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  LIVE: Biden holds virtual meeting with workers, business owners

President-elect Joe Biden says he won’t immediately lift tariffs placed by President Donald Trump on many imports from China or break Trump’s initial trade deal.

US lawmakers unveil anti-slavery constitutional amendment

  Alexander preaches consensus in farewell to fractious Senate

Biden’s student loan forgiveness could wipe out debt for 15 million borrowers

  NYC bar owner who defied coronavirus restrictions arrested

Thomas Reavley, oldest active federal judge, dies at 99

  Georgia elections official urges Trump, senators to rein in supporters

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  GOP objects to Biden nominees, a sign of what’s to come

  Trump threatens defense veto over social media protections

Hall wins runoff to briefly fill seat of late Rep John Lewis

  Senate GOP leader sticking with partisan COVID relief plan

  US probing potential bribery, lobbying scheme for pardon

Barr appoints special counsel in Russia probe investigation

US Supreme Court asked to block Biden win in Pennsylvania

Republicans attempting to undo President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to take up their lawsuit, three days after it was thrown out by the highest court in the battleground state.

  Trump files lawsuit challenging Wisconsin election results

Trump filed the day after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and the chairwoman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission certified Biden as the winner of the state’s 10 Electoral College votes.

  Disputing Trump, Barr says no widespread election fraud

In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said U.S. attorneys and FBI agents have been working to follow up specific complaints and information they’ve received, but they’ve uncovered no evidence that would change the outcome of the election.

  Biden unveils economic team declaring, ‘Help is on the way’

Biden said he’d chosen a “first rate team” that is “tested and experienced” to tackle “this ongoing economic crisis.”

  Mnuchin defends shutdown of Fed emergency loan programs

  Government watchdog says weekly unemployment benefits report flawed

  Joe Biden weighs Rahm Emanuel for transportation secretary

  Trump science adviser Scott Atlas leaving White House job

  Top secret: Biden gets access to President’s Daily Brief

It’s Major: Pets poised for a return to the White House

Stocks slip, but S&P 500 still logs best month since April

Stocks pulled back slightly from their record levels Monday as Wall Street put a quiet coda on one of its most rocking months in decades.

  Congress returns with virus aid, federal funding unresolved

COVID-19 relief, a $1.4 trillion catchall spending package, and defense policy — and a final burst of judicial nominees — dominate a truncated two- or three-week session occurring as the coronavirus pandemic rockets out of control in President Donald Trump’s final weeks in office.

Wisconsin confirms Joe Biden as winner following recount

Joe Biden’s victory in battleground Wisconsin is scheduled to be certified following a partial recount that only added to his 20,600-vote margin over President Donald Trump.

  Georgia official announces investigations, defends election

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said during a news conference at the state Capitol that his office continues to investigate any credible claims of illegal voting and violations of state election law. His office currently has more than 250 open cases from this year, he said.

Sen. Grassley returns to Senate after coronavirus isolation

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator and third in the line of presidential succession, is back in the Senate on Monday after testing positive for coronavirus two weeks ago.

Supreme Court seems skeptical of Trump’s census plan

The Supreme Court sounded skeptical Monday that President Donald Trump could categorically exclude people living in the country illegally from the population count used to allot seats among the states in the House of Representatives.

  Arizona certifies Biden’s victory over Trump

Arizona officials have certified Joe Biden’s narrow victory over President Donald Trump in the state.

  White House Christmas decor gives nod to 1st responders

Melania Trump says it pays tribute to and showcases the “majesty” of the United States.

SC delays execution, citing lack of lethal injection drugs

An attorney for the state Department of Corrections wrote in a letter to the South Carolina Supreme Court last week that the agency cannot carry out the execution of Richard Bernard Moore due to the lack of drugs, which it has not had stocked since 2013.

  Biden names liberal econ team as pandemic threatens workers

President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced his senior economic team, including his plans to nominate the first woman to head the Treasury Department.

Biden fractures foot while playing with dog, to wear a boot

The office of President-elect Joe Biden says Biden twisted his ankle while playing with one of his dogs and will be examined by a doctor “out of an abundance of caution."

  Biden chooses an all-female senior White House press team

President-elect Joe Biden will have an all-female communications team at his White House, led by campaign communications director Kate Bedingfield.

