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Biden attends church service with Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell before inauguration
President-elect Joe Biden is at church for a pre-inauguration service, where he is joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in a showing of national unity. Joined by incoming First Lady Jill Biden, the 46th commander-in-chief was picked up by...
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Donald Trump, in Final Farewell Speech, Says 'We Will be Back in Some Form'
Donald Trump's presidency is coming to a close, but Trump had a message for his supporters before departing for Florida, where he will take up his post-presidency residence: "We love you. We will be back in some form."
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Kamala Harris, multiracial identity, and the fantasy of a post-racial America
Kamala Harris in 2010, then the district attorney for San Francisco. | Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Politicians who happen to be multiracial face expectations that simply aren’t realistic. The ascension of Sen. Kamala to the vice presidency is a singular historical event. The hope it suggests to America and the signal it sends to all women is a big deal: For the first time, a woman, an American daughter of Black and South Asian immigrants to boot, has risen to the second-highest political office in the land. Our current national tumult, particularly the egregious attempt to undermine the results of our presidential election, gives us even more of a reason to lift up Harris’s election as a source of inspiration. This moment additionally opens up the opportunity to think about the American mixed-race experience, which is part of Harris’s remarkable story. It is also a part of our national story that cuts against the grain of nostalgic white nationalist fantasies of American greatness. As long as there has been a United States of America, there have been mixed-race Americans. Cultural and political meanings have been layered onto that fact, opening up multiracial people, especially if they live public lives, to scrutiny of their ethnic and racial authenticity. The growing number of Americans who claim mixed-race identity has even led some to indulge in a dream that is the polar opposite of the MAGA fantasy — but a fever dream nonetheless — that a multicultural and mixed-race majority will bring about a post-racial world. Demography is not destiny, as the past election has reminded us, and to place such expectations on individuals who happen to be of mixed descent is unrealistic. Kamala Harris’s father, Donald Harris, was from Jamaica, and her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, was from southern India. As Harris recounted in her autobiography, they met as students while studying at the University of California Berkeley. Her origins in mid-1960s Northern California offer a multicultural narrative that has appealed to a broad audience throughout her political career. This calls our attention to the shifts in attitudes and conditions that have made interracial relationships more public and prevalent and American racial identifications more flexible. For these reasons, some may see Harris, as some did with Obama, as a transformative post-racial figure. Courtesy of the Kamala Harris campaign Kamala Harris, front center, standing in front of her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, and beside her younger sister, Maya. Flanking Harris are her grandparents P.V., left, and Rajam Gopalan, who were visiting in 1972. In her autobiography, Harris does not explicitly identify as mixed or multiracial, though. She claims and expresses pride in her South Asian ancestry, but she makes clear in her autobiography her and her younger sister Maya’s racial identifications: “My mother understood very well that she was raising two black daughters. She knew that her adopted homeland would see Maya and me as black girls, and she was determined to make sure we would grow into confident, proud black women.” Harris’s expression of her racial identity allows for both groups to claim her as one of their own, but it is also a source of consternation among those who wonder why she often stresses her Black identity over her South Asian one, and it gives fodder to those who question whether she is Black or South Asian “enough.” That Harris identifies primarily as a Black woman reflects one common way people with mixed ancestry see themselves: They emphasize the part of their identity that best reflects their family and everyday experiences.Harris’s Black identity made sense for her and her family in the American context she grew up in; it reflects her ancestry — that she was seen and treated as Black by her family and the community around her — andher everyday lived experience. Former President Barack Obama’s story is similar. As long as there has been a United States of America, there have been mixed-race Americans That Harris may be seen by many as Black and only Black has its roots in the American rule of “hypodescent,” or the one-drop rule, which dates back to slavery and functioned to make slave status heritable and maintain so-called white racial purity. Any person with white and nonwhite identity, especially Black, would be assigned to the lower-caste category; the same “rule” applied