinken speaks, he speaks for Biden." Sanders' foreign policy advisor for the campaign, Matt Duss, added Blinken "has the strong confidence of the president elect and the knowledge and experience for the important work of rebuilding US diplomacy." "It will also be a new a great thing to have a top diplomat who has regularly engaged with progressive grassroots," Duss added. CRITICS CALL OUT REVOLVING DOOR OF EX-PUNDITS JUMPING FROM LIBERAL NETWORKS TO BIDEN ADMINISTRATION Progressive lawmakers from "The Squad" also reacted to Blinken's appointment.  Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., did not praise Blinken directly, but said Biden's cabinet picks are "a capable team that has a one-in-a-generation opportunity...
    Antony Blinken, who has been tapped to be U.S. secretary of state under President-elect Joe Biden, has decades of foreign policy experience and is known for his staunch support of international alliances and human rights.    Blinken has a close relationship with Biden, and while he is not a household name, he has held important foreign policy positions in the Clinton and Obama administrations.   If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he would become the face of U.S. diplomacy and would be the leading force in the Biden administration's effort to reshape U.S. alliances after four years in which President Donald Trump has questioned longtime allies.   International alliances   According to multiple news accounts, Blinken agrees with Biden on the need for the U.S. to play a leading role again in world affairs, a change from Trump's "America First" credo that at times left the United States at odds...
    Georgia is recounting their votes for the third time since the presidential election, but Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told “Your World with Neil Cavuto” that he expects to see "very similar" results. “When we did the first audit, we found mistakes in three counties and that added over 1,000 votes for President Trump ..." Raffensperger told host Neil Cavuto. "That has all been accounted for, and so I think this one will be very close to what we just have now. I don’t see much difference whatsoever.” The Republican has been feeling the pressure from both sides of the political aisle over his handling of the election. GEORGIA RECOUNT SIGNATURE-MATCHING IMPOSSIBLE DESPITE DEMANDS FROM TRUMP, REPUBLICANS, SAYS SECRETARY OF STATE Raffensperger responded by telling Cavuto some people “just can’t handle” the fact that President Trump became the first Republican presidential candidate since George H.W. Bush in 1992 to lose Georgia....
    The Daily Beast This Gun Coffee Brand Was MAGA Royalty. Then It Turned on Kyle Rittenhouse. The far right thought it had found the ideal breakfast beverage company. Then it took a big sip of Black Rifle Coffee and checked the news.For years, Black Rifle Coffee Company has been at the vanguard of an emerging conservative coffee movement. Customers can start their day with a “Thin Blue Line” Keurig cup, or wind down with a nice mug of “Combat Cocoa.” This isn’t coffee for WIMPS and CIVILIANS, the company’s branding implies; it’s TACTICAL CAFFEINATION for OPERATORS.But not even that branding has been enough to save BRCC from attacks by its far-right former fans, who accuse the company of being inadequately militant because it declined to sponsor a teenager accused of murdering Black Lives Matter protesters.‘All Combat Takes Place at Night’: Kyle Rittenhouse’s Lawyer Urges Trump Fans to ‘Dust Off’ Gun...
    ATLANTA (AP) — After the Trump campaign requested a recount of the presidential ballots in Georgia, state election officials were working to finalize the details of how and when that will be done, a top elections official said Monday. The election results certified last week by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger showed Democrat Joe Biden beating Republican President Donald Trump by 12,670 votes out of about 5 million cast, or about 0.25%. Under state law, a candidate can request a recount when the margin is less than 0.5%. The Trump campaign on Saturday sent a formal request for a recount to the secretary of state’s office. Gabriel Sterling, who oversaw the implementation of the state’s new voting system, said during a video news conference Monday that the secretary of state’s office planned to talk to county election officials before deciding on the specific starting and ending time for...
    ▶ Watch Video: Biden expected to announce Antony Blinken, Linda Thomas-Greenfield to high-level positions President-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce Tony Blinken, a longtime diplomat and a member of Mr. Biden’s inner circle, as his secretary of state, multiple people familiar with the decision confirmed to CBS News. Mr. Biden is expected to make the announcement on Tuesday. In addition, two people familiar with the decision confirmed to CBS News that Linda Thomas-Greenfield has been selected as U.N. ambassador. Blinken has served in the past two Democratic administrations, including as a deputy national security adviser from 2013 to 2015 and as deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017.  Mr. Biden first began working with Blinken more than 15 years ago when he led the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Blinken served as Democratic staff director. Their relationship was cemented at the White House when Mr. Biden...
    The Trump campaign and high-profile Republicans are demanding that signature-matching be a major part of the recount the president filed for in Georgia, where President-elect Joe Biden beat him by less than one half of a percentage point – but the secretary of state's office is saying that ship has sailed.  Because of rules designed to protect voter privacy, ballots in Georgia are separated from their outer envelopes – where the signature is – after they are initially verified. This makes it impossible to reconnect the ballots to their envelopes, and therefore impossible to re-do signature matching after ballots are counted. "Today, the Trump campaign filed a petition for recount in Georgia," the president's legal team said in a statement Saturday. "President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which has to include signature-matching and other vital safeguards. Without signature-matching, this recount would be a sham and again allow...
