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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, accompanied by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, speaks about economic recovery at The Queen theater, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden adds Obama administration veterans to top staff

Nov. 23, 2020 9:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is adding four Obama-Biden administration veterans to his top ranks as he continues to build out his White House team. Cathy Russell, who was Jill Biden’s chief of staff during the Obama administration, will serve as director of the White House Office of...

FILE - In this July 16, 2019 file photo, General Motors Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra speaks during the opening of their contract talks with the United Auto Workers in Detroit.   General Motors says it will no longer support the Trump administration in legal efforts to end California's right to set its own clean-air standards.  Barra said in a  letter Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 to environmental groups that GM will pull out of the lawsuit, and it urges other automakers to do so.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

GM flips to California's side in pollution fight with Trump

Nov. 23, 2020 5:54 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is switching sides in the legal fight against California's right to set its own clean-air standards, abandoning the Trump administration as the president's term nears its close. CEO Mary Barra said in a letter Monday to environmental groups that GM will no longer support the...

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...

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...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Nov. 20, 2020 6:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Ron Klain, chief of staff to President-elect Joe Biden; Dr. Moncef Slaoui, head of the government’s coronavirus vaccine effort. ___ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Rep....

An attendee stands in a sterilizer as a precaution against the coronavirus as he arrives for a defense expo, DX Korea 2020, in Goyang, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. South Korea has recorded its largest daily increase in coronavirus infections in nearly three months as it gets set to tighten social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S Korea begins stronger limits in some areas

Nov. 18, 2020 8:59 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported more than 300 new coronavirus cases for a second consecutive day as authorities begin enforcing toughened social distancing rules in some areas to fight a resurgence of small-scale clusters of infections. The 343 new cases announced Thursday raised the...

President-elect Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, speaks about economic recovery at The Queen theater, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Biden congratulates Pelosi on speaker nomination

Nov. 18, 2020 5:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 5:25 p.m. President-elect Joe Biden is congratulating Nancy Pelosi for her nomination to serve as House speaker for another term. Biden's transition team says the incoming president and Pelosi spoke on Wednesday following House...

FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2011 file photo, Jennifer O'Malley Dillon is shown in Chicago. President-elect Joe Biden has announced top White House staff positions, drawing from the senior ranks of his campaign and some of his closest confidants. Biden confirmed that former campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon will serve as a deputy chief of staff.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Biden filling top White House team with campaign veterans

Nov. 17, 2020 3:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden announced a raft of top White House staff positions on Tuesday, drawing from the senior ranks of his campaign and some of his closest confidants to fill out an increasingly diverse White House leadership team. Biden confirmed that former campaign manager Jen...

A supporter of President Donald Trump holds a Trump 2020 flag outside the U.S. Capitol building as they attend pro-Trump marches, Saturday Nov. 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Pandemic politics leave DC in gridlock as virus surges

Nov. 17, 2020 12:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the nation gripped by a resurgent coronavirus and looking to Washington for help, President Donald Trump and lawmakers in Congress have a message for struggling Americans: Just keep waiting. The urgency of the nationwide surge in virus cases, spiking hospitalizations and increasing...