New Iowa rep asking House to dismiss contest in 6…

Republican Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa is asking the U.S. House to dismiss an election contest filed by her Democratic challenger that argues the 6-vote race was wrongly decided

Florida eye doctor gets clemency from Trump in…

A prominent Florida eye doctor convicted of defrauding Medicare out of $73 million has been released from prison early

Biden to Sign at Least 15 Executive Actions on…

Biden to Sign at Least 15 Executive Actions on Day One. Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. On his first day in office, the president intends to sign at least 15 executive actions reversing many of Trump's orders. According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, the actions are intended "to address the four crises that he's laid out.". Those crises are the economy, COVID-19, climate change and racial injustice. . Some of the major executive actions include rejoining the World Health Organization, moving to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. rescinding the Keystone XL pipeline permit, advancing racial equity in federal policymaking. pushing for the immediate extension of eviction restrictions, attempting to extend student loan relief and more. In the coming days and weeks we will be announcing additional executive actions that confront these challenges and deliver on the President-elect's promises to the American people, .., White House press secretary Jen Psaki, via statement. ... including revoking the ban on military service by transgender Americans, and reversing the Mexico City policy, White House press secretary Jen Psaki, via statement

John Kerry thanks Europe for keeping climate…

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry has thanked Europeans for keeping up the fight to slow global warming during the Trump administration

World leaders laud US return to climate fight…

World leaders have breathed an audible sigh of relief that the United States under President Joe Biden is rejoining the global effort to curb climate change, a cause that his predecessor had shunned

Joe Biden Is Sworn in as 46th President of the US

Joe Biden Is Sworn in, as 46th President of the US. President Joe Biden was administered the oath of office by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Wednesday. Biden took the oath of office just two weeks after the storming of the U.S. Capitol, which he referenced in his inaugural address. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day ... democracy has prevailed, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The New York Times'. President Biden called for "unity" in the face of some of the most significant economic and health challenges the U.S. has ever faced. Few people in our nation’s history have been more challenged or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we’re in now, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The New York Times'. To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America, requires so much more than words and requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The New York Times'. The president stated, "politics doesn’t have to be a raging fire, destroying everything in its path.". This is a great nation. We are good people. And over the centuries, through storm and strife, in peace and in war, we’ve come so far. , President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The Washington Post'. But we still have far to go, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The Washington Post'. And together we shall write an American story of hope, not fear, of unity, not division, of light, not darkness, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The Washington Post'. A story of decency and dignity, love and healing, greatness and goodness, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The Washington Post'. May this be the story that guides, the story that inspires us, and the story that tells age is yet to come, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The Washington Post'

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EXPLAINER: What's next for WHO after US takes…

The Biden administration is taking quick steps to keep the United States in the World Health Organization, part of his ambition to launch a full-throttle effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic

Buttigieg aims for 'generational' change at…

President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of transportation, Pete Buttigieg, is pledging to carry out the administration’s ambitious agenda to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure

How a US Presidential Inauguration Works

How a US Presidential Inauguration Works. The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States has been significantly scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic. But presidential activities and ceremonies that we may be used to in the modern era are not laid out in the U.S. Constitution. To be sworn in as president, the Constitution states that Joe Biden must be administered the Oath of Office. I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, .., Presidential Oath of Office. ... and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, Presidential Oath of Office. The chief justice of the Supreme Court usually administers the oath, but this is not required. That person needs only to be a judge. The custom is that the incoming president places their hand on a Bible, but this is also merely custom. . An inaugural address has been given by every elected president, but this too is not required. Some of the most memorable inaugural addresses were delivered by Presidents Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Kennedy. Security at Biden's inauguration is extraordinary due to the storming of the U.S. Capitol, with Washington, D.C., on lockdown. The only other time this has been the case was during Andrew Johnson's inauguration, who took office as Lincoln's assassin was still at large. Analysts of this inauguration will pay close attention to how the newly sworn-in President Biden refers to former President Trump

Biden to sign virus measures, requires mask use…

President Joe Biden is putting into play his national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and increase the use of masks — including a requirement that Americans mask up for travel

China hopes for cooperation, better relations…

China has expressed hope the Biden administration will improve prospects for people of both countries and give a boost to relations after an especially rocky patch, while getting in a few final digs at former Trump officials

Biden Picks Transgender Dr. Rachel Levine as…

Biden Picks Transgender Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Health Secretary in Historic First. President-elect Joe Biden announced the nomination on Tuesday. According to the Biden-Harris transition team, if Levine's appointment is confirmed by the Senate, . she would be the first openly transgender Senate-confirmed official. Levine is currently the secretary of health for Pennsylvania. . Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — , President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. ... no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability — and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond, President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration's health efforts, President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris referred to Levine as ... ... "a remarkable public servant with the knowledge and experience to help us contain this pandemic, and protect and improve the health and well-being of the American people."

