Biden facing growing pressure over secretary of defense pick

President-elect Joe Biden is facing escalating pressure from competing factions within his own party as he finalizes his choice for secretary of defense. Black leaders have encouraged the incoming president to select an African American to diversify what has so far been an all-white prospective Cabinet, while others are pushing him to appoint a woman to lead the Department of Defense for the first time. Meanwhile, a growing collection of progressives opposes the leading female contender, Michèle Flournoy, citing concerns about her record and private-sector associations. The competing pressures come weeks into Biden’s push to build an administration while trying to preserve the broad coalition that fueled his victory.

Maine just elected the nation's youngest House speaker

The oldest state in the nation now has the nation's youngest House speaker in modern history.At 28, Ryan Fecteau is also the first openly gay person in the Maine Legislature's most powerful role, according to Maine's House Clerk and the…

Trump announces full pardon for Michael Flynn in tweet

President Donald Trump has tweeted that he has "granted a Full Pardon" to former national security adviser Michael Flynn. "It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn…

Pennsylvania certifies Biden as winner of presidential vote

Pennsylvania officials say Democrat Joe Biden has been certified as the winner of the presidential vote in the state. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf tweeted Tuesday that the Pennsylvania State Department “certified the results of the November 3 election in Pennsylvania for president and vice president of the United States." Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar says in a news release that the state’s election officials and poll workers are “the true heroes of our democracy." Trump has made Pennsylvania a centerpiece of his unsuccessful legal attempts to invalidate the election results.