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Leonardo DiCaprio in November 2016

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Trump talk climate change

Leonardo DiCaprio met with President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday to discuss climate change -- adding to the mixed signals from the President-elect on the…

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Why Obamacare could be the messiest battle of 2017

It's the scenario Obamacare-hating Republicans have dreamed about: Complete control of Washington.

But it's already clear that killing President Barack Obama's…

Michigan 2016 Presidential Recount

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Judge halts Michigan electoral recount

A federal judge has ordered Michigan's Board of Elections to stop the state's electoral recount.

US District Judge Mark Goldsmith issued the order late…

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Trump unleashes tweetstorm on union boss

President-elect Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at a union leader who has criticized Trump's Carrier job deal as a promise "half-way delivered."

Chuck Jones,…

Scott Pruitt EPA pick

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Trump picks Scott Pruitt to head EPA

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Environmental Protection Agency administrator, his former campaign manager…

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Putin, Muscovites hope Trump will be a friend

Nine days before the US presidential election, Russian TV anchor Dmitry Kiselev ranted about America's "democracy:" Millions of "dead souls" voting! Voters…

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Trump claims credit for $50 billion investment by Japanese firm

President-elect Donald Trump is claiming credit for a planned $50 billion investment in the United States by a Japanese tech conglomerate -- a deal he says…



Trump, Pence promise winter of wholesale change

Donald Trump and Mike Pence are telling supporters across the country that they will make a sea change in decades old government policies before winter's cold…

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Insurers to GOP: Here's what to do after Obamacare repeal

Repealing Obamacare could throw the health care industry and the millions of Americans relying on the individual market into a tizzy, top industry lobbying…

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Biden: 'I have no intention of running' in '20

Joe Biden told reporters Wednesday, "I have no intention of running" for president in 2020, the latest in what has been an eventful week for the vice president.…

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Linda McMahon picked to be Small Business administrator

President-elect Donald Trump picked Linda McMahon, former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, to serve as the administrator of the Small Business…

John Boehner

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Boehner: 'Thank God I'm not in the middle of this'

Former House Speaker John Boehner says he is thankful that he did not have to participate in the 2016 presidential election.

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Trump picks retired Gen. John Kelly to lead DHS

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Gen. John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security, a senior transition official tells CNN.


John Kasich

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Ohio's 'heartbeat' abortion bill awaits Gov. Kasich's signature

Donald Trump's election, and a presumption that he'll appoint conservative Supreme Court justices, spurred Ohio Republicans to pass what would effectively be…


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US aircraft carrier readies for ISIS fight

On August 8, 2014, jets carried out the first American airstrikes against ISIS.

Those American warplanes flew from the USS George HW Bush, one of the Navy's 10…


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President Obama: ISIS rise surprised me, US intelligence

ISIS' march across Iraq and Syria -- a campaign that's forced President Barack Obama to return small numbers of US troops to the region, even after touting an…

Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Miami on Sept. 16, 2016

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Trump seeks Obama advice on appointments

President-elect Donald Trump revealed Wednesday that he consults with President Barack Obama on some of his potential appointments -- and values the…

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Trump warns Wall Street: I'm going to cut drug prices

Donald Trump's shocking November victory set off a frenzy on Wall Street to buy pharmaceutical stocks.

Investors bet that Trump would be far less likely to…

Keith Ellison

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Keith Ellison will resign Congress for DNC chair

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison is looking to give a boost to his bid to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee by announcing Wednesday…

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Biden stokes 2020 buzz on Colbert: 'Never say never'

Vice President Joe Biden continued to tease a presidential bid in 2020 during an appearance on "The Late Show" with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night, saying…

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Michelle Obama: I went to bed before Trump won

She was one of Donald Trump's fiercest critics on the campaign trail, but First Lady Michelle Obama wasn't up for watching the Republican declare victory on…

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Trump named Time Person of the Year

Time magazine has named Donald Trump its Person of the Year -- calling him "President of the Divided States of America."

"I don't think that we have ever seen…

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Dow zooms over 1,200 points since Trump victory

Before the election, prominent stock pickers warned the Dow would plunge 1,000 points if Donald Trump was elected. In reality, the exact opposite has happened.

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Obamacare repeal losers? Trump supporters

Nearly half of voters in last month's election think Obamacare went too far, and their favored candidate has promised to repeal it as one of his first acts…

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Apple supplier Foxconn may increase U.S. jobs

One of Apple's biggest suppliers is in talks to invest in the United States.

Taiwan-based Foxconn is a giant contract manufacturer that plays a key role in…

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Richard Spencer's appearance at Texas A&M draws protests

The room felt like a tinder box, ready to devolve any given moment into conflict, only to be calmed diffused by security.

