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Biden Picks Familiar Faces for Top Roles at FEMA, CIA
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Biden Picks Familiar Faces for Top Roles at FEMA, CIA

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is nominating New York emergency department commissioner Deanne Criswell to serve as the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator and has tapped former CIA deputy director David Cohen to return to the agency in the... Read More

Lady Gaga to Sing Anthem, J-Lo to Perform at Inauguration
Inauguration
Lady Gaga to Sing Anthem, J-Lo to Perform at Inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at Joe Biden's inauguration and Jennifer Lopez will give a musical performance on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol when Biden is sworn in as the nation's 46th president... Read More

Biden Picks Samantha Power, Former UN Envoy, for US Aid Post
Inauguration
Biden Picks Samantha Power, Former UN Envoy, for US Aid Post

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has selected Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack Obama, to run the U.S. Agency for International Development. That's the agency that oversees U.S. foreign humanitarian and development aid.... Read More

Biden Chooses Veteran Diplomat Burns as CIA Director
Intelligence
Biden Chooses Veteran Diplomat Burns as CIA Director

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday he has chosen veteran diplomat William Burns to be his CIA director. A former ambassador to Russia and Jordan, Burns, 64, had a 33-year career at the State Department under both Republican... Read More

Trump Won't Attend Biden Inauguration
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Trump Won't Attend Biden Inauguration
2021-01-08 17:25:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump took to his favorite medium -- Twitter -- Friday morning to announce he won’t attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to... Read More

Inaugural Luncheon Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns
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Inaugural Luncheon Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns
2020-12-29 20:47:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The more-than-century-old tradition of feting the new president with a post-inauguration luncheon is the latest casualty of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which has hosted the lunch, with limited exception, since 1953,... Read More

Biden’s High-Stakes Attorney General Pick Slides to Back of Line
Justice
Biden’s High-Stakes Attorney General Pick Slides to Back of Line

Less than a month before he is sworn in, President-elect Joe Biden has not yet selected his attorney general, a key role given how politicized the department became under President Donald Trump and while federal officials are investigating Biden’s son.... Read More

Biden Poised to Select North Carolina's Michael Regan to lead EPA
Justice
Biden Poised to Select North Carolina's Michael Regan to lead EPA
2020-12-17 20:23:09
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. - President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Michael Regan, the top environmental regulator in North Carolina, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, according to multiple reports. If confirmed, Regan would be the first Black man to head the agency.... Read More

Biden Picks Haaland to be First Native American Interior Secretary
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Biden Picks Haaland to be First Native American Interior Secretary
2020-12-17 14:11:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden has asked Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland, of New Mexico, to serve as the first Native American interior secretary, a historic pick for a department that oversees the country’s vast natural resources and much of the... Read More

Biden Picks Former EPA Chief McCarthy as Climate Policy Czar
Climate
Biden Picks Former EPA Chief McCarthy as Climate Policy Czar

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has selected Gina McCarthy, Barack Obama’s former EPA chief, to run a special White House office on climate change that will coordinate policy and elevate global warming to a top place in the executive office,... Read More

Biden Selects Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm To Be Energy Secretary
In The News
Biden Selects Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm To Be Energy Secretary

DETROIT — President-elect Joe Biden has selected former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to be his energy secretary. The Washington-based news website Politico was among the first to report the story, which then appeared to be confirmed in a news release... Read More

President-Elect Biden Taps Pete Buttigieg for Transportation Secretary
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President-Elect Biden Taps Pete Buttigieg for Transportation Secretary
2020-12-15 20:33:52
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. - President-elect Joe Biden has selected Pete Buttigieg, a former rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, to be the next Secretary of Transportation. Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who has never held federal office, and... Read More

Biden Inaugural Committee Urges Americans to Stay Home on Big Day
Inauguration
Biden Inaugural Committee Urges Americans to Stay Home on Big Day
2020-12-15 20:18:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden's Inaugural Committee on Tuesday offered a first glimpse at detailed plans for a scaled down inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Its main advice to Americans who want to be... Read More

