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Here’s what resources Biden’s team gets now that the formal transition is underway

When the General Services Administration informed President-elect Joe Biden on Monday that the Trump administration is ready to begin the formal transition process, it released a slew of resources for his team to access in the coming weeks, including nearly $6.3 million. The now-available resources are enumerated in a “memorandum of understanding” between Biden and…MORE

5 takeaways from Biden’s first wave of nominations and appointments

President-elect Joe Biden’s administration is taking shape after his transition team on Monday unveiled a series of Cabinet nominations and top White House staffing moves. As President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the election falls flat, Biden and his team are moving forward and beginning to give Americans closer insight into how he plans to…MORE

Utah helicopter crew discovers mysterious metal monolith deep in the desert

Utah helicopter crew discovers mysterious metal monolith deep in the desert

What started as routine wildlife assistance took an extraterrestrial turn for Utah’s Department of Public Safety after officers stumbled upon a mysterious monolith in the middle of rural Utah. Officers from the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Aero Bureau were flying by helicopter last Wednesday, helping the Division of Wildlife Resources count bighorn sheep in…MORE

Biden prioritizes climate crisis by naming John Kerry special envoy

Biden prioritizes climate crisis by naming John Kerry special envoy

President-elect Joe Biden on Monday appointed John Kerry as his special presidential envoy for climate, underscoring his commitment to tackling the global crisis and offering a symbolic rebuke to President Donald Trump’s lack of leadership on the issue. Kerry, who was President Barack Obama’s secretary of state, will be a Cabinet-level official in Biden’s administration…MORE

Experts have questions about AstraZeneca’s vaccine data

Experts have questions about AstraZeneca’s vaccine data

Vaccine experts — including those who serve on advisory committees for the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — have questions about data released Monday by AstraZeneca about its Covid-19 vaccine. In a press release Monday, the pharmaceutical giant announced that its vaccine is on average 70%…MORE

Family makes PSA about large family gatherings after 15 members contracted Covid-19

Family makes PSA about large family gatherings after 15 members contracted Covid-19

Although the Aragonez family is still healing after a Covid-19 outbreak, they took the time to make a public service announcement warning against large family gatherings. It’s tradition for many families to gather during Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season. But with the coronavirus global pandemic, those gatherings could turn Thanksgiving dinner into a superspreader…MORE

Biden picks loyal lieutenant to lead mission to restore US reputation on world stage

Biden picks loyal lieutenant to lead mission to restore US reputation on world stage

Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for secretary of state, has worked with the former vice president for so long that one former State Department official said that “it’s difficult to know where one person’s policy vision ends and the other’s begins.” In Blinken, Biden is tapping someone with a commitment to international cooperation, refugee…MORE

Mayorkas could bring stability to DHS after years of interim leadership

Mayorkas could bring stability to DHS after years of interim leadership

Former Obama administration official Alejandro Mayorkas was tapped Monday to lead the Department of Homeland Security by President-elect Joe Biden, signaling an intent to bring experienced leadership to the third-largest federal department after years of instability. The announcement was immediately met with praise from immigrant advocates and Democratic lawmakers, as well as former and current…MORE