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Biden Ordering Stopgap Help as Talks Start on Big Aid Plan
Economy
Biden Ordering Stopgap Help as Talks Start on Big Aid Plan

BALTIMORE (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to take executive action Friday to provide a stopgap measure of financial relief to millions of Americans while Congress begins to consider his much larger $1.9 trillion package to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.... 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

Senate Confirms Biden 1st Cabinet Pick as Democrats Control
U.S. Senate
Senate Confirms Biden 1st Cabinet Pick as Democrats Control

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three new senators were sworn into office Wednesday after President Joe Biden's inauguration, securing the majority for Democrats in the Senate and across a unified government to tackle the new president's agenda at a time of unprecedented... 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

On Day One, Biden to Undo Trump Policies on Climate, Virus
White House
On Day One, Biden to Undo Trump Policies on Climate, Virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first hours as president, Joe Biden will aim to strike at the heart of President Donald Trump’s policy legacy, signing a series of executive actions that will reverse his predecessor’s orders on immigration, climate change and handling... Read More

Stay or Go? After Trump-fueled Riot, Aides Debate Early Exit
White House
Stay or Go? After Trump-fueled Riot, Aides Debate Early Exit

WASHINGTON (AP) — A steady stream of Trump administration officials are beating an early path to the exits as a protest against the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol this week even as others wrestling with the stay-or-go question conclude... Read More

Pence Said to Oppose Removing Trump Under 25 Amendment
Political News
Pence Said to Oppose Removing Trump Under 25 Amendment
2021-01-08 15:25:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Vice President Mike Pence is opposed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald, with just days to go before the inauguration of Joe Biden as the next president, according to multiple reports Business Insider was the first... Read More

Trump Says His Term is Ending, Transition Will be Orderly
White House
Trump Says His Term is Ending, Transition Will be Orderly

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump for the first time acknowledged his defeat in the Nov. 3 election and announced there would be an “orderly transition on January 20th” after Congress concluded the electoral vote count early Thursday certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Trump’s... Read More

Washington Braces for Intense Opening to a Pivotal Year
Political News
Washington Braces for Intense Opening to a Pivotal Year

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — The tumult of 2020 isn't over yet. The opening week of the new year will be dominated by a collision of events that will test America's commitment to democracy, shape President-elect Joe Biden's incoming administration... Read More

Inaugural Luncheon Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns
Political News
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

Relief Holdup Threatens Another Blow for Already-shaky US Economy
White House
Relief Holdup Threatens Another Blow for Already-shaky US Economy

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s decision to hold up pandemic relief just before Christmas threatens to cause hardship for millions waiting on unemployment benefits and stimulus checks, further hobbling an already-shaky economy. Trump’s reluctance to sign a $900 billion bipartisan... Read More

Package Includes New Museums Focused on Women and Latinos
Congress
Package Includes New Museums Focused on Women and Latinos

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian Institution can start the process of building two new museums in Washington honoring the history of women and American Latinos after Congress clears a massive year-end omnibus bill. Separate bills authorizing both museums passed the House... Read More

Pelosi, Hoyer, Pence All Receive First Dose of Coronavirus Vaccine
Health
Pelosi, Hoyer, Pence All Receive First Dose of Coronavirus Vaccine
2020-12-18 20:05:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - High-ranking government officials, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Vice President Mike Pence, began receiving their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine Friday, part of an effort to ensure the continuity of the government and reassure hesitant... Read More

Trump’s Veto Threat on Defense Bill Tests Republican Loyalty
Pentagon
Trump’s Veto Threat on Defense Bill Tests Republican Loyalty

WASHINGTON — A Senate vote on overriding President Donald Trump’s expected veto of a massive defense bill may prove to be a final test of the Republican party’s loyalty to the commander-in-chief. Sen. Jim Inhofe, the Republican chairman of the... Read More

Trump, Top Officials to be Offered COVID-19 Vaccine Within Days
Health
Trump, Top Officials to be Offered COVID-19 Vaccine Within Days

President Donald Trump and other top U.S. officials will be offered the newly approved coronavirus vaccine within days as part of a plan to ensure continuity in government amid the pandemic, people familiar with the effort said. The vaccinations will... Read More

Senate Overwhelmingly Approves National Defense Authorization Act
Political News
Senate Overwhelmingly Approves National Defense Authorization Act
2020-12-11 21:15:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate, as expected, overwhelming endorsed a $740 billion national defense policy bill Friday, sending the measure on to the White House where president Trump threatened to veto it. Ignoring those threats, the Senate voted 84-12 in favor... Read More

Biden Names Rice Domestic Policy Adviser, Selects McDonough for VA
Political News
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

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

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

Psaki, Next White House Press Secretary, a Veteran Messenger
Media
Psaki, Next White House Press Secretary, a Veteran Messenger

WASHINGTON (AP) — After four years of President Donald Trump serving as his own chief spokesperson and frequently peddling false information and conspiracy theories in the process, successor Joe Biden is pledging to return to a more traditional approach to... 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

Presidents’ Feuds With Press, From America’s Earliest Days
Media
Presidents’ Feuds With Press, From America’s Earliest Days
2020-12-02 19:30:23
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — While it may seem that the White House’s relationship with the media is in an appalling state, Historian Harold Holzer claims that the president vs. press feud is actually nothing new. In fact, President Trump’s antagonism barely measures... Read More

Trump Era Court Battles Weaken Congressional Power
Political News
Trump Era Court Battles Weaken Congressional Power

WASHINGTON — Congress will emerge from the Trump administration with weakened power to check a president or oversee the operation of the federal government, the most consequential fallout experts see for lawmakers after four years of nearly constant high-profile courtroom showdowns with a... 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

Trump Gives Biden Access to Daily Intelligence Briefings
White House
Trump Gives Biden Access to Daily Intelligence Briefings

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden will begin to get the nation's most classified intelligence after the White House signed off Tuesday on providing him the Presidential Daily Briefing as the transition moves forward. The incoming president getting access to the top-secret briefing is the most... 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

Hoyer, Durbin Aides Named to Biden Legislative Affairs Team
Political News
Hoyer, Durbin Aides Named to Biden Legislative Affairs Team
2020-11-23 21:02:15
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. - President-elect Joe Biden has selected top aides to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Senate Democratic Whip Richard Durbin to serve in key roles on his White House legislative affairs team. Shuwanza Goff, who has been serving... Read More

President Trump's Legal Team is a 'National Embarrassment,' Chris Christie Says
Political News
President Trump's Legal Team is a 'National Embarrassment,' Chris Christie Says

As the court losses continue to mount, President Donald Trump's ally and informal adviser Chris Christie called the commander-in-chief's legal team a "national embarrassment." The former New Jersey governor said it was time for the president to face reality. "If you have got the evidence of... Read More

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