Leadership of U.N. Human Rights Body Becomes Proxy Battle for World Powers

A fight over the council’s presidency is seen by some as an effort by China, Russia and Saudi Arabia to put a more compliant state in control ahead of greater involvement by the Biden administration.

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A Cat Is Said to Be Joining the Bidens in the White House

The last cat to live in the White House, India, belonged to President George W. Bush.

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A Rush to Expand the Border Wall That Many Fear Is Here to Stay

Despite the president-elect’s vow to halt the project, the Trump administration is expanding the wall at a breakneck pace.

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‘Dear Joe’: Advice for Biden

What is the greatest challenge facing President-elect Joe Biden? We asked readers that question, and what advice they would give him.

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Assassination Threatens Fate of Iran Nuclear Deal

The killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist is likely to impede the country’s military ambitions. Its real purpose may have been to prevent the president-elect from resuming diplomacy with Tehran.

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Aides’ Ties to Firms Present Biden With Early Ethics Test

Some of the president-elect’s choices for top posts have done work for undisclosed corporate clients and aided a fund that invests in government contractors.

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Top Contenders for Biden’s Cabinet Draw Fire From All Sides

Lists of names of those the president-elect is said to be considering are flying across Washington, prompting lawmakers and interest groups to raise questions about some top contenders.

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Arizona Settles In to Life as a ‘Magenta’ State

Democrats made historic inroads. But it’s a deeply divided place, and some say a “blood bath” is on the horizon in 2022.

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How Democrats Suffered Crushing Down-Ballot Losses Across America

In statehouse races, suburban voters’ disgust with President Trump failed to translate into a rebuke of other Republicans, ensuring the party’s grip on partisan mapmaking.

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Gunmen Assassinate Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist in Ambush, Provoking New Crisis

Iran expressed fury over the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, blaming it on Israel and the United States. His death may complicate President-elect Biden’s intention to restore the Iranian nuclear deal.

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Empowered by an Odds-Defying Win, Susan Collins is Ready to Deal

The senator from Maine has emerged from the toughest re-election battle of her career more influential than ever, and ready to play a crucial deal-making role in a divided Senate.

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Biden’s Plan for Seniors Is Not Just a Plan for Seniors

The incoming administration aims to tackle child care, elder care, preschool and more in one ambitious aid program.

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‘Democracy Should Not Be Taken for Granted’

Readers around the world tell us about the global ripple effect of the U.S. election.

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When Churches Rescue Americans From Crushing Covid

Churches are doing what politicians have been unable to do, rescuing Americans from crushing medical bills.

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Venezuela Raids Food Charity, Interrupting Meals for Children

The charity, Feed the Solidarity, often provides the only meals children receive each day. The government accuses it of subversion, with no evidence.

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‘Loser’: How a Lifelong Fear Bookended Trump’s Presidency

The president’s inability to concede the election is the latest reality-denying moment in a career preoccupied with an epithet.

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Oh, Brother! Tears for Trump

No arguments — or turkey — this Thanksgiving. Just a cocktail.

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A Fight Over Agriculture Secretary Could Decide the Direction of Hunger Policy

The delicate proxy clash has pitted Democrats eager to emphasize issues like hunger and nutrition against traditionalists who believe the department should represent rural America.

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Trump Brought Back Michael Flynn for the Finale, Fallon Says

“Seriously, there’s a name from the past,” Jimmy Fallon said of Flynn on Wednesday. “Even Michael Flynn was like, ‘Damn, I totally forgot about Michael Flynn.’”

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Biden Urges Unity: ‘We’re at War With the Virus, Not With One Another’

In an emotional address, he pleaded with Americans to “hang on” and cited the death of his son to say that he understood the loss in the nation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Economy Stumbles as the Coronavirus Spreads Widely

Claims for new unemployment benefits and other data suggest that the recent increase in infections is threatening the economic recovery.

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Trump’s ‘Favorite Dictator’ Imprisoned My Husband — to Test Joe Biden

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt is using human rights activists in a game of geopolitical brinkmanship. What will the new administration do about it?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #egypt, #egyptian-initiative-for-personal-rights, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Biden Transition Gets Underway as Team Fans Out Across Capital

Within hours of the Trump administration’s decision to stop blocking the process, representatives of the president-elect began coordinating the handover of power.

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Markets Throw a Welcome Party of Sorts for Biden

Wall Street notched records, as relief settled in that the election is over and Janet Yellen will be the Treasury secretary in the next administration.

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Yellen Would Assume Vast Policy Portfolio as Treasury Secretary

From trade and sanctions to tax policy and financial regulation, the former Fed chair will be at the center of the new administration’s agenda.

