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Atlanta mayor: Biden pledged to help US mayors deal with COVID-19, other issues

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ATLANTA — After a virtual meeting on Monday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said that President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have pledged more support to the nation's cities as they grapple with the damage caused by the coronavirus.

That support would come after the new president took office, no matter the party ...Read more

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Editorial: Trump's climate policies are a disaster. For Florida's sake, Biden should undo them — quickly

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This doesn't seem normal. Tropical Storm Eta, after making landfall in the Florida Keys this month, dumped almost 14 inches in 24 hours in Miramar.

Miami Lakes experienced "flooding we haven't seen in modern times," according to resident and Herald columnist Fabiola Santiago.

Sections of North Miami received about 7 inches of rain, while parts...Read more

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Commentary: The 3 nuclear threats facing President-elect Biden

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Four years ago, President Barack Obama warned Donald Trump on his visit to the Oval Office two days after the election that the biggest national security threat he would face was North Korea's impending ability to fire nuclear missiles against the United States.

President-elect Joe Biden is unlikely to see the inside of the Oval Office until ...Read more

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Secret Service planning for Trump spending lots of his post-presidency in Palm Beach

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Secret Service is planning for a stepped-up presence in Palm Beach County starting on Jan. 20 — when President Donald Trump adds "former" to his title and begins spending much more time at his Mar-a-Lago Club.

Former presidents and former first ladies get Secret Service protection for life (although security ...Read more

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'It's about democracy': Law school deans weigh in on attacks on election results

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As many as half of America's law school deans are expected to sign a letter saying continued legal attacks on this month's election amount to what one called "frivolous attacks on our democracy."

The letter comes after a parade of unsuccessful lawsuits from President Donald Trump's legal team challenging the results of the Nov. 3 election. On ...Read more

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Editorial: Trump's Pentagon purge threatens US security

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President Donald Trump's wholesale removal of the top civilian leadership of the Defense Department almost certainly isn't the coup-in-the-making that some of his critics have alleged. Even so, the purge threatens to inflict lasting damage on America's national security — unless Congress is prepared to rein the president in.

Trump's post-...Read more

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Editorial: Record number of women in Congress, but still much work to be done

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Women have a lot to celebrate this election season. The most obvious reason, of course, is the elevation and historic rise of California Sen. Kamala Harris to vice president-elect — the first women and Black individual (and person of Indian and Jamaican descent, we might add) to serve in the country's second-highest position. Women reached ...Read more

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Spending deal by Dec. 11 hinges on Thanksgiving allocation pact

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WASHINGTON — As negotiators race against the clock to write final spending legislation for the current fiscal year, signs of optimism emerged that a deal can be reached that would avoid a government shutdown next month.

Top appropriators missed a self-imposed deadline last week for reaching a bipartisan framework for a fiscal 2021 omnibus ...Read more

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Biden said to pick Janet Yellen for Treasury amid deep economic slump

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WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden will nominate former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen for Treasury secretary.

Yellen was the first woman to run the Fed and, if confirmed by the Senate, would make history as the first woman to run the Treasury Department. The Biden transition team did not respond to a request for comment, but The...Read more

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On Biden's to-do list: Blunt the talk that he enters the presidency as a lame duck

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WASHINGTON — When he takes the presidential oath of office in January at the age of 78, Joe Biden will be the oldest person to hold the office. Fighting off the debilitating "lame-duck" label is already on his advisers' to-do list.

As they work to fill White House staff and Cabinet posts and strategize about the new administration's agenda, ...Read more

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Giuliani drops Sidney Powell as Trump's 'strike force' splinters

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's campaign has disavowed attorney Sidney Powell, who as part of its post-election legal team has pushed some of the most extreme conspiracy theories around the vote.

The statement was released by the campaign on behalf of Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, and was the latest twist for an evolving ...Read more

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Editorial: As Trump nears the exit, never forget his inhumane treatment of children

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President Donald Trump's four years in office have been disastrous in so many ways. The crumbling of a functional federal government. Tens of thousands of lives likely lost because of his slow response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The abandoned efforts to rein in carbon emissions, shift to renewable energy sources and slow the advance of ...Read more

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Biden to name longtime aide Blinken as secretary of State

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WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden intends to name his longtime adviser Antony Blinken as secretary of State, according to three people familiar with the matter, setting out to assemble his Cabinet even before Donald Trump concedes defeat.

In addition, Jake Sullivan, formerly one of Hillary Clinton's closest aides, is likely to be named ...Read more

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'Stop golfing and concede': Trump and Maryland Gov. Hogan spar again after president criticizes South Korean tests

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BALTIMORE — President Donald Trump again took aim at Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan in a tweet Sunday morning, bringing attention to questions surrounding a batch of coronavirus tests the state bought from a South Korean company.

The Republican president tweeted a link to a post on the Breitbart website Sunday that referenced a Washington Post ...Read more

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Putin says he's not ready to recognize Biden as US president

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said he's ready to work with any U.S. leader, but still isn't ready to recognize the election victory of Joe Biden.

"We will work with anyone who has the confidence of the American people," Putin said on Russian state TV Sunday. "But that confidence can only be given to a candidate whose victory has been ...Read more

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Biden to unveil Cabinet picks as key states aim to certify his win

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WASHINGTON — Joe Biden will unveil his first Cabinet picks Tuesday, his chief of staff said Sunday, a tangible sign that a new administration is moving ahead despite President Donald Trump's continuing efforts to stymie it and to overturn the election result.

On the eve of deadlines in the key battleground states of Michigan and Pennsylvania ...Read more

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President Trump's legal team is a 'national embarrassment,' Chris Christie says

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As the court losses continue to mount, President Donald Trump's ally and informal adviser Chris Christie called the commander-in-chief's legal team a "national embarrassment."

The former New Jersey governor said it was time for the president to face reality.

"If you have got the evidence of fraud, present it," Christie said on ABC Sunday ...Read more

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Trump's leaving office. Don't expect him to leave your news feed

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WASHINGTON — When President Donald Trump exits the Oval Office on Jan. 20, don't expect him to disappear from your Twitter feed.

Trump is likely to become even less restrained on social media, putting intense pressure on Twitter and Facebook to manage his most explosive and rule-breaking claims. Under fire from Republicans for allegedly ...Read more

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Election disinformation fears came true for state officials

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The disinformation scenario that local election officials feared months ago has come true: President Donald Trump's false claims of voter fraud have been picked up by many state and local Republican officials across the country, and polls now show that more than two-thirds of GOP voters believe the 2020 election was neither free nor fair.

Ten ...Read more

Trump formally requests recount in Georgia

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ATLANTA — Donald Trump says he has formally requested a recount in the presidential race in Georgia.

The president's campaign released a statement Saturday night saying it had filed a petition for the recount, which he is entitled to do under Georgia law because of Joe Biden's margin of victory is less than .5%.

"Today, the Trump campaign ...Read more