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For now, Trump bears signs of a dealmaker, not a policymaker

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:28:43 GMT2016-12-03T20:28:43Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- He phones. He kibitzes. He cajoles. He threatens. He rewards....

McConnell cautions replacement to health law to take time

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:51:15 GMT2016-12-03T18:51:15Z

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The next Congress will begin work immediately next year toward repealing President Barack Obama's health care law but delay the changes as Republicans try to come up with an alternative, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday....

Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:46:27 GMT2016-12-03T20:46:27Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who's accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office....

Russia bets on Trump as gateway to eased sanctions

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:24:46 GMT2016-12-03T20:24:46Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vladimir Putin wants to make Russia great again. For that, he may need a hand from Donald Trump....

Afghan president and Trump discuss terrorism

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:17:54 GMT2016-12-03T13:17:54Z

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan government says U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have emphasized their joint commitment to fighting terrorism in a phone conversation....

Supreme Court hears cases about use of race in redistricting

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:29:58 GMT2016-12-03T12:29:58Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is returning to the familiar intersection of race and politics, in a pair of cases examining redistricting in North Carolina and Virginia....

Trump heads to Long Island for lavish costume party

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 01:43:20 GMT2016-12-04T01:43:20Z

HEAD OF THE HARBOR, N.Y. (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump, still mulling key Cabinet positions, attended a lavish costume party Saturday night hosted by some of his biggest donors at their palatial Long Island mansion....

The Latest: China's foreign minister reacts to Trump's call

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 04:17:41 GMT2016-12-03T04:17:41Z

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump's phone conversation with Taiwan's leader (all times local):...

The "Two Trumps" surface in president-elect's transition

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:07:34 GMT2016-12-03T12:07:34Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump's skeptics hope the presidency will reveal a serious side of the brash businessman. His supporters want him to keep the freewheeling style that rattled Washington....

Panel urges better cybersecurity to President-elect Trump

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:14:49 GMT2016-12-03T12:14:49Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A presidential commission on Friday made 16 urgent recommendations to improve the nation's cybersecurity, including creating a nutritional-type label to help consumers shop wisely and appointing a new international ambassador on the subject - weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office....