    By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — After the Trump campaign requested a recount of the presidential ballots in Georgia, state election officials were working to finalize the details of how and when that will be done, a top elections official said Monday. The election results certified last week by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger showed Democrat Joe Biden beating Republican President Donald Trump by 12,670 votes out of about 5 million cast, or about 0.25%. Under state law, a candidate can request a recount when the margin is less than 0.5%. The Trump campaign on Saturday sent a formal request for a recount to the secretary of state’s office. Gabriel Sterling, who oversaw the implementation of the state's new voting system, said during a video news conference Monday that the secretary of state's office planned to talk to county election officials before deciding on the specific starting and...
    Antony Blinken, a longtime aide to President-elect Joe Biden, will be secretary of state, the Biden transition announced on Monday. Blinken’s appointment signals the geopolitical course Biden intends to chart in office: a restoration of liberal multilateralism, recentering traditional U.S. allies whom President Donald Trump placed on the margins. The task before Blinken and the Biden foreign policy team is reminiscent of the one shouldered by Hillary Clinton in the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency, where Clinton sought to assure foreign allies that Obama would break from George W. Bush’s bellicose unilateralism. Assistance will come from a team that Blinken knows well. Biden’s transition unveiled the other senior leaders of the next administration’s national-security and foreign policy leadership on Monday. They include include Avril Haines, a deputy CIA director and deputy national security adviser who was considered Obama’s left-most counterterrorism aide, for director of national intelligence; Jake Sullivan as...
    (L-R) U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken, National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Secretary of State John Kerry listen as President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki address reporters in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, November 1, 2013.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden announced his intended nominees for top national security positions Monday, assembling a team of experienced institutionalists to fill his incoming Cabinet. In addition to his previously reported plan to nominate Antony Blinken to be his secretary of State and Jake Sullivan to be national security advisor, Biden also announced he will nominate Alejandro Mayorkas to lead the Department of Homeland Security and Avril Haines to be the director of national intelligence. Biden also announced he will name former secretary of State John Kerry as special presidential envoy for climate and place the post...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has selected one of his closest foreign affairs advisers, Antony Blinken, to be secretary of state in his new administration, as the projected winner of the U.S. election appears set to re-engage the United States in an array of global alliances that President Donald Trump had abandoned.   The 58-year-old Blinken is a veteran of U.S. foreign affairs decision-making for two decades, and according to multiple news accounts, agrees with Biden on the need for the U.S. to play a leading role again in world affairs, a change from Trump’s “America First” credo that at times left the United States at odds with other long-time Western allies.   In his first days in office after the January 20 inauguration, Biden plans to overturn Trump policies and rejoin the Paris climate agreement, stop the U.S. exit from the World Health Organization and attempt to...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE on Monday formally announced his intention to nominate Antony Blinken to be secretary of State, elevating his longtime senior foreign policy adviser and former senior State Department official to be the U.S.'s top diplomat. The nomination drew praise from foreign policy and national security experts who reacted to earlier reports that Blinken was expected to be nominated for the key Cabinet position charged with reasserting the U.S. position on the world stage. Blinken served as Biden’s senior foreign policy adviser throughout the campaign, leading a team that drew hundreds of global experts volunteering their time as informal advisors. Their history together stretches back to Biden’s time as chair and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, where Blinken served six years...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is reported to have selected one of his closest foreign affairs advisers, Antony Blinken, to be secretary of state in his new administration, as the projected winner of the U.S. election appears set to re-engage the United States in an array of global alliances that President Donald Trump had abandoned.   The 58-year-old Blinken is a veteran of U.S. foreign affairs decision-making for two decades, and according to multiple news accounts, agrees with Biden on the need for the U.S. to play a leading role again in world affairs, a change from Trump’s “America First” credo that at times left the United States at odds with other long-time Western allies.   In his first days in office after the January 20 inauguration, Biden plans to overturn Trump policies and rejoin the Paris climate agreement, stop the U.S. exit from the World Health Organization...
    (CNN)Joe Biden is poised to name Antony Blinken as his secretary of state on Tuesday, a telling pick that reveals what the President-elect views as his most urgent priorities in the wake of Donald Trump's four years in office -- and the sort of people he will entrust with accomplishing those goals.Let's start with Biden's decision to name his secretary of state as his first Cabinet pick. There's no set order to these things, of course, but it is absolutely purposeful and therefore noteworthy that Biden is not only leading his Cabinet announcements with the nation's top diplomat but also that he is doing it so early in his transition.In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, incoming Biden chief of staff Ron Klain emphasized the speed with which these first Cabinet picks will be made: "You're going to see the first of the President-elect's cabinet appointments on Tuesday...
    ANTONY Blinken is expected to be nominated as secretary of state to form part of President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet.  Blinken is no stranger to the White House as he has worked at the State Department with the Clinton administration and with former president Barack Obama. 7Antony Blinken and Joe Biden have worked together for 20 yearsCredit: Reuters Who is Antony Blinken? Antony Blinken, 58, is a government official who has served in the White House for nearly two decades. Blinken held the role of US Deputy Secretary of State from 2015 to 2017 and also served as Deputy National Security Advisor for two years under President Barack Obama. 7Blinken worked for Barack Obama and the Clinton administrationCredit: Getty Images - Getty He has had extensive experience in foreign affairs and served as the Democratic Staff Director for the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee for six years. Blinken is also a...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team's planning.Blinken, 58, served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration and has close ties with Biden. If nominated and confirmed, he would be a leading force in the incoming administration's bid to reframe the U.S. relationship with the rest of the world after four years in which President Donald Trump questioned longtime alliances.In nominating Blinken, Biden would sidestep potentially thorny issues that could have affected Senate confirmation for two other candidates on his short list to be America's top diplomat: Susan Rice and Sen. Chris Coons.Rice would have faced significant GOP opposition and likely rejection in the Senate. She has long been a target of Republicans, including for statements she made after the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in...
