Pets Are Back: Biden's 2 Dogs Settle in at White House
White House
Pets Are Back: Biden's 2 Dogs Settle in at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The patter of paws is being heard in the White House again following the arrival of President Joe Biden's dogs Champ and Major. The two German shepherds are the first pets to live at the executive mansion... Read More

Fauci Unleashed: Doc Takes 'Liberating' Turn at Center Stage
Health
Fauci Unleashed: Doc Takes 'Liberating' Turn at Center Stage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci is back. In truth, the nation’s leading infectious-diseases expert never really went away. But after enduring nearly a year of darts and undermining comments from former President Donald Trump, Fauci now speaks with the... Read More

Coronavirus Guidelines Now the Rule at White House
Health
Coronavirus Guidelines Now the Rule at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Testing wristbands are in. Mask-wearing is mandatory. Desks are socially distanced. The clearest sign that there's a new boss at the White House is the deference being paid to coronavirus public health guidlines. It’s a striking contrast... Read More

White House Ends 'Emergency' at Mexican Border, Stops Border Wall Funding
Immigration
White House Ends 'Emergency' at Mexican Border, Stops Border Wall Funding
2021-01-21 19:04:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden has ended construction of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, calling former President Donald Trump's signature infrastructure project "a waste of money that diverts attention from genuine threats to our homeland security." On... Read More

Biden Releases National Strategy for COVID-19 Response, Pandemic Preparedness
Health
Biden Releases National Strategy for COVID-19 Response, Pandemic Preparedness
2021-01-21 19:00:27
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — On the first full day of his term, President Joe Biden announced his plan to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic, entitled “National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness.”  Biden’s strategy includes issuing 10 executive orders to... Read More

White House Announces Acting Agency Leadership Until Nominees Confirmed
White House
White House Announces Acting Agency Leadership Until Nominees Confirmed
2021-01-20 20:37:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Just hours after the President Joe Biden was sworn into office, White House officials announced the acting agency leadership that will assist the new administration in the next phase of the transition of government. These individuals, nearly all... Read More

Biden-Harris Transition Announces White House Digital Strategy Team
Technology
Biden-Harris Transition Announces White House Digital Strategy Team
2020-12-28 19:41:12
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Incoming members of the White House Office of Digital Strategy were announced Monday in a press release from the Biden-Harris transition team.  In the release, the Biden-Harris transition described the incoming members as “diverse, accomplished, and talented individuals”... Read More

New Round of Trump Clemency Benefits Manafort, Stone, Kushner
Political News
New Round of Trump Clemency Benefits Manafort, Stone, Kushner

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned more than two dozen people, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law, in the latest wave of clemency to benefit longtime associates and supporters. The actions,... Read More

Trump Defies Congress, Vetoes $740 Billion Defense Bill
Political News
Trump Defies Congress, Vetoes $740 Billion Defense Bill
2020-12-23 21:01:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump made good on a threat Wednesday, vetoing the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act. Congress passed the fiscal year 2021 defense spending plan earlier this month with more than the two-thirds majority needed in both... Read More

Lawmakers Wrapping Up Omnibus Deal, Plan to File Tuesday
Congress
Lawmakers Wrapping Up Omnibus Deal, Plan to File Tuesday

WASHINGTON — House and Senate lawmakers are close to agreement on a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 and are planning to file the legislative text on Tuesday, according to sources familiar with... Read More

White House COVID-19 Expert Birx Seeks to Debunk 'Myths' Coming from Administration
Health
White House COVID-19 Expert Birx Seeks to Debunk 'Myths' Coming from Administration

Americans should shun the example set by President Donald Trump when it comes to indoor gatherings, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said Sunday. Asked about White House and State Department plans to throw indoor parties all month while on NBC's "Meet the Press," Birx said it was... Read More

Hopes Raised That Congress Will Agree on a COVID-19 Stimulus Plan, But Obstacles Remain
Congress
Hopes Raised That Congress Will Agree on a COVID-19 Stimulus Plan, But Obstacles Remain

WASHINGTON — Pressure is building on Congress to pass another economic aid package before the end of the year, and Democratic and Republican leaders said Thursday they're hopeful a deal is possible. But with only a few days left on the legislative calendar,... Read More

VP-Elect Harris Selects Flournoy, Others for Her White House Senior Staff
Political News
VP-Elect Harris Selects Flournoy, Others for Her White House Senior Staff
2020-12-03 17:50:14
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris named three individuals who'll be part of her senior staff in the White House, including veteran Democratic strategist Tina Flournoy, as her chief of staff. Flournoy's appointment as Harris' top staffer adds to... Read More

Historians Sue to Force Trump Administration to Preserve Records
White House
Historians Sue to Force Trump Administration to Preserve Records

Historians and watchdog groups sued the Trump administration again over its alleged failure to preserve White House records. "With President Trump's term in office soon coming to an end," the White House's flouting of record-keeping requirements could deprive historians and the public "of records documenting a... Read More

Biden Builds All-Female Communications Team Headed by Obama Alum
White House
Biden Builds All-Female Communications Team Headed by Obama Alum

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has built a senior communications team composed entirely of women, including Jen Psaki to be the face of the administration as White House press secretary, his transition said Sunday. Psaki, a former Obama White House communications director and State Department spokeswoman, has been an on-camera spokeswoman... Read More

