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Former Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, left, and President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for national intelligence director Avril Haines attends a confirmation hearing for Haines before the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Biden DNI pick says no room for politics in intel agencies

Jan. 19, 2021 11:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to lead the intelligence community, Avril Haines, promised Tuesday to “speak truth to power" and keep politics out of intelligence agencies to ensure their work is trusted. “When it comes to intelligence, there is simply no place for...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 file photo, people walk by the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are climbing Tuesday, Jan. 19 recovering some of last week’s losses to pull closer to their record highs. The S&P 500 was 0.6% higher in early trading and got back within 1% of its record set earlier this month. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Wall Street's momentum swings back as stocks, yields tick up

Jan. 19, 2021 10:54 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are ticking higher on Wall Street Tuesday, recovering some of last week’s losses to pull closer to their record highs. The S&P 500 was up 0.5% in morning trading and back within 1% of its record set earlier this month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 128 points,...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

The Latest: Haines promises a government worthy of trust

Jan. 19, 2021 10:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s nominees for his administration (all times local): 10:45 a.m. President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for national intelligence director says that perhaps no greater priority on the job right now is...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden, right, campaigns for Senate candidates Raphael Warnock, left, and Jon Ossoff, not pictured, in Atlanta. Sen.-elect Warnock shares more than a party with Biden: Both Democrats made faith a central part of their political identity on the campaign trail — and their victories are emboldening religious liberals. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The Latest: 3 new Dem senators to be sworn in after Biden

Jan. 19, 2021 10:50 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local): 10:45 a.m. Three new Democratic senators are set to be sworn into office after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday. The arrival of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff of Georgia and Alex Padilla of...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2019, file photo former Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks with FOX Business Network guest anchor Jon Hilsenrath in the Fox Washington bureau in Washington. President-elect Joe Biden announced Yellen as his nominee for Treasury Secretary. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Pandemic support at center of Yellen confirmation hearing

Jan. 19, 2021 10:50 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Finance Committee has begun its confirmation hearing for Treasury Secretary-nominee Janet Yellen with Democrats and Republicans squaring off immediately over how much more support the economy, hammered during the pandemic, requires. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, who is scheduled...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine provides an update on the coronavirus known as COVID-19 in Harrisburg, Pa. President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP, File)

Biden picks transgender woman as assistant health secretary

Jan. 19, 2021 10:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician...

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2020, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Warm Springs, Ga. President-elect Joe Biden has evoked Franklin Delano Roosevelt in promising a remaking of America unseen since the New Deal. Pledging to emulate some of the loftiest reforms in the nation’s history has left him with towering promises to keep. And Biden hopes to deliver against the backdrop of the pandemic and searing national division. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Biden has set sky-high expectations. Can he meet them?

Jan. 19, 2021 8:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back when the election was tightening and just a week away, Joe Biden went big. He flew to Warm Springs, the Georgia town whose thermal waters once brought Franklin Delano Roosevelt comfort from polio, and pledged a restitching of America's economic and policy fabric unseen since FDR's...

President-elect Joe Biden waves to reporters as walks out of The Queen theater Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Joe Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants

Jan. 19, 2021 8:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status, a massive reversal from the Trump administration's harsh...

Clouds form over the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Joe Biden's hefty to-do list starts with a flurry of orders

Jan. 19, 2021 5:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden has given himself an imposing to-do list for his earliest days as president and many promises to keep over the longer haul. Overshadowing everything at the very start is Biden's effort to win congressional approval of a $1.9 trillion plan to combat the coronavirus and the...

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris campaigns for Democratic U.S. Senate challengers the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ga. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

Inaugural event to celebrate resiliency of Black Americans

Jan. 19, 2021 12:17 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The resiliency, culture and heroism of Black Americans and the African diaspora will be the central theme of a virtual event that will celebrate the nation’s diversity on the eve of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is slated to speak...