    President-elect Joe Biden has selected long-time foreign policy adviser Tony Blinken to be his secretary of state, the New York Times (NYT) reported Sunday evening. Blinken served as a deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama’s administration and also served in Bill Clinton’s state department, according to NYT. Biden is expected Tuesday to announce his selection of Blinken, among other cabinet members. Blinken’s primary work as secretary of state would be to return the U.S. to various international agreements President Donald Trump’s administration ended, NYT reported. Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accords, the Iran nuclear deal as well as the World Health Organization (WHO), each of which Biden has said he wants to rejoin. (RELATED: Coronavirus Pandemic ‘Could Have Been Prevented’ If Not For China’s Coronavirus Cover-Up, House GOP Report Finds) Deputy Secretary of State Antony “Tony” Blinken participates in a moderated discussion at Truman Conference...
    President-elect Joe Biden's expected pick for secretary of state received criticism for his recent consulting work and early support for the Iraq War as outlets reported Antony Blinken would soon be announced for the post. "Blinken advised Biden to vote for the Iraq War. Also said US failed by not sending more troops to Syria," Ricochet editor-in-chief Jon Gabriel wrote on Twitter on Sunday. Blinken was Biden's top aide in 2002 when the former senator voted for a resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq, according to progressive magazine The Nation. BIDEN EXPECTED TO PICK ANTONY BLINKEN AS TOP DIPLOMAT News of Biden's expected pick turned the spotlight on Blinken's firm WestExec Advisors. "TONY BLINKEN co-founded a consultancy @WEAdvisors that launched in 2018 to help clients navigate DC. It doesn’t disclose most clients’ identities, but has acknowledged working with an unidentified drug maker [and] a Big Tech firm it helped with US-China trade," New...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team’s planning. 2016 file photo: Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)  Blinken, 58, served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration and has close ties with Biden. If nominated and confirmed, he would be a leading force in the incoming administration’s bid to reframe the U.S. relationship with the rest of the world after four years in which President Donald Trump questioned longtime alliances. In nominating Blinken, Biden would sidestep potentially thorny issues that could have affected Senate confirmation for two other candidates on his short list to be America’s top diplomat: Susan Rice and Sen. Chris Coons. Rice would have faced significant GOP opposition and likely rejection in the...
    President-elect Joe Biden is expected on Tuesday to nominate his former Senate aide Antony Blinken to become secretary of state, multiple news outlets reported late Sunday, elevating the former No. 2 chief diplomat and Obama administration veteran to the consequential Cabinet position. [ READ: Biden Announces More White House Staff ]Bloomberg News was first to report the nod, which would place Blinken in a position to lead the Biden administration's expected efforts to roll back President Donald Trump's "America First" vision of the world and the U.S. position within it. Many former national security leaders within the outgoing administration have publicly criticized the policy and lamented the work required to overturn it, including some who believe it has left "America alone." Others have privately spurned what they consider a strategy that has only isolated the U.S. as global instability spreads. Blinken, 58, has in recent weeks stressed the need for the...
    Joe Biden and Tony Blinken Getty Antony Blinken, Joe Biden’s reported pick for Secretary of State, last year said Brexit was a “total mess” and likened it to “the dog that caught the car and the car goes into reverse and runs over the dog.” Blinken, who served as Deputy Secretary of State from 2013 to 2015, also said it “clearly” would have been in the United States’ interest to keep the UK in the EU. President-elect Biden is also firmly opposed Brexit, and in October warned Boris Johnson not to let Brexit undermine the Good Friday Agreement on the island of Ireland. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Joe Biden’s pick for Secretary of State Antony Blinken last year described Brexit as a “total mess” and said that the process resembled a dog being run over by a car,...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took part in a secret meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman — the first known summit between the longtime Middle Eastern foes, according to reports. The leaders discussed several issues during the meeting on Sunday, including normalizing ties and addressing Iran, a shared enemy of the two nations, a senior Saudi official told the Wall Street Journal. The first-of-its-kind meeting, which lasted a couple of hours, comes amid a push from the Trump administration to normalize diplomatic relations between Arab nations and Israel. Yossi Cohen, head of Israeli spy agency Mossad, was also present. He has played a key role in negotiations to broker diplomatic relations with the kingdom, according to the Washington Post. Netanyahu flew in a Gulfstream IV jet belonging to Ehud “Udi” Angel, a prominent Israeli businessman whose jet had been used for previous...
    President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly expected to announce Antony Blinken as his nominee to lead the U.S. State Department in his new administration.  Blinken was previously a deputy secretary of state and a deputy national security adviser under former President Barack Obama. During that administration, he was a national security adviser for the vice president.  This 2017 photo from the National Committee on American Foreign Policy 2017 Gala Awards Dinner captures a moment with then-Vice President Joe Biden and Anthony Blinken, the former deputy secretary of state. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for National Committee on American Foreign Policy ) Choosing Blinken is seen as a return to international cooperation after four years of President Donald Trump’s presidency, which was focused on an “America First” policy. Under Trump, the U.S. pulled out of several international treaties, including the Paris Agreement, a landmark climate accord.  Blinken would be focused on repairing...
