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Progressives look to make early mark on Biden White House

Nov 14 2020 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WILMINGTON, Del. — Leading progressives are pressuring President-elect Joe Biden to embrace their policy agenda even as more centrist Democrats argue such proposals prevented the party from retaking full control of Congress. For now, much of the lobbying centres on who Biden should — or should not — appoint to key posts as he builds […]

Trump faces calls to work with Biden team on transition

Nov 9 2020 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WILMINGTON, Del. — President Donald Trump is facing pressure to co-operate with President-elect Joe Biden's team to ensure a smooth transfer of power when the new administration takes office in January. The General Services Administration is tasked with formally recognizing Biden as president-elect, which begins the transition. But the agency's Trump-appointed administrator, Emily Murphy, has […]

There’s no winner in the presidential race. That’s OK

Nov 4 2020 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — America woke up Wednesday morning without a winner of the presidential election. That's OK. Critical battleground states including Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania remained without declared winners, leaving both President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden short of the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House. This isn't necessarily a surprise. […]

GOP senator mispronounces Kamala Harris’ name at Trump rally

Oct 16 2020 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. David Perdue mocked Kamala Harris, his Senate colleague and the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, on Friday by repeatedly mispronouncing her name at a Georgia rally for President Donald Trump. Perdue was wrapping up his remarks at an event in Macon when he referred to Harris as “KAH'-mah-lah? Kah-MAH'-lah? Kamala-mala-mala? I don’t know. […]

Fly on Pence’s head generates buzz in VP debate

Oct 8 2020 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — The vice-presidential debate featured plexiglass barriers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. They were no match for the night’s most talked-about intruder — a fly that briefly buzzed around the stage before landing and staying on Mike Pence’s head. The incident went unmentioned onstage, with the Republican vice-president and Democratic Sen. Kamala […]

Bernie Sanders resuming in-person campaigning to back Biden

Oct 2 2020 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WILMINGTON, Del. — Bernie Sanders is returning to in-person campaigning for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March, heading to the battleground states of New Hampshire and Michigan to promote Joe Biden and sooth any lingering tensions between the Democratic Party's progressive and centrist wings. Spokesman Mike Casca says the […]

Ex-Sanders staffers promote Biden to Latinos in Iowa, Nevada

Sep 29 2020 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WILMINGTON, Del. — Former staffers from Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign want to harness strong support for the Vermont senator among Hispanics to bolster Joe Biden in two battleground states that could prove critical in November's election. Nuestro PAC is launching a 30-second spot that will begin airing Thursday for two weeks in heavily Hispanic Nevada […]