Biden signals shift from Trump with national security picks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Monday tapped Obama administration veterans for top national security positions, signaling a stark shift from the Trump administration’s “America First” policies that disparaged international alliances, career diplomats and other veteran government officials. The six picks, including former Secretary of State John Kerry, mark a return to a more […]

Mnuchin denies trying to hinder incoming administration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin denied that he is attempting to limit the choices President-elect Joe Biden will have to promote an economic recovery by ending several emergency loan programs being run by the Federal Reserve. Mnuchin said his decision was based on the fact that the programs were not being heavily utilized. […]

Georgia Secretary of State to certify election for Biden

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s top elections official said he will certify that Joe Biden won the state’s presidential election after a hand tally stemming from a mandatory audit affirmed the Democrat’s lead over Republican President Donald Trump. “Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by the motto that numbers don’t lie,” Secretary of […]

Biden chides Trump for lack of cooperation on vaccine

WILMINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden met Thursday with governors from both parties and criticized President Donald Trump’s unprecedented attempt to block the peaceful transition of power, saying it was hindering the flow of information about programs to develop a vitally important coronavirus vaccine. “Unfortunately, my administration hasn’t been able to get everything we need,” […]

Biden filling top White House team with campaign veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden announced a raft of top White House staff positions on Tuesday, drawing from the senior ranks of his campaign and some of his closest confidants to fill out an increasingly diverse White House leadership team. Biden confirmed that former campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon will serve as a deputy […]

Biden lays out COVID response plan, calls for unity

WILMINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden expressed optimism about what the next four years hold Monday, laying out a broad plan for combating COVID-19 and “building back better.” Speaking to media at The Queen theater after a virtual roundtable with nine business and union executives, the president-elect again called for unity, urging Americans to put their […]

Biden, Harris address Obamacare, concerns about transition

WILMINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris asserted Tuesday the importance of keeping the Affordable Care Act intact. The press conference, held at The Queen theater in Wilmington, came just hours after the Supreme Court held oral arguments on the validity of the law, a signature legacy of the Obama presidency that […]

Biden zeros in on virus during opening days of transition

WILMINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden signaled strongly Monday that fighting the raging pandemic will be the immediate priority of his new administration, as the nation surpassed 10 million COVID-19 cases, an abrupt shift from President Donald Trump’s more unworried approach to the virus. Biden began with a direct appeal to all Americans to wear […]

UK’s Johnson seeks new UK bond with Biden

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson’s famous charm worked wonders on Donald Trump, but he faces a tougher audience in Joe Biden. Britain’s prime minister promised Sunday to work with the U.S. president-elect to spread democracy, defend human rights and combat climate change, as he sought to woo a leader who sees the world very differently […]

Biden seeks to move quickly and build out his administration

WILMINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden signaled on Sunday he plans to move quickly to build out his government, focusing first on the raging pandemic that will likely dominate the early days of his administration. Biden named a former surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, and a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, David Kessler, as […]