    By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team's planning. Blinken, 58, served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration and has close ties with Biden. If nominated and confirmed, he would be a leading force in the incoming administration’s bid to reframe the U.S. relationship with the rest of the world after four years in which President Donald Trump questioned longtime alliances. In nominating Blinken, Biden would sidestep potentially thorny issues that could have affected Senate confirmation for two other candidates on his short list to be America’s top diplomat: Susan Rice and Sen. Chris Coons. Rice would have faced significant GOP opposition and likely rejection in the Senate. She has long been a target of Republicans, including for statements she...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team’s planning. Blinken, 58, served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration and has close ties with Biden. If nominated and confirmed, he would be a leading force in the incoming administration’s bid to reframe the U.S. relationship with the rest of the world after four years in which President Donald Trump questioned longtime alliances. In nominating Blinken, Biden would sidestep potentially thorny issues that could have affected Senate confirmation for two other candidates on his short list to be America’s top diplomat: Susan Rice and Sen. Chris Coons. Rice would have faced significant GOP opposition and likely rejection in the Senate. She has long been a target of Republicans, including for statements she made after the deadly 2012...
    ANTONY Blinken is expected to be nominated as Joe Biden's incoming secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team's planning. The 58-year-old, who has close ties with the president-elect, served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama's administration. 1Credit: AP:Associated Press More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The Sun is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Download our fantastic, new and improved free App for the best ever Sun Online experience. For iPhone click here, for Android click here.  Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunUS.
    WASHINGTON – Antony Blinken is projected president-elect Joe Biden’s leading candidate for the post of secretary of state, sources told NBC News and other outlets. The president-elect’s transition advisers have said they will make their first Cabinet announcements on Tuesday. Blinken, 58, served as undersecretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Barack Obama administration and has close ties to Biden. If nominated and confirmed, he would be a leading force in the incoming administration’s attempt to reshape America’s relationship with the rest of the world after four years in which President Donald Trump questioned long-standing alliances. By nominating Blinken, Biden would sidestep potentially thorny issues that could have affected the Senate’s confirmation of two other candidates on his short list for America’s top diplomat: Susan Rice and Senator Chris Coons. Rice would have faced significant opposition from the Republican Party and...
    Joe Biden will name Tony Blinken as his Secretary of State, Bloomberg reported on Sunday night, as speculation mounted that Michele Flournoy would be announced the first female Secretary of Defense, and Linda Thomas-Greenfield named as UN ambassador. Blinken, 58, is currently Biden's foreign policy adviser, and Biden's appointing of his Cabinet members will likely infuriate Donald Trump, who has insisted that the election is not yet settled. His appointment will also disappoint Susan Rice, who was considered a front-runner for the job.  The New York-born international relations expert was Barack Obama's deputy Secretary of State from 2015 until the inauguration of Donald Trump, in January 2017. Prior to that Blinken served as Obama's Deputy National Security Adviser starting in 2013, and was part of Biden's own advisory team as the National Security Adviser for the Vice President from 2009 to 2013. He was part of the Obama-Biden transition team...
    WASHINGTON – Antony Blinken is projected president-elect Joe Biden’s leading candidate for the post of secretary of state, sources told NBC News and other outlets. The president-elect’s transition advisers have said they will make their first Cabinet announcements on Tuesday. Blinken, 58, served as undersecretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Barack Obama administration and has close ties to Biden. If nominated and confirmed, he would be a leading force in the incoming administration’s attempt to reshape America’s relationship with the rest of the world after four years in which President Donald Trump questioned long-standing alliances. By nominating Blinken, Biden would sidestep potentially thorny issues that could have affected the Senate’s confirmation of two other candidates on his short list for America’s top diplomat: Susan Rice and Senator Chris Coons. Rice would have faced significant opposition from the Republican Party and...
    WASHINGTON – Antony Blinken is projected president-elect Joe Biden’s leading candidate for the post of secretary of state, sources told NBC News and other outlets. The president-elect’s transition advisers have said they will make their first Cabinet announcements on Tuesday. Blinken, 58, served as undersecretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Barack Obama administration and has close ties to Biden. If nominated and confirmed, he would be a leading force in the incoming administration’s attempt to reshape America’s relationship with the rest of the world after four years in which President Donald Trump questioned long-standing alliances. By nominating Blinken, Biden would sidestep potentially thorny issues that could have affected the Senate’s confirmation of two other candidates on his short list for America’s top diplomat: Susan Rice and Senator Chris Coons. Rice would have faced significant opposition from the Republican Party and...
    President-elect Joe Biden’s secretary of state nominee is reportedly expected to be Antony Blinken — a foreign affairs adviser to Biden’s campaign who served in both the State Department and the National Security Agency under Presidents Obama and Clinton. Sources close to Biden’s Cabinet-choosing process told the New York Times of Blinken’s likely nomination as the nation’s top diplomat. Blinken, 58, who has worked in various capacities with Biden for nearly 20 years, had been rumored as a front-runner for the position. Biden will announce the first selection of his Cabinet picks on Tuesday, his advisors said Sunday. Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, a longtime Biden confidant, was also named as a front-runner to be Biden’s secretary of state, sources have told the Associated Press. Blinken had served as Biden’s top aide on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Times reported. When Biden was vice president, Blinken was his national security...
