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Biden names geneticist Lander for new Cabinet-level post, elevating role of science

By Joey Roulette WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden named pioneering geneticist Eric Lander as the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy on Friday, elevating the

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As inauguration nears, law enforcement scrutiny drives U.S. extremists into internet's dark corners

By Julia Harte, Ted Hesson, Kristina Cooke, Elizabeth Culliford and Katie Paul WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Shortly after rampaging Trump supporters attacked the U.S.

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Pelosi calls for prosecution of any Congress members who might have helped pro-Trump siege

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Any members of the U.S. Congress who helped a crowd of President Donald Trump's supporters storm the Capitol should face criminal prosecution, House of

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Pence calls Harris to offer assistance ahead of U.S. power transfer next week

By Jeff Mason and Trevor Hunnicutt WASHINGTON/WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Vice President Mike Pence reached out to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Thursday, sources familiar with the situation

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If members of Congress aided Capitol attack, they should be prosecuted: Pelosi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that if members of Congress were found to have been accomplices to the Jan.

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On guns, abortion and voting rights, Trump leaves lasting mark on U.S. judiciary

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When a U.S. appeals court declared that Florida could make it harder for convicted felons to vote - a ruling decried by civil rights activists - the impact of

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Capitol Police intelligence report before Jan. 6 riot warned 'Congress itself' could be targeted: report

An internal Capitol Police intelligence report issued three days before the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 said "Congress itself" could be targeted by protesters gathering in Washington, D.C., that day, according to a report.

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Manhattan DA’s office expands criminal probe of Trump’s businesses

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office is expanding its criminal probe of President Trump and his businesses -- issuing subpoenas for documents pertaining to a Trump property in suburban Westchester County, N.Y., Fox News has confirmed.  

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LIVE UPDATES: Trump impeachment supported by only 8% of Republicans: poll

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LIVE UPDATES: Biden inauguration plans prompt closing of National Mall

Follow for the latest updates on Biden's inauguration and the fallout from the Capitol riot. 

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State Department says Wuhan lab researchers may have had COVID in the fall of 2019

The U.S. State Department on Friday night said it had "reason to believe" scientists in Wuhan, China, may have been infected with the coronavirus in the autumn of 2019

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AOC says Zuckerberg, Facebook bear 'partial responsibility' for Capitol riots

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., assigned partial blame to Facebook for last week's riots and indicated Friday that Congress' response should focus on holding Big Tech accountable rather than ramping up domestic surveillance.

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Biden: Science will be at `forefront' of his administration

President-elect Joe Biden says "science will always be at the forefront of my administration,” and he is elevating the post of science adviser to Cabinet level, a White House first.

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Donor backlash fuels GOP alarm about Senate fundraising

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are worried that a corporate backlash stirred by the deadly Capitol insurrection could crimp a vital stream of campaign cash, complicating the party’s prospects of retaking the Senate in the next election.

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After Trump, Biden aims to reshape the presidency itself

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Joe Biden takes the oath of office Wednesday outside a wounded U.S. Capitol, he will begin reshaping the office of the presidency itself as he sets out to lead a bitterly divided nation struggling with a devastating pandemic and an insurrection meant to stop his ascension to power.

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Trump administration carries out 13th and final execution

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The Trump administration early Saturday carried out its 13th federal execution since July, an unprecedented run that concluded just five days before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden — an opponent of the federal death penalty.

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Trump's presidency not just a blip in US foreign policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to scrap President Donald Trump’s vision of “America First” in favor of “diplomacy first” will depend on whether he's able to regain the trust of allies and convince them that Trumpism is just a blip in the annals of U.S.

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Inauguration Day also is move in/out day at the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving from house to house is challenging under the best of circumstances, and even with movers as first rate as the housekeepers and other staff who work in the White House.

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HHS Secretary Notes Capitol Riot in Resignation Letter

As the US presidency changes hands on Wednesday, one of the Trump administration's remaining Cabinet members will officially remove his own name from the payroll. CNN reports that on Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar submitted his letter of resignation to President Trump, and while he listed the...

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On Its Way to Texas, NRA Files for Bankruptcy Protection

The National Rifle Association asked a federal court for bankruptcy protection from its creditors on Friday, saying it plans to restructure as a nonprofit in Texas. The organization now is registered in New York, Reuters reports. In a statement, the NRA said it's leaving "a corrupt political and regulatory environment....

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Inauguration Poet to 'Touch' on Capitol Attack

At age 22, poet Amanda Gorman, chosen to read at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, already has a history of writing for official occasions. "I have kind of stumbled upon this genre. It's been something I find a lot of emotional reward in, writing something I can make people...

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Pelosi: Lawmakers Who Aided Mob Face Prosecution

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that she wants to know whether any of her colleagues helped the mob that stormed the Capitol last week. That would put them in criminal jeopardy, she said. "If in fact it is found that members of Congress were accomplices to this insurrection, if...

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Call Is First Contact Between Presidential Campaigns

More than two months after the election, the rival presidential campaigns have had their first direct contact with each other. VP Mike Pence called Kamala Harris to offer his congratulations and help, reports the Hill . However, President Trump has yet to call Joe Biden, notes the AP . By all accounts,...

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Paper Has Harrowing Account of Pence's Close Call

We knew Secret Service escorted Mike Pence to safety during the siege on the Capitol. But not until this Washington Post report has it been clear just how close the rioters came to the vice president. As it turns out, they missed seeing him by a matter of seconds. As...

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