20 Years After 9/11, Top National Security Posts Sit Empty

Two decades after the Sept. 11 attacks, there are again dozens of unfilled Senate-confirmed national security positions.

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Biden Taps Burns and Emanuel as Ambassadors to China and Japan

The president has rolled out dozens of ambassador nominees, but so far only one has been confirmed by the Senate.

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Biden Fires Andrew Saul, head of Social Security Administration

Andrew Saul, a Trump holdover, drew Democrats’ ire and has vowed to fight his dismissal.

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Are We Destined for a Crisis of Democracy in 2024?

Some alarm is understandable. The progressive sense of certain doom is not.

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In Biden White House, the Celebrity Staff Is a Thing of the Past

President Biden is undoing a longstanding Washington tradition in which staff members enjoy their own refracted fame.

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Fatigue Is a Luxury You Can’t Afford

The Republican Party has abandoned democracy and is posing a bigger threat.

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Feinstein’s Future Could Swing on Husband’s Potential Posting Overseas

Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, is seeking an overseas posting, which could pave the way for her to leave the Senate. She said she would “absolutely’’ serve out her term.

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Potential Posting for Husband Renews Questions About Feinstein’s Future

Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, is seeking an overseas posting, which could pave the way for her to leave the Senate. She said she would “absolutely’’ serve out her term.

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Senate Confirms Biden’s Pick to Lead E.P.A.

Michael S. Regan has said he intends to act aggressively in carrying out the president’s agenda of fighting climate change.

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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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Biden Secretly Limits Counterterrorism Drone Strikes Away From War Zones

Requiring higher-level approval is a stopgap measure as officials review whether to tighten Trump-era targeting rules and civilian safeguards.

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With Biden Behind on Confirmations, Senators Are Overloaded With Hearings

Senators pressed through hours of backlogged confirmation hearings on Tuesday as pressure intensified to get the president’s cabinet picks through the process.

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Garland, at Confirmation Hearing, Vows to Fight Domestic Extremism

President Biden’s nominee for attorney general told the Senate Judiciary Committee that investigating the Capitol riot would be his first priority.

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Tanden’s Confirmation on Shaky Ground as More Senators Voice Opposition

Two Republican senators said they would not vote to confirm President Biden’s nominee to head the budget office, further dimming her chances to secure enough support in an evenly divided chamber.

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Native Americans ‘Left Out in the Cold’ Under Trump Press Biden for Action

After showing political clout in the 2020 election, tribal communities are hoping for more attention and money to address their long-running problems with poverty, health care and other issues.

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Biden on ‘Short Leash’ as Administration Rethinks China Relations

The Biden administration is under intense pressure to maintain former President Donald J. Trump’s curbs on China, even as it tries to develop a more comprehensive and effective strategy.

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Don’t Care for This Impeachment? Wait Until Next Year

Leaders of both political parties suggest that impeachments, Electoral College standoffs and Supreme Court nomination blockades may become frequent fights in American politics.

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Let’s Not Forget Trump’s Failure to ‘Take Care’

His administration subverted that constitutional mandate by undermining core missions of the government.

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Haiti Needs Help. This Is What the U.S. Sends Instead.

Our neighbor is in a constitutional crisis, and instead of carrying aid, planes arrived with deportees.

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Biden Appointments Signal a Trade Approach That Hews to the Left

Many appointees who will fill the ranks of the Office of the United States Trade Representative have close ties to congressional Democrats and a focus on worker rights and enforcing trade deals.

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Biden Won’t Restore Bar Association’s Role in Vetting Judges

The decision not to give the American Bar Association names of potential nominees for evaluation came after progressives criticized the group for undercutting a push for diversity.

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To ‘Re-engage the World,’ Biden Looks to Win Over U.S. Diplomats First

Some diplomats said the president’s speech was a much-needed antidote to distrust and dismissiveness at the State Department during the Trump administration.

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Trump Official’s Last-Day Deal With ICE Union Ties Biden’s Hands

A whistle-blower accused Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II of an abuse of power in making sweeping concessions to pro-Trump Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

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Divisions Harden in Senate as It Prepares to Receive Impeachment Article

Mitt Romney indicated that he believed the charge against former President Donald J. Trump was impeachable, while Marco Rubio called a trial “stupid.”

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Progressives Are Seething Over Biden’s Likely Pick for Banking Regulator

A former Obama administration official is the front-runner to be comptroller of the currency. The prospect has angered groups hoping for more dramatic reform.

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McConnell Seeks Impeachment Trial Delay as Senate Dysfunction Reigns

The Republican leader’s call to delay former President Donald J. Trump’s trial left the timetable uncertain as party leaders wrangled over the basics of a functioning Senate.