    The Week White House vaccine czar expects kids will receive coronavirus vaccine by middle of 2021 There’s a growing likelihood that the first round of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine will be rolled out in just a few weeks. If and when that happens, only high priority groups, like health care workers, are expected to have access. Theoretically, the pool will grow over time, but children will probably have to wait a while. That’s partly because younger people, though far from invulnerable to COVID-19, are less susceptible to severe cases, but it also has to do with the fact that the youngest people to receive Pfizer’s candidate in trials were between 12 and 14 years old, Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the White House vaccine czar, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday.As things stand, there’s no data about the vaccine’s efficacy or safety for younger children, but Slaoui says the plan is to run...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Antony Blinken is the leading contender to become President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team’s planning. Advisers to the president-elect’s transition have said they’ll make their first Cabinet announcements on Tuesday. Blinken, 58, served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration and has close ties with Biden. If nominated and confirmed, he would be a leading force in the incoming administration’s bid to reframe the U.S. relationship with the rest of the world after four years in which President Donald Trump questioned longtime alliances. In nominating Blinken, Biden would sidestep potentially thorny issues that could have affected Senate confirmation for two other candidates on his short list to be America’s top diplomat: Susan Rice and Sen. Chris Coons. Rice would have faced significant GOP opposition and likely rejection in the...
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia law enforcement are investigating threats made against the state’s top election officials, Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs announced Sunday. The probe comes as election workers across the country have complained that President Trump’s unfounded accusations of widespread voter fraud have been putting them at risk. The FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s joint probe is specifically targeted at threats made against Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and members of his team, Forbes reported. Fuchs declined to specify the exact nature of the threats. A Dailymail.com request for further comment has not yet been returned by Fuchs’ office. The FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s joint probe is specifically targeted at threats made against Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and a number of his team The probe comes as election workers across the country have complained that President...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden is reportedly set to announce this week that Tony Blinken, who supported the idea of “Russia collusion,” would be his Secretary of State. Bloomberg News reported Sunday evening: President-elect Joe Biden intends to name his longtime adviser Antony Blinken as secretary of State, according to three people familiar with the matter, setting out to assemble his cabinet even before Donald Trump concedes defeat. In addition, Jake Sullivan, formerly one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, is likely to be named Biden’s national security adviser, according to two people familiar with the matter. An announcement is expected Tuesday, the people said. Blinken, who served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security advisor under President Barack Obama, has also been a New York Times opinion writer and a “global affairs analyst” for CNN. In that capacity, he supported the “Russia collusion” hoax. As Breitbart News reported in...
    President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Tony Blinken as his secretary of state on Tuesday, his first step in reversing President Trump's "America first" approach to foreign policy. Blinken, 58, was then-President Barack Obama's deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017, the department's second in command, and Obama's deputy national security adviser from 2013 to 2015. But Blinken is a longtime aide of Biden's too. Blinken was the two-term vice president's national security adviser from 2009 to 2013. The pair first worked together when the diplomat was a Democratic staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Biden was the panel's chairman from 2001 to 2003, and again from January 2007 until he became vice president two years later. Blinken's selection, among Biden's first Cabinet picks, was first reported by Bloomberg and the New York Times. The decision signals a return to pre-President Trump foreign policy posture....
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to name Antony Blinken his secretary of state, Bloomberg reported on Sunday, citing unidentified sources. Bloomberg said an announcement was expected on Tuesday. Biden's transition team declined comment and Blinken did not respond to a request for comment. A Biden ally, who did not want to be identified, told Reuters Blinken was Biden's most likely choice for secretary of state. (Reporting by Trevor Hunnicut and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Kim Coghill) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Pennsylvania, United States, coronavirus
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden is poised to announce his first Cabinet nominations on Tuesday, officials said, with secretary of state among the first positions he intends to reveal as he moves forward to form his new government.The leading contender for the top diplomatic post is Antony Blinken, multiple people familiar with the matter told CNN, a choice that would elevate a longtime foreign policy adviser into one of the most visible positions in the Cabinet.Blinken served in the Obama administration as deputy secretary of state and principal deputy national security adviser. He also served as national security adviser to Biden when he was vice president.A transition official told CNN on Sunday night that Blinken is seen as the leading contender, but offered the typical caveats that the announcement isn't official until Biden reveals it Tuesday.This is a breaking story and will be updated.
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign files for new recount in Georgia GOP senator congratulates Biden, says Trump should accept results Judge dismisses Trump camp's Pennsylvania lawsuit in scathing ruling MORE's longtime aide Antony Blinken will be his nominee to lead the State Department, Bloomberg News reported Sunday. Blinken, who served as deputy secretary of State between 2015 and 2017, has also served the former vice president as an adviser for years and in 2008 worked on Biden's bid for the Democratic nomination, which he eventually lost to former President Obama. The Biden campaign declined to comment to Bloomberg. The president-elect is expected to announce his initial round of Cabinet picks in the coming days. "You're going to see the first of the president's cabinet appointments on Tuesday of this week, meeting the pace of — beating in fact — the pace that was set by the Obama-Biden transition, beating the...
    MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to name Tony Blinken as his Secretary of State, according to a report by Bloomberg News national political reporter Tyler Pager. Pager posted the news on Twitter Sunday evening, noting that his sources had confirmed that Biden had finalized his decision and was planning to make the announcement on Tuesday. SCOOP: It’s official. Tony Blinken will be Joe Biden’s secretary of state, and the announcement is expected to be made on Tuesday, sources tell me, @jeneps and @SalehaMohsin — Tyler Pager (@tylerpager) November 23, 2020 Biden has a long association with Blinken, and asked him to join his presidential campaign as a foreign policy adviser. Blinken previously served as Deputy Secretary of State for President Barack Obama from 2015 until President Donald Trump was sworn into office on January 20, 2017. Prior to that Blinken served as Obama’s Deputy...