Source: Pa. lawmaker gets a positive test at Trump meeting

A Pennsylvania state senator abruptly left a West Wing meeting with President Donald Trump after being informed he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

  Completed Wisconsin recount confirms Biden’s win over Trump

Wisconsin finished a recount of its presidential results on Sunday, confirming Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump in the key battleground state.

  Colorado governor tests positive for coronavirus

Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, both have COVID-19 and are asymptomatic, the governor said in a statement Saturday night.

Pennsylvania high court rejects lawsuit challenging election

Pennsylvania’s highest court on Saturday night threw out a lower court’s order preventing the state from certifying dozens of contests on its Nov. 3 election ballot in the latest lawsuit filed by Republicans attempting to thwart President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the battleground state.

Ex-Trump campaign aide sues over Russia probe surveillance

A former Trump campaign associate who was the target of a secret surveillance warrant during the FBI’s Russia investigation says in a federal lawsuit that he was the victim of “unlawful spying.”

  Appeals court rejects Trump challenge of Pennsylvania race

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals echoed a string of other courts in finding the Trump campaign offered no evidence of any election fraud. Instead, the court said “the campaign’s claims have no merit.”

Iran scientist linked to military nuclear program killed

The Iran state TV report Friday cited sources confirming the death of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

  Trump may be coming to terms with loss, won’t acknowledge

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will leave the White House if the Electoral College formalizes President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory even as he insisted such a decision would be a “mistake."

Lawmakers throw pig guts, punches on Taiwan parliament floor

President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration lifted a longstanding ban on imports of U.S. pork and beef in August, in a move seen as one of the first steps toward possibly negotiating a bilateral trade agreement with the U.S. The ban is due to be lifted in January.

Venezuela judge convicts 6 American oil execs, orders prison

A Venezuelan judge has found six American oil executives guilty of corruption charges and immediately sentenced them to prison.

  Bidens Thanksgiving message: Better days coming

The Bidens share how their family celebration will be a smaller affair and a sacrifice.

  Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia probe

Flynn is the second Trump associate convicted in the Russia probe to be granted clemency by the president.

Justice Department appeals, seeking to replace Trump in suit

The Justice Department says it's appealing a judge's refusal to let the United States replace President Donald Trump as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit by a woman who says he raped her in the 1990s.

  Biden seeks unity as Trump stokes fading embers of campaign

Biden said that, until there’s a vaccine, wearing masks, social distancing and limiting the size of gatherings “are our most effective tools to combat the virus.”

  ‘America is back’: Biden pushes past Trump era with nominees

Biden’s Washington veterans all have ties to former President Barack Obama’s administration as the president-elect has sought to deliver a clear message about his desire to reestablish a more predictable engagement from the United States on the global stage.

Trump skips turkey jokes, gives thanks for COVID-19 vaccines

One will be declared the national Thanksgiving turkey, though both will retire to a new home on the campus of Iowa State University.

  Biden win over Trump in Nevada made official by court

The unanimous action by the seven nonpartisan justices sends to Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak results that will deliver six electoral votes from the western U.S. battleground state to Biden.

New York City’s first Black mayor, David Dinkins, dies at 93

Police say initial indications were that the 93-year-old died of natural causes.

  Pennsylvania certifies Biden as winner of presidential vote

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf first disclosed in a tweet that the Department of State had certified the vote count for president and vice president.

US agrees for now to stop deporting women who alleged abuse

In a motion that must still be approved by a federal judge, the Justice Department and lawyers for several of the women agreed that immigration authorities would not carry out any deportations until mid-January.

  ‘Ghost candidates’ blamed for siphoning votes in Florida Senate races

These mysterious candidates appear to run for office solely to take votes away from a competitor and make it easier for a third candidate to win.

  Carl Bernstein says 21 GOP senators contemptuous of Trump

Former Watergate sleuth Carl Bernstein took to Twitter to list the names of 21 Republican senators who he says have “repeatedly expressed contempt” for Donald Trump and his fitness to be president.

After criticism, Feinstein to step down as top Judiciary Dem

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, said he will seek to replace Feinstein as the committee's top Democrat.

  Biden transition gets govt OK after Trump out of options

Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers, which has two Republicans and two Democrats, was meeting Monday afternoon for what usually is a routine step.

US agency ascertains Biden as winner, lets transition begin

The move clears the way for Joe Biden aides to begin coordinating with federal agencies on plans for takeover on Jan. 20.

