• In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo speaks at an event in Providence, R.I. (David Goldman/AP)
    Senate votes to confirm Biden pick as commerce secretary

    The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to confirm Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to serve as President Joe Biden’s commerce secretary and help guide the economy's recovery during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

  • In this Oct. 5, 2020, file photo, a flashing sign near the iconic
    Watchdog agency says 2020 census is still on high-risk list

    A watchdog agency on Tuesday again classified the 2020 census as high risk because of efforts last fall by the Trump administration to shorten the door-knocking and data-processing phases of the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident.

  • United States Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy looks on during a Feb. 24, 2021, House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)
    Biden nominates 3 to postal board as delays persist

    If confirmed by the Senate, the Board of Governors nominees would bring additional Democratic scrutiny on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major GOP donor whose tenure has been mired by slow service and politicization.

  • The headquarters of the United States Postal Service (USPS) is seen in Washington on Aug. 18, 2020. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)
    Election of Democratic chair portends change at post office

    A former labor leader and Obama administration official was elected Tuesday to serve as chair of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, marking the first step in a potential shakeup under President Joe Biden.

  • This April 5, 2020, photo shows an envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. (Paul Sancya/AP)
    Litigants take more cooperative approach in census lawsuit

    A coalition of counties, cities, tribal governments and advocacy groups sued the Trump administration last year in order to stop the census from ending early out of concern that a shortened head count would cause minority communities to be undercounted.

  • Law enforcement officers walk near the entrance to an apartment complex where a shooting wounded several FBI agents while serving an arrest warrant, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Sunrise, Fla. (Marta Lavandier/AP)
    FBI: 2 agents killed, 3 wounded, suspect dead in Florida

    The shooting killed and wounded several FBI agents while serving an arrest warrant in a child exploitation case, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.