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Tensions erupt between Trump and the CIA over claims Russia hacked US during the 2016 campaign

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WASHINGTON -- Tensions between Donald Trump and U.S. intelligence officials boiled over Saturday as Trump's transition team mockingly compared a secret CIA assessment that Russia tried to sway the U.S. election in Trump's favor to the agency's historic misjudgments on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

The widening public rift between the ...Read more

Trump poised to pick an oil tycoon with ties to Russia as secretary of State, reports say

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WASHINGTON -- In a decision that could alter U.S. relations with one of its principal rivals, President-elect Donald Trump is expected to choose Rex Tillerson, a powerful oil tycoon with close ties to Russia's president, as secretary of State, according to media reports.

Tillerson, chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp., one of the largest ...Read more

Protesters rally against Trump before Army-Navy game

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BALTIMORE -- Nearly two hundred people marched around M&T Bank Stadium Saturday to protest the appearance of President-elect Donald Trump at the Army-Navy football game.

Demonstrators denounced the Republican's positions and rhetoric on immigration and minorities. Trump campaigned on promises to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, build...Read more

Constitution's ban on foreign gifts hangs over Trump's business interests

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WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump is set to take an oath next month to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

But a previously obscure provision in the nation's founding document has now become the focus of special attention because of Trump's worldwide real estate holdings and business ventures.

Known ...Read more

Judge: Wisconsin recount will go forward

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MILWAUKEE -- A federal judge declined to stop Wisconsin's presidential recount Friday, clearing the way for the tally to finish here on Sunday or Monday and to meet a federal deadline.

In rejecting a plea from supporters of Republican President-elect Donald Trump, U.S. District Judge James Peterson in Madison said he saw no legal basis for ...Read more

The campaign is over, but Donald Trump still likes his rallies

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Donald Trump has now been president-elect for a month. He celebrated Friday with not one, but two public rallies.

"There has never been a movement like this," the man who will become the nation's 45th president exalted as he basked in the adulation of supporters in Baton Rouge, La.

Considering the challenges before an ...Read more

Trump looks to oil industry ally, GOP stalwart to run Interior Department

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WASHINGTON-- Donald Trump is expected to choose Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, a Republican leader and an advocate for more oil and gas drilling on federal lands, to head the Interior Department.

McMorris Rodgers, the highest ranking Republican woman in the House, would take over a 70,000-person agency that manages hundreds of...Read more

Clinton won as many votes as Obama in 2012 — just not in the states where she needed them most

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WASHINGTON -- The final results of the 2016 presidential election look like this: Hillary Clinton got roughly the same number of votes that President Barack Obama received when he was re-elected four years, but she nonetheless lost to Donald Trump, who came in at least 2.7 million votes behind her.

That's a highly unusual outcome -- the biggest...Read more

Rudy Giuliani won't be joining Trump administration

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WASHINGTON -- Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, the combative and fiercely loyal Donald Trump surrogate who was widely expected to play a major role in the new administration, has taken himself out of the running for a Cabinet post.

The announcement from Trump's transition team came Friday, as the president-elect was still widely ...Read more

Philly judge: Decision coming Monday on Stein's petition for statewide recount

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PHILADELPHIA -- A federal judge in Philadelphia will rule Monday on the Green Party-backed petition for a Pennsylvania recount, leaving just one day before the state needs to certify its presidential vote total for the Electoral College.

Judge Paul Diamond signaled his plan after a Friday afternoon hearing in which supporters of Green Party ...Read more

Obama orders 'deep dive' into Russia election role, but public may never know results

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has ordered a "full review" of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, but the report may not be made public, a top White House official said Friday.

The report will be finished before Obama leaves office Jan. 20, said the president's adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism, Lisa Monaco, ...Read more

Rep. McMorris Rodgers is in running for Interior secretary, but Trump still interviewing

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WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump is considering Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., to head the Interior Department, a job that could put her in charge of nearly 500 million acres of public land and nearly 70,000 federal employees.

Trump has not made a decision and is still considering other applicants, a senior transition official ...Read more

Obama orders full review of Russian hacking during the 2016 election

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has ordered a "full review" of computer hacks and leaks that U.S. intelligence agencies say were aimed at disrupting this year's presidential election, a top White House official said Friday.

The disclosure came after President-elect Donald Trump again dismissed an assessment by the 17 U.S. intelligence ...Read more

Michigan Supreme Court justices recuse themselves from recount case

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DETROIT -- Two of Michigan's Supreme Court justices -- Robert Young and Joan Larsen -- have recused themselves from considering a case involving the recount of nearly 4.8 million ballots cast for president in November.

The two are included on a list of potential appointees to the U.S. Supreme Court that president-elect Donald Trump revealed ...Read more

Estate tax repeal under Trump would benefit president, Cabinet

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WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump, who won the hearts and minds of millions of working-class voters, may help deliver a multibillion-dollar bonanza to America's wealthiest families.

The Manhattan businessman's election offers congressional Republicans their best chance in years to eliminate the estate tax, which he and others call the ...Read more

Trump's Labor secretary pick Puzder supported immigration reform

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WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of Labor Andrew Puzder praised immigration reform in the past and criticized border security as a waste of money, which is drawing criticism from some Trump supporters.

During a Q&A in 2013 at the American Enterprise Institute, Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns Carl's Jr. ...Read more

Trump era brings moment of truth for Republican spending hawks

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WASHINGTON -- The most conservative House Republicans helped shut down the government and oust their own speaker in pursuit of cutting U.S. spending. Now they must decide whether to fight to hold Donald Trump to the same standard.

It's potentially a risky move after the president-elect carried most of their districts by significant margins. ...Read more

Student debtors, this Trump ally wants to be your friend

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Watch out, Elizabeth Warren: A Republican lawmaker who's also a senior member of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team appears to be vying for the title of Congressional champion of student debtors.

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed this week formally endorsed a law originally proposed by House Democrats. Though a long shot, the bill would do more ...Read more

Analysis: Trump's EPA pick reveals triumph of politics over science

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NEW YORK -- For many Americans, the phrase "climate change" has become little more than a trigger for expressing political identity. For some, science evidence, and facts are now beside the point.

Dan Kahan, a professor of law and psychology at Yale University, has formally posited what some may already suspect. America is not just a victim of ...Read more

Trump to nominate former St. Louis lawyer and fast-food executive as labor secretary

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WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday he would nominate St. Louis lawyer Andrew "Andy" Puzder, the current CEO of the fast-food chain CKE Restaurants, to be the next labor secretary.

Trump told The Associated Press that Puzder "will fight to make American workers safer and more prosperous by enforcing fair occupational safety...Read more