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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, file photo, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria. Blinken is the leading contender to become President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team's planning. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Biden expected to tap Antony Blinken for secretary of state

Nov. 23, 2020 11:12 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team's planning. Blinken, 58, served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration and has close...

European powers see hope for Iran accord in US transition

Nov. 23, 2020 7:01 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German, French and British foreign ministers were meeting Monday to discuss the future of the international agreement on Iran's nuclear program amid hopes that the incoming U.S. administration might help breathe new life into the accord, Germany's Foreign Ministry said. The three European...

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2020, file photo people watch a TV screen showing the live-broadcast of President-elect Joe Biden speaking, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

Election 2020 Today: Fraud rejected, Biden's top diplomat

Nov. 23, 2020 6:14 AM EST

Here’s what’s happening Monday in Election 2020: TODAY’S TOP STORIES: FRAUD REJECTED : President Donald Trump’s campaign has filed plenty of lawsuits in six states as he tries to upend an election he lost to Joe Biden. The strategy may have played well in front of TV cameras, but...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, file photo, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria. Blinken is the leading contender to become President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team's planning. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Biden expected to nominate Blinken as secretary of state

Nov. 22, 2020 11:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team's planning. Blinken, 58, served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration and has close...

President Barack Obama shakes hands with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. President Trump and his allies are harking back to his own transition four years ago to make a false argument that his own presidency was denied a fair chance for a clean launch. Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany laid out the case from the White House podium last week. Obama, who had portrayed Trump as an existential threat to the nation, invited the president-elect to the White House and visited with him in the Oval Office. Obama's aides also offered help to Trump's incoming staffers. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump team making false argument about his 2016 transition

Nov. 22, 2020 2:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not just President-elect Joe Biden’s transition that’s under a microscope. President Donald Trump and his allies are harking back to his own transition four years ago to make a false argument that his own presidency was denied a fair chance for a clean launch....

A view of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Analysis: With silence, GOP enables Trump's risky endgame

Nov. 21, 2020 9:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress are engaged in a risky but calculated bet that once President Donald Trump has exhausted his legal challenges to the election, he will come to grips with his loss to President-elect Joe Biden. But the opposite is happening. As one Trump court case after another...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2020, file photo President-elect Joe Biden attends a national security briefing at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Week offers snapshot of how Trump, Biden approach presidency

Nov. 21, 2020 1:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One spent the week at his home in Delaware carefully trying to build a government and preparing to take on a pandemic. The other largely kept to himself behind closed doors at a mostly empty White House, angrily tweeting and using his office and allies to try to subvert the results of an...

President-elect Joe Biden waves as he arrives The Queen theater for a meeting with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Biden could announce Cabinet picks as soon as next week

Nov. 21, 2020 1:58 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is moving quickly to fill out his administration and could name top leaders for his Cabinet as early as next week. Biden told reporters on Thursday that he's already decided on who will lead the Treasury Department. That pick, along with his nominee for secretary...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2020, file photo President-elect Joe Biden smiles as he speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. President-elect Biden turns 78 on Friday, Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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

Nov. 20, 2020 8:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden turned 78 on Friday. In two months, he'll take the reins of a politically fractured nation facing the worst public health crisis in a century, high unemployment and a reckoning on racial injustice. As he wrestles with those issues, Biden will be attempting to...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020 file photo, Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., gives his opening statement during a Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on new coronavirus tests on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Republican Senate Health committee chairman says the Trump administration should provide President-elect Joe Biden access to transition materials -- particularly on COVID vaccine distribution --- “to ensure a smooth” transfer of power.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Sen. Alexander: Trump admin should aid in Biden transition

Nov. 20, 2020 7:47 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said Friday that President Donald Trump's administration should aid President-elect Joe Biden in his transition, saying the Democrat has a “very good chance” of becoming the next president. “If there is any chance whatsoever that Joe...