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Trump worries European allies before inauguration

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WASHINGTON -- Even before he enters the White House on Friday, President-elect Donald Trump has signaled that his foreign policy could include a diminished Europe and an unfettered Russia, creating deep unease in many of America's traditional allies.

In recent days, he has called the North Atlantic Treaty Organization military alliance "...Read more

Supreme Court justices skeptical of deportation order against Bay Area burglar

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court, hearing arguments Tuesday in a California deportation case, signaled it may make it harder for the government to forcibly remove legal immigrants with certain kinds of crimes on their record.

The case involves a native Filipino and longtime legal resident of the Bay Area who was convicted of breaking into a ...Read more

Trump says low approval ratings are rigged

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President-elect Donald Trump accused approval rating polls of underestimating his support as he nears inauguration, tweeting early Tuesday morning that they were "rigged" against him.

"The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls," he wrote. "They are rigged just like before."

A new ...Read more

Trump says first day of his administration will be Monday, not his inauguration

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During the campaign, President-elect Donald Trump promised to roll back many of President Barack Obama's policies on day one of his administration, some of which can be swept away with a simple stroke of the pen.

Trump will officially become president after he delivers the oath of office at his inauguration on Friday, but it appears the ...Read more

Supreme Court to hear Missouri case on state money for religious institutions

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- What could prove to be a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case over whether state money can be used to aid religious institutions began with recycled tires and a children's playground in Missouri.

A grant program through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources repurposes tires and uses the scrap rubber for playgrounds. ...Read more

Trump meets with Martin Luther King Jr.'s oldest son on MLK Day

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Donald Trump met with Martin Luther King Jr.'s oldest son Monday to mark the national holiday commemorating the slain civil rights leader's work -- and discuss the president-elect's war of words with Georgia Rep. John Lewis over the weekend.

"First of all, I think that in the heat of emotion a lot of things get said on both sides," Martin ...Read more

After feud with a civil rights leader, Trump meets with Martin Luther King III

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump met with Martin Luther King III on Monday, a holiday commemorating the life of King's father, which this year was marked by Trump's quarrel with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a hero of the civil rights struggle.

King, the oldest surviving child of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., described the meeting at Trump Tower as ...Read more

Trump won't yet say who's giving money for his inauguration

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NEW YORK -- Donald Trump is keeping the names of the people and companies donating millions of dollars to his inauguration festivities next week secret –– a break from Republican and Democratic predecessors in the White House.

At least the last three presidents, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, disclosed the names of donors ...Read more

Trump's transition hits a rough patch, polls show

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WASHINGTON -- As a developer and a reality-TV star, Donald Trump seemed to believe there was no such thing as too much publicity.

As president-elect, he's finding that's not so.

Trump hasn't yet taken the oath of office, but judging by the latest polls, he's already started to wear out his welcome.

In the weeks immediately after the election,...Read more

CIA Director John Brennan takes aim at Donald Trump for his criticism of intelligence community

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WASHINGTON -- Adding another chapter to the intense conflict between Donald Trump and the intelligence community, CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday sharply criticized the incoming president for equating spy agencies to Nazi Germany and suggested that he needed to focus more seriously on the security issues facing the nation.

"What I think Mr....Read more

Trump White House considers moving news briefings

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WASHINGTON ––The incoming Trump administration is considering moving White House news briefings out of the West Wing to accommodate more than the "Washington media elite," President-elect Donald Trump's press secretary said.

"This is about greater accessibility, more people in the process," Sean Spicer said Sunday on Fox News. Involving ...Read more

Trump aide says ethics agency director should 'be careful' about comments

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's incoming chief of staff said Sunday that the top U.S. ethics official "ought to be careful" after publicly criticizing the president-elect's plan to step down from leading his businesses while keeping his ownership interests.

"That person is becoming extremely political," Reince Priebus said Sunday of Walter Shaub ...Read more

CIA director warns Trump as tensions rise with intelligence agencies

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WASHINGTON ––The outgoing CIA director Sunday called Donald Trump's comments about the U.S. intelligence community "outrageous" and suggested that the president-elect's attitude toward Russia reflected an incomplete understanding of that country's intentions.

The comments by John Brennan on "Fox News Sunday" came as tensions rise between ...Read more

Will workplace raids, a blunt weapon in earlier illegal-immigration battles, return under Trump?

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LOS ANGELES -- Sara Saravia arrived in the United States in 1981 and quickly got a piece of advice: Watch out for the men in uniforms. If they catch you, you'll find yourself back in El Salvador.

One afternoon, she sat in a restaurant when three men walked in. They wore uniforms. Saravia bolted.

"I left my tacos on the table and took off ...Read more

Despite Trump's criticism, Atlanta's crime statistics are difficult to quantify

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ATLANTA -- President-Elect Donald Trump's Saturday tweets criticizing Rep. John Lewis also hit on a continuing issue for Atlanta residents: The city's crime problems.

The president-elect pegged the Fifth District, which Lewis has represented in Congress for 30 years, as "crime-infested."

Crime statistics are notoriously complex, and open to ...Read more

Trump starts Martin Luther King weekend by attacking civil rights leader John Lewis

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WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump Saturday criticized as "all talk ... no action" Rep. John Lewis, who was repeatedly beaten and nearly lost his life in the long struggle for civil rights.

Trump's Twitter comments early Saturday about the Georgia congressman followed Lewis's assertion Friday that he did not see Trump as a "legitimate"...Read more

Anxieties, mixed views among Jews over Trump presidency

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PITTSBURGH -- The imminent presidential inauguration of Donald Trump has stirred anxieties in various racial and religious minority groups.

For the Jewish community, the tensions are unique because of mixed views on Trump's rightward turn on America's policy toward Israel, even as local Jews widely share revulsion over an outbreak of anti-...Read more

'Redskins' isn't the only racially disparaging name seeking US protection

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WASHINGTON -- The California-based Dykes on Bikes, a self-described group of lesbian motorcycle riders, has roared to the support of an Asian-American band called The Slants in a Supreme Court case about the ability to trademark offensive names.

The group, whose full name is the San Francisco Dykes on Bikes Motorcycle Contingent Inc., the group...Read more

Trump says sanctions on Russia will remain, at first

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President-elect Donald Trump would keep sanctions imposed by the Obama administration against Russia in place "for a period of time," he told the Wall Street Journal.

He said he would lift them should Russian President Vladimir Putin prove that he can be an ally.

"If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have ...Read more

Ethics chief scolded as Congress squares off over Trump's plans

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WASHINGTON -- An unusual rebuke of President-elect Donald Trump by the top U.S. ethics official has touched off a partisan clash in Congress, where lawmakers are preparing for battle over how Trump is handling potential conflicts of interest in his business empire.

In a letter Thursday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who chairs the ...Read more