Richard Spencer, the white…

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Federal appeals court puts ACA lawsuit on hold

A federal appeals court ordered Monday that a lawsuit filed against the Affordable Care Act by lawyers for the House of Representatives be put on temporary…

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Trump takes 'thank you' tour to North Carolina

President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced his pick to lead the defense department Tuesday, as he brought his "thank you" tour to Fayetteville, North…

Ge. 'Mad Dog' Mattis

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Spending bill would speed Mattis' nomination

Congressional Republicans are using the short term government spending bill to expedite a vote on retired Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump's…

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

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Move to impeach IRS boss fails

Divisions among House Republicans spilled out onto the House floor late Tuesday when conservatives ignored appeals from their leaders and President-elect…

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Obama touts counterterror legacy, even as Trump threatens changes

President Barack Obama reaffirmed his counterterrorism strategy in his final national security speech Tuesday, issuing a tacit warning to his successor that…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, January 2015

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McConnell: Repealing Obamacare 'first item up'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday repealing President Barack Obama's signature health care law is still "the first item up in the new year."

John Kasich at GOP gala

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Kasich to Electoral College: Don't vote for me

Ohio Gov. John Kasich doesn't want to take Donald Trump's place as President-elect of the United States.

Donald Trump

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Donald Trump says he sold all his stocks in June

President-elect Donald Trump ditched his stocks in June.

LeBron James

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LeBron James won't stay at Trump's New York City hotel

LeBron James won't be among the guests staying at the Trump SoHo hotel.

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Trump wants to cancel Air Force One order from Boeing

Donald Trump wants to cancel government plans to build two new Air Force One jets.

The president-elect said in a tweet Tuesday that the new Boeing 747 jet…

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How Ohio's gamble on self-driving trucks could backfire

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is used to seeing bewildered expressions when she mentions self-driving vehicles.

Killah Carson

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Pundit compares Carson to Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah

A panel on "CNN Tonight" erupted into laughter Monday after Marc Lamont Hill compared Ben Carson to Wu-Tang Clan's famed singer Ghostface Killah.

Carson is…

Ben Carson September 2015

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Ben Carson did not live in public housing

Some supporters of President-elect Donald Trump have praised his choice of Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, noting that the…

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Elector says he will not cast vote for Trump

A Texas elector said Monday that enough is enough -- he will not cast his vote for President-elect Donald Trump as part of the Electoral College process on…

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Trump and China on collision course

In speaking on the telephone with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen and lashing out at China on Twitter over the weekend, President-elect Donald Trump did more…

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'Trump Effect' hits Europe with mixed results

After President-elect Donald Trump's surprise victory, far-right politicians in Europe crowed that it marked the beginning of a "destined" new world order…

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Why people believe conspiracy theories

Fake news stories emerged with jarring force during the 2016 presidential campaign, and in a dangerous episode this weekend the potency of this deceptive new…

Stein on Gore

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Stein: Gore needs to 'step up' in climate change fight

Amid her battle with Donald Trump for recounts in three states, 2016 Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein called on former Vice President Al Gore to…

Joe Biden  in Scranton

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Joe Biden leaves the door open for a 2020 run

Vice President Joe Biden said Monday he might not be going anywhere just yet, leaving the door open to a presidential run in 2020.

Carson at Trump building

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Trump taps Ben Carson for HUD secretary

Ben Carson will be nominated as the next secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Trump transition team announced Monday.

"I am…

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'Pizzagate': Comet Ping Pong not the only D.C. business enduring a nightmare

The Washington, D.C., pizzeria into which a man armed with an assault rifle strode on Sunday, allegedly to investigate for himself an Internet conspiracy…

Pat McCrory

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory concedes race

Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory conceded his bid for reelection to Democrat Attorney General Roy Cooper on Monday, pledging to help with transition…

Supreme Court

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Supreme Court tackles racial gerrymander cases

The Supreme Court on Monday tackled two racial gerrymander cases in a fresh attempt to determine how race can be taken into consideration when states draw…

Jill Stein Dec 5

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Jill Stein says she'll 'escalate' Pennsylvania recount case

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein said early Sunday she would "escalate" her statewide recount efforts in Pennsylvania through a federal lawsuit,…

Al Gore

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Donald Trump meets with Al Gore on climate change

President-elect Donald Trump met on Monday with Al Gore -- one of the most vocal advocates of fighting climate change.

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Son of Trump security adviser spread baseless 'pizza gate' conspiracy

The son of Donald Trump's incoming national security adviser continued to push a fictitious online conspiracy theory about a Washington, DC, pizza restaurant…

Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner plan move to DC

Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, are house hunting in Washington as they look to move from New York City to D.C., CNN has learned.

