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Presidential Transition Live Updates: Who’s Still in the Running for Biden’s Cabinet

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President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. moved shortly final week to call the primary two members of his cupboard, choosing considered one of his closest confidants to be the nation’s top diplomat and selecting an immigrant to lead the Department of Homeland Security, a primary.

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However as he fills out the rest of his team, the duty will turn into extra difficult. Whom Mr. Biden will faucet to be the subsequent lawyer basic is among the many most talked about — and politically fraught — choices that he’ll make as civil rights points roil the nation and a few Democrats anticipate investigations into President Trump and his associates.

Sally Q. Yates, the deputy lawyer basic within the remaining years of the Obama administration, had lengthy been thought-about the front-runner.

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Mr. Biden may as a substitute decide Lisa Monaco, the previous homeland safety adviser for President Barack Obama.

However each girls are up towards Deval Patrick, the previous Massachusetts governor who served as the pinnacle of the division’s civil rights division within the Clinton administration. Xavier Becerra, the lawyer basic of California, can also be into consideration for the job.

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To guide the Pentagon, candidates embody Michèle A. Flournoy, a senior protection official for President Invoice Clinton and Mr. Obama; Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, a former deputy energy secretary and National Security Council member; and Lloyd J. Austin III, a retired Military basic and head of the U.S. Central Command, folks near the method stated. The Biden group may additionally faucet Jeh C. Johnson, who served as a high Pentagon lawyer earlier than turning into secretary of homeland safety underneath Mr. Obama.

Over on the C.I.A., Michael J. Morell, a former performing C.I.A. director, could possibly be nominated to that place, or it may go to Thomas E. Donilon, a former nationwide safety adviser within the Obama administration. Others into consideration are Sue Gordon, a former principal deputy director of nationwide intelligence who was pushed out by Mr. Trump; Vincent R. Stewart, a retired lieutenant basic who led the Protection Intelligence Company; and Consultant Elissa Slotkin, Democrat of Michigan, a former C.I.A. analyst and White Home nationwide safety aide.

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Mr. Biden may decide Roger W. Ferguson Jr., an economist who was vice chair of the Federal Reserve, to guide the Nationwide Financial Council or a brand new board overseeing the restoration from the recession.

Different names into consideration for the place embody Bruce Reed, a former chief of employees to Mr. Biden, and Austan Goolsbee, an economist who was chairman of Mr. Obama’s Council of Financial Advisers. Gene Sperling, a veteran financial adviser relationship to the Clinton administration, is one other chance, as is Brian Deese, who was deputy director of the Nationwide Financial Council underneath Mr. Obama

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To coordinate the response to the pandemic, Jeffrey D. Zients, who was director of the National Economic Council underneath Mr. Obama, may turn into Mr. Biden’s “Covid czar.” That job may additionally go to Vivek H. Murthy, the former surgeon general who helps lead Mr. Biden’s transition panel on the virus.

Different names seen as high contenders for cupboard posts embody:

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  • Mary D. Nichols, California’s local weather and clear air regulator, may lead the Environmental Safety Company.

  • Contenders to lead the Agriculture Department embody Consultant Marcia L. Fudge, an African-American Democrat from Ohio; Heidi Heitkamp, a former senator from North Dakota, and Tom Vilsack, the previous Iowa governor who served as agriculture secretary for Mr. Obama.

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  • Ernest J. Moniz, Mr. Obama’s vitality secretary, may reprise his function, or the job may go to Arun Majumdar, who runs the Precourt Institute for Power at Stanford.

  • High contenders to run the Transportation Division embody Rahm Emanuel, Mr. Obama’s former chief of employees and a former mayor of Chicago, and Eric M. Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles.

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  • Names being mentioned to take over the Division of Housing and City Growth embody Consultant Karen Bass, Democrat of California; Alvin Brown, a former mayor of Jacksonville, Fla.; and Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of Atlanta.

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PHOENIX — Within the moonlight, dozens of individuals hollered and embraced, dropping the principles of social distancing as they celebrated a win after a protracted 12 months: a whole lot of 1000’s of Latino voters registered, calls made and doorways knocked amid a pandemic that had devastated their communities. Although it will be days earlier than the ultimate end in Arizona was clear, the folks working to shore up Latino help for Democrats within the state have been already satisfied that they helped form historical past. They’d come by the crucible of a pervasive anti-immigrant sentiment and a decade later, flipped the state and delivered wins.

