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President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Joe Biden appeals for unity in Thanksgiving-eve address

Nov. 25, 2020 3:43 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — In a time of plague and raw division, President-elect Joe Biden appealed for unity Wednesday in a Thanksgiving-eve address to the nation asking Americans to “steel our spines” for a fight against the coronavirus that he predicted would continue for months. But even as...

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris introduce their nominees and appointees to key national security and foreign policy posts at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The Latest: Biden says split Congress affects Cabinet picks

Nov. 24, 2020 7:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Some of Joe Biden’s former colleagues in the Senate who are hoping for a spot in his administration may be out of luck. The president-elect indicated in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt that he was less...

President-elect Joe Biden introduces nominees and appointees to key national security and foreign policy posts at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

'America is back': Biden pushes past Trump era with nominees

Nov. 24, 2020 5:42 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Declaring "America is back," President-elect Joe Biden introduced his national security team on Tuesday, his first substantive offering of how he’ll shift from Trump-era “America First” policies by relying on experts from the Democratic establishment to be some...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, arrives to talk to reporters after a Republican Conference luncheon, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Biden seeks swift Cabinet votes, but GOP Senate stays silent

Nov. 24, 2020 5:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President-elect Joe Biden started rolling out his administrative team, one voice has been notably silent: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Senate Republicans will hold great sway in confirming or denying Biden’s Cabinet nominees, regardless of which party controls the...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden smiles as former Secretary of State John Kerry, left, takes the podium to speak at a campaign stop at the South Slope Community Center in North Liberty, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Biden signals sharp shift from Trump with Cabinet picks

Nov. 23, 2020 10:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Monday tapped Obama-era officials for top national security and economic roles, signaling a stark shift from the Trump administration's “America First” policies that disparaged international alliances and favored deregulation and tax cuts. The...

President-elect Joe Biden speaks Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Approval for transition gives Biden team access to resources

Nov. 23, 2020 9:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is set to begin working with President-elect Joe Biden's transition team now that the head of the General Services Administration has “ascertained” that he is the apparent winner of this month's presidential election. Among other things, the...

A view of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Latest: Trump, US agency allow formal Biden transition

Nov. 23, 2020 8:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 8 p.m. The General Services Administration has formally designated President-elect Joe Biden as the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election. The move late Monday allows Biden to coordinate with federal agencies on...

FILE - In this June 21, 2019 file photo, General Services Administration Administrator Emily Murphy speaks during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Department of Homeland Security's St. Elizabeths Campus Center Building in Washington.   The head of the obscure federal government agency that is holding up Joe Biden's presidential transition knew well before Election Day she might have a messy situation on her hands well. Prior to Nov. 3, GSA administrator Emily Murphy held a Zoom call with Dave Barram, 77, a man who was in her shoes 20 years earlier during the contested 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. Barram said he gave her some simple advice, “If you do the right thing, then all you have to do is live with the consequences of it.’”(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

US agency ascertains Biden as winner, lets transition begin

Nov. 23, 2020 7:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The General Services Administration ascertained Monday that President-elect Joe Biden is the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election, clearing the way for the start of the transition from President Donald Trump’s administration and allowing Biden to coordinate with...

FILE - In this July 25, 2013, file photo Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's nominee to become deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on his nomination. President-elect Joe Biden is filling out his administration with key picks for his national security and foreign policy teams. Mayorkas will be nominated as the secretary for the department of homeland security. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ex-Homeland Security official Mayorkas returns under Biden

Nov. 23, 2020 5:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is turning to a veteran of the Department of Homeland Security to lead the agency created after the Sept. 11 attacks but reshaped by President Donald Trump to carry out his hardline immigration and law enforcement agenda. Biden on Monday announced the nomination...

Members of President Donald Trump's legal team, Sidney Powell, right, with Jenna Ellis, left, attend a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's flailing effort resting on mendacity

Nov. 21, 2020 8:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's flailing attempt to cling to office after voters decisively chose to oust him has taken the country into a dark and fictional place. According to falsehoods being told on his behalf and embraced by him, the U.S. election was manipulated by scheming from a dead...