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'America is back': Biden pushes past Trump era with nominees

WILMINGTON, Del. - Declaring "America is back," President-elect Joe Biden introduced his national security team on Tuesday, his first substantive offering of how he'll shift from Trump-era "America First" policies by relying on experts from the Democratic establishment to be some of his most important advisers. "Together, these...

 

Trump plans to pardon Michael Flynn

President Donald Trump has told aides that he plans to issue a pardon to his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to a person familiar with the discussions. The person said that while nothing is final until Trump does it, he has made it clear that it is one of a string of pardons he plans to issue before...

 

Minnesota panel signs off on election results, says voting system clean

Minnesota's top election officials signed off on the results of this year's vote on Tuesday, giving the state's process a clean bill of health even as a group of Republicans filed a last-minute legal challenge. "Our voting equipment is incredibly accurate and the postelection review in front of you proves that," David Maeda,...

 

Reps. Peterson, Thompson and Comer Push Leadership to Delay Ligado Application

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Representatives Collin Peterson (D-MN), Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), and James Comer (R-KY) sent a letter to House Leadership and the Appropriations Committee requesting language delaying implementation of the April 2020 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Order granting Ligado’s application to deploy a terrestrial nationwide network to...

 

Joe Biden signals stark shift with new national security team

WILMINGTON, Del. — Declaring "America is back," President-elect Joe Biden introduced selections for his national security team Tuesday, his first substantive offering of how he'll shift from Trump-era "America First" policies by relying on foreign policy and national security experts from the Democratic establishment to be some of his most important advisers. Biden's...

 

US agency ascertains Biden as winner, lets transition begin

WASHINGTON - The General Services Administration ascertained Monday that President-elect Joe Biden is the "apparent winner" of the Nov. 3 election, clearing the way for the start of the transition from President Donald Trump's administration and allowing Biden to coordinate with federal agencies on plans for taking over on Jan....

 

Two Republicans join Minnesota House Democrats in urging coronavirus caution

A small, bipartisan group of state legislators encouraged Minnesotans on Monday to pledge to take personal steps to curb the spread of the coronavirus as the holidays approach. The new public education campaign, announced on Zoom, encourages individuals to wear masks, limit social gatherings and take other actions to reduce...

 

President-Elect Biden To Begin Formal Transition Process After Agency OK

Joe Biden's administration can formally begin its transition to power after a previously little-known federal agency on Monday ascertained Biden as the apparent winner of the election more than two weeks after the Democrat became president-elect. The awaited decision from the General Services Administration provides the...

 

Michigan Certifies Joe Biden's Election Victory

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers voted Monday to certify the state's election results after weeks of attempts by President Trump, the outgoing Republican nominee, to overturn his opponent's victory. Three members voted in favor of certification, and one abstained. Two Republican voters on the board, Aaron Van Langevelde...

 

Crow Tribe elects new President

On Monday, November 9, 2020 the Crow electorate went to the polls and elected a new Tribal chairman and slate of other newcomers to the Executive Branch, who have previously served in the Crow Legislature. Under the Crow Tribal constitution there are four top officials who run as a group: Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and...

 

Native American voters across Minnesota turned out to oust Trump

Life as a Native woman in rural Minnesota was never easy for Nancy Beaulieu, but it got harder after 2016. She saw racial tensions between some white residents and Native Americans in her northern Minnesota community spill out into the open after the election of Donald Trump in 2016. In January, Beltrami County became one of the...

 

Trump's legal team cried vote fraud, but courts found none

PHILADELPHIA - As they frantically searched for ways to salvage President Donald Trump's failed reelection bid, his campaign pursued a dizzying game of legal hopscotch across six states that centered on the biggest prize of all: Pennsylvania. The strategy may have played well in front of television cameras and on talk radio to...

 

Biden promised teachers a raise, but education reforms will be a big lift in pandemic

President-elect Joe Biden promised to give teachers a pay raise and direct more money to schools that serve low-income children, but those education reforms will have to take a back seat to emergency needs as schools fight to save teacher jobs and close funding gaps during the pandemic. Education groups say that more than half a million teachers and school personnel have been...

