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Biden taps longtime advisor Antony Blinken as next secretary of state

Antony Blinken served in the State Department's No. 2 role under President Barack Obama as deputy secretary of state. Jose Luis Magana, File/Associated Press President-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce Antony Blinken as his pick for secretary of state in one of his first cabinet nominations, Bloomberg News reported Sunday. Blinken served under President Barack Obama as deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017. Before that, he served as Biden's national security advisor while B...
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Head of Tibet government-in-exile visits White House for first time in six decades

The visit by Lobsang Sangay, president of the Central Tibetan administration, could further infuriate BeijingThe head of the Tibetan government in exile has visited the White House for the first time in six decades, a move that could further infuriate China, which has accused the US of trying to destabilise the region.Lobsang Sangay, the President of the Central Tibetan administration (CTA), was invited to Washington to meet officials on Friday, the CTA said. “This unprecedented meeting perhaps...
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Trump team requests recount of Georgia’s presidential race

President Donald Trump’s campaign requested a recount of votes in the Georgia presidential race on Saturday, a day after state officials certified results showing Democrat Joe Biden won the state, as his legal team presses forward with attacks alleging widespread fraud without proof. Georgia’s results showed Biden beating Trump by 12,670 votes out of about 5 million cast, or 0.25%. State law allows a candidate to request a recount if the margin is less than 0.5%. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp forma...
Tags: Politics, Elections, News, Congress, Washington Post, Georgia, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Biden, Smith, Donald Trump, County, Trump, Garcia, Kemp


Biden taps longtime adviser Antony Blinken as next secretary of state

Blinken served in the state department's number two role under former President Barack Obama as deputy secretary of state. Jose Luis Magana, File/Associated Press President-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce Antony Blinken as his pick for secretary of state in one of his first cabinet nominations, Bloomberg News reported Sunday. Blinken served under former President Barack Obama as deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017. Prior to that, he served as national security adviser t...
Tags: Politics, Obama, White House, Barack Obama, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Syria, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Bill Clinton, World Health Organization, Cbs, National Security Council, State Department, Biden


Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski calls on Trump to begin transition process

"It is time to begin the full and formal transition process," Murkowski said. Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska on Sunday said that President Donald Trump should begin the transition process to President-elect Joe Biden. "President Trump has had the opportunity to litigate his claims, and the courts have thus far found them without merit," she said in a statement. Murkowski is one of the first Republican senators to congratulate the president-elect, along wit...
Tags: Utah, Politics, Trends, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Maine, Alaska, Republican, Biden, Donald Trump, Susan Collins, Trump, Election 2020, Lisa Murkowski, Murkowski, Sen Lisa Murkowski


Trump campaign purges conspiracy-theorist Sidney Powell from legal team

Sidney Powell, right, speaks next to former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, as members of President Donald Trump's legal team, during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin The Trump campaign has purged attorney Sidney Powell from its legal team. On Sunday, the campaign issued a statement asserting that Powell "is practicing law on her own." But just last week the campaign and the Republican...
Tags: Politics, New York, Washington, Trends, Pennsylvania, Republican Party, Donald Trump, Charles Davis, Republican National Committee, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Election 2020, Sidney Powell, Powell, Trump Campaign, Republican Party GOP


Mass coronavirus testing to be rolled out in England to head off Tory revolt

Proposals include plan to stop Covid contacts having to self-isolate and moves to allow household mixing at ChristmasCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA programme of mass, instant coronavirus testing is to be rolled out to areas of England with the highest infection rates after lockdown is lifted next month, the prime minister has announced, as the government faces an unprecedented internal rebellion over Covid measures.Among the plans, which will rely on the ability to...
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Mass Covid-19 testing to start in England to head off Tory revolt

Proposals include plans to limit self-isolation and to allow household mixing at ChristmasCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA programme of mass, instant coronavirus testing is to be rolled out to areas of England with the highest infection rates after lockdown is lifted next month, the prime minister has announced, as the government faces an unprecedented internal rebellion over Covid measures.Among the plans, which will rely on the ability to massively expand rapid tes...
Tags: Politics, England, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


A Few More Hill GOPers Push Trump To Accept Reality As More Legal Battles Fall Flat

A handful of Republicans have joined a small contingent of conservative lawmakers over the weekend in accepting the reality that President Trump’s presidency is ending in January. The sitting president still refuses to concede to President-elect Joe Biden and his flailing attempts to legally challenge the election results have not picked up steam. On Saturday night, the Trump campaign was dealt another blow in its effort to delegitimize the election process when a federal judge rebuked its cha...
Tags: News, White House, America, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, United States, General Services Administration, Michigan, Biden, Abc News, Senate Intelligence Committee, Cheney, Kamala Harris, Trump, Upton, HARRIS


