‘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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The Pandemic Is Still Weighing on C.E.O.s’ Minds

Harvard recently held a private meeting for executives to talk candidly about the pandemic.

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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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Presidential Memoirs Don’t Always Take This Long to Write

Barack Obama’s new book, “A Promised Land,” arrived nearly four years after he left the White House. A look at how he and other presidents approached their memoirs offers some clues about the timing.

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How Obama Sees This Moment

Barack Obama’s former vice president will soon have his old job. But he sees deep divisions that no president alone can heal.

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Trump Is Said to Be Preparing to Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia

Facing the end of his time in power, the president is pushing to accelerate withdrawals from counterterrorism conflicts. He campaigned on ending the longstanding wars.

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Readers Have Been Eagerly Waiting for Barack Obama’s New Memoir. Struggling Booksellers Have, Too.

“A Promised Land” is a potential lifeline for booksellers whose sales have plummeted during the pandemic.

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In ‘A Promised Land,’ Barack Obama Thinks — and Thinks Some More — Over His First Term

The former president recounts his political ascent and offers close-up views of the major issues he faced during his first years in the White House.

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Largely Out of Sight in Washington, Kamala Harris Preps for White House

Ms. Harris has barely appeared on the public radar since her acceptance speech last Saturday in Wilmington, Del., where she declared “a new day for America.”

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In Unusually Political Speech, Alito Says Liberals Pose Threat to Liberties

The conservative justice’s pointed remarks, which he made in a speech to the Federalist Society, reflected thoughts he has expressed in his opinions.

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What Biden’s Election Could Mean for Student Loans

The incoming administration has proposed a series of changes that could affect more than 42 million student loan borrowers. Here’s what to expect.

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Nobel Peace Prize: A Growing List of Questionable Choices

From Aung San Suu Kyi to Abiy Ahmed, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded at least six times in the past three decades to recipients whose recognition is being second-guessed.

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Book Review: ‘A Promised Land,’ by Barack Obama

This first volume of the former president’s memoirs brims with warmth, humor and introspection.

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Black Voters Helped Deliver Biden a Presidential Victory. Now What?

Joe Biden thanked Black voters in his victory speech, saying “you’ve always had my back, and I’ll have yours.” But many remained skeptical that he would usher in real change.

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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Fate of Affordable Care Act

A transformed court, with a six-justice conservative majority, will take a new look at the sprawling health care law.

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An Obama Restoration on Foreign Policy? Familiar Faces Could Fill Biden’s Team

The president-elect has several veteran aides to choose from, even as some liberals complain about a return of the foreign policy “Blob.”

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Trump’s Defeat Weakens Boris Johnson in Urgent Brexit Talks

As the European Union knows, the British prime minister can ill afford to threaten peace in Ireland, an issue close to the President-elect Biden’s heart.

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The End of ‘America First’: How Biden Says He Will Re-engage With the World

Those who have known President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. for decades say they expect him to move carefully, providing reassurance with a few big symbolic acts.

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Even With a New President, Sports at the White House Won’t Be the Same

The politicization of the ceremonial visit to the Rose Garden by champions is one sign the presidential connection to sports is fraught, maybe inalterably.

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The Election Is Over. The Nation’s Rifts Remain.

Joe Biden’s supporters were dancing in the streets. But only half the nation was celebrating, and the nation’s divisions remain on stark display.

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Third Term of the Obama Presidency

Joe Biden represents a move back to normalcy, but progressives will push for change.

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The Affordable Care Act Faces Another Supreme Court Test

Though the court’s conservative majority has been bolstered by three Trump appointees, the law’s challengers will face headwinds.

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Undeterred by Coronavirus Pandemic, Americans Prepare to Render Verdict on Trump

President Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr. barnstormed through battleground states, concluding an extraordinary campaign conducted amid a health crisis and deep economic anxiety.

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Trump Rallies Have Crowds. Biden Rallies Have Cars. Both Are OK With That.

While President Trump still thrills to the roar of a crowd, even during a pandemic, Joe Biden has found a new way to get audience feedback: through honking horns at his drive-in rallies.

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Inspiring Black Voters Is Key to Biden’s Prospects in Florida

Democratic groups are pouring money into get-out-the-vote efforts in Black precincts to try to increase turnout from 2016, in a state that is critical to President Trump’s re-election chances.