    Gov. Brian Kemp certified the states slate of 16 presidential electors, but acknowledged that will still permit President Donald Trumps legal team to officially call for a recount. The move will "formalize the certification," but it "paves the way for the Trump campaign to pursue other legal options and a separate recount if they choose," Kemp said Friday night, per The Associated Press. Kemp expressed concerned the completed Georgia audit looked only at ballots, not the signatures on the absentee ballot applications or absentee ballot envelopes. "As a former Secretary of State, he is the first to know and confirm that a signature is matched twice prior to an absentee ballot being counted," Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs said in a statement. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified results reported by the states 159 counties that show Biden with 2.47 million votes, President Trump with 2.46 million votes, and Libertarian...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany refused to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden's victory in a press briefing on Friday— her first press briefing since October 1 and since President Trump lost the election. Mr. Trump refuses to concede and continues promoting false claims of voter fraud. "The president's been very clear, he wants every legal vote to be counted," McEnany said. She did not say when Mr. Trump would concede, but said there were "very real claims" of voter fraud without identifying any evidence. She repeatedly called Mr. Biden "the former vice president" instead of the president-elect. McEnany declined to comment on ongoing campaign litigation, even though she has appeared on cable news networks in her capacity as a campaign adviser. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox McEnany said during her briefing that Mr. Trump's meeting with Republican lawmakers from Michigan on Friday had nothing to do with...
              ATLANTA, Georgia – Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified the election results on Friday afternoon officially, following completion of the statewide vote audit. Raffensperger held a brief press conference in which he validated the results of the recount and indicated that election integrity could be improved upon. “Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by the motto that: ‘Numbers don’t lie.’ As Secretary of State, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct,” he said. Raffensperger also stated that he intended to work with Governor Brian Kemp and the legislature to improve election procedures. He acknowledged the surge of mail-in ballots overwhelmed the state’s current security measures, and he supported future laws implementing photo ID for absentee voting. According to the risk-limiting audit report, the recount only discovered about a .11 percent variation in the differences between total...
    Joe BidenJoe BidenRomney on Trump election tactics: 'Difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action' by president Biden promises federal government will pay for National Guard coronavirus work: 'That should be paid for' House committee chairs demand briefing from GSA head on presidential transition MORE has decided on his pick for secretary of State as the president-elect works to put together a team that can be confirmed by a possibly GOP-controlled Senate. A source familiar with the process confirmed to The Hill that Biden has made up his mind for who he wants to serve as the nation’s top diplomat and that an announcement is expected within the next week. It was not immediately clear who Biden’s nominee would be, but a former Obama administration official confirmed to The Hill that Tony Blinken, a veteran diplomat and longtime Biden ally, has been considered a frontrunner for the post. Blinken has been...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia secretary of state certifies election results that show state’s voters chose Joe Biden for president. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    ATLANTA — Georgia's Republican secretary of state was forced to issue a correction Friday after he initially claimed that the Peach State had certified Joe Biden had won the state's presidential election, beating President Trump by more than 12,000 votes and securing 16 Electoral College votes. An earlier announcement around 12.30 p.m. had said the state had completed its certification - but around an hour later, the office of Brad Raffensperger, the beleagured secretary of state, issued the correction. The snafu was just the latest embarrassing turn in what has been a chaotic electoral process in the traditional Republican state. Earlier at the state Capitol, Raffensperger had declared: “Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by the motto that numbers don’t lie. “As secretary of state, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct. The numbers reflect the verdict of the people, not...
    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Friday certified President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the state — delivering another blow to President Trump’s long-shot bid to reverse narrow losses in swing states. Raffensperger, a Republican, certified that Biden won Georgia by 12,587, following a statewide hand recount that slightly narrowed Biden’s lead. “In certifying the results, the Secretary of State affirmed that all 159 counties have provided to the state the total votes tabulated for each state and federal candidate,” the secretary of state’s office said in a press release. “With the certification, the two-business-day time period begins for a candidate who lost by less than 0.5% of the vote to request a recount,” the office said. “Certification does not preclude the state from continuing any current investigations related to the General Election or from pursuing any future allegations that may arise from these elections.” It’s unclear how a secondary...
    ATLANTA -- Georgia's top elections official said Friday that he will certify that Joe Biden won the state's presidential election after a hand tally stemming from a mandatory audit affirmed the Democrat's lead over Republican President Donald Trump.His office then stumbled on the final step, prematurely announcing that the certification was complete while only unofficial results remained on the public website. Forty minutes after the big news, the secretary of state's office corrected its news release and said the results would be released later."Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by the motto that numbers don't lie," Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said during a news conference at the state Capitol. "As secretary of state, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct. The numbers reflect the verdict of the people, not a decision by tok he secretary of state's office or of courts...
    ATLANTA -- Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified the results of the general election Friday, making it official that President-elect Joe Biden won the state's 16 electoral votes."Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by that numbers don't lie. As secretary of state, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct," Raffensperger said during a news conference. "The numbers reflect the verdict of the people, not a decision by the secretary of state's office or our courts, or of either campaign."It was the secretary's first time appearing before cameras at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta since Veterans Day, when he announced the state would conduct a full by hand recount of votes in the presidential race. The results of the audit were finalized and released Thursday evening.*Counties are colored red or blue when the % expected vote reporting reaches a set threshold....
