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A look at Biden's first executive orders in office

A look at Biden's first executive orders in office

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsIn his first official acts as president, Joe Biden is signing executives orders on a broad range of issues, from the coronavirus pandemic to climate change and immigration, to fulfill campaign promises.Highlights of actions Biden is taking Wednesday:Biden is requiring the use of masks and social distancing in all federal buildings, on federal lands and by federal employees and contractors. Consistently masking up is a practice that science has shown to be effective in...

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump's fiction in his goodbye to Washington

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's fiction in his goodbye to Washington

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsWASHINGTON (AP) — In his final remarks as president, Donald Trump tried to take credit for accomplishments of his predecessor and even those to come under President Joe Biden.Falsehoods suffused his Wednesday morning and the night before, though he was spot on with this: “We were not a regular administration.”WATCH LIVEAs well, in noting Americans were “horrified” by the storming of the Capitol this month, he brushed past the encouragement he had given to the mob in advance...

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China bans several Trump officials from doing business with or entering China

China bans several Trump officials from doing business with or entering China

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsWASHINGTON (AP) — China imposed sanctions on nearly 30 former Trump administration officials moments after they left office on Wednesday.In a statement released just minutes after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, Beijing slapped travel bans and business restrictions on Trump’s secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, national security adviser Robert O’Brien and U.N. ambassador, Kelly Craft.Others covered by the sanctions include Trump’s economic adviser Peter Navarro; his top...

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Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon, dozens of others in final clemency flurry

Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon, dozens of others in final clemency flurry

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned former chief strategist Steve Bannon as part of a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of his White House term that benefited more than 140 people, including rap performers, ex-members of Congress and other allies of him and his family.The last-minute clemency, announced Wednesday morning, follows separate waves of pardons over the past month for Trump associates convicted in the FBI’s Russia investigation as well as...

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Biden taps Rachel Levine in historic pick for assistant health secretary

Biden taps Rachel Levine in historic pick for assistant health secretary

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsWASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician general, Levine was appointed to her current post by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in 2017, making her one of the few transgender people serving in elected or appointed positions...

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Census Bureau director to resign amid criticism over citizenship data

Census Bureau director to resign amid criticism over citizenship data

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsFacing criticism over efforts to produce citizenship data to comply with an order from President Donald Trump, U.S. Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham said Monday that he planned to resign with the change in presidential administrations.Dillingham said in a statement that he would resign on Wednesday, the day Trump leaves the White House and President-elect Joseph Biden takes office. Dillingham’s term was supposed to be finished at the end of the year.The Census...

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What Biden can and can't get from an evenly split Senate

What Biden can and can't get from an evenly split Senate

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsWASHINGTON (AP) — So what does a 50-50 Senate get President-elect Joe Biden?Washington has barely had time to process the implications of Democratic control after two Georgia runoff elections that are delivering the Senate to Democrats. Hours after the races were decided, a mob of zealots ransacked the U.S. Capitol and reshaped the national and political landscape.The unexpected new balance of power giving Democrats only the barest control of Congress has big consequences...

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Biden outlines ‘Day One’ agenda of executive actions

Biden outlines ‘Day One’ agenda of executive actions

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsWASHINGTON — In his first hours as president, Joe Biden plans to take executive action to roll back some of the most controversial decisions of his predecessor and to address the raging coronavirus pandemic, his incoming chief of staff said Saturday.The opening salvo would herald a 10-day blitz of executive actions as Biden seeks to act swiftly to redirect the country in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency without waiting for Congress.On Wednesday, following his...

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Your guide to Inauguration Day

Your guide to Inauguration Day

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsPresidential inaugurations are steeped in tradition: a peaceful transfer of power, parades, balls and celebration.“Our history has been that even when one candidate doesn’t win, we accept the results. We move on and we wish the new president well,” said Jim Bendat, a presidential inauguration historian.But this year’s swearing in of President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20 will be different.A deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump led...

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger on why he broke with Republicans and voted to impeach President Trump

Rep. Adam Kinzinger on why he broke with Republicans and voted to impeach President Trump

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsTen Republican members in the House of Representatives joined Democrats Wednesday in voting to impeach Donald Trump. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, is among a handful of Republicans who broke from their party to vote in favor of impeaching the president following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week. He joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his decision.Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find...

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Biden picks geneticist as science adviser, elevates position to Cabinet

Biden picks geneticist as science adviser, elevates position to Cabinet

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsPresident-elect Joe Biden announced Friday that he has chosen a pioneer in mapping the human genome — the so-called “book of life” — to be his chief science adviser and is elevating the top science job to a Cabinet position.Biden nominated Eric Lander, founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, who was the lead author of the first paper announcing the details of the human genome, as director of Office of Science and Technology Policy and adviser on...

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Some in the GOP parrot far-right talk of a coming civil war

Some in the GOP parrot far-right talk of a coming civil war

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsBIRMINGHAM, Ala. — War-like imagery has begun spreading in Republican circles after the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters, with some elected officials and party leaders rejecting pleas to tone down rhetoric calling for a second civil war.In northwestern Wisconsin, the chairman of the St. Croix County Republican Party was forced to resign Friday after refusing for a week after the siege to remove an online post urging followers to...

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Will Trump’s mishandling of records leave a hole in history?

Will Trump’s mishandling of records leave a hole in history?

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsWASHINGTON — The public won’t see President Donald Trump’s White House records for years, but there’s growing concern the collection won’t be complete, leaving a hole in the history of one of America’s most tumultuous presidencies.Trump has been cavalier about the law requiring that records be preserved. He has a habit of ripping up documents before tossing them out, forcing White House records workers to spend hours taping them back together.“They told him to stop doing...

