Biden’s transition team may have to sue to get access that should have been immediately provided

first_imgIn addition to the sharing of information, the official start of the transition is necessary before the mechanisms are open that allow Biden’s team to run background checks and security clearances. Without that step, they won’t be able to arrive in Washington, D.C. with a staff that’s authorized to handle the day to day affairs of government—though the lack of clearances didn’t really delay Trump, and they simply ignored the rules. The lack of background checks also didn’t seem to be a concern since Trump’s team didn’t bother to appoint people who were qualified for their roles.The possibility that Trump might not concede for weeks—or ever—means that Biden’s team is also looking at doing the last thing they want to do: start the transition with a lawsuit.Trump’s response was not completely unexpected. After all … he is Trump. So Biden’s staff had already looked into the necessary steps even before the election. That’s why Biden was able to hit the ground running on a transition office and staff who are currently not dependent on Trump’s cooperation. But the current status can’t continue forever, or even for very long. An effective transition is going to require a full exchange of information and co-location of staff to get everyone up to speed before the really quite short window (71 days remaining) closes. – Advertisement – As The Washington Post reports, it’s not just Murphy who isn’t picking up the phone when the Biden-Harris transition team calls. Officials across multiple agencies have already prepared briefing books and set aside offices especially for an incoming administration. Those offices and documents should be available right now. But they’re not. Instead, the Trump White House has spread the word not to recognize the outcome of the election or to cooperate in sharing information. Everything remains locked up until Murphy puts her signature on the paperwork. And Murphy is not about to move until Trump tells her to. On a press call Monday night, Biden’s transition staff discussed some of the information that isn’t available to them. That includes communications with foreign governments, details on national security operations, and even the no longer public data from hospitals on their status during the pandemic. All of it is critical to planning that Biden’s team needs to do well before the step into the White House. All of it is currently blocked by Trump’s refusal to move forward.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img The economy is in recession. The nation is facing a devastating pandemic. Alliances and treaties with overseas partners are in tatters. For Biden to be effective in dealing with any of it, there has to be an effective transition.So, as ABC News reports, a transition official made it clear Monday night that “legal action is certainly a possibility.” Exactly what that legal action might look like isn’t clear, simply because no one has had to take this step before. No matter how nasty elections might have been, White House residents have recognized that not just the good of the nation, but their legacy and the future of their party leaned heavily on how they responded in defeat. Trump simply does not care. last_img read more

Gareth Southgate insists Jack Grealish can play with Mason Mount for England | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – Gareth Southgate insists Jack Grealish can play with Mason Mount for England, while Grealish praised the Three Lions manager for his “brilliant” work with him.Grealish put in a fine performance at Wembley in only his second England start as Southgate’s side beat Republic of Ireland 3-0, setting up the second goal for Jadon Sancho.- Advertisement – There has been much debate surrounding Grealish’s inclusion in the side, after the Aston Villa captain remained on the bench for England’s last two competitive fixtures, with Southgate preferring Chelsea’s Mount against Belgium and Denmark last month.But Southgate says both can play in the same XI, with Mount playing in a midfield two on Thursday night, and Grealish on the left of a front three.Asked on ITV if they can both play together, Southgate replied: “Yeah of course. There’s a lot of other players in the squad as well, we have great competition for places. I was pleased with the way they moved the ball, Harry Winks did well, Bukayo Saka on the left looked a lot more comfortable than his first game.£- Advertisement – With Grealish and Jadon Sancho routinely swapping flanks during the game, Southgate added: “The two players in those roles, Jadon and Jack, they’ve got the freedom to go either side and create overloads, and at times they did that really well.”Grealish himself added: “I want to play as much as possible; all I have to do is impress the manager as much as I can, since I’ve been here he’s been brilliant with me, speaking to me on and off the pitch, telling me what he wants me to do, and that’s what I’ve tried to do, so finger’s crossed.”Southgate gives ‘important experience’ to youngsters Gareth Southgate speaks to Jude Bellingham before his introductionImage:Gareth Southgate speaks to Jude Bellingham before his introduction By the end of the match, the average age of England’s XI was around 22, and Southgate said in his post-match press conference that the experience was vital as Jude Bellingham and Dean Henderson made their debuts, while Bukayo Saka also impressed on his second cap.- Advertisement – “I think it was an important experience for several of the players, we knew we had experience in the three centre-backs and goalkeeper, and that was important to give stability to the team, because in front of that weren’t as physically strong as we sometimes are.“I thought the to midfield players used the ball quite well, and the combination with the full backs and forward players was exciting.”Asked if England needed to call up more players after Marcus Rashford (shoulder) and Conor Coady (self-isolating) were ruled out of the Nations League clashes with Belgium and Iceland, Southgate said: “I think we’re OK on numbers. We think we’ve got the cover, but let’s hope that is the case.”Player ratings: Grealish and Mount shineSouthgate named a team that included a number of fringe players and many of them will have earned more trust from their manager after this.Here’s our verdict on the England team…What’s next?England are back in UEFA Nations League action away to Belgium on Sunday November 15 at 7.45pm live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event, before hosting Iceland on November 18.last_img read more