to other combinations, with Blackness trumping the other categories. This absurd and fundamentally racist practice is a testament to what was a far more common antipathy toward Blackness, the fear of interracial relationships, and the suspicions of mixed-race persons. But that doesn’t mean all mixed-race folks choose a lane. Others intentionally identify as biracial, mixed race, multiracial, or some other category of their own making. Ultimately, it is a mixed person’s prerogative to be fluid in their identity, for them to sometimes hold one, or both, and for that to change over time. In Harris’s and Obama’s cases, although they publicly prioritize one identity over the other, they do so while declaring love and respect for their varied familial and cultural roots, as we saw in Harris’s deeply personal and public use of the term “chittis,” which is Tamil for “aunts.” This is how mixed-race individuals navigate, and push back on, expectations of ethnic and racial belonging, loyalty, and authenticity that come in the form of questions, for example, about whether they are really Black or South Asian. Such accusations betray a simplistic essentialism about ethnic and racial identity. At worst, they are weaponized for the purpose of racist and xenophobic exclusion. Harris and Obama do not explicitly identify as mixed race, yet their mixed ancestry appeals to large parts of their constituencies who identify with it or see in it a welcome cosmopolitan marker. Even if a large number of their supporters are not Black, South Asian, or mixed race, liberal elites might take superficial comfort in what they perceive as Harris’s and Obama’s class- or white-coded aspects that reassure them. Meanwhile, for some of their political opponents, their mixed ancestry is a focal point of racist and xenophobic objection, as we saw with the outrageous “birther” conspiracy theory about Obama, and with similar ridiculous claims about Harris’s Blackness or her not being a natural-born citizen and thus not eligible to run for president. But their actual stories are far more appealing than such delusions. Courtesy of the Joe Biden campaign Kamala Harris with her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris. Harris’s personal narrative is not just a story of race or ethnicity or gender; it is a California story, just like Obama’s is a Hawaiian story (his parents met in 1960 at the University of Hawaii), their parents’ encounters made possible by the international and diverse conditions and the vibrant political atmospheres of their respective universities. Her story stands out, however, because it reflects the experiences of people who have interracial ancestry beyond Black and white. Harris’s story, which continues through her marriage and her status as “Momala,” illustrates the international, multilingual, interreligious, and multiracial families and identities that many Americans have. That complexity is experienced in the individual lives of mixed-race persons; the fact that their identities are intersectional does not negate the internal or external conflicts they face over feelings of belonging and a sense of authenticity. In reaction to these challenges, mixed-race children develop their own particular form of double or triple consciousness and learn to code-switch across their identities. They adjust themselves — toggling one set of racially coded presentations up and another down between, for example, family at home and friends at school or work or house of worship — to fit in, to adapt to the demands of different familial, social, and communal conditions while asserting their belonging in each of them. However, these adaptations set up mixed-race folks for the accusations that they aren’t being authentic or are taking advantage of their particular racial or color privilege, and their personal integrity and their group loyalty may be called into question. This is an especially sharp problem for young mixed-race people as they negotiate contemporary racial politics, and do their part to be anti-racist and check their privilege. Their situation as individuals who intentionally identify as mixed-race need not be stuck in the in-between-ness. Whether they resolve their experience by identifying with one or multiple categories, refusing to identify with any label, or idiosyncratically create their own (à la Tiger Woods’s portmanteau “Cablinasian”), they can live authentic lives. It also is through the experiences of mixed-race people that we are reminded thatidentifying with different groups requires adaptability to what are at times contradictory perspectives and interests. These experiences show the value of refusing false and reductive myths of “purity,” whether racial, religious, or political. There is personal and social value in the stubborn or even absurd refusal to abide by society’s racial scripts, from bucking racial stereotypes to, for some mixed people, refusing any and all racial labels. This pugnaciousness is reflected in Harris’s contentious record as a politician and a district attorney and her refusal to, as one of her advisers has said of her, conform to a “demographic archetype.” In an interview on The Breakfast Club, Charlamagne Tha God brought up the criticism Harris has received about her Black identity. “Some folks have a limited vision of who we are as Black people,” she responded. This