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On Day One, Biden targets Trump policies on climate, virus

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 20, 2021

In his first hours as president, Joe Biden will aim to strike at the heart of President Donald Trump’s policy legacy, signing a series of executive actions that reverse his predecessor’s orders on immigration, climate change and handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Latest: Congress presents Biden, Harris with gifts

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 20, 2021

Congressional leaders have presented President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris with a variety of gifts, including a pair of flags flown over the U.S. Capitol during the inauguration.

President Trump won’t attend Joe Biden’s inauguration

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 8, 2021

President Donald Trump said Friday he won’t attend President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration on Jan. 20. He will be the first incumbent president since Andrew Johnson to skip his successor's inauguration.

Biden picks Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as labor secretary

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 7, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden will select Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as his labor secretary, according to a person familiar with the decision, choosing a former union worker who shares his Irish American background and working-class roots.

Biden to name Judge Merrick Garland as attorney general

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 6, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden has selected Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge who in 2016 was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court, as his attorney general, two people familiar with the selection process said Wednesday.

Warnock, Ossoff win in Georgia, handing Dems Senate control

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 6, 2021

Democrats won both Georgia Senate seats — and with them, the U.S. Senate majority — as final votes were counted Wednesday, serving President Donald Trump a stunning defeat in his turbulent final days in office while dramatically improving the fate of President-elect Joe Biden’s progressive agenda.

Live Video: Congress counts electoral college votes

The Washington Post News Service is providing live-stream coverage of Congress counting electoral college votes on Wednesday, January 6th starting at 9 a.m.  This event will be anchored by Libby Casey in Washington, D.C. as Congress meets in a joint session to count each state’s electoral votes.  Some members of Congress are expected to launch a final challenge to the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Urging calm, DC mayor calls in National Guard for protests

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 4, 2021

Washington, D.C.'s mayor urged calm Monday as some 340 National Guard troops were being activated while the city prepared for potentially violent protests surrounding Congress' expected vote to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

Spin Control: Some awards to mark 2020’s political highs and lows

Before slamming shut the book on 2020 – a year the numerical equivalent of perfect vision but which often made us wish we could close our eyes and keep them shut – Spin Control wants to keep with tradition and award some of the political and government highlights and lowpoints of 2020.

Missouri senator to contest Electoral College win for Biden

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 30, 2020

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said Wednesday he will raise objections next week when Congress meets to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the election, forcing House and Senate votes that are likely to delay — but in no way alter — the final certification of Biden's win.

Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow dies from COVID-19

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 30, 2020

The death of a newly elected U.S. representative from Louisiana of complications related to COVID-19 stunned the state's political circles Wednesday and became the latest brutal reminder of how dangerous the coronavirus can be.

Company targeted by vote fraud claims strikes back at Trump

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 14, 2020

The head of an electronic voting company being targeted by allies of President Donald Trump said baseless claims that it helped flip the 2020 election for Joe Biden threatens to undermine Americans’ faith in democracy.