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Trump Orders Lifting of Virus Travel Ban, but Biden Aides Vow to Block Move

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday ordered an end to the ban on travelers from Europe and Brazil that had been aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus to the United States, a move quickly rejected by aides to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., who said Mr. Biden will maintain the ban when he […]

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They Prepare the White House for a New President. They Have 5 Hours.

WASHINGTON — The time has finally come for President Trump to find a permanent space at Mar-a-Lago for his $50,000 room-size golf simulator, not to mention the 60-inch television he proudly displayed above the dining room table, his collection of Brioni suits and the first lady’s matching Louis Vuitton luggage she has hauled around the […]

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Biden Will Kick Off Inaugural Events at a Ceremony Honoring Victims of Covid-19

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. will arrive in the nation’s capital on Tuesday evening for an inauguration eve ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool honoring the nearly 400,000 people who have died during the coronavirus pandemic that will be his first priority after he is sworn in the next day. The somber […]

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Sharpshooters, Protesters, a Secret Train Trip

The next day, the departing president, Ulysses S. Grant, invited Hayes to the White House and had him secretly sworn in without the nation knowing, forestalling any last-ditch effort by Tilden or the Democrats to reverse the outcome and guarding against any possible violence by aggrieved Southerners. The inauguration was later repeated for the public, […]

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Who’s Radical Now? The Case of Minimum Wages

What if we define radicalism not by opposition to public opinion but by a refusal to accept the conclusions of mainstream economics? Here, too, Democrats are the moderates and Republicans the radicals. It’s true that once upon a time there was a near-consensus among economists that minimum wages substantially reduced employment. But that was long […]

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Biden to Cancel Keystone XL Pipeline in Inauguration Day Executive Order

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is expected to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit on his first day in office, quickly reversing his predecessor’s approval of a project to move oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico long opposed by environmentalists, according to a person familiar with Mr. Biden’s plans. Opponents of […]

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Pentagon Accelerates Efforts to Root Out Far-Right Extremism in the Ranks

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is intensifying efforts to identify and combat white supremacy and other far-right extremism in its ranks as federal investigators seek to determine how many military personnel and veterans joined the violent assault on the Capitol. In the days since a pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol on Jan. 6, senior leaders of […]

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Your Evening Briefing: Inauguration and Executive Orders

(Want to get this newsletter in your inbox? Here’s the sign-up.) Good evening. Here’s the latest. 1. Inauguration week dawns in an occupied city. The nation’s capital has been secured with checkpoints, tens of thousands of National Guard troops and miles of fencing and barricades — security at the cost of normalcy. Thousands of troops […]

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An Inaugural Lockdown Comes at a Price for Washingtonians

WASHINGTON — Chuck Weathers was waiting Monday morning on a bus in Columbia Heights, a residential neighborhood of shops and quaint homes about four miles north of the Capitol. It was cold, the bus was nowhere in sight and Mr. Weathers was annoyed. “We didn’t do a damn thing,” he said, referring to the people […]

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Mexico’s López Obrador, Fond of Trump, Eyes Biden Administration Warily

MEXICO CITY — President Trump called Mexican migrants rapists, threatened his neighbor with a trade war, kicked tens of thousands of asylum seekers out of the country, built up the border wall and promised to make Mexico pay for it. Mexico’s president is a big fan. So profound is his appreciation that when President Andrés […]

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Will Biden’s Stimulus Package Help Women Get Back to Work?

“What that signals to me is that the new administration understands the magnitude of the problem.” — C. Nicole Mason, president and chief executive of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research In Her Words is available as a newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on […]

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Yellen Readies Big Changes for Treasury

WASHINGTON — Two years ago, Janet L. Yellen co-signed a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urging him not to move forward with plans to relax oversight of big financial firms, warning that doing so could threaten the stability of America’s financial system. The plea by Ms. Yellen, who was joined by Ben Bernanke, another […]

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Europe Welcomes Biden, but Won’t Wait for Him

As a politician with his eye on the midterm congressional elections, “Biden will focus like a laser in his first year on the pandemic, on reopening the economy, on unemployment, on infrastructure, on health care, on an economic stimulus,” Mr. Kupchan said. “There will be much less time, energy and money for foreign policy.” Sophia […]

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Inauguration History: Who Was the First New President to … ?

The basics of the inauguration are simple: The new president takes a 35-word oath on a date prescribed by the Constitution. But the formula has left plenty of room for novelty. As inaugurations evolved over the decades, many became turning points in tradition, marked by mishaps, innovation and spontaneous gestures. Jimmy Carter began an informal […]

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Biden’s Covid-19 Plan Is Maddeningly Obvious

Even now, the Trump administration’s poor planning and inconsistent communication fogs the effort. In recent days, there have been reports that states aren’t receiving the vaccine allotments they’ve been promised. Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon tweeted that the leaders of Operation Warp Speed had directly confirmed to her that “states will not be receiving increased […]

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Trump Isn’t Out the Door Yet

In other words, I’m not throwing in the towel on America. We are more resilient than we’ve probably seemed to the outside world in recent years. Covid-19 Vaccines › Answers to Your Vaccine Questions If I live in the U.S., when can I get the vaccine? While the exact order of vaccine recipients may vary […]

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Gary Gensler Set to Lead S.E.C.