transgressive part of the story of mixed race in America is why some see it as a threat. It is also, though, why others see it as a promise. Among those who consider the very idea of “race” illusory, a myth born of racism, interracial relationships and the experiences of mixed-race persons put truth to the lie of race. The very idea of mixed-race people becomes a fantasy of dissolving racial distinctions. When this vision becomes attached to charismatic figures, as it was to Obama (though he rightly rejected that characterization), they are seen as post-racial icons of racial transcendence. The less fever-dreamy version of this enthusiasm sees the rise of mixed-race identification and popular figures as evidence that race has become irrelevant and that racism has seen its last days. Both of these seemingly prophetic visions are myths that envision the washing away of our national sins. And they are both a bit ridiculous. This is not to say that projects that seek to push back on American racial categories ought to be dismissed; they offer a valuable counter to dominant narratives that seek to conserve racial groups. All the same, seeing in mixed-race experiences some special dissolvent of our racial practices or divisions is fantastical. It is a dreamworld and a political romance of the otherwise wonderfully banal fact of interracial relationships and mixed-race lives. It is a fairy tale that would have us believe that demography is political destiny and the mere increase in the number of Black and brown folks will bring about a new age, the flip side of the right-wing freakout over America’s demographic diversity. As the last election reminds us, simple visions of identity politics full of expectations of BIPOC intersectional solidarity are far from reality. This is not what we should want from Kamala Harris. We should expect her to help lead our nation and deal pragmatically with our national crises. Her American mixed-race experience is a reminder that our personal identities, and family and community relations, are deeply complex. She should draw on that narrative, in addition to her political experience — not to stoke our fantasies of deliverance, but to magnify her empathetic appeals to this country during this period of dire political divides. Ronald R. Sundstrom is a professor of philosophy at the University of San Francisco and the author of The Browning of America and the Evasion of Social Justice and the forthcoming Just Shelter: Gentrification, Integration, and Racial Equality.
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Trump departs White House, tells supporters in final address as president: 'We will be back in some form'
Trump made the comments at Joint Base Andrews to fly to Mar-a-Lago in Florida. 
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Colts QB Philip Rivers retiring from NFL after 17 seasons
After 17 magnificent seasons, Philip Rivers is calling it quits. The 39-year-old QB told the San Diego Union-Tribune he will be retiring from the NFL after the 2020 season, his first with the Indianapolis Colts, “It’s just time,” Rivers told the Union-Tribune. “It’s just right.” Rivers spent the first 16 seasons of his career with...
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No. 3 Villanova edges Seton Hall in return from 27-day break
Stuck in medical isolation, Villanova filled its schedule with YouTube videos, FaceTime calls and video games to stay connected. The Wildcats had to create their own entertainment with basketball on pause.
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'Pharmacy of the World will deliver': India begins COVID-19 vaccine exports
India has begun exporting COVID-19 vaccines to neighboring countries with the first batches being shipped Wednesday to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal and Seychelles.
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‘California Is Eager to Support Your Bold Agenda’
Wednesday: It’s Inauguration Day. It’ll change California’s relationship with Washington. Also: A pandemic update.
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After harrowing ordeal, Rep. Joe Neguse to play key role in impeachment trial
The relatively unsung Colorado Democrat has emerged as one of the most promising stars of the historic House class of 2018.
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Meghan Markle's Royal Aides Willing To Testify Over Letter to Her Father
Meghan Markle's former palace aides could "shed some light" on allegations she wanted details of a private letter leaked and helped the authors of a tell-all biography.
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Petty, No. 18 Alabama rain in 3s, beat LSU 105-75
Alabama coach Nate Oats was concerned his team might lose its sense of urgency when it took the court as a member of the AP Top 25 for the first time in three seasons.
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Cindy McCain says she's open to serving in Biden administration
Cindy McCain, the widow of the late GOP Sen. John McCain, says she is open to potentially serving in the Biden administration.
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Study determines best way to reduce COVID-19 risk in ride-sharing car
Riding a car with all windows rolled down offers the best chance to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the vehicle.
