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Obama's Final Presidential Press Conference, Senate Committee Approves Mattis for Defense, Senegalese Troops Move Closer to Gambian Border: P.M. Links

9 hours agoNews : Reason

At his last press conference as president, Barack Obama insists Julian Assange's offer to surrender himself played no role in the decision to grant Chelsea Manning clemency. The president also pardoned Baseball Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, who plead guilty to tax evasion in 1995. Donald Trump said he doesn't like to tweet. Show More Summary

Pence: Trump's personality can overcome GOP differences

9 hours agoNews : USAToday: News

Vice President-elect Mike Pence believes Donald Trump is a transitional leader akin to Ronald Reagan.        

Finally, China manufactures a ballpoint pen all by itself

9 hours agoNews : BlogPost

Chinese President Xi Jinping made headlines this week with a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that passionately defended free trade in the face of a worldwide surge in anti-globalism populism. But closer to home, a less dramatic story may paint a more complicated and nuanced picture of China's role in the global […]

Biden warns Trump: NATO is a ‘sacred obligation’ — and Russia is trying to destroy ‘international order’

15 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Vice President Joe Biden issued a warning and a challenge to President-elect Donald Trump on Russia’s aims. Biden, who is set to leave office Friday, urged Europe and the United States in a speech at the World Economic Forum to stand together to defend western values against Russian...

Trump nominates Georgia ex-Gov. Sonny Perdue for agriculture secretary

4 hours agoNews : USAToday: News

President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate ex-Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue for the secretary of Agriculture post on Thursday, according to...        

Gambia Shudders as Defeated Leader Tightens Grip Before Inauguration

19 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept his electoral loss to Adama Barrow threatens to drag the nation into a bloody standoff.

Senate panel questions Trump’s EPA pick over energy ties

8 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Democratic Senators quizzed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, over his energy industry ties, during a contentious confirmation hearing on Wednesday that was occasionally interrupted by protests. Pruitt,...

Donald Trump Names Sonny Perdue Agriculture Secretary: Reports

3 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

President-elect Donald Trump will name Sonny Perdue, the former Republican governor of Georgia who famously prayed for rain during a 2007 drought, to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to The Associated Press and Reuters. Perdue’s...Show More Summary

WATCH: Bernie Sanders hammers Trump’s health nominee Tom Price on Medicare and Social Security

8 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) gave Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) a less than warm welcome Wednesday morning during hearings for Donald Trump’s nominee to Health and Human Services. The Vermont senator went straight to the heart of matters, pressing Price on the future of Medicaid and Medicare by reminding...

Putin says "fake" Trump news spreaders "worse than prostitutes"

Vice President Joe Biden told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to undermine the U.S. and Europe. Putin denies trying to influence the U.S. election, and called allegations his country attempted to collect information to blackmail President-elect Donald Trump "total nonsense." Elizabeth Palmer reports from Moscow.

Poll: Americans of all stripes say fix health care

WASHINGTON — Sylvia Douglas twice voted for President Barack Obama and last year cast a ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton. But when it comes to "Obamacare," she now sounds like President-elect Donald Trump. This makes her chuckle amid...Show More Summary

Assange not ready to be extradited: Chelsea Manning clemency does not meet our ‘conditions’

8 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was supposedly ready to accept extradition to the United States if President Barack Obama commuted Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence for her role in leaking classified information. Now that Obama actually went through with commuting Manning’s sentence,...

United Nations Memo: In South Sudan, Mass Killings, Rapes and the Limits of U.S. Diplomacy

9 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

Samantha Power, the ambassador to the United Nations, is known for advocating diplomacy to prevent atrocities, but poor timing has hampered efforts to avert a catastrophe.

WATCH LIVE: HHS Secretary Confirmation Hearing for Trump Nominee Tom Price

15 hours agoNews : Mediaite

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) will go before the Senate today for a confirmation hearing about his nomination to become Health and Human Services Secretary for the Donald Trump administration.

Betsy DeVos Grilled, Will Julian Assange Turn Himself In?, George H.W. Bush Hospitalized: A.M. Links

15 hours agoNews : Reason

Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos was asked by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) if she thought her wealth and donations to the Republican Party are the reasons she was nominated. DeVos gave Sanders a zinger of her own, by reminding...Show More Summary

Putin defends Trump in prostitute controversy

15 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed allegations against U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that suggested that the 70-year-old billionaire had solicited prostitutes in Moscow, while adding that “they are of course also the best in the world. But I doubt Trump took that bait.”...

Donald Trump Odds 2017: Latest Prop Bets Include Will Barack Obama Pardon Hillary Clinton, Trump Impeachment Or Divorce, And Updated 2020 Presidential Odds

We are approximately 48 hours from Donald Trump officially being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. While many folks are still having a problem wrapping their head around that concept, others can’t wait for Trump to finally take over the Oval Office. Show More Summary

Five Reasons that President Obama Was Right to Commute Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

On Tuesday, three days before the end of Barack Obama’s term as President, the White House announced that he had commuted the sentences of two hundred and nine people, including Private Chelsea Manning, who was arrested, in 2010, for...Show More Summary

Betsy DeVos Attacked By Liberal Senators Over Guns In Schools And Her Wealth During Confirmation Hearings

Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s education secretary nominee, was criticized for both her views on guns in schools and her substantial bank account during Senate confirmation hearings this week. Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Chris Murphy lambasted DeVos when grilling her over past “grizzly bears” comment and political donations. Show More Summary

WATCH LIVE: President Obama Holds Final Press Conference from the White House

15 hours agoNews : Mediaite

President Barack Obama will appear in the White House briefing room today in order to take questions from the press one last time before Donald Trump succeeds him on Friday.

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