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China rescues first person from Shandong gold mine -state mediaStart: 24 Jan 2021 04:40 GMTEnd: 24 Jan 2021 04:40 GMTQIXIA, CHINA – A miner was rescued from a gold mine in northern China on Sunday morning, state media said, after 14 days trapped below ground following an explosion.Restrictions:BROADCAST:DIGITAL:Source: CCTVAspect Ratio: 16:9Location: ChinaTopic: Politics / International AffairsAudio: NATURAL / MANDARINEditorial Support: +44 20 7542 2244Email: tvnews@thomsonreuters.com

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Turista zemřel při nehodě autobusu, který mířil do Grand Canyonu

V americkém státě Arizona havaroval turistický autobus, který mířil k národnímu parku Grand Canyon. Jeden člověk při nehodě zemřel, dva jsou v kritickém stavu, oznámila agentura AP s odvoláním na místní úřady. Příčina nehody zatím není známa.

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Trump starts taking his second impeachment seriously

Donald Trump appears to be finally getting serious about his upcoming impeachment trial.

The former president has hired Butch Bowers, a longtime Republican attorney with experience in election law, to represent him when the Senate considers an article of impeachment, likely in a matter of days or weeks.

The hiring comes after Trump opted against building out a war room or communications infrastructure to push back against impeachment when it was considered by the House. The former president had also initially struggled to find someone to lead his impeachment defense, as attorneys who previously represented him declined to sign on for a second trial and suggested his political opponents had a stronger case this time.

“This is political theater and I am neither a politician or an actor. I don’t see a role for me as a lawyer,” said Alan Dershowitz, the Trump-allied attorney who joined Trump’s impeachment defense team last January.

Unlike Dershowitz, who’s faced scrutiny from bipartisan lawmakers over his ties to the late convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, Trump’s new defense attorney received praise on Thursday from some of his former Republican clients. The South Carolina-based attorney previously represented former Govs. Nikki Haley and Mark Sanford, and serves as a judge advocate general officer for the South Carolina National Guard.

“Butch is a good friend and a fine lawyer. President Trump is fortunate to have him on his team,” Haley said through a spokesperson.

Sanford, who was represented by Bowers during his own battle with impeachment after he fled to Argentina with a mistress during his term as South Carolina governor, described Bowers as “ethical and competent.”

“Butch is a first-class human being. In the fifteen years … where I’ve worked with Butch in different capacities, it was just sort of run of the mill. He was perfunctory and professional,” Sanford said, adding that he does not believe Bowers will use his position on Trump’s defense team to amplify the ex-president’s baseless voter fraud allegations.

The news of Bowers hire was first reported by Punchbowl News.

Some Trump allies believe the president plans to use his trial to further his baseless claims that the election was stolen from him, according to two former aides familiar with his strategy. One of the aides cautioned that no defense strategy had been definitively agreed upon, though.

Bowers’ history suggests that the ex-president is keen on focusing on how votes were cast and counted during the 2020 cycle. Bowers served under President George W. Bush as special counsel for voting matters in the Justice Department, and worked as counsel in Florida for John McCain’s 2008 presidential run.

“All I can say is based on the Butch Bowers I know and respect, I would hope that he wouldn’t be sucked in as a tool in advancing the president’s conspiracy theories,” Sanford said.

Trump’s push to bolster his defense team comes one week after House Democrats impeached him for a second time on charges of inciting an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Hundreds of pro-Trump demonstrators stormed the building — injuring law enforcement officials and forcing the evacuation of members of Congress — after rallying with the ex-president outside the White House.

During that rally, Trump encouraged protesters “to walk down to the Capitol” — a phrase likely to become a focal point of his impeachment trial. Less than two hours after Trump made the remark, hundreds of his supporters burst through a security perimeter outside the building and eventually made their way inside.

