Biden weighs pick for agriculture chief from…

President-elect Joe Biden’s choices for secretary of agriculture are as diverse as the department of 100,000 employees that he or she would represent

Pressure mounts on Biden to make diverse picks…

President-elect Joe Biden is hearing from the diverse groups who supported his election

Biden Joins Former Presidents in Pledge to…

Biden Joins Former Presidents in Pledge to Publicly Receive COVID-19 Vaccine . Earlier this week, former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton said they would all be willing to publicly receive coronavirus vaccinations once it is confirmed to be safe. . The pledge is being made in hopes of building public confidence concerning the safety of the vaccine. In a wide-ranging interview with CNN, President-elect Joe Biden spoke about the expected COVID-19 vaccine. . CNN’s Jake Tapper asked him if he would join his predecessors in pledging to get publicly vaccinated. Biden said he’d be “happy to do that” as soon as Dr. Anthony Fauci says the vaccine is “safe.”. I’d be happy to do that … When Dr. Fauci says we have a vaccine that is safe, that's the moment in which I will stand before the public and say that, Joe Biden, to CNN. Biden acknowledged the skepticism surrounding the vaccine, saying his predecessors have set a “model” for “what should be done.” . People have lost faith in the vaccine’s ability to work … I think that my three predecessors have set the model as to what should be done, saying ‘once it’s declared to be safe ... then obviously, we take it, Joe Biden, to CNN

COVID-19 relief: What's on the table as Congress…

Under pressure from moderates in both parties, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have initiated late-game negotiations in hopes of combining a relief package of, in all likelihood, less than $1 trillion with a separate $1.4 trillion governmentwide omnibus spending bill

Biden officially secures enough electors to…

California has certified its presidential election and appointed 55 electors pledged to vote for Joe Biden, officially handing the Democrat the Electoral College majority needed to win the White House

Dr. Fauci Accepts Biden’s Offer to Be Chief…

Dr. Fauci Accepts Biden’s Offer to Be Chief Medical Adviser. On Thursday, President-elect Joe Biden told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he asked Dr. Anthony Fauci to stay on as chief medical adviser in his administration. . The conversation reportedly happened on Thursday afternoon during a planned meeting between Dr. Fauci and Biden’s transition team. . Biden specifically asked Fauci to become his chief medical adviser and be a part of his COVID-19 response team. . I asked him to stay on the exact same role he's had for the past several presidents, and I asked him to be a chief medical adviser for me as well, and be part of the Covid team, Joe Biden, to CNN . On Friday, Dr. Fauci told NBC’s ‘Today’ that he “absolutely” accepted the position. Oh, absolutely. I said yes right on the spot, Dr. Fauci, to ‘Today’. Fauci also praised Biden's plan to ask Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days of his incoming administration, saying it was a "good idea." . He just wants to get — and it’s a good idea — uniform ... he just wants it, everybody for a commitment for 100 days. And I discussed that with him, and I told him I thought that was a good idea, Dr. Fauci, to 'Today'

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Judge: Trump administration must take new DACA…

The Trump administration must accept new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects some young immigrants from deportation

MLB sues insurance providers, cites billions in…

Major League Baseball and all 30 of its teams are suing their insurance providers, citing billions of dollars in losses during the 2020 season played almost entirely without fans due to the coronavirus pandemic

Barack Obama Disapproves of the Term ‘Defund the…

Barack Obama Disapproves of the Term ‘Defund the Police’. Obama cautioned against using the term “defund the police” in an interview with Snapchat show ‘Good Luck America.’. According to the former president, the term is exclusionary and fails to “market” to the desired audience. . You lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you're actually going to get the changes you want done, Barack Obama, on 'Good Luck America'. Obama thinks the term “reform the police department” should be used instead. . He said the key to “actually [getting] something done” is to meet people “where they are.” . If you want to get something done in a democracy, in a country as big and diverse as ours, then you got to be able to meet people where they are and play a game of addition and not subtraction, Barack Obama, on 'Good Luck America'. Obama’s comments received negative reactions on social media. With all due respect, Mr. President— let’s talk about losing people. We lost Michael Brown Jr. We lost Breonna Taylor. We’re losing our loved ones to police violence. It’s not a slogan. It’s a mandate for keeping our people alive, Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush, via Twitter. We lose people in the hands of police. It’s not a slogan but a policy demand. And centering the demand for equitable investments and budgets for communities across the country gets us progress and safety, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, via Twitter

