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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)

AP source: Biden taps ex-Fed chair Yellen to lead treasury

Nov. 23, 2020 5:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has chosen former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to serve as treasury secretary, a pivotal role in which she would help shape and direct his economic policies at a perilous time, according to a person familiar with the transition plans. Yellen, who is widely...

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...

President-elect Joe Biden, speaks during a meeting with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Biden wants Congress to pass virus aid in lame-duck session

Nov. 20, 2020 6:46 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is pushing Congress to approve billions of dollars in emergency COVID-19 assistance before he takes office, saying in a meeting Friday with the top Democrats in the House and Senate that such a package should be approved during the lame-duck session. Biden...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, right, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin testify during the Senate's Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing examining the quarterly CARES Act report to Congress on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Mnuchin on Friday, Nov. 20 denied that he is trying to limit the choices President-elect Joe Biden will have to promote an economic recovery by ending several emergency loan programs being run by the Federal Reserve. Mnuchin said his decision was based on the fact that the programs were not being heavily utilized and the money could be better used by being re-allocated by Congress to provide support in other areas such as further grants to small businesses and extended unemployment assistance.  (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Mnuchin denies trying to limit Biden's economic options

Nov. 20, 2020 6:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin denied on Friday that he is attempting to limit President-elect Joe Biden's options for reviving the pandemic-damaged economy by ending several emergency loan programs being run by the Federal Reserve. Mnuchin said the programs were not being heavily...

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

The Latest: McConnell proposes shifting funds to COVID aid

Nov. 20, 2020 2:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is proposing that Congress funnel $455 billion of unspent small business lending funds toward a new COVID-19 aid package. The Republican leader’s offer Friday comes after a...

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks during a campaign rally for Republican candidates for U.S. Senate Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Sen. David Perdue on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Cumming, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Florida's Sen. Scott has coronavirus, 'very mild symptoms'

Nov. 20, 2020 11:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Rick Scott of Florida said Friday he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was isolating at home with “very mild symptoms.” He's the second senator, along with Iowa's Chuck Grassley, and at least the eighth member of Congress to announce a positive test this week....

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, center, speaks as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., listen during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News, Apple News, and WMUR-TV at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. Sanders and Warren, the faces of the Democratic Party's far-left wing, are at risk of being excluded from the senior ranks of President-elect Biden's administration as the incoming president balances the demands of his party's progressive base against the political realities of a narrowly divided Senate. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Sanders, Warren under scrutiny as Biden weighs Cabinet picks

Nov. 20, 2020 5:49 AM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, leaders of the Democratic Party's left wing, are at risk of being excluded from the senior ranks of President-elect Joe Biden's administration as the incoming president balances the demands of his party's progressive base against the political...

A Marine stands outside the entrance to the West Wing of the White House, signifying that President Donald Trump is in the Oval Office, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Analysis: Trump's bid to spread misinformation and sow doubt

Nov. 19, 2020 3:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to turn America's free and fair election into a muddled mess of misinformation, specious legal claims and baseless attacks on the underpinnings of the nation's democracy. The resulting chaos and confusion that has created isn’t the byproduct of...

President Donald Trump listens during an event on Operation Warp Speed in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

GOP increasingly accepts Trump's defeat — but not in public

Nov. 19, 2020 12:34 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Kamala Harris returned to the Senate this week for the first time as vice president-elect, her Republican colleagues offered their congratulations and Sen. Lindsey Graham greeted her with a fist bump. It was a sign that many Republicans have privately acknowledged what they refuse to...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talk as they arrive to listen to President Donald Trump deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. When Harris returned to the Senate the week of Nov. 16, 2020, for the first time as vice president-elect, her Republican colleagues offered their congratulations and Graham greeted her with a fist bump. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

GOP increasingly accepts Trump's defeat — but not in public

Nov. 18, 2020 7:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Kamala Harris returned to the Senate this week for the first time as vice president-elect, her Republican colleagues offered their congratulations and Sen. Lindsey Graham greeted her with a fist bump. It was a sign that many Republicans have privately acknowledged what they refuse to...