New Book Offers Unique Look at Our Presidents and the Wines They Drank
White House
New Book Offers Unique Look at Our Presidents and the Wines They Drank
2020-11-30 14:14:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - There has probably never been a comprehensive tome on the American presidency quite like this one. Entitled "Wine and the White House: A History" and coming in at 456 pages, this new, elegant offering from the White House... Read More

White House Still Planning Holiday Parties, Despite Warnings
White House
White House Still Planning Holiday Parties, Despite Warnings

WASHINGTON (AP) — All those warnings from public health officials begging Americans to limit gatherings this holiday season amid a surge in coronavirus cases aren't stopping the White House from planning a host of festivities and holiday parties in the... Read More

Transition Tensions Escalate as Trump Steps Up Desperate Effort to Hold on to Power
2020 Elections
Transition Tensions Escalate as Trump Steps Up Desperate Effort to Hold on to Power

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is escalating his slapdash yet persistent attempts to overturn Joe Biden's election victory, pushing for judges and for Republican state lawmakers and local officials in several battleground states to ignore voters' verdicts there and award him the electoral votes he... Read More

Harris' Husband, Doug Emhoff, Poised to Break Stereotypes
Political News
Harris' Husband, Doug Emhoff, Poised to Break Stereotypes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In the Biden White House, the first lady wants to keep her job teaching and the second gentleman plans to quit his law firm to support the vice president’s career. When it comes to political marriages,... Read More

White House Leaves Stimulus to Congress after Months of Impasse
Economy
White House Leaves Stimulus to Congress after Months of Impasse

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is stepping back from negotiations on a new stimulus package and leaving it up to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to revive long-stalled talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to people familiar with the situation. While the White House probably... Read More

Trump Loyalists Hit with New Wave of Coronavirus After Election Party
White House
Trump Loyalists Hit with New Wave of Coronavirus After Election Party

WASHINGTON — A new wave of people in Donald Trump's orbit — including longtime adviser Corey Lewandowski and Republican lobbyist Jeff Miller — have tested positive for the coronavirus after attending an election night party at the White House. It's unclear if either of them contracted the virus... Read More

Trump, Still Out of Sight, Focuses on His Own Future as Pandemic Worsens
2020 Elections
Trump, Still Out of Sight, Focuses on His Own Future as Pandemic Worsens

WASHINGTON — More than a week after his stinging electoral defeat, President Donald Trump spent another day secluded in the White House on Thursday feverishly tweeting, watching television and telephoning allies — focused more on his own future than governing the nation as it struggles... Read More

2 White House Aides and Guest of Giuliani Test Positive for Coronavirus
White House
2 White House Aides and Guest of Giuliani Test Positive for Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — At least three more people in President Donald Trump's orbit — including White House political director Brian Jack — have tested positive for coronavirus, widening the latest outbreak to ravage the West Wing. Jack, who attended Trump's election night event in the East Room of the White House,... 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

Biden Strikes a Presidential Tone as He Inches Closer to the White House
2020 Elections
Biden Strikes a Presidential Tone as He Inches Closer to the White House

WILMINGTON, Del. — Joe Biden moved closer to claiming the White House on Wednesday, winning two key states and sounding a conciliatory note as President Donald Trump continued to press his false assertion that the election was being stolen. Solemnly appearing before an array of U.S. flags, after first Wisconsin and... Read More

Analysis: Election Deepens the Partisan Rift
Political News
Analysis: Election Deepens the Partisan Rift

WASHINGTON — Americans turned out to vote in this year's election as never before, and the result seemed only to deepen the trench dividing the two warring parties. From Atlanta to Milwaukee to Phoenix, Joe Biden gained ground in suburban areas, widening his party's advantage among college-educated voters... Read More

TX-11: August Pfluger (R)
House Watch
TX-11: August Pfluger (R)
2020-11-04 12:30:31
by TWN Staff

About Pfluger: August Pfluger has served his country as a fighter pilot, member of the National Security Council and advisor to President Donald Trump. Pfluger entered the U.S. Air Force Academy immediately after high school and spent the next two... Read More

FL-27: Donna Shalala (D)
House Watch
FL-27: Donna Shalala (D)
2020-11-01 04:30:57
by TWN Staff

About Shalala: Donna E. Shalala has spent her entire life fighting to improve the lives of others. A lifelong Democrat, she has advocated tirelessly for women’s rights, civil rights, increased access to health care, better education and schools and a... Read More

Scientists Warn Americans are Expecting Too Much From a Vaccine
Health
Scientists Warn Americans are Expecting Too Much From a Vaccine

The White House and many Americans have pinned their hopes for defeating the COVID-19 pandemic on a vaccine being developed at "warp speed." But some scientific experts warn they're all expecting too much, too soon. "Everyone thinks COVID-19 will go away with... Read More

Coronavirus Relief Package Might Not Get Done Before Election Day, Pelosi Suggests
Congress
Coronavirus Relief Package Might Not Get Done Before Election Day, Pelosi Suggests

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised doubts Thursday about getting a coronavirus aid bill passed before the Nov. 3 elections, even if a bipartisan deal is reached in the coming days. While talks continue, she said it would take time to get a comprehensive... Read More

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