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After criticism, Feinstein to step down as top Judiciary Dem

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, said he will seek to replace Feinstein as the committee's top Democrat.

  Biden signals sharp shift from Trump with Cabinet picks

  New Zealand leader Ardern offers virus know-how to Joe Biden

  AP source: Biden taps ex-Fed chair Yellen to lead treasury

GM flips to California’s side in pollution fight with Trump

  White House still planning holiday parties, despite warnings

  Man seen exhaling on protesters outside Trump golf club charged with assault

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Trump campaign legal team distances itself from Powell

  Biden expected to nominate Blinken as secretary of state

Trump appeals rejection of effort to block Pennsylvania vote

Michigan leader: Trump didn’t ask for election interference

  Loeffler has negative COVID-19 test 2 days after positive

  Trump slams global climate agreement Biden intends to rejoin

Pompeo touts Iran policy in Gulf ahead of Biden presidency

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday defended his tour of Gulf Arab states and the Trump administration’s continued efforts to squeeze Iran, even as a new U.S. administration led by Joe Biden prepares to enter the White House in January.

  Carson says he’s ‘out of the woods’ after battling COVID-19

Housing Secretary Ben Carson is crediting unapproved, experimental treatments with saving his life after he became “desperately ill” following his infection with the coronavirus.

Trump team requests recount of Georgia presidential vote

President Donald Trump’s legal team said Saturday that his campaign has requested a recount of votes in the Georgia presidential race after results showed Democrat Joe Biden winning the state.

In blistering ruling, judge throws out Trump suit in Pa.

Pennsylvania officials can certify election results that currently show Democrat Joe Biden winning the state by more than 80,000 votes, a federal judge ruled Saturday, dealing President Donald Trump’s campaign another blow in its effort to invalidate the election.

Wisconsin officials: Trump observers obstructing recount

Twitter plans to give @POTUS account to Biden on Inauguration Day

Biden could announce Cabinet picks as soon as next week

Trump tries to leverage power of office to subvert Biden win

  Biden wants Congress to pass virus aid in lame-duck session

  Georgia governor certifies presidential electors for Biden

  Trump objects to counting thousands of Wisconsin ballots

Trump’s three objections attempting to discard the ballots were denied by the three-member Dane County Board of Canvassers, twice on bipartisan votes.

  Mnuchin denies trying to hinder incoming administration by ending emergency loan programs

The decision will end the Fed’s corporate credit, municipal lending and Main Street Lending programs as of Dec. 31.

  Trump makes late-term bid to lower prescription drug costs

Trying to close out major unfinished business, the Trump administration issued regulations Friday that could lower the prices Americans pay for many prescription drugs.

  Pfizer, BioNTech seek emergency use of COVID-19 shots in US

Pfizer is set to ask U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine, starting a process that could bring first shots as early as next month.

Mississippi election results are certified, gov. says

Governor Tate Reeves says the election results in Mississippi are now certified.

Sen. Lamar Alexander says Trump administration should work with Biden’s transition team

“If there is any chance whatsoever that Joe Biden will be the next president...the Trump Administration should provide the Biden team with all transition materials, resources, and meetings necessary to ensure a smooth transition so that both sides are ready on day one."

Florida’s Sen. Scott has coronavirus, ‘very mild symptoms’

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said Friday he had tested positive for COVID-19.

NY probes Trump consulting payments that reduced his taxes

New York’s attorney general has sent a subpoena to the Trump Organization for records related to consulting fees paid to Ivanka Trump as part of a broad civil investigation into the president’s business dealings, a law enforcement official said Thursday.

Sanders, Warren under scrutiny as Biden weighs Cabinet picks

Joe Biden will be the first Democrat president in modern times trying to set up a first-term administration without his party controlling the Senate.

Birthday time: Biden turns 78, will be oldest U.S. president

Joe Biden will enter office as the oldest president in the nation’s history, displacing Ronald Reagan, who left the White House in 1989, when he was 77 years and 349 days old.

Joe Biden wins Georgia, flipping the state for Democrats

Joe Biden has won Georgia and its 16 electoral votes.

  Georgia’s hand tally of presidential race nears end

Election officials across Georgia are staring down a Wednesday deadline to complete a hand tally of the presidential race in the state.

  Biden’s DIY transition proceeds without Trump assistance

Blocked from the official intelligence briefing traditionally afforded to incoming presidents, Biden gathered virtually on Tuesday with a collection of intelligence, defense and diplomatic experts.