Trump’s decision to hire Bowers was announced by his ally Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) during a Senate GOP meeting on Thursday. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has asked for Trump to receive two weeks to prepare his legal case for trial. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said they had received a proposal from McConnell “that only deals with pre-trial motions” and that they would “review it and discuss it with him.”

Graham, who said he has known Bowers for “a long time,” said Trump is still putting together his legal team. “Butch Bowers I think will be the sort of the anchor tenant,” Graham said.

Trump, Graham told reporters, believes a post-presidential impeachment is “unconstitutional and damages his presidency.” Legal scholars disagree with that assessment arguing that one form of punishment that Trump could receive—a prohibition from running for future office—makes clear that the founders envisioned impeachment as a tool that could be applied to current and former presidents.

Bowers could not be reached for comment.

Daniel Lippman contributed reporting.

Goed nieuws voor Club en Cercle Brugge: Raad van State geeft gunstig advies in stadiondossier

Goed nieuws voor Club Brugge. De Raad van State heeft een gunstig advies gegeven in het Brugse stadiondossier. Dat bevestigt minister Vlaams minister van Omgeving Zuhal Demir (N-VA) vrijdag.Vincent Van Genechten, Koen VerdruyeBron: BELGAVandaag om 18:24FacebookTwitterWhatsappMailFill

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Empire State Realty Trust Signs New Leases for a Total of 49,999 Square Feet at One Grand Central Place

NEW YORK, Jan. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) announced today it has signed two new leases at One Grand Central Place.Belkin Burden Goldman, LLP, a real estate-focused law firm, signed a new lease for 30,598 square feet at One Grand Central Place. Jeffrey Peck, Daniel Horowitz, and Jacob Stern from Savills represented Belkin Burden Goldman, LLP in the lease negotiations. Dime Community Bank, a local New York City-based bank that has been in business for more than 150 years, signed a new lease for 19,401 square feet. Previously Dime Community Bank occupied a 3,643 square foot space at the property. Charlie Terrasi from Laterra Real Estate represented Dime Community Bank in the lease negotiations.”There is no better way to start the year at OGCP than with a great, new lease and the significant growth of an existing tenant,” said Thomas P. Durels, executive vice president, real estate for ESRT.  “One Grand Central Place’s location directly across from Grand Central Terminal is unmatched. The property was recently recognized as a Fitwel Champion. In addition, ESRT’s portfolio is the first in the United States to be certified under the WELL Health-Safety Rating, and we achieved a 5 Star Rating from GRESB in our first year of submission. With these certifications and ESRT’s leadership in Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), One Grand Central Place is a top choice for any tenant that seeks the ability to return to the office with confidence and the convenience of a coveted Grand Central address.” Landlord representation was provided by Ryan Kass of ESRT, along with William G. Cohen, Scott J. Klau, Erik S. Harris, and Neil L. Rubin of Newmark Knight Frank.About Empire State Realty Trust Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the “World’s Most Famous Building.” The company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of Sept. 30, 2020, which consists of 9.4 million rentable square feet across 14 office properties, including nine in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and two in Westchester County, New York; as well as approximately 700,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio.  Empire State Realty Trust is a leader in energy efficiency in the built environment and sustainability, with 76 percent of the eligible portfolio ENERGY STAR certified. As the first commercial real estate portfolio in the U.S. to achieve the evidence-based, third-party verified WELL Health-Safety Rating for health and safety, ESRT additionally earned the highest possible GRESB 5 Star Rating and Green Star recognition for sustainability performance in real estate and was named a Fitwel Champion for healthy, high-performance buildings. To learn more about Empire State Realty Trust, visit empirestaterealtytrust.com and follow ESRT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.  Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Federal securities laws. You can identify these statements by our use of words such as “assumes,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects” or the negative of these words or similar words or expressions that do not relate to historical matters. You should exercise caution in interpreting and relying on forward-looking statements, because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond ESRT’s control and could materially affect actual results, performance or achievements. Such factors and risks include, without limitation, the current public health crisis and economic disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, a failure of conditions or performance regarding any event or transaction described above, regulatory changes, and other risks and uncertainties described from time to time in ESRT’s and ESROP’s filings with the SEC, including those set forth in each of ESRT’s and ESROP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, under the heading “Risk Factors”. Except as may be required by law, ESRT and ESROP do not undertake a duty to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.   View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/empire-state-realty-trust-signs-new-leases-for-a-total-of-49-999-square-feet-at-one-grand-central-place-301212787.htmlSOURCE Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.

