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Trump moves to quickly fill his top Cabinet ranks
News ImageBy Emily Stephenson NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said he expected to have most members of his Cabinet announced next week, interviewing more candidates at Trump Tower for top jobs in his administration as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20. Trump is still weighing who to choose as secretary of state. The Republican president-elect said on Thursday he had chosen retired Marine Corps General James Mattis as defense secretary and would make a formal announcement on that on Monday.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:31:08 -0500
U.S. president-elect, in break with practice, speaks to Taiwan's leader
News ImageBy David Brunnstrom and Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone on Friday with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, a transition team spokeswoman said, in a move likely to infuriate China and expected to complicate relations. The call, confirmed by Trump transition spokeswoman Hope Hicks, was the first such contact with Taiwan by a president-elect or president since President Jimmy Carter adopted a one-China policy in 1979. The transition team later issued a statement saying that the two had noted that "close economic, political and security ties exist between Taiwan and the United States." An official of Taiwan's representative office in Washington could not confirm the call but said it would be "historic" and the first contact between U.S. and Taiwanese leaders since diplomatic ties were severed in 1979 and Washington established official ties with Beijing.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:59:44 -0500
Mattis likely to become defense secretary, despite Democrats' concerns
News ImageBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress is expected to approve President-elect Donald Trump's choice of retired Marine Corps General James "Mad Dog" Mattis as secretary of defense, despite Democratic concerns that it ignores a long tradition of civilian control of the military. For Mattis to be confirmed, the Senate and the House of Representatives both must pass a waiver exempting him from a law written when the Department of Defense was created to ensure that the military is under civilian command.Legislators have granted such a waiver only once, in 1950, when Congress passed an act that allowed General George Marshall, who had retired in 1945, to serve as Pentagon chief.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:39:38 -0500
Trump supporters try to block vote recounts in three states
File photo of Michigan Attorney General William "Bill" Schuette speaks as federal officials announce the indictment of the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in BostonNEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump moved on Friday to halt the Green Party's requests for long-shot recounts of the presidential votes in three states where Trump, a Republican, won with narrow victories. Lawsuits were pending in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, three "Rust Belt" states which bucked their history of supporting Democrats and gave Trump thin wins in the Nov. 8 election. The Green Party has said its requests for recounts in those states are focused on ensuring the integrity of the U.S. voting system and not on changing the result of the election.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:25:31 -0500
Howard Dean drops out of Democratic leadership race, leaving Keith Ellison as the frontrunner
News ImageRep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., speaks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Monday, July 25, 2016. Rep. Keith Ellisons bid to lead the Democratic National Committee got a shot in the arm Friday afternoon, as his chief rival for the spot, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, announced he was getting out of the race. One of the problems we had in this election is weve got to connect more with young people and that means not having faces like mine, said Dean, 68, who ran as a presidential candidate in 2004, and led the DNC between 2005 and 2009.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:59:10 -0500
Trumps truth: the dinner-table standard
Call it the Lewandowski Doctrine: the proposition that in evaluating the statements of a candidate for president of the United States, the proper standard to apply is, How would this sound coming from my brother-in-law at the kitchen table? Specifically, Lewandowski, Donald Trumps former campaign manager, speaking at a forum Thursday night at Harvard Universitys Kennedy School of Government, was criticizing what he considered the medias myopic focus on the accuracy of Trumps statements during the campaign. You guys took everything that Donald Trump said so literally, Lewandowski said. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:29:20 -0500
Senators drafting bill to limit Trump-era deportations
News ImageDemocratic and Republican senators are reportedly crafting legislation that would put a limit on how many people President-elect Donald Trump would be allowed to deport if he reverses President Obamas executive orders concerning illegal immigration.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:22:42 -0500
Donald Trump is running victory laps and settling old scores
News ImageCINCINNATI, Ohio President-elect Donald Trump isnt quite done with the campaign. His first postelection event on Thursday featured a speech in which he delivered extensive riffs boasting about his performance in the election and airing old grievances.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:44:24 -0500
Former Clinton staffers want Facebook to alert voters about Louisiana runoff race
Former Clinton staffers want Facebook to alert voters about Louisiana runoff raceA group of former Hillary Clinton campaign staffers is asking Facebook to expand its election alerts to include local races in time for a crucial Louisiana run-off election this month. The Clinton staffers formed a nonprofit called Flippable in the wake of their partys crushing losses in November, in order to inform and organize Democrats around state and local races. Chris Walsh, a founder of Flippable who was the Clinton campaigns Ohio regional out-of-state coordinator, said Facebook will consider their request if they are able to demonstrate a popular outpouring of support. The group has started a petition to prove that Facebook users would like to be reminded of local elections.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:14:45 -0500
Trump Warns US Companies: There Will Be 'Consequences' for Leaving
News ImagePresident-elect Donald Trump touted his deal to keep at least 1,000 jobs at a manufacturing plant in Indianapolis, but he was largely silent on the details. "Companies are not going to leave the United States anymore without consequences," he said to workers at the Carrier plant. Before the event, Trump toured the facility alongside Vice Presidentelect Mike Pence.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:51:39 -0500
U.S.-led Coalition Confirms 54 Additional Civilian Deaths in Iraq and Syria Airstrikes
News ImageThe U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS says 54 more civilians were inadvertently killed in airstrikes in Iraq and Syria that took place between March 31 and October 22. Since they began in August of 2014, the coalition has reported 173 civilians killed by coalition airstrikes and another 37 injured. "We regret the unintentional loss of civilian lives resulting from Coalition efforts to defeat ISIL in Iraq and Syria and express our deepest sympathies to the families and others affected by these strikes," said a statement released Thursday by Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR).
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:47:00 -0500
Wisconsin Recount Starts Today
News ImageThe first recount of the presidential election starts today in Wisconsin as two other states are preparing for their own iterations. The Wisconsin recount is going to run from its start at 9 a.m. this morning until the set end time of 8 p.m. on Dec. 12.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:33:36 -0500
Trump speaks with Taiwan's president, risking China tensions
News ImageTAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) President-elect Donald Trump spoke Friday with the president of Taiwan, a move that will be sure to anger China.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:17:00 -0500
Alaska town's new Inupiat name challenged in court
News ImageANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) On paper, the new Inupiat Eskimo name of the nation's northernmost town is now official. But not so fast. The reality is not so simple.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:52:13 -0500
Dean takes himself out of the race for chairman of DNC
News ImageDENVER (AP) Howard Dean took himself out of the race to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee, warning that the race could become contentious but vowing to support whoever is elected.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:30:01 -0500
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