UK should tilt foreign policy to Indo-Pacific region, report says

Exclusive: Thinktank urges UK to build democratic counterweight to China’s growing influenceThe UK should make a major post-Brexit tilt towards the Indo-Pacific region, ploughing military, financial and diplomatic resources into building a major democratic counterweight to China’s growing threat to the post-1945 world order, a major report urges.The report, prepared by a group of UK politicians for the right of centre thinktank Policy Exchange, and endorsed by the former Japanese prime minister ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Politics, UK, China, India, UK News, World news, Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Shinzo Abe, South and Central Asia, Foreign Policy, Brexit, Indo Pacific


Young voters in the US turned out in record numbers in 2020, powering Biden's presidential victory

At the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students organized get-out-the-vote campaigns through signs, stickers, and text messages. Aaron Jackendoff/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Over half of all voters under the age of 30 voted in the 2020 elections, a record figure, according to data from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University. The surge in turnout greatly benefited President-elect Joe Biden, who won this...
Tags: Politics, Voting, Washington, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Student Loans, Health Care, Biden, Donald Trump, Vermont, Black, Clinton, Trump, Tufts University


WH Vaccine Czar Predicts Herd Immunity From COVID Vaccine By May. Fauci Thinks Not.

White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser of Operation Warp Speed, offered conflicting takes on Sunday regarding herd immunity as a result of COVID-19 vaccines. Herd immunity has been pushed by Dr. Scott Atlas, Trump’s favorite COVID-19 adviser who opposes lockdowns and often espouses Trump rosy view on the pandemic that has killed more than 250,000 Americans thus far. Last week, President-elect Joe Biden rebuked Trump on Wednesday for sta...
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Stephen Moore says that Trump will leave office 'triumphant,' comparing him to Winston Churchill

Stephen Moore. Samuel Corum/Getty Images Stephen Moore, a conservative economist, said in a Sunday radio interview that President Donald Trump would leave office on a high note due to the progress with COVID-19 vaccines and the economy. Moore touted the president's handling of the coronavirus with New York businessman John Catsimatidis. "I think he is going to leave the office triumphant," Moore said of the president. "By early next year, we will have a vaccine that nobody thought was poss...
Tags: Politics, New York, US, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Economy, Winston Churchill, Pfizer, Gdp, Parliament, Conservative Party, Biden, Donald Trump, Churchill, Trump


How the governors of Iowa, Utah, and North Dakota pivoted and issued public health orders to contain recent coronavirus surges

Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum all issued mask mandates. AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, @GovHerbert/Twitter, @DougBurgum/Twitter The US is fighting against a surge of new cases of coronavirus across the country. Governors of Iowa, Utah, and North Dakota all enforced their first statewide mask mandate this month.  The governors cited alarming increases of coronavirus cases in each state that prompted the new mask mandates and caus...
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Trump slams the Paris climate accord at the G20 Summit, saying it was 'designed to kill the American economy'

President Donald Trump. Evan Vucci/AP Photo President Donald Trump on Sunday slammed the Paris climate accord, telling world leaders at the G20 summit that the pact was detrimental to US citizens. "To protect American workers, I withdrew the United States from the unfair and one-sided Paris climate accord, a very unfair act for the United States," he said. The US formally left the accord on November 4, but President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to reverse the decision and rejoin the interna...
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Look who's coming to the White House

I witnessed a rush of collective pleasure online when the news came, on November 7, that Joe Biden had won the presidential race. Not just because of Biden, but also because of Major and Champ, the new first dogs of the United States.
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President-elect Joe Biden will announce cabinet picks Tuesday

Scaled-down inauguration celebration expected because of risks of spreading coronavirus, says incoming White House chief of staffUS president-elect Joe Biden will announce the first names chosen for his cabinet on Tuesday, the incoming White House chief of staff said – and is expecting a scaled-down inauguration celebration because of the risks of spreading coronavirus.In a sign that his transition team is pressing ahead swiftly – despite Donald Trump’s failure to concede the election and ongoin...
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The return of dogs to the White House feels magnificently American

Alexandra Horowitz writes that the excitement over President-elect Biden's dogs, Champ and Major, is a reflection of our greater national sentiment -- especially considering that President Trump often used the animal as a way to insult his enemies.
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Ted Cruz suggests he won't give up Thanksgiving plans as his home state of Texas sends in the National Guard to process dead bodies

