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Biden Thinks Rural Americans ‘Feel Forgotten,’ Plans to ‘Fight Like Hell’ to Rebuild U.S. Industry, Education

With his inauguration less than two months away, President-elect Joe Biden is offering greater insight into his incoming administration’s top priorities.

He discussed a wide range of policy initiatives during a recent interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, focusing on international relations as well as revitalized domestic infrastructure. Responding to inquiries about his plans for trade deals with China—a topic generating significant public interest right now, in light of tariffs imposed earlier this year under Donald Trump—Biden said he intends to strengthen U.S. industries and education systems in efforts to better address global commerce issues.

“I want to make sure we’re going to fight like hell by investing in America first,” he said in comments to the Times, citing artificial intelligence, biotechnology and energy as examples of industries that could benefit from federal resources supporting research and development. Biden told the newspaper that he will not “enter

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos undid Obama policy. Who’ll Biden pick?

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The President-elect says he wants a government as diverse as America when he enters the White House. Here are some of his Executive Branch picks.

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WASHINGTON — Back in January 2017, Betsy DeVos, then President Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary, told lawmakers at her confirmation hearing that the threat of grizzly bears in Wyoming justified the national push to equip schools with guns. She was responding to a question from Sen. Chris Murphy, of Connecticut, who’d made gun control a priority after the 2012 massacre of schoolchildren in Sandy Hook. 

DeVos’s gaffe, which garnered a slew of memes and a spoof on “Saturday Night Live,” became a metaphor for her tenure as education secretary. It also contributed to her status as the most unpopular member of Trump’s already-controversial cabinet. DeVos won confirmation by a literal hair, after all, thanks to Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote. 

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Biden won in several battleground states

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Rudy Giuliani gave details about the lawsuit he plans to file regarding election results in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

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The claim: Trump won the 2020 election based on legal votes

A Nov. 17 claim posted to Facebook says President Donald Trump is the true winner of the popular vote in the 2020 election — if “legal” votes are considered.

“I have maintained since election night that Trump is the clear winner, counting the legal votes. But he’s only 23,800 votes away from winning by a squeaker even if you use the crooked vote tallies widely reported by Associated Press,” begins a post on the Facebook page for Clean TV.

Clean TV is a media site owned by publicity agency Special Guests. The agency specializes in bookings for conservative news and talk shows, according to its website.

The post is a synopsis of an attached video by

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Biden won popular, Electoral College votes in several battleground states

President Trump’s legal adviser Rudy Giuliani details lawsuit he says will be filed

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The claim: Trump won the 2020 election based on legal votes



a group of people in a room: An observer watches as Luzerne County workers canvas ballots that arrived after closing of voting until Friday at 5pm and postmarked by Nov. 3rd as vote counting in the general election continues, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.


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An observer watches as Luzerne County workers canvas ballots that arrived after closing of voting until Friday at 5pm and postmarked by Nov. 3rd as vote counting in the general election continues, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

A Nov. 17 claim posted to Facebook says President Donald Trump is the true winner of the popular vote in the 2020 election — if “legal” votes are considered.

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“I have maintained since election night that Trump is the clear winner, counting the legal votes. But he’s only 23,800 votes away from winning by a squeaker even if you use the crooked vote tallies widely reported by Associated Press,” begins a post on the Facebook page

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Five ways Joe Biden can “de-DeVos” U.S. education

Teachers and other education advocates are feeling giddy at the possibility of moving forward a progressive agenda that the current education secretary, Betsy DeVos, stopped dead in its tracks four years ago. President-elect Joe Biden campaign’s policy director, Stef Feldman, told the Education Writers Association that as president, Biden would “get some big, bold education legislation passed and certainly immediate relief for our schools and our educators,” and said Biden would take executive actions as well. Many of those executive actions, education advocates hope, will de-DeVos the Department of Education.

Here are some of the likeliest ways public education will change in a Biden-Harris administration.

Enforce all students’ civil rights 

Earlier this year, Betsy DeVos announced sweeping revisions to the federal civil rights law Title IX, which prevents discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded schools. As a result, a judicial-like process is now used to investigate sexual

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Donald Trump says he will leave White House if electoral college votes for Joe Biden | US news

Donald Trump has said that he will leave the White House in January if the electoral college votes for Democratic president-elect Joe Biden, in the closest the outgoing president has come to conceding defeat.

Biden won the presidential election with 306 electoral college votes – many more than the 270 required – to Trump’s 232. Biden also leads Trump by more than 6 million in the popular vote tally.

Trump has so far defied tradition by refusing to concede defeat, instead making a series of baseless claims about alleged ballot fraud and launching legal attempts to challenge the outcomes in several states such Pennsylvania and Michigan.

But desperate efforts by Trump and his aides to overturn results in key states, either by lawsuits or by pressuring state legislators, have failed.

Speaking to reporters on the Thanksgiving holiday, Trump said if Biden – who is due to be sworn in on

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President Trump acknowledged for the first time that he would leave the White House when the Electoral College casts its formal vote for Joe Biden.

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USA TODAY’S coverage of the 2020 election and President-elect Joe Biden’s transition continues this week as states certify their vote counts. President Donald Trump has yet to concede the race but his administration cleared the way this week for Biden’s team to have access to federal resources and briefings during the transition.

Be sure to refresh this page often to get the latest information on the election and the transition.

Trump says he would ‘certainly’ leave White House once Electoral College votes for Biden

President Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time Thursday that he would leave the White House if the Electoral College votes – as it will – to make Democrat Joe Biden the next president, but said it would

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Trump says he’ll leave White House if Electoral College seats Biden

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will leave the White House if the Electoral College formalizes President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory — even as he insisted such a decision would be a “mistake” — as he spent his Thanksgiving renewing baseless claims that “massive fraud” and crooked officials in battleground states caused his election defeat.

“Certainly I will. But you know that,” Trump said Thursday when asked whether he would vacate the building, allowing a peaceful transition of power in January. But Trump — taking questions for the first time since Election Day — insisted that “a lot of things” would happen between now and then that might alter the results.

“This has a long way to go,” Trump said, even though he lost.

The fact that a sitting American president even had to address whether or not he would leave office after losing reelection underscores the extent

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Trump says he’ll leave if the electoral college seats Biden

President Trump said Thursday that he will leave the White House if the electoral college formalizes President-elect Joe Biden’s victory — even as he insisted such a decision would be a “mistake” — as he spent his Thanksgiving renewing baseless claims that “massive fraud” and crooked officials in battleground states caused his election defeat.

“Certainly I will. But you know that,” Trump said Thursday when asked whether he would vacate the building, allowing a peaceful transition of power in January. But Trump — taking questions for the first time since election day — insisted that “a lot of things” would happen between now and then that might alter the results.

“This has a long way to go,” he said.

The fact that a sitting American president even had to address whether or not he would leave office after losing reelection underscores the extent to which Trump has smashed one convention

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Trump says he would ‘certainly’ leave White House once Electoral College votes for Biden

USA TODAY’S coverage of the 2020 election and President-elect Joe Biden’s transition continues this week as states certify their vote counts. President Donald Trump has yet to concede the race but his administration cleared the way this week for Biden’s team to have access to federal resources and briefings during the transition.

Pres. Trump tweets ‘full pardon’ for ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn

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Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Trump defended his administration's child separation and immigration policies during the final 2020 presidential debate.


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President Trump defended his administration’s child separation and immigration policies during the final 2020 presidential debate.

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Trump says he would ‘certainly’ leave White House once Electoral College votes for Biden

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President Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time Thursday that he would

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