  Detroit-area county certifies vote after first blocking it

Michigan’s largest county reversed course and unanimously certified its presidential election results Tuesday night after Republicans first blocked the move in a party-line vote that threatened to temporarily stall official approval of Democrat Joe Biden’s win in the state.

  Sen. Grassley, 87, says he tested positive for coronavirus

Grassley, 87, did not say how he was exposed. He said he would follow doctor’s orders and “immediately quarantine” and work virtually as he waits for results of a test.

  In court, Giuliani argues to block Biden win in Pennsylvania

Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and the president’s personal attorney, entered the federal courthouse in Williamsport to cheers across the street from several dozen supporters of President Donald Trump.

  Trump fires agency head who vouched for 2020 vote security

President Donald Trump has fired the director of the federal agency that repeatedly vouched for the reliability of the 2020 election.

  Pentagon to cut troop levels to 2,500 in Iraq, Afghanistan

The new plan will accelerate troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan in Trump’s final days in office, despite arguments from senior military officials in favor of a slower, more methodical pullout.

Trump ally McCarthy is reelected leader of House Republicans

McCarthy faced no opposition to return as minority leader during the closed-door gathering under COVID-19 protocols.

  Biden filling top White House team with campaign veterans

Biden confirmed that former campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon will serve as a deputy chief of staff, while campaign co-chair Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond and campaign adviser Steve Ricchetti will play senior roles in the new administration.

House asks justices to put off case over Russia grand jury

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is asking the Supreme Court to put off upcoming arguments about whether Congress should have access to secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

  Second Georgia county finds previously uncounted votes

Trump spent the weekend attacking Brad Raffensperger on social media, at one point calling him “a so-called Republican (RINO),” an acronym for “Republican in name only.” Raffensperger punched back, disputing Trump’s claims.

  NATO chief warns of high price if troops leave Afghanistan

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Tuesday that the military organization could pay a heavy price for leaving Afghanistan too early, after a U.S. official said President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw a significant number of American troops from the conflict-ravaged country in comi

  Head of government agency under pressure to let transition proceed

The head of an obscure federal agency that is holding up the presidential transition knew well before Election Day that she might soon have a messy situation on her hands.

  Georgia official says Graham asked him about tossing ballots

The Georgia secretary of state has been criticized by Trump and other fellow Republicans over his handling of the election and said he’s received death threats. He has rigorously defended the integrity of the state's election results.

Biden filling out top White House team with campaign vets

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

  Governors ratchet up restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving

More governors and mayors are ratcheting up COVID-19 restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving for fear that holiday travel and family gatherings will only worsen the record-breaking, coast-to-coast resurgence of the virus.

  ‘Congress 101’ underway for class of incoming U.S. representatives, senators

Senator-elect Bill Hagerty, R-Tennessee, is stepping in to replace longtime Tennessee public servant Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, who did not seek reelection.

  ‘More people may die’: Biden urges Trump to aid transition

Biden, who will take office on Jan. 20, offered an optimistic assessment of the next four years during a meeting with several business and labor leaders ahead of an afternoon economic address from his makeshift headquarters in Delaware.

  AP sources: Trump to order troop cuts in Afghanistan, Iraq

The Pentagon also expects to cut the number of troops in Iraq to 2,500, a reduction of more than 500.

Perdue declines runoff debates against Ossoff in Georgia

Republican Sen. David Perdue is declining to participate in debates against Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff ahead of their Jan. 5 runoff in Georgia.

Trump national security adviser pledges ‘very professional transition’ to Biden

Speaking to the Global Security Forum, National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien several times mentioned the transition and referred to recent peace deals that Bahrain, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates struck with Israel as “a great legacy for the president to have as he leaves office.”

  Trump campaign drops key request in Pennsylvania lawsuit

Ahead of a Tuesday hearing in the case, Trump’s campaign dropped the allegation that hundreds of thousands of mail-in and absentee ballots — 682,479, to be precise — were illegally processed without its representatives watching.

  White House coronavirus adviser urges Michigan to ‘rise up’ against new restrictions

White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas urged Michigan to “rise up” against new COVID-19 measures.

Americans across party lines, regions embrace marijuana

Fifteen states have now broadly legalized it, while 36 states allow medical marijuana.

  Trump seems to acknowledge Biden win, but he won’t concede

President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to acknowledge for the first time that Joe Biden won the White House, but made clear he would not concede and would keep trying to overturn the election result.

