Newhouse offers statement on Inauguration of Joe Biden

WASHINGTON D.C. — Representative Dan Newhouse of Washington's Fourth Congressional District offered a statement in response to the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris today. “As President Biden takes his oath of office to become the…

President Trump releases farewell speech

In his farewell address, President Donald Trump said he will pray for the success of the next administration. The White House released excerpts of the video address ahead of its release Tuesday afternoon, a day ahead of President-elect Joe…

Biden, Harris take break from inaugural prep to mark MLK day

Two days from the inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are pitching in on Martin Luther King Jr. Day service projects. Their work comes as a militarized and jittery Washington prepares for a swearing-in that will play out under extraordinary security. Biden and his wife, Jill, joined an assembly line in a Philadelphia parking lot, filling food boxes for people in need. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris also took part in a service event in Washington. Some 25,000 National Guard troops were being dispatched across the city to bolster security. Monuments — including the King memorial — are closed to the public until after Wednesday’s inaugural events.

Mike Pence calls Kamala Harris to offer congratulations

Vice President Mike Pence has called Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to offer his congratulations. That's, according to two peoples familiar with the conversation who were granted anonymity to share details of a private conversation. One of the people familiar with the Thursday afternoon conversation described it as a “good call,” with Pence congratulating his successor and offering assistance. The call comes less than a week before President-elect Joe Biden and Harris are set to take office, next Wednesday. It marks the first contact between elected officials from the outgoing and incoming administrations.

Most major US airlines ban guns in luggage for DC flights

Airlines say they are stepping up security on flights to Washington before next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Delta, United, Alaska and American airlines said Thursday they will bar passengers flying to Washington from putting guns in checked bags. Other airlines announced more modest steps. American Airlines will stop serving alcohol on flights to and from the Washington area — a policy it imposed temporarily after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, key lawmakers and the head of the nation’s largest union of flight attendants are asking that anyone arrested in connection with the riot be put on the government's no-fly list. 

Vice President Mike Pence reacts to U.S. Capitol protests

WASHINGTON D.C. — Vice President Mike Pence tweeted his reaction to Trump supporters' protests at the U.S. Capitol today. The Vice President expressed his respect for peaceful protest, but says that this "attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated."…

Protesters swarm to Capitol, halt session on Biden victory

As demonstrators swarmed the U.S. Capitol, Congress has been forced to abruptly halt deliberations over Republican challenges to Joe Biden’s presidential victory. Republicans in a joint session of Congress were mounting their first formal challenge to Biden’s election win. Outside, meanwhile, demonstrators are protesting the joint session, which is to confirm Biden's victory in the Electoral College. The typically routine proceeding, required by law, was anything but ordinary. The president’s Republican allies plan to object to several states' election results. Many say they are heeding the pleas of the president's supporters’ to “fight for Trump.” 

Trump pressures powerless Pence on electoral count

President Donald Trump is trying to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to use powers he doesn't have to overturn the will of voters in a desperate and futile bid to undo President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the November election. Pence finds himself in the most precarious position of his tenure as he prepares to preside over Wednesday’s congressional tally of Electoral College votes. Beginning at 1 p.m., Pence’s role is to open the certificates of the electoral votes from each state and present them to the appointed “tellers” from the House and Senate in alphabetical order. And Pence has the task of announcing who's won the majority of votes for both president and vice president.

Census: Early analysis shows falsifying data was rare

Responding to criticism that a shortened schedule jeopardized data quality, the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday said less than a half percent of census takers interviewing households for the 2020 head count may have falsified their work, suggesting such problems were few and far between.

Census: Early analysis shows falsifying data was rare

The U.S. Census Bureau says less than a half percent of census takers interviewing households for the 2020 head count may have falsified their work, suggesting it was few and far between. The bureau released the figure Thursday in response to criticism that a shortened schedule was jeopardizing the data used for divvying up congressional seats among the states. The Census Bureau issued its statement after a report from their watchdog agency Wednesday that expressed concerns over lapses in quality control checks on the data collected from U.S. households. The Office of Inspector General says the Census Bureau failed to complete 355,000 re-interviews of households. 

Missouri senator to contest Electoral College win for Biden

A Republican senator says he'll object when Congress meets next week to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the election. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri says he'll protest the Electoral College certification because “some states, including notably Pennsylvania” didn't follow their election laws. A Biden spokeswoman is dismissing Hawley’s move as “antics” that will have no bearing on Biden being sworn in on Jan. 20. Hawley isn't giving specifics or evidence in the statement he released announcing his intentions. Hawley's move is likely to force votes in the House and Senate that would delay the certification of Biden’s win, but not change the outcome. 

Elections official threatened amid Trump loss anger

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Secretary of State’s Office has reported a threat made against a worker as efforts continue to intimidate elections officials and politicians for administering the vote that led to President Donald Trump’s loss. Republican Secretary…