GOP Leader McConnell Congratulates Biden as President-Elect
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GOP Leader McConnell Congratulates Biden as President-Elect

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulated Democrat Joe Biden as president-elect on Tuesday, saying the Electoral College “has spoken.” The Republican leader's statement, delivered in a speech on the Senate floor, ends weeks of silence over President... Read More

Biden Team Considering North Carolina Official to Lead EPA
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Biden Team Considering North Carolina Official to Lead EPA

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is considering a North Carolina environmental regulator and EPA veteran to lead the agency, as he assembles a team to move aggressively against climate change and pollution. Michael Regan is now among the... Read More

Biden Team Making Legislative Outreach an Early Priority
Transition
Biden Team Making Legislative Outreach an Early Priority

WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden and his transition team are making collaboration between the executive branch and Congress a priority, with early and extensive outreach to the legislative branch. The Biden transition team has already reached out to more than... Read More

Biden Names Rice Domestic Policy Adviser, Selects McDonough for VA
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Biden Names Rice Domestic Policy Adviser, Selects McDonough for VA
2020-12-10 18:02:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden has asked Susan Rice to be the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, signaling the importance of domestic policy in his early agenda. The job is also something of a career change for... Read More

Clyburn Wants 'Halt' to Biden Tapping House Democrats for Administration
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Clyburn Wants 'Halt' to Biden Tapping House Democrats for Administration

WASHINGTON — Wary of a narrow majority, one of President-elect Joe Biden's closest allies in Congress isn't sure the Democratic Caucus can afford to see any more House members join the new administration. "I think we better bring that to a halt," Majority Whip James E. Clyburn told reporters... Read More

Ways and Means Aide Katherine Tai Said to be Biden's Choice for Trade Representative
Trade
Ways and Means Aide Katherine Tai Said to be Biden's Choice for Trade Representative

WASHINGTON — Katherine Tai, chief trade counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee, is reported to be President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be America's trade negotiator. Tai would lead the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, an agency she knows well from her committee work... Read More

Biden to Tap Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge to Run Housing Agency
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Biden to Tap Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge to Run Housing Agency

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden intends to nominate Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcia L. Fudge to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, several news reports said Tuesday. The move would create an opening in a solidly Democratic district that could lead to Nina Turner,... Read More

Biden Health Team Takes Shape as GOP Weighs Confirmation Fight
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Biden Health Team Takes Shape as GOP Weighs Confirmation Fight

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden's first round of selections for his health team clarified how the incoming administration will approach the COVID-19 pandemic and other health care issues, which were major themes of his campaign. Biden introduced the team to the public at... Read More

Vilsack Emerges as Biden's Top Candidate to Lead Agriculture Department
Agriculture
Vilsack Emerges as Biden's Top Candidate to Lead Agriculture Department

WASHINGTON — Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack has emerged as a leading candidate for secretary of agriculture in the Biden administration, reprising a role he held under President Barack Obama, according to people familiar with the nomination process. The people said that while Vilsack... Read More

Biden to Name Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as Defense Secretary
Transition
Biden to Name Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as Defense Secretary

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin as defense secretary, according to two people familiar with the decision, making him the first African American to lead the Pentagon. Austin has already had a career punctuated by firsts — including as the... Read More

Biden Transition OK'd to Start as Trump Runs Out of Options
2020 Elections
Biden Transition OK'd to Start as Trump Runs Out of Options

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government recognized President-elect Joe Biden as the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election, formally starting the transition of power after President Donald Trump spent weeks testing the boundaries of American democracy. Trump relented after suffering yet... Read More

Awaiting Yellen at Treasury: Yet Another Daunting Crisis
Transition
Awaiting Yellen at Treasury: Yet Another Daunting Crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen is in line for another top economic policy job — just in time to confront yet another crisis. Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden's apparent choice for treasury secretary, served on the Federal Reserve's policymaking committee during... Read More

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