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Biden picks loyal lieutenant to lead mission to restore US reputation on world stage

Biden picks loyal lieutenant to lead mission to restore US reputation on world stage

Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for secretary of state, has worked with the former vice president for so long that one former State Department official said that “it’s difficult to know where one person’s policy vision ends and the other’s begins.” In Blinken, Biden is tapping someone with a commitment to international cooperation, refugee…MORE

Mayorkas could bring stability to DHS after years of interim leadership

Mayorkas could bring stability to DHS after years of interim leadership

Former Obama administration official Alejandro Mayorkas was tapped Monday to lead the Department of Homeland Security by President-elect Joe Biden, signaling an intent to bring experienced leadership to the third-largest federal department after years of instability. The announcement was immediately met with praise from immigrant advocates and Democratic lawmakers, as well as former and current…MORE

Covid-19 vaccine no ‘walk in the park,’ CDC committee told

Covid-19 vaccine no ‘walk in the park,’ CDC committee told

Americans need to be prepared for the possibility that they may feel a little unwell after they get a coronavirus vaccine, if one is authorized, members of a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee said Monday. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met to discuss whether to recommend use of any…MORE

Feinstein to step aside as top Democrat on Senate Judiciary Committee

Feinstein to step aside as top Democrat on Senate Judiciary Committee

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced on Monday that she would step down from the top Democratic spot on the Senate Judiciary Committee next year, following sharp criticism from liberal activists over her handling of the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Feinstein, 87, said she would “increase” her “attention” on the wildfire and…MORE

A rare species of whale washed ashore dead in North Carolina

A rare species of whale washed ashore dead in North Carolina

A North Atlantic right whale calf was discovered dead on the shore of a barrier island off North Carolina on Friday, according to officials. The right whale is one of the rarest marine mammals in the world, according the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and there are only around 400 of them remaining. The…MORE

GM withdraws support for Trump lawsuit seeking to roll back auto emissions rules

GM withdraws support for Trump lawsuit seeking to roll back auto emissions rules

In a letter to environmental groups, General Motors announced it was withdrawing its support from Trump administration litigation that aimed to take away California’s right to set its own auto emissions rules. California has, for decades, been granted repeated waivers by the federal government, allowing it to establish its own air quality and auto emissions…MORE