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Saturday excerpts: letters that presidents have written to successors; Cleansing up the infidelities is Trump Aide's job

• Here are 277 guidelines Joe Biden can make on the first day without a Congress.

None of these 277 measures alone will completely resolve any of the interconnected crises we are now facing. However, they can go a long way towards reducing damage immediately. Some can even solve longstanding problems by simply enforcing or fully implementing laws that are already on the books.

Perhaps most importantly, all of these guidelines are ideas that leaders in the moderate and progressive wings of the party largely agree on, and that Biden should have no excuse not to enact them except for his own political preferences.

• Meet the guy who fires people Trump thinks are disloyal: Johnny McEntee is the 30-year-old architect of the post-election cleansing in the White House, a crusade effort he has been working on for months. A team of Washington Post reporters noticed that McEntee was handing out the pink slip to make it clear that infidelity is punished and warns Employees not collaborate with the Biden transition. More layoffs are expected to follow the Secretary of Defense, a senior climate researcher, two senior Homeland Security officials and the USAID deputy, all of whom have been booted in the past nine days. Cleta Mitchell, a Conservative activist partner with the Foley & Lardner law firm, said, “Conservatives believe that the president was not well served by the original staff (the White House Human Resources Office). You have systematically excluded strong Trump supporters. "Of McEntee, she said," I wish he had been there in the beginning. “After McEntee was ousted from his previous, far less powerful post in the White House because of an online gambling obsession, he was reinstated after Trump's impeachment. Soon he incapacitated the staff in the human resources office and began an interview process to uncover the infidelity by elaborating their personal views on various matters. For example, an employee at The Environmental Protection Agency was asked for his opinion on the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. "I work at the EPA," said the official, startled.

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Here's an incredible statistic: I mentioned 114,017 AAPI voters cast an early vote in GA this year, 56% more than the 72,698 who cast a total of 16 votes.

But here's the incredible part: 30,571 voted for the first time ever.

Joe Biden carried GA with 14,122 votes.

– Tom Bonier (@tbonier) November 13, 2020

• US beats record high for positive COVID-19 tests: As the coronavirus rages across the country, data from The Johns Hopkins University put the number of positive tests on Friday at a record high of 184,514. The university puts the 7-day moving average for virus-related deaths at 1,047. Another source, Worldometer, has consistently recorded a total of a few thousand deaths, which is more than Johns Hopkins'. On Friday, the daily death toll was 1,397 and the seven-day moving average was 1,107. This is the highest level since August 5th Institute for Health Metrics and Assessment Projects that will have killed at least 439,000 Americans from the virus by March 1, unless strict instructions on how to wear masks are put in place and enforced.

• Biden's climate playbook could Trump: When the Trump regime took office nearly four years ago, it asked the courts to end litigation over the Clean Power Plan created by Obama while it worked to repeal and replace the rule. Since then, Trump has scaled back or weakened more than 125 environmental policies and rules that affect vehicle emissions, air and water pollution, oil and gas development, and public land. Environmentalists objected and sued many of these changes. If Trump is ousted from the White House in January, it would appear that President Joe Biden will go down the same path as he is trying to undo most or all of these rollbacks. It is likely that his administration will ask the courts to freeze lawsuits against Trump on these matters while it works to generate its own replacement policies and rules. Jean Su, attorney for the Center for Biodiversity, told EnergyWire that key strategies will be to quickly reverse Trump's rules and replace them with new ones. Although the federal court system is now full to the brim According to Richard Revesz, director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University, Trump-appointed judges are likely to approve motion to freeze pending litigation against old rules.

• Zuckerberg defends decision not to boot Steve Bannon from Facebook for suggesting decapitating two senior government officials and laying their heads on pike as a warning:: According to Reuters, Mark Zuckerberg told a meeting of all employees on Thursday: "We have specific rules on how often you must break certain guidelines before we completely deactivate your account. While the crimes here have almost exceeded this limit in my opinion, they clearly have not exceeded that limit." Proposing extrajudicial murders of Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray is likely just part of Bannon's overt campaign to convince Trump that he should be on the list of forgiveness if the White House squatter lets go of his wretched henchmen on the hook for any illegality, that they were involved in while serving him. But what “clearly” crosses the line on Facebook? If Bannon Photoshopping brandished himself an ax and posted a doctor's picture of him showing Dr. Fauci falling off his head, would that do the trick?

• New study shows the US generates more plastic waste than any other nation: The researchers calculated that Americans caused up to 1.38 million tons of plastic pollution domestically through illegal dumping and waste. This means the US may have released up to 2.48 million tons of plastic waste into the global environment and 1.6 million tons of it into ecosystems within 30 miles of a coast. This makes the US the planet's third worst contributor to coastal plastic pollution. "All of this indicates that we need to reduce our production of single-use plastics," he said Nick Mallos, senior director of the Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas program and a co-author of the new study. "We just can't throw our things in a trash and assume our job is done."

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