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s top elections official said he will certify that Joe Biden won the state’s presidential election after a hand tally stemming from a mandatory audit affirmed the Democrat’s lead over Republican President Donald Trump. “Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by the motto that numbers don’t lie,” Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said during a news conference at the state Capitol. “As secretary of state, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct. The numbers reflect the verdict of the people, not a decision by the secretary of state’s office or of courts or of either campaign.” In the end, the hand count affirmed Biden won by more than 12,000 votes out of about 5 million cast, according to data released by Raffensperger’s office Thursday. State law says Raffensperger must certify the election results by 5 p.m. Friday. Then,...
    Savannah Rychcik November 20, 2020 0 Comments Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is accepting the results of the election despite being a supporter of President Donald Trump. “As I’ve said before, I’m a proud Trump supporter. I was with him early in the 2016 election cycle and he’s governed the nation by the same conservative principles that I hold dear,” Raffensperger said during a press conference Friday. He added, “Like other Republicans, I’m disappointed our candidate didn’t win Georgia’s electoral votes.” Raffensperger claimed, “Close elections sow distrust.” He argued voters feel their side was “cheated,” and it was evident with Democrats in 2018 and Republicans during this election cycle. “Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by the motto that numbers don’t lie. As secretary of state, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct,” Raffensperger said. Watch...
    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told reporters on Friday that President-elect Joe Biden had definitively won the state, after the state's hand recount was completed on Thursday and Mr. Biden's victory there was reaffirmed.  "I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct. The numbers reflect the will of the people," Raffensperger, a Republican, said.  He also called for some legislation to be passed to improve the state's voting system, such as reforms in absentee voting and implementing audits in areas were there were voting discrepancies. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The hand recount upheld the original outcome produced by the machine tally of votes cast, according to a statement from Raffensberger on Thursday. "Georgia's historic first statewide audit reaffirmed that the state's new secure paper ballot voting system accurately counted and reported results," Raffensberger said. "This is a credit to the hard work of our county...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s top elections official said he will certify that Joe Biden won the state’s presidential election after a hand tally stemming from a mandatory audit affirmed the Democrat’s lead over Republican President Donald Trump. “Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by the motto that numbers don’t lie," Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said during a news conference at the state Capitol. “As secretary of state, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct. The numbers reflect the verdict of the people, not a decision by the secretary of state’s office or of courts or of either campaign.” State law says Raffensperger must certify the election results by 5 p.m. Friday. Then, Gov. Brian Kemp has until 5 p.m. Saturday to certify the state's slate of presidential electors. Raffensperger also said he plans to propose election-law changes aimed at increasing trust...
    Georgia Secretary of State's office is holding a news conference Friday after the state's hand recount was completed and President-elect Joe Biden's victory there was reaffirmed. The hand recount upheld the original outcome produced by the machine tally of votes cast, according to a statement from Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger. "Georgia's historic first statewide audit reaffirmed that the state's new secure paper ballot voting system accurately counted and reported results," Raffensberger said in a statement Thursday. "This is a credit to the hard work of our county and local elections officials who moved quickly to undertake and complete such a momentous task in a short period of time."  How to watch the Georgia election news conference today What: Georgia Secretary of State's office holds news conference Date: Friday, November 20, 2020 Time: 8 a.m. ET Location: Atlanta, Georgia Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above and on...
              ATLANTA, Georgia – A district judge denied attorney Lin Wood’s motion to delay certification of the Georgia voting results. Wood presented 17 affidavits alleging potential voter fraud, from both monitors and workers. One affidavit came from a purported former right-hand man of prior Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, detailing the electronic voting systems’ relation to ones used in the 2020 election. Although the judge dismissed the case, Wood stated that he will appeal the case to the Eleventh Circuit court. “1. A motion to delay certification of GA vote based on a flawed recount was denied this evening by Atlanta Judge Steven D. Grimberg. The oral ruling was unclear but he may have overreached to dismiss my claim that election was unlawful due to @GaSecofState consent agreement. 2. The recount issue was separate from unlawful election issue. Sounded like Court thinks GA voter has NO standing...
