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U.S. will defend troops and interests after rocket attack in Iraq, Defense Secretary says

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks to Defense Department personnel during a visit by U.S. President Joe Biden at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, February 10, 2021. Carlos Barria | Reuters WASHINGTON – Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin warned those......

Haaland’s nomination for Interior secretary advances to full Senate

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here But Native Americans in the state also told Murkowski that Haaland would be crucial to elevate their issues to the highest levels of the federal government. “I am going to place my trust in Representative Haaland and her team despite......

Gina Raimondo, the governor of Rhode Island, is confirmed as commerce secretary.

New York Times
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Gina Raimondo, the current governor of Rhode Island and former venture capitalist, as the next secretary of commerce. Her nomination was approved by a vote of 85 to 15. A moderate Democrat with a background in the financial industry, Ms. Raimondo is expected to leverage......

Biden’s Pick Confirmed as Education Secretary

New York Times
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Monday easily confirmed Miguel A. Cardona, a career educator who rose through Connecticut’s education system to become a leader in the effort to reopen pandemic-shuttered schools, as the next education secretary. His nomination was approved by a vote of 64 to 33. Dr. Cardona, who......

Fact check: Biden’s pick for HHS secretary says he never sued nuns as California attorney general

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here During the hearing, South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune said that as California’s attorney general, Becerra “spent an inordinate amount of time and effort suing pro-life organizations, like the Little Sisters of the Poor,” a group of nuns whose......

China seems to be living up to trade deal pledges, Biden’s agriculture secretary says

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack believes China is making good on promises it made as part of the landmark phase one trade deal it signed with the U.S. last......

Senate confirms Jennifer Granholm as energy secretary

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Granholm has long taken a deep interest in energy issues and was considered to be a top candidate for Energy secretary if Hillary Clinton had won in 2016. Granholm served two terms as governor of Michigan and was first......

U.S. Secretary of State, Mexico’s foreign minister to talk Friday

Reuters
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard will hold a virtual meeting on Friday morning, Mexico’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday. Blinken and Ebrard are due to discuss how to address the root causes of Central American immigration,......

Becerra, Biden’s pick for health secretary, is facing questions from Senate Republicans.

New York Times
President Biden’s nominee for health secretary, Xavier Becerra, appeared before a Senate committee Tuesday morning, where he is facing tough questions from Republicans who are trying to paint him as an extremist and to use his confirmation as a political cudgel against Democrats up for re-election in 2022. If confirmed,......

Deputy treasury secretary nominee to focus on national security in confirmation hearing

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Wally Adeyemo, President Joe Biden’s nominee for deputy treasury secretary, is expected to focus on national security, including taking on China for unfair practices, during his Senate confirmation hearing.  Adeyemo is set to appear before the Senate Finance Committee......

Read: Interior secretary nominee Deb Haaland’s prepared remarks for her confirmation hearing

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here (CNN)Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico, who has been nominated by President Joe Biden for interior secretary, is expected to discuss the “historic nature” of her confirmation by the Senate at her confirmation hearing Tuesday. Haaland, who will......

Defense secretary calls for an immediate reduction in violence in Afghanistan as troop withdrawal deadline looms

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks to Defense Department personnel during a visit by U.S. President Joe Biden at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, February 10, 2021. Carlos Barria | Reuters WASHINGTON – Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told reporters......

Treasury Secretary Yellen calls for more stimulus – What the market impact could be

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Stocks closed out a mixed week after initially rising Friday following Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen‘s call for a large stimulus package to help speed up the economic recovery. Four experts discuss what her comments mean for markets and how to......

Culture and creative industries secretary needed for post-COVID future

USA Today
USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here USA TODAY President Joe Biden has left one key cabinet post unfilled. It is a position that even conservative estimates suggest is responsible for almost 9 million jobs, 15% of monthly average earnings in the United States, and a higher......

Biden tax hikes would likely phase in slowly, Treasury Secretary Yellen says

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Former Federal Reserve Chair, Janet L. Yellen, President- elect Joe Biden pick to be Treasury Secretary, speaks at the Queen in Wilmington, DE on December 1, 2020. Demetrius Freeman | The Washington Post | Getty Images Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen......

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