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Pro-Trump Miamians gather in support of the outgoing president days before inauguration

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MIAMI — As state capitols and cities across the country prepare for potential violence over the weekend in the wake of the attack on the U.S. Capitol fueled by President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud, planned rallies of supporters at the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami and La Carreta restaurant on Bird Road proved peaceful...Read more

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Biden will restart releasing White House logbooks, spokeswoman says

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The West Wing visitor log will once again be an open book.

Visitor logs for key offices at the White House will start being released as soon as President-elect Joe Biden takes office Wednesday, incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted.

“For the sake of clarity—The Biden-Harris Administration will return to the policy of ...Read more

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Biden plans 10 days of action on four ‘overlapping' crises

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WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden plans an early blitz of executive action to reverse some of President Donald Trump’s most contentious policies and address the coronavirus pandemic, according to an outline of Biden’s first 10 days in office.

The plan, spelled out in a memo Saturday by Biden Chief of Staff Ron Klain to incoming White...Read more

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As Maryland man is put to death, unprecedented string of Trump-era federal executions ends

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BALTIMORE — Dustin John Higgs, who was convicted of murdering three women in Prince George’s County in 1996, was executed early Saturday morning, the 13th federal inmate put to death in six months by the outgoing Trump administration.

After a U.S. Supreme Court order Friday night lifted a stay on his execution, Higgs, 48, became the final ...Read more

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Latino leaders call out Trump disinformation campaign in Miami Spanish-language media

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MIAMI —Latino leaders from more than 20 local advocacy groups have denounced the spread of misinformation in South Florida Spanish-language media, warning in an open letter that “hateful rhetoric can have deadly consequences.”

Since a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, resulting in the deaths of five people, ...Read more

Biden picks Iran-deal, Ukraine veterans for key diplomatic posts

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WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden picked veterans of the Iran nuclear talks and diplomacy during Ukraine’s democratic uprising for two senior State Department posts.

Wendy Sherman, a former undersecretary of state for political affairs under President Barack Obama, was nominated to be deputy secretary of state, the Biden transition ...Read more

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Biden plans early legislation to offer legal status to 11 million immigrants without it

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LOS ANGELES — During his first days in office, President-elect Joe Biden plans to send a groundbreaking legislative package to Congress to address the long-elusive goal of immigration reform, including what’s certain to be a controversial centerpiece: a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants who are in the country ...Read more

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As Maryland man is put to death, unprecedented string of Trump-era federal executions ends

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BALTIMORE — Dustin John Higgs, who was convicted of murdering three women in Prince George’s County in 1996, was executed early Saturday morning, the 13th federal inmate put to death in six months by the outgoing Trump administration.

After a U.S. Supreme Court order Friday night lifted a stay on his execution, Higgs, 48, became the final ...Read more

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Biden plans early legislation to offer legal status to 11 million immigrants without it

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LOS ANGELES — During his first days in office, President-elect Joe Biden plans to send a groundbreaking legislative package to Congress to address the long-elusive goal of immigration reform, including what’s certain to be a controversial centerpiece: a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants who are in the country ...Read more

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How will Biden family, including President-elect Joe Biden's brother, spend Inauguration Day?

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PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Biden family is no stranger to presidential inaugurations. But the scene will be unlike any they, or any American alive today, has seen in Washington next week.

The clan will first gather together Jan. 19 for an inauguration event at the Lincoln Memorial, according to Palm Beach County resident Frank Biden, the ...Read more

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NY prosecutors subpoena records on Trump's Seven Springs estate

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New York City prosecutors, who are investigating President Donald Trump’s company for possible tax, bank and insurance fraud, have broadened their probe to include a sprawling property in Westchester County.

A lawyer for the town of Bedford said Friday the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. last month served the town with a...Read more

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Pelosi leaves Congress guessing on Trump Senate trial timing

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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described the impeachment of President Donald Trump as “urgent” but declined to say Friday when the House will send the single charge for inciting insurrection to the Senate to begin his trial.

Speaking to reporters two days after the House impeached Trump for encouraging his supporters who stormed ...Read more

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What will become of the Trump brand after he leaves office?

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For Donald Trump, the cost of an incendiary presidential career started adding up on Day One: Macy's department stores stopped selling his menswear collection after he called Mexican immigrants "rapists" during his first campaign event.

A few months later, after Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the United ...Read more

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Biden to mount federal vaccination campaign, breaking with Trump approach

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WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden, inheriting responsibility for a pandemic that is unchecked and worsening after nearly a year, Friday detailed his plan to throw the weight of the federal government behind getting Americans vaccinated against COVID-19.

Biden, in a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, five days before his inauguration, ...Read more

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Kim Jong Un's missile tests may welcome Biden to White House

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Kim Jong Un has rolled out a lot of new missiles in recent months, including at least one more this week. The next step is for him to fire them into the air to get President-elect Joe Biden’s attention.

The North Korean leader paraded a new submarine-launched ballistic missile through central Pyongyang Thursday as part of a military pageant ...Read more

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Biden plans fewer rules, more shots in revised vaccination drive

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WASHINGTON — President-Elect Joe Biden proposed to overhaul eligibility rules for coronavirus vaccines and open more sites to receive shots, but his plan to rev up U.S. inoculations largely retains the bones of the Trump administration’s system.

Biden’s pledges are vague about timelines, reinforcing his previous warnings that there’ll ...Read more

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Hundreds in publishing sign letter objecting to book deals for the Trump administration

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More than 250 authors, editors, agents, professors and others in the American literary community signed an open letter this week opposing any publisher that signs book deals with President Donald Trump or members of his administration.

Former DC Comics President Paul Levitz, journalist Sarah Weinman and “Little Fires Everywhere” author ...Read more

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Poll: Two-thirds of Americans want Trump to disappear from politics

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WASHINGTON — The tumultuous final weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency have damaged his already low public standing, with 68% of Americans saying they want Trump’s political career to end.

A Pew Research Center survey released Friday shows Trump with the lowest approval number of his presidency at 29%, driven by last week’s assault on the...Read more

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Former FDA official to help lead vaccine oversight for Biden

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WASHINGTON — Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler will serve as chief science officer of the COVID-19 response under the Biden administration.

Kessler will help lead Operation Warp Speed, the joint Pentagon and Department of Health and Human Services project to develop and distribute COVID-19 vaccines and other ...Read more

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Refugee resettlement agency releases proposal for Biden to end 'Remain in Mexico' program

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A refugee resettlement agency published a logistical outline Friday morning for the Biden administration to end President Donald Trump's "Remain in Mexico" program.

The heavily criticized program, known officially as Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP, requires asylum seekers from Latin American countries other than Mexico to wait in Mexico ...Read more