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Sexton drops 42 as Cavs spoil debut of Nets’ Big 3

              Phoenix 109, Houston 103 Atlanta 123, Detroit 115 (OT) Miami 111, Toronto 102 Golden State 121, San Antonio 99 LA Clippers 115, Sacramento 96 Orlando 97m Minnesota 96 Cleveland 147, Brooklyn 135 (2OT) Dallas 124, Indiana 112 Philadelphia 117, Boston 109       LOS ANGELES (AFP) – […]

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Official speeches and statements – January 20, 2021

1. European affairs – COVID-19/vaccines/border controls/tests – Interview given by Mr. Clément Beaune, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, to France Info (excerpts) (Paris – January 17, 2021)
Let’s listen to the Prime Minister: “From Monday all those wishing to travel to France from any country outside the European Union will have to get a test before departure. Moreover, those concerned will have to make a pledge to self-isolate for seven days once they arrive in France, then get a second PCR test at the end of it.” That’s what the Prime Minister said. Should vaccine passports be required?
THE MINISTER – Well, first of all I don’t want things to get mixed up; the vaccine passport is something very different…
Yes, we’re going to come to border controls. But first, aren’t vaccine passports possibly the simplest thing, at the end of the day?
Let me say that we’re very reluctant about the idea. What exactly are we talking about? If it’s a passport, a document which authorizes you – in this particular case, for example – to travel to Europe, I think it’s a very premature debate. Why? Firstly, we know the vaccine is scientifically safe and it has beneficial effects, but we don’t yet know its full impact on virus transmission. So we’ve still got to get that point completely clarified. Secondly, we’re in a phase – throughout Europe, not just in France – of stepping up the vaccination campaign. At the moment, as you know, a few hundred thousand people in each country – Germany, Italy, France – have been vaccinated; they tend to be the oldest, the most vulnerable. Until you’ve entered a phase of vaccination for the general public when everyone has access – which will more likely be in the spring -, I think that telling people “you’re restricted to doing this”, when there still isn’t widespread access to the vaccine, doesn’t work, to be very clear. So it’s a debate certain European countries have started – particularly Greece, specifically – because they’re thinking of the tourist season, which you can understand. There are no good grounds today for such a discussion, and I think it would be shocking, while this vaccination campaign in Europe is still getting under way everywhere, to say that some have greater rights with a passport than others – that isn’t the way we think about protection and access to the vaccine.
OK, we understand, you’re clear on the issue. Nevertheless, in an IFOP poll in
Le Parisien
this morning, French people are very much in favor of it. And you mention Greece; Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission President, very favorably welcomed Greece’s request. Does this mean that in your view, during the next European Council, there isn’t even anything to be discussed about vaccine passports? The European Council is next week.
Next week there’s a European Council of heads of State and government, in which President Macron will be participating. I’ll be preparing for that meeting from tomorrow morning with the European affairs ministers. It’s an idea – we’ll be clear about this – on which France doesn’t think a debate should be started now. Once again – let me stress this, because the language is important – I think we’re mixing up concepts. The poll I saw is interesting, because I think it shows what? It shows impatience; people are saying, “I want to go back to doing things, I want to be able to go to a restaurant, find a social activity.” Here, we were talking about travel to Europe with Ms. von der Leyen’s proposal. Those two things are a bit different, but I think it means that this vaccination campaign has to be carried out, speeded up. When there’s widespread access to the vaccine, it will be a different matter.
Let’s talk about border controls – this affects everyone -, let’s at any rate at least look at these controls in a very practical way. For those arriving [in France] from outside the European Union, the Prime Minister announced a test, carried out 72 hours beforehand, negative of course, self-isolation, or more precisely a sworn statement that they’ll self-isolate for seven days once they’ve arrived in the country, and another test. First point: the Prime Minister didn’t specifically say, but are we talking about a PCR test, particularly when you’re in the country [of departure], before entering France, or does an antigen test work as well?
The Prime Minister specifically said in his press conference that it’s a PCR test.
No, he didn’t. For the second test, yes, he specifically said PCR test, but for the first test he didn’t say.
Well I’m pretty sure he did; the first test is a PCR test which has to be negative, carried out on departure, before travelling, and before potentially arriving on French soil. And there is indeed this additional measure, a seven-day quarantine, which we’re asking everyone to comply with.
Still, aren’t we lagging behind a bit with these border controls, compared to our neighbors?
