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President Biden is holding his first news conference on Thursday and is expected to field questions on a wide range of topics, from the coronavirus to the influx of migrants at the border and his upcoming infrastructure effort. The event is expected to start at 1pm. You can watch it live here. You can also listen live on 88.1 WVPE.

Biden Vows Enough Vaccine For All U.S. Adults By End Of May

Mar 2, 2021
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccines for all adult Americans by the end of May, two months earlier than anticipated, as his administration announced that drugmaker Merck & Co. will help produce rival Johnson & Johnson's newly approved shot. The announcement comes as the White House looks to speed the production of the single-dose J&J vaccine and accelerate the nation's plans to reach "herd immunity" in the U.S. and begin restoring normalcy after the pandemic.

Former Michigan Gov. Granholm Confirmed As Energy Secretary

Feb 25, 2021
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has won Senate confirmation to be President Joe Biden's energy secretary. Granholm served two terms as governor in a state dominated by the auto industry. In the Cabinet, she will be a key player in Biden's vision for a green economy as the United States fights to slow climate change. Michigan was devastated by the 2008 recession, and Granholm has promoted emerging clean energy technologies, such as electric vehicles and battery manufacturing, as an answer for jobs that will be lost as the U.S.

UPDATE: Biden Tours Michigan Vaccine Plant, Defends Progress On COVID As Weather Delays 6M Shots

Feb 19, 2021
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PORTAGE, Mich. (AP) — President Joe Biden has toured a state-of-the art coronavirus vaccine plant. He was intent on showcasing progress against the virus even as extreme winter weather across the U.S. handed his vaccination campaign its first major setback, delaying shipment of about 6 million doses and causing temporary closures of inoculation sites in many communities. While acknowledging the weather is "slowing up the distribution right now," Biden said at the Pfizer plant in Michigan that he believes "we'll be approaching normalcy by the end of this year." Disruptions caused by frigid temperatures, snow and ice have left the White House and states scrambling to make up lost ground as three days' worth of vaccine shipments were temporarily delayed. 

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President Biden is joining world leaders for the Munich Security Conference. Watch his remarks live. Coverage is expected to start at 11:15am. 

  

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of civil rights and advocacy organizations are calling on the Biden administration to immediately halt federal executions after an unprecedented run of capital punishment under President Donald Trump. They want President Joe Biden to commute the sentences of inmates on federal death row.

Big Challenge: Biden Is Pressed To End Federal Death Penalty

Feb 7, 2021
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CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Biden is the first sitting president to openly oppose the death penalty, and officials say he's discussed the possibility of instructing the Justice Department to stop scheduling new executions. If he does, it would end an extraordinary run at the end of the Trump administration of 13 federal executions. They started in July and concluded only days before Biden's inauguration. Such a move would take immediate pressure off from death penalty foes. But they'll want him to go further, including by eventually backing legislation that would strike the death penalty from U.S.

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Indiana Senator Todd Young was among 10 GOP Senators who met with President Biden Monday to discuss differences on a COVID-19 economic relief package.

President Biden is proposing a $1.9 trillion package, while the Republican proposal is around $618 billion.

“When it comes to vaccinations, getting people back to work safely and getting our children back into school, there is no disagreement,” said Young.

Young and the President disagree on direct payments to the public.  President Biden is proposing $1400 checks and Young wants them to be at $1,000.

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A Senate confirmation hearing to consider the nomination of former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to serve as Energy Secretary began Wednesday.

 

In her opening statement, Granholm touted Michigan’s emphasis on jobs in the clean energy sector, from her time as governor to today. “This is a sector that every single state can benefit from," Granholm says. "The products that reduce carbon emissions are going to create a $23-trillion dollar global market by 2030. That is a massive opportunity.”

Biden Cabinet: Buttigieg Urges Big Funds For Transportation

Jan 21, 2021
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Pence Back In Indiana After Biden's Inauguration

Jan 20, 2021
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Now-former Vice President Mike Pence flew to his hometown Columbus, Ind., today after attending President Joe Biden’s inauguration­.

Supporters greeted the former Indiana governor and his family when they landed at the Columbus Municipal Airport this afternoon just before 3 p.m.

Pence spoke to the crowd - thanking God, his family, the Indiana Republican Party, and former President Donald Trump for the opportunity to serve as vice president.

Whitmer To Attend Inauguration

Jan 19, 2021
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today that she will attend the inauguration Wednesday.

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Retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin is appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on his nomination to be President-elect Joe Biden's defense secretary. Austin, who previously led U.S. Central Command, will require a waiver for his confirmation as he's only been retired from active duty for four years. Watch the hearing live.