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Here’s What’s in Biden’s Executive Orders Aimed at Covid-19

President Biden’s new executive orders included moves to increase testing, organize Covid-19 data and require mask wearing for interstate travel.

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A Cabinet That ‘Looks Like America.’ But Who Does the Talking?

There are more women and people of color in President Biden’s proposed cabinet than in the last four administrations, modernizing what has long been a stubbornly white, male institution.

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Can Someone Please Open the Door?

The Bidens waited for an awkward moment in front of a closed door when they arrived at their new residence, a protocol breach that turned out to be a small but curious bit of disarray.

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Congress Grants Waiver to Austin to Serve as Defense Secretary

The action paved the way for a historic vote on Friday that will make Lloyd J. Austin III, a retired four-star Army general, the first Black American to lead the Pentagon.

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Auto Safety Agency Faces Calls for Overhaul as Biden Presidency Begins

The new administration can “restart” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which “should be leading the world when it comes to vehicle safety,” the head of an advocacy group said.

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Biden Bets on Unity

The new president called for comity. Can the country heed it?

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Biden’s 17 Executive Orders and Other Directives in Detail

The moves aim to strengthen protections for young immigrants, end construction of President Donald J. Trump’s border wall, end a travel ban and prioritize racial equity.

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A First for a First Lady: Jill Biden Will Balance Her Career and East Wing Duties

Dr. Biden, who holds a doctorate in educational leadership, will continue to teach writing at Northern Virginia Community College, where she taught full-time during her two terms as second lady.

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‘They Have Not Legitimately Won’: Pro-Trump Media Keeps the Disinformation Flowing

After Biden’s inauguration, right-wing media outlets are pushing false voter-fraud conspiracy theories and predicting more political conflict ahead.

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Will Biden Be an Activist President on the World Stage?

Despite cascading crises at home that will need his urgent attention, some foreign policy experts predict the new U.S. leader will take an energetic role in foreign policy.

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When Joe Biden Took the White House, He AlsoTook @WhiteHouse Twitter

The transition of official White House social media handles in 2020 was more complicated than four years ago.

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Biden Inaugurated as 46th President

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. and Kamala Devi Harris took the oath of office at a Capitol still reeling from the attack of a violent mob at a time when a deadly pandemic is still ravaging the country.

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How Joe Biden Became a Steady Hand Amid So Much Chaos

In recent months, Mr. Biden’s restraint with words and his refusal to take the political bait laid by President Trump show a level of discipline as the 46th president faces a cascade of crises.

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‘Restoring the First Brick of Dignity’: Biden Supporters on His Inauguration

We spoke to fans of President-elect Joe Biden to gauge how they felt — excited, nervous, optimistic — about the future. One emotion was universal: relief.

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Joe Biden Is About to Find Out What’s Left of America

Have Trump and Trumpism made the United States ungovernable?

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Trump’s Pardons: The List

Stephen K. Bannon joined the list of President Trump’s allies who have been granted clemency, one that includes Paul Manafort and Roger J. Stone Jr.

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Deepening Schism, McConnell Says Trump ‘Provoked’ Capitol Mob

The Senate majority leader’s remarks were the clearest signal yet that he has come to regard President Trump as a force who could drag down the Republican Party.

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On Night Before Inauguration, Biden Leads Mourning for Virus Victims

“To heal we must remember,” Mr. Biden said, standing in front of the Reflecting Pool, which was surrounded by 400 lights meant to mark the 400,000 people who have died from Covid-19.

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Democrats, Assuming Power, Face Recalcitrant Republicans

The looming impeachment trial of President Trump in the Senate also presents a complication for Democrats hoping for a fast start in the Biden era.

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Who’s Got the Nuclear Football? Actually, the Question Is When Biden Gets ‘the Biscuit’

The handoff of power from President Trump to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday involves choreography that includes two nuclear footballs and two sets of launch codes.

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Biden Nominee Vows to Track Foreign Influence on Domestic Extremist Groups

Avril Haines, who has been nominated to be director of national intelligence, told senators that she would assist with a public written assessment of the threat from QAnon.

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Biden Team Delays Naming Some Interim Officials Until Trump Is Out

The unusual move underscores the deep mistrust of Trump loyalists among Biden transition officials even hours before the inauguration.

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12 National Guard Members Removed From Inauguration Duties Amid Extremist Threats

Two of them made threatening comments toward lawmakers, and one expressed support for President Trump. The others were removed for a wide variety of reasons.

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The Daily’s Audio Guide to the Inauguration

For Joe Biden, and for our country, it’s been a long road to this day. Here’s what you need to know about the political history and policy plans of America’s president-elect.

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