Biden’s team hopes to quickly name a White House chief of staff, according to allies with knowledge of the situation. An early favorite is Ron Klain, who was Biden’s chief of staff when Biden was vice president and also served as Obama’s “Ebola czar,” which means he has experience dealing with pandemics.

A second, if less likely, possibility is Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.), according to two people familiar with the talks. Richmond would be the first African American to be chief of staff, and if he is not chosen, he is likely to be given another role with broad responsibilities in the White House, Biden allies said…

Hauser and other liberals want Biden instead to name Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), or someone who shares her views, as treasury secretary.

But Warren, a fiery liberal, would face opposition from business leaders. And it could be tricky for Biden to pluck Warren from the Senate for any job, since Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, would pick her replacement. (Still, Democrats have a supermajority in the state legislature and in theory could write a law requiring Baker to choose a Democrat).