Biden’s Infrastructure Sales Force Knows Its Potholes and Bridges

Five cabinet members, all former mayors or governors and therefore experts in infrastructure fights, are fanning out across America and Capitol Hill to try to sell the president’s rebuilding plan.

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Buttigieg Asks Congress for ‘Generational Investment’ in Infrastructure

The transportation secretary defended the Biden administration’s broad plans in a hearing as Democrats laid the groundwork for legislation and Republicans expressed skepticism.

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A New Kind of Political Spouse Arrives in Washington

From the second gentleman to the first openly gay cabinet husband, a small club of political spouses is challenging conventional ideas of high-powered relationships.

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Amtrak Wants to Expand Across the Nation. Local Politics Might Intervene.

Extending nationwide service has been an elusive goal for Amtrak. Since 1971 — when the publicly funded, privately operated rail agency was created — routes have largely remained unchanged.

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After Stimulus, Biden to Tackle Another Politically Tricky Issue: Infrastructure

Strengthening the country’s highways, bridges and broadband networks has broad popular support, but Washington remains bitterly divided on the details.

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For Buttigieg, ‘Generational’ Transportation Change May Not Be Easy, Experts Say

The new secretary has stirred excitement among transportation experts, but they warn that deep institutional change is likely to remain difficult.

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Automakers Drop Efforts to Derail California Climate Rules

Momentum is shifting toward a clean-car future as more automakers end their legal efforts to block California’s tough fuel economy standards.

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Buttigieg’s Climate Promises: What Could He Actually Do?

The Transportation Department, which holds sway over planes, trains and automobiles, faces limits on how it spends money. Still, here are five possible steps.

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Buttigieg Sees Chance to Transform the Nation’s Infrastructure

His confirmation as transportation secretary would cap a rise from mayor of South Bend, Ind., to the first openly gay cabinet secretary to be approved by the Senate.

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Kamala Harris Will Make History. So Will Her ‘Big, Blended’ Family.

Stepkids. Nieces. A doting husband. His ex-wife. What the Harris-Emhoffs can show the country.

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Buttigieg Recalls Discrimination Against Gay People, as Biden Celebrates Cabinet’s Diversity

Pete Buttigieg would be the first openly gay cabinet secretary, one of the firsts that President-elect Joe Biden cited in introducing him as his transportation secretary.

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Biden’s Climate Team Begins to Take Shape

The president-elect is expected to pick Gina McCarthy, a former E.P.A. chief, as White House climate coordinator. Jennifer Granholm, a former Michigan governor, is said to be his choice for the Energy Department.

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Biden Taps Pete Buttigieg for Transportation Secretary

Mr. Buttigieg would bring a younger voice to the cabinet and add to its diversity as its first openly gay member.

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Best Performances of 2020

One day, we’ll look back on this year and bawl. But we should also remember that there were professionals out there who dared to bring joy to our screens.

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After Report That Trump Disparaged War Dead, Democrats See Chance to Win Over Military Voters

Liberal groups had already ramped up efforts to win over veterans and military families in swing states, where even a small shift could prove decisive.

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Democratic Convention: Best and Worst Moments From Joe Biden’s Big Night

Our columnists and contributors give their rankings.

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Closing Night at the D.N.C.: Joe Biden Accepts Democratic Nomination

Mr. Biden urged Americans to have faith that they could “overcome this season of darkness,” and he pledged to bridge the country’s divisions in ways President Trump had not.

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Countering G.O.P. on Courts, Democrats Will Call for ‘Structural Reforms’

Progressives pushed for the platform language after President Trump’s drive put 200 conservative judges on the federal bench and Senate Republicans blocked President Obama’s nominees.

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Elizabeth Warren to Hold Big-Dollar Fund-Raiser for Joe Biden

Ms. Warren, in the mix for the Democratic vice-presidential nomination, had made opposition to fund-raising events with big donors a central part of her own presidential bid.

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Pete Buttigieg Just Wants to Be Useful

The former presidential candidate’s new political action committee is supporting some Democrats you’ve probably never heard of.

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How ‘Never Bernie’ Voters Threw In With Biden and Changed the Primary

After Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire and Nevada, his campaign hit a roadblock: a wide range of Democrats who would do anything to stop him. Joe Biden became their vehicle.

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How It All Came Apart for Bernie Sanders

The Sanders campaign appeared on the brink of a commanding lead in the Democratic race. But a series of fateful decisions and internal divisions have left him all but vanquished.

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Joe Biden Says He Would Choose a Woman as His Running Mate. But Who?

As Mr. Biden leads in the primaries, attention is growing on possible running mates for the 77-year-old Democrat. Here are several factors and names in the mix.

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Bernie Sanders Has Already Won the Democratic Primary

He set the tone, determined the issues and tugged the party toward him.

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Wall Street, Encouraged by Biden’s Wins, Breaks Out Its Checkbooks

Fearful of the more progressive candidates, some finance executives had sidelined themselves from the elections until Mr. Biden surged.

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Inside the Mind of a Super Tuesday Voter

One suburban voter — who has a personal history with Joe Biden — asks himself which moderate candidate has the best chance of beating President Trump.

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Joe Biden’s Big Win

One primary victory in South Carolina may have changed the future of the former vice president’s campaign — and altered the course of the 2020 election.

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South Carolina Primary Results: 5 Things We Learned

Joe Biden is “very much alive,” but the race is far from over as the Democratic presidential candidates turn toward the 16 contests on Tuesday.

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‘We’re the Base’: Black Democrats in South Carolina Want to Send a Message

As many prepare to rally around Joe Biden in Saturday’s primary, black voters want it known that their views of electability are not shaped by predominantly white states like Iowa.

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The Field: Biden’s Last Hope

Could winning the crucial black vote in South Carolina change the course of the former vice president’s struggling campaign?

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