Firm Co-Founded by Biden Cabinet Nominees Scrubs China Work from Website

A Washington, D.C. consulting firm co-founded by two of Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees scrubbed references to its work in China from its website shortly after Biden won the Democratic nomination over the summer.



Avril Haines wearing a blue shirt: President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines speaks at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Del., November 24, 2020.


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President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines speaks at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Del., November 24, 2020.

WestExec Advisors lists among its co-founders Anthony Blinken, Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, and Michèle Flournoy a former Pentagon official who is Biden’s nominee for secretary of defense. At least two more upcoming Biden administration executives have also worked for WestExec, incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Avril Haines, a former WestExec principal and Biden’s nominee for director of national intelligence.

The firm, whose team consists of dozens of former high-level government officials, boasts of “bringing the Situation Room to the Board Room” and helping American institutions

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Facebook urges Biden to restore global internet

Joe Biden should tackle the splintering of the global internet as one of his top tech priorities when he becomes president, Facebook’s head of global affairs has told Web Summit.

The Chinese internet operated on “a completely different set of values” to Silicon Valley’s “seamless and open” approach, Nick Clegg said.

He also berated the European Union for its “zealous focus” on regulation.

But he did not address the spread of misinformation on the platform.

“The global internet doesn’t exist,” Mr Clegg said in a conversation with John Micklethwait, Bloomberg’s editor-in-chief, at the Web Summit conference, which this year is online-only.



a close up of a flag: The US and China have clashed repeatedly in recent months, over trade, coronavirus and Hong Kong


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The US and China have clashed repeatedly in recent months, over trade, coronavirus and Hong Kong

“There are two paradigms struggling for supremacy,” he said – with Turkey, Vietnam, Russia and Pakistan all attempting to emulate China’s “censored” version.

This fight for the future of the

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Biden And Harris Launch Inaugural Committee, New Website

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President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris announced the formation of an inaugural committee and a new website on Monday, the beginning of a planning process for a celebration that is likely to look very different from years past.

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Tony Allen, a former Biden speechwriter and Delaware State University president, will serve as chief executive officer of the inaugural committee, while Maju Varghese, a Biden campaign senior adviser and chief

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Opinion | What Biden needs to do to regulate the Internet both at home and worldwide

There is ample room for regulating the online realm domestically, though doing so may first require cooperating with a divided Congress. Reinstalling some form of the net neutrality regulations rolled back by the current Federal Communications Commission promises to prove controversial; expanding broadband access to low-income and rural households, on the other hand, should appeal to legislators mid-pandemic regardless of party. Just as high on the agenda ought to be forging a federal privacy framework at long last: A stalled-out effort in both legislative chambers could benefit from a jolt of jump-starting executive leadership. And then there’s the matter of reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which shields websites from lawsuits for hosting illegal content.

These last two issues are obviously significant to American companies and civilians alike: What information can social media sites hoover up to serve targeted advertisements, and what should be off-limits? What forms of

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On Trump, Biden, and McCain: some observations on civility

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 The late Sen. John McCain would have been proud of his friend President-elect Joe Biden. The two went back decades – back, even, to before Mr. McCain’s election to Congress. In the late 1970s, when the Arizona Republican was the Navy’s Senate liaison, he used to carry the young Senator Biden’s bags on overseas trips.
 
 “That was almost 40 years ago, and by God, I still resent it,” Senator McCain joked at a 2016 event celebrating their enduring bipartisan friendship.
 
 They were the recipients of an award for “civility in public life,” a poignant event. But has civility, I wondered, become so rare that notable practitioners merit a prize? Both men were appearing in person, so I decided to go. Here’s the story.
 
 Now, civility seems to be in even shorter supply. The presidential election of 2020 was the ugliest in memory, and it’s still winding down. On

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Biden Team Hides Secret Job Advert in Source Code of Presidential Transition Website

President-elect Joe Biden’s team has hidden a job advert in the source code of its buildbackbetter.gov transition website, as it begins the process of attempting to staff its new administration.



Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: President-elect Joe Biden at the Queen Theatre on November 24, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.


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President-elect Joe Biden at the Queen Theatre on November 24, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.

The secret advert was spotted by “The Jester,” an anonymous “hacktivist” who was listed by Time magazine as one of the most influential people on the internet in 2015.

“NICE!!! In the rendered source code of president-elect @joebiden’s https://buildbackbetter.gov website,” the Jester wrote in a Twitter post highlighting the section of code that contains the advert.

“This harkens back to the likes of the UK’s MI5 and MI6 who I believe used to recruit the type of people they were looking for by publishing obscure crossword and puzzle competitions in newspapers,” the hacktivist said.

Tech journalist Neal Ungerleider suggested in a

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Computer repairman at center of Hunter Biden laptop scandal closes shop

The computer repair store at the center of a scandal involving a laptop allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden that contained “smoking-gun” emails about the Biden family’s foreign dealings has closed.



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A neighbor said the owner skipped town, according to the Delaware News Journal. The outlet also reported that 10 days after the election, a sign appeared on the store’s door to say the shop had closed.

Weeks ahead of the 2020 presidential election, the New York Post published a series of stories based on emails and other data recovered from a laptop and hard drive that allegedly belonged to Hunter Biden that critics say raise concerns about foreign business dealings that present possible corruption and national security issues for him and his father, now President-Elect Joe Biden.

The “smoking-gun email” report claimed that the elder Biden met with an executive at the Ukrainian

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Computer repairman in Hunter Biden laptop saga closes up shop

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Joe Biden said “not one single, solitary thing was out of line” with his and his son Hunter Biden’s dealings with Ukraine.

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Weeks before the Nov. 3 presidential election, the world’s political intrigue turned to a Wilmington computer repair shop after the New York Post revealed that its owner gave a copy of a laptop hard drive he believed belonged to Hunter Biden to a lawyer representing Rudy Giuliani.

Ten days after the election, a sign on the repair shop’s door said it had closed. A neighbor said the owner had left town.

A slew of new information has surfaced in the weeks since, including details about the laptop’s journey from the repair shop to Giuliani’s office.

Yet with fears of fake news flooding the nation’s consciousness and Giuliani’s resistance to share the source material, it remains unclear whether the emails purportedly found on the hard drive

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Computer repairman vanishes and Hunter Biden laptop saga gets stranger

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Joe Biden said “not one single, solitary thing was out of line” with his and his son Hunter Biden’s dealings with Ukraine.

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Weeks before the Nov. 3 presidential election, the world’s political intrigue turned to a Wilmington computer repair shop after the New York Post revealed that its owner gave a copy of a laptop hard drive he believed belonged to Hunter Biden to a lawyer representing Rudy Giuliani.

Ten days after the election, a sign on the repair shop’s door said it had closed. A neighbor said the owner had left town.

A slew of new information has surfaced in the weeks since, including details about the laptop’s journey from the repair shop to Giuliani’s office.

Yet with fears of fake news flooding the nation’s consciousness and Giuliani’s resistance to share the source material, it remains unclear whether the emails purportedly found on the hard drive

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Trump Campaign Lawyer Marc Scaringi’s Website Admits Biden Won the Election

A website for the law practice of an attorney representing the Trump campaign in its battle to somehow reverse the president’s defeat in Pennsylvania admits that “Joe Biden has successfully claimed the role of the 46th president of the United States.”

The website for Scaringi Law, a Harrisburg practice Trump campaign attorney Marc Scaringi co-founded with his wife, refers to Biden as the president-elect in an un-authored post about how the Democrat’s “plan could affect your taxes.” The Republican lawyer, a Trump delegate to the 2016 RNC, took over the campaign’s ballot case in the Keystone State after three other attorneys—Linda Kerns, John Scott, and Douglas Bryan Hughes—withdrew from it Monday evening. “The race to the date of certification in several of these key states, including Pennsylvania, is on, and it’s up to the Trump lawyers to get some good results in these lawsuits to try to flip the vote

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