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Biden Calls Trump's Attempts to Cling to Power 'Embarrassing'
2020 Elections
Biden Calls Trump's Attempts to Cling to Power 'Embarrassing'

WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden coolly insisted Tuesday that he would not be stymied by President Donald Trump's increasingly aggressive attempts to thwart the transition of power, calling Trump's claims to be the rightful winner "an embarrassment" that will tarnish his legacy. Biden's comments... Read More

Veterans Group Sees Ally In Biden on Toxic Exposure Issue
Veterans
Veterans Group Sees Ally In Biden on Toxic Exposure Issue
2020-11-10 21:58:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The head of the nation's largest advocacy group for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans predicted Tuesday that 2021 will be a very good year for those who have long sought comprehensive aid for soldiers harmed by burn pit... Read More

Supreme Court Appears Likely to Preserve Most of Affordable Care Act
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Appears Likely to Preserve Most of Affordable Care Act
2020-11-10 21:50:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- So much for the new conservative majority of the Supreme Court dismantling the Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday, during oral arguments for California v. Texas, one of this term's most anticipated cases, two members of that majority, suggested... Read More

America Will Likely Have to Wait for Biden Cabinet Picks
Political News
America Will Likely Have to Wait for Biden Cabinet Picks
2020-11-10 21:06:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden wasted no time in assembling the new coronavirus task force he unveiled Monday, but it will likely be early December before the majority of Americans learn who the new president has picked for his cabinet.... Read More

Republican AGs File Amicus Brief in Pennsylvania Mail-In Ballot Case
2020 Elections
Republican AGs File Amicus Brief in Pennsylvania Mail-In Ballot Case
2020-11-10 20:04:33
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- Republican Attorneys General from 10 states have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in the latest legal action in the case to contend the counting of certain mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania. In the brief, the AGs... Read More

All About the New ACA Challenge Before the Supreme Court
Supreme Court
All About the New ACA Challenge Before the Supreme Court
2020-11-10 15:34:52
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — This morning, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on a legal challenge seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act.  This third major challenge to the ACA heard by the Supreme Court, Texas v. California seeks to decide... Read More

Political Gaze Shifts to the Supreme Court as Justices Hear Pivotal Health Care Case
Supreme Court
Political Gaze Shifts to the Supreme Court as Justices Hear Pivotal Health Care Case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett hears oral argument Tuesday in a case that threatens to wipe out the 2010 health care law, likely the term's most consequential case, under a political spotlight that rarely shines brighter on justices who... Read More

Barr Allows Probes Into Voting Outcome Despite Lack of Evidence
Dep. of Justice
Barr Allows Probes Into Voting Outcome Despite Lack of Evidence

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr authorized Justice Department officials to open inquiries into potential irregularities in the presidential election, while acknowledging there's no conclusive evidence. Barr issued a memo on Monday evening authorizing U.S. attorneys across the country, as well as his top lieutenants, "to pursue... Read More

Esper's Firing Raises Concerns About Trump's Plans for the Pentagon in Final Weeks
Pentagon
Esper's Firing Raises Concerns About Trump's Plans for the Pentagon in Final Weeks

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's decision to fire Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday raised concerns that he may be planning far-reaching military moves in his final weeks in office — and is putting in place new leadership more inclined to go along. Trump named Christopher... Read More

Trump Slows Biden Transition with Denials, Lawsuits
2020 Elections
Trump Slows Biden Transition with Denials, Lawsuits

WASHINGTON — As the morning sun bathed the White House grounds on an unseasonably warm November Monday, the rattle of construction could be heard nearby as workers began erecting the viewing stands for the next president's inaugural ceremony. But inside the building, President Donald... Read More

McConnell Backs Trump Decision Not to Concede Election
Political News
McConnell Backs Trump Decision Not to Concede Election
2020-11-10 13:37:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Speaking out on the presidential election for the first time since the race was called in Democrat Joe Biden's favor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said President Donald Trump is "100% within his rights" to challenge the... Read More

NASA Preps SpaceX Crew for ISS Space Launch Later This Week
Space
NASA Preps SpaceX Crew for ISS Space Launch Later This Week
2020-11-10 13:35:08
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, NASA is preparing to help send Crew-1 SpaceX astronauts to the International Space Station for a six-month expedition in Earth’s lower orbit.  This is the first crew rotation flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon... Read More

Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Appears to be 90% Effective
Health
Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Appears to be 90% Effective
2020-11-09 21:30:37
by Dan McCue

Stocks surged around the world Monday after Pfizer announced that early results from trials of its coronavirus vaccine suggest the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19. But President-elect Joe Biden quickly reminded Americans that the good news does... Read More

Hoyer Announces Bid for Majority Leader for 117th Congress
Congress
Hoyer Announces Bid for Majority Leader for 117th Congress
2020-11-09 17:45:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is once again running for the Democrat-controlled House's second most powerful position. In a letter to fellow Democrats made public Saturday, Hoyer said he's proud of the unity and success the party has... Read More

Biden Names Coronavirus Advisory Board
Health
Biden Names Coronavirus Advisory Board
2020-11-09 17:37:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden announced the members of his new coronavirus task force Monday morning, putting the contentious 2020 presidential campaign behind him and moving definitively on to the transition. Biden said repeatedly during the campaign that "crushing" the... Read More

Gov. Newsom Assembling 'Short List' to Fill Harris Senate Seat
State News
Gov. Newsom Assembling 'Short List' to Fill Harris Senate Seat
2020-11-09 17:34:45
by Dan McCue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he's been lobbied for months about who would fill Kamala Harris' Senate seat should she be elected vice president, and he admitted it hasn't been fun. "It's not something I'd wish... Read More