Britain’s Johnson in self-isolation; has no virus symptoms

Officials say British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after being told he came into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Biden advisers to meet vaccine firms as Trump stalls handoff

The president-elect’s outreach to the vaccine manufacturers comes as the coronavirus pandemic in the United States has entered perhaps its most dangerous phase.

Violent clashes in DC after Trump backers' election protest

Cries of “Stop the Steal” and “Count Every Vote” continued in spite of a lack of evidence of voter fraud or other problems that could reverse the election result.

Judge: DHS head didn’t have authority to suspend DACA

A federal judge in New York ruled Saturday that Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf assumed his position unlawfully, a determination that invalidated Wolf’s suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields young people from deportation.

Biden likely to break barriers, pick woman to lead Pentagon

Her selection would come on the heels of a tumultuous Pentagon period that has seen five men hold the top job under President Donald Trump.

  Trump hails progress on vaccine in first remarks since loss

Trump, who was briefed by advisers in the Oval Office earlier Friday, will speak at 4 p.m. from the Rose Garden, according to the White House.

Trump wins N. Carolina, hits 232 electoral votes

President Donald Trump has won North Carolina and its 15 electoral votes, staving off a hard-fought challenge by Democratic nominee Joe Biden and holding the battleground state for Republicans.

NBC News projects Biden wins Georgia, Trump wins North Carolina

According to NBC’s projected electoral count, Biden has 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232. It’s the same spread from the 2016 election when Trump defeated Hillary Clinton 306 to 232.

  Military voters fear they’re part of unsupported fraud claim

Some military voters are concerned they have been thrust into the center of unsubstantiated fraud claims by President Donald Trump’s campaign that several thousand people may have improperly voted in Nevada.

  EXPLAINER: Is Georgia’s upcoming ballot ‘audit’ a recount?

Election experts say what’s happening in Georgia is unlikely to change the outcome and are warning that discrepancies in the final vote count are likely.

  Biden has room on health care, though limited by Congress

On broader health policy issues, Biden has signaled he will stick with his robust campaign platform, which called for covering all Americans by building on the Affordable Care Act, adding a new public insurance option modeled on Medicare and lowering the eligibility age for Medicare.

China congratulates Biden, but few US policy changes seen

China, along with Russia, avoided joining the throng of governments that congratulated Biden last weekend after he was projected to have secured enough Electoral College votes in the Nov. 3 election to win the White House.

Trump bans US investment in Chinese military-linked firms

The Pentagon earlier designated 31 companies as being owned or controlled by the Chinese military.

  Top officials: Nov. 3 election most secure in US history

Rejecting President Donald Trump’s persistent claims and complaints, a broad coalition of top government and industry officials is declaring that the Nov. 3 voting and the following count unfolded smoothly with no more than the usual minor hiccups.

Justice Dept.: ‘Poor judgment’ used in Epstein plea deal

A Justice Department report has found former Labor Secretary Alex Acosta exercised “poor judgment” in handling an investigation into wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein when he was a top federal prosecutor in Florida.

Vatican calling: Pope congratulates Joe Biden on election

President-elect Joe Biden has spoken by phone with Pope Francis as he continues to talk with leaders around the world.

  Few legal wins so far as Trump team hunts for proof of fraud

Trump loyalists have filed at least 15 legal challenges in Pennsylvania alone in an effort to reclaim the state’s 20 electoral votes. There is action, too, in Georgia, Arizona, Nevada and Michigan.

  Georgia Secretary of State in quarantine amid presidential vote recount

After his wife tested positive for the coronavirus, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger plans to get tested and to quarantine just as the state is preparing for a hand tally of the presidential race, his office said.

  Post-election rancor clouds chances for COVID relief bill

The message from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.was that Republicans should concede the presidential election was won by Biden and immediately return to negotiations on COVID relief.

Key role for Black policy leaders on Biden’s transition team

Black policy leaders will play a pivotal role in President-elect Joe Biden’s transition, marking one of the most diverse agency review teams ever.

Trump adviser Lewandowski positive for virus

Lewandowski recently traveled to Pennsylvania to assist Trump’s efforts to contest the state’s election results. He said Thursday he believes he was infected in Philadelphia and he’s not experiencing any symptoms.

  Dems, GOP take different approaches on Georgia Senate blitz

For Democrats, it’s seemingly a more piecemeal, voter-by-voter approach, while Republicans are pushing a broad branding message through mass media.