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‘It must be done': Pelosi vows to move quickly on Trump impeachment trial over Capitol riots

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed Thursday to push ahead quickly with the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump over his role in inciting the violent storming of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021.

A day after President Joe Biden took office, Pelosi left little doubt that she plans to quickly transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate...Read more

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Commentary: Trump treated the arts as an adversary. Biden's first day told a different story

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On the first day of the Biden administration, we had already seen something almost entirely missing from Washington over the last four years: A-list stars. Also, music. In the inauguration itself there were Lady Gaga, with her golden microphone and in-ear monitors singing the "Star-Spangled Banner"; Jennifer Lopez's medley of "This Land Is Your ...Read more

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Fauci pledges US Covax support in re-engagement with WHO

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U.S. infectious disease chief Anthony Fauci pledged his country’s commitment to the World Health Organization, including membership in a global effort to deploy COVID-19 vaccines.

Fauci addressed the Geneva-based group a day after Joe Biden’s inauguration, underlining the new U.S. president’s effort to mend ties with an agency crucial to ...Read more

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Fauci pledges US Covax support in re-engagement with WHO

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U.S. infectious disease chief Anthony Fauci pledged his country’s commitment to the World Health Organization, including membership in a global effort to deploy COVID-19 vaccines.

Fauci addressed the Geneva-based group a day after Joe Biden’s inauguration, underlining the new U.S. president’s effort to mend ties with an agency crucial to ...Read more

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Two Biden priorities, climate and conservation, collide in the California desert

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The Trump administration left President Biden a dilemma in the California desert: a plan to remove protections from millions of acres of public lands and open vast areas to solar and wind farms.

Biden's team could easily block the proposed changes, which were slammed by conservationists as a last-gasp effort by the outgoing administration to ...Read more

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Fingerpointing, outrage after Trump pardons USC father in college admission scandal

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Federal prosecutors had accused Robert Zangrillo, a Miami developer, of a costly and criminal effort to secure his daughter's entry to the University of Southern California.

In 2017, Zangrillo hired associates of Newport Beach consultant Rick Singer to secretly complete his daughter's high school classes. Later, Zangrillo paid others to ...Read more

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Biden, Trump take dueling approaches to ethics, lobbying

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WASHINGTON — One of President Joe Biden’s expected earliest actions, an executive order aimed at curbing the revolving door between corporations and the government, will come shortly after his predecessor, Donald Trump, revoked a similarly themed ethics pledge.

The two moves offer a stark contrast in the back-to-back presidents’ ...Read more

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Editorial: As he leaves office, Trump abuses the pardon power — again

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In one of his last acts as president Donald J. Trump again exercised his constitutional authority to "grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States" in an irresponsible and offensive way — fortunately for the last time.

Trump has been a uniquely unprincipled president. But the way he has used the pardon power to benefit ...Read more

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Point: Look to history to define President Trump's legacy

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President Donald Trump left the White House with a clear, early verdict on his presidency: a devastating low 29% approval rating. Plummeting popularity and the Jan. 6 insurrection freed the greater public, pundits and the press to excoriate the president as he left office. Though journalists often pen the first draft of history, their collective...Read more

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Commentary: Biden's reversal of Trump's Muslim ban can't undo its damage

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As America closes the chapter on the Trump era, millions across the nation are breathing a collective sigh of relief. The incessant barrage of headlines fixating on the one-term, twice-impeached president’s inflammatory words, tweets and policies have exacted a heavy toll.

American Muslims, in particular, won’t soon forget that four years ...Read more

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Counterpoint: The worst president in American history

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Donald Trump will be remembered as the worst president in American history. His legacy includes: overseeing the most corrupt administration in American history; enabling the grandest handover of policymaking to corporations of all time; exhibiting the most overt and vicious racism and anti-immigrant xenophobia of any administration in modern ...Read more

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Commentary: What does unity mean? Joe Biden is demanding something that's as elusive as it is unnecessary

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The theme of Joe Biden’s inaugural address was that we must bring America together as a prerequisite to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, revive the economy, confront climate change, move toward racial justice and accomplish so many other big things.

“This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge,” said Biden. “And unity is the path ...Read more

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to President Biden: I'll see you in court, frequently

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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who famously used the power of his office to support fellow Republican Donald Trump and thwart the policies of his Democratic predecessor, vowed Wednesday to vigorously oppose an hours-old Biden administration he labeled as lawless.

While President Joe Biden was laying a wreath at the Tomb of...Read more

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‘It's therapeutic’: Democrats in Congress use inauguration to heal from Capitol siege

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WASHINGTON — In the space of two weeks, the Capitol has seen a siege and an inauguration. For some lawmakers who witnessed both, the events will be forever linked.

As Joe Biden took the oath of office Wednesday, Democrats in the audience described overwhelming feelings of relief.

“Half of us were having a hard time holding it together,” ...Read more

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After inauguration, President Biden extended freeze on student loan payments until Sept. 30

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In one of his first actions as president, Joe Biden on Wednesday extended the freeze on student loan payments for eight months, hoping to forestall new pressure on borrowers amid the economic turmoil caused by the pandemic.

Biden signed an executive order shortly after his inauguration, pushing back the moratorium until Sept. 30.

College ...Read more

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'It is a new day': Biden puts statue of Cesar Chavez on display in the Oval Office

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FRESNO, Calif. — Eagle-eyed Twitter users spotted something familiar on the credenza behind President Joe Biden as he signed executive orders Wednesday on his first official day in the Oval Office. Among the family photos was a bronze bust of famed labor leader Cesar E. Chavez.

Supporters of the civil rights leader said seeing it displayed in...Read more

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Democrats planning budget blitzkrieg to pass Biden agenda

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WASHINGTON — House and Senate Democrats are prepping an audacious and fast-moving game plan to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue package without GOP support, potentially employing tools that would shatter conventional understandings of the budget reconciliation process.

Final decisions haven’t been made, and ...Read more

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Trump discloses $40,000 in gifts received during final year

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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump accepted more than $40,000 in gifts in his last year in office, including freebies from executives of the Boeing Co., Apple Inc. and Ford Motor Co., according to his final financial disclosure report released Wednesday.

The most expensive: A $25,970 bronze statue depicting U.S. Marines raising the ...Read more

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Democratic-led Senate OKs first Biden nominee. But advancing the president's agenda will be a struggle

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WASHINGTON — With the swearing in of the newest senators Wednesday, Democrats have more muscle in Washington than they have had in a decade, controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress. But exercising the power is already proving fraught.

They got notably little done in Congress on day one of their expanded authority, securing ...Read more

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Biden team fears virus surge imperils pledge to curb pandemic

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s team is increasingly worried the coronavirus pandemic is spiraling out of control — imperiling his promise to contain the outbreak — as cases and deaths mount, vaccinations lag and a more transmissible strain of the virus emerges in the U.S., according to people familiar with the matter.

As they ...Read more