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Politics: President Barack Obama Newsletter for Sunday January 17, 2021 ( 12 items )  

Biden's SEC Pick Should Focus on Commission's Core Mission, Not Political Causes: CEI Experts
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a non-profit public policy organization, issued the following news release on Jan. 12: President-elect Biden is reportedly set to select Gary Gensler to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. Gensler is a current MIT professor who previously served as the 11th chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission under President Barack Obama. CEI's Richard Morrison and John Berlau urged the nominee, if confirmed, to focus on core  more

Del. Norton Issues Statement on Introduction of Washington, D.C. Admission Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-District of Columbia, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 4, entitled "Introduction of the Washington, D.C. Admission Act": I rise today to introduce the Washington, D.C. Admission Act with 202 cosponsors, a record number of original cosponsors of the District of Columbia statehood bill. This is the most important bill I introduce each Congress, and it made historic strides in the last Congre  more

Human Rights Watch: Biden Can't Make Washington a Beacon for Human Rights by Returning to Business as Usual
NEW YORK, Jan. 15 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: After four years of outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump's indifference and even hostility to human rights, the election of Joe Biden provides an opportunity for fundamental change. Trump's disregard of human rights at home and his embrace of friendly autocrats abroad eroded U.S. credibility. Condemnations of Venezuela, Cuba, or Iran rang hollow when parallel praise was bestowed on Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, or Israel.  more

New AASLD President Dr. Chung Looks Forward to a Year of Enhanced Engagement
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Jan. 12 -- The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases issued the following news: The incoming President of AASLD welcomed 2021 with a resolve to build on the momentum of the organization's response to the challenges of 2020. "The world has become a much more complicated place, and we faced unprecedented challenges in 2020," said Dr. Raymond T. Chung, MD, FAASLD, director of Hepatology and the Liver Center and vice chief of Gastroenterology at Massachusetts   more

President-Elect Biden Announces Additional Key Administration Posts
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- President-elect Joe Biden issued the following news release on Jan. 15: President-elect Joe Biden announced a number of key administration posts: Janet McCabe, nominee for Deputy Administrator of the EPA; Shalanda Young, nominee for Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget; Jason Miller, nominee for Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget; David S. Cohen, appointee for Deputy Director of the CIA; and Deanne Criswell, nominee for  more

President-Elect Biden Announces Key Members of His White House Science Team
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- President-elect Joe Biden issued the following news release on Jan. 15: President-elect Joe Biden announced his White House science team -- a deeply respected group of diverse and eminently qualified scientists who will marshal the force of science to drive meaningful progress in the lives of people. They will help the Biden-Harris administration confront some of the biggest crises and challenges of our time, from climate change and the impact of technology on society to   more

President-Elect Biden, VP-Elect Harris Announce Additional Members of White House Staff
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris issued the following news release on Jan. 15: President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris announced additional members of the White House communications, press, photo and digital strategy teams. These qualified, tested, and skilled individuals are ready to deliver results for working families on day one. With today's announcement, the incoming Biden-Harris administration has announced more th  more

President-Elect Biden, VP-Elect Harris Announce Additional Members of White House Staff*
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris issued the following news release on Jan. 13: President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris announced additional members of the White House staff. This announcement includes individuals from the Office of the Chief of Staff, Office of Scheduling & Advance, and the Office of Management and Administration. These diverse, qualified, and experienced appointees will play key roles across the W  more

President-Elect Joe Biden Nominates La Salle Alumnus to Head the CIA
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Jan. 14 (TNSPer) -- La Salle University issued the following news release: William J. Burns, '78, a career ambassador and retired foreign service officer, has been nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Burns, a native of the Philadelphia area, was a student in La Salle's Honors Program who graduated in 1978 with an undergraduate degree in history. As Biden's nominee to lead the CIA, Burns must pass thro  more

Rep. DeLauro Names Robin Juliano as Appropriations Committee Staff Director
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release on Jan. 15: House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) today made staff announcements following the nomination of current Staff Director and Clerk Shalanda Young to serve as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. DeLauro has promoted Robin Juliano to Staff Director and Clerk. Juliano is currently Clerk of the Labor-HHS-Educati  more

Rep. Wilson Issues Statement Honoring Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Member of 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, D-Florida, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 12, entitled "Honoring Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and a Member of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project": I rise today to honor Lonnie G. Bunch III, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, where he oversees 19 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, numerous research centers, and several education units and  more

Sen. Rubio Welcomes Cuba's Redesignation as State Sponsors of Terrorism
MIAMI, Florida, Jan. 12 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following statement on Jan. 11: * * * U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. State Department will redesignate Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. In April 2015, Rubio condemned former President Barack Obama's decision to remove the Cuban regime from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. "For far too long we have seen the cozying up of the   more