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Joe Biden has been sworn in as 46th President of the United States
Joe Biden has been sworn in as 46th President of the United States
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Joseph Robinette „Joe“ Biden, Jr. has been sworn in as 46th President of the United States of America. He is succeeding President Donald Trump.

As the first woman of color, the first woman of South Asian descent Kamala Harris has also been sworn in to hold the office of Vice President of the United States.

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Kamala Harris has been sworn in as Vice President of the United States

As the first woman of color, the first woman of South Asian descent Kamala Harris has been sworn in to hold the office of Vice President of the United States.

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FBI is vetting National Guard ahead of Biden's inauguration amid fears of insider attack
FBI is vetting National Guard ahead of Biden's inauguration amid fears of insider attack
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All 25,000 National Guard troops tasked with securing the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 20 are being vetted by the Pentagon and the FBI amid fears of a coordinated insider attack.

"This type of vetting often takes place by law enforcement for significant security events. However, in this case the scope of military participation is unique. The DC National Guard is also providing additional training to service members as they arrive in DC that if they see or hear something that is not appropriate, they should report it to their chain of command," so Christopher Miller, the acting defence secretary.

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Kamala Harris to resign as senator on Monday
Kamala Harris to resign as senator on Monday
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Harris plans to leave her post as senator on Monday, two days before she is to be sworn in as the new vice president in Washington. That was announced by staff in her office. She is to be succeeded in office by California Democrat Alex Padilla.

Padilla will be California's first senator with Latino roots. He will take Harris' post for the remaining two years

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Joe Biden, Kamala Harris win Electoral College vote
Joe Biden, Kamala Harris win Electoral College vote
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The Electoral College has elected Joe Biden as the next president of the United State on Monday, putting an end to the Trump campaigns effort to change the election results. In his speech, Biden said that "faith in our institutions held" and that "the integrity of our elections remains intact" while promising to turn the page "to unite" and "to heal."

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are named Time Person of the Year
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are named Time Person of the Year
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US President-elect Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris have been named Time magazine's Person of the Year 2020. Other finalists were frontline workers in the fight against Covid-19, Dr Anthony Fauci, the racial justice movement, and President Donald Trump, who lost the election earlier this year.

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Covid: President-elect Joe Biden to ask Americans to wear masks for 100 days
President-elect Joe Biden
President-elect Joe Biden Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

The US President-elect Joe Biden has said he will ask Americans to wear masks for his first 100 days in office to curtail the spread of coronavirus.

Constitutional experts say a US president has no legal authority to order Americans to wear masks. Still, Mr Biden said during the interview he and his Vice-President Kamala Harris would set an example by donning face coverings.

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Biden wins Georgia recount by 12,284 votes

Georgia has finished its statewide audit of the presidential race, confirming that US President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump. The final results show that Biden beat Trump by 12,284 votes.

"Georgia's historic first statewide audit reaffirmed that the state's new secure paper ballot voting system accurately counted and reported results," Georgia's Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger (R) said in a statement. "This is a credit to the hard work of our county and local elections officials who moved quickly to undertake and complete such a momentous task in a short period of time."

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Joe Biden elected president
Joe Biden elected president
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Democrat Joe Biden has won the 2020 US presidential election, according to projections by CNN, Fox News, Associated Press. The former Vice President has been elected the 46th president of the United States, as vote tallies in several swing states were slowed by an unprecedented surge in mail-in ballots.

The race was called for Biden on Saturday when predictions that Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes put him over the 270-vote threshold needed to win the Electoral College, pending the outcome of any legal challenges.

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Former Republican Chairman Michael Steele endorses Joe Biden
Former Republican Chairman Michael Steele endorses Joe Biden
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The former chairman of the Republican National Committee and former lieutenant governor of Maryland, Michael Steele, has endorsed Joe Biden for president.

In an advertisement for the conservative political group "The Lincoln Project" Steele has stated his endorsement for Joe Biden and said: "I'm a lifelong Republican and I'm still a Republican, but this ballot is how we restore the would of our nation, electing a good man, Joe Biden, and a trailblazer, Kamala Harris and ensure an orderly transfer of power or plunge our country into chaos".

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Kamala Harris halts travel after two people linked to the campaign test positive for Covid-19
Kamala Harris
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Kamala Harris will halt campaign travel due to two positive Covid-19 cases in people involved in the Biden-Harris presidential campaign. Harris tested negative as recently as Wednesday.

The two cases are a flight crew member and Harris' communications director, Liz Allen.

Campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said, "Neither of these people have had contact with Vice President Biden, Senator Harris or any other staffers since testing positive or in the 48 hours prior to their positive test results."

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Pence-Harris debate calmer than Trump-Biden debate with fewer interruptions
Pence-Harris debate calmer than Trump-Biden debate with fewer interruptions
Credit: Office of Senator Kamala Harris | D. Myles Cullen (Public Domain)

The only scheduled vice-presidential debate of the campaign between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris was objectively calmer and more civilized than the previous presidential debate.

In total Pence interrupted Harris ten times, while Harris interrupted Pence five times. Pence spoke for 38 minutes, three minutes longer than Harris.

During the discussion, neither candidate answered a question if they had discussed stepping in for Trump or Biden if one of them would die in office.

