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WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden's first batch of administration picks gives competing wings of the Democratic Party something to celebrate, and sends a signal to the United States that he plans to govern as an institutionalist. Biden is attempting the high-wire act of balancing diversity demands with ideological fissures between progressives and moderates. "The president-elect understands that he has to continue this balancing act in constituting his presidency," Galston said. Obama picked a lot of people from that wing of the party: Rahm Emanuel, Larry Summers, Arne Duncan, Timothy Geithner and others," said Waleed Shahid, the spokesman. "The party has been slowly breaking away from that ideology for several cycles and Biden's picks seem to be reflecting some of that dynamic," he said.
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WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Monday she will step down as top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee in the new session of Congress beginning early 2021, marking a victory for progressives who pressured her to step aside. “After serving as the lead Democrat on the Judiciary Committee for four years, I will not seek the chairmanship or ranking member position in the next Congress,” the California Democrat said in a statement. This has been one of the best set of hearings that I've participated in,” Feinstein told Graham in the committee room. “For the last four years, Republicans leading the Senate Judiciary Committee have turned a blind eye to the worst abuses of the Trump era,” Durbin said in a statement. “While President Trump assaulted the Constitution, the Judiciary Committee abdicated its oversight responsibilities and became little more than a conveyor belt to rubberstamp ideological and largely underqualified judicial nominees.
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WASHINGTON — Democratic senators are calling on President-elect Joe Biden to use executive power to advance goals such as tackling climate change, relieving student debt and creating a more progressive immigration system. "I think President Biden has significant executive power. "From Treasury to State to Interior (departments) and the financial regulators, climate action and climate risk management has to be infused into literally everything," he said. Even if Democrats capture both Georgia seats and take control of the Senate, McConnell would retain the power to filibuster legislation and force a 60-vote threshold. Jamal Brown, a spokesman for Biden's transition team, said his agenda will include executive power.
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's refusal to concede electoral defeat has Republican Senate allies slowly inching toward acceptance that Joe Biden will be the next president. “We’re going to have an orderly transfer from this administration to the next one,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters on Tuesday. And some Republican lawmakers have echoed those concerns, but few have called for Trump's administration to allow the transition to start. It's an awkward dance for senators like Tillis and Graham, who won their races on the same ballot as Trump and aren’t contesting the result. I think we're going to be just fine in Georgia,” said Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., a staunch Trump ally.
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Trump's "childish and infantile" refusal to concede is distracting Republican lawmakers from negotiating more Covid-19 relief. "Senate Republicans are distracted by an angry, petulant president. Shelby said he has spoken to Pelosi about Covid-19 relief. He cited the $2.2 billion HEROES Act, which has cleared the Democratic-controlled House but which Senate Republicans have said is too large. "And hopefully, we'll find common ground with our Senate Republicans in the next few days or weeks, prior to departing for the holidays."
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President Trump is closing in on Arizona because of 'late early votes' that tend to be more Republican than DemocratNBC's Sahil Kapur joins Shep Smith to talk about why President Trump seems to be doing well in Arizona versus states like Pennsylvania and Michigan. He says Republicans in Arizona are more likely to vote in-person or to drop off absentee ballots on election day, otherwise known as late early votes.
Persons: Trump, NBC's Sahil Kapur, Shep Smith Organizations: Republican Locations: Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan
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