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The security guard captured praising Joe Biden in a now-viral video from an episode of the New York Times' "The Weekly" last December became the first person to officially nominate Biden at the Democratic convention Tuesday night.

Driving the news: Jacquelyn Brittany met Biden for the first time when she escorted him up to his interview with the Times editorial board before they made their public endorsement of a 2020 presidential candidate. "I love you,” she told Biden. “I do. You’re like my favorite.”

  • Biden didn't receive the Times endorsement, which went to Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren.
  • But he later dismissed the snub, saying, “I got something better. I got to meet Jacquelyn."
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Why it matters: Nominating speeches typically go to elected officials, so it's groundbreaking to have someone like Jacquelyn fill that role.

  • She's a Black woman and a working-class American, representing the exact type of voter that helped resurrect Biden's campaign and propel him to the nomination.
  • She'll join Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Del.) and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) in delivering remarks ahead of the convention's roll call vote, according to the Post.

What they're saying: “He’s been through so much," she told the Post of Biden's personal loss. "And he doesn’t show it on the outside. He may feel it on the inside — and I’m that type of person."

  • “I never thought I would be in a position to do this,” she said of her role at the convention. “I never thought I was worthy enough to do this.”
  • “Once he came in, he was just genuinely, genuinely nice to people. We don’t get that from everybody,” she recalled of his time at the New York Times building.

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Clyburn says Biden not naming enough Black Cabinet members

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Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told The Hill on Wednesday that Joe Biden has so far fallen short when it comes to appointing Black people to his Cabinet.

Why it matters: Clyburn, a Biden ally, played a crucial role in helping secure the president-elect's path to the White House during the Democratic primary. His endorsement was pivotal in reviving the former VP's campaign when it appeared to be flailing.

Biden's Day 1 challenges: Systemic racism

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Advocates are pushing President-elect Biden to tackle systemic racism with a Day 1 agenda that includes ending the detention of migrant children and expanding DACA, announcing a Justice Department investigation of rogue police departments and returning some public lands to Indigenous tribes.

Why it matters: Biden has said the fight against systemic racism will be one of the top goals of his presidency — but the expectations may be so high that he won't be able to meet them.

AOC and Ilhan Omar want to block Biden’s former chief of staff

Reps. Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are boosting a petition against Joe Biden nominating his former chief of staff to a new role in his administration, calling Bruce Reed a "deficit hawk” and criticizing his past support for Social Security and Medicare cuts.

Why it matters: Progressives are mounting their pressure campaign after the president-elect did not include any of their favored candidates in his first slate of Cabinet nominees, and they are serious about installing some of their allies, blocking anyone who doesn't pass their smell test — and making noise if they are not heard.