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What to Expect in 'Most Important Inaugural Speech Since Lincoln'

Themes will be unity, recovery at noon, aides say

(Newser) - Joe Biden becomes president on Wednesday, and Sen. Chris Coons, one of his close allies, says the speech he gives on the occasion will be "the most important inaugural speech since Lincoln." Biden has the daunting task of attempting to unite the country after a divisive election and...

Biden Honors COVID Victims in Sunset DC Ceremony

Earlier Tuesday, he said an emotional farewell to Delaware

(Newser) - Joe Biden said an emotional farewell to his Delaware hometown Tuesday before departing for Washington, DC. When he next visits Wilmington, he will be President Biden. The president-elect spoke at a National Guard center named after son Beau Biden, who died from brain cancer in 2015, the Guardian reports. A...

Biden's Pick for Big HHS Role a Historic First

Rachel Levine may be first openly transgender federal official to get confirmed by Senate

(Newser) - Xavier Becerra has a new No. 2 at Health and Human Services. The AP reports that President-elect Joe Biden has picked Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania's current health secretary, to serve as his assistant health secretary under Becerra, who has been nominated by Biden to be the nation's top...

Biden's To-Do List for First Day Just Got a New Addition

Sources say he'll yank the Keystone XL permit via executive action as soon as he takes office

(Newser) - On Saturday, a memo from incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain to senior staff laid out dozens of executive orders that President-elect Biden is expected to sign within the first few days of his term. Not listed among them, per Politico : a plan to pull the permit for...

In the Name of Science, Biden to Bring a Big WH First

Eric Lander will be Joe Biden's science adviser, and it'll be a Cabinet-level position

(Newser) - President-elect Joe Biden says "science will always be at the forefront of my administration," and he's elevating the post of science adviser to Cabinet level, a White House first. Biden, who planned to introduce his team Saturday, said the scientists "will ensure everything we do is...

Trump's Inauguration Day Plans Firming Up

2 reports say he will fly to Mar-a-Lago hours before Joe Biden is sworn in

(Newser) - President Trump has said he won't attend Joe Biden's inauguration, though he hasn't revealed where he will be instead. Now multiple reports say Trump plans to fly to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida before Biden is sworn in. Bloomberg says the president will fly out sometime in...

Biden Asks Trump Holdover to Run Pentagon, Temporarily

David Norquist will run Pentagon until Biden pick Lloyd Austin is confirmed

(Newser) - The history books will reflect that Joe Biden's very first defense secretary was an appointee of Donald Trump. But David Norquist will not be in the role very long. Politico reports that Biden will ask Norquist, who currently serves as deputy secretary of defense, to run the Pentagon until...

Trump Made 'Misguided' Space Command Call: Governor

Colorado's Jared Polis says HQ is being moved as a Trump reward to Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville

(Newser) - Tommy Tuberville, Alabama's newest GOP senator, may have just seen a big nod from President Trump, at least according to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis. The Democratic governor and other leaders from both parties in his state are slamming a decision to relocate Space Command headquarters from its temporary digs...

Kim Jong Un Slams N. Korea's 'Biggest Enemy'

Spoiler alert: That would be the United States

(Newser) - President-elect Biden is on the brink of moving into the White House, but as far as Kim Jong Un is concerned, that doesn't change how he views the United States. In fact, per North Korean state media, Kim says the US remains his nation's "biggest enemy" and...

Biden Announces Big Shift in US Vaccine Strategy

He plans to release nearly all doses immediately, instead of holding supplies back for 2nd shot

(Newser) - Joe Biden on Friday announced a big and controversial shift in strategy on coronavirus vaccines. When he takes office, Biden will order the immediate release of almost all available doses, reports CNN . Under the current strategy, about half the doses are being held back so people already vaccinated can receive...

Trump: I'm Skipping the Inauguration

President says he won't attend the swearing-in of Joe Biden

(Newser) - Joe Biden's inauguration won't have one notable guest in attendance: President Trump on Friday tweeted that he will skip it. "To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th," he wrote. Trump did not disclose where he...

Rhode Island Governor Joining Biden's Cabinet

It's Gina Raimondo for Commerce, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for Labor

(Newser) - The Biden Cabinet is filling out, even as the Trump Cabinet is shrinking . The president-elect on Thursday announced two more key picks:
  • Commerce: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo gets the nod. She was a former venture capitalist before entering politics, and Politico reports that she was a top-tier candidate for

One Trump, One Obama Take Home 'Most Admired' Crowns

Donald Trump ends Barack Obama's 12-year winning streak, while Michelle Obama wins top spot for women

(Newser) - Donald Trump didn't beat Joe Biden in the election, but he can notch a win against Barack Obama. In its annual survey on the matter, Gallup pollsters asked 1,000 or so American adults to name, without being given choices, a man and a woman they most admire anywhere...

Fauci, WHO Issue 2 Bleak Warnings
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Fauci, WHO Issue 2 Bleak Warnings

Fauci fears January will be worse than December; WHO says COVID may not be 'the big one'

(Newser) - Anthony Fauci delivered some not-so-comforting words Tuesday on the state of COVID in the US, telling CNN that the current surge "has just gotten ... out of control in many respects." While December has been record-setting in terms of deaths, Fauci said he feared January will be worse, in...

Dominion Staffer Sues Trump Campaign: I Want My Life Back

Eric Coomer says he's had to go into hiding due to conspiracy theories about election 'rigging'

(Newser) - A high-ranking employee for a company that provided election equipment and software in 28 states has been subjected to harassment and death threats so alarming that he was forced to go into hiding a week after the election. Now, Eric Coomer says he wants his life back, and he's...

Education Pick Is Former Public-School Teacher

Connecticut's Miguel Cardona will get the Cabinet position

(Newser) - President-elect Biden has chosen Miguel Cardona, the education commissioner for Connecticut and a former public-school teacher, to serve as education secretary, per the AP . Cardona was appointed to the top education post in Connecticut just months before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in March. When schools moved to remote learning,...

Biden Calls Once-Close Graham a 'Disappointment'

President-elect says the senator used to be a personal friend

(Newser) - Joe Biden and Lindsey Graham served in the Senate together and used to speak glowingly of one another despite being on opposite sides of the aisle. But in a sign of how much their relationship has frayed in recent years, the president-elect told Stephen Colbert Thursday night that "Lindsey'...

Biden Aide: I Chose Wrong Word About Republicans

Jen O'Malley Dillon caught flak for her description of GOP members of Congress

(Newser) - Joe Biden's incoming chief of staff is tamping down a controversy of her own making. On Thursday, Jen O'Malley Dillon acknowledged that she "used some words that I probably could have chosen better" when describing Republicans in Congress, reports Politico . The word that caught people's attention...

Trump Reacts to McConnell's Dose of Election Reality

'Too soon to give up': president implores Senate majority leader

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell has spoken, recognizing Joe Biden Tuesday as the next president of the US, and the current president wasn't pleased with the Senate majority leader's concession—so much so that he addressed the subject after midnight on Tuesday. In a tweet accompanying a Daily Mail article titled...

Fauci: These 2 Should Get Their Shots Now

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

(Newser) - Dr. Anthony Fauci thinks two people in particular should skip to the front of the line for a coronavirus vaccination: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. "For security reasons, I really feel strongly that we should get them vaccinated as soon as we possibly can," he said on Good ...

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