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President Biden with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in January 2020. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

President Biden on Friday nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) to serve as ambassador to India, pending Senate confirmation.

Why it matters: This is one of a handful of high-profile picks for ambassadorships that Biden has made since taking office, and Garcetti may be dispatched amid a surge in COVID-19 infections in India.

  • Garcetti's confirmation would also come as the United State's second-largest city faces record homelessness and struggles with aging infrastructure.

The big picture: Biden also nominated the Obama Foundation's Bernadette Meehan for the ambassadorship to Chile.

  • He nominated Denise Campbell Bauer, who led Women for Biden during 2020 presidential election, for the post in Monaco and Peter D. Haas for Bangladesh.

Flashback: Garcetti considered running for president in 2020 and was later discussed as a potential member of Biden’s Cabinet last year before voluntarily removing himself in December.

  • Garcetti's prospects as a Cabinet member faded after a sexual harassment lawsuit was filed against one of his former aides by one of the mayor's longtime bodyguards.
  • The mayor was one of Biden's national campaign co-chairs and served on the committee that vetted his pool of vice presidential contenders.

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Biden nominates former Sen. Joe Donnelly as ambassador to the Vatican

Joe Donnelly. Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

President Biden has nominated former Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly to serve as ambassador to the Vatican, the White House announced Friday.

Why it matters: Donnelly, a former Indiana senator, served as co-chair of Catholics for Biden during the 2020 election and defended Biden's faith in an Indianapolis Star op-ed.

Updated 50 mins ago - Science

Nor'easter slams East Coast with flooding rain and powerful winds

A residential area in Middlesex County as floodwater from the nor'easter covers streets in New Jersey on Tuesday. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A monster storm was slamming the Northeast with record rainfall and powerful winds over Tuesday night — causing flash flooding that resulted in people having to be rescued in New Jersey and New York roads to close.

Threat level: All of southern New England westward to New York City and northern New Jersey was under the threat of flash flooding and coastal flooding from the nor'easter through Tuesday night into early Wednesday, per the National Weather Service.

55 mins ago - World

Blinken speaks with Sudan prime minister after his release

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok. Photo: Ebrahim Hamid/AFP via Getty Images

Secretary of State Tony Blinken spoke on the phone on Tuesday evening with Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok after the military released him from custody.

Why it matters: Hamdok’s release was a result of pressure on Sudan’s military leader General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan from the U.S. and other countries but also from the different political parties in Sudan and massive protests in the streets.

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