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Trump to preside over the richest Cabinet in U.S. history
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...
(Thu, 1 Dec 2016 15:50:00 PST)

Trump speaks with Taiwanese president, possibly provoking China
President-elect Donald Trump had a potentially provocative phone conversation Friday with Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan, which could upset delicate relations between the U.S. and the Chinese government. It is believed to be the first call between a president or president-elect with a Taiwanese...
(Fri, 2 Dec 2016 21:05:00 PST)

Trump and supporters ask courts to halt or block 3 state recounts
President-elect Donald Trump and his supporters went to court Friday to prevent or halt election recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, less than two weeks before the states would have to complete the tasks to meet a federal deadline to certify their election results.  The legal actions...
(Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:45:00 PST)

Jury reports it's deadlocked in the fatal police shooting of Walter Scott in South Carolina
The jury in the murder trial of Michael Slager, a white former North Charleston police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, informed a judge Friday it was unable to reach a unanimous decision. One juror is refusing to consider a conviction, according to the jury foreman....
(Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:30:00 PST)

Scott Brown wants to run the VA for Trump. He has a high-profile liberal supporter in Elizabeth Warren
Former Sen. Scott Brown won a surprising ally this week in his quest to become President-elect Donald Trump’s Veterans Affairs secretary: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Warren, a leader of the Democratic left and one of Trump’s sharpest-tongued critics, has been a longtime nemesis of Brown....
(Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:35:00 PST)

Trump's pick of James Mattis to head the Pentagon sets up a spat in Congress
Donald Trump's pick of retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis as secretary of Defense has started a debate in Congress over civilian control of the military that will shadow his confirmation. Mattis retired from the Marines in 2013 and federal law specifically bars anyone who served in uniform in...
(Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:50:00 PST)

Billionaires and generals as the transition takes shape
Donald Trump is now a bit more than three weeks into the most unexpected presidential transition in decades, and a few patterns have emerged: The president-elect likes to keep people guessing. He has a fondness for peers from the ranks of the super-wealthy. And he has gravitated toward Cabinet...
(Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:30:00 PST)

Health spending went up last year because more people were getting care, report says
Health spending in the U.S. picked up again in 2015, but the growth was driven largely by millions of Americans getting coverage through the Affordable Care Act, rather than price increases for care, according to a new government report that tracks the nation’s overall healthcare tab. The 5.8%...
(Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:00:00 PST)

House passes $611 billion policy defense bill by wide margin
The Republican-led House on Friday overwhelmingly backed a $611 billion defense policy bill that rejects a number of President Barack Obama's key proposals for managing the nation's vast military enterprise. Lawmakers passed the legislative package, 375-34. The bill now goes to the Senate, where...
(Fri, 2 Dec 2016 09:20:00 PST)

Donald Trump extends campaign season to the transition phase with a thank-you rally in Ohio
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:...
(Thu, 1 Dec 2016 18:25:00 PST)

Trump picks retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as Defense secretary
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...
(Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:35:00 PST)

Immigration detainees should be held in for-profit prisons, panel says
Immigration authorities should continue holding people accused of immigration violations in for-profit prisons despite complaints about safety and other problems, a Department of Homeland Security review panel has concluded after examining the issue. Privately run detention facilities have long...
(Thu, 1 Dec 2016 15:50:00 PST)

Trump's trip to Carrier plant helps buff his image and distract from controversies too
Donald Trump’s trip to Indiana on Thursday showcased him as the president he promised he’d be, a benevolent billionaire working successfully to salvage almost 1,000 American jobs that had been destined to move to Mexico before he interceded. Trump has honed that image daily with his effervescent...
(Thu, 1 Dec 2016 14:25:00 PST)

