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President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, appears before a Senate panel Tuesday to begin his confirmation process.

Mayorkas, who would be the first Latino and first immigrant to lead that Department, was previously the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a DHS agency, during the Obama administration. He then served as deputy secretary of DHS.

Watch the hearing live beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

President-elect Joe Biden is nominating Pennsylvania health expert Dr. Rachel Levine to be assistant secretary for health in the department of Health and Human Services, in a move that could make Levine the first openly transgender federal official to win Senate confirmation.

Levine is currently the secretary of health in Pennsylvania, where she leads the state's fight against COVID-19. She is also professor at the Penn State College of Medicine. Levine began her medical career as a pediatrician, at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

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Authorities at the U.S. Capitol are on high alert. NPR's Noel King talks to National Guard Vice Chief Lt. Gen. Marc Sasseville about how the guard is helping to secure Inauguration Day events.

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Montana Evening Edition 05-31-2013

May 31, 2013

Capitol reporter Dan Boyce talks about Governor Steve Bullock reaching out to lawmakers to uphold his vetoes. In our feature interview, reporter Edward O'Brien follows up with the CEO of the Montana Food Bank Network and talks about why summer may be a time of difficulty for many families.

Montana Evening Edition 05-30-2013

May 30, 2013

Capitol reporter Dan Boyce talks with opponents of the new abortion law who hope courts will find it an invasion of privacy. Flathead reporter Katrin Frye discusses the Glacier Institute's alternative energy project. Reporter Edward O'Brien talks with a University of Montana professor about a study done by a group of cyclists whose record-breaking ride drew some conventional assumptions.

Montana Evening Edition 05-29-2013

May 29, 2013

An early morning house fire injures two and kills at least 16 pets. Capitol reporter Dan Boyce on legislative efforts to override vetoes and Edward O'Brien talks with Yellowstone National Park's geologist about what scientists know - and don't know -about the geothermal system under the Old Faithful area.