The Biden administration is tapping two financial regulators from the Obama administration to oversee key departments that had loosened their grip of the industry under President Trump, according to two people with knowledge of the plans. Gary Gensler, who led the Commodity Futures Trading Commission during the Obama administration from 2009 to 2014, will be […]

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Migrant Caravan, Now in Guatemala, Could Pose Early Test for Biden

Thousands of migrants from Honduras have entered Guatemala and plan to continue north to the United States, potentially posing an early test of the immigration policies of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has pledged to ease the Trump administration’s restrictions on asylum. After a few hundred people were able to push past the border […]

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Kamala Harris Will Make History. So Will Her ‘Big, Blended’ Family.

“It’s striking,” said Ralph Richard Banks, a law professor at Stanford who has written about race, gender and family patterns. “In some ways they are at the frontier of different aspects of American families and how they’re changing.” Some might say they are reflective of where Americans already are. Today, the number of couples who […]

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Joe Biden Actually Has a Covid Plan

It has been almost a year since the coronavirus first emerged in the United States, and it’s still spreading uncontrolled through much of the country. Several mutant variants have emerged — some of them with alarming new properties — and the vaccination campaign that was supposed to finally save the world from this crisis is […]

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Biden Seeks Quick Start With Executive Actions and Aggressive Legislation

“He is much calmer,” said Representative James E. Clyburn, Democrat of South Carolina and a close ally. “The anxiety of running and the pressure of a campaign, all that’s behind him now. Even after the campaign was over, the election was over, all the foolishness coming from the Trump camp, you don’t know how all […]

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Shadows on the Silk Road

The Islamic Golden Age of science and art that predated the Italian Renaissance by 400 years was illuminated by Turkic and Persian thinkers from the eastern rim of the Abbasid Caliphate, in what is today Central Asia, western China and parts of Iran. Ms. Yuvakaeva ticked off some homegrown Einsteins. Muhammad al-Khwarizmi, a ninth-century genius […]

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When Biden Becomes … Rooseveltian!

So it’s exhilarating that Biden included in his plan a temporary expansion (I hope it will be made permanent) of the child tax credit in a way that would do more than any other single policy to reduce child poverty and make America more truly a land of opportunity. In effect, Biden is turning the […]

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Before the Capitol Riot, Calls for Cash and Talk of Revolution

Keith Lee, an Air Force veteran and former police detective, spent the morning of Jan. 6 casing the entrances to the Capitol. In online videos, the 41-year-old Texan pointed out the flimsiness of the fencing. He cheered the arrival, long before President Trump’s rally at the other end of the mall, of far-right militiamen encircling […]

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Biden and Obamacare: One Sentence in Stimulus Plan Reveals Health Care Approach

Tucked into President-elect Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan is a one-sentence provision that could drive billions in federal subsidies to help people afford to buy health insurance. The proposal would do two things: make upper-middle-income Americans newly eligible for premium subsidies on Obamacare marketplaces, and increase the financial help that already goes to lower-income enrollees. […]

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One Sentence in Biden Stimulus Plan Reveals His Health Care Approach

Tucked into President-elect Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan is a one-sentence provision that could drive billions in federal subsidies to help people afford to buy health insurance. The proposal would do two things: make upper-middle-income Americans newly eligible for premium subsidies on Obamacare marketplaces, and increase the financial help that already goes to lower-income enrollees. […]

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U.S. Executes Dustin Higgs for Role in 3 1996 Murders

But Mr. Higgs was sentenced to death, a punishment that his lawyers argued was “arbitrary and inequitable” compared with that of the man who shot the gun. His defense team pointed to a declaration that Mr. Haynes signed years after the crime in which he claimed that Mr. Higgs did not threaten him nor make […]

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Pentagon Moves to Block Exam of Tortured Guantánamo Prisoner

WASHINGTON — In his final days as Secretary of the Army, Ryan D. McCarthy has moved to thwart a federal judge’s order for an independent examination of a mentally ill prisoner at Guantánamo Bay who was previously tortured there, the Justice Department disclosed on Friday. Lawyers for the prisoner, Mohammed al-Qahtani, 45, had obtained the […]

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Lankford Apologizes to Black Voters for Backing Trump’s Election Deceit

“That result of that decision is bringing a hailstorm of criticism,” said a state senator, Kevin L. Matthews, founder and chairman of the 1921 commission. In an interview, he said he personally did not believe Mr. Lankford should resign from the commission, but that some members believed it was inconsistent with his drive to invalidate […]

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Pelosi Holds Back Impeachment Article as House Builds Case

Their case was as simple as it was extraordinary, and in a bizarre constitutional twist, they were wrestling with how to present it when both the prosecutors and the jury were witnesses and victims of the offense. How a trial might work was proving to be just as complicated. When the Senate last met as […]

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Biden to Elevate Science Adviser to His Cabinet

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. announced on Friday that he will elevate the role of science in his cabinet as part of an effort to “refresh and reinvigorate our national science and technology strategy.” Mr. Biden will nominate Eric S. Lander, the director of the Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard, to serve as director […]

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