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Biden weighs pick for agriculture chief from diverse slate

WASHINGTON (AP) — One leading candidate for agriculture secretary hails from Cleveland, has the backing of progressives and has worked for years to boost...

Pressure mounts on Biden to make diverse picks for top posts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is facing increasing pressure to expand the racial and ideological diversity in his choices for Cabinet and other...

1st openly gay justice sworn in to California Supreme Court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Supreme Court has its first openly gay justice. ...

EXPLAINER: Trump’s failing, monthlong fight against election

President Donald Trump's frantic effort in the courts to delegitimize an election he lost has come no closer in a month to reversing any...

The Latest: Female lawmakers want Flournoy as defense chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): ...

Pentagon installs 2 Trump allies on defense advisory board

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has appointed two close allies of President Donald Trump, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, to a defense advisory board,...

Pressure mounts on Biden to make diverse picks for top posts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is facing increasing pressure to expand the racial and ideological diversity in his choices for Cabinet and other...

The Latest: Biden: Trump inaugural presence important to US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): ...

Next for Biden: Getting the right health team as virus rages

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up soon for President-elect Joe Biden: naming his top health care officials as the coronavirus pandemic rages. It's hard to imagine...

Milley urges ‘relook’ at permanent overseas basing of troops

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Thursday the United States should reconsider its decades-old practice of stationing troops and their families...

VP-elect Harris picks Tina Flournoy to be her chief of staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has named Tina Flournoy, a veteran Democratic strategist and aide to the Clintons, as her chief...

Biden is facing high hopes, tough choices on border wall

LOS EBANOS, Texas (AP) — The U.S. government has been trying to take Pamela Rivas' land for a border wall since before Joe Biden...

Biden facing growing pressure over secretary of defense pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is facing escalating pressure from competing factions within his own party as he finalizes his choice for secretary...

Barr’s special counsel move could tie up his successor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outgoing Attorney General William Barr's decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate the handling of the Russia probe ensures his...

Feinstein picks Padilla in jockeying for Harris’ Senate seat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sen. Dianne Feinstein has picked a favorite in the fight to replace Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as California's junior senator:...

Biden facing growing pressure over secretary of defense pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is facing escalating pressure from competing factions within his own party as he finalizes his choice for secretary...

US appeals court rules judge wrongly halted NC voter ID

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge wrongly blocked North Carolina's latest photo voter identification law, an appeals court ruled Wednesday, deciding she erred...

GOP objects to Biden nominees, a sign of what’s to come

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks are quickly running into the political reality of a narrowly controlled Senate that will leave the...

Barr appoints special counsel in Russia probe investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has given extra protection to the prosecutor he appointed to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe,...

Joe Biden weighs Rahm Emanuel for transportation secretary

CHICAGO (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is considering former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a substantial and somewhat divisive figure in Democratic Party politics, to...

Pentagon official overseeing counter-IS effort forced out

WASHINGTON (AP) — The civilian official overseeing the Pentagon's campaign to defeat the Islamic State group in the Middle East was forced to resign...

Unveiling economic team, Biden pledges, ‘Help is on the way’

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday introduced top advisers he says will help his administration rebuild an economy hammered by the...

The Latest: Biden inaugural committee limits donors to $500K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): ...

Biden names liberal econ team as pandemic threatens workers

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — With unemployment still high and the pandemic threatening yet another economic slump, President-elect Joe Biden is assembling a team of...

The Latest: Red Cross chief urges vaccine ‘fake news’ fight

UNITED NATIONS -- The head of the world’s largest humanitarian network is urging governments and institutions to combat “fake news” about COVID-19 vaccines which...

Biden names liberal econ team as pandemic threatens workers

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — With unemployment still high and the pandemic threatening yet another economic slump, President-elect Joe Biden is assembling a team of...

Congress returns with virus aid, federal funding unresolved

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of shadowboxing amid a tense and toxic campaign, Capitol Hill's main players are returning for one final, perhaps futile,...

Biden plans swift moves to protect and advance LGBTQ rights

As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama. ...

Appeals court rejects Trump challenge of Pennsylvania race

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Donald Trump’s legal team suffered yet another defeat in court Friday as a federal appeals court in Philadelphia roundly rejected...

Temporary US Pentagon chief makes rare visit to Somalia

The Pentagon's acting defense secretary has made a rare visit to Somalia, a conflict-plagued nation in the Horn of Africa where American forces have...

AP Interview: Mahuta hits refresh on New Zealand diplomacy

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Diplomats like to remain neutral but Nanaia Mahuta let the veil slip a little when a winner was declared...

Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, ending a yearslong prosecution in the Russia investigation...

The Latest: Biden urges Americans to forgo big Thanksgiving

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): ...

Analysis: Biden prioritizes experience with Cabinet picks

NEW YORK (AP) — Competence is making a comeback. ...

The Latest: Biden says split Congress affects Cabinet picks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): ...

Asian shares rise after Dow crests 30,000 on vaccine hopes

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Wednesday after the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 30,000 points for the first time despite an ongoing...

Biden seeks swift Cabinet votes, but GOP Senate stays silent

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President-elect Joe Biden started rolling out his administrative team, one voice has been notably silent: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell....

‘America is back’: Biden pushes past Trump era with nominees

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Declaring "America is back," President-elect Joe Biden introduced his national security team on Tuesday, his first substantive offering of how...

With Ethiopia on brink of escalation, diplomacy in doubt

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Alarm spiraled Tuesday over Ethiopia's imminent tank attack on the capital of the defiant Tigray region and its population of...

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. ...

Biden signals sharp shift from Trump with Cabinet picks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Monday tapped Obama-era officials for top national security and economic roles, signaling a stark shift from the...

Asian shares mostly rise on virus vaccine, Yellen hopes

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday, encouraged by news on the development of coronavirus vaccines and more assurance for a transition...

Biden adds Obama administration veterans to top staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is adding four Obama-Biden administration veterans to his top ranks as he continues to build out his White...

Approval for transition gives Biden team access to resources

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is set to begin working with President-elect Joe Biden's transition team now that the head of the General...

Court: Texas, Louisiana can end Planned Parenthood funding

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Texas and Louisiana can cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics —...

After criticism, Feinstein to step down as top Judiciary Dem

WASHINGTON (AP) — California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Monday she will step down from her role as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary...

The Latest: Trump, US agency allow formal Biden transition

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): ...

Ex-Homeland Security official Mayorkas returns under Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is turning to a veteran of the Department of Homeland Security to lead the agency created after the...

Biden’s choice for UN envoy signals return to US engagement

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden’s pick to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, a low-key, veteran foreign service officer, reflects the...

Biden expected to nominate Blinken as secretary of state

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden...

Week offers snapshot of how Trump, Biden approach presidency

WASHINGTON (AP) — One spent the week at his home in Delaware carefully trying to build a government and preparing to take on a...

Biden could announce Cabinet picks as soon as next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is moving quickly to fill out his administration and could name top leaders for his Cabinet as early...

Biden could announce Cabinet picks as soon as next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is moving quickly to fill out his administration and could name top leaders for his Cabinet as early...

Sanders, Warren under scrutiny as Biden weighs Cabinet picks

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, leaders of the Democratic Party's left wing, are at risk of being excluded from the...

The Latest: Romney slams Trump efforts as ‘undemocratic’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): ...

Georgia hand tally of votes is complete, affirms Biden lead

ATLANTA (AP) — A hand tally of ballots cast in Georgia for the presidential race has been completed, and it affirms Democrat Joe Biden's...

Biden says he’s decided on treasury secretary nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden said Thursday that he has decided whom to nominate as his secretary of the Treasury Department. ...

Prince William welcomes new probe into 1995 Diana interview

LONDON (AP) — Prince William has “tentatively welcomed” an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding a BBC interview in 1995 with his mother, Princess...

Dems nominate Pelosi as speaker again to lead into Biden era

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats nominated Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday to be the speaker who guides them again next year as Joe Biden becomes...

Acting Pentagon chief cites risks during troop reductions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coming period of U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Iraq is “fraught with risk,” but the military will not hesitate...

BBC names ex-judge to lead probe into 1995 Diana interview

LONDON (AP) — The BBC’s board of directors has approved the appointment of a retired senior judge to lead an independent investigation into the...

The Latest: Trump to spend Thanksgiving at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): ...

Biden filling top White House team with campaign veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden announced a raft of top White House staff positions on Tuesday, drawing from the senior ranks of his...

Biden filling out top White House team with campaign vets

ATLANTA (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is drawing from the senior ranks of his campaign to fill out an increasingly diverse White House leadership...

SEC Chair Clayton leaving post as top financial regulator

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jay Clayton, a former Wall Street lawyer who has headed the Securities and Exchange Commission as the financial markets’ top regulator...

What mandate? Biden’s agenda faces a divided Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden wants to “restore the soul of America.” First, he'll need to fix a broken and divided Congress....

