After Stimulus Victory in Senate, Reality Sinks in: Bipartisanship Is Dead

With Republicans poised to block Democrats’ top priorities, the party-line vote on the $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package showed the gulf between the parties was too wide to be bridged.

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Taking on a New Role, Susan Rice is Asserting Herself

After serving as United Nations ambassador and national security adviser in the Obama administration, she has unexpectedly ended up helping oversee domestic policy in the Biden White House.

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Confirmation in Doubt for Neera Tanden, Biden’s Budget Director Pick

The struggle to gain support for the longtime Democratic aide whose combative Twitter posts have drawn criticism reflects miscalculations by the White House and its chief of staff, Ron Klain.

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How Biden United a Fractious Democratic Party Under One Tent

President Biden and progressive Democrats are united by a moment of national crisis and the lingering influence of his predecessor. But the moment of harmony may be fragile.

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How Biden United a Fractious Party Under One Tent

President Biden and progressive Democrats are united by a moment of national crisis and the lingering influence of his predecessor. But the moment of harmony may be fragile.

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In Biden’s White House, Masks, Closed Doors and Empty Halls

The West Wing has become a different place in an administration serious about Covid restrictions.

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Team of Rivals? Biden’s Cabinet Looks More Like a Team of Buddies

In making his picks for the new administration, the president-elect has put a premium on personal relationships.

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Biden to Name Ron Klain as White House Chief of Staff

Mr. Klain, a lawyer and veteran Democratic operative who first worked for the president-elect in 1989 when he was a senator, has been a sharp critic of President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus.

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Biden’s Team Steps Up Transition Plans, Mapping Out a White House

With Joe Biden leading in several important battleground states, his advisers and allies have moved rapidly to discuss hiring in critical roles, especially those overseeing the coronavirus response.

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Coronavirus Outbreak: A Cascade of Warnings, Heard but Unheeded

Government exercises, including one last year, made clear that the U.S. was not ready for a pandemic like the coronavirus. But little was done.

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Trump, His Eye on the Border, Overlooked the Coronavirus Threat

His insistence that the danger was overseas and could be kept out led officials to downplay the disease’s spread and the need for tests.

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