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Trump makes picks to lead Homeland Security Department, EPA, Small Business Administration

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump is adding former wrestling executive Linda McMahon to his Cabinet as leader of the Small Business Administration. Continue reading...

Cotton joins in call for Trump scrutiny

He, S.C. lawmaker proclaim desire for Congress to take back its power

Subscriber onlyTwo Republican lawmakers are calling on their colleagues to maintain aggressive congressional oversight of Donald Trump's administration next year even though the new president is a member of their political party, which controls Capitol Hill. Continue reading...

Trump touts Japanese deal as jobs-maker; contract on Air Force One too costly, cancel it, he says

Subscriber onlyPresident-elect Donald Trump turned businessman-in-chief, criticizing Pentagon plans for a new Air Force One and announcing a deal with a Japanese telecommunications company to increase jobs in the U.S. Continue reading...

GOP rolls out stopgap outlay bill

Democrats say it shorts coal miners’ health, NYC policing

Subscriber onlyRepublicans controlling Congress proposed $10 billion in supplemental war funding and $4 billion more for disaster relief for Louisiana and other states as they unveiled must-pass legislation to keep the government running into next spring. Continue reading...

Pentagon buried report, paper says

Plan identified $125B in cost cuts

Subscriber onlyThe Pentagon buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget, according to interviews and confidential memos obtained by The Washington Post. Continue reading...

Obama touts U.S. security policy

It shuns torture, sticks to values, avoids deployments, he says

Subscriber onlyPresident Barack Obama on Tuesday staunchly defended his counterterrorism strategy as one that rejected torture, held to American values and avoided large-scale troop deployments. Continue reading...

Court rejects Michigan recount

Wisconsin’s proceeds; Pennsylvania’s awaits hearing Friday

Subscriber onlyMichigan's presidential recount suddenly became in doubt Tuesday as a state appeals court said the Green Party candidate's poor showing disqualified her from seeking a second look at the votes. Meanwhile, the fate of a statewide recount push in Pennsylvania must wait at least until Friday, when a federal judge has scheduled a hearing on it. Continue reading...

Stopgap spending bill to be unveiled as Congress finishes up

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are tacking on money for security around Trump Tower in New York and funds for health care for retired coal miners to a stopgap spending bill that would avoid a government shutdown at week's end. Continue reading...

Trump picks Carson to fill housing post

Democrats seize on his lack of experience in this field Calls him ‘brilliant mind’; Democrats deride choice

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- President-elect Donald Trump chose retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Carson, who opposed Trump in the Republican primaries, has no background in government or running a large bureaucracy. Continue reading...

Senate advances bill to speed drug OKs

Next priority: Spending legislation

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- A bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical research cleared its last procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday. Continue reading...

Trump won't tip hand on pipeline

Energy industry rips Corps

Subscriber onlyCANNON BALL, N.D. -- Industry leaders on Monday urged President-elect Donald Trump to make approval of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline a "top priority" when he takes office next month, while opponents who have protested the project for months vowed to stay put on their North Dakota encampment despite harsh wintry weather and a tribal leader's call to leave. Continue reading...

Recount's leader visits Trump Tower

Stein urges president-elect to halt GOP opposition efforts in 3 states he won

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- Jill Stein went to Trump Tower on Monday to press her case for recounts in three closely contested states in last month's presidential election. Continue reading...

Trump resumes hard line on firms

He warns against jobs leaving U.S.

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday renewed his hard line on U.S. companies that plan to shift operations abroad, using a series of early-morning Twitter posts to warn again that "there will be a tax" of 35 percent levied against goods moved "back across the border" for sale. Continue reading...

Westerman's forest-managing bill languishes as fires rage

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- With flames charring forests across much of the South, legislation to overhaul federal forest management remains motionless on Capitol Hill, stuck in the U.S. Senate after passing in the U.S. House of Representatives more than a year ago. Continue reading...

Trump-Taiwan call draws Beijing outcry

Heed one-China policy, it says in complaint

Subscriber onlyChina's Foreign Ministry filed a formal complaint with the U.S. on Saturday after President-elect Donald Trump flouted almost four decades of diplomatic protocol by directly speaking with the leader of Taiwan, which Beijing considers a rogue province. Continue reading...

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