On the subject of the Senate, Wallace asked if the majority leader is Mitch McConnell, won’t that hurt some of the “boldest” parts of Biden’s election promises? Buttigieg first stressed that Georgia’s runoff Senate races are likely to be extremely competitive, and if Democrats don’t win, McConnell’s caucus will have a decision to make. – Advertisement – “Is his purpose in Washington to defy the American people? Who, along with the president and the House of Representatives, will believe in expanding, not taking away health care, ensuring that the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes instead of slashing their taxes, no matter what, raising wages, treating climate change as real?” Basically, Buttigieg posited, does McConnell want to move forward with progress or stop progress?Perhaps the biggest takeaway? Just how very important the Georgia Senate special election really is. The double runoff will be held on Jan. 5, 2021. The Georgia run-off is January 5th. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7. And give $3 right now to rip the Senate majority from Mitch McConnell’s cold dead hands. Here’s that clip.x As my colleague, Hunter, noted, the Trump administration is not expected to make any major moves when it comes to handling the pandemic before Donald Trump leaves office in January. On the other hand, as we count down the days until he takes office, Biden is likely to urge the American people to listen to health and science expert recommendations (what a breath of fresh air, eh?), including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing amid a literal global pandemic. Wallace opens the dialogue by saying that Biden claimed the American people gave him a “‘mandate for action.’” Wallace then referenced the House’s slimmer majority and what he describes as the “likelihood” of a Republican-controlled Senate. Wallace asked Buttigieg, “The question is: What mandate?”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Buttigieg’s answer is nothing short of refreshing. “Well, I think he has a mandate to deliver on the winning campaign agenda that the Biden-Harris ticket offered the country. This not only earned us the support of the majority of Americans who voted for him to be the next president, but also, we should remember that those who supported him, and a remarkable number of President Trump supporters support the agenda that Joe Biden is going to lead our country forward with.In other words, the idea of getting serious on COVID and having a science-led approach, which he’s already underway on. The idea of raising wages and protecting workers. And making sure corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes. Taking climate seriously. Doing something about racial justice. As we look forward, whether we have a divided government or not, I know this. What Joe Biden wants for the country is what most Americans believe is right for this country. And that, I think, is where the real propulsion of his administration will be. Just as it’s been the propulsion of this campaign and led to this win.”- Advertisement –
Press Association Manchester City and Paris St Germain both face heavy sanctions from European football’s governing body after being found to have exceeded financial fair play (FFP) limitations. They are among nine clubs being dealt with by UEFA’s club financial control board for FFP breaches. Barclays Premier League leaders City are contesting UEFA’s settlement offer of sanctions which would entail a £49million (60million euro) fine, a cut in the size of their Champions League A squad next season to 21 and a freeze on that squad’s wage bill. UEFA has stopped short of imposing a suspension on any of the nine teams. However Arsenal manager Wenger said: “You would think that you accept the rules and you’re in the competition or you don’t accept the rules and you’re not in the competition. Then, everybody would understand it.” Wenger has long advocated a need for clubs to live within their own resources, having been powerless to see first Chelsea and then City challenge for top honours bankrolled by the deep pockets of billionaire owners. The Gunners manager feels UEFA should simply get tough. “There are rules. You respect them or you don’t respect them. If you don’t respect them you have to be punished,” Wenger said. “When UEFA doesn’t want to kick the clubs out of the Champions League, they have to find a more subtle punishment. “From all of us on the outside, it looks a complicated punishment, which nobody really understands. “We live in a society where everyone is informed. The rules have to be clear that you can inform people well. “If I go out in the street now and I ask 100 people what you think of the (UEFA financial) fair play punishment, how many do you think can explain it to you? I am in the job and I cannot do it. “They have to clarify the punishment. We all agree that if we don’t respect the rules you have to be punished, but to explain to people how that works is very difficult.” Wenger believes the current set-up shows “there is something wrong”, but accepts unless there is a collective drive for change, it will be very difficult to secure a lasting positive impact. “There are two ways of thinking about the whole process. You can say, ‘we don’t care, we want the billionaires to buy the big players and they can spend what they want’ or you say ‘look, we want to keep things fair’,” Wenger added. “If you say to me ‘tomorrow we give everybody £100million in the 20 Premier League clubs’, I say ‘okay, I will take the gamble’, and then you can say at the start that is a fair competition. “It is a bit like it works in the United States (with the draft system and salary cap in sports), which is the most capitalistic country, they have the more even field of competition. “So it is a basic question you have to answer in England – do we let it go and everyone spends what he wants? “Inflation can be too big and it can put too much pressure on the clubs who have not these resources to overpay their players. “Anyway, since I am in the job, if you put 100 per cent more money in, where does the 100 per cent more money go? To the wages, not 99 per cent, but 100 per cent. That means the only effect it has is that the wages go up.” Arsene Wenger has urged UEFA to get tough by excluding clubs that breach its spending rules from European competition.