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A Fight Over Agriculture Secretary Could Decide the Direction of Hunger Policy

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.

A Thanksgiving Myth Debunked: People Aren’t Fighting About Politics

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.

Biden Brings the Gang Back Together

The Obama administration, Part 2, takes shape: This is your morning tip sheet.

New Rule Would Allow U.S. to Use More Methods for Executions

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.

Joe Biden’s Cabinet: Here’s Who He’s Picked So Far

The makeup of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inner circle is becoming clearer as the transition to his administration begins.

Biden Urges Unity: ‘We’re at War With the Virus, Not With One Another’

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.

Edward P. Lazear, Economist and Presidential Adviser, Dies at 72

He was a widely respected labor economist at Stanford who led President George W. Bush’s economic council during the financial crisis.

Trump Pardons Michael Flynn, Ending Case His Justice Dept. Sought to Shut Down

The president’s former national security adviser twice pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador.

C.I.A. Officer Is Killed in Somalia

The officer’s combat death came as President Trump considers pulling back on American operations in the region.

White House Weighs Pardon Blitz Before Trump’s Exit

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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