Despite illnesses, California says virus vaccine…

California says it's OK to immediately begin using a batch of coronavirus vaccine doses after health officials held a safety review because several people fell ill

Woman accused of helping steal Pelosi laptop…

A federal judge has decided to release a Pennsylvania woman while she faces charges that she helped steal a laptop from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the attack on the U.S. Capitol

Melania Trump Releases Farewell Message

Melania Trump Releases Farewell Message. The first lady took to Twitter on Monday to share a seven-minute-long farewell video addressed to the American people. She thanked those who have inspired her amid her time at the White House. It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as first lady of the United States, Melania Trump, via Twitter. I have been inspired by incredible Americans across our country who lift up our communities through their kindness and courage, goodness and grace, Melania Trump, via Twitter. Melania also addressed the pandemic and thanked health care workers. As the world continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, I thank all of the nurses, doctors, health care professionals, manufacturing workers, truck drivers and so many others who are working to save lives. , Melania Trump, via Twitter. She also seemingly referenced the attacks on the Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. Be passionate in everything you do, but always remember that violence is never the answer and will never be justified, Melania Trump, via Twitter. The Trumps will not attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday, . breaking a longstanding tradition symbolizing the peaceful transfer of power

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Who's in charge: Career staffers move to acting…

The Biden and Trump administrations swapped out senior leadership of the federal government in a ritualized end to a historically rough presidential election

'Just move on': Republicans grapple with…

President Joe Biden’s inauguration represents a new high point for Democrats, who have assumed control of Congress and expelled Donald Trump from the White House

Joe Biden to Rescind Keystone XL Pipeline Permit…

Joe Biden to Rescind Keystone XL Pipeline Permit on First Day in Office. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to yank the permit for TC Energy’s Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he’s in office. . His transition team declined to comment, but three different sources have confirmed the news to 'POLITICO.'. Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s ambassador to Washington, declined to confirm reports as well, saying that Canada was still in favor of the cross-border permit. The Government of Canada continues to support the Keystone XL project … Keystone XL fits within Canada’s climate plan. It will also contribute to U.S. energy security and economic competitiveness, Kirsten Hillman, via 'POLITICO'. The Keystone pipeline has been a major point of controversy for a decade. President Barack Obama delayed the project in 2015, which then-Vice President Biden supported. . During his first week in office in 2017, President Donald Trump revived the pipeline with a presidential memorandum. . Environmentalists have praised Biden’s reported plan to rescind the pipeline’s permit, saying he is showing “courage and empathy.” . President-elect Biden is showing courage and empathy to the farmers, ranchers and tribal nations who have dealt with an ongoing threat that disrupted their lives for over a decade, Jane Kleeb, founder of Bold Nebraska, via 'POLITICO'. On Sunday, TC Energy announced that the Keystone XL pipeline would be able to achieve net-zero emissions by 2023.

Biden revokes Trump report promoting 'patriotic…

President Joe Biden has revoked a recent Trump administration report that aimed to promote “patriotic education” in schools but that historians rejected as political propaganda

Senate confirms Biden 1st Cabinet pick as…

Three new Democratic senators have been sworn into office, giving Democrats the majority in the Senate

Trump to Reportedly Issue Around 100 Pardons and…

Trump to Reportedly Issue Around 100 Pardons and Commutations Tuesday. According to three sources in Trump's orbit, . the president is planning to issue the pardons and commutations on his last full day in office. Everything is a transaction. He likes pardons because it is unilateral. And he likes doing favors for people he thinks will owe him, Source, via CNN. White collar criminals, high-profile rappers and others are expected to be granted clemency. At this time, Trump is not expected to pardon himself. Advisers reportedly said it would make him appear guilty of something, particularly after the riots at the Capitol. Many of the clemency actions are expected to be given to political allies and also revolve around criminal justice reform. . Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor who was convicted of health care fraud, is one of the names expected to be included in the clemency list

Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take…

Joe Biden has taken the helm as the 46th president of the United States, summoning American resilience and unity to confront a historic confluence of crises

New president brings a slightly new look to Oval…

President Joe Biden has given the Oval Office a slight makeover

Andrew Yang Announces His Run For NYC Mayor

Andrew Yang Announces , His Run For NYC Mayor. Yang announced his campaign for NYC mayor in a video posted on Twitter. I'm running for mayor for my two boys, for you, and for every New Yorker, Andrew Yang, Twitter. Let's fight for a future New York City that we can all be proud of, Andrew Yang, Twitter. Yang gained national attention as a Democratic presidential nominee hopeful, . who ran on a platform touting a universal basic income of $1000 a month for all American adults. If elected mayor of NYC, Yang pledges increased access to high-speed internet, a policy to "reopen intelligently" and to "take back control" of the subway system. The Democratic primary for NYC mayor occurs in June.

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Smooth Psaki shows new tone in first Biden press…

President Joe Biden's press secretary Jen Psaki has held her first press briefing, and it was a sedate affair — even boring at times

NRA fights for its future in Texas, New York…

The National Rifle Association is in a double-barreled legal battle for its future, moving forward with its bankruptcy case while fighting accusations it only sought Chapter 11 protection to avoid a potentially crippling lawsuit

Trump Impeached by House Following Deadly Riot at…

US House of Representatives , Adopts Historic 2nd Impeachment of Trump. No president has ever been impeached twice in the history of the U.S. The single article of impeachment introduced by House Democrats on Monday was adopted by a vote of 232 to 197. The article formally charges President Donald Trump with incitement of insurrection in connection to the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. 10 House Republicans broke from Trump, voting to impeach. . We know that the president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA) House Speaker, via Reuters. He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA) House Speaker, via Reuters. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted that the Senate would not reconvene before the end of Trump's term . to conduct a Senate impeachment trial. This means that now that the House has voted to impeach Trump. such a trial will be conducted by a Democratic-led Senate