Thanksgiving weekend is upon us. Against Dr. Fauci’s and others’ warnings, many of you are traveling. And traveling or not, we urge you to wear masks, be socially distanced and take continuing precautions … NO … not even a hug for Grandma. My Rural America is taking a few days off from sharing the news, but first …

We share President-Elect Joe Biden’s Thanksgiving address here.

And see below for eight mayor’s thoughts about the need for a Marshall Plan for Middle America. At My Rural America, we applaud the ideas presented; we also believe there is need for an expanded “Marshall Plan” that reached out all across Rural America — the “bread basket” Heartland of the Midwest, and also reaching into the Western and Southern Plains states where jobs are few, broadband is missing, and it is time to help all of it move forward. President-Elect Biden’s plans for infrastructure investments as well as the following concepts will fit well in what needs to be done.

MSNBC, Evelyn Cheng, 11/24/2020

“On Monday, Biden announced he intends to nominate Antony Blinken as Secretary of State. If confirmed, the appointment puts Blinken at the front lines of Biden’s China policy.

“‘One of the things that this picking signifies is that Biden will almost certainly make good his promise to re-engage U.S. allies,’ Isaac Stone Fish, a senior fellow at the Asia Society, said in a phone interview. ‘Trump has already seriously wounded China-U.S. relations. Although the Biden … and his team are very familiar with China, they cannot avoid these problems,’ said Shen Yamei, deputy director and associate research fellow at state-backed think tank China Institute of International Studies’ department for American studies….”

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/24/bidens-blinken-pick-implies-changes-for-us-foreign-policy-on-china.html

The New York Times, Michael Crowley, Jeanna Smialek, 11/24/2020

“WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. plans to name Janet L. Yellen as Treasury secretary, a nomination that would put a woman in charge of the Treasury for the first time in its 231-year history.

“The expected appointment came as Mr. Biden moved to fill other top cabinet roles, selecting Alejandro Mayorkas as the first Latino to lead the Department of Homeland Security and Avril Haines as the first woman to be the director of national intelligence….”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/23/us/politics/biden-nominees.html

As we approach Thanksgiving, for those of us who have survived the coronavirus pandemic, let us be grateful… grateful enough that we move forward — still with masks on, shunning large events, indoor sites, and making sure that everyone understands masks are required. Even people who have had COVID-19 once, can get it again, so yes, they must also wear a mask, and if DEAR READER, you were one of those people who pretend to be tough and talk about “freedom”, remember that if as there wasn’t enough proof already, please refer back to stories about Sturgis and Mount Rushmore’s recent events.

We have elected a new President. His name is Joe Biden. (Obviously.) At My Rural America, we believe it is time to turn the page. To help you transition, we begin by sharing the futility of Donald Trump’s lies about his winning. This is America; we count every vote!

Tomorrow, we will turn the page by featuring a very much needed “Marshall Plan for Rural America” and the beginning of a series of introducing you to our new President-Elect Joe Biden’s appointed leadership team.

Washington Post, Nick Miroff, Maria Sachetti, 11/23/2020

“…The son of Cuban Jews who fled Fidel Castro’s 1959 Revolution, Mayorkas would be the first immigrant and first Hispanic American to lead DHS if the GOP-controlled Senate confirms him. Mayorkas’s first public statement after the announcement was an indication that immigration, for him, is deeply personal.

“‘When I was very young, the United States provided my family and me a place of refuge,’ Mayorkas wrote in a tweet. ‘Now, I have been nominated to be the DHS Secretary and oversee the protection of all Americans and those who flee persecution in search of a better life for themselves and their loved ones….'”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/biden-dhs-alejandro-mayorkas/2020/11/23/9579a510-2dad-11eb-9c71-ccf2c0b8d571_story.html

Newsweek, Jeffrey Martin, 11/23/2020

“General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily Murphy informed President-elect Joe Biden on Monday that she has ascertained that Biden’s teams may begin the formal transition for his incoming administration….

“While Trump said he would continue with his legal challenges to Biden’s victory, he tweeted Monday that he would comply with the GSA’s recommendations….”

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gsa-tells-biden-transition-can-formally-begin-as-trump-vows-to-continue-election-lawsuits/ar-BB1bi6IH

AP, David Eggert, Zeke Miller, Colleen Long, 11/23/2020

“LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan election officials on Monday certified President-elect Joe Biden’s 154,000-vote victory in the state, another defeat for President Donald Trump in his futile effort to undermine the results of the Nov. 3 election through baseless legal challenges and unsupported claims of fraud.

“Trump’s effort to stave off the inevitable — formal recognition of his defeat — is facing increasingly stiff resistance from the courts and fellow Republicans with just three weeks to go until the Electoral College meets to certify Biden’s victory….”

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/michigan-consider-certifying-joe-biden-4ee6fbfd69f9a2a4daf9be449c6fe31d

Newsweek, Daniel Villarreal, 11/23/2020

“…I have dedicated much of my adult life to public service, and I have always strived to do what is right. Please know that I came to my decision independently, based on the law and available facts. I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official—including those who work at the White House or GSA—with regard to the substance or timing of my decision. To be clear, I did not receive any direction to delay my determination….”

Read more: https://www.newsweek.com/read-gsa-administrator-emily-murphys-full-letter-telling-biden-formal-transition-can-begin-1549687

From the Editor: Outgoing President Trump did not make a statement about Murphy’s decision until after she made her announcement

The Washington Post, Opinion by William Peduto, Jamael Tito Brown, Nan Whaley, Andrew Ginther, John Cranley, Steve Williams, Ron Dulaney Jr. and Greg Fischer, 11/22/2020

“Every four years, voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky are told how important they are to American industry, but once the election is over, nothing happens. The United States now has a president-elect who comes from our region originally and is more likely to understand what we need to revive it. We, the mayors of eight cities, are banding together to demand real investment in our shared region, which has fueled the U.S. economy for generations yet never gets the attention it deserves….”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/11/22/marshall-plan-middle-america-eight-mayors/

Atlanta Journal Constitution, Greg Bluestein, 11/20/2020

“[Governor Kemp said]… ‘at the end of the day, I’ve got to follow the laws of the constitution of the state, and that is what I am doing.'”

Read more: https://www.ajc.com/politics/politics-blog/ajc-interview-why-kemp-formalized-georgias-election-despite-trumps-pushback/YUBNYHA2CRA65I7JVEF4GWATJU/