First ‘second gentleman’ will teach at Georgetown Law next spring

“I’ve long wanted to teach and serve the next generation of young lawyers,” Doug Emhoff said in a statement. | AP Photo/Paul Vernon Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, will be teaching at the Georgetown University’s law school in Washington, D.C., next semester, according to a press release from the university. He’ll … Leer más

Biden to tap Denis McDonough for Veterans Affairs

Denis McDonough, center, gestures toward incoming White House press secretary Josh Earnest, left, while appearing at a press briefing in June 2014. | Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo President-elect Joe Biden will nominate longtime Obama aide Denis McDonough for secretary of Veterans Affairs, according to two people with knowledge of the decision. McDonough served as former President … Leer más

Black Lives Matter power grab sets off internal revolt

“We didn’t have an opportunity to agree to discuss. Nothing,” said Yahné Ndgo, a lead organizer with Black Lives Matter Philadelphia. “So then we ask questions, and we are told no answers.” Cullors declined comment. But representatives with the Black Lives Matter Global Network disputed the #BLM10’s complaints in an emailed statement, arguing most of … Leer más

California exits give Newsom rare chance to pick 3 high-profile leaders

The additional vacancy could help Newsom ease tensions with Black and Latina women’s groups who have said the governor should not appoint Padilla to the Senate job and instead name a woman of color to replace Harris, a Black and South Asian woman. In addition to elevating allies or empowering flag bearers for underrepresented groups, … Leer más

Biden goes to bat for Defense secretary nominee Austin

President Donald Trump needed to secure a similar waiver for his first Defense secretary, Jim Mattis, though several lawmakers did so reluctantly and said they were unlikely to do so again anytime soon. Biden and his transition team have leaned on a number of former military officers to serve in high-ranking positions, echoing a theme … Leer más

Former Virginia Gov. McAuliffe launches comeback

McAuliffe launched his campaign outside of an elementary school named after Richmond’s first African American school board chair and was flanked exclusively by Black supporters, including a former member of his cabinet — Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney — and Louise Lucas, the first Black woman to serve as president pro tempore of the Virginia Senate. … Leer más

Civil rights groups lay out priorities for Biden’s Justice Department

Civil rights leaders said the wide-ranging discussion was set for an hour but lasted about an hour and 45 minutes, with topics including the racial wealth gap, the diversity of Biden’s Cabinet and sub-Cabinet appointments, avoiding double standards with Black appointees, restoring the Justice Department and other agencies, police and criminal justice reform, voting rights, … Leer más