In addition, Harris did not answer the question if she and Biden are planning on expanding the number of supreme court seats while Pence refused to state that he would accept the results of the election.

During the debate viewers also discussed a fly sitting on Pence's head for two minutes and his left eye that had a distinctly pinky-red tone.

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US Elections: Pence and Harris debate to be held on October 8, 1am GMT
US Elections: Pence and Harris debate to be held on October 8, 1am GMT
Credit: Office of Senator Kamala Harris | D. Myles Cullen (Public Domain)

Vice President Mike Pence will debate Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris on October 8 at 1am GMT. Pence has tested negative for Covid-19 in recent days but was in recent contact with various individuals who have since tested positive. Plexiglass barriers will be installed but health experts stated that they are fairly useless with airborne viruses and recommend moving the debate online.

"Those plexiglass barriers are really only going to be effective if the vice president or Kamala Harris are spitting at each other," so Ellie Murray, an epidemiologist at Boston University.

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Joe Biden releases his tax returns, paid nearly $288,000 last year
Joe Biden releases his tax returns, paid nearly $288,000 last year
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden released his tax information. hours before he was scheduled to square off against President Donald Trump in the first of three presidential debates.

According to the returns, Biden paid nearly $288,000 in income taxes last year.

Biden's wife, Jill, and his California Senator Kamala Harris also released their tax information.

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Kamala Harris met with Jacob Blake in Wisconsin
Kamala Harris at the 2019 National Forum on Wages and Working People
Kamala Harris at the 2019 National Forum on Wages and Working People Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

During her first solo and in-person campaign trip as Democratic vice presidential nominee, Kamala Harris met with Jacob Blake's family and legal team in Wisconsin on Monday, while Blake himself joined the meeting by phone. Harris voiced her support and express her concern for their "well-being and of course for their brother and son's well-being."

"I mean, they're an incredible family. And what they've endured, and they just do it with such dignity and grace. And you know, they're carrying the weight of a lot of voices on their shoulders," so Harris.

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Kamala Harris says US has two systems of justice
Kamala Harris (l) and Libby Schaaf (r) in 2020
Kamala Harris (l) and Libby Schaaf (r) in 2020 Credit: The United States Senate - Office of Senator Kamala Harris / Public domain

During an interview with CNN, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris said that the United States "have two systems of justice" for Black and White Americans.

"I don't think that most reasonable people who are paying attention to the facts would dispute that there are racial disparities and a system that has engaged in racism in terms of how the laws have been enforced," so Harris. "It does us no good to deny that. Let's just deal with it. Let's be honest. These might be difficult conversations for some, but they're not difficult conversations for leaders, not for real leaders."

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Chris Wallace, Steve Scully, Kristen Welker and Susan Page to moderate presidential debates

The presidential debates will start on September 29.

The first debate between Donald J. Trump and Joe Biden will be moderate by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace on September 29. C-SPAN's Steve Scully is set to moderate the second debate on October 15 and NBC's Kristen Welker will host the final debate on October 22.

The vice-presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence will be moderated by USA Today Washington Bureau chief Susan Page on October 7.

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Trump attacks Kamala Harris, says she's "not competent"
Trump attacks Kamala Harris, says she's "not competent"
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At his campaign rally Friday, President Donald Trump said Democractic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris was "not competent" and suggested Ivanka Trump would be a better contender.

"You know, I want to see the first woman president also, but I don't want to see a woman president get into that position the way she'd do it -- and she's not competent. She's not competent. They're all saying, 'We want Ivanka.' I don't blame you," so Trump.

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Kamala Harris accepts Democratic vice presidential nomination
Kamala Harris accepts Democratic vice presidential nomination
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On the third night of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, Californian Sen. Kamala Harris accepted the party's vice presidential nomination, as the first Black and South Asian woman to do so in history.

In her speech, Harris addressed her late mother, stating: "Oh, how I wish she were here tonight. But I know she’s looking down on me from above. I keep thinking about that 25-year-old Indian woman, all of five feet tall, who gave birth to me at Kaiser hospital in Oakland, Calif. On that day, she probably could have never imagined that I would be standing before you now and speaking these words: I accept your nomination for vice president of the United States of America."

Harris said that she and Biden both share "a vision of our nation as a beloved community, where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we love," and that Americans are "united by the fundamental belief that every human being is of infinite worth, deserving of compassion, dignity and respect."

Addressing racism and police brutality, Harris said that there was no vaccine for racism, therefore "we've got work to do. For George Floyd. For Breonna Taylor. For the lives of too many others to name. for our children, for all of us."

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Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as his running mate
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has announced Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. She will be the first black woman to serve in the role.

Harris, once a rival for the Democratic nomination, had long been considered the front-runner for the VP position. She was born in Oakland, California to two immigrant parents: an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father.

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Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Ed Markey propose $2,000 a month for every US resident

Senators Kamala Harris of California, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Ed Markey of Massachusetts will introduce a bill aimed at establishing a rebate payment program that would deliver $2,000 to US residents including children until the Covid-19 pandemic has ended.

Harris said in a statement: "The coronavirus pandemic has caused millions to struggle to pay the bills or feed their families".