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Biden nominates Atlanta mayor for Democratic National Committee post

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ATLANTA — President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for a position with the Democratic National Committee that would place her in charge of civic engagement and voter protection, according to a Thursday evening news release from the campaign.

“Mayor Bottoms is the only Mayor in Atlanta’s history to have ...Read more

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President Trump's impeachment trial could begin on Inauguration Day

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WASHINGTON — A mere 60 minutes after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in Wednesday, his predecessor is slated to stand trial in the Senate on a charge of inciting a riot in the same building.

The remarkable timing of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is driven in part by Senate rules. A trial must begin at 1 p.m. the day after ...Read more

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Trump plans to live at Mar-a-Lago and employ some current aides

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump plans to fly to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida sometime before Joe Biden’s inauguration, where several current White House staff will work for him or his son-in-law Jared Kushner after his presidency, according to people familiar with the matter.

Trump intends to live at the Palm Beach resort, the people said, ...Read more

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Democrats launch ads aimed at Republicans who opposed impeachment

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WASHINGTON — Democrats are singling out Republican House members from seven districts that voted for President-elect Joe Biden in November in an early round of digital attack ads focused on their votes against impeachment on Wednesday.

The ads feature grayscale images of the Jan. 6 riots on the Capitol superimposed with text accusing the ...Read more

Biden proposing $1.9 trillion plan for pandemic and economic crisis

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WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden will propose a $1.9 trillion plan to combat the nation’s economic and public health emergencies, raising the curtain on a new presidency built on faith in the power of the federal government to solve problems.

In a speech to the nation due to be broadcast Thursday night, Biden is expected to call for ...Read more

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GOP Rep. Meijer receiving threats after 'vote of conscience' to impeach Trump

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WASHINGTON — A day after he voted to impeach President Donald Trump, Michigan freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer said he is buying body armor, changing his daily routines and taking other security measures in response to threats.

"We are living in unstable times. There are 10 of us (Republicans) who voted for impeachment, and that ...Read more

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Ossoff, Warnock likely to be sworn in before Senate impeachment trial

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WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he is inclined to wait until after Joe Biden is inaugurated before he begins the second impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

By that time, the two senators from Georgia are likely to have been sworn in. Once the state certifies the results of the Jan. 5 election, Jon Ossoff and ...Read more

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Biden picks Norquist to be acting Defense secretary

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WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is asking Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist to step in as acting secretary of defense, according to two transition officials.

The request comes as Biden faces a struggle to secure congressional approval of his pick for Pentagon chief, retired Army General Lloyd Austin. In ...Read more

Late-night hosts joke Trump impeachment 'sequel' was 'worse than the original'

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Everything was just peachy on the late-night TV circuit after Donald Trump was impeached for the second time during his presidential tenure.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives delivered the most bipartisan impeachment in United States history on a 232-197 vote. And talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden, Seth Meyers ...Read more

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Will Chief Justice Roberts preside at Trump's second impeachment trial?

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WASHINGTON — There’s no clear answer to whether Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. or a Democrat would preside over a second impeachment trial for President Donald Trump, which could determine how the nation perceives the fairness of the proceedings.

The Constitution states, “When the President of the United States is tried the Chief ...Read more

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U.S. Rep. Espaillat tests positive for COVID-19

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U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat tested positive for COVID-19 after delivering a speech Wednesday on the House floor in support of President Trump’s impeachment.

The New York Democrat revealed his diagnosis in a tweet Thursday and said he’s “quarantining at home.”

“I will continue my duties representing New York’s 13th congressional ...Read more

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Editorial: Turn the page

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President Donald Trump leaves office in less than a week. What we need in those days, and beyond, is not more drama.

We don’t need more drama from the president.

And we don’t need more drama from House Democrats and their leader.

That’s all a second impeachment accomplishes — more drama centering around Trump.

The House has the right...Read more

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Trump's business suffers yet another defection, this time by Aon

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Aon Plc, an insurance brokerage that’s previously been questioned about ties to the Trump Organization, said it ended a relationship with the business.

An Aon spokesperson confirmed the news Wednesday. In 2019, Aon received a subpoena from New York’s insurance regulator about dealings with the family business of U.S. President Donald Trump....Read more

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Dahleen Glanton: Impeachment was the only way to prove that an insurrection and civil unrest are not the same

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday took the historic step of impeaching a U.S. president for the second time. It was the harshest punishment it could render to a head of state who incited an insurrection in an attempt to overturn an election.

In the end, it was not the final bipartisan vote tally that was so astounding. The arguments ...Read more

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Editorial: Trump gets the impeachment he deserves

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Part of the justification for impeaching Donald Trump is that he violated a hallowed democratic principle in place since the republic’s founding. The “peaceful transfer of power” won’t happen in 2021 because Trump fomented for months what culminated in last week’s violent and deadly attack inside the Capitol. This is a tragedy for the ...Read more

Lady Gaga to perform National Anthem at Biden inauguration

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Joe Biden has gone gaga for Gaga.

The New York-born Lady Gaga will perform the National Anthem at the president-elect’s inauguration next week, the inaugural committee reported Thursday.

Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta, campaigned for Biden during the general election, hitting the trail for him the night before the election at a drive-thru ...Read more

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Commentary: Tech censorship is the real gift to Putin

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Alexey Navalny, the opposition leader whom the Russian secret police nearly killed with military-grade poison last year, is worried about Twitter’s decision to shut down Donald Trump’s account. Navalny is no Trump fan; he is far to the left of the outgoing U.S. president. The reason he is worried is that the way U.S. tech has ganged up on ...Read more

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Point: Brace yourself, change is coming

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On Jan. 20, the Biden administration will enter the Oval Office in the midst of a pandemic and economic crisis, with the Democrats in control of both houses of Congress, which means that big policy changes are afoot in the United States.

First, the Biden administration will use the economic crisis at hand to pursue a domestic policy platform ...Read more

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Editorial: Trump social media bans, and broader reform, overdue

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Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms were right to at least temporarily ban President Donald Trump.

The danger of Trump’s incendiary rhetoric and outright lies about election fraud was abundantly clear last week, after he goaded a mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol and interrupted the peaceful transition of power.

This does not ...Read more

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Counterpoint: Biden's perilous congressional road map in 2021

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If you thought 2020 was a surprising year, 2021 will give it a run for its money.

As President-elect Joe Biden enters the White House with narrow control in both legislative chambers, his entire legislative agenda hinges on how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can balance differences between moderate and progressive Democrats and how incoming Senate ...Read more