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Alejandro Mayorkas, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for homeland security secretary, is testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The nomination comes at a crucial time for national security in the wake of the deadly riot on the U.S. Capitol. Watch the hearing live.

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President-elect Joe Biden is outlining his COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan in Wilmington, Del. Biden has been critical of the current administration's effort and is seeking to speed up the process. The announcement comes a day after Biden proposed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. Watch his remarks live.  

600 Indiana Guard Troops Going To DC To Aid Biden Security

Jan 14, 2021
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — About 600 Indiana National Guard soldiers are being sent to Washington, D.C., to help with security for next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. State officials said Wednesday they were also monitoring possible armed protests but didn’t yet have any threats of violence at Indiana locations. Gov. Eric Holcomb said he had authorized 625 Guard soldiers going to Washington from Saturday until two days after Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration.

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Vice President Pence plans to attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, a source familiar with the decision tells NPR.

The decision comes a day after President Trump announced on Twitter that he would not attend the inauguration.

Trump has spent weeks falsely claiming the election was rigged, culminating in a violent mob of his supporters overtaking the Capitol Wednesday and leading to the deaths of five people.

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When President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office on Jan. 20, one traditional element illustrating the peaceful transfer of power will be missing: outgoing President Trump.

In a tweet Friday morning, Trump said, "To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th."

After weeks of falsely claiming that he had won the November election, Trump had not been expected to attend Biden's swearing in.

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President-elect Joe Biden is addressing the country from Wilmington, Del., Wednesday afternoon.

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U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) won’t say whether he’ll vote to certify the electoral college results of the 2020 presidential election when Congress meets next week.

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President-elect Joe Biden is introducing key members of his incoming economic team. The nominees and appointees include former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, and others who worked in earlier Democratic administrations. The announcement is expected to start at 12:30pm. 

In Michigan Wayne County Finally Certifies Vote After Stalling Outcome

Nov 18, 2020
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DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s largest county has unanimously certified election results showing Democrat Joe Biden defeating President Donald Trump, hours after Republicans first blocked formal approval of voters’ intentions. The initial move was quickly condemned by Democrats, election experts and spectators at the Wayne County Board of Canvassers online meeting as a dangerous attempt to block the results of a free and fair election. The ultimate resolution in Wayne County propels Biden toward formal victory in Michigan, but Tuesday’s chaotic developments are likely to sow more doubt among Trump’s supporters in the election results.

Midwest EPA Union Celebrates End Of Trump Presidency

Nov 10, 2020
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A union representing employees at the Environmental Protection Agency in the Midwest is celebrating the end of the Trump administration. Members of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 704 said the president’s leadership has made it difficult for them to do their jobs. 

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Michiganders are reacting in very different ways to the announcement that former Vice President Joe Biden has been declared the projected winner of the 2020 presidential election.

Just before noon the Associated Press and other news outlets projected Biden would win the states of Pennsylvania and Nevada, giving the Democratic Party nominee enough electoral college votes to win the presidential race.

At a noon hour rally at the state capitol, hundreds of flag waving supporters of President Donald Trump remained defiant.  

NPR LIVE RESULTS: U.S. Presidential Race

Nov 3, 2020
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View live results for the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

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Follow NPR’s live coverage of the election as the presidential race has been called. 

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Here's what's happening Saturday in Election 2020, three days until Election Day:

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Listen to NPR's live coverage of the first 2020 presidential election debate tonight starting at 9pm on 88.1 WVPE. And you can check back here online for real-time fact-checking and analysis. President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are in Cleveland for the event, moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News.

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Former GOP Indiana Lieutenant Governor Endorses Biden

Sep 26, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Longtime Indiana Republican stalwart John Mutz has gone public with his opposition to President Donald Trump, saying in a newspaper column that he'll vote for Democrat Joe Biden. Mutz was Indiana’s lieutenant governor for eight years in the 1980s before losing the 1988 governor’s race to Democrat Evan Bayh. The 84-year-old Mutz is most prominent Indiana Republican to publicly rebuke Trump.

The Latest: Biden And Trump Win Indiana's Primary

Jun 2, 2020
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UNDATED (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Donald Trump have won Indiana's presidential primary. Indiana is among the states and the District of Columbia with primaries on Tuesday. The Democratic result in Indiana was expected because Biden’s rivals have already dropped out of the race. The former vice president’s haul of delegates from his Indiana victory pushes him closer to the 1,911 delegates he needs to capture the Democratic presidential nomination. The state’s primary was delayed by four weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak. Voters in nine states and the District of Columbia are participating in primaries Tuesday.

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