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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Report: Shortened Transition Could Dramatically Slow Filling of 1,200 Executive Branch Jobs
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Report: Shortened Transition Could Dramatically Slow Filling of 1,200 Executive Branch Jobs
2020-11-18 15:10:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The abbreviated transition caused by the Trump administration's refusal to recognize President-elect Joe Biden's victory could impair the new president's ability to fill the more than 1,200 executive branch jobs requiring Senate confirmation, a new report says. The... Read More

Biden Announces Members of Senior White House Staff
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Biden Announces Members of Senior White House Staff
2020-11-17 20:09:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden announced several appointments to his White House senior staff on Tuesday, assembling his administration even as President Donald Trump continues to refuse to acknowledge the Democrat's election victory. Mike Donilon, the chief strategist for Biden's... Read More

Harris' Husband, Doug Emhoff, Poised to Break Stereotypes
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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

Trump Loyalists Hit with New Wave of Coronavirus After Election Party
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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
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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

Biden Selects Longtime Aide Ron Klain as Chief of Staff
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Biden Selects Longtime Aide Ron Klain as Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden named longtime aide Ron Klain, who played a leading role during the economic and public health crises of the Obama administration, as his White House chief of staff. Klain will manage the incoming White House through a pandemic that is surging across the... Read More

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

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

Analysis: Election Deepens the Partisan Rift
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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

Trump Adviser Stands by President's Claim Doctors Boosting COVID Death Toll to Make Money
Health
Trump Adviser Stands by President's Claim Doctors Boosting COVID Death Toll to Make Money

A top Trump campaign adviser stood by the president's accusations that doctors are inflating coronavirus deaths in order to make money. "There have been a number of reports that have raised issues out there regarding billing and things like that,"... Read More

US 'Not Going to Control' COVID-19 Pandemic, White House Chief of Staff Meadows Says
Health
US 'Not Going to Control' COVID-19 Pandemic, White House Chief of Staff Meadows Says

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said during an interview with CNN on Sunday that the United States is "not going to control the pandemic." When asked why by CNN's Jake Tapper, Meadows responded: "Because it is a contagious virus." Meadows said the country is "making efforts to... Read More

Dr. Birx Calls For Mandatory COVID Testing and ‘Sentinel Surveillance’
Health
Dr. Birx Calls For Mandatory COVID Testing and ‘Sentinel Surveillance’
2020-10-23 15:56:23
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Dr. Deborah Birx, response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, made an appearance at the National Association of Counties’ Virtual Policy Summit to explain her current prioritization of developing a critical understanding of virus spread on... Read More

McConnell Warns White House Against COVID Relief Deal
Congress
McConnell Warns White House Against COVID Relief Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday told fellow Republicans that he has warned the White House not to divide Republicans by sealing a lopsided pre-election COVID-19 relief deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — even as... Read More

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