Mayor Lightfoot Announces $10 Million Chicago Hospitality Grant Program
Cities
Mayor Lightfoot Announces $10 Million Chicago Hospitality Grant Program
2020-11-09 14:30:35
by Reece Nations

CHICAGO – Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled an emergency coronavirus relief program for restaurants and bars in Chicago that are still grappling with the effects of the pandemic.  The grant program will reallocate $10 million in CARES Act funds to businesses... Read More

Scaramucci Predicts Biden Win 'Great for Markets'
Wall Street
Scaramucci Predicts Biden Win 'Great for Markets'
2020-11-09 14:18:38
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Less than 24 hours before news organizations called the election for President-Elect Biden, financier Anthony Scaramucci predicted, “It’s likely to be Pennsylvania that tips this thing… and [Biden’s] election is great for the markets.” Speaking at an Axios... Read More

Love It or Hate It, Here's How the Electoral College Came to Be
Political News
Love It or Hate It, Here's How the Electoral College Came to Be

CHICAGO — As they do every four years, pundits and newscasters again are explaining why we choose a president in the peculiar way we do. By now, our customary amnesia has set in. Millions of Americans voted for president on Nov. 3,... Read More

States Expanded Voting Access for the Pandemic. The Changes Might Stick
Elections
States Expanded Voting Access for the Pandemic. The Changes Might Stick

ANCASTER, Pa. — With one envelope slicer, three ballot scanners and around 175 people, it took election officials roughly 37 consecutive hours to process 91,000 mail-in ballots in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. "It's taking a little longer to scan than we had hoped,"... Read More

After Sweeping Losses in Congressional Races, Texas Democrats Ask Why
State News
After Sweeping Losses in Congressional Races, Texas Democrats Ask Why

WASHINGTON — When national Democrats helicoptered into Austin in April 2019 and set up an operation to flip GOP seats in the U.S. House in 2020 — a list that grew from six districts to 10 — they exuded confidence, and Republicans took notice. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was fresh off gaining... Read More

Biden Advisers Met With Warp Speed Drugmakers Before Election
Health
Biden Advisers Met With Warp Speed Drugmakers Before Election

President-elect Joe Biden's health care advisers have held talks with pharmaceutical-industry executives in which they discussed Operation Warp Speed, the U.S. development program for coronavirus vaccines and treatments, according to people familiar with the matter. Biden advisers met with companies that have COVID-19 vaccines... Read More

No, Not That Four Seasons. How Team Trump's News Conference Ended Up at Landscaping Firm
Political News
No, Not That Four Seasons. How Team Trump's News Conference Ended Up at Landscaping Firm

PHILADELPHIA — What began five years ago with the made-for-TV announcement of Donald Trump's presidential ambitions from the escalator of his ritzy Manhattan high-rise, ended Saturday with his aging lawyer shouting conspiracy theories and vowing lawsuits in a Northeast Philadelphia parking lot, near a sex shop and... Read More

Trump's Advisers View Legal Challenges to Biden Win as Futile
White House
Trump's Advisers View Legal Challenges to Biden Win as Futile

Recognition is growing in Donald Trump's inner circle that efforts to overturn Joe Biden's victory will be futile, though some advisers have urged the president to pursue focused legal challenges, according to people familiar with the matter. Trump has given no indication he's preparing... Read More

Biden Readies Transition As Senior Republicans Stand by Trump's Refusal to Concede
Political News
Biden Readies Transition As Senior Republicans Stand by Trump's Refusal to Concede

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's refusal to concede the 2020 election to President-elect Joe Biden continued into Sunday, with Democrats urging respect for the vote's integrity and the president's staunchest allies defending his unfounded claims of fraud and blitz of lawsuits. But more cracks appeared in what... Read More

From Delaware to the White House: How Half a Century in Politics Equipped Joe Biden for This Moment
2020 Elections
From Delaware to the White House: How Half a Century in Politics Equipped Joe Biden for This Moment

WASHINGTON — Soon after a young Joe Biden stunned Delaware by toppling one of its political giants with a scrappy, outsider Senate campaign, he was already planning a quick exit from Washington. Biden was too grief-stricken for the job. His wife and infant daughter were killed in a... Read More

Can Biden Heal America When Trump and His Allies Don’t Want It Healed?
Opinions
Can Biden Heal America When Trump and His Allies Don’t Want It Healed?
2020-11-09 12:55:26
by Robert B. Reich

In case you missed the news, Joe Biden was elected president of the United States. With almost all ballots counted, Biden has more than 75 million votes and Trump some 71 million. The Electoral College isn’t even close. But Donald... Read More

'Bring Us Together': Ossoff's First Runoff Ad Previews His Strategy
2020 Elections
'Bring Us Together': Ossoff's First Runoff Ad Previews His Strategy

ATLANTA — Democrat Jon Ossoff served notice that his runoff campaign against U.S. Sen. David Perdue would focus on health care, the economy and infrastructure in a debut ad released Saturday. With control of the U.S. Senate on the line,... Read More

Shortened Census Led to an Incomplete Count in Some Areas
Census
Shortened Census Led to an Incomplete Count in Some Areas

The early end to the 2020 census has some areas complaining they needed more time to count residents in a chaotic environment of coronavirus shutdowns and storm evacuations. Parts of Louisiana and tribal lands in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah... Read More

Joe Biden Secures Presidency, Defeating Trump After a Long, Contested Count
2020 Elections
Joe Biden Secures Presidency, Defeating Trump After a Long, Contested Count

Joe Biden prepared to declare victory on Saturday as a win in Pennsylvania delivered the electoral votes he needed to become the 46th president of the United States, ending a vitriolic campaign that sorely tested the nation amid a pandemic... Read More

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