With Democrats chairing committees in the Senate and only needing a majority to win floor votes on nominations, Biden is now assured of sealing confirmation of his Cabinet and judicial picks — including potentially for the Supreme Court. It also means controversial choices such as Neera Tanden, Biden's pick for budget director, can look ahead to assuming their posts. Republicans can slow but not stop nominations. … [Read more...] about What Biden can and can’t get from an evenly divided Senate
“The fact that Kamala Harris is a Black woman, is a woman of Indian ancestry, is a woman, automatically makes her different from every other vice president this country has ever seen,” she said. “That combination of experiences brings a set of values and lived experiences into a room where they have not previously existed. And that can only be good for this American democracy.” … [Read more...] about Harris prepares for central role in Biden’s White House
“It was a sort of a revelation that a note like this was left,” said Jim Bendat, author of “Democracy’s Big Day: The Inauguration of Our President." “We’ve come to expect them. It’s a great tradition. It’s one of those new traditions. And the traditions for Inauguration Day are like that — they often evolve through the years.” … [Read more...] about ‘Rooting hard for you’: Will departure notes end with Trump?
“The president brought some necessary energy. He brought some necessary ideas. He shook the tree. He was a change agent,” Meijer said. “The challenge was that he didn’t know when to stop, and he didn’t draw a line, and to me, political violence is the line that we must draw.” … [Read more...] about Republican Rep. Says He ‘May Very Well Have’ Committed Political Suicide By Supporting Impeachment
The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection,” making him the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. Cheney was among the 10 republicans that joined Democrats to impeach, including New York Rep. John Katko and Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger. … [Read more...] about ‘I’m Not Going Anywhere’: Liz Cheney Responds To Resignation Calls After Backing Trump Impeachment