Who are Joe Biden's presidential Cabinet picks? Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security The Cuban-American headed Citizenship and Immigration Services under Obama. He led the implementation of the DACA program that allowed so-called Dreamers, who were brought to the US illegally as children, to stay in the country. If confirmed, he would become the first immigrant and Hispanic to head the Department of Homeland Security. … [Read more...] about US election: What happens next with Joe Biden’s transition to the White House?
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Forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility are expected to show Britain headed for a drop in GDP of more than 10%. The second wave and return to lockdown will result in a double-dip recession this winter, with rising unemployment expected next year. A budget deficit of about £400bn is anticipated, with the chancellor potentially looking to a hike in capital gains and other taxes, as well as a public sector pay squeeze. The national infrastructure strategy is due to be published, and plans to move civil servants to the north of England confirmed. Other measures are set to include £115m for homelessness; extension of the furlough scheme; and Covid-19 expenses such as test and trace, protective equipment, mass delivery of vaccines and general NHS funding. The chancellor faces pressure to maintain the £20 per week universal credit increase. … [Read more...] about Wednesday briefing: Sunak’s difficult second mini-budget
'I think she's a wonderful, smart person, and she's handled the situation really, really well,' Bloomberg told the Times. 'At the end of the day it's her father, and she's very quick to get a lot of criticism that she doesn't deserve.' … [Read more...] about Javanaka’s escape from DC…. to New Jersey: Couple eye swift exit to cottage on Trump’s Bedminster golf course as they face up to exile from NYC’s social scene