Nation’s stormy politics could unsettle California recall

By Michael R. Blood | Associated Press LOS ANGELES — California may become the next testing ground for the nation’s roiled, unpredictable politics as an effort to give voters a chance to fire Gov. Gavin Newsom moves closer to reality. Not long ago, the notion that liberal favorite Newsom could be ousted by voters in […]

Longtime Reagan Secretary of State George Shultz dies at 100

By MATTHEW LEE WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, a titan of American academia, business and diplomacy who spent most of the 1980s trying to improve Cold War relations with the Soviet Union and forging a course for peace in the Middle East, has died. He was 100. Shultz died Saturday […]

Buoyed by Keystone XL, pipeline opponents want Biden to act

By Amy Forliti | Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — After President Joe Biden revoked Keystone XL’s presidential permit and shut down construction of the long-disputed pipeline that was to carry oil from Canada to Texas, opponents of other pipelines hoped the projects they’ve been fighting would be next. The Biden administration hasn’t specified what action it […]

Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, ZEKE MILLER and ALEXANDRA JAFFE WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation’s historic confluence of crises. Denouncing a national “uncivil war,” Biden took the […]

In inaugural address, Biden will appeal to national unity

By Zeke Miller | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden will deliver an appeal to national unity when he is sworn in Wednesday and plans immediate moves to combat the coronavirus pandemic and undo some of President Donald Trump’s most controversial policies, his incoming chief of staff said Sunday. Biden intends a series of […]

The Latest: China reports a few new cases of COVID-19

By The Associated Press BEIJING — China on Sunday reported 109 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, two-thirds of them in a northern province that abuts Beijing, and no deaths. There were 72 new cases in Hebei province, where the government is building isolation hospitals with a total of 9,500 rooms to combat an upsurge in infections, […]

The Latest: Biden elevates science adviser to Cabinet level

By The Associated Press WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden introduced his team of scientific advisers on Saturday, saying they will lead with “science and truth. We believe in both.” Biden is elevating the position of science adviser to Cabinet level, a White House first. He called Eric Lander, a pioneer in mapping the human […]

Warnock and Loeffler work to consolidate voters for runoff

By Jeff Amy | Associated Press ATLANTA — When Georgia Republican Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock advanced to the Jan. 5 U.S. Senate runoff, they faced the immediate challenge of winning over the 2 million voters who chose one of the 18 other candidates in November’s election. Polls show they have largely succeeded, and […]

What mandate? Biden’s agenda faces a divided Congress

By Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden wants to “restore the soul of America.” First, he’ll need to fix a broken and divided Congress. Biden is rushing headlong into a legislative branch ground down by partisanship, name-calling and, now, a refusal by some to acknowledge his win over President Donald Trump. […]

The Latest: Intel agencies can’t engage with Biden yet

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 4 p.m. The national intelligence director’s office says it can’t begin engaging with President-elect Joe Biden’s team until a federal agency starts the process of transition, which the Trump administration is delaying. The office, which oversees all U.S. intelligence agencies, said it must […]