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Trump Stress-Tested the Election System, and the Cracks Showed

Even in the absence of a questionable outcome or any evidence of fraud, President Trump managed to freeze the passage of power for most of a month.

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A Failed Attempt to Overturn the Election

The Trump administration has authorized formal preparations for the transfer of power. Here is a look at the campaign of lawsuits, lies and pressure that sought to prevent that from happening.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #georgia, #michigan, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j

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Virginia Democrats, Thrilled With Biden Victory, Aren’t Looking for Carbon Copy

Suburban women who played a huge role in Joe Biden’s victory are not convinced that they need a white man to win their governor’s race next year.

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After Chaotic 4 Years, Wall St. Is Itching to Unfollow @realDonaldTrump

President Trump turned his Twitter feed into a singular source of market volatility. Now, investors are looking forward to markets free of presidential tweets.

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Trump Administration Approves Start of Formal Transition to Biden

A key official designated President-elect Joe Biden as the apparent winner after Michigan certified his victory there and President Trump lost another court decision in Pennsylvania.

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Trump Contrives His Stab-in-the-Back Myth

An obscene conspiracy theory from the past echoes loudly in the present.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #germany, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

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Trump Wars II: The Loser Strikes Back

Trashing the nation on his way out the door.

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Janet Yellen Set to Lead Treasury Department Under Biden

The former Fed chair, a labor market expert, appears poised to lead President-elect Biden’s Treasury Department.

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G.M. Drops Its Support for Trump Climate Rollbacks and Aligns With Biden

General Motors said it would no longer back President Trump’s lawsuit seeking to strip California of the power to set fuel economy standards.

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With John Kerry Pick, Biden Selects a ‘Climate Envoy’ With Stature

Mr. Biden said he would name Mr. Kerry to a cabinet-level climate post, giving him the job of persuading global leaders that the United States is prepared to resume a leadership role.

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Biden Will Nominate First Woman to Lead Intelligence, First Latino to Run Homeland Security

John Kerry, the former secretary of state, will be climate czar, according to the Biden transition team.

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Biden’s Pick for Secretary Of State Will Try to Rebuild Alliances

In choosing Tony Blinken as secretary of state, the Biden team suggests a return to global cooperation.

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Biden Has Chosen a Secretary of State

The president-elect picks an old ally to lead the State Department: This is your morning tip sheet.

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Business Leaders, Citing Damage to Country, Urge Trump to Begin Transition

At the urging of New York’s attorney general, business leaders in New York push for the Trump administration to begin a transfer of power.

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NY Business Leaders Push Trump to Begin Transition

At the urging of New York’s attorney general, business leaders in New York push for the Trump administration to begin a transfer of power.

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Biden Can Inspire Latin America

A domestic transformation of the United States would have a tremendous impact in the region.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #new-deal-1930s, #united-states-international-relations

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What We Know About a Suddenly Important Michigan Elections Board

Its work is usually routine, but thanks to a push by President Trump and other Republicans to overturn the election results, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers is now under a microscope.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #detroit-mich, #michigan, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #wayne-county-mich

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Biden Chooses Antony Blinken, Defender of Global Alliances, as Secretary of State

Formerly the State Department’s No. 2, Mr. Blinken is expected to re-establish the United States as a trusted ally ready to rejoin global agreements and court multilateral efforts to confront China.

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More Republicans Tiptoe Toward Acknowledging Biden’s Victory

Many of the most vocal Republicans denouncing President Trump’s refusal to concede are out of office or retiring, but some others have started to join them on urging the transition to officially begin.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cheney-liz, #christie-christopher-j, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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G20 Summit Closes With Little Progress and Big Gaps Between Trump and Allies

World leaders committed to some efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, but the meeting illustrated the difficulty of carrying out an agenda when the United States is indifferent or hostile to many goals.

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A Great Election, Against All Odds

Democracy is hard work. That work paid off.

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Get Me Meacham! Biden Brings Back the Media’s Good Old Days

The next president promises to do for old-line newspaper columnists what Donald Trump did for cable. What a time to be George Will!

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Biden Team, Pushing Quick Stimulus Deal, Prepares for Renewed Recession

Economists warn that lawmakers must pass aid now, as a renewed coronavirus surge chills consumer spending and business activity.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #house-of-representatives, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-transition-us, #recession-and-depression, #republican-party, #senate, #small-business, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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An Orderly Transition Is Essential for National Security

Why President Trump’s stonewalling makes America less safe.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #national-commission-on-terrorist-attacks-upon-the-united-states, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Who Will We Be Without Donald Trump?

He lost. We’ll have to stop obsessing about him.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #lincoln-project, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

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