  Biden signals sharp shift from Trump with Cabinet picks

The picks mark a return to a more traditional approach to America’s relations with the rest of the world and reflect Biden’s campaign promises to have his Cabinet reflect the diversity of the American population.

  New Zealand leader Ardern offers virus know-how to Joe Biden

New Zealand's leader said the tone of the 20-minute phone call Monday was warm and that Biden spoke very favorably about how New Zealand was handling the pandemic.

  AP source: Biden taps ex-Fed chair Yellen to lead treasury

A path-breaking figure in the male-dominated economics field, Yellen, 74, was also the first woman to serve as Fed chair, from 2014 to 2018. She later became an adviser to Biden’s presidential campaign in an unusual departure for a former Fed leader that thrust her into the political arena.

GM flips to California’s side in pollution fight with Trump

General Motors says it will no longer support the Trump administration in legal efforts to end California’s right to set its own clean-air standards.

  White House still planning holiday parties, despite warnings

The decision to move forward with indoor White House events and other gatherings comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, top White House advisers and public health professionals across the nation have been pleading with Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving.

  Man seen exhaling on protesters outside Trump golf club charged with assault

The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Raymond Deskins is the man seen on a video exhaling at a gathered crowd.

  Trump campaign legal team distances itself from Powell

The Trump campaign’s legal team moved to distance itself Sunday from the firebrand conservative attorney.

Biden expected to nominate Blinken as secretary of state

President-elect Joe Biden’s first Cabinet picks are coming Tuesday and planning is underway for a pandemic-modified inauguration in January as his team moves forward despite roadblocks from the Trump administration.

Trump appeals rejection of effort to block Pennsylvania vote

President Donald Trump is appealing a federal judge’s dismissal of his campaign’s effort to block the certification of votes in Pennsylvania.

Michigan leader: Trump didn’t ask for election interference

President Donald Trump did not ask Michigan Republican lawmakers to “break the law” or “interfere” with the election during a meeting at the White House, a legislative leader said Sunday.

  Loeffler has negative COVID-19 test 2 days after positive

A spokesperson for the Georgia Republican's campaign says in a statement she is following CDC guidelines and informing those with whom she was in direct contact.

  Trump slams global climate agreement Biden intends to rejoin

President Donald Trump railed against the Paris climate accord on Sunday, telling world leaders at a virtual summit that the agreement was designed to cripple the U.S. economy, not save the planet.

Pompeo touts Iran policy in Gulf ahead of Biden presidency

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday defended his tour of Gulf Arab states and the Trump administration’s continued efforts to squeeze Iran, even as a new U.S. administration led by Joe Biden prepares to enter the White House in January.

  Carson says he’s ‘out of the woods’ after battling COVID-19

Housing Secretary Ben Carson is crediting unapproved, experimental treatments with saving his life after he became “desperately ill” following his infection with the coronavirus.

Trump team requests recount of Georgia presidential vote

President Donald Trump’s legal team said Saturday that his campaign has requested a recount of votes in the Georgia presidential race after results showed Democrat Joe Biden winning the state.

In blistering ruling, judge throws out Trump suit in Pa.

Pennsylvania officials can certify election results that currently show Democrat Joe Biden winning the state by more than 80,000 votes, a federal judge ruled Saturday, dealing President Donald Trump’s campaign another blow in its effort to invalidate the election.

Wisconsin officials: Trump observers obstructing recount

Election officials in Wisconsin’s largest county accused observers for President Donald Trump on Saturday of seeking to obstruct a recount of the presidential results, in some instances by objecting to every ballot tabulators pulled to count.

Twitter plans to give @POTUS account to Biden on Inauguration Day

Twitter has announced plans to hand over control of its official presidential account to the Biden administration on Inauguration Day.

Biden could announce Cabinet picks as soon as next week

President-elect Joe Biden is moving quickly to fill out his administration and could name top Cabinet nominations as early as next week

Trump tries to leverage power of office to subvert Biden win

President Donald Trump sought to leverage the power of the Oval Office on Friday in an extraordinary attempt to block President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

  Biden wants Congress to pass virus aid in lame-duck session

The incoming Democratic president will host the top Democrats in the House and Senate Friday afternoon at his makeshift transition headquarters in a downtown Wilmington, Delaware, theater.