No, let me be very clear: the borders, outside the Schengen Area, outside Europe, are closed on principle. It’s an initiative France took on 17 March last year. They haven’t reopened. There were a few countries over the summer on a so-called green list, i.e. they had a favourable epidemic situation and we granted exceptions. But the principle which has applied since March, and is still being applied – I’m keen to say this because there’s no laxity – is that borders are closed, except to Europe. There are a few exceptions for our nationals, and now we’re clarifying this and applying it to everyone, including our nationals; a test must be carried out prior to departure.
So let’s come back, all the same, to the sequence: a PCR test prior to departure, self-isolation. But what does “self-isolation” mean? Do you have the means, does France, the French State, have the means to police this self-isolation?
Well, let me begin by saying that what happens beforehand is the most important thing. You are not allowed, except in exceptional circumstances, to come into France when you’re travelling from outside the Schengen Area, outside Europe. There has to be a good reason – for example, French nationals returning to their families, their country. There’s the obligatory test before departure, which must obviously be negative and recent – less than 72 hours old. We’ve added the quarantine measure. We’ve got to find a balance, we’ve got to be clear and pragmatic; can you put everyone in a hotel, under police check? No. Can you call on people to act responsibly, once again, in addition to the automatic verification, in this instance, provided by a test, to comply with this additional measure of civic protection and responsibility? That’s what we’re doing. If we’ve got to go further, we’ll see, but I think with these three things together – closure [of the borders] on principle and rare exemptions, an obligatory recent negative test carried out prior to departure and this extra measure -, we’re calling on everyone to act responsibly, but we’ve got few arrivals today. I think this group [of measures] provides protection, it isn’t lax. (…)
(…) What’s France going to ask for [at the European Council]? That ultimately the Schengen countries are all considered part of the “scarlet” zone, and that what applies to countries outside Schengen – which you detailed just before the reminder of the headlines: PCR test 72 hours prior to departure, self-isolation and a PCR test at the end of the self-isolation period – also be applied to the countries of the European Union? Is that what France is going to ask for?
What France is doing at the moment – this is why we didn’t announce any measures last Thursday for the countries of the European area (I say European area, because it matters; it also covers, for example, Switzerland, which is part of Schengen, and there are many cross-border workers). Firstly, I want to be clear about this because it’s important: whatever happens, our cross-border workers – 350,000 of them go to Switzerland, Luxembourg etc. every day – will be able to continue moving around. That’s essential: it’s their everyday life. Just as we can go to work, they can go on working, that’s important.
And indeed we envisage tightening control measures within the European area. There won’t be any border closures, because, precisely, particularly as regards the cross-border workers, we need goods to circulate, workers have to be able to go to work etc. But yes, it’s a possibility. Why haven’t we announced it? Because we’re in consultation with those European countries. Tomorrow morning there’s a meeting of European affairs ministers in which I’ll be taking part. On Thursday, there’s a discussion at heads-of-State-and-government level. So we’ll decide in the next few days.
It’s possible today – we’ve got a European framework – to make tests a requirement before travelling between European countries. Once again, not for cross-border workers, that’s certain. But, for example, if you fly to Paris or Berlin, Germany has required a negative test prior to departure for some time now. We can do the same thing, it’s legally possible, and we’re devising these tougher measures with our European partners. Why? Because it provides more consistency and is more logical. Everyone compares, it’s normal to do that together. We’re also checking the type of test we may require. Because there’s a technical, but important point: PCR tests exist everywhere; antigen tests are not yet recognized in the same way in all European countries. So we’re also working on that point. (…)
Are we going to discuss this with our German friends and our Belgian friends?
Absolutely. Let me take a very practical point, which concerns cross-border workers and also, more widely, movement in Europe. We’ve got to move gradually towards mutual recognition for antigen tests. So we’re working on a European list of potentially recognized antigen tests. Because, once again, PCR tests are a well established technique, recognized everywhere; antigen tests…
But why not require PCR tests, not antigen tests?
You’re right. That’s what we’re thinking about. If we require tests between European countries, we’ll obviously authorize PCR tests in that case, because, once again, they’re reliable and recognized everywhere. And we’re thinking – but this needs to be harmonized – about a list of antigen tests which could be mutually recognized throughout Europe. This still isn’t the case today. So today I’m taking a very concrete example, between France and Ireland, if you want to require a test before departure: PCR works, because we’ve got the same ones; antigens don’t work today, because Ireland still doesn’t recognize them. There you are.
So we’re trying to be as practical as possible and provide protection, even within – let me be clear – even within the European area. There may already be controls in border areas etc. to check that movement is justified. So we haven’t waited at all these past few days before taking tough measures vis-à-vis our external borders (…)
