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Jill Biden To Push For Debt-Free Community College As First Lady

WASHINGTON — Dr. Jill Biden has devoted her life to the field of education, and that won’t change when she becomes first lady next month. According to a source close to her, Biden will advocate for debt-free community college. 

Dr. Martha Kanter, who served as under secretary of education in the Obama administration and who has known Biden for more than a decade, said she has worked hard to make debt-free community college a reality.

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Pressure mounts on Biden to make diverse picks for top posts

Washington – President-elect Joe Biden is facing increasing pressure to expand the racial and ideological diversity in his choices for Cabinet and other top jobs. A month and a half before he takes office, he’s drawing rebukes from activists who fear he’ll fall short on promises to build an administration that looks like the country it governs.

Of the nine major picks Biden has made so far, only two – Secretary of State choice Antony

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Biden aide seeks to ease concerns about Cabinet diversity

Aides to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is ‘of consequence’ to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE on Friday sought to soothe concerns among lawmakers and activist groups about the lack of diversity among the Biden-Harris administration’s major Cabinet picks thus far.

“The president-elect certainly understands and hears and welcomes the voices that are pushing him on diversity. That

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Hispanic Lawmakers Voice Their Disappointment Over Biden Cabinet Picks So Far

Some Hispanic members of Congress are becoming increasingly testy about what they see as a lack of Latino representation in President-elect Joe Biden’s list of Cabinet and White House nominees, especially after the apparent snubbing of the nation’s only Latina governor for a key post. 

During a call between transition leaders and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Thursday, Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) confronted incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain and

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OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump admin to sell oil leases at Arctic wildlife refuge before Biden takes office |Trump administration approves controversial oil testing method in Gulf of Mexico | Rep. Scott wins House Agriculture Committee gavel

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Zoonotic diseases, natural disasters, and regional instability caused by food and water

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Trump To Sell Arctic Refuge Oil Leases 2 Weeks Before Biden Inauguration

The Trump administration will sell off rights to drill for oil in Alaska’s pristine and fragile Arctic National Wildlife Refuge just days ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The 11th-hour lease sale is slated for Jan. 6, the Bureau of Land Management announced Thursday. That’s exactly two weeks before Biden, who has pledged to protect the vast wilderness area, assumes office.

“Oil and gas from the Coastal Plain is an important resource for meeting our

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Biden Win Was ‘Best Thing’ That Could Happen For The Planet

In 1963, Interior Secretary Stewart Udall published “The Quiet Crisis,” a book detailing the threats facing the nation’s wildlife and natural resources at the time.

Nearly 60 years later, the planet is facing a rapidly worsening climate and extinction crisis ― and that man’s son, Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), is sounding the alarm.

“The crises aren’t so quiet anymore,” Udall told HuffPost in a Tuesday interview. “We have a sixth mass extinction, with 1 million

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Biden needs to rollback Trump’s environmental rollbacks on energy, Bears Ears National Monument

In early 2017, not long after President Donald J. Trump moved into the White House, his chief advisor, Steve Bannon, said that the administration’s aim was the “deconstruction of the administrative state.” A charitable listener might have heard a run-of-the-mill libertarian goal, to downsize the bloated government in order to make room for personal liberties.

It has since become clear that Trump cared more about freedom for government and corporations — and for that matter,

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Five House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet

Several House Democrats are in the running for positions in President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates ‘Joe Biden Way’ to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans ‘either in complete lockstep’ or ‘afraid’ of Trump MORE’s Cabinet as he seeks to prioritize diversity and policy acumen in his incoming administration. 