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“Tonight we declare victory as a result of we confirmed up,” stated Stephanie Maldonado, the political director for Lucha, a civil rights group that helped coordinate efforts for Democrats.

4 days later, when the state was nonetheless uncalled however Joseph R. Biden Jr. had been declared the winner nationally, protesters who supported the president confirmed up on the state capitol. They waved Trump flags, some depicting the president as a Rambo-like determine, and lots of carried rifles and military-style weapons of their very own. The a number of hundred folks gathered within the blazing solar have been satisfied, with out proof, that the election had been stolen from President Trump, they usually have been there to precise their mistrust — within the information media, within the electoral course of, in nearly any political determine apart from Mr. Trump.

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The 2 scenes — younger Latinos celebrating victory, indignant protesters refusing to concede defeat — are emblematic of the deep divide in Arizona. Although Mr. Biden received the state, making him solely the second Democrat presidential candidate to take action since 1948, he did so with the thinnest of margins, receiving roughly 11,000 votes or 0.3 proportion factors greater than Mr. Trump.

And whereas there are examples of serious change, with the state sending two Democrats to the Senate for the primary time in a long time, it’s far too early to declare the state blue. As a substitute, officers from each events agree, the election was clearly a referendum on Mr. Trump, essentially the most divisive president in current historical past.

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“It’s definitely not blue, and I’m not even certain it’s purple, it’s magenta, or the lightest shade of purple,” stated Mike Noble, the chief pollster at OH Predictive Insights, a nonpartisan analysis group primarily based in Phoenix. “If there was such a Democratic surge, we might have seen in down poll, however you didn’t see that impression.”

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WEXFORD, Pa. — Just some seats shy of a majority within the State Home of Representatives, Democrats in Pennsylvania this 12 months zeroed in on Republican-held suburban districts, the place disdain for President Trump ran sizzling.

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One in all their prime targets was within the North Hills suburbs exterior Pittsburgh, that are house to huge brick homes, glorious public faculties and “the fastest-trending Democratic district within the state,” in keeping with Emily Skopov, the Democratic nominee for an open seat there, who gamely knocked on the doorways of Republican voters within the days earlier than Nov. 3.

She was half proper. Joseph R. Biden Jr. carried Pennsylvania’s Home District 28, after Mr. Trump had received it by 9 proportion factors in 2016.

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However Ms. Skopov, the founding father of a nonprofit group who positioned herself as a reasonable, was defeated.

Throughout the nation, suburban voters’ disgust with Mr. Trump — the important thing to Mr. Biden’s election — didn’t translate into a large rebuke of different Republicans, as Democrats had anticipated after the celebration made vital good points in suburban areas within the 2018 midterm elections. From the highest of the celebration right down to the state stage, Democratic officers are awakening to the fact that voters might have delivered a one-time verdict on Mr. Trump that doesn’t equal persevering with help for center-left insurance policies.

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“There’s a big distinction between a referendum on a clown present, which is what we had on the high of the ticket, and embracing the values of the Democratic ticket,” stated Nichole Remmert, Ms. Skopov’s marketing campaign supervisor. “Folks purchased into Joe Biden to cease the madness within the White Home. They didn’t all of the sudden turn into Democrats.”

That dawning fact is obvious in the narrower majority that House Democrats will hold in Congress subsequent 12 months, and particularly within the blood tub that the celebration suffered in legislative races in key states across the nation, regardless of directing a whole lot of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} and deploying high celebration figures like former President Barack Obama to obscure down-ballot elections.

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This 12 months, Democrats targeted a dozen state legislative chambers the place Republicans held tenuous majorities, together with in Pennsylvania, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina and Minnesota. Their aim was to test the ability of Republicans to redraw congressional and legislative districts in 2021, and to curb the rightward drift of insurance policies from abortion to gun security to voting rights.

However in all circumstances, Democrats got here up brief. None of their focused legislative chambers flipped, despite the fact that Mr. Biden carried lots of the districts that down-ballot Democrats didn’t. It may make it tougher for Democrats to retain a Home majority in 2022.