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Baby CEO, Memphis rapper, reportedly dead at 20
Twitter lit up Wednesday with tributes to the artist who first made headlines at 14.
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Kamala Harris' ancestral village in India revels on Inauguration Day
Candy, firecrackers and prayers as the tiny village of Thulasendrapuram finds inspiration and joy in the 1st U.S. Vice President from South Asia.
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NHL gives up on ‘different puck’ for now
The NHL is temporarily ditching microchipped pucks six days into the season after concerns were raised about their performance. The league announced games from Tuesday night on would be played with pucks made for last season. A review showed the first supply of pucks used for tracking weren’t finished the same way as those from...
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John Mulaney’s Secret Service investigation file offers details on controversial ‘Saturday Night Live’ joke
The U.S. Secret Service opened an investigation into comedian John Mulaney over jokes believed to be made about President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” last year, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.
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Jokic scores 27 in 3 quarters, Nuggets rout Thunder 119-101
Nikola Jokic was split in his opinion over which play stood out more.
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Biden has not had contact with Trump ahead of inauguration, aide says
President Trump departed the White House for the last time Wednesday morning but he has not had any contact with President-elect Joe Biden, who is set to be sworn in by midday in front of the Capitol.
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Trump pardons convicted ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski
President Trump pardoned a former Google engineer who was convicted of what a federal judge called the “biggest trade secret crime” he had ever seen. Anthony Levandowski was sentenced to 18 months in prison last August for stealing documents from Google’s self-driving car unit, Waymo, before he went to work for ride-hailing giant Uber. Trump...
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Edward Snowden Says He's 'Not At All Disappointed' To Be Left Off Trump's Pardon List
Snowden was not included in Trump's last-minute clemency list, but the former NSA contractor said he is not disappointed "to go unpardoned by a man who has never known a love he has not paid for."
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Photos: Scenes from Joe Biden’s inauguration
President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the nation’s 46th president on Wednesday at an inauguration like no other.
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Americans reflect on divided nation: "This doesn't feel like America"
A CBS News poll found that 54% of Americans today say the biggest threat to our way of life is our own fellow Americans.
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UK hospitals 'like a war zone' due to Covid-19 cases, chief scientific advisor says
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Mitchell scores 28, Jazz beat Pelicans 118-102
Donovan Mitchell had 28 points and seven rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans 118-102 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.
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Donald Trump's Final Approval Rating Is Stark Contrast to His First
The outgoing president now faces majority disapproval, according to polls, having initially seen those asked to rate him more divided.
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Conor McGregor responds to Max Holloway, says UFC rematch 'definitely in the pipeline'
Conor McGregor is down to rematch Max Holloway in the future.        Related StoriesMMA rankings report: UFC on ABC 1 aftermathUFC 257 video: Dan Hardy, John Gooden break down Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor rematchSick of waiting, Austin Lingo wants quick turnaround after UFC on ABC 1 win 
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Biden to kick off presidency by signing 17 executive actions
President-elect Biden will sign over a dozen executive actions in his first hours as commander-in-chief, immediately halting the travel ban on countries with heightened terror concerns, as well as construction of the border wall. After being sworn in at noon ET at the US Capitol, the 46th president will make his way to the White...
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Trump Has Left the Building. Now the GOP Must Move On From Him—Fast | Opinion
Sometimes it takes losing for a party to learn hard lessons.
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How Trump made China’s currency great again
Trump’s most lasting economic legacy might be trashing the dollar in ways that set up China to fill the void. Oh, the irony.
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Trump Grants Clemency to Fewer Petitioners Than Any Other President in the Past 120 Years
When looking at the raw numbers of pardons and commutations, the president is low on the list compared to his predecessors as he granted clemency to only about 1.7 percent of the people who petitioned him for it.
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Trump promised his supporters ‘everything.’ He didn’t deliver on most of it.
The Post offered an indispensable look at just how much Trump the candidate promised he would do as president — 282 items, to be exact. Now that his presidency is ending, we account for those.
