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Neera Tanden has been named to Clinton's transition team.

Neera Tanden has been named to Clinton’s transition team.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Hillary Clinton’s White House transition team is coming into picture, a mixture of former advisers to President Barack Obama, close confidants, long-time colleagues and former elected officials will round out the fold. Named on Tuesday, the group will seek to lay the groundwork for the Democratic presidential nominee to take control of matters quickly if elected.

The multitude of season and experience of the selected is evidence of Clinton’s long experience in Washington as a former First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State.

Traditionally, transition teams aim to help the president-elect make key decisions during the period between the election and inauguration, in this case, from Nov. 8 through Jan. 20. “They are the names you would expect – people who have been advising her for a long time; people who have worked with her for a long time and people who are peers, who she respects,” Matt Bennett of the moderate Democratic group Third Way said of Clinton’s transition team.

The group will be headed by Ken Salazar, a former interior secretary and U.S. senator. He will marshall a group of four co-chairs: former Obama national security adviser Tom Donilon; former Obama aide Neera Tanden, who now leads the progressive think tank the Center for American Progress; former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and Maggie Williams, the director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics.

Heather Boushey will serve as the group’s chief economist — she previously worked as the executive director of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Two policy advisers from Clinton’s campaign — Ed Meier and Ann O’Leary — will also assume full-time roles in the transition team, the campaign said in a statement.

“The job here is to give options, not just say there is one policy course you want to take,” said Democratic strategist Bob Shrum, who advised the presidential campaigns of Al Gore and John Kerry.

Clinton would become the first woman elected to the U.S. presidency if she wins November’s general election, and Shrum said because of that, her team “has got to be the first transition team in history where the majority of its members are women.”

He added that Clinton has largely followed the same theme and template used by Obama during his preparation after the 2008 election.

Tanden, who played an instrumental role in shaping Obama’s healthcare overhaul, is a member of Clinton’s tight-nit group of friends, and has also worked for her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Williams was the 1992 transition director for Clinton when she became first lady, and then her chief of staff in the White House. Clinton and Donilon worked closely when she led the State Department from 2009 through 2013. Granholm, the former governor, is also a former state attorney general and has years of experience in Democratic politics.

The announcement of the transition team comes at the same time Clinton has experienced another jump in the opinion polls, with the current RealClearPolitics average of national polls showing her 6.7 points ahead, at 47.7 percent to Trump’s 41 percent.

Trump’s campaign has struggled to gain momentum after a series of controversial remarks were made by the Republican nominee since formally winning his party’s nomination last month.

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Shrina Kurani announces CA congressional campaign

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SACRAMENTO (Diya TV) — Indian American Democrat Shrina Kurani is running for Congress in California’s 42nd district and is preparing to take on 15-year Republican incumbent Ken Calvert. Kurani is a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur and says she’s running to create more sustainable jobs in her community and to take on the status quo in Washington DC.

More than 30 interfaith organizations in the U.S. are urging the State Department to sanction India and designate it as a country of “particular concern”. Their resolution claims that the Indian government is promoting policies that lead to the persecution of religious minorities, especially Muslims.
Despite growing concern over rising Covid-19 cases in Japan, the 2021 Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony got underway. India is sending its largest ever contingent to the Olympics with120 athletes competing across 85 events.  The country hopes to win medals for shooting, wrestling, boxing, archery and badminton.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Nearly 200,000 ‘Documented Dreamers’ appeal to Congress for help

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — With no clear path to citizenship and facing deportation, younger Indian Americans who have aged out of their parents’ visas are now appealing to lawmakers for help. The Migration Policy Institute says about 190,000 kids and young adults will be in this situation once they turn 21 years old. Some of them have now formed a coalition saying it’s time to address this ongoing issue.

Electronic signature platform DocuSign appointed Indian American Shanthi Iyer as its new Chief Information Officer. Iyer spent more than 20 years at Cisco and will lead Docusign’s efforts to improve employee productivity and the customer experience.

And Indian start-up SimSim has been acquired by Youtube. The company helps small businesses connect with social media influencers and customers. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed but insiders say the company was valued at more than $70 million.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan

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KANDAHAR (Diya TV) — Pulitzer Prize-Winning photographer Danish Siddiqui was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. The 38 year old Indian national was Reuters news agency’s chief photographer in India. Siddiqui was credited for capturing some of the most powerful images during the Covid-19 pandemic.

17-year-old Indian-American Samir Banerjee clinched the junior Wimbledon singles tennis title. Celebrating Samir’s achievement, many Indians took to social media to congratulate the youngster.

Jeff Bezos blasted off into space Tuesday on his Blue Origin rocket ship. It was the company’s first flight with people on board.  Bezos is now the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. The Amazon founder was accompanied by his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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