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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on climate change and green jobs, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

New Biden health care orders begin to unspool Trump policies

Jan. 28, 2021 8:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is taking steps on Thursday to get more people health insurance in the middle of the raging coronavirus pandemic, a down payment on his pledge to push the U.S. toward coverage for all. The White House said he would sign an executive order reopening the HealthCare.gov...

President Joe Biden signs a series of executive orders on climate change, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. From left, Vice President Kamala Harris, Biden, White House science adviser Dr. Eric Lander, and National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

EXPLAINER: Executive orders can be swift but fleeting

Jan. 28, 2021 6:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden arrived at the White House ready to wield his pen to dismantle Donald Trump’s legacy and begin pushing his own priorities. Presidents Trump and Barack Obama both relied on executive orders and other presidential directives to get some of their most controversial...

In this Jan. 27, 2021, photo, President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package presents a first political test. More than a sweeping rescue plan, it's a test of the strength of his new administration, of Democratic control of Congress and of the role of Republicans in a post-Trump political landscape. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Virus aid package tests whether Biden, Congress can deliver

Jan. 28, 2021 12:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a sweeping national rescue plan, President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package presents a first political test — of his new administration, of Democratic control of Congress and of the role of Republicans in a post-Trump political landscape. For...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., sits in the House Chamber after they reconvened for arguments over the objection of certifying Arizona's Electoral College votes in November's election, at the Capitol in Washington. Republicans have a Marjorie Taylor Greene problem. Again. Before she joined Congress this month, Greene supported Facebook posts that advocated violence against leading Democrats and the FBI. While some Republicans condemned the activity on Wednesday, it was hardly a surprise. Facebook posts surfaced last year showing she’d expressed racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim views. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)

GOP tested anew by Georgia congresswoman's Facebook activity

Jan. 28, 2021 12:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have a Marjorie Taylor Greene problem. Again. Before she joined the House this month, Greene supported Facebook posts that advocated violence against Democrats and the FBI. One suggested shooting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the head. In response to a post raising the...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jan. 27, 2021 7:19 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Keep the Trains and Buses Running The New York Times Jan. 21 The coronavirus pandemic is jeopardizing the long-term health of the public transit systems that provide a crucial circulatory system for major American cities...

In this image from video, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks as the Senate reconvenes after protesters stormed into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)

Democrat floats Trump censure as conviction grows unlikely

Jan. 27, 2021 5:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine said Wednesday that he’s discussing with colleagues whether a censure resolution to condemn former President Donald Trump for his role in the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol could be an alternative to impeachment, even as the Senate proceeds with a...

Health nonprofit barred from aiding inmates over BLM support

Jan. 27, 2021 12:56 PM EST

The Hancock County sheriff ended the work of a nonprofit with jail inmates recovering from addiction in June because the organization had put out a statement supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement. Sheriff Scott Kane terminated the agreement with Healthy Acadia, which provided peer mentors for inmates in...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jan. 27, 2021 12:18 PM EST

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ Jan. 26 The Herald-Citizen on the importance of the peaceful transfer of power: Although some predicted Jan. 20's inauguration and transfer of presidential power from President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden would be anything but peaceful, we’re...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jan. 27, 2021 12:15 PM EST

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Jan. 24 The News & Observer on the unified government by Democrats in Washington, D.C.: On Wednesday afternoon, shortly after Joe Biden was inaugurated as president, Vice President Kamala Harris swore in three new members of the U.S. Senate, including the...

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on COVID-19, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden to reopen 'Obamacare' markets for COVID-19 relief

Jan. 27, 2021 8:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fulfilling a campaign promise, President Joe Biden plans to reopen the HealthCare.gov insurance markets for a special sign-up opportunity geared to people needing coverage in the coronavirus pandemic. Biden is expected to sign an executive order Thursday, said two people familiar with...