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Austin wins Senate confirmation as 1st Black Pentagon chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lloyd J. Austin, the West Point graduate who rose to the Army’s elite ranks and marched through racial barriers in a 41-year career, has won Senate confirmation to become the nation’s first Black secretary of defense. The…

Schumer: House to send Trump impeachment article Monday

On the first full day of Democratic control, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., walks to the chamber after meeting with new senators from his caucus, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP…

Biden proposes five-year extension of nuke treaty with Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Joe Biden has proposed to Russia a five-year extension of a nuclear arms treaty that is otherwise set to expire in February. Biden proposed the extension even as he asked the intelligence…

Spirit Lake Sioux tribe sues North Dakota over voting rules

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Spirit Lake Sioux tribe on Tuesday sued the state of North Dakota over its voting identification requirements, part of a larger effort to ensure American Indians can vote in next week's election in the wake…

Wyoming GOP legislator launches long-shot run against Cheney

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Republican state legislator who calls Wyoming U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney “out of touch” for her vote to impeach President Donald Trump says he's running against her. State Sen. Anthony Bouchard of Cheyenne announced his campaign…

Biden issues executive order on mask-wearing

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden, on his first day in the Oval Office, signed an Executive Order designed to protect the Federal workforce from the coronavirus and encourage all Americans to wear masks and…

Work on Keystone XL pipeline suspended ahead of Biden action

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian company behind the Keystone XL oil pipeline says it has suspended work on the pipeline in in anticipation of incoming U.S. President Joe Biden revoking its permit. Biden’s Day One plans included moving to revoke…

Governor Noem Introduces Legislation to Codify Healthcare Flexibilities

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem announced Wednesday that she will introduce two pieces of legislation to codify executive orders that originally provided flexibility to healthcare providers in response to COVID-19. The two pieces of legislation cover telehealth and recognition…

Biden sworn in as nation's 46th president

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Jill Biden holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday,…

Vice President Harris: A new chapter opens in US politics

Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20,…

WATCH: Trump addresses nation in Farewell Address

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump gave is farewell address on Tuesday, his final day in office. "This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous," Trump said. He gave his thanks…

12 Guard members removed from Biden inauguration

Riot shields are stacked at the ready as National Guard troops reinforce the security zone on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president on…

Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration. It would provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status,…

Census Bureau director to resign amid criticism over data

WASHINGTON — U.S. Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham says he plans to resign with the change in presidential administrations. Dillingham had been facing criticism over efforts to produce citizenship data to comply with an order from President Donald Trump. Dillingham…

FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. That concern is prompting the FBI to vet all 25,000 National Guard troops…

Biden vows rapid steps to battle virus after inauguration

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden plans immediate moves to curb the coronavirus pandemic within days after he’s sworn in Wednesday. Biden's incoming chief of staff, Ron Klain, says the measures include extending the pause on student loan payments…

Biden unveiling $1.9T plan to stem virus and steady economy

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is unveiling a $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan to turn the tide on the pandemic, speeding up the vaccine rollout and providing financial help to individuals, states and local governments and business struggling with…

Trump impeachment trial could begin on Inauguration Day

  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., displays the signed article of impeachment against President Donald Trump in an engrossment ceremony before transmission to the Senate for trial on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13,…

McConnell rejects emergency session for impeachment trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — If the House impeaches President Donald Trump, a Senate trial on whether to convict him of inciting insurrection seems all but certain to have to wait until President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated. That’s the word from a…

House urges Pence to remove Trump from power

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has voted 233-205 to urge Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution and hold a Cabinet vote to remove President Donald Trump from office — a symbolic action after Pence…

US prosecutors weighing sedition charges in Capitol riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are considering sedition charges against at least some of the Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week and will be examining the movement and money flow of the rioters who converged on Washington.…

House GOP won't pressure members on impeachment

WASHINGTON — Top House Republicans are telling rank-and-file lawmakers they won’t be pressuring them to vote a particular way when the chamber considers impeaching President Donald Trump for a second time. That word comes as GOP divisions emerge over Democrats’…

WATCH: Gov. Noem delivers State of the State Address

PIERRE, S.D. — Governor Kristi Noem will deliver her annual State of the State Address at approximately 12:00 p.m. MT. The speech will take place in the chamber of the South Dakota House of Representatives. 2021 State of the State…

Sheldon Adelson, casino mogul and GOP power broker, dies

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2016 file photo, U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson speaks during a news conference for the opening of Parisian Macao in Macau. Adelson, the billionaire mogul and power broker who built a…

Two Capitol Police officers suspended after riot

WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio says two U.S. Capitol Police officers have been suspended as a result of their actions during last week's riot at the Capitol. Ryan told reporters on Monday that one of the officers…

Acting Homeland Security chief Wolf is resigning

WASHINGTON — Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf is stepping down from his post, days after criticizing President Donald Trump over the incident at the U.S. Capitol. Wolf said in a message to staff that he would step down at…