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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

Pa. county orders hand recount of paper ballots for presidential, US Senate races

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PHILADELPHIA -- Chester County on Thursday ordered a hand recount of 190,462 paper ballots cast in last month's election, as former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein continues her bid for a statewide recount.

The county's Board of Elections, which consists of the three county commissioners, ruled that the Department of Voter ...Read more

Stein using Pa. recount effort to 'line her pockets,' Trump lawyer says

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NEW YORK -- Former Green Party candidate Jill Stein is using her Pennsylvania recount effort to "line her pockets" with cash from fearful supporters, President-elect Donald Trump's lawyer said in a court filing.

Stein, who garnered 1 percent of the state's votes, is raising funds from people she "scared into believing that Pennsylvania's ...Read more

Did Al Gore get played? Engaging with Trump brings risk for the left

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WASHINGTON -- When Al Gore emerged from his surprise meeting at Trump Tower earlier this week to suggest the president-elect was a good listener and maybe was keeping an open mind on climate change, there was hardly universal relief on the left. But there was a lot of suspicion that Gore had been played.

Within 48 hours, Donald Trump deepened ...Read more

Congress is wrapping up the session without much drama, leaving budget fight for spring

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WASHINGTON -- Congress is setting up the next budget showdown for early in Donald Trump's new administration, agreeing on a stopgap measure to fund the government only through April 28.

The House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the temporary spending bill, ending its work for the session as lawmakers dashed off for the holidays.

Final ...Read more

Clinton says 'fake news' is putting Americans' lives at risk

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton, making her first visit to the Capitol since losing the presidential election to Donald Trump, said "fake news" is putting people's lives at risk and that Americans need to address the problem to protect the nation's democracy.

"This isn't about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk," Clinton said Thursday at...Read more

Trump picks fast-food executive to lead Labor Department

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WASHINGTON -- Fast-food executive Andrew Puzder, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to be the next Labor Department secretary, turned around the Southern California-based parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's with help from scantily clad women hawking oversized burgers in racy ads.

More recently, he's raised his own profile by becoming an ...Read more

Judge rejects Green Party bid for voting machine examination in Pa. county

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PITTSBURGH -- Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Joseph James has rejected a bid by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein to forensically examine voting machines in Allegheny County.

In a brief opinion, Judge James noted that an attorney for Stein's campaign, Douglas Lieb, had argued for such an examination during a Dec. 2 hearing. But...Read more

Trump called 'risk factor' in company filings

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CHICAGO -- In the list of potential risk factors that companies include in their regulatory filings, a new one has surfaced: Donald Trump.

Methode Electronics, a Chicago-based designer and maker of parts for automotive, appliance and other industries, on Thursday added the president-elect to its list of potential "risk factors." Disclosures of ...Read more

House approves California water plan that splits state's Democratic senators

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WASHINGTON -- The House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the biggest federal reset of California water use in a generation, setting the stage for easier dam-building, more recycling and potentially happier Central Valley farmers.

By a 360-61 vote that divided California representatives, the House approved the drought-inspired California ...Read more

Special education case at Supreme Court could prove costly for schools

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court review of a battle between the parents of an autistic child and his Colorado school district could help raise the standards of education for some of the more than 6 million disabled schoolchildren across the United States. But it could also prove expensive for already cash-strapped school districts.

Federal law ...Read more

Analysis: Why Trump's focus on labor-participation drop is a losing battle

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WASHINGTON -- On the day the U.S. government reported that unemployment dropped to a nine-year low, Donald Trump's team turned the spotlight on a depressed participation rate to highlight weakness that the president-elect's policies can turn around.

That will be a tough, if not insurmountable, challenge.

"A decline in the labor force ...Read more

DiCaprio meets with Trump to discuss environmentally friendly job creation

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Add Leonardo DiCaprio to the list of people who've come to Trump Tower to meet with President-elect Donald Trump. The subject: green jobs.

The Oscar winner, who's known for his environmental advocacy as well as his support of Hillary Clinton, connected with the next commander in chief on Wednesday in New York City, the chief executive of the ...Read more

Trump's lead in Wisconsin barely changes as Wisconsin's recount continues

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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin's presidential recount is 70 percent done but the effort has resulted in almost no change to President-elect Donald Trump's winning margin in the state, election officials said.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission said Democrat Hillary Clinton has gained 82 votes so far on Trump, a Republican who won the Nov. 8 ...Read more

Judge denies Jill Stein's request for audit of Philly voting machines

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PHILADELPHIA -- A Philadelphia judge has denied Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein's request for a forensic audit of voting machines used in the city.

Common Pleas Court Judge Abbe Fletman, in a written opinion issued Wednesday, said Stein "is mistaken" in her claim that the state Election Code gives her a right to the audit she ...Read more