The delicate proxy clash has pitted Democrats eager to emphasize issues like hunger and nutrition against traditionalists who believe the department should represent rural America.
Smaller gatherings mean fewer chances to talk to relatives you disagree with. But most Americans prefer to skip partisan debates altogether, no matter how big the turkey.
The Obama administration, Part 2, takes shape: This is your morning tip sheet.
The rule, which would permit methods including firing squads and electrocution, comes as the administration rushes to execute five more prisoners before President Trump’s term ends.
The makeup of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inner circle is becoming clearer as the transition to his administration begins.
In an emotional address, he pleaded with Americans to “hang on” and cited the death of his son to say that he understood the loss in the nation.
He was a widely respected labor economist at Stanford who led President George W. Bush’s economic council during the financial crisis.
The president’s former national security adviser twice pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador.
The officer’s combat death came as President Trump considers pulling back on American operations in the region.
Political allies and associates are starting to press for clemency as the president also considers extending his criminal justice overhaul by commuting lengthy sentences for other offenders.
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