Biden to tap Denis McDonough for Veterans Affairs

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate longtime Obama aide Denis McDonough for secretary of Veterans Affairs, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.McDonough served as former President Barack Obama’s chief of staff from 2013 until 2017.McDonough had not been …

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Black Lives Matter power grab sets off internal revolt

The Black Lives Matter movement is buckling under the strain of its own success, with tensions rising between local chapters and national leaders over the group’s goals, direction — and money.From the beginning, Black Lives Matter was a grassroots effort, …

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California exits give Newsom rare chance to pick 3 high-profile leaders

OAKLAND, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has a perfect storm of political opportunity now that Xavier Becerra’s departure gives him the chance to fill a third high-profile statewide office and shape the state’s power structure for years.Ambitious Democrats and …

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Biden goes to bat for Defense secretary nominee Austin

President-elect Joe Biden addressed concerns Wednesday about nominating a recently retired four-star general to lead the Department of Defense, affirming his commitment to civilian control of the nation’s military.Biden’s choice of Lloyd Austin — who hung up his uniform four …

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Former Virginia Gov. McAuliffe launches comeback

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday officially kicked off his bid to return to the governor’s mansion with a nod to the racial and gender dynamics at play in his commonwealth and across the country. “We have a huge …

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Civil rights groups lay out priorities for Biden’s Justice Department

Leaders of several civil rights groups laid out their recommendations on Tuesday for the type of attorney general President-elect Joe Biden should nominate to head the Justice Department.The virtual conclave between seven civil rights leaders and Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala …

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Breaking down the $900B stimulus package and $1.4T omnibus bill

Congressional leaders on Sunday night unveiled the highlights of a $900 billion fiscal stimulus package and a $1.4 trillion government funding deal that will deliver critical pandemic aid to millions of Americans and pad federal agency budgets through next September.If …

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‘Surprise’ billing fix to be included in spending package

Congress is set to include a long-elusive ban on “surprise” medical bills as part of a major spending deal lawmakers were working to finalize Sunday evening. A joint statement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer …

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Romney: GOP ‘has strayed’ from what he once knew

The Republican Party has strayed from the principles that Sen. Mitt Romney once knew it for, he lamented on Sunday.Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the Utah Republican and past GOP presidential nominee said his party has taken a …

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