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Police: Man investigating anti-Clinton 'pizzeria' conspiracy

A suspect arrested Sunday with an assault rifle at a Washington, DC pizzeria admitted he had come to investigate an online conspiracy theory, Washington's…

Italian Prime Minister Renzi

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Italian bank stocks slump after defeated Renzi resigns

The euro swung wildly against the dollar and bank stocks in Italy slumped as the country appeared headed for a period of political and financial turmoil.…

Wisc recount

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Michigan to move ahead with presidential recount

Michigan will become the second state to conduct a recount of ballot casts during the 2016 presidential election.

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith early…

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Pipeline protesters: Our 'prayers have been answered'

Cheers rang out at a protest camp in North Dakota on Sunday, as the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters learned that the US Army Corps of Engineers…

Japanese military helicopter

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Visit hopes to allay Japanese fears about Trump

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter arrived in Japan Monday, a visit that comes amid fears that President-elect Donald Trump might pivot away from the…

Fireworks after Dakota Pipeline decision

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Dakota Access Pipeline to be rerouted

Celebrations, tears of joy, chanting and drumming rang out among thousands of protesters at the Standing Rock site after the Army Corp of Engineers announced…

Tsai Ing-wen Donald Trump

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Trump tweets take a fresh swipe at China

President-elect Donald Trump has taken a fresh swipe at China just two days after a controversial phone call with Taiwan's president that upended decades of…

John Kerry June 27

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Sec. Kerry says Trump did not contact State Dept. prior to calls

Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday he's trying to stay "a thousand miles away from the (Donald) Trump transition process" while acknowledging neither…

EU flags, European Union flags

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How populism could shake up Europe

Energized by President-elect Donald Trump's victory, Europe's populist movements are on the cusp of sweeping far-right, nationalist and euroskeptic parties…

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Petraeus: 'Five years ago, I made a serious mistake'

David Petraeus made a last-ditch effort Sunday to show President-elect Donald Trump that his guilty plea for revealing classified information to his mistress…

Jill Stein, August 2016

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Stein says she'll 'escalate' Penn. recount after earlier plans to drop it

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein said early Sunday she would "escalate" her statewide recount efforts in Pennsylvania through a federal lawsuit,…

Donald Trump

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Trump bashes 'SNL' on Twitter after sketch about Twitter

President-elect Donald Trump has once again taken to Twitter to criticize "Saturday Night Live," this time slamming the show over a sketch about him…

Donald Trump, Paul Ryan

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Paul Ryan says he and Trump speak 'about every day'

Paul Ryan and President-elect Donald Trump, at odds for much of the 2016 campaign, now speak "about every day," the House speaker said in a wide-ranging…

Ash Carter at Pentagon

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Ash Carter signals support for Mattis

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Saturday sounded support for retired Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump's choice to be his successor, but at…

Tsai Ing-wen president of Taiwan

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China lodges complaint over Trump-Taiwan call

China's foreign ministry said Saturday it has lodged a complaint with the United States over a controversial phone call between President-elect Donald Trump…

Donald Trump thank you tour

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Joint Chiefs prep military strategy plans for Trump and top commanders

The Joint Chiefs of Staff are finalizing a classified military strategy they plan to present to President-elect Donald Trump detailing the military challenges…

Phil Duterte

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Duterte: Trump says Philippines tackling drug problem 'the right way'

President-elect Donald Trump told Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte that he is going about his controversial fight against drugs "the right way," Duterte…

KT McFarland

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Trump deputy national security pick scrubs herself from Internet

KT McFarland, Donald Trump's pick to be his deputy national security adviser, has taken down her website, Twitter account, and public Facebook account.


Stephen A. Smith

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ESPN host slams Kaepernick for not voting

ESPN and Sirius-XM commentator Stephen A. Smith told CNN's Michael Smerconish Saturday that quarterback Colin Kapernick's decision to publicly reveal that he…

Campaign post mortem

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Insults fly when Trump, Clinton aides meet

Four weeks after the election, tensions between top operatives at the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns erupted during a Harvard Kennedy School…

Kellyanne Conway, Nov 27


Conway: 'Biggest piece of fake news' was idea Trump can't win

The campaign managers for both major presidential nominees decried Thursday the role fake news played in the 2016 election, though Donald Trump's manager…

Ge. 'Mad Dog' Mattis

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Meet the 'Mad Dog' Donald Trump wants to lead the Pentagon

The next possible US secretary of defense went by the military call sign "Chaos."

