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Cross Hall and the Blue Room are decorated during the 2020 Christmas preview at the White House, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

White House Christmas decor gives nod to 1st responders

Nov. 30, 2020 3:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — First responders and frontline workers being challenged by the deadly coronavirus pandemic are highlighted in White House Christmas decorations that also give a special nod to Melania Trump's redesigned Rose Garden. It’s the final Christmas in the White House for the Trump family,...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2020, file photo the morning sun illuminates the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington. After months of shadowboxing amid a tense and toxic campaign, Capitol Hill's main players are returning to Washington for one final, perhaps futile, attempt at deal making on a challenging menu of year-end business. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Congress returns with virus aid, federal funding unresolved

Nov. 30, 2020 11:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of shadowboxing amid a tense and toxic campaign, Capitol Hill's main players are returning for one final, perhaps futile, attempt at deal-making on a challenging menu of year-end business. COVID-19 relief, a $1.4 trillion catchall spending package, and defense policy...

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. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Biden to nominate Yellen, highlight diversity on econ team

Nov. 30, 2020 10:49 AM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced his senior economic team, including his plans to nominate the first woman to head the Treasury Department as well as several liberal economists and policy specialists who established their credentials during the previous two Democratic...

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki stands in on a meeting in Washington, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. President-elect Joe Biden will have an all-female communications team at his White House, led by campaign communications director Kate Bedingfield. Jen Psaki will be his press secretary. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Biden chooses an all-female senior White House press team

Nov. 30, 2020 12:37 AM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden will have an all-female senior communications team at his White House, reflecting his stated desire to build out a diverse White House team as well as what’s expected to be a return to a more traditional press operation. Biden campaign communications...

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki stands in on a meeting in Washington, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. President-elect Joe Biden will have an all-female communications team at his White House, led by campaign communications director Kate Bedingfield. Jen Psaki will be his press secretary. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Biden chooses an all-female senior White House press team

Nov. 29, 2020 11:13 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden will have an all-female senior communications team at his White House, reflecting his stated desire to build out a diverse White House team as well as what’s expected to be a return to a more traditional press operation. Biden campaign communications...

Pope Francis leaves at the end of a consistory ceremony where 13 bishops were elevated to a cardinal's rank in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (Fabio Frustaci/POOL via AP)

Pope elevates 13 new cardinals then puts them in their place

Nov. 28, 2020 3:04 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis raised 13 new cardinals to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy Saturday and immediately warned them not to use their titles for corrupt, personal gain, presiding over a ceremony marked from beginning to end by the coronavirus pandemic. Two new “princes” of the...

This Nov. 13, 2020 photo provided by Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation shows a handler holding a rescue dog from Georgia in Falls Church, Va.   Kim Williams, who volunteers for the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation says he has tapped into a puppy pipeline to bring some of Georgia’s homeless pet population to the mid-Atlantic region, where demand is outrunning the number of dogs available for adoption.(Kim Williams/The Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation via AP)

Puppy pipeline runs from Georgia northward to adoptive homes

Nov. 28, 2020 11:16 AM EST

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Packed in a dog crate, a 3-year-old boxer mix named Sky took flight earlier this month. She was one of a half-dozen dogs who got the ride of their lives flying from Macon, Georgia, to new homes in Virginia. Kim Williams, who volunteers for the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation of...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump speaks in the press briefing room as Vice President Mike Pence listens in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts military role in vaccines

Nov. 28, 2020 8:18 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the get-go, President Donald Trump has miscast or exaggerated the military's role in his administration's crash program to accelerate the development, production and eventual distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The military theme originated in the May 15 announcement of the creation...

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2020, file photo an American flag waves in front of the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments over whether the Trump administration can exclude people in the country illegally from the count used for divvying up congressional seats. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

High court takes up census case, as other count issues loom

Nov. 28, 2020 8:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's attempt to exclude people living in the country illegally from the population count used to divvy up congressional seats is headed for a post-Thanksgiving Supreme Court showdown. The administration's top lawyers are hoping the justices on a court that includes...

President Donald Trump salutes as he walks to board Marine One after playing golf at Trump National Golf Club, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Sterling, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump may be coming to terms with loss he won't acknowledge

Nov. 27, 2020 3:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump still won't bring himself to concede the election he decisively lost to President-elect Joe Biden. But he's now acknowledging he will leave the White House if Biden's win is affirmed by the Electoral College, which is firmly on track to do just that in a few weeks....