Chicago tops 700 homicides - bloodiest year in decades with a month to go in 2016
In a year of relentless violence, Chicago this week hit another gruesome milestone, exceeding 700 homicides for the first time in nearly two decades, according to Police Department records. The 700-mark was reached when a 25-year-old man was fatally shot about 6:20 a.m. Wednesday in the Burnside...
(Thu, 1 Dec 2016 13:10:00 PST)

Trump promised to repeal Obamacare, but it turns out Americans like most of it, a poll finds
Despite sharp partisan differences over the Affordable Care Act, Democrats and Republicans, including voters who backed President-elect Donald Trump, strongly support most of the law’s key provisions, a new national poll indicates. And although most Trump voters still favor repealing the law, often...
(Thu, 1 Dec 2016 00:05:00 PST)

House approves sprawling bill that would expand medical research
The House overwhelmingly backed broad legislation Tuesday to increase federal support for medical research, advancing a long-anticipated bill that is expected to clear the Senate soon and get President Obama’s signature. The $6.3-billion bill — known as the 21st Century Cures Act — attracted strong...
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:35:00 PST)

Supreme Court weighs rules for jailing immigrants who are fighting deportation
Facing the likelihood of dramatically stepped-up deportations under a President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court justices sounded closely split Wednesday over whether the government can indefinitely jail immigrants with criminal convictions while they fight legal efforts to remove them from the...
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:40:00 PST)

Rain finally comes to fire-ravaged Tennessee - along with tornadoes, mudslides and the threat of floods
At long last, rain fell on the scorched Appalachian town of Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Wednesday after savage wildfires blazed across eastern Tennessee, killing seven people, forcing thousands to evacuate and burning hundreds of homes to the ground. Yet even as rainstorms helped firefighters douse the...
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:40:00 PST)

CIA chief warns Trump that scrapping Iran deal would be 'disastrous'
Senior U.S. intelligence officials are increasingly concerned that President-elect Donald Trump’s threats to dismantle the Iran nuclear deal would bolster hard-liners in Tehran and spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Over the last month, U.S. intelligence analysts have written secret...
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:55:00 PST)

After beating back rival for House leadership post, Nancy Pelosi says Democrats are ready for Trump
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has done it again, fending off a rival to win another term as minority leader and confirming her staying power as the party prepares to confront President-elect Donald Trump. The San Francisco Democrat has beaten back ouster attempts before. But this year’s...
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:45:00 PST)

Trump says he saved American jobs, but he hasn't shown how he can turn the victory into policy
President-elect Donald Trump’s newly announced agreement to save more than 1,000 jobs in Indiana gave him the kind of trophy he covets: a tangible victory that matches his campaign promise to serve as deal maker in chief. But its long-term value will depend on what Trump gave up to keep those factory...
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:35:00 PST)

Trump taps Wall Street executive and Hollywood producer Steven Mnuchin for Treasury secretary
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Steven Mnuchin, a wealthy Wall Street executive and Hollywood movie producer who served as his campaign finance chairman, to be the next Treasury secretary. Although there was no official announcement, Mnuchin confirmed the appointment Wednesday morning during...
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:35:00 PST)

Trump names billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as Commerce secretary
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen billionaire financier Wilbur Ross, known as the king of bankruptcy for his investments in distressed properties, to serve as Commerce secretary. Although there was no official announcement, Ross confirmed the appointment during an interview Wednesday morning...
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:50:00 PST)

Trump pledged to protect Medicare. His choice for health secretary has other ideas
President-elect Donald Trump reassured voters during his insurgent political campaign that he would protect Medicare, Social Security and other popular federal assistance programs. But in tapping Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to be his Health and Human Services secretary, he has elevated one of the most...
(Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:25:00 PST)

Are you Muslim American? We want to hear your thoughts on Trump's presidency
A slew of letters sent to at least five mosques in California is the latest in a surge of Islamophobia that's hit the nation since Donald Trump was declared the president-elect. The letters, addressed to the "Children of Satan" and signed by a group that calls itself "Americans for a Better Way,"...
(Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:10:00 PST)

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