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WASHINGTON — President Trump stated on Sunday that the F.B.I. and the Justice Division may be “concerned” in what he once more groundlessly known as a fraudulent presidential election, hinting that the nation’s legislation enforcement businesses have been biased towards his fading efforts to stay in workplace.

“That is complete fraud. And the way the F.B.I. and Division of Justice — I don’t know, possibly they’re concerned — however how persons are allowed to get away with these items is unbelievable. This election was a complete fraud,” Mr. Trump stated in an interview with the Fox Enterprise host Maria Bartiromo.

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“Lacking in motion. Can’t inform you the place they’re,” Mr. Trump stated, a observe of resignation in his voice. “I ask, ‘Are they taking a look at it?’ Everybody says, ‘Sure they’re taking a look at it.’”

“These folks have been there a very long time,” he added. “A few of them have served a number of completely different presidents.”

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Mr. Trump’s roughly 45-minute dialog with Ms. Bartiromo, who has been sympathetic to his fees, was his first one-on-one interview since his defeat to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. Mr. Trump sounded directly indignant but additionally resigned to the rising actuality that Mr. Biden shall be sworn in as president on Jan. 20.

In typically rambling remarks, Mr. Trump provided imprecise fees of “1000’s of useless folks voting,” discarded ballots and blocked ballot watchers. He additionally claimed that Mr. Biden received with implausibly massive margins in African-American areas.

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“There’s no method Joe Biden bought 80 million votes,” he stated. “There’s no method it occurred.”

No significant evidence has been found to support the president’s claims, and a number of other judges in a number of states have shortly dismissed lawsuits by his authorized group alleging fraud.

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Skipping over that actuality, Mr. Trump complained that the media had not taken his fraud claims extra significantly and alleged that international leaders had expressed sympathy for his plight.

“You’ve got leaders of nations that decision me, say, ‘That’s essentially the most tousled election we’ve ever seen,’” Mr. Trump claimed. However no international chief has endorsed Mr. Trump’s claims in regards to the election, and dozens have provided each private and non-private congratulations to Mr. Biden.

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With a number of necessary federal deadlines arising for the election course of, together with a Dec. 8 deadline for states to resolve all election disputes, Mr. Trump declined to say when his time combating the outcomes can be up. “I’m not going to say a date,” Mr. Trump stated.

Requested whether or not he would appoint a particular counsel to research the election, Mr. Trump stated that he “would contemplate” doing so however shortly modified the topic.

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And requested whether or not the Supreme Court docket, now ruled by a conservative majority, was prone to rule on the election consequence, Mr. Trump sounded pessimistic.

“It’s onerous to get into the Supreme Court docket,” he stated, including that his attorneys had instructed him, “It’s very onerous to get a case up there.”

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“That is disgusting,” Ms. Bartiromo stated. “And we can not permit America’s elections to be corrupted.”

“Do you imagine you’ll win this?” she requested.

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Mr. Trump didn’t reply immediately.

Mr. Trump’s interview got here amid continued pushback towards his baseless claims.

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Christopher Krebs, the previous authorities official who had overseen cybersecurity efforts for the 2020 election, reaffirmed his confidence within the integrity of the vote and known as Mr. Trump’s unfounded allegations of voter fraud “farcical.”

“The American folks ought to have 100% confidence of their vote,” Mr. Krebs stated in an excerpt from a “60 Minutes” interview that’s to air Sunday night time. “The proof is within the ballots, the recounts are in line with the preliminary rely, and to me that’s additional proof, that’s additional affirmation.”

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Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of the Republican management, additionally stated he didn’t suppose the election was rigged.

“I don’t suppose it was rigged,” Mr. Blunt stated on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I feel there was some ingredient of voter fraud as there’s in any election.”

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He added: “I don’t have any cause to imagine the numbers are there that will have made that distinction.”

Mr. Blunt’s feedback got here as an rising variety of Republican lawmakers have begun to acknowledge Mr. Biden’s victory. However many, together with the celebration’s leaders, nonetheless refuse to take action.

