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Biden touts defense secretary nominee; Hunter Biden’s taxes under investigation

President-elect Joe Biden nominated Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III as defense secretary on Dec. 12, and asked Congress to approve a waiver to allow him to serve. (Video: The Washington Post)

President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday touted retired Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, his nominee to lead the Defense Department, as “the right person for this job at the right moment” at an event in Wilmington, Del. Biden’s remarks come as he accelerates his efforts to fill top-level positions in his incoming administration.

Biden’s son Hunter said in a statement that the U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware is investigating his “tax affairs." He said he handled everything “legally and appropriately.”

President Trump is continuing to falsely claim that he won the election even as he and his allies rack up more losses in court battles, including one Tuesday at the Supreme Court. Trump has advertised no public appearances Wednesday but has been tweeting grievances about the election.

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Biden has ­selected Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio) as his secretary of housing and urban development and plans to name former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary, a job he held during the Obama administration.
The Supreme Court denied a last-minute attempt by Trump’s allies to overturn the election results in Pennsylvania, a blow to the president’s continuing efforts to reverse his loss to Biden.
The Nevada Supreme Court unanimously rejected an appeal from Trump’s campaign to overturn the state’s election results.
The president continues to question the election, but here are the facts about Joe Biden’s victory and claims being made.

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