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Biden picks Denis McDonough for Veterans Affairs, Susan Rice for top domestic policy job

On Dec. 9, 2020, President-elect Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden said the U.S. attorney's office in Delaware was investigating his tax affairs. (Video: Reuters)

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Denis McDonough, a former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, and he has picked Susan E. Rice, Obama’s former national security adviser, to run the White House Domestic Policy Council.

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Earlier Thursday, Biden’s team announced that he will travel next week to Georgia to campaign for the two Democratic candidates whose runoff elections next month will effectively determine which party controls the Senate for at least the first two years of Biden’s term.

President Trump, who continues to insist that he won the election, held a White House luncheon Thursday for a group of Republican state attorneys general, most of whom are supporting a long-shot lawsuit aimed at undoing Biden’s victory. A total of 106 House Republicans on Thursday signed on to an amicus brief backing the lawsuit.

Here’s what to know:

  • Attorneys general in 17 states won by Trump asked the Supreme Court to take up a Texas lawsuit that calls for unprecedented judicial intervention in the presidential election — disallowing the results from four swing states that went for Biden.
  • Trump is shifting his focus to Congress after the courts roundly rejected his bid to overturn the results of the election, pressuring congressional Republicans into taking a final stand to keep him in power.
  • Federal prosecutors have been investigating Hunter Biden, the president-elect’s son, to determine whether he failed to report income from China-related business deals.
  • Biden’s top advisers have asked at least one outside advocacy group for input about Sen. Doug Jones as a potential attorney general, one indication that his team is giving serious consideration to the Alabama Democrat as the nation’s top law enforcement official.
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