    GEORGIA's secretary of state announced on Thursday that the state's hand recount has been completed - and the results confirm Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election. The hand tally of roughly five million votes was prompted by an audit required by a new state law - not in response to any discrepancies of the states results or an official recount request. 9Georgia's secretary of state said on Thursday that the hand recount confirms Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential electionCredit: AFP or licensors 9Biden received nearly 13,000 more votes from Georgians than President Donald Trump Credit: Alamy Live News Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced the results of the hand count audit, which he said "upheld and reaffirmed" the original outcome of the November 3 election. The result show Biden took the Peach State from President Donald Trump by nearly 13,000 votes OFFICIAL: @GaSecofState announces results of first statewide hand...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said on Thursday that a hand audit of ballots in the state had confirmed Joe Biden as the winner of the Nov. 3 election in Georgia. An audit was launched after unofficial results showed Biden leading President Donald Trump by about 14,000 votes. Raffensperger said there was "no doubt" that the state would certify Biden's victory on Friday. "The audit has aligned very close to what we had in election night reporting," Raffensperger told local station WSB-TV. "It's so close, it's not a thimble full of difference." (Reporting by Simon Lewis; Editing by Himani Sarkar) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States
    Reuters November 19, 2020 0 Comments  Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said on Thursday that a hand audit of ballots in the state had confirmed Joe Biden as the winner of the Nov. 3 election in Georgia. An audit was launched after unofficial results showed Biden leading President Donald Trump by about 14,000 votes. Raffensperger said there was “no doubt” that the state would certify Biden’s victory on Friday. “The audit has aligned very close to what we had in election night reporting,” Raffensperger told local station WSB-TV. “It’s so close, it’s not a thimble full of difference.” (Reporting by Simon Lewis; Editing by Himani Sarkar)
    CBS Detroit – In Lansing Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced she will direct her agency to do a post-election performance edit in Wayne County. As reported by the Detroit Free Press, this audit comes after two Republican members on Wayne County Board of Canvassers said they wanted to retract their certification of Wayne County’s election results. Based on the grounds they didn’t think the state would perform an independent audit. Benson said Thursday this is standard procedure in local jurisdictions where significant clerical errors have been found in reporting. A performance audit of Wayne County and some other areas are being planned along with a “state-wide risk-limiting audit of November’s general election”, Benson said in a press release. According to the Detroit Free Press, Risk-limiting audits are when a certain percentage of paper ballots are checked to confirm accuracy. In regards to the matter of the two Republicans wanting...
    Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) said Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Live” that there was “no legal avenue” for two members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers to reverse their votes. Benson was reacting to Monica Palmer, the Republican chairwoman, and William Hartmann, the other Republican member of the four-person Wayne County board signing affidavits late Wednesday, saying they want to rescind their votes to certify the county’s election results. Palmer and Hartman initially voting against certification then later voted for it after hearing from outraged voters on Tuesday. Benson said, “Well, notably, there are a lot of protocols in place under which the canvas and the county board meet. It has to be an open meeting. There has to be a vote taken, there has to be an adjournment. All of those things lead into an official certification, and all those things have happened here. So there is really no legal avenue...
    By HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner is seeking a 23rd term in office, now that the dust has settled after an unprecedented election cycle. Gardner, the nation’s longest-serving secretary of state, was first elected by the Legislature in 1976 and easily returned to office every two years since, except last time. He faced his biggest challenge ever that year, winning by just four votes over former gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern. The next vote will be Dec. 2, and Gardner confirmed Thursday that he is running. He said he hadn’t made up his mind as recently as three weeks ago, given all the anxiety and uncertainty associated with holding elections during a pandemic. But he said he wants to stay on to maintain the independence and integrity of the office. Gardner has built a reputation for fiercely defending New Hampshire’s...
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday visited an Israeli winery in the West Bank, becoming the first secretary of state to ever visit a Jewish settlement in a move that drew Palestinian protesters to demonstrate and throw stones at soldiers outside the winery. The visit was followed by an announcement by Pompeo the U.S. will permit imports from Israeli settlements to be labelled “Made in Israel” or “Product of Israel.” Both moves mark a dramatic departure from U.S. policy, which until the Trump administration designated the West Bank and the Golan Heights as “occupied territories.” In January, Pompeo denounced a longstanding State Department legal opinion declaring Jewish settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law as “deeply flawed.” Months earlier, he issued a more tempered declaration, stating the U.S. “no longer recognizes Israeli settlements as per se inconsistent with international law.” Enjoyed lunch at the scenic Psagot Winery today. Unfortunately,...
    In the Nov. 3 election, Donald Trump, America’s incumbent president, lost the popular vote by nearly six million votes.  Despite last-minute court filings and statements from current White House staff, Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the United States.  Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has repeatedly said there has been no evidence of systemic election fraud in The Peach State. And yet, he has had to “unload” on his fellow Republicans.  Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger maintains that South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (above) hinted to him that Raffensperger should try to discard some ballots in Georgia, where a recount of the presidential election is underway. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) “There are just people who are really angry and they’re being spun up,” Raffensperger, a lifelong Republican, exclusively told The Hill. “It’s really the spinners that should be ashamed for playing with people’s emotions. Politicians of both...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo became the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit an Israeli settlement Thursday, continuing an unprecedented alliance between the two countries, according to reports.  Pompeo visited the Psagot territory, which is located in the West Bank, the Washington Examiner reported. He appeared at the Psagot Winery, which named a wine after him. He also visited Qasr el Yahud, the traditional site of the baptism of Jesus, Kylie Atwood of CNN reported. (RELATED: US To Label Products Produced In Specific Israeli Settlements As ‘Made In Israel’) As we reported was expected: Sec Pompeo has arrived at the Psagot Winery at an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, according to a State Dept official. Pompeo also made a stop at Qasr el Yahud, the traditional site of the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan Valley, the official said. — Kylie Atwood (@kylieatwood) November 19, 2020 Pompeo also met...
    Jerusalem (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Psagot on Thursday marked the first time a top American diplomat has visited a settlement in the West Bank, considered illegal under international law. For any other Secretary of State, this move would have been unprecedented, breaking with decades of US foreign policy and ignoring UN Security Council resolutions. But not from Pompeo, who has been moving American policy in this direction since virtually the beginning of his time as the Trump administration's top diplomat.Under Pompeo, the State Department ruled that settlements are not de facto illegal under international law, leaving it up to Israel's court system to determine the legality of construction on land the rest of the world considers occupied territory. Speaking about that decision earlier in the day beside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Pompeo called it a "simple recognition of this as part of Israel" and...