DeVos suspends student federal loan payments…

The Trump administration is suspending all federal student loan payments through the end of January and keeping interest rates at 0%, extending a moratorium that started early in the pandemic but was set to expire at the end of this month

Judge calls Trump request in Wisconsin lawsuit…

A federal judge hearing President Donald Trump’s lawsuit seeking to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s win in Wisconsin says that the president’s request to “remand” the case to the GOP-controlled Legislature to pick new electors was “bizarre.”

Former Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton…

Former Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton Volunteer to Get COVID-19 Vaccine on Camera. Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are stepping forward to publicly promote the COVID-19 vaccine. . All three of the former presidents have volunteered to receive their vaccines on camera once the FDA authorizes one. . The awareness campaign will be done in the hope of promoting public confidence in the future vaccine’s safety. . Obama revealed his intention to participate during an interview with SiriusXM host Joe Madison. . If Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe … absolutely, I'm going to take it … I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science, and what I don't trust is getting Covid, Barack Obama, via CNN. Bush reportedly reached out to Dr. Fauci via his chief of staff, Freddy Ford, to say he wanted to help “encourage his fellow citizens.” . When the time is right, he wants to do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated … Then, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera, Freddy Ford, via CNN. Clinton confirmed to CNN via his press secretary that he would be willing to take the vaccine in a public setting. President Clinton will definitely take a vaccine as soon as [one is] available to him … And he will do it in a public setting if it will help urge all Americans to do the same, Clinton's Press Secretary Angel Urena, via CNN

Google AI researcher's exit sparks ethics, bias…

Artificial intelligence scholar Timnit Gebru helped improve Google’s public image as a company that elevates Black computer scientists and questions harmful uses of AI technology

Families of 34 California boat fire victims…

The families of 34 victims who were killed in a boat fire off the California coast in 2019 have endured a year of firsts — the first anniversary, first birthdays, first holiday season without their loved ones — amid the coronavirus pandemic

Justice Dept Has Uncovered No Evidence of…

Justice Dept Has Uncovered, No Evidence of Significant Voter Fraud, Says AG Barr . U.S. Attorney General William Barr made the comments on Tuesday during an interview with the Associated Press. To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election, Attorney General William Barr, via 'The New York Times'. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also referred to the "new administration" on Tuesday. The statements are in contrast to President Donald Trump's baseless claims that voter fraud tipped the election in favor of President-elect Joe Biden. Trump has extensively relied on both Barr and McConnell for political back-up during his administration. Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, responded to Barr's comments in an email, stating. "[Barr's] opinion appears to be without any knowledge or investigation of the substantial irregularities and evidence of systemic fraud.". Reports circulated on Monday that Giuliani and Trump have discussed a "pre-emptive pardon" for Giuliani, before the president leaves office

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Trump orders most American troops to leave Somalia

The Pentagon says President Donald Trump has ordered most of the approximately 700 troops in Somalia to leave the country

Newtown board blocks proposed gun-carrying…

Newtown, Connecticut, officials have blocked proposed bans on carrying firearms around town that were requested by gun control activists who said they were intimidated at protests by armed Second Amendment Supporters

President-Elect Joe Biden Introduces Key Members…

President-Elect Joe Biden Introduces Key Members of Economic Team. Biden announced his picks at an event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Dec. 1. Some of the key members include:. Janet Yellen, Yellen would become the first woman to serve as Treasury secretary. Adewale "Wally" Adeyemo, Adeyemo would be the first Black deputy Treasury secretary. Cecilia Rouse, Rouse would be the first woman of color to chair the Council of Economic Advisers. Neera Tanden, Tanden would not only be the first woman of color to become director of the Office of Management and Budget, but also the first South Asian American. Biden also intends to appoint Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey, who do not need Senate confirmation, as members of the Council of Economic Advisers. The team I am announcing today will play a critical role in shaping our plan for action starting on day one and move fast to revive this economy, President-elect Joe Biden, via statement

