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Pointed questions await Trump's pick for health secretary

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:02:44 GMT2017-01-18T09:02:44Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With coverage for millions of people at stake, Rep. Tom Price is facing pointed questions about President-elect Donald Trump's health policies - and his own investments in health care companies - from senators considering his selection as health secretary....

Inaugural speech is Trump's time to rise to the moment

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:30:46 GMT2017-01-18T10:30:46Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tradition suggests it's time for Donald Trump to set aside the say-anything speaking style and rise to the inaugural moment....

More clemency coming after Obama shortens Manning's sentence

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:37:10 GMT2017-01-18T08:37:10Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's sentence....

Trump's pick for Commerce has business ties around globe

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:27:04 GMT2017-01-18T10:27:04Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unlike his soon-to-be boss, the choice for commerce secretary has agreed to divorce himself from a vast financial empire....

GOP prescription of minority outreach forgotten with Trump

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:38:05 GMT2017-01-18T09:38:05Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Together, they delivered a post-election autopsy with a dire prediction: Republican survival requires embracing a message of tolerance and respect in an increasingly diverse United States....

6 state AGs urge rejection of Sessions for attorney general

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:54:34 GMT2017-01-18T10:54:34Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Attorneys generals from six states, including New York's Eric Schneiderman, have sent a letter urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general....

China calls on US to bar Taiwan from Trump inauguration

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:42:54 GMT2017-01-18T10:42:54Z

BEIJING (AP) -- China on Wednesday called on the U.S. to bar a Taiwanese delegation from attending Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, underscoring concerns that the incoming president could seek to redefine relations between Beijing, Taipei and Washington....

Trump pick to lead EPA has spotty state environmental record

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:32:28 GMT2017-01-18T09:32:28Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- When President-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first took office as Oklahoma's attorney general, he disbanded the unit responsible for protecting the state's natural resources....

Secret Service settles racial discrimination lawsuit

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:24:06 GMT2017-01-18T04:24:06Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service have agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in promotion practices by the agency that protects the president....

Pence promises big investment in infrastructure

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:01:42 GMT2017-01-18T03:01:42Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Vice President-elect Mike Pence pledged to a group of mayors that the Trump administration will make a serious investment in infrastructure, and he told diplomats that Trump and his incoming team share "a commitment to engage with all of the world."...