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Democrats hold off Republican ‘fraud’ challenges in too-close-to-call N.C. governor’s race

On a bleak election night for Democrats, North Carolina seemed to offer a consolation prize: the defeat of Gov. Pat McCrory (R). Elected in 2012, the governor never dug out from the backlash to an early barrage of conservative bills, and the later passage of a “bathroom bill” to overturn local pro-transgender ordinances. Roy Cooper, the […]

Cruz-aligned PAC now supports Trump’s pick of Bannon

Courageous Conservatives PAC, a small group that mostly spent the 2016 campaign supporting the presidential bid of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), has purchased $11,000 of ad time in the D.C. area to support Donald Trump's choice of Stephen K. Bannon for White House strategist. “Bannon's not like the Bush crowd,” promises a narrator, in a spot […]

Rep. Mike Pompeo accepts CIA director post, according to two people close to the Trump transition

President-elect Donald Trump has selected the third-term congressman from Kansas to lead the agency. Read more

Donald Trump has offered Sen. Jeff Sessions the U.S. attorney general job, according to a person close to the transition

The Alabama Republican was among President-elect Trump’s earliest backers in his campaign for the White House and is known for his hard-line views on immigration. Read more

Trump offers retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn the job of national security adviser, a person close to the transition says

The most influential national security job in the still-forming Trump administration was offered to Michael T. Flynn, according to a person close to the transition who requested anonymity to discuss internal conversations. Flynn is a retired three-star general who helped dismantle insurgent networks in Afghanistan and Iraq but then surprised — and sometimes dismayed — […]

Tim Ryan will challenge Pelosi for House Democratic leader

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) on Thursday launched his long shot challenge to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s reign atop the Democratic caucus, sending a letter to lawmakers telling them last week’s elections were a call to “bring a new voice into leadership.” The secret-ballot election will be held Nov. 30. Pelosi has already publicly claimed […]

More than 18,000 Vermonters wrote in Bernie Sanders for president

Bernie Sanders, who ended his presidential bid at the Democratic National Convention, appears to be setting an unusual record — a historic number of write-in votes. In his home state, one of few that has released write-in data, Sanders won 18,183 votes despite not being on the ballot, and despite encouraging his voters to back Hillary Clinton. […]

Bernie Sanders hopes ‘very, very, very much’ that Trump doesn’t seek to jail Clinton

Bernie Sanders, who famously declared that the American people were sick and tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s “damn emails,” on Thursday warned President-elect Donald Trump not to try to prosecute his former rival over the issue. “It would be almost beyond comprehension to think that a new president would be involved in the prosecution […]

Obama in Athens: ‘The current path of globalization needs a course correction’

ATHENS — In an address aimed at a global audience as well as Americans at home, President Obama said Wednesday that “the current path of globalization needs a course correction,” even as he argued there was no turning back from an interconnected world. "In the years and decades ahead, our countries have to make sure […]

Warren endorses Ellison for DNC chairman; O’Malley bows out of race

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday endorsed the bid of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, adding to the congressman’s early momentum in the race to lead the party. In a statement, Warren praised Ellison’s work in Congress “try to hold Wall Street accountable” and praised his […]

Ben Carson is unlikely to serve in Trump’s Cabinet

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who has been a confidant to President-elect Donald Trump since the end of the Republican primaries, is unlikely to join the administration but will remain an informal adviser. “The way I’m leaning is to work from the outside and not from the inside,” Carson said in an interview Tuesday with The […]

Obama warns against ‘a crude sort of nationalism’ or ‘tribalism’ taking root in the U.S.

ATHENS — Speaking to reporters here Tuesday, President Obama warned that Americans and people around the world “are going to have to guard against a rise in a crude sort of nationalism, or ethnic identity, or tribalism” taking root amid the populist movements that are gaining currency around the world. Speaking at a joint conference […]

Keith Ellison makes DNC bid official, rolls out 40 endorsements

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) on Monday formally launched his bid to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, offering a show of strength by simultaneously releasing the endorsements of 40 elected officials, state party chairmen and labor leaders. “Democrats win when we harness the power of everyday people and fight for the issues […]

Obama says Trump is committed to NATO

President Obama said in a news conference that President-elect Donald Trump expressed to him a “great interest in maintaining our core strategic relationships,” and he expressed confidence that the United States will reaffirm its commitment to the NATO alliance. This is a developing story. It will be updated.  

Donald Trump has spoken by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kremlin says

The two men pledged to combine efforts against their "shared enemy No. 1 – international terrorism and extremism,” and plan to meet personally, the Kremlin statement said. This is a developing story. It will be updated.  

HHS secretary insists that, despite Trump’s campaign pledge, ACA is woven into nation’s fabric

The nation's top health official made an appeal  Monday morning for the preservation of the Affordable Care Act, insisting that the sprawling health-care law that President-elect Donald Trump is vowing to eliminate is "now woven into the fabric of our nation." HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell delivered the most extensive remarks of any Obama administration […]

Ahead of last overseas trip as president, Obama faces the press, fellow Democrats

President Obama will hold a news conference Monday afternoon to take measure of last week's election results, before holding a conference call with congressional Democrats who are still reeling from Donald Trump's White House win. The two events come just a few hours before Obama departs for his last trip as president to Europe, where […]

Steve Bannon’s rise points to aggressive, anti-‘globalist’ Trump media strategy

The morning after the presidential election, Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon called into the radio show he’d hosted when he ran the conservative website. His voice was rough, and slowed by fatigue, but there were scores to settle. “The hobbits finally had a chance to speak,” said Bannon. He recalled a cable news segment […]

Trump draws sharp rebuke, concerns over newly appointed chief White House strategist

President-elect Donald Trump's decision to appoint Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist in the White House has drawn a sharp rebuke from political strategists who see in Bannon a controversial figure too closely associated with the “alt-right” movement, which white nationalists have embraced. Show More Summary

Anti-Trump protest in Portland led to 71 arrests

Police in Portland, Ore., said Sunday that an anti-Trump protest the night before led to 71 arrests, mostly on charges of disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer. The mass arrests came one day after a shooting scattered demonstrators in Portland, which has become a center of rallies opposing President-elect Donald Trump. The protesters […]

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