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted Sunday. Ted Cruz/Twitter, Bill Clark/Pool via AP As Texas reels from surging coronavirus cases and deaths, Sen. Ted Cruz is focused on making sure his Thanksgiving holiday goes as planned. Cruz, whose home state is Texas, posted on Twitter an insensitive graphic depicting a turkey with the words "come and take it" below it, suggesting he has no intention of following the advice of health officials this coming holiday.  Dr. Anthony Fauci and other experts have wa...
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UK should not sign EU deal 'at any price', says Sunak

Chancellor hopeful of agreement but says coronavirus will have bigger economic impactCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK should not accept a deal with the EU “at any price”, the chancellor has said, insisting that the coronavirus pandemic posed a greater threat to the UK economy than Brexit.Speaking as UK and EU negotiators enter what could be their final week of discussions, Rishi Sunak said he was hopeful that a trade and security agreement would be reached. Cont...
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Chris Christie dismissed Trump's legal team as 'a national embarrassment'

Former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is a close ally of President Donald Trump. Getty Images/Joshua Roberts Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday said President Donald Trump's legal team was "a national embarrassment" for making claims of widespread voter fraud in the presidential election without providing any verifiable evidence. On ABC's "This Week," Christie, a Republican, said Trump's attorneys have had ample opportunities to present solid evidence of any voting irregula...
Tags: Politics, Chris Christie, Voting, News, Abc, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Republican Party, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Christie


Biden’s Team Signals POTUS-Elect Will Push Forward With Cabinet Picks This Week

President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain and transition team senior adviser Jen Psaki on Sunday alerted the public to keep its eyes peeled for an announcement this week from Biden on his cabinet picks amid President Trump’s refusal to concede, which has held up the President-elect’s formal transition process. Last week, a Biden transition official confirmed to TPM that the President-elect has a new “confirmations team” dedicated to the Cabinet appointment proce...
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Why the media may be tempted to keep its focus on Trump

President-Elect Joe Biden is getting ready to transition and move into the White House in January, but President Donald Trump isn't going to simply fade away.
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MPs from seven parties urge government not to cut overseas aid

Letter to PM says move would send a terrible signal as UK prepares to host G7 and COP26MPs from seven parties have urged the government not to cut the overseas aid budget, saying it had made the difference between life and death for countless people.The intervention by MPs, including the Tory “father of the house”, Peter Bottomley, comes after it emerged that the Treasury was considering cutting more than £4bn from the aid budget and breaching a commitment to spend 0.7% of GDP on overseas assist...
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First COVID-19 Vaccinations Expected As Early As Dec. 11, White House Vaccine Czar Says

Herd immunity could be reached by mid-2021 if the overwhelming majority of Americans get vaccinated, said Moncef Slaoui.
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'Boring' President Joe Biden could tempt the media to keep its focus on Donald Trump

President-Elect Joe Biden is getting ready to transition and move into the White House in January, but President Donald Trump isn't going to simply fade away.
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A terrible time for the UK to cut foreign aid | Letter

There are no grounds for breaking legal commitments or for turning our backs on countries and people at a time of great need, write Sam Hickey, Uma Kambhampati and othersNews that the UK government is set to renege on its commitment to spending 0.7% of gross national income on foreign aid could not come at a worse time for the world’s poorest countries and people and for international cooperation more broadly (UK aid budget facing billions in cuts, 17 November). The World Bank estimates that the...
Tags: Politics, UK, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, World Bank, Development Office, FCDO, Sam Hickey Uma Kambhampati


Coronavirus live: UK lab-confirmed cases pass 1.5m; Gaza's clinics could soon be overwhelmed

Infections up in UK by more than 18,000 on Sunday; warning over Gaza Strip infections; G20 leaders agree to fund fair distribution of vaccinesDonald Trump appears to admit Covid is ‘running wild’ in the USUS CDC advises against all cruise ship travelDonald Trump Jr tests positive for coronavirusUS coronavirus cases near 200,000 a day Australia finds nasal spray which could fight CovidSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.59pm GMT The number of coronavirus cases in the UK confirmed in laborator...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Australia, White House, US, World news, Australia news, Joe Biden, Infectious Diseases, Gaza, South Australia, Gaza Strip, Ron Klain, Coronavirus, USUS CDC


White House vaccine chief says first Americans could be vaccinated next month

Moncef Slaoui, the head of the US government's effort to develop a vaccine against Covid-19, said the first Americans to receive a vaccine -- if all things go according to plan -- could be as early as the second week of December.
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Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is 'embarrassed that more people in the party aren't speaking up' against Trump's refusal to concede

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said on Sunday that he's "embarrassed" members of his own party are staying silent while President Donald Trump continues to refuse to concede to Joe Biden.  "It's time for them to stop the nonsense," Hogan said on CNN's "State of the Union." "It just gets more bizarre every single day, and frankly, I'm embarrassed that more people in the party aren't speaking up." Hogan's rema...
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