2. European affairs – Interview given by Mr. Clément Beaune, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, to Le Talk-Le Figaro (excerpts) (Paris – January 15, 2021)
There’s another issue being talked about a lot less now [than COVID-19], namely Brexit. First of all, a quick question about the many French people who work, who live on the other side of the Channel: is there an exodus, are they coming back to France, because they’re obviously afraid of the future? It’ll be much more complicated for them.
THE MINISTER – Since 24 December and the Christmas agreement reached between the European Union and the United Kingdom, we haven’t noticed any large-scale movement. First of all, there have been health restrictions, tough ones in England, but what we’ve noticed over several years, obviously in certain sectors like finance, but since the British referendum, is that there have indeed been several tens to hundreds of thousands – we’re currently making the assessments, yes – of Britons who have come back to the European Union: to be clear, they’ve sometimes been non-British European nationals who lived there and are coming back faster, sooner than they probably would have. So we’ve observed – I’ll take the example of finance – more than 10,000 jobs in total that have left the City for Europe, including the Paris financial centre; we estimate at 3,000 or 4,000 the number of jobs that have…
So is Brexit beneficial, from this point of view?
I don’t think it’s good for the UK, and it’s not good news for the European Union either. But it’s the European Union which has a kind of opportunity to use this crisis – because it is a crisis and bad news – to strengthen itself. I’ll take the example, more broadly, of the European recovery plan, which is going to revitalize our economies and enables us to invest 750 billion euros, more than 40 billion euros directly injected into France, from 2021 onwards. That’s not negligible.
Is that certain, is the process working?
Absolutely, it’ll arrive in the spring, yes. We have a vote in the national parliament, because there’s obviously a democratic debate…
Will the money start coming in the spring?
The money will start coming between now and June, to be precise, and this will magnify and supplement our recovery plan. I don’t think we’d ever have done that without the shock of Brexit and without the UK’s departure.
Is it Brexit that has facilitated this European solidarity?
There’s never one single factor, but yes, I think Brexit has shown everyone that when you criticize the European Union – and sometimes people are right, not everything works well, we have to speed up -, sometimes it can be very serious and lead to a rift. No one had really anticipated [it], to be clear. And I think everyone’s realized the fragility but also the value of our Europe, of our political project. It’s better to try and improve it than to break it or leave it, as suggested by the populists, who offer no solutions and are now watching this with a touch of sadness. Moreover, I’ve never really heard those people like M. Dupont-Aignan and Mme Le Pen, who at the time celebrated the UK’s regained freedom and sovereignty, explaining to us today how tremendous it is and that we should leave the euro and the European Union. You don’t hear it much any more.
Well, there was the Christmas agreement, which you talked about; very recently, at the beginning of the year, you went with Jean-Yves Le Drian to Brittany, the land where he was elected: to Lorient. And he said then – you did too – that the agreement must now be implemented – you went to see the fishermen, sorry – and that it wasn’t perhaps as simple as that to implement. What’s the stumbling block? Or is it complicated?
Well, there are two things, to be very specific. First of all, we must implement the agreement, because it’s [currently only] a piece of paper, if I can put it that way. Now – and I’ll take the fisheries example – we’ve secured access for our fishermen to British waters for the next six fishing seasons, for five-and-a-half years. That was one of the tough points of the negotiation, and we secured it.
With a few restrictions even so.
Yes, we’ve lost a few fish quotas, to be precise, but there’s access; that was very important, we explained it in Brittany, and I went to Hauts-de-France, to Normandy, to explain all that, together with the Minister of Marine Affairs. But now we need administrative access permits. So in the coming days we’ll still be fighting, we’re getting them very slowly; we must speed up so the agreement becomes a reality. (…)
Are there any other sectors where there are stumbling blocks?
No, but above all there’s another thing, and it’s very important. It’s that all the conditions for economic competition, State aid, the food standards that apply in a sector… we have an agreement enabling us to prevent British dumping. In other words, if the British carry out dumping or lower a standard, a regulation to a [low] level of requirements, we can react. By closing a sector through customs duties etc., we can react. But all this is in the agreement, and we still have a bit of legal work now to implement it.
How long?
Our demand – I was in Brussels at the beginning of the week – is that the Commission should make a very concrete proposal in the next few weeks, in the first quarter of 2021, and that – because a little legislation is necessary – it should all be adopted this year, of course, to prevent there being any British divergence that penalizes our businesses. (…)