Union City blues

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Big guns aim at Euro markets

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Location guide to … Bankside

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Batesville students commended by the National Merit Corporation

first_imgArno BettsCody PerdueBatesville, In. — Batesville High School principal Andy Allen says Cody Perdue and Arno Betts have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Both will receive a special letter from the school and the National Merit Corporation.Cody is the son of Daniel and Tricia Perdue and Arno is the son of Bill and George Ann Betts.The two Batesville students are among 34,000 students nationwide to receive the honor. They are in the top 50,000 scores of students who took the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.last_img

Kuchar in control

first_img On another blustery day at Muirfield Village in Ohio, Kuchar carded his second successive two-under-par round of 70 to move to eight under for the competition as he chases his second title of the year. The 34-year-old, who also finished second at Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial last time out, has daylight between himself and nearest challengers Kevin Chappell and Kyle Stanley, who are both six under following hugely contrasting rounds. Chappell drained five birdies and dropped only one shot as he went round in 68 – the joint best score of the day along with JJ Henry – while Stanley scored 73 with five bogeys, two birdies and an eagle. England’s Justin Rose, who won the Memorial in 2010, is the leading European after following up two rounds of 70 with a 71 to lie in joint fourth spot alongside Australian Matt Jones (70) and overnight pacesetter Bill Haas on five under. Haas, who had seen his three-shot lead cut back to one when Charl Schwartzel completed his rain-affected second round, struggled badly as he picked up five bogeys and just one birdie in a round of 76 – the same as Schwartzel, who is four under overall. Those two were not the only players to find it difficult though, with world number one Woods finding himself in the limelight for unwanted reasons after a nightmare round of 79 – the joint-second highest of his career. Starting on the back nine, Woods carded double-bogeys on the 12th and 15th, a bogey on the 17th and then a treble-bogey seven on the 18th to reach the turn in an incredible eight over par, leaving him nine over for the competition and in last place overall. The 14-time major winner tried to fight back on the inward nine with three birdies in five holes but further dropped shots at the sixth and ninth – his last – left him in the bottom five heading into the final round. Of some consolation to the reigning champion is that he did at least manage to avoid his highest round of his PGA Tour career, which was the 81 he shot at the 2002 British Open. World number two Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, was also well down the leaderboard after a 75 left him six over for the tournament. The Northern Irishman had earlier completed his second round with a four-under-par 69 to survive the cut, which was made at three over. Matt Kuchar will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Memorial Tournament on a testing day of golf which saw defending champion Tiger Woods card the worst nine-hole score of his professional career.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Gautam Gambhir smashes ton in final cricket game in Ranji Trophy clash against Andhra Pradesh