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Inauguration Live Stream: Where to Watch Joe Biden Be Sworn Into Office
Tune in to watch history in the making!
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MacKinnon reaches 500 points as Avalanche top Kings 3-2
Nathan MacKinnon became the first member of the 2013 NHL draft class to reach 500 points, Devon Toews and Mikko Rantanen scored power-play goals and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Tuesday night.
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Biden gives DOJ green light to resume Obama-era 'slush fund' payouts to liberal groups
President-elect Joe Biden is calling for the Justice Department to look into reinstating a controversial Obama-era practice that allowed prosecutors to make settlement agreements that resulted in defendants paying outside groups instead of victims or the government.
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YouTube's Alex Okosi sees 'tremendous' opportunity in Africa's creative market
Alex Okosi, YouTube's EMEA managing director for emerging markets, shares the opportunities he sees in the future for African creatives.
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Inauguration Day 2021: Live updates as Joe Biden is sworn in as president
Follow along with The Post’s Inauguration Day 2021 coverage on Wednesday as President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are sworn in on the steps of the Capitol. The usual massive crowds and most in-person performances will be absent amid the coronavirus pandemic and concerns of violence, but the day still promises a packed...
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Donald Trump Departs White House for the Last Time, Calls Presidency 'Honor of a Lifetime'
Trump reportedly told those who gathered, including members of the press, that it was the "honor" of his lifetime.
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Hulu, Hulu, Hulu! ‘A Very Brady Renovation’ Is Now Available to Stream
This is the feel-good binge that 2021 so desperately needed.
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Joe Biden’s impossible mission
Amanda Northrop/Vox The new president wants to unite a divided America. That’s even harder than it sounds. President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration theme is “America United,” at a time when the country is deeply and bitterly divided. Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president on the steps of the US Capitol today — two weeks to the day the building was stormed by violent insurrectionists who believedTrump’s lies that the election was stolen. Eight GOP senators and 139 members of Congress still objected to affirming two states’ Electoral College results after the attack. “The fact they voted the way they did after the horror fundamentally forces you to recalibrate the relationship,” Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) told me outside the House chamber. “You’re no longer just my political adversary or colleague of the other side, you actually aligned yourself with the people who want to kill me. So I now see you differently, I kind of see you as a threat to my personal well-being, and my family and my staff.” If anyone can rise to the challenge of bringing together the country and Congress alike, Democrats believe it’s Biden. “President-elect Biden is the person for the moment,” Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) told me. “He is somebody whose life is defined by grief and tragedy, that understands and knows loss in a way that very few people do. I am greatly encouraged that he’s going to be the one taking the lead here next week.” Bettmann Archive via Getty Images A young Sen. Biden commutes via train from DC to Delaware. He was elected to the Senate in 1972, at the age of 29. Bettmann Archive via Getty Images Sen. Biden takes the oath of office with his father-in-law Robert Hunter and son Beau Biden, from Beau’s hospital room, on January 6, 1973. The photo was taken after the 1973 car crash killed Biden’s first wife Neilia and their infant daughter, Naomi. The crisis of an ideologically split America sits atop many others; the Covid-19 pandemic is hitting deadly new heights as states rush to vaccinate people, and over 18 million people are still unemployed. Biden will have to work with Republican lawmakers who voted to overturn his election, and govern a divided public including those who don’t believe he won the election fair and square. Most immediately, his administration’s legislative agenda could be hung up by Trump’s second impeachment trial in the Senate — which is set to begin after Biden takes office. Even as he comes to Washington hoping to turn a new page and reach out to all Americans regardless of their political party, Biden is governing a country indelibly shaped by four years of Trump’s baseless conspiracy theories. He is taking over the presidency when many Republicans are openly questioning the legitimacy of his election — taking their cues from Trump.A recent NBC News poll found that 74 percent of Republican voters don’t believe Biden won the 2020 election legitimately. “The President-elect is very aware that no presidential inauguration address has mattered as much to bring us together since Abraham Lincoln, and the security of the Capitol has never been as much at risk since Lincoln,” close Biden ally Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) told me. Tensions are simmering in Congress Biden has pitched himself as someone who can work with Republican lawmakers to forge bipartisan consensus. Many Democrats who remember the Obama era already didn’t trust Republicans to negotiate in good faith. Now, the attack on the Capitol has deepened their mistrust. “Those of us who regard ourselves as the folks who are really aggressively trying to work with the other side, we’re having a lot of conversations about can we do that and look ourselves in the mirror?” Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), a former chair of the moderate New Democrat Coalition, told me. Democrats hold extremely slim majorities in both the House and the Senate. As long as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can keep her caucus unified in the House, she can pass bills on party-line votes. The Senate will be trickier; Democrats hold the barest majority with 50 votes and incoming Vice President Kamala Harris acting as a tie-breaker. Democrats can technically pass some of their big-ticket items through a simple majority vote via a process called budget reconciliation. Still, Biden has said he wants to work in good faith with Republicans to see if he can get bipartisan bills through the Senate with the filibuster-proof 60-vote majority. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images Biden is tasked with governing a country indelibly shaped by four years of Donald Trump. The president-elect has already laid out his first major policy initiative last week: a $1.9 trillion stimulus plan to speed up vaccinations, testing, and tracing, and get more immediate economic relief to American families — including $1,400 checks and a $400 weekly unemployment insurance supplement. Early Republican reactions to Biden’s first Covid-19 plan haven’t been promising. Even Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, who called for Trump to resign over inciting the insurrection, already said they think Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan is a nonstarter. “Blasting out another $2 trillion in borrowed or printed money — when the ink on December’s $1 trillion aid bill is barely dry and much of the money is not yet spent — would be a colossal waste and economically harmful,” he told the Wall Street Journal. Biden will also introduce a separate recovery bill next month, focused on rebuilding the country’s infrastructure and getting back to work. Repairing America’s infrastructure has long been one of the few bipartisan issues on the Hill. But Himes isn’t alone in questioning how he can work with Trump-loyal Republicans in the future. “Those who were at the center of fueling and fomenting an insurrection — how do you let bygones be bygones? We’re really struggling with that,” Himes said. For the most part, Republicans are still allied with Trump Going into office, Biden has promised Republicans that things can be different from the constant chaos of the Trump era, if they work with him. “My leverage is, every senior Republican knows I’ve never once, ever, misled them,” Biden recently told members of the press. “I’ll never publicly embarrass them.” Biden is no stranger to Republican obstruction; as Barack Obama’s vice president and frequent envoy to Capitol Hill, he watched as Republicans stymied Obama’s legislative agenda and obstructed his judicial nominations and cabinet picks to the point of then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blowing up the filibuster for nominations. “Even when we had 59 votes in the Senate, it was hard on issues where there was broad agreement on the Democratic side and no participation from the Republicans to still get things across the line,” said Phil Schiliro, who served as President Barack Obama’s legislative director. Biden has promised Republicans that things can be different from the constant chaos of the Trump era, if they work with him Many Republicans continue to make their allegiance to Trump evident; just 10 House Republicans voted to impeach Trump last week. “This does seem to be the major strategy of the Republican party since the November election, to tarnish or delegitimize Biden’s presidency, to suggest he’s in office because of something fraudulent,” University of Denver Political Science professor Seth Masket told me. “Since [Jan. 6] there’s more negativity associated with that; some extremist rhetoric that was tolerated just isn’t now.” When I asked Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), one of the House Republicans who voted to overturn the 2020 Electoral College results if he thought Biden won the election fair and square, he had a one-word response: “Yes.” “That’s something I certainly intend to be here for, and recognize the peaceful transfer of power,” Cole said of Biden’s inauguration.Cole is representative of a lot of Republican lawmakers trying to placate a Trumpian base that rejects the basic fact that Biden won the election, while also recognizing the changing of the guard in Washington. There’s also a small number of Senate Republicans who say they arewilling to work with Biden — including Sens. Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Mitt Romney (UT), and Bill Cassidy (LA). But those four moderates won’t get Biden to the 60 votes he needs to pass bills through the Senate. Biden doesn’t have a lot of time, and impeachment could take up a lot of it The first 100 days of any administration are the most critical, but Biden’s administration is pegging its first days on trying to get the Covid-19 crisis under control. “Covid-19 is first,” House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a close Biden ally in the House, told me recently. “We can’t do anything until we get our arms wrapped around this pandemic.” Biden has already laid out an ambitious agenda, legislative priorities and executive orders alike. His first proposed coronavirus relief package — the American Rescue Plan — weighs in at more than double that of Obama’s $800 billion stimulus bill, enacted to pull the country out of the 2008 Great Recession. Biden’s also trying to speed up America’s Covid-19 vaccination, with the goal of 100 million doses given out in his first 100 days. And that’s just the start. Biden is also set to introduce his proposal for a sweeping immigration bill that would establish an eight-year pathway to citizenship today, another top legislative priority of his administration. Next month, he’ll be introducing a recovery package that will likely include an infrastructure bill to spur job creation around the country. But on top of Biden’s cabinet appointments and bill proposals, theUS Senate will also be focused on the second impeachment trial of outgoing President Donald Trump. Patrick Semansky-Pool/AFP via Getty Images Trump’s impeachment could delay Biden’s ambitious legislative agenda. “It keeps Trump front and center,” Harvard University political scientist Theda Skocpol told Vox. “I think the last thing that should happen is another long round of these speeches. I think that’s terrible and I think Biden does too.” Biden’s team is trying to steer clear of impeachment, saying it’s is entirely up to Congress to figure out, and stressing that their main priority is getting Covid-19 relief swiftly through the House and Senate and to Americans who need it. “The precedent is clear; the Senate can do its constitutional duty while continuing to conduct the business of the people,” incoming White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told me at a recent press briefing. Psaki added that the Biden transition team has been busy engaging Democrats and Republicans alike in Congress on their Covid-19 plan. Biden is starting out with multiple advantages: He’s entering office with a 64 percent approval rating — close to double Trump’s current rating — and has vast legislative experience and knowledge from his many years in the Senate. But Biden also has just two years to get Congress to do all this before the 2022 midterms — which could once again shift the balance of power in Washington. Democrats could lose the House or the Senate — or both. Turning the page from the Trump era quickly will be impossible if his legislative agenda is delayed due to Trump’s impeachment. “Biden has a huge opening with 60 percent of Americans,” Skocpol said. “It’s an opening he and the Democrats have to take advantage of under less-than-ideal circumstances pretty promptly.”
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Trump leaves White House hours before Biden's inauguration
President Donald Trump left the White House for the final time as commander in chief shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday.
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Here's the Joe Biden Inauguration Day Schedule—Timings and Who is Appearing
Coverage of the Inauguration Ceremony will begin at 10.30 a.m., but events will take place all day.
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Biden poised to become the 46th president, vowing to heal and unite a nation in crisis
After a half century as senator and vice president, Joe Biden will assume the presidency at a time of health, economic and societal crises.
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What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, January 20
President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated as the US hits the grim toll of more than 400,000 Covid-19 deaths.
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Congress Has Fallen Far From Grace. Can Biden Restore It? | Opinion
The path to near irrelevance has been a long one, but ever since the Democrats lost control of the House in 2010, it has been accelerating.
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Mega Millions jackpot now closing in on $1 billion
Lottery players once again failed to win the Mega Millions top prize — sending the jackpot soaring to close to $1 billion. While 11 people got five numbers for the second prize of at least $1 million in Tuesday’s draw — including two from New Jersey — nobody got all six numbers for the 36th...
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Visiting America's birthplace to understand how divisions today compare to tensions in history
Tony Dokoupil visits America's birthplace to understand how current divisions compare to previous tensions in U.S. history.
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Rouhani Celebrates 'End' of Trump, but the Forces That Drove His Iran Campaign Remain
Biden wants to reopen talks with Tehran and revive the Iran nuclear deal, but the presidents of both countries will have to overcome domestic opposition.
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