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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Donald Trump | The Guardian: Biden introduces vaccine pledge as US Covid cases soar past 15 million – live updates


The president-elect will introduce retired four-star General Lloyd J. Austin III as his nominee for Secretary of Defense at 2:30pm today. We also have the suggestion that Joe Biden has reportedly selected Ohio congresswoman Marcia Fudge as his housing and urban development secretary and and the former agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack to reprise that role in his administration.

Fudge was first elected to Congress in 2008 to represent a district that includes Cleveland, and is a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Vilsack spent eight years as head of the US Department of Agriculture during the Obama administration and served two terms as Iowa governor.

Related: Biden cabinet: Marcia Fudge reportedly tapped for housing and Tom Vilsack for agriculture

Peter Baker at the New York Times was also struck by the extreme contrast between the two events yesterday. He writes:

Rarely has there been a single hour on a single day that saw such discordant messages emanating from Washington in a time of national crisis. In the middle of a transition of power that has already proved more unsettling than any in more than a century, the departing and incoming presidents on Tuesday offered the American people vastly divergent assessments of the state of their union.

“We’re here to discuss a monumental national achievement,” President Trump boasted on one screen. “From the instant the coronavirus invaded our shores, we raced into action.”

And here’s that clip of Joe Biden yesterday pledging he would aim for 100 million vaccine shots for Americans within the first 100 days of his presidency.

A staple of Star Trek storylines is alternative realities: someone slipping through a wormhole into a parallel universe where history took a radically different turn. Cable news viewers went through the wormhole at 2pm on Tuesday: two captains, two crews, two languages (one English, the other Klingon).

Those watching CNN and MSNBC could see a sombre president-elect, Joe Biden, opening his remarks by acknowledging the terrible Covid-19 death toll (more than 285,000 in the US), setting out an ambitious vision for his first hundred days in office (“Masking. Vaccinations. Opening schools”) and unveiling a healthcare team heavy on experience, science and diversity.

Related: Trump’s ‘Warp Speed’ vaccine summit zooms into alternative reality | David Smith’s sketch

Welcome to today’s coverage of US politics, as the nation reached the grim 15 million milestone of coronavirus cases. Here’s a catch up on where we are, and what we might expect to see today

Related: Biden pledges ‘100m shots in 100 days’ as he introduces health team

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