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Mr. Blunt, who leads the Senate committee liable for overseeing the presidential inauguration, additionally stated it was doubtless that there can be fewer attendees on the occasion this 12 months and that it was additionally doubtless that attendees can be required to put on masks.

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The phone name would have been laugh-out-loud ridiculous if it had not been so severe. When Tina Barton picked up, she discovered somebody from President Trump’s marketing campaign asking her to signal a letter elevating doubts in regards to the outcomes of the election.

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The election that Ms. Barton because the Republican clerk of the small Michigan metropolis of Rochester Hills had helped oversee. The election that she knew to be truthful and correct as a result of she had helped make it so.

“Are you aware who you’re speaking to proper now?” she requested the marketing campaign official.

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If the president hoped Republicans throughout the nation would fall in line behind his false and farcical claims that the election was in some way rigged on a mammoth scale by a nefarious multinational conspiracy, he was in for a shock. Republicans in Washington might have indulged Mr. Trump’s fantastical assertions, however on the state and native stage, Republicans played a critical role in resisting the mounting stress from their very own celebration to overturn the vote.

The three weeks that adopted examined American democracy and should go away lasting scars. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. now faces a rustic the place lots of his constituents contemplate him illegitimate.

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The Trump group seized on any routine errors to advance the trigger. In Rochester Hills, votes in a single precinct have been posted within the absentee tally after which additionally posted within the in-person complete with out first being faraway from the absentee rely.

The error was shortly caught and rectified earlier than the outcomes turned official, however Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican Nationwide Committee, claimed that “we discovered 2,000 ballots that had been given to Democrats, that have been Republican ballots, on account of a clerical error.”

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Ms. Barton took to social media to rebut the “categorically false” assertion. “As a Republican, I’m disturbed that that is deliberately being mischaracterized to undermine the election course of,” Ms. Barton stated in a video she posted to Twitter.

Quickly she discovered herself the goal of profane and threatening emails and phone calls, and whereas she took consolation that she was protected as a result of her husband is a sheriff’s deputy, they nonetheless upgraded the safety system at house.

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As an election official, she spent a lot of the final 4 years speaking with different officers about cyberthreats to American democracy. By no means, she stated, did she understand that the actual risk this 12 months would come from inside.

“We’ve to step again and say how can we restore public confidence in a system that’s utterly torn down,” she stated.

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DOUGLAS, Ariz. — 4 years in the past, President Trump took workplace with a pledge to construct a towering wall on America’s border with Mexico — a logo of his dedication to halt immigration from international locations to the south and construct a barrier that will lengthy outlast him.

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has stated he hopes to halt building of the border wall, however the departing administration is dashing to finish as a lot wall as potential in its final weeks in energy, dynamiting by a few of the border’s most forbidding terrain.

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The breakneck tempo at which building is constant all however assures that the wall, no matter Mr. Biden decides to do, is right here to remain for the foreseeable future, establishing a contentious legacy for Mr. Trump in locations that have been essential to his defeat.

In southeastern Arizona, the persevering with political divisiveness across the president’s signature building challenge has pitted rancher towards rancher and neighbor towards neighbor in a state that a Democratic presidential candidate narrowly carried for the primary time in a long time.

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The area is rising as one of many Trump administration’s final facilities of wall constructing as blasting crews feverishly tear by the distant Peloncillo Mountains, the place ocelots and bighorn sheep roam by woodlands of cottonwoods and sycamores.

Even those that detest the wall are bracing for the likelihood that it may endure for many years to return, basing their assessments on alerts from Mr. Biden’s transition group.

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Whereas the president-elect has stated he’ll halt new wall building, other immigration priorities like ending journey bans, accepting extra refugees and easing asylum restrictions are eclipsing calls to tear down parts of the wall that exist already.

Advisers concerned with the transition group, who spoke on the situation of anonymity to debate planning for the incoming administration, rejected the notion that there can be any try to dismantle the prevailing border wall, with one adviser calling the wall a “distraction.”

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Customs and Border Safety officers are nonetheless dashing to satisfy Mr. Trump’s mandate of 450 miles of latest wall building throughout his time period, almost doubling the speed of building because the begin of the 12 months. The administration had constructed 402 miles of wall as of Nov. 13.



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