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What's it like in the lobby of Trump Tower when the circus comes to town?

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NEW YORK -- Canadian Karen Levy, 45, arrived here for a weekend getaway armed with a to-do list: Go out for dinner at world-class restaurants, catch a Broadway show and visit the city's latest tourist attraction -- Trump Tower.

In the weeks since Election Day, the home and office of the celebrity-turned-45th president has become the place to ...Read more

Trump's already told us all he has to about his finances until after 1st year in office

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump isn't legally obligated to tell Americans anything more about his finances until well into his presidency.

While he will be trying to push a major economic agenda through Congress in 2017 likely to include tax cuts and trade polices that could affect his own interests, he won't have to publicly file a new financial ...Read more

Even elite campaign aides still aren't sure why Donald Trump succeeded

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Baffled at times and often bitter, more than two dozen of the country's top political operatives grappled with questions that have dominated American politics for 18 months: What explains Donald Trump's astonishing political success and what, if anything, could they have done to stop it?

Campaign managers for Trump's ...Read more

Kobach was a source of Trump's unfounded voter fraud allegation, Conway says

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Donald Trump's campaign manager said Friday that a source of the Republican's unfounded allegation that millions voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Kellyanne Conway, the Trump-Pence campaign manager who has continued to help the president-elect during the transition, ...Read more

Michigan AG moves to halt presidential recount

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LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette wants the Michigan Supreme Court to halt a presidential recount in Michigan before it begins.

In a court action filed Friday, Schuette echoes arguments made for President-elect Donald Trump, arguing Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who received just over 1 percent of the vote in ...Read more

Senate Democrats' hopes for populist alliance with Trump fizzle

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WASHINGTON -- For U.S. Senate progressives like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, the possibility of working with a populist Donald Trump on at least a few liberal goals was nice while it lasted.

Now they're attacking the Republican president-elect's nomination of Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin for Treasury secretary. They're ...Read more

Patty Murray, other Senate Dems prepare to fight Trump's nominees

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U.S. Sen. Patty Murray is sounding an alarm over how the Cabinet picks of President-elect Donald Trump could roll back health-care laws, restrict abortion and even privatize Medicare.

But Murray and other Senate Democrats may not be able to do much to obstruct Trump nominees -- in part because of a change to filibuster rules Democrats ...Read more

Here are 4 government programs Trump's team wants to privatize

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump was not the kind of presidential candidate who lays out the finer details of his policies on the campaign trail.

Now, as the president-elect assembles his government, the people he is choosing to run it provide a clearer picture of the policies his administration will pursue. Among them are a lot of plans to privatize...Read more

Presidential recount kicks off in Wisconsin

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MILWAUKEE -- An army of county clerks and election workers across Wisconsin began the 13-day race Thursday to recount nearly 3 million presidential ballots in the nation's first statewide presidential recount since 2004.

President-elect Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by some 22,000 votes in Wisconsin and most experts say the ...Read more

Trump taps retired Gen. 'Mad Dog' Mattis as defense secretary

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WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump will nominate retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, who led operations across the Middle East, to be secretary of defense.

Mattis, 66, served in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than four decades. Originally from Pullman, Wash., he enlisted in 1969 and went on to serve in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. He ...Read more

Donald Trump extends campaign season to transition phase with thank-you rally in Ohio

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The election had been over for more than three weeks when President-elect Donald Trump took the stage Thursday night in Cincinnati, but inside the arena it was like the campaign had never ended.

Supporters chanted familiar slogans about Hillary Clinton -- "Lock her up" -- and illegal immigration: "Build the wall." They booed the media when ...Read more

Trump and Clinton campaign aides clash at Harvard forum

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Hillary Clinton's senior campaign strategist did not mince his words Thursday when confronted by top staffers of President-elect Donald Trump: He doesn't have a voter mandate.

"You guys won. That's clear. You won the Electoral College, that's the currency," Clinton strategist Joel Benenson said during a contentious three-...Read more

Trump picks retired Gen. James Mattis as defense secretary

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WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump has chosen James N. Mattis, a highly respected retired Marine four-star general, to head the Defense Department, filling in a critical national security position in the emerging Cabinet.

Mattis served 44 years in the Marine Corps before he retired in 2013. He headed U.S. Central Command in his final ...Read more

Goldman's Gary Cohn said to meet with Trump's team this weekend

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NEW YORK -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc. President Gary Cohn is scheduled to meet with President-elect Donald Trump's transition team this weekend amid growing speculation the longtime banker is seeking to leave Wall Street for a government job, according to people with knowledge of matter.

Since his initial meeting with Trump on Tuesday, a swirl ...Read more

Trump to preside over the richest Cabinet in US history

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WASHINGTON -- Dwight Eisenhower surrounded himself in the White House with such wealthy individuals that his Cabinet was mockingly referred to as "nine millionaires and a plumber."

President-elect Donald Trump is about to do him one better.

Trump won the election by appealing to America's disaffected working class, promising to drain the ...Read more

Philadelphia officials OK recount of some ballots but reject voting-machine audit

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia city commissioners have agreed to recount some ballots cast in the city, as requested by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, but rejected a forensic audit of how those voting machines work.

The commissioners, in a brief meeting Thursday, agreed to start recounting on Friday ballots in 75 divisions ...Read more

Rep. Joe Barton falls short in bid to lead powerful Energy and Commerce Committee

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Barton is the senior member of the Texas Republican delegation in Congress, but he failed to win back a powerful committee chair post he held during the George W. Bush administration.

Barton was seeking to lead the House Energy and Commerce Committee, a group of lawmakers who oversee a broad array of legislation related to ...Read more

Analysis: Trump's new announcements help him look good while distracting from controversies

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Donald Trump arrived Thursday in Indiana to tout the saving of about 1,000 American jobs -- and to add yet more positive shine to an image honed daily with his effervescent use of social media.

Trump claimed this week on Twitter that he'd persuaded the Carrier heating and air conditioning firm to retain many of the jobs it planned to send to ...Read more

Trump says he never really meant to promise that Carrier jobs would return

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WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday that he never really meant to promise that he would bring jobs back that Carrier, the heating and cooling company, had promised this year to ship to Mexico.

"That was a euphemism," Trump said, meaning he was treating the company as a proxy for U.S. manufacturers that send jobs abroad. "I ...Read more

Democratic Sen. Heitkamp to talk Cabinet post with Trump

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WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump is considering adding North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to his Cabinet, and will meet with her on Friday in New York.

So far, the incoming chief executive has picked all Republicans to head federal departments and agencies. Presidents of both parties have in the past tried to get at least one...Read more