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Phivolcs Records 10 New Volcanic Quakes on Mayon Volcano

10 New Volcanic Quakes Recorded by Phivolcs on Mayon Volcano The state seismology agency Phivolcs recorded at least 10 new volcanic quakes on Mayon Volcano during 24-hour observation period. On Thursday (January 21, 2021), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded 10 new volcanic earthquakes in Mount Mayon as it remains under Alert Level […]
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Author: Jay Nelz

Biden swears in staffers and appointees — and threatens to fire anyone who is disrespectful

President Joe Biden swore in dozens of appointees and staffers on Wednesday evening, urging them to treat one another with respect or else “I will fire you on the spot.”

Speaking in the State Dining Room, Biden reiterated his long-held commitment to decency, telling the appointees that they’re “working with the most decent government in the world, and we have to restore the soul of this country, and I’m counting on all of you to be part of that.”

“Everyone, every single person, regardless of their background, is entitled to be treated with dignity,” Biden said. “I expect you to do that for all the folks you deal with.”

Though he did not mention former President Donald Trump by name, his message of treating others with respect and addressing the pressing issues of racism, economic inequality and climate change came in stark contrast to the turbulence of the Trump White House. He added that their loyalties lay with the American people, not him — another contrast with Democrats’ frequent criticism that the former president valued personal loyalty above all else.

“People don’t work for us, we work for the people,” Biden said. “I work for the people. They pay my salary. They pay your salary.”

The swearing-in took place over a video conference in the White House because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden was asked at the end of the ceremony whether he was concerned the Senate wouldn’t confirm his cabinet nominations quickly enough, to which he replied, “No.”

“I’m confident we can move quickly,” he said.