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Biden’s other health crisis: A resurgent drug epidemic

Biden will take office at a crucial moment in the fight against drug addiction. Some states are contending with double-digit spikes in overdose deaths, sparse public health workforces are already stretched thin fighting the coronavirus and widening budget deficits brought on by the pandemic could force states to make painful cutbacks to public services. More […]

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Blame game erupts over Trump’s decline in youth vote

In nearly every Midwestern battleground state that mattered to Trump’s reelection, the president performed worse among young voters than in 2016, according to a POLITICO review of state exit polls. Trump ceded ground in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, two states he lost. He also regressed in Arizona, another critical state that slipped away. In several of […]

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Biden team: GSA has been ‘responsive and helpful’ since ascertainment

The GSA made its ascertainment Monday, more than two weeks after Biden clinched his Electoral College victory. Although administrator Emily Murphy claimed she had encountered no political pressure from the White House, President Donald Trump attempted to take credit for the decision, tweeting that he had recommended the agency and his own team “do what […]

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The labor market mess awaiting Joe Biden

Last week, workers filed another 778,000 new applications for jobless benefits, an increase of 30,000 from the previous week, the Labor Department reported Wednesday. More than 20 million people are currently receiving unemployment benefits. “Biden’s going to be very constrained in what kinds of economic policies he’s going to be able to legislate,” said Mark […]

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Trump’s national security adviser floats a 2024 bid with friends

Covid cases are soaring, businesses are staring at a gloomy winter, millions of Americans are struggling and Congress … well, they’re on recess. POLITICO’s Sarah Ferris breaks down why there’s still no deal on another round of coronavirus relief. O’Brien declined to comment on the record for this report. O’Brien, 54, is a lawyer by […]

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Biden builds out White House legislative affairs team

Goff has worked for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer in a number of positions, most recently as floor director for the House of Representatives. She was the first Black woman to hold that position, which allowed her to set the legislative schedule and determine which bills came to the House floor. “The American people are […]

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First Biden Cabinet picks coming Tuesday, top advisers say

“But if you want to know what Cabinet agencies they are, who’s going to be in those Cabinet agencies,” he added, “you’ll have to wait for the president-elect to say that himself on Tuesday.” Appearing separately on CNN’s “State of the Union,” senior adviser Jennifer Psaki spoke about the diversity of Biden’s Cabinet picks, following […]

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Twitter will hand @POTUS to Biden on Inauguration Day, even if Trump doesn’t concede

The handover requires no sharing of information between the outgoing Trump team and incoming Biden team, according to the company. All existing tweets on those accounts will be archived and Twitter will transfer the accounts — reset to zero tweets — to the Biden White House that day. Why it matters: Trump has protested Biden’s […]

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Trump gins up TV theatrics in election fight as lawsuits fizzle

Short answer: No. Long answer: Listen to the episode. POLITICO’s Zach Montellaro breaks down the convoluted Electoral College process between now and December 14th, when the results become official, and why there’s virtually nothing that could change the fact that Joe Biden is the President-Elect. Plus, Biden is set to meet with Pelosi and Schumer […]

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‘Traitors to the president’: Conservatives fear public preparation for Biden term

As Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration inches closer, this lack of preparation within the conservative movement has some of its top members worried they are unwittingly damaging their joint legacy with the president and creating an opening for the next administration to swiftly pursue a radical agenda. Meanwhile, Trump shows no signs of relenting in his […]

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