Trump, still not conceding defeat, trumpets vaccine progress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gliding over significant challenges still to come, President Donald Trump offered a rosy update on the race for a vaccine for...

Trump, still not conceding defeat, trumpets vaccine progress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gliding over significant challenges still to come, President Donald Trump on Friday offered a rosy update on the race for a...

Biden gives boost to retiring senator’s climate change plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — A plan championed by retiring Sen. Tom Udall to harness the nation’s lands and ocean waters to fight climate change is...

Trump, stewing over election loss, silent as virus surges

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has publicly disengaged from the battle against the coronavirus at a moment when the disease is tearing across...

The Latest: Aide says Biden will appoint ‘COVID coordinator’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): ...

Republican senators push for Biden to receive intelligence

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump refuses to allow President-elect Joe Biden to receive intelligence briefings — even those he was getting during...

California Senate sweepstakes: Who gets Kamala Harris’ job?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Election Day is over, but California already is consumed with its next high-profile political contest — the competition to fill...

Trump’s silent public outing belies White House in tumult

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump spent 10 minutes in public Wednesday honoring America's war veterans — a veneer of normalcy for a White House...

Biden moves forward without help from Trump’s intel team

WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidential race was hovering in limbo in 2000 when outgoing President Bill Clinton decided to let then-Gov. George W. Bush...

Biden chooses longtime adviser Ron Klain as chief of staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has chosen his longtime adviser Ron Klain to reprise his role as his chief of staff, installing an...

Trump’s silent public outing belies White House in tumult

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump spent 10 minutes in public honoring America's war veterans — a veneer of normalcy for a White House that's...

Republicans press Democratic caricatures in Georgia races

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Socialists. Radical extremists. Marxists. ...

Biden chooses longtime adviser Ron Klain as chief of staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has chosen his longtime adviser Ron Klain to reprise his role as his chief of staff, installing an...

Biden’s agenda at stake, battle for Senate pushes to January

WASHINGTON (AP) — Control of the Senate won’t be decided until January runoffs in Georgia after neither party Wednesday locked down a majority,...

Biden pushes forward on transition despite Trump’s blocking

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden quietly pushed forward with the business of preparing to become America's next commander in chief on Wednesday, ignoring...

First openly gay justice confirmed to California high court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has confirmed its first openly gay justice to the state Supreme Court. ...

The Latest: Lincoln Project taking on GOP-linked law firms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): ...

Biden vows to ‘get right to work’ despite Trump resistance

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Vowing “to get right to work,” President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday shrugged off President Donald Trump's fierce refusal to accept...

‘Obamacare’ likely to survive, high court arguments indicate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A more conservative Supreme Court appears unwilling to do what Republicans have long desired: kill off the Affordable Care Act, including...

The Latest: International observers see no fraud in US vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): ...

Trump fires Esper as Pentagon chief after election defeat

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday, an unprecedented move by a president struggling to accept election defeat...

Biden eyes Washington veterans for key administration posts

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is looking to build out his nascent White House staff with more traditional Washington insiders, a notable...

The Latest: Former WH officials urge cooperative transition

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): ...

Biden seeks to move quickly and build out his administration

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden signaled on Sunday he plans to move quickly to build out his government, focusing first on the...

Stacey Abrams credited for boosting Democrats in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams spent years working to convince political power players that Georgia is a genuine two-party battleground, a Deep South state...

2020 Latest: Trump, GOP sue in Arizona over ballot handling

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): ...

How to build a government: Transition challenges await Biden

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden just won the presidency. That may turn out to be the easy part. ...

The Latest: Alaska hits daily new coronavirus case record

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska on Saturday reported hitting a daily record in new coronavirus cases. ...

Trump chief of staff Meadows diagnosed with COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows has been diagnosed with the coronavirus as the nation sets daily records for...

Be prepared: Biden transition team at work amid limbo

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden's transition team isn't waiting for a verdict in the presidential race before getting to work. ...

Democrats’ Senate drive halted by GOP; key races undecided

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats faced increasingly long odds as the battle for Senate control hangs in balance, and Republicans brushed back multiple challengers to...

Democrats losing paths to Senate control as GOP hangs on

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hopes fading for Senate control, Democrats had a disappointing election night as Republicans swatted down an onslaught of challengers and fought...

Senate Latest: Kelly win gives Arizona 2 Democratic senators

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate races in the 2020 election (all times local): ...

Uganda police arrest Bobi Wine after presidential nomination

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police on Tuesday again arrested Bobi Wine, a popular singer and opposition presidential hopeful, shortly after he was successfully...

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