Niece says 'cruel and traitorous' Trump belongs…

President Donald Trump’s niece says her uncle is “traitorous” and belongs in prison after he leaves the White House

Pentagon installs 2 Trump allies on defense…

The Pentagon has appointed two close political allies of President Donald Trump, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, to a defense advisory board, continuing a purge of the Defense Department in the waning weeks of the Trump administration

Bipartisan Lawmakers Unveil $900 Billion…

Bipartisan Lawmakers Unveil $900 Billion Coronavirus Stimulus Package . The new proposal was introduced on Dec. 1 after months of congressional idleness. . It consists of nearly $908 billion and includes $180 billion to fund a supplemental unemployment benefit of $300 per week through March. It also includes $160 billion in state and local government aid and $288 billion for small business relief. . $16 billion would be allocated to vaccine distribution, testing and contact tracing. $82 billion would go to education, and $45 billion would be put toward transportation. Money would also be provided for rental assistance, child care and broadband. . Unlike the first stimulus package, this proposal would not provide another direct payment to most Americans. Coronavirus-related lawsuits would also be temporarily barred on the federal level. . Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner has called the relief plan an "interim package" to aid America until President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office. According to those close to him, Biden intends to push for the passage of a broad economic aid package, . work toward containing the COVID-19 pandemic and strive to tackle racial inequality within his first 100 days in office

Nissan pulls out of Trump emissions fight with…

Nissan says it will no longer support the Trump administration in its legal fight to end California’s ability to set its own auto-pollution and gas-mileage standards

US imposes visa restrictions on more Chinese…

The State Department says the U.S. will impose visa restrictions on Chinese citizens engaged in overseas influence operations

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris Selects Tina…

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris Selects Tina Flournoy as Her Chief of Staff. Harris' pick is according to a source with knowledge of the decision. . Flournoy, who is currently chief of staff to former President Bill Clinton. joins at least two other women of color who've secured senior roles in the vice president-elect's office. Those women are Symone Sanders and Ashley Etienne. They will serve as advisers as well as chief spokesperson and communications director, respectively. . Flournoy, a Georgetown Law graduate and assistant to the president for public policy at the American Federation of Teachers. has held several positions within the Democratic Party. In 1992, she was deputy campaign manager in the Clinton and Gore Presidential Transition Office and in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. In 2000, Flournoy served as traveling chief of staff to Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Joseph Lieberman and finance director for Al Gore's presidential campaign. In 2005, she was senior adviser to Howard Dean, the Democratic National Convention Chairman at the time

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EXPLAINER: 5 key takeaways from the November jobs…

Evidence was abundant in the November jobs report that the U.S. economy’s tentative recovery is sputtering as coronavirus cases accelerate and federal aid runs out

Gala ignites political dispute over COVID-19…

A New Jersey restaurant that hosted a political gala put on by a New York Republican club was ordered temporarily closed Friday over potential violations of coronavirus guidelines

Biden Urges Americans to ‘Recommit’ Themselve…

Biden Urges Americans to ‘Recommit’ Themselves to Fight Against COVID-19. On Wednesday, President-elect Joe Biden delivered a Thanksgiving address from Wilmington, Delaware. . He spoke about the country’s fight against COVID-19, urging Americans to stick together. . I know the country's grown weary of the fight. But we need to remember, we're at war with the virus, not with one another. Not with each other … Let's remember: We're all in this together, Joe Biden, via CBS News. Biden called for Americans to “steel [their] spines” and “recommit” to fighting the virus. . We still have months of this battle ahead of us ... America is not going to lose this war … Don’t let yourself surrender to the fatigue, Joe Biden, via CBS News. He also spoke about Thanksgiving, saying it was “so very important” to forego “family traditions.” . We have to try and slow the growth of this virus. We owe it to the doctors and the nurses and other frontline workers … we owe that to our fellow citizens … we owe it to one another. It’s literally our patriotic duty as Americans, Joe Biden, via CBS News