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Journalists prepare for protests where they could be targets

Journalists prepare for protests where they could be targets

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsNEW YORK — While monitoring online chatter about protests at state capitols in advance of next week’s presidential inauguration, the Seattle Times came across a chilling description for journalists: soft targets.The phrase drove home the importance of safety precautions being put in place by news organizations across the country this weekend, including those planned by Times managing editor Ray Rivera and his colleagues.“This is scary territory,” Rivera said. “I don’t want...

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Meet the House Democrats who will prosecute Trump's second impeachment trial

Meet the House Democrats who will prosecute Trump's second impeachment trial

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsWASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped nine of her most trusted allies in the House to argue the case for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.The Democrats, all of whom are lawyers and many of whom have deep experience investigating the president, face the arduous task of convincing skeptical Senate Republicans to convict Trump.A single article of impeachment — for “incitement of insurrection” — was approved by the House on Wednesday, one week after a...

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TSA looking into adding Capitol rioters to U.S. no-fly list

TSA looking into adding Capitol rioters to U.S. no-fly list

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsFederal officials are investigating people who took part in the riot at the U.S. Capitol to determine whether they should be barred from traveling on airlines.The assessments are one of several steps federal agencies are taking to increase security before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. The Transportation Security Administration said Friday it will put more air marshals on some flights, and travelers will see a noticeable increase in police officers,...

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Biden's COVID-19 aid plan could revamp economy, prompt GOP resistance

Biden's COVID-19 aid plan could revamp economy, prompt GOP resistance

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsBALTIMORE (AP) — The $1.9 trillion rescue plan unveiled by President-elect Joe Biden offers the chance to sculpt the U.S. economy toward the Democrats’ liking: a $15 minimum wage, aid to poor families and federal dollars going to public schools.WATCH:It’s an ambitious effort that would arrive after roughly $4 trillion has already been devoted to fighting the pandemic. But it could be quickly trimmed by congressional Republicans who are skeptical about raising the minimum...

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Officials say no 'direct evidence' of plot to assassinate during Capitol attack

Officials say no 'direct evidence' of plot to assassinate during Capitol attack

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsPHOENIX (AP) — Federal prosecutors said there was “strong evidence” the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week aimed to “capture and assassinate elected officials,” but the head of the investigation cautioned Friday that the probe is still in its early stages and there was no “direct evidence” of such intentions.The accusation came in a motion prosecutors filed late Thursday in Phoenix in the case against Jacob Chansley, the Arizona man who took part in the...

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States declare emergencies, close capitols ahead of rallies

States declare emergencies, close capitols ahead of rallies

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsResponding to warnings of potentially violent demonstrations, governors across the nation are calling out National Guard troops, declaring states of emergency and closing their capitols to the public ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week.Though details remain murky, demonstrations are expected at state capitols beginning Sunday and leading up to Biden’s succession of President Donald Trump on Wednesday.State officials hope to avoid the type of violence...

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NRA declares bankruptcy, plans to incorporate in Texas

NRA declares bankruptcy, plans to incorporate in Texas

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The National Rifle Association announced Friday it has filed for bankruptcy and will seek to incorporate the nation’s most politically influential gun-rights group in Texas instead of New York.The announcement made on the NRA’s website comes months after New York’s attorney general sued the organization over claims that top executives illegally diverted tens of millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for associates and other...

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Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and cops

Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and cops

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsAs President Donald Trump’s supporters massed outside the Capitol last week and sang the national anthem, a line of men wearing olive-drab helmets and body armor trudged purposefully up the marble stairs in a single-file line, each man holding the jacket collar of the one ahead.The formation, known as “Ranger File,” is standard operating procedure for a combat team that is “stacking up” to breach a building — instantly recognizable to any U.S. soldier or Marine who served...

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Trump to leave Washington on morning of Biden's inauguration

Trump to leave Washington on morning of Biden's inauguration

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will leave Washington next Wednesday morning just before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration to begin his post-presidential life in Florida.Refusing to abide by tradition and participate in the ceremonial transfer of power, Trump will instead hold his own departure ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland before his final flight aboard Air Force One.Officials are considering an elaborate send-off event reminiscent of the...

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How the U.S. Capitol attack highlights the challenges of thwarting online right-wing extremism

How the U.S. Capitol attack highlights the challenges of thwarting online right-wing extremism

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsAfter a pro-Trump mob attacked the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, a digital trail of their activity leading up to the breach quickly emerged across both the far-right and mainstream reaches of the internet.For weeks, Facebook groups called — referring to false claims of election fraud that have been widely embraced by those in Donald Trump’s orbit — had encouraged supporters of the president to show up to Washington on Jan. 6, the day Congress would meet to certify...

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Most major U.S. airlines ban guns in luggage for D.C. flights ahead of Inauguration Day

Most major U.S. airlines ban guns in luggage for D.C. flights ahead of Inauguration Day

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsAirlines and airports say they are stepping up security before next week’s presidential inauguration, with Delta and other major airlines saying they will prohibit passengers flying to the Washington area from putting guns in checked bags.The moves follow the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump and politically tinged confrontations on some flights.Delta Air Lines was the first to announce Thursday that it will prohibit checking guns to...

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FAA steps up enforcement against unruly airline passengers

FAA steps up enforcement against unruly airline passengers

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsFederal safety officials said Wednesday they stepping up enforcement against unruly airline passengers after confrontations on flights to and from Washington, D.C., around the time of the riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump.The Federal Aviation Administration said there has been “a disturbing increase in incidents where airline passengers have disrupted flights with threatening or violent behavior. These incidents have stemmed both from...

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