first_imgNew Delhi: Gautam Gambhir scripted the perfect farewell in his last cricket game as he scored a magnificent hundred against Andhra to give Delhi the advantage in the Ranji Trophy encounter at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday. Andhra were boosted by a magnificent knock of 187 by Ricky Bhui but when they were dismissed for 390, all eyes turned on Gambhir. The left-hander was given a magnificent guard of honour by the Andhra players and one of the fans even ran on to the Kotla wicket to touch Gambhir’s feat. He started off aggressively on the second day and by the close, Delhi had built a good platform. Gambhir achieved his milestone at the beginning of day 3 and this will be another magnificent chapter in the life of this cricketer.However, Gambhir fell for a magnificent 112 as he edged Shoaib Mohammad Khan to wicketkeeper KS Bharath. It could be difficult to see Gambhir bat a second time, considering that Delhi need to build a sizeable lead with only one and a half days remaining.On Tuesday, Gambhir announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. “After more than 15 years of cricket for my country, I want to retire from playing this beautiful game. The most difficult decisions are often taken with the heaviest of hearts. And with one heavy heart, I’ve decided to make an announcement that I’ve dreaded all my life,” the left-hander said on Twitter while sharing a video message. Read More | ‘It’s over Gauti’: Gautam Gambhir announces his retirement Recently, the Delhi player brushed aside reports that he had differences with former Indian cricket team skipper MS Dhoni. In a chat with Navbharat Times, Gambhir, who was part of the 2011 World Cup winning squad, regretted that he did get a chance to help India try and defend the title during the 2015 World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand.Read More | Gautam Gambhir announces retirement: Here’s the full textHe helped Delhi to the Ranji Trophy title in 2007/08 despite playing with a bruised palm against Uttar Pradesh. His gutsy effort helped him into the India side and he helped them win the 2007 World T20 title. His 75 against Pakistan was the difference in a narrow five-run win.His epic 11-hour rearguard against New Zealand in Napier 2009, in which he slammed 137, helped India draw the match and win a series in New Zealand for the first time in 41 years. In 2011, more glory came his way as his magnificent 97 helped India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final of the 2011 World Cup to help the country win the tournament for the first time in 28 years.In the Indian Premier League, he changed the fortunes of Kolkata Knight Riders by becoming captain and helping them to two titles in 2012 and 2014. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Iowa State looks to sweep Oklahoma St.

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditIowa State (12-16, 5-10) vs. Oklahoma State (14-14, 4-11)Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, Oklahoma; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Oklahoma State seeks revenge on Iowa State after dropping the first matchup in Ames. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 21, when the Cyclones outshot Oklahoma State from the field 51 percent to 42 percent and hit 14 more foul shots on the way to an 89-82 victory. February 27, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, VETERAN PRESENCE: Senior leadership has been on display for both teams this year. Cameron McGriff, Isaac Likekele, Lindy Waters III and Thomas Dziagwa have combined to account for 59 percent of Oklahoma State’s scoring this season. For Iowa State, Solomon Young, Prentiss Nixon and Michael Jacobson have collectively scored 36 percent of the team’s points this season.TERRIFIC TYRESE: Tyrese Haliburton has connected on 41.9 percent of the 124 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also made 82.2 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Iowa State is 0-7 when scoring fewer than 61 points and 12-9 when scoring at least 61.STREAK STATS: Iowa State has dropped its last nine road games, scoring 66.3 points and allowing 78.9 points during those contests. Oklahoma State has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 76 points while giving up 64.3.DID YOU KNOW: Iowa State is ranked first among Big 12 teams with an average of 70.2 possessions per game.___center_img Associated Press Iowa State looks to sweep Oklahoma St.last_img read more

Nigeria Climbs One Spot in Latest FIFA Women’s Rankings

first_imgNigeria retained the top spot in the standings in Africa after it garnered 1,614 points, while Cameroon kept the second place despite dropping two places to 51st following a shock loss to Zambia earlier in March.A win over Lesotho saw South Africa rise three spots to 53rd and third on the continent, while Ghana are stagnant in the fourth position despite their runners-up spot at the Turkish Women’s Cup.The latest rankings saw no changes to the continent’s top 10 as Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia, Morocco, Mali, Algeria are fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.However, Zambia climbed six places to 100th in the world and 12th in Africa after a maiden Olympic qualification, while Kenya (137th), Tanzania (139th) and Uganda (146th) all dropped four spots.On the world stage, champions USA and Germany retained the top two spots, while France and the Netherlands, Sweden, England, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Korea DPR completed the top 10.Gambia are newest ranked team on the list, becoming the 159th country on the standings and are 113th ranked in the world and 17th best women’s footballing nation in Africa.The next edition of the women’s ranking will be published on June 26.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria moved into 38th position on FIFA’s latest Women’s World Rankings released for the first quarter of 2020 yesterday.The African champions climbed a spot from 39th position in December 2019 amid the country’s inactivity since bowing out of the Olympic Games qualifiers last October.The Super Falcons missed out on a return to the showpiece event for the third time in a row at the expense of West African rivals Cote d’Ivoire on the away goal rule following a 1-1 aggregate score.last_img read more