20 Nov

Biden names Ron Klain, a decades-long confidant, as his chief of staff.

first_img“His deep, varied experience and capacity to work with people all across the political spectrum is precisely what I need in a White House chief of staff as we confront this moment of crisis and bring our country together again,” Mr. Biden said.- Advertisement – WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. named Ron Klain, a veteran Democratic operative and a decades-long confidant, to be his White House chief of staff on Wednesday, the first step toward putting in place his administration’s senior leadership.Mr. Klain, a lawyer with deep experience on Capitol Hill, advising President Barack Obama and in corporate board rooms, served as Mr. Biden’s chief of staff when he was vice president and has been seen for months as the most likely choice to manage his team in the White House. Known for steady nerves, he also has a fierce wit, which he has frequently unleashed on President Trump on Twitter.- Advertisement – Advisers have said that Mr. Biden will announce other top White House staff members in the coming days, even as Mr. Trump refuses to accept the results of the election, tweeting “WE WILL WIN!” on Wednesday evening. – Advertisement – He was particularly critical of Mr. Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, having served as the “Ebola czar” under Mr. Obama during an outbreak of the deadly disease in 2014. A video of Mr. Klain lecturing Mr. Trump about the pandemic was widely viewed during the campaign.In a statement, Mr. Biden called Mr. Klain an “invaluable” adviser, noting in particular the work they did together during the economic crisis in 2009 and the Ebola outbreak. Mr. Klain has gone in and out of government over the past several decades, at times practicing as a lawyer and later working with Steve Case, the founder of AOL, in a venture capital investment firm called Revolution.Mr. Klain thanked his well-wishers in a tweet on Wednesday night, saying that he was “honored by the President-elect’s confidence” and that he would “give my all to lead a talented and diverse team in a Biden-Harris” White House.The choice of Mr. Klain, 59, who first went to work for Mr. Biden in the late 1980s when Mr. Biden was a senator from Delaware and Mr. Klain was a recent graduate of Harvard Law School, signals that the president-elect intends to rely on a tight circle of Washington insiders who have been by his side for years.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden is not likely to reveal his cabinet picks until around Thanksgiving, several people close to the transition said.last_img read more

6 Oct

An Aussie expat was the successful buyer of this Chelmer home which drew international attention

first_img94 Laurel Avenue, Chelmer. Supplied: Diakrit“The home had generated a lot of interest due to its aspirational position on what’s broadly accepted as Brisbane’s best street,’’ Mr Robson said.“Currently living in France, the buyer is Australian and moving back to Brisbane with his French wife and young child after an extended time working internationally.’’ 94 Laurel Ave, ChelmerIt sold under the hammer for $2,675,000. The 1916 Queenslander was owned by a couple who were running their medical practice in Emerald so were unable to be on site on the day.The buyer was also absent. Being based overseas his brother attended and relayed the auction on the telephone.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by 94 Laurel Ave, ChelmerAN Aussie expat on the phone from France was the successful bidder for a classic Queenslander in Chelmer which sold under the hammer for $2.675 million.More than 100 people turned out to watch the auction of 94 Laurel Ave, known as Wyndamere in front of a crowd of more than 100 people. 94 Laurel Ave, Chelmer“He’s excited to come home and be with his extended family once more.’’The home retained many of its traditional features including VJ walls, high ceilings, timber floors and original windows.It had five bedrooms, a central kitchen and large decks. 94 Laurel Ave, ChelmerThe home was marketed by Brad Robson and Peter May of Place Graceville.Mr Robson said there had been strong interest from overseas based buyers in the house.There were 72 groups through during the campaign, five were international buyers, seven were from interstate and the remaining were from all over Brisbane.last_img read more