 

The case for a Native American secretary of the interior

President-elect Joe Biden already made history by selecting Kamala Harris, the first Black and South Asian American woman to be elected vice president of the United States. He is also building a transition team that’s shaping up to be majority women and people of color. Now, tribal leaders, environmental activists, and more than 50 House Democrats are urging Biden to break...

 

Trump, allies make frantic steps to overturn Biden victory

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump and his allies are taking increasingly frantic steps to subvert the results of the 2020 election, including summoning state legislators to the White House as part of a longshot bid to overturn Joe Biden's victory. Among other last-ditch tactics: personally calling local election officials who...

 

School Board Elections Don't Get Much Attention. They Should

Even during a month when elections dominate the news, local school board elections get too little attention. While not all members of the nation’s 14,000 school boards are selected by voters in partisan or nonpartisan elections, most are. And these elections arguably embody democracy at its most grassroots level. While they may not attract widespread media attention, school...

 

Two longtime Minnesota senators split from DFL, start independent caucus

Two longtime DFL state senators from the Iron Range severed ties with their party on Wednesday, forming an independent caucus and altering the dynamics in a narrowly divided Minnesota Senate. Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook, a former DFL leader at the Capitol, and Sen. David Tomassoni of Chisholm cited growing political polarization and...

 

Trump pursues recount of 2 liberal Wisconsin counties

MADISON, Wis. - President Donald Trump filed Wednesday for a recount of Wisconsin's two largest Democratic counties, paying the required $3 million cost and alleging that they were the sites of the "worst irregularities" although no evidence of illegal activity has been presented. The recounts in Milwaukee and Dane counties...

 

Taxpayers Subsidize Poverty Wages at Walmart, McDonald's, Other Large Corporations, GAO Finds

WASHINGTON, November 18 — Many full-time workers employed by some of America’s largest and most profitable corporations receive wages so low that they qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or “food stamps”) benefits and Medicaid, according to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report, “Millions of...

 

Michigan GOPers Try To Steal Election For Trump, Change Minds At The Last Minute

The two Republicans on Michigan’s Wayne County Board of Canvassers initially refused on Tuesday to certify the county’s election results, which show former Vice President Joe Biden defeating President Donald Trump. But they suddenly reversed their decision after hours of phone calls from the public lambasting them for trying to exclude predominantly Black Detroit from the...

 

Trump fires agency head who vouched for 2020 vote security

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the federal agency that vouched for the reliability of the 2020 election. Trump fired Christopher Krebs in a tweet, saying his recent statement defending the security of the election was "highly inaccurate." While abrupt, the dismissal was hardly surprising....

 

Trump campaign would have to pay nearly $8 million for Wisconsin recount

MADISON, Wis. – President Donald Trump's campaign would have to pay nearly $8 million to start a recount in Wisconsin, a state he narrowly lost two weeks ago. Trump will have to decide by Wednesday whether to carry through with the recount he has promised to pursue. If his campaign pays the $7.9 million cost up front, the recount will begin as soon as Thursday and be...

 

Giuliani is said to seek $20,000 a day payment for Trump legal work

Rudy Giuliani, who has helped oversee a string of failed court challenges to President Donald Trump's defeat in the election, asked the president's campaign to pay him $20,000 a day for his legal work, multiple people briefed on the matter said. The request stirred opposition from some of Trump's aides and advisers, who appear...

 

'More people may die': Biden urges Trump to aid transition

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - President-elect Joe Biden on Monday warned of dire consequences if President Donald Trump and his administration continue to refuse to coordinate with his transition team on the coronavirus pandemic and block briefings on national security, policy issues and vaccine plans. The remarks marked Biden's...

 

Graham becomes center of Georgia storm

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of President Trump’s staunchest Senate allies, has found himself embroiled in controversy over his conversation with Georgia’s secretary of state, who says the GOP senator pressured him to find ways to exclude ballots from being counted. Some Republican senators have recognized Joe Biden as the president-elect, and others have said...

 

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