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Final Weekend Campaigning Reflects Both Traditional Barnstorming and 2020 Chaos

The candidates visited two of the key “Blue Wall” states Mr. Trump won in 2016.

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Biden and Surrogates Hit Trump on Taxes in Closing Argument

“Why should you pay more taxes than Donald Trump?” Joseph R. Biden Jr. asked as he took aim at the president’s taxes and tax policy.

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Biden Hopes to Fight Autocracy Abroad. He’ll Have to Start at Home.

America has to be a functioning democracy before it can be an exemplary one.

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In This Strange Election Year, Foreign Embassies Find Little Access to Democrats

The Biden campaign, according to advisers, is concerned over possible perception of foreign meddling in the election — or any comparison to Russian interference on President Trump’s behalf in 2016.

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16 New Books to Watch for in November

Barack Obama’s memoir is landing. So is a biography of Adrienne Rich and buzzy fiction from Jo Nesbo, Nicole Krauss and Susie Yang.

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Biden’s Plans for Latin America: End ‘Bully Dictating Policy’

If elected, Joe Biden plans to spearhead a repudiation — in policy and tone — of President Trump’s legacy in the region.

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When My President Sang ‘Amazing Grace’

We’ve forgotten what it’s like to have a truth-teller and a healer in the White House.

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A Fired-Up Obama’s 2020 Job: Guarding Biden and Needling Trump

Clearly relishing the chance to strike back at his successor, the former president has been willing to throw punches on behalf of Joe Biden’s unity-focused campaign.

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We Were Clerks at the Supreme Court. Its Legitimacy Is Now in Question.

Brazen politics in Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation process threatens the court’s standing with the public.

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The Republican Party After Trump

The Party of Lincoln had a good run. Then came Mr. Trump.

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Trump Announces Sudan Will Move to Normalize Relations With Israel

But the deal appears to fall short of full diplomatic ties, as there was no mention of opening embassies in the others’ capitals, as Israel is planning to do with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

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A Trump Victory May Push His Defense Secretary Out an Open Door

Mark Esper’s strained relationship with President Trump, since he balked at using active-duty troops to quell civil unrest, may result in Mr. Trump choosing his fourth defense secretary if he keeps the White House.

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Biden and Trump’s Final Debate: Who Won?

How their last clash looked to Times Opinion writers.

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How Failures of the Obama-Era Stimulus Could Guide a Biden Administration

One crucial lesson: aim big, because there may be only one chance, and an overheating economy is easier to fix than a halting recovery.

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‘Vile, Racist Postings’ by N.Y. Court Officers Included Obama in a Noose

A new report found pervasive examples of racial bias — some explicit, some subtle — in New York State’s court system.

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Federal Appeals Courts Emerge as Crucial for Trump in Voting Cases

Federal district courts have tended to rule for Democrats in litigation over how to run the election, but appeals courts, well stocked with the president’s nominees, are blocking them.

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Putin Proposes Extending Nuclear Arms Pact With U.S. for a Year

With negotiations for a five-year extension stalled, the Russian president puts pressure on President Trump to salvage an Obama-era accord.

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Donald Trump’s Support of Extremism and Conspiracy Theories

Violent extremists and conspiracy theorists found their tribune in Donald Trump.

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Justice Dept. ‘Unmasking’ Review Finds No Irregularities and Is Given to Durham

The finding delivers a blow to President Trump’s push to validate the notion of a “deep state” plot to undermine him.

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Oh Now You Believe in Norms

The G.O.P. blocked Obama and quick pitched Amy Coney Barrett. Democrats must fight fire with fire.

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When the U.S. and China Fight, It Is the Environment That Suffers

The Trump administration’s moves to decouple the two economies means less leverage over Beijing’s green policies.

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For Trump, Defying Mideast Truisms Produced Breakthroughs and Backfires

Disregarding norms and accepted wisdom, President Trump went his own way in the Middle East and, in some cases, got what he wanted.

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5 Were Cleared to Leave Guantánamo. Then Trump Was Elected.

The president reversed Obama-era policies on detainees, leaving in limbo five prisoners who had been judged eligible for transfer to other countries. Their fate could rest on the 2020 election.

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Trump Lashes Out at His Aides With Calls to Indict Political Rivals

The pressure on his top administration officials to take action came as President Trump bristled at the restraints of his illness.

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Kamala Harris and Mike Pence’s Debate: ‘Most Bizarre Moment Was the Fly’

How the vice-presidential showdown looked to Times Opinion writers.

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