Sarah Palin during VP debate

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Palin slams Carrier deal as 'crony capitalism'

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- an early supporter of Donald Trump who is under consideration to serve in his Cabinet -- is criticizing the use of subsidies…



Clinton staffer may seek office in Va.

Adam Parkhomenko, a staffer for both of Hillary Clinton's presidential bids, is looking at running for office himself, seeking Virginia's lieutenant…

Donald Trump Betsy DeVos

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Trump's choice for education secretary raises questions

President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos and her husband are major political power brokers in their home state of Michigan.

Nawaz Sharif

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Trump reportedly praises Pakistan's PM

It's a case of he said, he said between two of the world's most powerful men.

We know that Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and US President-elect Donald…

Arab standup and Eric Trump

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Muslim comic sits next to Trump son on flight

Mo Amer, an Arab American stand-up comedian, received an unbelievable gift of comic material when he found himself seated next to Eric Trump on a flight to…

Hack hacker cyberattack

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Panel to Trump: Train 100,000 hackers

The incoming Trump administration is being advised to train 100,000 hackers.

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Obama's gift to Trump: A 'pretty solid' economy

President Obama is giving President-elect Trump a welcome gift: A pretty good economy.

Donald Trump meets with Carrier workers

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Trump didn't save as many Carrier jobs as he claimed

President-elect Donald Trump said Carrier is "keeping 1,100 people" in jobs that won't be shifted to Mexico from a factory in Indianapolis.

Construction jobs

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Unemployment drops to 4.6%, lowest since 2007

America kept hiring amid election shock.

The U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November, the Labor Department reported Friday, and the unemployment rate fell…

Howard Dean

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Howard Dean drops out of DNC chair race

Howard Dean has dropped his bid for a second stint chairing the Democratic National Committee, citing "other priorities" and a "possibly divisive" race.

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Democrats want Russian hacking intelligence declassified

Democratic senators are pressing the Obama administration to more forthrightly state, based in part on new intelligence information, that Russia's meddling in…

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Michigan attorney general files lawsuit to stop recount

Michigan's attorney general announced Friday he would file suit to stop a recount requested by Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein.

"Today I am filing suit to…

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New Trump, same as the old Trump

Donald Trump delivered an unmistakable message Thursday in his first big speech since election night -- the unconventional, impulsive and unscripted person who…

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Trump economic adviser: Romney pick for secretary of state would be 'betrayal'

Stephen Moore, a senior economic adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, publicly criticized the prospect of Mitt Romney being Trump's nominee to be the next…

Donald Trump

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Trump plans 'major news conference,' but will he take questions?

President-elect Donald Trump has still not given a press conference since his Election Day victory. But he did find time this week for two interviews with his…

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

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Young House Dems pressure Pelosi to give up power

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi beat back a challenge Wednesday to keep her top leadership post.

North Korea Palace of the Sun

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North Korea slams 'Obama and his lackeys'

North Korea has furiously rejected United Nations sanctions, accusing Security Council members of being puppets of the United States.

Donald Trump meets with Carrier workers

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Carrier employee: Trump is 'my hero' after saving jobs

He's the man Donald Trump credits with spearheading an effort to save more than 1,000 jobs at an Indiana plant, and Will Cornett is returning the favor by…

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Lawmakers warn that ISIS is evolving

ISIS and other terrorist groups are evolving in ways that will force the US and Europe to adapt new counterterrorism strategies, according to US lawmakers,…

Anthony Weiner

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Weiner hit with fines by campaign board

Anthony Weiner faces fines totaling $65,000 for violations made in his ill-fated campaign for mayor of New York, including for using campaign funds to pay for…

Donald Trump, James Mattis

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Trump wants James Mattis for secretary of defense

President-elect Donald Trump will nominate retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as his secretary of defense, he announced Thursday in Cincinnati at the beginning…

Obamas at church on inauguration day

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Obama lights national Christmas tree for final time

President Barack Obama -- joined by first lady Michelle Obama, daughter Sasha Obama and scores of celebrity guests -- rang in the holidays for the final time…

Trump trade transition

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The NAFTA teardown: Here's where Trump could start

President-elect Donald Trump is clear: Starting Day 1, he wants to renegotiate or withdraw from NAFTA, the free trade deal among three countries: America,…

Trump and Romney at dinner

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Gingrich mocks Romney for 'sucking up' to Trump

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich mocked Mitt Romney on Wednesday for "sucking up" to President-elect Donald Trump as he contends for the position of…



Arrested German spy was gay porn actor, source says

A German domestic intelligence service employee arrested as a suspected Islamist plotting against the state also had a career as an actor in gay pornographic…

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