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Far-Left Groups Attempt to Control Biden Transition Team and Cabinet

Although the election is still over 90 days away, radical left-wing groups are already trying to dictate the composition of Joe Biden’s transition team and possible Cabinet members, according to Politico.

Such demands were revealed by a letter that was signed by nearly 50 left-wing groups, including the Antifa-style group Indivisible, the Working Families Party, Demand Progress, and the Revolving Door Project, which demanded that Biden refuse to hire “any individual to a senior policy role in an agency or department with authority over any industry in which that individual held a senior position or served in an advisory capacity within the last five years.”

The demands illustrate an ongoing divide between Biden, who has attempted to market himself as a “moderate,” and the Democratic Party’s far-left base. After Biden defeated Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for the nomination, he has attempted to court Sanders’ voters with a “unity platform” that incorporated some of Sanders’ more radical ideas.

The letter says that “too often, the teams crafting incoming administrations have been stacked with figures who work for corporate interests…unsurprisingly, the resultant administrations overwhelmingly reflect this inherent conflict of interest.” Similar efforts were made by many of the same far-left groups in 2016, when they attempted to influence the hiring of what they expected to be the administration of Hillary Clinton.

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Notre Dame Withdraws from Hosting first Trump-Biden Debate

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced that the University of Notre Dame has withdrawn from hosting the first presidential debate on September 29, 2020.

The first of the three scheduled showdowns this fall between President Trump and former Vice President Biden is being moved from Indiana to Ohio, Fox News reported.

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CDP) stated that the Sept. 29 debate will now be held co-hosted by Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic and held at the Health Education Campus (HEC) in Cleveland.

 

Notre Dame, which is located in South Bend, Indiana, withdrew due to health concerns after conferring with public health officials. University President Rev. John Jenkins made the announcement Monday, saying that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic would have required numerous changes to the program that would have impacted the “educational value” of hosting the debate.

Case Western Reserve University was the site of the 2004 vice presidential debate between Vice President Dick Cheney and Democrat John Edwards.

The commission announced last month that the second debate scheduled for October 15, will now take place in Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The debate was moved from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor after the school’s president said the event was “not feasible.”

The final Biden-Trump encounter is still scheduled to be hosted by Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 22. The vice presidential debate is scheduled for Oct. 7 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.

According to Fox News, “Biden’s campaign last month reiterated that it’s agreed to participate in the three planned presidential debates – and criticized the Trump reelection campaign’s recent push for more debates as an “effort to change the subject” and “create a distracting ‘debate about debates.’”

Present Trump’s political team had called for more debates, an earlier start than scheduled, and having a say in the choice of moderators.