The contenders hailing from the House range from the potential first Native American Cabinet secretary to numerous members

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OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats push Biden to pick Haaland as next Interior secretary | Trump administration proposal takes aim at bank pledges to avoid fossil fuel financing | Wasserman Schultz pitches climate plan in race to chair Appropriations

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MOMENTUM FOR A HISTORIC MOMENT: More than 50 House Democrats are pushing President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenRomney on Trump election tactics: ‘Difficult to imagine a worse,

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Dozens Of Lawmakers Urge Biden To Pick Deb Haaland For Interior Secretary

Dozens of members of Congress, including some Republicans, are urging President-elect Joe Biden to pick Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) to be his Interior Secretary ― and make some history in the process.

Haaland, the chair of House Natural Resources subcommittee with oversight authority for the Interior Department, made history in 2018 as one of just two Native American women ever elected to Congress. If Biden tapped her for the Interior Secretary post, it would be

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House Democrats push Biden to pick Haaland as next Interior secretary

More than 50 House Democrats are pushing President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenRomney on Trump election tactics: ‘Difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action’ by president Biden promises federal government will pay for National Guard coronavirus work: ‘That should be paid for’ House committee chairs demand briefing from GSA head on presidential transition MORE to select Rep. Deb HaalandDebra HaalandHaaland says Biden will be ‘breath of fresh air’ on Native American issues US is

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Haaland says Biden will be ‘breath of fresh air’ on Native American issues

Rep. Deb HaalandDebra HaalandUS is far from gender balance in politics despite record year for women candidates Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Haaland being vetted by Biden team for Interior Secretary | Progressive group slams Biden White House pick over tie to fossil fuel industry | Green groups sue over Arctic drilling plans MORE (D-N.M.) said Thursday that the Biden administration will be a “breath of fresh air” compared to

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OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency | House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally | Trump administration pushes for rollback of Arctic offshore drilling regulations

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THE REAL TRANSITION WAS INSIDE YOU ALL ALONG: The Biden transition team is in the early stages of developing a shortlist of potential nominees to

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Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency

The Biden transition team is in the early stages of developing a shortlist of potential nominees to lead the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a public lands agency critics say has slipped into disarray during the Trump administration.

The BLM could be a particularly useful agency for an administration intent on shifting climate policy and reducing emissions, but it has largely been hollowed out in the past four years.

The bureau has lost nearly 70

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The Hunter Biden problem won’t go away

The Biden administration-to-be has a full agenda of challenges and problems; unfortunately, one that won’t go away as easily as it should is Hunter Biden.

During the presidential campaign, the Trump forces tried to vilify Joe BidenJoe Biden46 percent of voters say Trump should concede immediately: poll Michigan county reverses course, votes unanimously to certify election results GOP senator: Trump shouldn’t fire top cybersecurity official MORE with baseless charges that he sought to help

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House Dems nominate Pelosi as speaker to lead into Biden era

WASHINGTON — House Democrats nominated Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday as the speaker to lead them into Joe Biden’s presidency, but she’d be guiding a smaller and ideologically divided majority as she tries shepherding his agenda toward enactment.

Democrats used a voice vote to make Pelosi, D-Calif., their choice to serve two more years in her post. Scattered around the country, it was the party’s first virtual leadership election, a response to the coronavirus pandemic.

House

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Five actions Biden should take to build a more humane food system

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTucker Carlson assures viewers his show ‘not going anywhere’ following presidential election Trump senior advisers dissuaded president from military strike on Iran: report Senators clash on the floor over wearing masks: ‘I don’t need your instruction’ MORE has the power to make American agriculture more humane. Biden can help bring an end to the most extreme and widespread animal suffering in human history, while at the same time improving the welfare

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Haaland being vetted by Biden team for Interior secretary

The Biden transition team is in the process of vetting Rep. Deb HaalandDebra HaalandOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump takes major step toward Alaska wildlife refuge drilling opposed by Biden | Grijalva backs Haaland for Interior Secretary | Obama alumni considered top picks for Biden Energy secretary Grijalva backs Haaland for Interior Secretary Deb Haaland says ‘of course’ she would serve as Interior secretary under Biden MORE (D-N.M.) for the Interior secretary post, sources told The Hill

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