The Daily Populous

Tuesday November 24th, 2020 morning edition

image for First on CNN: Key government agency acknowledges Biden's win and begins formal transition

The move will allow the transition to officially begin, permitting current administration agency officials to coordinate with the incoming Biden team, and providing millions in government funding for the transition.

The Biden team has not waited for the formal transition process to begin preparing for the presidency, as Biden announced several Cabinet picks on Monday .

A Biden official said the most urgent need was for the transition to be given access to Covid-19 data and the vaccine distribution plans.

Yohannes Abraham, executive director of Biden's transition, said the start of the transition was a "needed step to begin tackling the challenges facing our nation, including getting the pandemic under control and our economy back on track.".

"This final decision is a definitive administrative action to formally begin the transition process with federal agencies," Abraham said.

But the official said staffers will begin to cooperate with the Biden transition team, adding that they were seeking more information on next steps.

Democratic committee chairmen sent a slew of new letters to Murphy on Tuesday demanding she allow the transition to begin and warning of the consequences for failing to do so. »

Germany's 'eternal chancellor' Angela Merkel marks 15 years in office

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel leads the weekly cabinet meeting on November 4, 2020, at the Chancellery in Berlin.

Merkel, 66, has said she will step down as chancellor when her current mandate runs out in 2021 with plans to leave politics altogether.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel marks 15 years at the helm of Europe's top economic power 04:20. it. »

Trump Administration To Start Transition Process For Biden

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The Trump administration will begin the formal transition process for the incoming administration of Democrat Joe Biden, according to a letter from the administration.

The announcement from General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily W. Murphy comes after House Democrats demanded earlier in the day to be briefed on why the process had not already started.

If there is anything we can do to assist you, please contact Ms. Mary D. Gibert, the Federal Transition Coordinator. »

Michigan elections board certifies results from presidential election, sealing Biden’s win in state

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During a public hearing on Monday before the four-member board’s approval, a Republican member of the Michigan Board of State Canvassers deflected a GOP lawyer’s call to delay and audit the results.

He later said that the board has “a clear legal duty to certify the results of the elections.”.

GOP chair Ronna McDaniel and Michigan GOP chair Laura Cox, who also addressed the board on Monday, sent a letter to the board urging its members to delay their vote. »